Burger King Classic
SECOND CLASSIC TITLE COMES FOR PHILADELPHIA STATE POWER
The 37th edition of the Burger King Basketball Classic brought with it the second appearance of state kingpin Imhotep Charter. The defending state champions did not disappoint, besting the host Cathedral Prep 48-43 in the title game for their second Classic crown. Notre Dame signee Elijah Taylor had 13 points and 8 rebounds in the championship game while fighting off foul trouble. Teammate Sami Wylie hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points. Prep was paced by Liam Galla who had 14 and Michael Lucarotti who had 13.
The Ramblers advanced to their first title game matchup since 2006 with a 54-34 win over Thurgood Marshall from Harlem. Lucarotti led all scorers with 16 while Galla had 13. Thurgood Marshall took home the third place trophy, besting ISA Andrews Osborne 57-55 in a game played in twilight for the first three quarters as power went out on 12th Street. Omar Nkonde and Nelson Sanchez each had 14 points. ISA fell in the first game of the tournament to Imhotep 65-44. The Panthers had four players in double figures, guided by Taylor's 14 points and 9 rebounds.