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Burger King Classic

TWO NEWCOMERS AND PLENTY OF TALENT FOR THE 2019 CLASSIC

The 36th version of the Burger King Basketball Classic will tip off in Erie on Friday, January 18th and Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at the Joann Mullen Gymnasium. This year’s event features two schools making their initial trip to Erie and another returning as the Classic continues to garner the attention of those nationally, as MaxPreps called the Burger King Classic the top four-team tournament in the country.

The field for the 2019 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 18th at 6pm, Kennedy Catholic of District 10 will be making their first trip to the Classic. A state power will be making the jump from 1A to 6A in the state classification this season after winning the last three state championships.

 

Kennedy Catholic will match up with St. Edward’s from Cleveland. In their initial trek to Erie, Kennedy will bring a loaded team to town flush with five Division I players. 6’10 senior center Oscar Tshiebwe is the best of the bunch. One of the top players in the nation and listed as the best player in the state, he bypassed offers from Kentucky, Kansas and Virginia to commit to West Virginia. 6’4 senior guard Maceo Austin was offered by Northwestern, Penn State, Pitt and Virginia before committing to Duquesne. 6’8 senior Mattia Acunzo has verbally committed to Toledo. 6’5 junior Ike Herster has Division I offers from multiple schools including Robert Morris while Michael Moore, a 6’9 freshman, has already received scholarship offers.

For the seventh time, St. Edward’s will appear in the Classic. A consistent deep-run team in Ohio’s state tournament and a three-time winner of the Classic, the Eagles feature 6’3 junior guard Grant Huffman who has received offers from Xavier, Duquesne and Miami, OH.

The 7:30pm nightcap will have Pennsylvania’s Plymouth Whitemarsh against the host school Cathedral Prep. Plymouth Whitemarsh will be playing in their first Burger King Classic. The team is paced by one of the best players in the state in 7’0 center Naheem McLeod. He has received Division I offers from the likes of Florida State, Rhode Island, Oregon, Penn State and VCU. The Colonials have consistently made long runs in the highest classification in the PIAA basketball tournament.

Making a return to the Classic for the 36th straight season will be the host Cathedral Prep, a three-time winner of this event. Prep graduate and head coach Mark Majewski is in his 11th season and is hoping to build on a District 10 championship from a year ago. Junior guard Alfonso Pickens returns with more experience, as do fellow starters in sophomores Liam Galla and Michael Lucarotti. Seniors Joseph Corsale, Sam Knox and Caden Elwell along with junior Quentin Santillan will also be asked to step up their contributions.

Friday & Saturday, January 18th and 19th,
6:00pm & 7:30pm @ Joann Mullen Gymnasium
Friday
6:00pm: Kennedy Catholic vs. St. Edward’s
7:30pm: Plymouth Whitemarsh vs. Cathedral Prep
Saturday
6:00pm: Consolation Game
7:30pm: Championship Game

All tickets go on sale on Tuesday. 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 3rd 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