Crossland High School's basketball team, which has become the dominant Maryland AA team of the late 1980s, earned yet more respect this week. The Cavaliers topped Mount St. Michaels of New York, 68-62, in the final of the prestigious St. Benedictine Holiday Classic in Richmond.
Crossland (7-0) was one of few area teams that did very well in out-of-state Christmas tournaments. Another was McNamara of Prince George's County. A member of the Metro Conference, McNamara defeated McCorriston, 48-44, to win the McCorriston Catholic Classic in Trenton, N.J.
Other champions included Flint Hill, which bounced back from a 28-point loss to Tolentine (N.Y.) in Hawaii to win the respected King Cotton Tournament in Pine Bluff, Ark., for a third straight year. Flint Hill defeated Pine Bluff, 80-72, on national television (ESPN) in the first round and previously unbeaten Miami Senior (Fla.), 72-61, in the championship game.
Annandale won the Rainbow Classic in Dunnellon, Fla., beating Baker (Fla.), 93-58, in the final.
Larry Holmes scored 41 points to lead St. Albans over Lake Placid (Fla.) in the final of the Holiday Hoopla in Vero Beach, Fla.
Horace Scruggs scored 40 points to lead Bishop Ireton past Wheeling (W.Va.), 61-42, in the championship game of the Wheeling Tournament.
St. Stephen's beat Norfolk Catholic, 90-67, in the final of the North-South Tournament in Norfolk.
Lake Braddock lost in the first round of a tournament in Rock Hill (S.C.), 75-73, to Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.) but won its next two games. Hubert Davis scored 101 points in the three games.
Potomac (Md.) lost in the final of the Norfolk Catholic Tournament to Northeastern (N.C.), 76-73. Jason Scott had 28 points for the losers.
DeMatha, unbeaten going into the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach (S.C.), lost two games. Coolidge, another unbeaten team going into the Las Vegas Tournament, lost twice.
St. John's lost to Thomas Johnson, 39-38, in the final of the Frederick (Md.) Tournament.
Gonzaga beat Adlai Stevenson (N.Y.), 60-58, to finish third in the Altoona (Pa.) Tournament. Gonzaga lost its first-round game to Dunbar of Baltimore, 75-72, in overtime. Spingarn beat W.T. Woodson, 81-66, for third place in the Cambria Tournament in Johnstown, Pa.
Locally, Mount Vernon defeated Mackin, 96-84, to win its invitational for the first time in four years. In a battle of unbeatens, Madison beat Paint Branch, 63-57, in the final of the Hayfield Tournament. Dunbar beat H.D. Woodson, 80-72, in the IAABO Blair Tournament final.
In girls tournaments, Mount Hebron outran Friendly, 54-31, to win the 15th annual IAABO Tournament. Lake Braddock got 22 points and 17 rebounds from Laura Teter and beat Lee, 55-43, in the Warhawk Classic at Madison. W.T. Woodson beat West Potomac, 66-41, in the West Potomac Classic. Woodbridge topped Gar-Field, 60-50, in the final of the Gar-Field Invitational.