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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


DC TEAM BECOMES SECOND STRAIGHT TO WIN THE CLASSIC

For the second year in a row a team from the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference wins the Burger King Classic. St. John's College defeated St. Rita's 50-43. Nine different players scored for the Cadets, who were led by Ishmael Leggett, who had 12 points. Richard Njoku had 9 points and 7 rebounds, including two thunderous dunks. St. Rita's was paced by Alec Millender who had 11 points. Landen Gladney had 10 points and 8 boards while Jordan Matthews and Jeremiah Oden each had nine.


A three at the buzzer came up short for the Ramblers and All Hallows closed out as the third place finisher in the Classic, winning 45-42. Nick Johnson had 14 points, 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Chad Ewart had 10 points. Prep was led by Aaron McBride, who had 10 points. Michael Lucarotti had 8 while classmate Liam Galla finished with 14 rebounds.


Michael Lucarotti had a shot rim out and Joe Mischler followed with a rebound bucket but just after the horn had sounded as Prep fell to St. Rita's in the Classic opener, 47-46. Joel Watts had five 3's to lead all scorers with 18 for St. Rita's. Teammate Landen Gladney had 14. Prep was paced by Joe Mischler who came off the bench for 10 points. Adam Upperman had 9, Aaron McBride 8.


In the first game, during their first trip to the Classic, St. John's will play for a championship. This after a 80-58 win over All Hallows in the opening game. Balanced scoring led the Cadets into the title game. Major D-I recruit Casey Morsell had 18, Navy commit Richard Njoku had 15, as did UMass signee Tre Wood. Drexel recruit Nick Johnson had 23 for All Hallows.


ALL 2018 BURGER KING CLASSIC GAMES WILL BE LIVE STREAMED

The 35th Burger King Classic will be live streamed this weekend. You can watch the games at the link below:

www.prep-villa.com/ramblerlivestream



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.


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.










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.


In 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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