The girls’ event will feature three Louisiana state champions in Mount Carmel (Class 5A), Ursuline (Class 4A0 and Jewel Sumner (Class 3A), as well as the Class 2A runner-up in Madison Prep and six other state semifinalists or quarterfinalists. On the boys’ side three Louisiana semifinalists, Riverside (Class 2A runner-up), Metairie Park Country Day (Class 2A) and Edna Karr (Class 4A) will be joined by Texas Class 4A state champ Westbury Christian and other top-notch competition.
Riverside Academy won its third championship in six years at the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s sixth annual National Prep Basketball Classic in 2016. Mount Carmel Academy won the girls’ platinum bracket while Jewell Sumner captured the title in the girls’ gold bracket.
A furious comeback led Riverside to its 60-57 victory over Edna Karr in the boys’ event. Karr had built a 49-42 advantage with 4:06 to play, however, Riverside came to life behind the efforts of Jared Butler, who earned tournament MVP honors. Butler scored 11 fourth-quarter three-pointers including three three-pointers as he finished the game with 20 points.
The girls’ Platinum championship also featured a come-from-behind win as Mount Carmel trailed Easton, 30-18, late in the first half. However, the Cubs rallied, putting together a crippling 24-2 run over the next 14:45 of the game. Megan Donaldson led Mount Carmel with 12 points while freshman Ellie Holzman added 11 points and Lauren Bodino chipped in with 10. Kechelle Figueroa led Easton with 18 points.
In the Girls’ Gold Bracket title game, undefeated Jewell Sumner improved to 20-0 on the season with a wire-to-wire 54-40 victory over Covington. Bre’Ashlee Jones led the Cowgirls with 26 points, even rebounds and four assist as she was named the tournament MVP for her bracket.
2016: Riverside Earns Third Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic Title
2015: Montverde and Salmen Win Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
2014: Riverside Defends Title At Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
2013: Riverside Academy Becomes First Louisiana School to Win National Prep Classic
2012: Oklahoma City’s Douglass Wins Second National Prep Classic
2011: Kimball Knights Claim Title at Inaugural National Prep Classic