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Three Locals Win on National Prep Classic Opening Day

Friday, January 20, 2012

Three local high schools posted victories in the opening round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl's National Prep Classic basketball tournament on Thursday at the Alario Center. Action continues on Friday with four games beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 19 Results:
Douglass 65, Salmen 58
John Curtis 71, Boys and Girls 52
Riverside 74, Wenonah 61
O.P. Walker 66, St. John Bosco 54

Friday, Jan. 20 Schedule:
4:30 p.m.: Salmen vs. Brooklyn Boys and Girls
6 p.m.: Wenonah vs. St. John Bosco
7:30 p.m.: Riverside vs. O.P. Walker
9 p.m.: Douglass vs. John Curtis

Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic Bracket

In the opening game, Douglass High of Oklahoma City came from behind to upend Salmen High, 65-58. Trailing by seven entering the fourth quarter, Trojan star Stephen Clark finally came to life, scoring 16 of his game-high 23 points in the final stanza. Clark came into the game averaging over 40 points per outing. Star guard Khari Price also tallied 23 points ot lead the Spartans.

Undefeated John Curtis kept up its perfect season in the second game as the Patriots topped Boys and Girls High from Brooklyn, N.Y., 71-52. After Curtis took control of the game in the second half, the officials were forced to take control as well, ejecting two players and doling out six technical fouls against Boys and Girls. LSU signee Malik Morgan led Curtis with 36 points, including 15-of-16 from the free-throw line.

Game three saw a powerful Riverside Academy team roll over Wenonah High from Birmingham, 74-61. Wenonah is the defending Class 5A champs in Alabama. The Rebels blew the game open in the third quarter, building a 42-18 advantage and coasting home. Star big man Ricardo Gathers, the MVP of last year's Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic, led the way with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Donald Thomas scored 20.

In the final game of the evening, O. Perry Walker surprised weary St. John Bosco of California, 66-54. St. John Bosco had played a Wednesday evening game in California before traveling cross-country for Thursday evening's game. O. Perry Walker had also played on Wednesday, losing a tough district battle to McDonogh 35, but its travel plans were far less demanding. Jamal Samuel scored 18 points to lead the Chargers. Rashad Ray added 15 points. Standout brothers Isaac and Daniel Hamilton scored 19 and 15 points, respectively to lead the Braves.

ABOUT THE ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier bowl games in the country, having hosted 22 national champions, 81 Hall of Fame players, 44 Hall of Fame coaches and 15 Heisman Trophy winners in its 77-year history. The Allstate Sugar Bowl hosted the 78th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic on January 3, 2012 and the Allstate BCS National Championship Game on January 9, 2012. In addition to football, the Allstate Sugar Bowl is involved with various community initiatives through hosting and sponsorships of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 13,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2 billion into the local economy in the last decade. For more information, visit www.AllstateSugarBowl.org.

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