33rd Annual Burger King Classic tips off Friday


Jaryn Simpson

The 33rd Annual Burger King Classic (BK Classic) tips off this weekend. MaxPreps calls it “the best four-team tourney in the nation and one of the top 10 tournaments in the country.” The BK Classic brings in top teams with top players from their areas. Well-known names that have played in this tournament include Chris Webber, Felipe Lopez, Tim Thomas, and Roy Hibbert. This tournament is a two-night tournament, held on Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16. The teams that will be competing in this tournament are as follows:

  • St. Michael’s: One of the best teams in Canada with four national recruits.
  • Neumann-Goretti: PA state champion five of the last 6 years. They also feature four national recruiters including national recruit Quade Green.
  • St. Edward’s: Defending Classic champion and Ohio power team.
  • Cathedral Prep: final four in PA a year ago and the host school for the 33rd year.

The BK Classic kicks off at 6 p.m. with Neumann Goretti vs. St. Edward’s. Therefore Cathedral Prep vs. St. Michael’s follows right after that game at 7:30 p.m. The following day, the two teams that lose their first game will play in a consolation game for 3rd and 4th place at 6 p.m. Then the two teams who won their first game will go head-to-head in the championship game right after the consolation game at 7:30 p.m.
Carter Cross, senior guard at Cathedral Prep, had a few statements about this upcoming tournament. “The Burger King Classic is a great opportunity for Cathedral Prep and the community,”  he said. “It allows the community to watch exciting and action-packed games, while supporting Prep. It also is a good opportunity for Prep to play talented competition to prepare for the rest of the season,” This will be Carter’s third and last year playing in this class. Carter and the Cathedral Prep community need as many people to get out to the game this Friday and Saturday.
Tickets are on sale at Cathedral Prep, Villa Maria Academy, all local Burger King restaurants, and Dee’s News. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students, and all tickets at the door are $8.