Jesuit Captures Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Championship

NEW ORLEANS (December 1, 2018) – Jesuit defeated Holy Cross, 64-54, to capture the championship of the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Tournament. It is the record 12th championship in the event for the Blue Jays, who last won in 2009. The Tigers had been aiming for their fourth title in the tournament, which celebrated its 65th year of action this year.

Jesuit, which remains undefeated on the year at 8-0, was led by tournament MVP Elijah Morgan. The 5-11 senior guard scored 16 points to pace the Blue Jays for the fourth straight game – he averaged 17.5 points per game in the tournament. Junior Kyle Haupt and senior Robert McMahon added 14 and 12, respectively for Jesuit.

Kalil Thomas, a 6-4 senior forward, led Holy Cross (6-2) with 11 points as he was selected for the all-tournament team. Junior guard Tyler Kirkwood added 10 points.

Joining Morgan and Thomas on the all-tournament team were Javon Ruffin (Newman), Kolby Warren (Slidell) and Abiram Frye (De La Salle). Ruffin, a 6-4 sophomore, was the tournament’s top scorer with 24.3 points per game.

Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Boys’ Basketball Tournament Championship, Saturday December 1
Jesuit def. Holy Cross, 64-54

Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Boys’ Basketball Tournament Consolation Games, Saturday December 1
FIFTH PLACE: John Curtis def. Fontainebleau, 60-42: Andrew Stagni (Curtis) – 27 pts; Trey Alfonso (Fontainebleau) – 15 pts
FIFTH PLACE: St. Paul’s def. Rummel, 60-42: Matthew Mahoney (St. Paul’s) – 14 pts; Aaron Thomas (Rummel) – 16 pts
NINTH PLACE: Shaw def. St. Stanislaus, 50-30: Isaiah Crawford (Shaw) – 15 pts
NINTH PLACE: Newman def. St. Thomas Aquinas, 54-30: Javon Ruffin (Newman) – 23 pts; Dawsey/Wilson (St. Thomas Aquinas) – 8 pts each

Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Boys’ Basketball Tournament Semifinal Results, Friday, November 30
Jesuit def. Slidell, 59-49: Elijah Morgan (Jesuit) – 22 pts; Kolby Warren (Slidell) – 19 pts
Holy Cross def. De La Salle, 69-67: Kalil Thomas (Holy Cross) – 16 pts; Abiram Frye (De La Salle) – 18 pts

Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Boys’ Basketball Tournament Consolation Games, Saturday December 1
Shaw (Pool A Third Place) vs. St. Stanislaus (Pool B Third Place), 12:45 p.m. (at Jesuit)
St. Thomas Aquinas (Pool C Third Place) vs. Newman (Pool D Third Place), 2:15 p.m. (at Jesuit)
John Curtis (Pool A Second Place) vs. Fontainebleau (Pool B Second Place), 3:45 p.m. (at Jesuit)
Rummel (Pool C Second Place) vs. St. Paul’s (Pool D Second Place), 5:15 p.m. (at Jesuit)

 Pool A
 Pool B  Pool C  Pool D
John Curtis (1-1) Fontainebleau (1-1) De La Salle (2-0) Holy Cross (2-0)
Shaw (0-2) Jesuit (2-0) Rummel (1-1) Newman (0-2)
Slidell (2-0) St. Stanislaus (1-1) St. Thomas Aquinas (0-2) St. Paul’s (1-1)


Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Boys’ Basketball Tournament Results, Thursday, November 29
Slidell def. Shaw, 65-55: Jailen Jones (Slidell) – 14 pts; Christian Jourdain (Shaw) – 22 pts
Fontainebleau def. St. Stanislaus, 62-58: Connor McCormick (Fontainebleau) – 32 pts; Delvin Henry (St. Stanislaus) – 16 pts
De La Salle def. St. Thomas Aquinas, 66-34
Holy Cross def. St. Paul’s, 53-42: Kalil Thomas (Holy Cross) – 19 pts; Ben Seiden (St. Paul’s) – 15 pts

Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Boys’ Basketball Tournament Results, Wednesday, November 28
Rummel def. St. Thomas Aquinas, 50-36: Garrett Schmidt (Rummel) – 19 pts; Jacob Romero (STAQ) – 10 pts
Slidell def. John Curtis, 73-57: Kolby Warren (Slidell) – 15 pts; Andrew Stagni (Curtis) – 19
Jesuit def. Fontainebleau, 75-42: Elijah Morgan (Jesuit) – 13 pts; Connor McCormick (Fontainebleau) – 14 pts
St. Paul’s def. Newman, 43-38: Evan Seicshnaydre (St. Paul’s) – 16 pts; Javon Ruffin (Newman) – 21 pts

Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Boys’ Basketball Tournament Results, Tuesday, November 27
Jesuit def. St. Stanislaus, 82-38: Elijah Morgan (Jesuit) – 19 points; Nour Tayara (St. Stanislaus) – 10 points
John Curtis def. Shaw, 57-41: Andrew Stagni (Curtis) – 16 points); Isaiah Crawford (Shaw) – 11 points
De La Salle def. Rummel, 60-43: Jalen Need (De La Salle) – 15 points; Garrett Schmidt (Rummel) – 12 points
Holy Cross def. Newman, 58-38: Tyler Veaver (Holy Cross) – 11 points; Javon Ruffin (Newman) – 29 points

St. Paul’s School of Covington won its second CYO Basketball title in three years as it defeated defending tournament champion De La Salle, 46-44, in the 2017 event. St. Paul’s Devonte Allen became the fourth player in the 64 years of the tournament to earn MVP honors twice. He joined Bobby Delpit (St. Aloysius, now Brother Martin, 1950, 1951), Brandon Spann (Jesuit, 1997, 1998) and Craig Victor (St. Augustine, 2010, 2011). Allen, who won the MVP honor in 2015 after hitting the game-winning shot in the title game, scored 23 points in the Wolves’ championship victory.

The tournament is celebrating its 65th year of action this year and has hosted many of the all-time greats in New Orleans prep basketball history.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 93 Hall of Fame players, 49 Hall of Fame coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 84-year history. The 85th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 1, 2019. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors nearly 100,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade.