It sounds like a marquee matchup inspired by the overwhelming success of both teams.
The Hall of Fame Classic game between two of Baton Rouge’s top boys basketball teams, Class 1A Madison Prep and 3A University High, has a different story.
“You couldn’t script it much better than this,” MPA coach Jeff Jones said. “They’re the No. 1 team in 3A, and we’re No. 1 in 1A. We’ve both done really well against in-state teams.
“The truth is Joe (Spencer, U-High coach) and I actually set this up last summer. I don’t think it could have worked out much better.”
The 8:30 p.m. Saturday game at Baton Rouge Community College serves as the grand finale for a six-game boys Hall of Fame event put together by Jones and Madison Prep. The Hall of Fame games help highlight a Saturday schedule that also includes the LSU High School Indoor Qualifier for track and the Live Oak Duals wresting tournament.
Action at BRCC begins at 1 p.m. with Beau Chene taking on Amite. Tara faces Brusly at 2:30 p.m., followed by Carroll vs. Ellender at 4 p.m.
McKinley takes on Metairie Park Country Day at 5:30 p.m., followed by Port Allen vs. Edna Karr in another BR vs. New Orleans contest. Proceeds benefit the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame.
LSU INDOOR QUALIFIER: Field events and track events begin at 11 a.m. at Carl Maddox Field House for the first of two indoor qualifying meets.
All four of the outstanding in-state performers from the LSU Indoor Classic are competing. Distance runner Gabrielle Jennings of First Baptist and Zachary shot put competitor Kristian Jackson are in the girls division. Jennings will again do the 1,600 meters.
Devyn Keith of John Curtis and Lafayette High pole vaulter Armand “Mondo” Duplantis help lead the boys competitors. Keith will run the 1,600.
Others to watch include Zachary’s Janie O’Connor in the 60 and 400 meters, Karr’s Edward Davis in the 60 meters and two other shot put competitors, Catholic’s Nigel Despinasse and Live Oak’s Ashley Davis.
LIVE OAK DUALS: The dual meet tourney begins at 9 a.m. at the LOHS gym. Finals are set for about 4:30 p.m. Defending Division I state champion Brother Martin helps lead the list of entrants.
Other notable teams include Catholic, Rummel, Shaw, host Live Oak and Parkway. Brother Martin’s Paul Klein helps top the individual competitors.