About the Allstate Sugarbowl National Prep Classic

Each January, the Allstate Sugar Bowl sponsors the National Prep Basketball Classic featuring multiple brackets for both boys and girls high school basketball players. It has featured teams from Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic will make its return beginning Wednesday as 54 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, including 10 out-of-state schools, will compete in the 12th edition of the tournament. The Prep Classic, which has welcomed teams from 16 states during its history, features four brackets, two for boys and two for girls. All games are scheduled to be played at the Alario Center in Westwego.

Championships in all four brackets will be played on Saturday. The Girls’ Gold championship will be played at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Girls’ Platinum at 5:00. Then the Boys’ State bracket title game will be played at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Boys’ National championship at 8:00 p.m.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic had its inaugural tournament in 2011. In 2020, the event featured a total of 63 teams. However, last year’s edition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daily admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students (with student ID) and children.

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Highlights of the Allstate Sugarbowl National Prep Classic

2022
Georgia’s Newton High Wins Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
Newton High School, from Georgia, defeated Beaumont (Texas) United High School to win the National Bracket of the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic Championship on Saturday evening. The championship match was a showdown between nationally-ranked high school powers as Newton checked in at No. 21 in the most recent MaxPreps national rankings and Beaumont was No. 23.
2021
Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
2020
Louisiana Schools Rise to Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
Four Louisiana high schools swept the four championships at the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic this weekend. The two top honorees were Scotlandville High School, which won the Boys National Bracket and LaGrange High School which captured the Girls Platinum Bracket title. Also earning championships were KIPP-Booker T. Washington High School from New Orleans, which won the Boys State Bracket and Huntington (Shreveport) High School, which won the Girls Gold Bracket.
2019
New York and Pennsylvania Schools Capture Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
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).
2018
Riverside Boys and Curtis Girls Capture Top Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl Tourney
Riverside Academy captured its fourth boys’ title in six years at the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Basketball Classic on Saturday evening at the Alario Center. John Curtis Christian School earned the Girls’ Platinum title while Lafayette Christian won the Gold Bracket and Dominican took the Silver Bracket title. In the boys’ championship game, Riverside improved to 22-0 on the season with a 61-55 overtime victory against Karr. Jared Butler, an Alabama signee, scored a game-high 26 points, including four three-pointers, while adding six steals, five rebounds and five assists. The 6-3 guard was named the tournament MVP. In addition, in 2018, the tournament organizers, Friends of Prep Sports LLC, awarded four $1,500 scholarships to deserving student athletes in the tournament.
2017
Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic Crowns Three New Champions
The sensational Ja'Vonte Smart scored 40 points, including 25 in the second half, to lead Scotlandville, from Baton Rouge, to a 66-63 win over Christian Life Center Academy of Kingwood, Texas, for the boys' championship. Smart was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player as Scotlandville improved to 17-1 on the year. CLCA dropped to 11-6 overall. Two-time Louisiana Player of the Year Cara Ursin posted a dominant second-half, scoring 20 of her 27 points to lead Destrehan to a 68-61 victory over John Curtis in the Girls' Platinum Bracket title game. Ursin, who was named the Platinum MVP, had three 27 point-games and one 29-point effort in the tourney. Destrehan's Kiki Kenner added 18 points in the win after scoring 25 in the semifinals. The Wildcats improved to 20-0 on the year while the Patriots dropped to 18-2.
2016
Riverside Earns Third Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic Title
A furious comeback by Riverside Academy led the Rebels to a 60-57 victory over Edna Karr to win their third championship at the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Basketball Classic. In addition to Riverside winning the boys' title, Mount Carmel captured the girls' championship (Platinum Bracket) with a 46-37 victory over defending Class 4A state champion Warren Easton. Jewell Sumner won the girl's Gold Bracket with a 54-40 victory over Covington.
2015
Montverde and Salmen Win Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
The Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Basketball Classic had the dream match-up for both its boys' and girls' championship games on Saturday evening at the Alario Center. In the boys' title match, two-time defending national champion Montverde Academy from Florida defeated two-time defending tournament champion Riverside Academy, 92-75. Defending girls' champion Salmen High School from Slidell, La., earned its second title by delivering the first loss of the season to a strong Warren Easton High squad, 56-44.
2014
Riverside Defends Title At Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
Riverside Academy of Reserve, La., successfully defended its Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic title as it defeated University High from Baton Rouge, 57-54, on Saturday night at the Alario Center in the fourth annual tournament. On the women's side, Salmen High, from Slidell, La., avenged its only loss from earlier this season by pulling away from John Curtis of River Ridge, La., 49-32.
2013
Riverside Academy Becomes First Louisiana School to Win National Prep Classic
Charvon Julien scored 22 points and handed out five assists as Riverside Academy, of Reserve, La., upset Sheldon High School from Sacramento, Calif., 72-65, to win the boys' title in the third annual Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic. Julien earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors. The three-day event was contested at the Alario Center in Westwego.
2012
Oklahoma City’s Douglass Wins Second National Prep Classic
Douglass High from Oklahoma City, led by tournament MVP Stephen Clark, defeated O.P. Walker High, 68-60, to win the Allstate Sugar Bowl's National Prep Classic basketball tournament on Saturday evening at the Alario Center. Riverside Academy defeated John Curtis Christian School, 69-51, to earn third-place in the event.
2011
Kimball Knights Claim Title at Inaugural National Prep Classic
The Kimball Knights of Dallas took down the hometown Riverside Rebels, 61-58, to win the inaugural Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. Riverside's Ricardo Gathers was chosen as the tournament's MVP by unanimous vote by the media covering the 3-day event.
Jan 5 Girls Platinum Lafayette Christian 57 LaGrange 41 Jan 5 Girls Platinum Vandebilt Cath 41 Wossman 58 Jan 5 Boys State Consolation Family Christian 65 Amite 58 Jan 5 Girls Platinum Consolation Madison Central, MS 53 Midland 51 Jan 5 Boys State Northshore 44 Rummel 45 Jan 5 Boys National Milton, GA 50 Archbishop Hannan 44 Jan 5 Girls Platinum John Curtis Christian 59 Kenwood Chicago, IL 52 Jan 5 Girls Platinum Consolation Acadiana 36 Lafayette High 43 Jan 5 Boys State Consolation McDonogh 35 36 Sophie B. Wright 53 Jan 5 Girls Platinum Consolation Ponchatoula 44 Ellender 15 Jan 5 Boys National St. Thomas More 38 Trinity, KY 55 Jan 5 Boys National Consolation Holy Cross Booker T. Washington Jan 5 Boys National Consolation John Curtis Christian 55 Thayer, MO 53 Jan 5 Boys National Consolation Charlotte, FL 51 Newman 66 Jan 5 Boys National Consolation Archbishop Shaw 51 Westbury Christian, TX 45 Jan 6 Girls Platinum Lafayette Christian 60 Wossman 57 Jan 6 Girls Platinum Sparkman, AL 35 John Curtis Christian 45 Jan 6 Girls Platinum Consolation Oak Grove 25 Midland 66 Jan 6 Girls Platinum Consolation Madison Prep 59 Madison Central, MS 47 Jan 6 Boys National Peabody 59 Sisbee, TX 44 Jan 6 Boys State Consolation Family Christian 63 Sophie B. Wright 66 Jan 6 Boys State Consolation JF Kennedy 41 Northshore 35 Jan 6 Girls Platinum Consolation Ellender 19 Acadiana 45 Jan 6 Boys State Consolation Amite 50 McDonogh 35 55 Jan 6 Girls Platinum Consolation Parrish Community, FL 22 Kenwood Chicago, IL 71 Jan 6 Girls Platinum Lafayette Christian 68 John Curtis Christian 66 Jan 6 Boys National Milton, GA 34 Trinity, KY 51 Jan 6 Girls Platinum Consolation Ponchatoula 48 Lafayette High 45 Jan 6 Boys National Consolation Archbishop Hannan 44 St. Thomas More 59 Jan 6 Boys National Consolation Crescent City 47 G.W. Carver 57 Jan 6 Boys National Consolation Thayer, MO 53 Charlotte, FL 51 Jan 6 Girls Platinum Consolation LaGrange 44 Vandebilt Cath 52 Jan 6 Boys National Consolation Holy Cross 62 Westbury Christian, TX 77 Jan 6 Girls Gold Mandeville 66 Amite 54 Jan 6 Boys National Consolation Booker T. Washington 50 Archbishop Shaw 63 Jan 6 Boys National Consolation John Curtis Christian 33 Newman 46 Jan 6 Boys State Country Day 45 Rummel 49 Jan 6 Boys National Peabody 48 Trinity, KY 45