MLK Hoopfest: “Crimestopper” Aquille Carr headlines four-game showcase Monday at Coolidge

Aquille Carr and the Patterson High Clippers , the top team in the Baltimore Sun’s boys’ basketball rankings, will meet No. 3 Gonzaga on Monday in the last of four games as part of the MLK Hoopfest Showcase at Coolidge High.

The event, originally scheduled to be at American University’s Bender Arena, was moved because of an NCAA rule barring Division I colleges from hosting games put on by third-party promoters (in this case, former Georgetown player Mark Tillmon).

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Patterson High School junior Aquille Carr--a basketball phenom--has grown into an inner city legend, garnering the nickname 'Crimestopper' because admirers say crime stops in Baltimore during his games. (Jan. 11)

Patterson High School junior Aquille Carr--a basketball phenom--has grown into an inner city legend, garnering the nickname 'Crimestopper' because admirers say crime stops in Baltimore during his games. (Jan. 11)

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“I was just glad that the [AU] people called me at least 30 days in advance,” Tillmon said. “I went online and saw so many events got canceled. I understand what they are trying to do, but I’m not getting the university for free. People are paying money to rent these gyms. I’m happy I had enough time to find another location.”

Tickets are $20 and are only available at the door. Organizers suggest arriving early.

The 6:30 and 8:30 games will be broadcast live on CSN Plus; check your local listings for channel information.

Schedule:

T.C. Williams (6-3) vs. Sidwell Friends (8-5), 1 p.m.

No. 11 North Point (9-3) vs. I.C. Norcom (Portsmouth, Va.), 3

Coolidge (8-3) vs. Phoebus (8-4) (Hampton, Va.), 6:30

No. 3 Gonzaga (13-0) vs. Patterson (7-2), 8:30

 
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