Gym floor damage changes PHS summer hoops program

PHS RETURNEE...Demarcus Veal assumes the role of a veteran senior this summer for the PHS Green Devil basketball team.

A warped spot on the Plaquemine High gymnasium floor has altered the summer basketball plans for the Green Devil boys’ hoop program.

Coach Denny Wright’s LA Hoops will not host the annual PHS summer basketball league with ensuing gym repairs halting play. Instead the Green Devils will mix away games with contests in the COPAC (old PHS gym).

Two weeks ago the varsity took part in a Chalmette hoop camp. Last week the PHS varsity and JV teams played games at Lutcher High and St. James High. Tuesday (after deadline) they played at Istrouma High in Baton Rouge. This afternoon (Thursday, June 11) the Green Devils visit East Iberville High for JV-V competition, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

PHS then will play four straight games at COPAC, or at PHS gym if the floor repairs are completed. Lutcher visits June 16, followed by Episcopal High on June 17, and then St. James on June 18. JV games begin at 5:30 p.m. The fourth game will be against visiting Istrouma June 23 with the JV game starting it off at a 4 p.m. time.

The Green Devils head to Episcopal in Baton Rouge June 24 and then hold a Team Camp June 27-28. They complete their schedule June 30 with East Iberville High visiting and a 5:30 p.m. start.

Wright will handle the varsity team with Donald Ray Johnson coaching the JVs. Ed Burns and Cohen Davis will work with the freshman team, which plays two games against Ascension CHS and two against St. James during the month of June. The four will be away games.

The varsity club will be led by returning spot starters and veteran seniors Jeff Ricard and Demarcus Veal. Ricard led PHS in scoring with 16 points in their state tournament semifinals loss to eventual 3-A champ Richwood High.

Adonis Major and Jeremy Jenkins are two more seniors with varsity experience. Joining the foursome are seniors Deandre Jenkins, Roderick Daniels, and Alvin Ruffins. Xavier Osborne, the tallest PHS player and a junior, should see extensive duty this summer, while junior Eliot James is slated to play varsity and JV ball. Sophomore Quintele Jackson also is slated to play both varsity and JV.