scored 31 points and added seven rebounds as No. 20 Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.)
defeated previously nationally-ranked St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
75-70 in the premier game of the City of Palms Classic Wednesday.
Allen's teammate Christian Terrell
added 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists, offsetting a big performance from Bosco freshman Billy Preston
, who had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Preston's team, highly-regarded Daniel Hamilton
, contributed 15 points and 10 assists for the Braves, who slipped to 3-3.
Providence (7-1) also had a big games from David Sharpe (16 points) and Wyatt Walker (10 points, six rebounds), while Bosco got 14 points from Vance Jackson
and Tyler Dorsey
, added 11 points, six rebounds and three steals.
"We had breakdowns," Bosco coach Derrick Taylor told naplenews.com
. "When you play big games you can't allow teams to shoot 51 percent."
Allen told the newspaper: "Me scoring 31 here doesn't carry over to tomorrow night's game."
In other first-round play, Milton (Ga.)
defeated Bishop Verot (Fort Myers, Fla.)
67-39, Sagemont (Weston, Fla.)
knocked off IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
64-50, Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.)
breezed past Denver East (Denver, Colo.)
90-61 and Greenforest (Decatur, Ga.)
upended Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.)
61-55.Other top scorers: Antonio Blakeney
(Oak Ridge) 32, Mo Lewis IV
(Milton) 25, John Ogwuche
(Greenforest) 25, Ricky Doyle
(Bishop Verot) 22, Ja'Quan Newton
(Neumann) 21, Dwayne Bacon
(IMG) 20. Other top rebounders: Marquel Willis
(Oak Ridge) 12, Alex Owens
(Oak Ridge) 11.See schedule of Thursday's games