The 10th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic opened Thursday afternoon with an entertaining matchup between Newman and Bloom (IL).
The contest was nearly even through the first quarter, but Bloom put together a 15-2 run to end the second quarter that fueled them to a 70-61 victory. They will face Walker in the quarterfinals Friday at 3:30 p.m.
A total of five different players scored at least nine points for the Blazing Trojans with sophomore Dante Maddox Jr.’s 17 leading the way. Senior guard Keshawn Williams and senior forward Christian Shumate followed with 16 and 15, respectively, and Shumate also reeled in 12 rebounds.
Newman freshman Christopher Lockett Jr. put up a game-high 22 points for the Greenies while junior Javon Ruffin was next up scoring 16. Lockett Jr. also added six boards and four assists to his stat line, and senior Reagan Lapeyre chipped in with 10 points.
Bloom’s biggest lead of the game came about midway through the third quarter when a bucket by Williams gave them a 49-31 advantage, and they held a comfortable, 55-38, lead at the end of the third quarter before Newman’s fourth-quarter run.
The Greenies seemingly out of nowhere exploded for a 12-2 run that cut the deficit to 61-53 with 3:41 left following a triple by Lockett Jr. off a steal by Max Moses. Moses later drilled a 3-pointer of his own that got Newman within, 63-56, but Bloom went on to make its next seven free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.
BLOOM (IL) 70, NEWMAN 61
at Alario Center, Thursday (Jan. 2), Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic (1st Round)
Records: Newman, 10-6; Bloom (IL), 13-2
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Newman | 14 | 10 (24) | 14 (38) | 23 – 61
Bloom (IL) | 17 | 22 (39) | 16 (55) | 15 – 70
Newman: Christopher Lockett Jr., 22; Javon Ruffin, 16; Reagan Lapeyre, 10; Arch Manning, 8; Max Moses, 5.
Bloom (IL): Dante Maddox Jr., 17; Keshawn Williams, 16; Christian Shumate, 15; Martice Mitchell, 10; Donovan Newby, 9; Justin Moore, 3.
Bloom coach Dante Maddox: “You can tell (Newman’s) a well-coached team and we kind of just took our foot off the gas and I’m not really happy with that. That played a role in them getting back into the game.
We got an invite (to the National Prep Classic) and we’re clicking and have a pretty good team. We knew we wanted to play against some of the best national competition that we could play, so this was in perfect alignment with that and what you guys are doing in Louisiana. We were honored to come.”
Newman coach Randy Livingston: “There’s no moral victories here and we’ve gotten better, but there’s still some things that I expect. I have high expectations for this group and for me, we just didn’t make any winning plays when we needed to. That was just a testament to toughness and we found a group that played hard (in the fourth quarter) and listened to what we instructed them to do. I think that’s important moving forward and we’ll have a good chance to be successful in the future.
Up Next: Bloom will take on Walker in the quarterfinals of the tournament Friday at 3:30 p.m. on the main court at the Alario Center. Walker won 65-63 over Math, Civics and Sciences (PA), which will take on Newman Friday at 6:30 p.m. on the red court.