Boys' Morning Roundup

Montrose Christian-KIMA postponed, but plenty of other good games on Tuesday night

By Josh Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Although a few school systems canceled school once again Tuesday, most of the Washington area's high school basketball season finally resumes on Tuesday night, with a pair of games between ranked private school teams highlighting the slate.

But it is a game not being played that has created a bit of a buzz. Third-ranked Montrose Christian has postponed its game against KIMA, and plans to reschedule it for the first week of March.

That comes on the heels of this past weekend, when the Mustangs did not make a scheduled trip to Trenton, N.J., to play St. Anthony's in the Primetime Shootout. Coach Stu Vetter said he pulled his team out of that event midweek, worried that snow-clogged roadways would make it unlikely for the Mustangs to be able to make the trip. Subsequently, Vetter said, Montrose Christian would not have been able to make the trip because school policy dictates that the school's athletic teams do not play if Montgomery County Public Schools are closed.

The two high-profile games were the Mustangs' first since All-Met guard Terrence Ross, the team's second-leading scorer, decided to transfer, leading to speculation that Montrose Christian was dodging top competition. KIMA had played Montrose Christian tough in a 70-57 loss on Jan. 9.

Vetter denied that charge, saying that Tuesday's game against KIMA was postponed because "it's senior night and we haven't been in school and we want to make it a special night for our seniors." Also, Friday's game against sixth-ranked Ballou remains set for a 7:30 p.m. tip at the University of Maryland.

Elsewhere, among teams getting back on the court, No. 11 Landon can wrap up the top seed in the Interstate Athletic Conference tournament by winning at No. 12 Georgetown Prep at 6 p.m. In the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, No. 15 Good Counsel visits No. 7 St. John's at 7 p.m.

While there is no school in Prince George's County on Tuesday, Prince George's will play a full slate of basketball games. The best there might be Wise at Bowie or Potomac (Md.) at Friendly.

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