Green Devil Classic holiday hoops event feature format change
In the Baton Rouge area, several prep basketball holiday tournaments are scheduled including three of the Biggest – the EBR Bob Pettit Coca-Cola Classic, Catholic High tourney and the Red Stick Classic the Episcopal Classic.
Another annual tradition requires a short trip across the Mississippi River and down LA-1 to the Green Devil Classic hosted by Plaquemine High on Saturday through Tuesday with a break on Sunday.
The Green Devil Classic is taking a different approach this year, switching from a tournament style to a round robin format. Teams competing besides the host Green Devils (6-2) with wins over East Jefferson, 51-50, and the 2019 Class 1A runner-ups in KIPP Booker T Washington, 45-39, include Amite (1-6), Dutchtown (6-6), Northside (5-8), the 2019 Class 5A State Champion Thibodaux Tigers (3-7), Donaldsonville (0-2), St James (2-3), David Thibodaux (1-7) and Helen Cox (6-4) with wins over Jehovah-Jireh, 64-61, and KIPP Booker T. Washington, 43-39.
“We have several schools besides us that are known for great basketball including Dutchtown, Northside, Thibodaux, and Helen Cox,” notes Plaquemine High head coach Donald Ray Johnson. “I thought this year with the pandemic we could better manage a round robin better than a traditional tournament, and I wanted to try something new.”
GREEN DEVIL CLASSIC — ROUND-ROBIN SCHEDULE
Amite vs. Dutchtown, 2 p.m.
Northside vs. Thibodaux, 3:45 p.m.
Helen Cox vs. Donaldsonville, 5:30 p.m.
Plaquemine vs. St. James, 7:15 p.m.
David Thibodaux vs. Donaldsonville, 2 p.m.
Helen Cox vs. St. James, 3:45 p.m.
Northside vs. Dutchtown, 5:30 p.m.
Plaquemine vs. Thibodaux, 7:15 p.m.
Donaldsonville vs. Dutchtown, 2 p.m.
Thibodaux vs. David Thibodaux, 3:45 p.m.
Amite vs. Northside, 5:30 p.m.
Plaquemine vs. Helen Cox, 7:15 p.m.
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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…