PHS notches tenth hoop win

Tryve Brackin
PHS senior guard Maquel Robinson (4) drives the baseline against a Lee defender in last week’s hardwood victory. The Green Devils ended up losing Monday to Istrouma in overtime to move to 10-2 for the season...read about it in next week’s sports section.

Plaquemine High pushed its basketball record to an outstanding 10-1 Monday by turning back a quick and talented host.

The Green Devils downed upper classification Lee High 60-44 in Baton Rouge.

The hosting Patriots took an early lead, but PHS battled back to tie the score at 13-all at the end of the first period. The Green Devils took their first lead early in the second period and went ahead by a 35-19 score by intermission. The Lee boys battled back, cutting the Green Devil lead to 41-36 by the end of three periods, but the combination of defense and forced turnovers along with the outside shooting of Maquel Robinson, DeMario Camper, and Ryan Travis, and inside baskets by Cody Edmond and Deryl Lewis, kept Plaquemine in the lead throughout the second half. Demarcus Veal, Jeff Ricard, and Evan Franklin contributed off the bench as well.

Robinson finished the game with 22 points, while Lewis chipped in 14. Camper added 9 and Edmond 7 points. Ricard hit a pair of second-half baskets at key times and finished with 4 points, while Travis and Veal added 2 apiece. Travis had 7 assists as well.

Travis paced the defense with four steals, while Robinson added a trio. Edmond led under the boards with 10 rebounds. Robinson and Camper had a trio of 3-point buckets apiece.

David Devillier led Lee with 15 points, while Michael Georgetown added 9 markers.

Between the two Monday games, the Green Devils were slated to play Baker High in Plaquemine. However, the Baker High coach called and cancelled the game due to post-snow closure of school Friday.

Plaquemine High Green Devil Demarcus Veal goes up for a shot directly under the hoop during last week’s game against Lee.