Basketball: Holy Spirit vs. Paulsboro at Saturday showcase


By Phil Anastasia

Holy Spirit, the No. 3 team in The Inquirer Top 10, will face No. 7 Paulsboro in the first American Basketball Classic Saturday at St. Augustine Prep.

The showdown between the 4-1 Spartans and the 5-0 Red Raiders is scheduled to tip at 3 p.m.

That game will feature top players such as Holy Spirit's Junior Saintel and John Middleton and Paulsboro's Theo Holloway and Saleem Little.

In the nightcap of the five-game showcase event, host St. Augustine Prep will face Montrose Christian of Rockville, Md., a national-caliber program and the alma mater of NBA star Kevin Durant.

Montrose Christian is led by junior guard Allonzo Trier, a four-star recruit according to The 6-4 Trier scored more than 2,000 points in his first two high school seasons in Oklahoma.

St. Augustine is 4-0 this season.

Two other top Cape Atlantic League teams, Wildwood Catholic and St. Joseph, also are scheduled to participate.

Life Center Academy of Burlington Township, which is coached by former NBA star Pervis Ellison and features his son, junior Malik Ellison along with 7-1 Treyvon Reed, a Maryland recruit, and former Rancocas Valley star Ned Ogoemesim, is tentatively scheduled to play Capitol Christian of Landover, Md.

Here's the tentative schedule, as event organizer Rich Marcucci has indicated that Life Center's participation has not yet been confirmed:

St. Joseph vs. Vineland, noon

Wildwood Catholic vs. The Phelps School (Malvern, Pa.), 1:30

Holy Spirit vs. Paulsboro, 3

Life Center vs. Capitol Christian (Landover, Md), 4:30

St. Augustine vs. Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.), 6 p.m.

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