Eight teams featured in Plaquemine holiday boys hoops tournament

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In the days after Christmas and before New Years brings more holiday tournaments to the Greater Baton Rouge area. Among them are traditional Bob Petitt Coca-Cola East Baton Rouge Parish Tournament, the Episcopal Classic and a newer event at Parkview Baptist.

One tournament that has been around a long time is across the river and down the Mississippi by a mere 15 miles from downtown Baton Rouge and it the long standing – the Plaquemine Green Devil Holiday Classic hosted by Plaquemine High.

There are eight teams competing and the championship game will be Wednesday at 7 p.m.

“We went to a round robin format last year but decided to go back to bracket play again,” said Plaquemine head boys Basketball coach and tournament organizer Donald Ray Johnson. “When you have the bracket format it creates a championship atmosphere and means a little more when you can play for a tournament championship.”

TEAM PREVIEWS

Northside-Lafayette

The Vikings come into this week’s tournament with a 7-4 record and winners of the Marksville Tournament. Three of their four losses to known basketball powers (Zachary High 83-78, Bonnabel 57-52, and North Central 58-55).

Thibodaux

The Tigers are 3-9 and still rebuilding after their state championship a couple of years ago.

St. James

The Wildcats are 3-2 with a win over Assumption 60-47 and a loss to Dutchtown in the St. James Tournament 43-50

White Castle

The always tough Bulldogs are 4-6 on the year with both a win and a loss against Istrouma (56-42 and 54-53) as well as a win over Brusly, 55-44. The Bulldogs have two losses against powers Southern Lab 60-44 and Port Allen 67-56.

Plaquemine

The Host Green Devils are 4-7 this year and have defeated Woodlawn-BR 58-39 Plaquemine also close losses against Jehovah-Jireh 56-54 and Lafayette Christian 39-38. The Devils have been known to play well in their own tournament.

David Thibodaux

The Bulldogs have only been around a few years now but continue to grow. They have 6-8 record this year with two wins coming against Central-BR 53-45 and Thibodaux 51-41 plus a loss versus Zachary.

Dutchtown

The Griffins are 6-9 on the season with wins of note one over fellow Classic participant St James and Helen Cox. They’ve lost to host Plaquemine 48-46 and Denham Springs 52-44.

Dodge County, Georgia

The Indians, 7-0 on this season, start four sophomores and a freshman.

Green Devil Holiday Classic
At Plaquemine

Monday
Northside vs. Thibodaux, 4 p.m.
St. James vs. White Castle, 5:30 p.m.
Plaquemine vs. David Thibodaux, 7 p.m.
Dutchtown vs. Dodge County, Ga., 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday
Consolation games at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Semifinals at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday
Consolation final, 4 p.m.
Third-place game, 5:30 p.m.
Championship, 7 p.m.

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Randy Pistorius

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Randy Pistorius is a lifelong resident of South Louisiana and is currently working in the communications field in the Baton Rouge Metropolitian Area. Randy’s start in journalism came while still in high school at De La Salle in New Orleans and that carried with him to Southeastern Louisiana University where he wrote for the Lions Roar and also worked in…

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