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BOSTON — The inaugural “Shooting Touch Shootout” basketball tournament presented by PoweradeŽ will take place on December 28-29th at the Kroc Center (650 Dudley Street, Boston). Inspired by the legendary “Boston Shootout”, the holiday tournament will feature eight high school teams from the four major northeast cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Jersey City.
Among the most intriguing matchups locally is defending MIAA Division 2 state champion New Mission going up against Jersey City, N.J. powerhouse and defending national champions, The St. Anthony Friars. With legendary Naismith Hall of Fame Coach Bob Hurley leading his team – a top 10 team in the country, the Friars set the competition bar very high. The other teams of Archbishop Carroll, Hudson Catholic, Bishop Loughlin, East Boston, Amityville and Roman Catholic High School will join the fight and compete to win the coveted championship for their hometown.
“We wanted to bring back a city pride type of tournament and display one of America’s most prominent showcases for high school basketball,” said Justin Kittredge, Tournament Director and President of Shooting Touch, Inc.”The Shooting Touch Shootout will be a yearly tradition, it is here to stay.”
All tournament proceeds go back towards The Shooting Touch Sabbatical Program - referred to as “The Basketball Peace Corps”, this program grants graduating college seniors the opportunity to travel the world and partake in a 10-month international work program using the platform of basketball to help foster education and influence positive social change in third world communities.
Wednesday, December 28th
Archbishop Carroll (PA) vs. Hudson Catholic (N.J.), noon
Bishop Loughlin( NY) vs. East Boston, 2:00pm
Amityville (NY) vs. Roman Catholic (PA), 4:00pm
St.Anthony (NJ) vs. New Mission, 6:30pm
Thursday, December 29th
Loser of NY/MA vs. Loser of PA/NJ, 12:30pm
Winner of NY/MA vs. Winner of PA/NJ, 2:30pm
Loser of NJ/MA vs. Loser of NY/PA , 4:30pm
Winner of NJ/MA vs. Winner of NY/PA, 6:30pm
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Archbishop Carroll: Lou Dominique (6-4, Sr. C), Alec Stavetski (6-3, Sr. G), Yosef Yacob (6-0, Jr., G)
Hudson Catholic: Grant Ellis (6-5, Sr. F), Kavon Stewart (5-11, Jr. G), Reggie Cameron (6-7, Jr. F), Michael Young (6-9, Jr. C), Rakwan Kelly (6-4, Jr. G)
Bishop Loughlin: Khadeem Carrington (6-3, So. G), Elisha Boone (6-4, So., G)
East Boston: Kenny Ramos (6-3, Jr., F), Zach Gettereau (6-5, Sr., C)
Amityville: Dejuhan Gray (6-4, Sr., F), Kavione Green (6-3, So. G)
Roman Catholic: Shep Garner (6-2, So. G), Shafeek Taylor (6-4, Jr., G), Montana Mayfield (6-0, Sr. G)
St. Anthony’s: Kyle Anderson (6-7, Sr. F), Tariq Carey (6-2, Sr. G), Jerome Frink (6-6, Sr. F), Jimmy Hall (6-7, Sr. F), Josh Brown (6-3, Jr. G), Hallice Cooke (6-3 Jr. G)
New Mission: Isshiah Coleman (6-4, Jr. F), Greg Bridges (5-5, Fr. G), Nate Anderson (6-6, Jr. F)