Cathedral Preparatory School
Villa Maria Academy
Cathedral Preparatory School
Villa Maria Academy

Burger King Classic

December 8, 2021


The 38th version of the Burger King Basketball Classic will tip off in Erie on Friday, January 14th and Saturday, January 15th, 2022 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 2022 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 14th at 6pm, Ohio state power St. Edward’s returns to the Classic. They will match up with PA kingpin Philadelphia Math, Civics & Sciences.

The Mighty Elephants from Math, Civics & Sciences make their initial trip to Erie representing the hotbed that is Philadelphia basketball. They won the 2019 PIAA state title and were District 12 champions last season. The program is always loaded with athletes, and this year is no different. Four of their starters have Division I offers, led by 7-0 senior center Darryon Prescott who has committed to Florida International. 6’9 forward Khalif Crawley has six D-I offers from schools such as Howard and St. Peters. 6’2 senior guard Jaheim Bethea has multiple Division I offers, including from UMass Lowell, while 6’2 sophomore guard Aasim Burton has been offered by UTEP.

The only school to appear in the Classic more than Cathedral Prep is St. Edward’s. This will be their eighth trek to the event, one they have captured three times. They feature four college recruits, including 6’2 senior guard Michael Bova who has committed to Division I Bellarmine University. 6’5 junior forward Cameron Grant has offers from the Ivy and Patriot Leagues, 6’1 senior guard Jair Knight has committed to Emory University while 6’6 sophomore center Wendell Henry has been recruited at the Division I level.

The 7:30 p.m. nightcap will have Buffalo’s Canisius High School against the host school Ramblers. Canisius will be playing in their first Burger King Classic. They went 13-4 a year ago in a COVID-shortened season and finished as the Manhattan Cup runner-up. They won that title the previous year, while capturing New York state championships in 2015 and 2016. 6’4 junior guard Shane Cercone has multiple Division I offers, as does 6’7 senior center Declan Ryan.

Making a return to the Classic for the 38th straight season will be the host Cathedral Prep, a three-time winner of this event. The Ramblers are coming off their first state championship in 28 years, having won the 5A PIAA crown in Hershey in March. Steve Piotrowicz will have a new bunch on the floor this season. Junior guard Tavion Spencer may be the lone returning starter from that state crowd, but guards Reece Colvin, Jacob Sambuchino and Amaree Pickens all started games for the Ramblers a season ago and they return, as does 6’4 senior forward Nick Lydic.

Friday & Saturday, January 14th and 15th,
6:00pm & 7:30pm @ Joann Mullen Gymnasium

Friday (January 14th)

6:00 p.m.:  Philly Math, Civics & Sciences vs. St. Ed’s

7:30 p.m.:  Canisius vs. Cathedral Prep

Saturday (January 15th)

6:00 p.m.: Consolation Game

7:30 p.m.: Championship Game

All tickets go on sale on Thursday, December 9th. 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 13th 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.

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