Bishop Loughlin remains unbeaten with 78-60 win over Walker
WESTWEGO – For unbeaten Bishop Loughlin, it is all about doubling its pleasure on a daily basis.
That was certainly the case Wednesday afternoon in the opening game of the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic at the Alario Center for the Brooklyn, NY school.
Senior brothers Justin Champagnie and Julian Champagnie lived up to their billing in a dominant performance as the Lions handled defending Louisiana Class 5A state champion Walker, 78-60.
Justin had 29 points and seven rebounds while Julian finished with 27 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots.
The Lions never trailed in the contest, jumping out to a 5-0 lead before Walker reached its first and only tie at 5-5. From that point forward, Bishop Loughlin was simply too big and too quick for the Wildcats.
The Lions led 16-12 after one quarter as the Champagnie brothers combined for 15 of the 16 points. Justin Champagnie scored 11 points in the second quarter as Bishop Loughlin expanded the lead to 34-26 by halftime.
The third quarter proved decisive as Julian Champagnie scored 13 points and the Lions blitzed the Wildcats 27-14 to pull away to an insurmountable 61-40 lead and coasted to victory.
Junior Jalen Cook carried Walker (14-6) with 31 points and five assists while Trenton Montgomery added 10 points and three blocked shots.
Bishop Loughlin coach Edwin Gonzales was pleased with his team’s effort.
“We wanted to get off to a good start here,” Gonzales said. “We got more points than they did and that is the goal. We got in late last night and kids were a little sluggish but they found their way and found their legs. We put it away in the third quarter by running our stuff, being patient and converting.”
The taller Lions dominated the glass with 38 rebounds to just 13 for Walker.
Bishop Loughlin (8-0) advances to play the winner of the Silsbee (TX) and Lakewood Ranch (FL) contest in the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
“There are some good teams here and this is a very good tournament that we are happy to be part of,” Gonzales said. “We are looking forward to the competition and we will simply take it one game at a time.”
Bishop Loughlin 16 18 27 17 78
Walker 12 14 14 20 60
Justin Champagnie 29, Julian Champagnie 27, Jaheim Young 8, Taj Chiles 7, Maurice Doby 4, Tyshawn High 2, Max Brown 2
Jalen Cook 31, Trenton Montgomery 10, Calvin Watson 9, Brian Thomas 5, Donald Butler 4
Bishop Loughlin 38, Walker 13
Bishop Loughlin 17, Walker 8
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