Sugar Bowl Prep Classic: Newman hangs on against Northshore; Shaw loses semifinal | Prep Sports

Sugar Bowl Prep Classic: Newman hangs on against Northshore; Shaw loses semifinal | Prep Sports

Newman seniors Canin Jefferson and Chris Lockett combined for 35 points as the Greenies defeated Northshore 60-55 in a consolation game Saturday in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic at the Alario Center.

Newman led with 15 points in the fourth quarter before Northshore junior Kohen Rowbatham scored his team’s final 14 points — he was 11 for 11 from the free throw line in that stretch — and finished with 26. The Panthers cut the gap to 59-55 but didn’t score on their next two possessions.

Jefferson scored 15 points in the first half and finished with 21, along with five rebounds. Lockett, who sat out the first two games of the Prep Classic, scored most of his goals in the second half. The 6-foot-5 Boise State junior scored 11 points after halftime and finished with 14, along with six rebounds.

“We didn’t like the way we finished the game,” Newman coach Randy Livingston said. “I thought we controlled it from start to finish. We had some moments where we didn’t play well. But for the most part I thought, I thought we did enough to win the game.”

Newman and Northshore were among eight local teams in the 16-team Boys National pool. The tournament began with each local school playing against a school from outside of Louisiana.

Newman and Northshore each won their first game on Thursday but lost a quarterfinal on Friday. Newman lost in overtime against Bartlett (Tennessee), who defeated Shaw in a semifinal Saturday.

Northshore was the Class 5A state runner-up last season, and the game against Newman — the Division III state champion last season — was a chance to show progress from when the Panthers lost to Newman by 26 points last month in the Jesuit tournament.

“Those guys, the first time they played us, they took it to us,” Northshore coach Josh Carlin said. “They beat us on the boards, and really, I don’t want to say dominated, but it was convincing. So, I was pleased with the way we responded to a tough loss from (a Friday quarter-final) against Shaw.”

For Newman, freshman Jackson Williams made two 3-pointers in the first quarter. For Northshore, 6-7 junior Dawson Knox had nine points and seven rebounds.

BARTLETT (TENSEE) 65, SHAW 30: With a lineup that included four starters between 6-foot-5 and 6-10, Bartlett made the most of his height advantage in a Boys National semifinal.

Bartlett made seven 3-pointers and held a plus-19 rebounding edge. Shaw kept the score close until Bartlett scored the first nine points of the second quarter and led by more than 20 points in the third.

For Bartlett, 6-10 senior Javar Daniel had 11 points and seven rebounds. Senior Charvez Ambrose and Regale Moore each made two 3-pointers for the Bulldogs.

For Shaw, 5-9 senior Kameron Johnson scored 14 points and was selected to the National Prep Classic all-tournament team.

Johnson scored 70 points in three tournament games (36 against Tupelo in the first round, 20 against Northshore in a quarterfinal).

Bartlett beat three local schools en route to the tournament final, winning at the buzzer against St. Augustine in the first round and getting past Newman in overtime in a quarterfinal.

In the championship, Bartlett played late Saturday against Olympia (Florida), which defeated St. Joseph (Calif.) in the other semifinal.

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