`Beltway Battle' to showcase Catholic champs

Baltimore, D.C. titlists, No. 2's to play March 12

February 25, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's two best in Catholic school basketball will meet the two best of Washington, D.C., in a "Battle of the Beltways" at the Towson Center on March 12.

Officials from the Baltimore Catholic League and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference have contracted to showcase their top teams in a doubleheader.

League champions will play at 7: 45 p.m., runners-up at 6 p.m.

The Sun's top-ranked Towson Catholic (24-5) and No. 4 Archbishop Spalding (26-4) are expected to be the Baltimore representatives. Towson Catholic won the BCL regular-season title and hopes to add the tournament championship this weekend.

Spalding, which split with Towson Catholic and lost to Calvert Hall, was regular season runner-up and hopes to force a playoff for the overall title with a tournament win.

Towson Catholic and Spalding have told Battle of the Beltways organizers they will play in the showcase, barring unforeseen tournament developments.

Hyattsville's DeMatha (25-3) with McDonald's All-Americans Keith Bogans and Joe Forte, Wheaton's Good Counsel (26-2) and Washington's Gonzaga (24-5) are vying for the WCAC berths.

Good Counsel and DeMatha are 10th and 17th in USA Today's Super 25 nationally; Gonzaga was ranked earlier this season. DeMatha, Good Counsel and Gonzaga are ranked 1, 2 and 4, respectively, in the Washington area.

Pub Date: 2/25/99

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