SportsNOLA to stream Jordan Brand Invitational doubleheader Thursday night

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Jumpman - Jordan LogoNEW ORLEANS – The Jordan Brand Invitational – a high school basketball doubleheader featuring three of Louisiana’s top teams and nationally renowned Oak Hill Academy of Virginia – will be streamed live on SportsNOLA.com Thursday night.

SportsNOLA Prep Basketball presented by First NBC Bank will feature both halves of the doubleheader – Crescent City Christian against St. Augustine at 7 p.m. CST, followed by Scotlandville against Oak Hill at 8:30. The live stream will begin just before the tipoff of the first game from the St. Augustine gym.

The second annual Jordan Brand Invitational is a kickoff to All-Star Weekend in New Orleans and helps celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first great moment of Michael Jordan’s career – his game-winning jumper in the 1982 college national championship game in the Superdome.

In the opener, St. Augustine (23-5) and Crescent City (29-4) are looking to gain momentum heading into the start of the state playoffs next week. The Purple Knights and Pioneers will each be high seeds in the Division I and V brackets, respectively.

The nightcap between Scotlandville (27-3) and Oak Hill (27-4) features star power in junior guard Ja’Vonte Smart of Scotlandville, one of the nation’s top players in the Class of 2018, and Oak Hill’s tandem of Billy Preston, a Kansas commitment, and Matt Coleman, who is committed to Texas.

Vashon Jones will call the play-by-play of Thursday’s doubleheader.

To watch events on SportsNOLA.com, either click the “Live” tab at the top of the page on gameday or open the “Live Games” page in the video section of the website.

Again this season, SportsNOLA.com is complementing its First NBC Bank Prep Showcase schedule with additional events that will air exclusively on Louisiana’s leading independent sports website. Additional webcasts will be announced as the season progresses. The schedule of web-exclusive events will include a variety of different sports.

New Orleans-based First NBC Bank, in an effort to enhance the visibility of high school sports in the region, is the presenting sponsor of the web coverage in addition to its title sponsorship of the First NBC Bank Prep Showcase.

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