Allstate Sugar Bowl Crowns Three New Basketball Champions park
The Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Basketball Classic crowned three new champions in the event's seventh annual tournament as Scotlandville won the boy's championship and Destrehan and Houma Christian captured girls' championships on Saturday at the Alario Center.
The sensational Ja'Vonte Smart scored 40 points, including 25 in the second half, to lead Scotlandville, from Baton Rouge, to a 66-63 win over Christian Life Center Academy of Kingwood, Texas, for the boys' championship. Smart was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player as Scotlandville improved to 17-1 on the year. CLCA dropped to 11-6 overall.
Two-time Louisiana Player of the Year Cara Ursin posted a dominant second-half, scoring 20 of her 27 points to lead Destrehan to a 68-61 victory over John Curtis in the Girls' Platinum Bracket title game. Ursin, who was named the Platinum MVP, had three 27 point-games and one 29-point effort in the tourney. Destrehan's Kiki Kenner added 18 points in the win after scoring 25 in the semifinals. The Wildcats improved to 20-0 on the year while the Patriots dropped to 18-2.
Girls' Platinum All-Tournament Team:
Cara Ursin, Destrehan (MVP)
Kiki Kenner, Destrehan
Unique Thompson, Faith Academy
Destiny Ramos, Faith Academy
Dynah Jones, Curtis
Ariyah Irons, Curtis
Jerkaylia Jordan, Curtis
Brandi Washington, Ouachita
Brooklyn Mitchell, Ursuline
Kierra Brimsey, Natchitoches Central
In the girls' Gold Bracket, Houma Christian captured the championship with a 54-36 victory over South Lafourche. The Lady Warriors improved to 15-7 with the victory, the Lady Tarpons dropped to 19-2 overall – with both losses coming to Houma Christian. Dionjhae "Dee" Thomas earned Gold Tournament MVP honors after tallying 23 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals in the championship game victory for Houmas Christian. Alicia Johnson (17 points, 12 rebounds) and Kourtne Lee joined Thomas on the all-tournament team.