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PAUL VI'S INITIAL TRIP TO THE CLASSIC CONCLUDES WITH CHAMPIONSHIP HARDWARE

In the championship game, Paul VI forced 26 turnovers and outscored Westerville South 34-14 in the paint in claiming their first Classic crown, 58-47. Freshman Jeremy Roach led all scorers with 15 points and also led his team with 5 rebounds. Brandon Slater added 14 points, Aaron Thompson 13.



A night after setting the Classic record in scoring with 43 points, Kaleb Wesson only had six shots and 13 points, but he did add 19 boards, third-most ever in a Classic game. Anthony Mills added 11 as the Panthers outrebounded Paul VI 42-23.


The Ramblers were outscored 48-25 over the last three quarters in falling to Villa Angela-St. Joe's 60-37 in the Classic consolation game. VASJ outscored Prep in the paint 42-12 despite only a 42-40 edge on the boards. The Vikings had three players in double-figures, paced by Jerry Higgins who had 13 points. Alonzo Gaffney had 11 points and 8 rebounds while Daniel McGarry had 10. Tommy Russo led Prep with 11 points and added 5 rebounds.



A CLASSIC RECORD FINALLY FALLS AS TWO NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS MOVE INTO THE FINALS

A 22-year Classic record fell as Westerville South and Paul VI emerged as night one winners. In the nightcap, the defending Ohio state champion saw their best player topple the most prestigious Classic record as center and Ohio State signee Kaleb Wesson scored 43 points to lead his team to an 82-54 victory over Prep.


Wesson's 43 points are the highest total in a game in tournament history, breaking the mark set by Tim Thomas with Paterson Catholic back in 1995 when he scored 41. Wesson added 15 rebounds while Anthony Mills scored 13.

The 56 combined points by Wesson and Mills places them in a tie for third most in Classic history. Mark Majewski had 10 points, Adam Upperman 9 for the Ramblers.

In the opener, Paul VI got double figures from four players in pulling away from Villa Angela-St. Joe's 72-59. Villanova recruit Brandon Slater did not score in quarters one, two or four but had 15 in the third to lead his squad. Anthony Harris had 13 while Aaron Thompson and Jeremy Roach each had 12. The Vikings were led by Jerry Higgins, who had 22, and Penn State recruit Alonzo Gaffney who had 20 despite not playing in the first quarter.

Saturday, January 14th,

@ Joann Mullen Gymnasium

6:00pm: Prep vs. Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s

Consolation Game

7:30pm: Westerville South vs. Paul VI

Championship Game

NEW TEAMS AND PLENTY OF SKILL COMING TO 2017 CLASSIC

The 34th version of this tournament, the Burger King Basketball Classic will tip off in Erie on Friday, January 13th and Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at the Joann Mullen Gymnasium at the Prep and Villa Events Center. This year’s tournament features two schools making their first trip to town and another from down the road that is trying to win another championship. The event continues to garner the attention of the top high school websites in the country, as MaxPreps and Hoops USA called the Burger King Classic the number one four-team tournament in the nation.

The field for the 2017 Classic is complete with programs that have had great success at the state and national level and features a slew of players that are attracting the attention of college coaches nationally. On the first night on Friday, January 13th at 6pm, Villa Angela-St. Joe’s will be making their fifth trip to the Classic and they are searching for their second tourney title. A state runner-up in Ohio a season ago, the Vikings feature 6’7 sophomore and national recruit Alonzo Gaffney. As a freshman he helped guide VASJ within one win of another state title and with early interest from Kansas, Ohio State and Penn State, much will be expected from him this season. He teams with junior point guard Gene Higgins who has looks from Colgate, Oral Roberts and West Point.

Villa Angela-St. Joe’s will match up with a strong national power on night one. Paul VI has won three state championships in Virginia since 2009 and is coming off a 20-win season. Senior guard 6’3 Aaron Thompson has already committed to play at Pitt. His backcourt mate is just a junior and has a ton of offers. 6’7 junior Brandon Slater has offers from the likes of Villanova, Louisville, Maryland and USC. A third guard, 6’2 sophomore Anthony Harris already has received looks from George Mason, Virginia Tech and UCF. With 65 players having gone through this program earning a college basketball scholarship and 13 grads that have played professionally, Paul VI is always one of the top programs in the land.

The 7:30pm nightcap will have Westerville South from Ohio against the host school Cathedral Prep. Westerville South went 26-4 a year ago, winning their first state title in school history along the way. They are also led by one of the top recruits in the land. 6’9 senior Kaleb Wesson is one of the top players in the nation and the number one center in the state of Ohio. Wesson had offers from Xavier, Iowa and Purdue before committing to Ohio State. 6’1 point guard Anthony Mills has several Division II offers, as does 6’6 senior forward Antoine Smith.

Making a return to the Classic for the 34th straight year will be the host Cathedral Prep Ramblers, a three-time winner of this event. Prep grad and head coach Mark Majewski is in his ninth season and is hoping to have the Ramblers geared up to capture another District 10 Championship. Senior point guard Jaryn Simpson was the team’s second leading scorer a year ago and their top assist man. He returns along with senior guards Franco Agnello and Mark Majewski, junior swingmen Tommy Russo and Adam Upperman and senior center Bruce Fagan.

Friday & Saturday, January 13th and 14th,

6:00pm & 7:30pm @ Joann Mullen Gymnasium

Friday 6:00pm: Paul VI vs. Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s

7:30pm: Westerville South vs. Cathedral Prep

Saturday 6:00pm: Consolation Game

7:30pm: Championship Game

General admission tickets cost $7.00 per night in advance for adults and $5.00 in advance for students, and are on sale to the general public starting. General Admission tickets are also available at seven local Burger King Restaurants (all in Erie, North East and Fairview), at Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria High Schools as well as Dee’s News while supplies last.

No phone orders will be accepted, and no tickets can be held. Great crowds are expected, so fans are encouraged to buy their tickets early.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:

BILL FLANAGAN, TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR,

CATHEDRAL PREP, 814-453-7737 ext. 2227

Fax 814-455-3985 e-mail: bill.flanagan@prep-villa.com


A Philly Power Snares the Classic

In the 2016 Burger King Classic championship game, the crown goes to Neumann-Goretti. They defeat Toronto St. Michael's 80-53. Quade Green had quite the weekend. 48 points overall, 21 tonight to pace the Saints. Zane Martin had 19 points and 9 rebounds while Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had 16 as part of five slams dunks. Danilo Djuricic paced the Blue Raiders with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Jahma Abbey-Wright 12 and 10 boards.



St. Edward's flew to an early lead and never looked back in placing third in the Burger King Classic, this after a 84-35 win over the Ramblers. St. Ed's shot just under 57% for the game in taking home third place. Prep shot just 28%. The Eagles were 11-19 from long range while Prep was just 2-12.
Thomas Schmock finished with 16 points for the visitors while Jack Sullivan had 15. Adam Upperman led Prep with 9.


The 2016 Classic provided plenty of flare and a buzzer-beater on the first night. In the opener the number one team in PA showed off their stuff as Neumann-Goretti shot 57.1% from the floor and outrebounded St. Ed's 37-30 in an 80-60 victory. The Saints were led by 27 points from Quade Green. Zane Martin had 21, Dhamir Cosby-Rountree 12 points and 15 rebounds and Vaughn Covington tossed in 12. Daniel Chambers led the Eagles with 18 points. Matthew Gonzalez had 14, Thomas Schmock 10.


In the nightcap, Danilo Djuricic of St. Michael's hit a three with two seconds left on the clock and that was the game winner in the first round of the Classic as the host Ramblers fell 61-58. Djuricic had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead his squad. Kobey Ketavong Lam had 18 points while Jahma Abbey-Wright had 11. Prep was paced by 11 points each from Carter Cross and Peter Jefferys. Dajon Heidelberg had 10.


Tickets are on sale for Saturday's games at all local Burger Kings as well as at the gate starting at 5pm.


TONS OF D-I TALENT HEADING TO CLASSIC 2016

In this the 33rd edition of this tournament, the Burger King Basketball Classic will tip off in Erie on Friday, January 15th and Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at the brand new Joann Mullen Gymnasium at the Prep and Villa Events Center. This year’s tournament features two schools making their initial trip to town and another from down the road that is coming off of a Classic championship. The event continues to garner the attention of the top high school websites in the country, as MaxPreps and Hoops USA called the Burger King Classic the number one four-team tournament in the nation.

The field for the 2016 Classic is complete with programs that have had great success historically and features a slew of players that are attracting the attention of college coaches nationally. On the first night on Friday, January 15th at 6pm, St. Edward’s will be making their sixth trip to the Classic and they are certainly accustom to winning. In 1997, 2007 and 2015, the Eagles have departed Erie with some championship hardware. Lengthy runs in the Ohio state playoffs have been enhanced by their performance in the Classic.

To win back to back crowns, St. Ed’s will need to get past a Pennsylvania juggernaut. Neumann-Goretti from Philadelphia is making their first appearance in the Classic, and their resume is staggering. Over the last six years in the PIAA playoffs, Goretti has gone a mind-boggling 27-1, winning five state championships along the way. As the defending AAA champ this season, the Saints return 10 players from that squad. Quade Green highlights the list. Though just 5’11, the junior guard has already received offers from Louisville, Syracuse and Villanova. Senior backcourt mates Vaughn Covington, who has offers from Division I Bucknell and Lehigh, and Zane Martin, who has committed to D-I Towson make up an experienced unit. Couple that with 6’8 junior forward Dhamir Crosby-Roundtree, who has offers from Providence, Syracuse and Villanova and it’s easy to see why this team is a prohibitive favorite to win another state championship.

The 7:30pm nightcap will have Toronto St. Michael’s against the host school Cathedral Prep. St. Michael’s has a strong history in athletics, producing more than 100 graduates that have played hockey in the NHL. They also know how to play basketball. Four of their current starters are being recruited nationally, highlighted by 6’8 junior center Danilo Djuricic who has offers from Houston and Washington State and is receiving interest from Michigan, Wisconsin and Stanford. Sophomore Sam Rautins, son of former NBA’er Leo Rautins, has been offered by Canisius and Northern Arizona while 6’3 freshman swingman Kobey Lam is already on the Division I radar.

Making a return to the Classic for the 33rd straight year will be the host Cathedral Prep Ramblers, a three-time winner of this event. Prep grad and head coach Mark Majewski is in his eighth season and is coming off of one of his best. The Ramblers captured another District 10

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championship, which sent them on a run all the way to the state semifinals where they lost to 2014 Classic champ, and last year’s state runner-up Archbishop Carroll. With the graduation of four key starters, newcomers will need to step up to pick up the scoring void. Senior guards Carter Cross and Dajon Heidelberg were starters a year ago, as was junior point guard Jaryn Simpson, while John Bowen returns to give the Ramblers a post presence. A slew of underclassmen will also look to force their way into the lineup.

Friday & Saturday, January 15th and 16th,

6:00pm & 7:30pm @ Joann Mullen Gymnasium

Friday 6:00pm: St. Edward’s vs. Neumann-Goretti

7:30pm: Toronto St. Michael’s vs. Cathedral Prep

Saturday 6:00pm: Consolation Game

7:30pm: Championship Game

General admission tickets cost $7.00 per night in advance for adults and $5.00 in advance for students, and are on sale to the general public starting on Monday. General Admission tickets will be available on the same date at seven local Burger King Restaurants (all in Erie, North East and Fairview), at Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria High Schools as well as Dee’s News while supplies last. Any remaining reserved tickets will also be on sale beginning on Wednesday, December 2nd at the Cathedral Prep Athletic Office.

No phone orders will be accepted, and no tickets can be held. Great crowds are expected, so fans are encouraged to buy their tickets early.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:

BILL FLANAGAN, TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR,

CATHEDRAL PREP, 814-453-7737 ext. 2227

Fax 814-455-3985 e-mail: bill.flanagan@prep-villa.com



A CLASSIC FINALE GOES OT

For the first time in Classic history, the championship game went to overtime. Kimar Williams of Constitution hit a 27-foot shot at the regulation buzzer to send the game to OT. But it was there that St. Ed's buckled down to earn a 70-63 victory to capture the Burger King Classic. Division I recruit Kipper Nichols had just two points in the first half but finished with 21 to lead the Eagles to victory. Three other players were in double figures as Sean Flannery had 14, Darien Knowles 12 and Derek Funderburk had 11. The Generals were paced by George Mason signee Ahmad Gilbert who had 21 points. Williams had 12 while Chad Andrews-Fulton had 10 points and 11 boards.

This marks the third time St. Edward has won the Classic, tied for the second most championships in tourney history.

In the opener the 14th ranked team in the country, Pope John XXIII bested Cathedral Prep 68-43 in the consolation round. Joe Fustine was the only Prep player in double figures with 10 points. The Lions were led by Syracuse-commit Moustapha Diagne who had 18 points. James Scott had 17 while Jeromy Rodriguez had 19 rebounds, the third-highest total in Classic history.

In the opening game of the 32nd Burger King Classic, St. Ed's handed nationally ranked Pope John XXIII their first loss of the season, winning 57-43. The Eagles were led by Division I recruit Derek Funderburk who had 16 points on 7-9 shooting. Kipper Nichols had 15 while Darien Knowles and Sean Flannery each had 10.

In the nightcap, for the first time this season the Ramblers lost but they didn't go down without a fight. Prep fell to state number one Constitution in round one of the Classic 61-56. Matt Colpoys was outstanding in defeat, scoring a game-high 22 points. Carter Cross had 13, Joe Fustine had 10.

Division I commit Ahmad Gilbert had 20 for the Generals, who also got 18 from Kimar Williams.


A GREAT 2014 CLASSIC

In the title game of the 31st Burger King Classic, Archbishop Carroll became the fifth PA school in the last six years to win the Classic as they blew out St. Rita's 64-38. Derrick Jones had 18 points and 10 rebounds along with three thunderous dunks. Ernest Aflakpui had 16 points and nine rebounds for Carroll.

Prep struggled to shoot all weekend and fell in the consolation round of the Classic to VASJ 64-46. The Ramblers shot just 28% from the floor and had only Matt Harris in double figures with 11 points. The Vikings were paced by superstar Carlton Bragg who had 24 points and eight rebounds. Brian Parker had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The 31st Classic tipped off on Friday, January 17th with St. Rita's and Archbishop Carroll coming away victorious. An 0-17 slump from the field did in the host Ramblers as they lost to Archbishop Carroll, 47-35. Matt Harris and Matt Colpoys each finished with 15 points for Prep. The state's number one ranked Patriots were led by Samir Taylor and Austin Tilgman, who each had 13. Derrick Jones finished with 10.

In the first game, St. Rita's hung on for a 61-59 victory over Villa Angela-St. Joe's to slide into the championship game. Major Division I recruit Charles Matthews had 22 points and seven rebounds in the win. Dominique Matthews finished with 21 while Victor Law had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Carlton Bragg led VASJ with 20 points and 10 boards.

TONS OF D-I TALENT HEADING TO CLASSIC 2014

For the 31st time the Burger King Basketball Classic will tip off in Erie on Friday, January 17th and Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at Gannon University's Hammermill Center. This year's tournament features two schools making their initial trek to town and another from down the road that last appeared in Erie 20 years ago. The tournament continues to garner the attention of the top high school websites in the country, as MaxPreps and Hoops USA called the Burger King Classic the number one four-team tournament in the nation.

The field for the 2014 Classic is complete with perennial powers that have had great success with their programs and features seven major Division I players, including three of the top 15 juniors in the nation.

On the first night on Friday, January 17th at 7pm, St. Rita's from Chicago will match up with Villa Angela-St. Joe's out of Cleveland. St. Rita's is paced by junior Charles Matthews, the number one underclassman in the state of Illinois. The 6'5 shooting guard already has offers from the likes of Duke, Kansas, Marquette, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. But he also has three Division I teammates on his club. Small forward 6'6 senior Victor Law has committed to Northwestern, 6'2 senior guard and returning leading scorer Dominique Matthews has offers from SMU, Valparaiso and Wisconsin-Green Bay while 6'7 junior power forward Myles Carter is being recruited by DePaul, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

Villa Angela-St. Joe's will be making their fourth trip to the Classic and their first since 1994. They also bring with them one of the best players in the program's history. 6'9 junior Carlton Bragg is a power forward who extends his game to the perimeter. He was offered early in his high school career by Ohio State and a large number of other Division I schools have joined the list including UConn, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan State and UCLA.

The 8:30pm nightcap will have Archbishop Carroll from Philadelphia against the host school Cathedral Prep. Archbishop Carroll lost to 2013 Classic champ Imhotep Charter in last year's PIAA AAA state championship game. They appear to be the early favorite to return to Hershey, mainly because of 6'6 superstar Derrick Jones. The junior small forward has the complete package as one of the top recruits in the country. He has offers on the table from Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, Villanova and many others. He also has assistance up front in the form of Ernest Aflakpui, a 6'10 center who has been offered by Temple.

Making a return to the Classic for the 31st straight year will be the host Cathedral Prep Ramblers, a three-time winner of this event. Prep grad and head coach Mark Majewski is in his sixth season and is coming off seasons that saw the Orange and Black advance to the state semifinals and quarterfinals in back-to-back years. The team also garnered their fourth District 10 crown in five seasons but will need new players to step up this time around.

With the graduation of second all-time leading scorer Sheldon Zablotny, the leadership reigns turn to Division I recruit senior Matt Harris. Having already verbally committed to the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Harris averaged more than 13 points a game as a junior. Those numbers will need to increase this season as he is the only starter that returns.

Friday & Saturday, January 17th and 18th,

7:00pm & 8:30pm @ Hammermill Center

Friday 7:00pm: St. Rita's vs. Villa Angela-St. Joe's

8:30pm: Archbishop Carroll vs. Cathedral Prep

Saturday 7:00pm: Consolation Game

8:30pm: Championship Game

The best possible way to acquire reserved tickets to the Classic, scaled at $25.00 for the weekend, is to purchase an Erie Area Metro season ticket, while supplies last. That can be done in the Prep athletic office beginning immediately.

General admission tickets cost $7.00 per night in advance for adults and $5.00 in advance for students, and start on sale to the general public today. Any remaining reserved tickets will also be on sale beginning on Wednesday, November 21st at the Cathedral Prep athletic office. General Admission tickets will be available on the same date at seven local Burger King Restaurants (all in Erie, North East and Fairview), at Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria High Schools as well as Dee's News while supplies last.

No phone orders will be accepted, and no tickets can be held. Great crowds are expected, so fans are encouraged to buy their tickets early.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:

BILL FLANAGAN, TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR,

CATHEDRAL PREP, 814-453-7737 ext. 2227

Fax 814-455-3985 e-mail: bill.flanagan@prep-villa.com

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the 30th edition of the Burger King Classic, four great games took place in front of huge crowds at the Hammermill Center. In the championship tilt, Imhotep Charter shaded Lower Merion 64-61. The Aces had a three-point try at the buzzer but had it rim out. The Panthers had four players in double figures while Lower Merion stud B.J. Johnson had 26 points and 12 rebounds. In the consolation game of the Classic the Ramblers pulled off a stunner, defeating nationally ranked Bishop O'Connell to claim third place in the tourney. Prep shot 59% from the floor and outrebounded the Knights 30-27. Sheldon Zablotny was one of five players in double figures as he scored 19 points and added 10 rebounds. Matt Hess had 18, Matt Harris and Jarrett Pound 12 apiece and Chris Francis had 10. O'Connell's Melo Trimble finished with 33, the 10th highest total for one game in Classic history.

In the Friday night games, Prep fell to the number one team in the state in round one of the Burger King Classic. Imhotep Charter outrebounded the Ramblers 37-16 and ran away with a 74-47 victory. State player of the year candidate Brandon Austin had 16 points, as did Deryl Bagwell as the Panthers went 7-10 from 3-point land. Sheldon Zablotny led the Orange & Black with 12. In the opener Lower Merion rallied from 10 down to knock off nationally ranked Bishop O'Connell 56-52. Syracuse-bound B.J. Johnson had 22 points for the Aces, who forced 26 turnovers and won despite shooting just 1-18 from three-point range.

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