Allstate Sugar Bowl's Fifth Annual National Prep Basketball Classic Tips Off Wednesday park
The Allstate Sugar Bowl's Fifth Annual National Prep Basketball Classic will tip off with the opening games of the boys' bracket on Wednesday, January 7 at the Alario Center in Westwego, La. The girls' bracket begins play on Thursday. Both of last year's champions, Riverside Academy (boys) and Salmen High (girls) return in hopes of defending their titles – the Rebels from Riverside will be looking for their third straight title.
Visiting New Orleans for the event is Montverde (Fla.) Academy, the two-time defending national champions. Montverde is led by LSU signee Ben Simmons, considered by some to be the top recruit in the nation. After a first-round bye, the Eagles will open tourney play on Thursday when they play the winner of the Helen Cox-Country Day game at 7:30 p.m.
Also in the boys' bracket, perennial Georgia power Tift County, last year's 6A state champion, joins many Louisiana powers including four state champions – Country Day (Class 1A), Riverside (2A), Landry-Walker (4A) and Natchitoches Central (5A).
On the girls' side, Louisiana Class 5A champion Mount Carmel, 5A finalist Destrehan, 4A power Karr, 4A champion Salmen, 4A finalist Warren Easton and 3A power John Curtis are featured squads. Thirteen of the 15 schools in the girls' event are from Louisiana.
Boys' early round action will take place on Wednesday and Thursday with the semifinals being played on Friday at 7:30 and 9 p.m. The boys' championship will be played on Saturday at 8 p.m. The girls will play early-round games on Thursday and Friday while their semifinals will take place at 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the championship game at 5 p.m.
Boys' First Round Games, Wednesday, Jan. 7:
Landry-Walker vs. St. Thomas More, 4 p.m.
Helen Cox vs. Country Day, 5:30 p.m.
Riverside vs. Richwood, 7 p.m.
Karr vs. Salmen, 8:30 p.m.
Boys' First Round Games, Thursday, Jan. 8:
Natchitoches Central vs. Westgate, 3 p.m.
Arcadia vs. West Jefferson, 3 p.m.
Boys' Quarterfinals, Thursday, Jan. 8:
Karr/Salmen winner vs. Landry-Walker/St. Thomas More winner, 4:30 p.m.
Tift Country (Ga.) vs. Riverside/Richwood winner, 6 p.m.
Montverde (Fla.) vs. Helen Cox/Country Day winner, 7:30 p.m.
Natchitoches Central/Westgate winner vs. Arcadia/West Jefferson winner, 9 p.m.
Girls' First Round Games, Thursday, Jan. 8:
Destrehan vs. Germantown Academy, 3 p.m.
Cabrini vs. Hahnville, 4:30 p.m.
Warren Easton vs. Chapelle, 4:30 p.m.
Ouachita Parish vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 6 p.m.
Karr vs. Assumption. 6 p.m.
John Curtis vs. West St. John, 7:30 p.m.
Doyle vs. Mt. Carmel, 7:30 p.m.
In last year's event, the Riverside boys defeated University High from Baton Rouge, 57-54, in the championship game. On the girls' side, Salmen pulled away from John Curtis, 49-32.
2014 Boys All-Tournament Team:
Jordan Andrews, Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.) – MVP
Jared Vandebilt, Victory Preparatory Academy (Houston, Texas)
Trey Touchet, St. Thomas More Academy (Lake Charles, La.)
Shawn Jones, L.W. Higgins High School (Marrero, La.)
Paul McZeal, Northside (Lafayette, La.)
Gerard Andrus, Northside (Lafayette, La.)
Wayde Sims, University High School (Baton Rouge, La.)
D.J. White, University High School (Baton Rouge, La.)
Malik Crowfield, Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.)
Von Julien, Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.)
2014 Girls All-Tournament Team:
Kalani Brown, Salmen High School (Slidell, La.) – MVP
Margaret Ann-Hubbell, Germantown Academy (Germantown, Pa.)
Lawriell Wilson, Warren Easton High School (New Orleans)
Taylin Underwood, Doyle High School (Livingston, La.)
Diamante Martinez, Edna Karr High School (New Orleans)
Erica Newsome, Gulfport High School (Gulfport, Miss.)
Taylor Berry, Mount Carmel Academy (New Orleans, La.)
Megan Brown, Salmen High School (Slidell, La.)
Kolby Morgan, John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, La.)
Tia Charles, John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, La.)