After a year hiatus, Country Day Classic hoops returns starting Monday

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In the heart of Old Metairie amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping on Metairie Road, boys high school basketball fans in the Metro New Orleans Area can head down a few blocks to Metairie Park Country Day School for the revival of the annual Pre-Christmas Country Day Classic.

The Classic took the year off last year due to COVID-19 but Country Day boys head basketball coach Mike McGuire is looking forward to bringing the tournament back.

“We have a strong 16 team field this year. It’s great to have the classic back this year after COVID-19 prevented us from having the classic last year,” McGuire explained. “There will be some great basketball in Old Metairie this week and the games will be fun to watch.”

From 10 am into the evening hours, eight games are planned to start the event Monday.

Here is a preview of each of the teams competing:

Edna Karr

The Cougars are 9-2 going into the Classic. On Saturday, they gave fellow classic participant Brother Martin their first loss, 51-46. Karr has wins over host Country Day (57-48), St Paul’s of Covington (58-54), Booker T. Washington (65-52) and Jesuit (68-55).

John Curtis

The Patriots are 4-0 with a win against St Martin’s, 69-45.

St Louis Catholic

The Saints are 8-3 on the year and have taken tournament championships at Sulphur and LaGrange.

Sophie B Wright

The Warriors are 5-1 on the season with two big wins over host Country Day (51-50) and Warren Easton (84-74).

Catholic-BR

The Bears are 7-2 on the year including an impressive win over Lafayette Christian (62-52), and their two losses are close ones to LB Landry (78-72) and Walker High (68-67).

McDonogh #35

The Roneagles are 2-5 on the year including a loss to Bonnabel (56-41).

Jesuit

The Blue Jays are 7-5.

Northlake Christian

The Wolverines are 5-3.

St Thomas More

The Cougars are 8-1 on the year and have defeated Dunham (52-39). STM also won the Centerville Tournament. Their only loss of the season is to reigning Class 4A champion McMain in the Newman Invitational Tournament (65-41). Coach Danny Broussard and company will again host the Sunkist Shootout next week in Lafayette.

John F Kennedy

Another set of Cougars, the crew from New Orleans is 6-2 on the year with a good win over the Running Rebels of Riverside (69-43). Their two losses are to East Jefferson (79-67) and ML King Charter (72-67).

Brother Martin

The Crusaders are 12-1 on the season with wins over West Jefferson 54-37, Episcopal-Br 55-43, Bonnabel 65-44 and on Saturday suffered their first loss of the season 51-46 to Edna Karr. The Crusaders also won the Grace King, HL Bourgeois, and their own tournament.

Booker T Washington New Orleans

The Lions are 6-9 on the season with wins over East Jefferson 61-55, and 66-55, Washington-Marion 47-45 and two losses to Newman 41-31, and 60-58 and Hahnville 46-39.

Country Day

The host Cajuns are 5-4 on the season with wins over Salmen (72-70) and LB Landry (60-52) as well as losses against Hahnville (55-46) and Sophie B. Wright (51-50).

East Iberville

The Tigers are 2-2 on the season with a win over Broadmoor (60-44) and a loss vs. U-High (67-29).

Hahnville

The Tigers are 8-5 on the season with two wins over Country Day (55-46 and 61-49) as well as Warren Easton (52-36), Booker T. Washington (46-39) and Jehovan-Jireh (59-57). Hahnville also has competitive losses to Newman (49-37) and Zachary (72-64).

Archbishop Rummel

The Raiders are 3-4 on the season with wins over St. Thomas Aquinas (62-57) and Lusher Charter (61-48) plus a loss to West Jefferson (46-59).

See below for Country Day Classic bracket and schedule:

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