First city-D.C. tournament opens today Eight teams competing in District for new trophy


December 06, 1997|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Back in the 1960s, Baltimore was a pit stop for college basketball recruiters on their way to Washington, D.C., to look at its high school talent. By the mid-1970s, Baltimore had gained recruiters' attention and now is joined with Washington as a hot bed for major college prospects.

Today, some of the teams with the deepest traditions from the two cities will meet in the inaugural Baltimore-Washington Basketball Classic at Coolidge High in northwest Washington.

Three of The Sun's preseason Top 20 teams will be participating in the single-day event -- No. 1-ranked Dunbar, No. 4 Lake Clifton and No. 5 Southwestern.

City College, which reached the Class 2A state semifinals last season, and Eastern of D.C. open the classic at 3 p.m.

At 5 p.m., Southwestern, the Maryland Class 4A champion, as well as the Baltimore area's No. 1 team a year ago, will play Cardoza, the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champion.

At 7 p.m., Lake Clifton, runner-up to Southwestern for Baltimore's championship and the Class 4A North region title, meets Coolidge.

The finale at 9 p.m. will feature Baltimore's Dunbar, ranked No. 9 on the East Coast by USA Today, against the Washington area's No. 3 team, Anacostia. Last season, Anacostia won its second straight D.C. title and finished No. 1 in that metropolitan area.

The idea for the Baltimore-Washington Classic was a collaboration of Allen Chin, Washington's athletics director, and Bob Wade, Baltimore's supervisor of athletics.

"We met during the summer, and we wanted to rekindle the relationship between the two cities," said Wade, whose oldest ,, son, Daryl, coaches City College. "We looked at the schedules and thought it would be good to have teams which did real well last season show-cased."

Wade knows first-hand about the quality of Washington basketball. When he was Dunbar's varsity coach, his teams regularly played D.C.'s Dunbar and Spingarn. He also recruited in Washington while he was the University of Maryland's coach.

The Baltimore-Washington Classic will mark the debut of new Lake Clifton coach Herman Harried, who played for Wade on Dunbar's 1984 national championship team. Harried, who played Syracuse and professionally in England, was an assistant at Loyola College last season.

"I've been so busy preparing the team, I haven't had the time to get nervous," said Harried.

A trophy will be given to the city that wins three of today's four contests. If the four games are split, the city that allows the fewest points combined will get the trophy until next season, when Baltimore will host the event.

Balto.-D.C. Classic

What: First one-day tournament featuring eight of the two cities' top boys basketball teams

When: Games start at 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. today

Where: Williams Field House, Coolidge High, Fifth and Tuckerman streets, N.W., Washington

Tickets: General admission, $7. Students with ID, $5.

Pub Date: 12/06/97

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