Alhambra tournament kicks off this weekend

Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 16, 2011; 2:25 PM

While the NCAA tournament gets going at Verizon Center this weekend, some of the Washington area's top high school basketball players will finish their careers in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in Frostburg, Md.

The eight-team tournament, which includes fourth-ranked DeMatha, fifth-ranked Gonzaga and McNamara begins Thursday at Frostburg State University and concludes with Saturday's championship game at 8:15 p.m.

The tournament begins Thursday with DeMatha playing host Bishop Walsh at 4 p.m, followed by McNamara against Benedictine of Richmond at 5:45. St. Benedict's of Newark, N.J., plays John Carroll of suburban Baltimore at 7:30, with Gonzaga facing St. Frances of Baltimore in the nightcap.

"It's always a great way to the end your season because you have to earn your way to get there," DeMatha Coach Mike Jones said. "This year might be the best selection of eight teams they've had in a while."

Also this weekend, on Sunday, are new boys' and girls' all-star games at Verizon Center, the Elite Showcase Basketball Classic, featuring a handful of local players and college recruits.

Pulling double duty will be DeMatha forward Mikael Hopkins, a Georgetown recruit who will play for the Stags on Saturday and then in the all-star game on Sunday, which follows the Washington Wizards' game at Verizon Center. Also scheduled to play are Oakland Mills forward Greg Whittington, who recently committed to Georgetown, and Maryland recruit Nick Faust of Baltimore.

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