Mayor's Academy tourney features 7 ranked teams

4th edition of event begins tomorrow at Coppin

Basketball

High Schools

January 05, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Sixth-ranked Southern of Baltimore, No. 8 Dunbar, No. 13 Lake Clifton, No. 14 Randallstown and 20th-ranked Walbrook are among the nine local boys teams to be featured in the fourth Mayor's Basketball Academy Tournament, which begins tomorrow at Coppin State and ends Saturday.

Among the local girls teams, No. 6 Dunbar, No. 7 Western and No. 11 Milford Mill will tackle Montgomery County's Newport and Wheaton, along with Prince George's County's DuVal.

Tickets for the event, which also features boys teams from Northern, Edmondson and Mervo, can be purchased for $8 at the door, from the participating schools or by calling the Department of Recreation and Parks for Baltimore City at 410-396-7900 or 410-396-7901.

The tournament's motto is "athletics plus education equals a winning combination," and it blends SAT and college preparatory classes and information tomorrow and Friday with the game participation later those evenings.

Tournament alumni include Lake Clifton players Kevin Braswell (Georgetown) and Michael King (George Washington), St. Frances' Mark Karcher (Temple), Dunbar's Larry Tucker (Coppin State) and City's Ryan Galloway (Florida A&M). Tucker, last season, was the recipient of the tournament's basketball scholarship.

Opponents for the boys are Philadelphia powers Benjamin Franklin and Strawberry Mansion, along with New York's Paul Robeson. Einstein and Newport Prep, both of Montgomery County, also are in the tournament.

Einstein returns the bulk of last winter's 2A state semifinalist, and Newport boasts Towson Catholic transfer Gil Goodrich, a three-point shooting specialist.

Wheaton's girls, 2A state semifinalists last season, boast Montgomery County Player of the Year Keka Agba, a 6-foot-2 center who has orally committed to George Mason. She averages 22.7 points, 17.1 rebounds and 5.0 blocks.

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