Br. Dave Verrett was an institution at Archbishop Shaw high school and a Salesian his whole life. Raised in the Hope Haven Orphanage by the Salesian brothers and then committing 63 years of his life to the Salesian order, Br. Dave is lovingly remembered and honored by naming the inaugural basketball tournament after him.
The Br. Dave Verrett Memorial Basketball Tournament began its first day of play yesterday with three games played in a spirit that would have made Br. Dave proud. With a diverse field of teams Br. Dave would have enjoyed being present to “massage” the score clock for the Shaw Eagles as was his custom.
Little help would have been required though, as the Eagles ran out decisive winners over the New Orleans Maritime and Military Academy winning by 37 points. Other games on the day included a hard fought win by Eleanor McMain over Cohen College Prep by ten points. Meanwhile, in the last game of the night, Vanderbilt Catholic won a game that was played at a very high standard over Benjamin Franklin. In a very tight game that included many lead changes and had no team leading by more than 5 at any time, Vanderbilt Catholic was able to get better shots down the stretch and hit some clutch free throws to get their noses in front.