Burger King Classic
TWO NEWCOMERS AND PLENTY OF TALENT FOR THE 2020 CLASSIC
The 37th version of the Burger King Basketball Classic will tip off in Erie on Friday, January 17th and Saturday, January 18th, 2020 at the Joann Mullen Gymnasium. This year’s event features two schools making their first trip to Erie and another returning as the Classic continues to garner the attention of those nationally, as MaxPreps has called the Burger King Classic the top four-team tournament in the country.
The field for the 2020 Classic is complete with programs that have had great success at the state and national level and features another group of players that are attracting the attention of college coaches nationally. On the opening night on Friday, January 17th at 6pm, state power Imhotep Charter returns to the Classic. They will match up with ISA Andrews Osborne from Ohio.
Imhotep Charter won the Classic in their only other venture to the event in 2013. They have enjoyed quite a bit of success in the gap between appearances. The Panthers have captured three consecutive PIAA state championships, besting Bonner-Prendergast in Hershey last season. This program is always loaded with athletes, and this year is no different. Imhotep is led by Notre Dame signee 6’8 forward Elijah Taylor, as well as a younger group that looks to fill the shoes of those who have graduated.
For the first time, Ohio entrant ISA Andrews Osborne will appear at the Classic. Guards Brad Colbert and Connor Andrews help make this team go and a national schedule should have them more than prepared for the Classic spotlight.
The 7:30pm nightcap will have New York City’s Thurgood Marshall Academy against the host school Cathedral Prep. Thurgood Marshall Academy will be playing in their first Burger King Classic. They went 22-5 a year ago and were the Borough and Division champions while also being ranked as high as fourth in the state. They are paced by a pair of college recruits at the guard position in 6’2 Kevin Dinkins and 6’4 John Easley.
Making a return to the Classic for the 37th straight season will be the host Cathedral Prep, a three-time winner of this event. Prep graduate Steve Piotrowicz has previously played in the event, but this will be his first season on the bench as the Ramblers head coach. He has four key returners on the roster, highlighted by senior point guard and Gannon signee Alfonso Pickens. Junior guard and returning leading scorer Michael Lucarotti already has received Division I offers. Classmate Liam Galla was second in scoring and tops in rebounding a season ago. Senior Quentin Santillan returns as a starter and will be asked to step up his contributions.
Friday & Saturday, January 17th and 18th
6:00pm & 7:30pm @ Joann Mullen Gymnasium
Friday 6:00pm: ISA Andrews Osborne vs. Imhotep Charter
7:30pm: Thurgood Marshall Academy vs. Cathedral Prep
Saturday 6:00pm: Consolation Game
7:30pm: Championship Game
All tickets go on sale on Wednesday. Reserve seats for the Classic cost $12.50 per night and must be purchased for both nights. General admission tickets cost $7.00 per night in advance for adults and $5.00 in advance for students. General Admission tickets will be available starting on December 5th 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.