New York and Pennsylvania Schools Capture Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
WESTWEGO, La. (January 5, 2019) – Bishop Loughlin High School from Brooklyn and Germantown Academy from Fort Washington, Pa., earned the top boys’ and girls’ titles, respectively, at the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Basketball Classic. Bishop Loughlin won the boys’ national bracket while Germantown won the girls’ platinum bracket. Other champions were Landry-Walker High School from New Orleans (boys’ state division), Lee Magnet High School from Baton Rouge (girls’ gold division) and Dominican High School of New Orleans (girls’ silver division).
Boys’ National Bracket
Top-seeded Bishop Loughlin dominated its first two opponents in the national bracket, cruising over defending Louisiana 5A state champion Walker (La.), 78-60, and Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.), 56-31. The semifinals were more of a challenge as defending Louisiana 3A state champ Madison Prep (Baton Rouge) only fell, 54-46. In the championship round, the Lions held off The Dunham School (Baton Rouge), 67-58, as Julian Champagnie scored 21 points and brother Justin added 18 points. Justin was named the tournament’s MVP. Dunham was led by 20 points from Jordan Wright.
Girls’ Platinum Bracket
Sherri Retief, the head coach of Germantown Academy, from outside Philadelphia, is a New Orleans native and a former Tulane basketball star (a member of the school’s Hall of Fame). She had a memorable homecoming as she directed her Patriots’ squad to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic’s Platinum Division title. Germantown held off defending Louisiana Division I state champ John Curtis, 52-48, in the semifinals. Elle Stauffer led Germantown with 17 points while Curtis was led by Jerkaila Jordan’s 25-point effort. In the championship game, Germantown took down another defending state champion, North Caddo (Class 2A), in impressive fashion, rolling to a 66-35 victory behind 23 points from Stauffer, who was named the tournament MVP. Germantown’s Becca Booth and Rachel Balzer were also named to the all-tournament team.
Boys’ State Bracket
The boys’ state bracket closed with a thriller as Landry-Walker defeated defending Louisiana Division IV champ Lafayette Christian, 51-50, in overtime. Landry-Walker, which led by as many as 14, held the Knights to just two field goals in the final nine minutes of the game (including the four-minute overtime). Torey Cargo led the Bucs with 15 points while B.J. Francis paced Lafayette Christian with 10. Shadon Green led the Charging Bucs with eight points, four rebounds and three steals – he was named the tournament’s MVP. Lafayette Christian placed T.J. Jones and B.J. Francis on the all-tourney team.
Girls’ Gold Bracket
Lafayette Christian also reached the finals in the girls’ gold bracket, but it also fell in that game as Lee Magnet from Baton Rouge posted a 45-38 victory. Lee fell behind 11-2 early, but recovered behind a big-time effort from division MVP Diamond Hunter, who scored a game-high 19 points to go with nine rebounds and three assists. Hunter was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Ceara Myers and A’niya Lagarde as well as Tamera Johnson and Bre Porter from Lafayette Christian.
Girls’ Silver Bracket
Dominican used a dominating defense to defeat South Lafourche, 41-29, and win the girls’ silver bracket title. Junior guard Kylie Barre was named the tournament’s MVP after scoring 14 points to lead Dominican. Makayla Bynum led South Lafourche with eight points.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic started with eight teams in 2011. It featured 68 teams in 2019 including 12 out-of-state participants.
In addition, in 2019, the tournament organizers, Friends of Prep Sports LLC, awarded four $1,500 scholarships to deserving student athletes in the tournament.
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, 50 Hall of Fame coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 85-year history. The 86th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 1, 2020. 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.