Coppin hosts championships

April 01, 2010

Coppin State's Physical Education Complex will host the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational basketball tournaments, which tip off today.

The eight-team boys tournament starts at 2 p.m. with a matchup between top-seeded Montverde (Fla.) Academy and eighth-seeded Montrose Christian of Rockville. The 4 p.m. game pits No. 4 Christ School of North Carolina against No. 5 Winter Park (Fla.). At 6 p.m., third-seeded Oak Hill (Va.) Academy faces sixth-seeded Mountain State Academy of West Virginia. The finale, scheduled for 8 p.m., is No. 2 Findlay Prep of Nevada versus No. 7 Charlotte (N.C.) Christian. All first-round games will be televised on ESPNU.

The semifinals are set for Friday at noon and 2 p.m., and will be shown on ESPN2. The boys championship will tip off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and be televised live on ESPN.

Two players who have committed to Maryland will participate in the tournament.

Haukur Palsson, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward from Iceland, is Montverde Academy's sixth man. Pe'Shon Howard, a 6-2, 195-pound senior, is Oak Hill's starting point guard. Palsson and Howard committed to the Terps earlier this year and are expected to sign their letters of intent this spring.

Roscoe Smith, a 6-8, 186-pound forward from Baltimore, will also play in the tournament. The former Walbrook standout starts alongside Howard for Oak Hill. Smith has committed to Connecticut.

In the girls bracket, No. 1 Peddie School of New Jersey takes on No. 4 Lake Mary of Florida at 4:30 p.m. Friday, while second-seeded Dillard (Fla.) meets third-seeded Oak Hill at 6:30 p.m. Both games will be shown on ESPNU. The girls championship, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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