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.
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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.
After Riverside took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter, the Cubs rallied and a Maxwell Starwood three-point play put them on top 50-47 with just over two minutes remaining. However, a Crowfield three-point tied the game and keyed a 7-0 run. Riverside iced the victory from the foul line. 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.
Boys All-Tournament Team:
Jordan Andrews, Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.) – MVP
Jared Vandebilt, Victory Preparatory Academy (Houston, Texas)
Trey Touchet, St. Thomas More Academy (Lake Charles, La.)
Shawn Jones, L.W. Higgins High School (Marrero, La.)
Paul McZeal, Northside (Lafayette, La.)
Gerard Andrus, Northside (Lafayette, La.)
Wayde Sims, University High School (Baton Rouge, La.)
D.J. White, University High School (Baton Rouge, La.)
Malik Crowfield, Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.)
Von Julien, Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.)
Girls All-Tournament Team:
Kalani Brown, Salmen High School (Slidell, La.) – MVP
Margaret Ann-Hubbell, Germantown Academy (Germantown, Pa.)
Lawriell Wilson, Warren Easton High School (New Orleans)
Taylin Underwood, Doyle High School (Livingston, La.)
Diamante Martinez, Edna Karr High School (New Orleans)
Erica Newsome, Gulfport High School (Gulfport, Miss.)
Taylor Berry, Mount Carmel Academy (New Orleans, La.)
Megan Brown, Salmen High School (Slidell, La.)
Kolby Morgan, John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, La.)
Tia Charles, John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, La.)