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Walker and Douglass to Play for Allstate Sugar Bowl's National Prep Classic Title

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Local school O.P. Walker and Douglass High from Oklahoma City will meet in the championship of the Allstate Sugar Bowl's National Prep Classic basketball tournament on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at the Alario Center. Admission is $7 for adults. Walker upset tourney favorite Riverside, 55-52, in Friday's first semifinal while Douglass ran away from previously undefeated John Curtis, 82-73, in the second semifinal.

Friday, Jan. 20 Results:
Brooklyn Boys and Girls 59, Salmen 50
Wenonah 85, St. John Bosco 67
O.P. Walker 55, Riverside 52
Douglass 82, John Curtis 73

Saturday, Jan. 21 Schedule:
12 p.m.: Salmen vs. St. John Bosco (Seventh Place Game)
1:30 p.m.: Wenonah vs. Brooklyn Boys & Girls (Fifth Place Game)
5 p.m.: Riverside vs. John Curtis (Third Place Game)
7 p.m.: Douglass vs. O.P. Walker (Championship)

Thursday, Jan. 19 Results:
Douglass 65, Salmen 58
John Curtis 71, Boys and Girls 52
Riverside 74, Wenonah 61
O.P. Walker 66, St. John Bosco 54

In Friday's first semifinal game, O.P. Walker held off a late rally by Riverside to advance to the finals. The Chargers led by 10 with 5:37 to go in the game, but the Rebels came all the way back behind a strong fourth quarter from Ricardo Gathers, who finished with 20 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks. After knotting the game with a late three by Donald Thomas, Jr., Riverside was hoping for overtime, however, O.P. Walker's Rashad Ray drilled a contested three-pointer at the buzzer to lift his team to victory. Ray finished the game with 19 points, including hittng four of his five three-point attempts. Riverside was victimized by 20 missed free throws in the game.

In the second semifinal, Douglass star guard Stephen Clark was sensational from the start, piling up a 24-point first half as he led the Trojans to a 48-32 advantage. Curtis, which lost its own star guard, Malik Morgan, to a first-half injury, looked overwhelmed early. However, the Patriots settled down in the second half as Rackwon James (13 points) clamped down on Clark, who finished with just 30 total points. Curtis pulled within three late in the game behind the efforts of Malachi Dupre (17 points, 12 rebounds) and Isaac Banks (13 points). However, a big second half from the Trojans' Delondre Williams (19 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 11 boards) lifted Douglass to the championship game.

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