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.
Saturday, Jan. 21 Results:
Douglass 68, O.P. Walker 60 (Championship)
Riverside 69, John Curtis 51 (Third Place Game)
Brooklyn Boys & Girls 67, Wenonah 53 (Fifth Place Game)
St. John Bosco 66, Salmen 59 (Seventh Place Game)
In the Championship game, Douglas and Walker were tied at the half, 31-31, as the Chargers held Trojan star Stephen Clark to 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting., However, the junior sharp-shooter came to life in the second-half, scoring 23 points, including 12 from the free-throw line to lead his team to victory. O.P. Walker was led by a 17-point effort from point guard Tyree Griffin, as well as 10 points each from Rashad Ray and Jamal Samuel.
Clark was named the MVP of the tournament. Joining the Douglass guard on the all-tournament team were:
Rashad Ray, O.P. Walker
Ricardo Gathers, Riverside
Isaac Banks, John Curtis
Isaac Hamilton, St. John Bosco
Chase Sadler, Wenonah
Khari Price, Salmen
Leroy Fludd, Boys & Girls
DeAngelo Smith, Douglass
Donald Thomas, Riverside
In the third-place game, under-manned John Curtis played tough but couldn’t keep up with Riverside. The Patriots were without two key players, including star guard Malik Morgan, who injured his ankle the previous night. With the score was tied at 32 at the half, the Rebels broke the contest open, out-scoring Curtis, 20-10 in the third quarter. Ricardo Gathers finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds, while Lucas Martin-Julien scored a game-high 17 points. Donald Thomas, Jr., added 14. For Curtis, Isaac Banks scored 14 points with 11 boards, while Malachi Dupre added 14 of his own.
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