Allstate Sugar Bowl Welcomes Elite Young Athletes to New Orleans for AAU Hoops park
The Allstate Sugar Bowl sponsored the Primetime Super 60 AAU Basketball Tournament for the second year over Memorial Day weekend in New Orleans. The event featured 360 boys' teams, including many of the top-rated AAU teams in the country, from second-grade to ninth-grade playing multiple games at 24 locations around the city. The tournament featured young athletes from 20 different states and drew 10,000-12,000 visitors to the city – the event jumped from approximately 270 teams last year to 360 for 2013.
Upper Division Winners
Second grade: Memphis Wildcats def. New Orleans Renegades, 38-35
Third grade: GC Blue Chips (Texas) def. Top Risers (Fla.), 40-30
Fourth grade: Deron Williams Elite-Harmon (Texas) def. Texas Select, 44-30
Fifth grade: Memphis War Eagles def. ATR Xplosion (La.), 58-44
Sixth grade: Deron Williams Elite (Texas) def. Memphis War Eagles, 50-44
Seventh grade: WACG All-Stars (Tenn.) def. Team Izod (N.J.), 55-46
Eighth grade: Atlanta Rockefellas def. Birmingham Storm, 45-37
Ninth grade: Oklahoma Athletes First def. New Orleans Elite, 75-70 (3OT)
Full results are available by visiting: www.SAAUBoysHoops.com/nolasuper60.html
The eighth-grade division was one of the most competitive, featuring 12 of the top-20 ranked teams in the country – the championship game between the Atlanta Rockefellers and the Birmingham Storm included seven players 6-6 or taller, including a pair of 6-8 standouts for Birmingham, but Atlanta held on for the victory. The seventh-grade championship game featured the WACG All-Stars from Nashville against Team Izod from New Jersey – two of the top teams in the nation with WACG pulling off the win in a game which featured multiple dunks by both teams. The ninth-grade championship game saw Oklahoma Athletes first rally back from a double digit deficit to force three overtimes before escaping with the victory against New Orleans Elite.
The Sugar Bowl, which has a rich history with the sport of basketball dating back to 1936, is scheduled to sponsor three major high school tournaments this year. The roundball schedule began with the third annual Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic in January; it continued with the Primetime Super 60 tourney and will wrap up with the 60th annual New Orleans CYO High School Tournament in December. In addition, the Sugar Bowl Committee was a key part of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four and the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four this past spring.
The mission of the Allstate Sugar Bowl is to sponsor and promote amateur sporting events which will foster revenue and spark economic growth in the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. Through all of its year-round slate of events, the organization has generated over $2 billion of economic impact for the city and the state in the last decade alone.