Charm City Classic teams announced

June 28, 1994|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

Four past national champions will be featured at the First National Bank Charm City Classic Basketball Tournament, promoters announced yesterday at a news conference at Loyola College.

Oak Hill Academy of Virginia, which finished ahead of Southern of Baltimore for the nation's No. 1 ranking in USA Today's Super 25 poll last season, will be a part of the eight-team tournament Jan. 27-28 at Loyola's Reitz Arena.

"We have been able to continue with the tradition of the event, which is to bring the best possible teams in the country to play our best teams," said Bill Spotts, promoter of the Charm City Classic.

Three local teams -- Dunbar, which has appeared in the previous three Charm City Classics, Lake Clifton and Calvert Hall -- will be playing.

The eight teams will be divided into two brackets -- Southeast and Northwest.

The Southeast bracket will include Abraham Lincoln of New York and 6-foot-2 guard Stephon Marbury, who is one of the country's top players. Lake Clifton, St. Anthony's of New Jersey, which finished No. 1 in the country in 1990-91, and Dunbar round out the bracket.

The Poets, who won the mythical national title with a 29-0 record in the 1991-92 season, lost at the buzzer to Rice of New York and also lost to Simon Gratz of Philadelphia in last year's Southeast division.

Dunbar and Lake Clifton each could be ranked nationally when the preseason poll is released in late November. The Lakers went 16-7 last season and placed third in the Northwest bracket.

"It will definitely be a challenge," said Lake Clifton coach Charlie Moore.

The Northwest bracket will have Oak Hill, St. John's Prospect Hall of Frederick, Paterson Catholic of New Jersey and Calvert Hall.

It will be a return to the national spotlight for Calvert Hall and coach Mark Amatucci, who coached the Cardinals to the mythical national championship in 1981-82. Amatucci returned to the school last season after coaching at Loyola College and Anne Arundel Community College.

"Obviously when you get the opportunity to play the Dunbars, Lake Cliftons, Prospect Halls and Oak Hills, it's just going to make us a better team and a better program," Amatucci said.

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