Abbeville notches Green Devil Classic title, WC tops host PHS in special finale

Tryve Brackin

Abbeville High claimed this year’s Plaquemine High Green Devil Classic basketball tournament title by default when fellow undefeated challenger Tucker High of Georgia had to return home a day early.

Abbeville beat Terrebonne 82-70 in the semifinals behind a 29-point effort by tourney Most Valuable Player Tiremone Williams. Meanwhile, Tucker, Ga. edged out Northside High by a 37-36 score in the other semifinals’ game.

Northside’s Nick Syrie received the Mr. Defense Award, while teammate Dwayne Benjamin notched the Mr. Sportsman Award. Hammond High’s Mike Henry received the Mr. Small Man Award, while Abbeville’s Berwick Hamilton was named the Outstanding Coach.

With the tourney title game cancelled, hosting Plaquemine High took on parish rival White Castle High in a special “Parish Game” to end the Classic action last Thursday night. WCHS won the game 44-38. Neither of the parish teams had players named to the All-Tourney honors squad.

The only parish player notching the berth was St. John High junior Da’vante Williams, who led the Eagles in scoring in each of their tourney outings.

Joining Williams on the All-Tourney squad were: Jaqwaylon Davenport and Dajuan Smith of Abbeville, Jonathan Tolliver of Northside, Kevin Smith of Destrehan, Travis Julien of St. James, Trevor Duncan of Thibodaux, and D.J. Braggs of Pointe Coupee Central.

WC-PHS GAME: The 1-A Bulldogs pulled away from the 3-A tourney hosts in the second half after the two clubs locked up in a 22-all tie at intermission. Leading WCHS to the victory were Randy Foster with 15 points and Daniel Allen with 11 markers. Jesse Ward paced PHS with 10 points.

FIFTH PLACE GAME: Class 3-A St. James High pulled away from 1-A St. John of Plaquemine by ten points at the midway point and went on to claim Fifth Place honors with a 58-34 victory.

The SJHS Eagles, who did not win a tourney outing, were led by Williams with a game-high 17 points. All-Tourney performer Julien paced St. James with 14 points.

THIRD PLACE: Northside powered its way to an 84-56 victory over Terrebonne High in an impressive third-place game effort. All-Tourney Northside players Benjamin and Syrie bagged 12 points apiece. Deshuan Diggs led Terrebonne with 18.

CONSOLATION: Destrehan took the honors with a 69-50 victory over Hammond. All-Tourney player Smith hit for 19 for the winning DHS club, while Mr. Small Man Award winner Henry tallied 19 for Hammond.

FRIENDSHIP GAME: 5-A Thibodaux beat 2-A Pointe Coupee Central 47-45. All-Tourney player Duncan led THS with 18 points, while All-Tourney pick Braggs paced PCCHS with 14 points.

THIRD ROUND:

Hosting Plaquemine High was eliminated from special game play with a third-round loss last Wednesday evening in their annual holiday Classic tourney.

The Green Devils finished the tourney with a 1-3 record. Wednesday night they lost to 5-A Walker High by a 38-26 score.

White Castle High upped its record to 2-1 in the tourney Wednesday with a 59-32 victory over 3-A Amite High.

PHS: Walker pulled ahead of the hosting Green Devils in the first half with a 17-12 advantage. The Walker club closed it out with a 21-14 scoring margin in the second half.

Jesse Ward paced the PHS offense in the loss with 8 points. Kyron Scott led Walker with 12 points.

WCHS: The Bulldogs captured their second victory of the tourney with a 59-22 romp over Amite. Terrance Fair hit for 15 to lead WC, while Randy Foster netted 14 and Daniel Allen 10 points. Derrick Bean scored 11 for Amite.

ST. JOHN: Upper classification Hammond routed the Eagles by 48 points. SJHS was led by Da’vante Williams with 13 points. Mike Henry paced Hammond with 21 points.

OTHER RESULTS: Abbeville and Tucker, Ga. both won semifinal games as noted above, while Pointe Coupee Central edged out West St. John 51-33 and Destrehan topped St. James 70-54.

SECOND ROUND:

Both hosting PHS and neighboring WCHS lost second round games in the Classic Tuesday night, dropping down to losers’ bracket possessions.

Plaquemine lost to upper classification Terrebonne High by a 53-46 score, while WC fell to upper classification Northside High 52-48.

PHS: Coach Denny Wright said second-half turnovers broke the back of the Green Devils as they lost a 26-13 lead. Pressure by the Terrebonne defense and mistakes by the PHS ball-handlers took the game right out of the hands of the tourney hosts. The Green Devils suffered 26 turnovers in the loss.

“No one is very happy about the way we lost that one,” noted Coach Wright after the second round defeat.

Xavier Osborne led the PHS offense with 16 points. Guard Deshaun Diggs led Terrebonne with 17 points.

WCHS: The Bulldogs were down 27-21 at intermission and managed to shave only a couple of points off the halftime lead by Northside as they fell 52-48 in the second round.

The trio of Terrance Fair, Randy Foster, and Ronald Martin paced the Bulldogs’ offense with double-figure efforts. Fair led with 15, while Foster netted 11 and Martin 10 points.

Dewayne Benjamin led a balanced Northside lineup with 11 points.

OTHER RESULTS: Tucker, Ga. Beat Amite by a lopsided 83-37 score. Devon Davidson led four Tucker double-figure scorers with 16 points.

Abbeville beat Walker 62-54. Dajuan Smith led AHS with 24, while Gabe Brewer had 22 for Walker.

Hammond topped Thibodaux 62-54 as Mark Bridgewater bagged 25 for the HHS Tors. Four players had double figures for THS.

Destrehan beat Pointe Coupee Central by a 53-39 score. B.J. Singleton led Destrehan with 17, while D.J. Braggs paced PCCHS with 16.

And St. James stopped West St. John by a 55-38 score. Travis Julien led SJHS with 22, while Jalen Adams had 16 for West St. John.

FIRST ROUND:

Plaquemine opened up its annual Classic tourney with a first-night victory over Class 1-A West St. John. The Green Devils won by a 33-24 score.

PHS led by a 19-12 score at halftime.

Osborne led the way for PHS with 10 points, while Mark Wright had 7 for the WSJHS Rams.

White Castle also triumphed on opening night with a 62-57 overtime victory over 5-A Thibodaux.

Ronald Martin led the Bulldogs with 18 points, but gained strong offensive support from Quadry Allen with 16 and Randy Foster with 14 points.

St. John High lost its opening round game, falling to Amite by a 50-39 score. Amite led 20-14 at intermission.

Da’Vante Williams paced the local Eagles with 19 points, while Matt Chandler led Amite with 17 markers.

OTHER RESULTS: Northside beat Hammond 63-44. Hammond’s Mike Henry led all scorers with 20 points. Three Northside players hit for double figures.

Terrebonne topped St. James 75-63 as Diggs hit for 23 points for the winners. Keaton Harrison netted 16 for SJHS, while Travis Julien added 13 points.

Walker edged out Destrehan by a 46-43 score as Gabe Brewer and Tevin Perkins combined for 28 points.

And Abbeville beat Pointe Coupee Central by a 62-39 score. Alonzo Williams led Abbeville with 15 points. Drea Cobb and Bryon Martin each netted 10 points for PCCHS.

BIG GREEN DEVIL…Plaquemine High basketball-football standout Davon Godchaux (6-3, 234 lbs.) dribbles the round ball toward the goal in last week’s annual Green Devil Holiday Classic tournament.