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National Prep Basketball Classic
January 10, 2015 @ 12:00 am
The fifth annual Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic basketball tournaments for boys and girls will be held Jan. 8-10 at the Alario Center in Westwego. Boys’ teams slated to compete are: Riverside Academy, University High, Karr, Higgins, Landry-Walker, St. Thomas More, Parkview Baptist, Salmen, Northside, Country Day. John Curtis, Bonabel, Bishop Verot (Fla.) and Victory Prep (Texas).
Team previews for all participants will be posted leading up to the event.
In last year’s event, Riverside Academy of Reserve, La., successfully defended its tournament title as it defeated University High from Baton Rouge, 57-54 on Jan. 4, 2014. On the women’s side, Salmen High, from Slidell, La., avenged its only loss from earlier in the season by pulling away from John Curtis of River Ridge, La., 49-32. Both teams went on to win Louisiana High School State Championships.
The men’s championship game was a rematch from last year’s Louisiana Class 2A semifinals, which the Rebels also won. In Saturday’s game, Jordan Andrews tallied 17 points and a collection of key rebounds to earn tournament MVP honors. Malik Crowfield and Herb McGee each added nine points. Wayde Sims led U-High with a game-high 19 points while D.J. White added 18 points.
In the girls’ title game, junior center Kalani Brown (22 points) and Southern Miss signee Megan Brown (no relation) combined for 37 points in the Salmen High victory. The 6-5 Kalani Brown, who is the 13th-ranked player in the Class of 2015 by ESPN, earned MVP honors after her performance. Curtis was led by a 22-point performance from Kolby Morgan.
2014: Riverside Defends Title at Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
2013: Riverside Academy Becomes First Louisiana School to Win National Prep Classic
2012: Oklahoma City’s Douglass Wins Second National Prep Classic
2011: Kimball Knights Claim Title at Inaugural National Prep Classic