Cumberland Times-News

March 13, 2013

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Alhambra tournament one of the nation’s best

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— Today’s start of the three-day Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament marks the 53rd consecutive year that local residents and visitors have been treated to some of the best high school basketball anywhere.

When the event began in 1960 it was one of the first high school tournaments of its kind. Over the years, the ACIT has been host to more than 80 teams from 10 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. It is generally regarded as one of the top five high school tournaments held at the end of basketball season.

As to be expected, the 2013 field is a stellar one. All of the games will be played at Frostburg State University.

 The games begin at 4 p.m. today in a matchup between Benedictine College Prep, Richmond, Va., and St. Frances Academy, Baltimore. At 5:45, Bishop O’Connell High School of Arlington, Va., will square off against Mount Saint Joseph, Baltimore. The 7:30 game will feature Gonzaga College High School, Washington, versus host school Bishop Walsh of Cumberland. The 9:15 competition will be between DeMatha Catholic High School, Hyattsville, and La Lumiere School, LaPorte, Ind.

The DeMatha Stags are this year’s defending champion and will make their 43rd appearance in the ACIT.

More than two dozen ACIT players have gone on to play professionally in the National Basketball Association. Visitors to our website at www.times-news.com can select their favorite ACIT players by clicking on a tourney player poll at the top of the page.

Our print editions will feature articles and photographs of every game during the three-day tourney.  Game stories and photos also will be on our website, as well as video of the games. Readers also may purchase game photos by visiting our website.

We congratulate Wamba Caravan 89, Order of Alhambra, for staging the ACIT and for the work the organization does in helping the developmentally disabled. We also extend a warm welcome to the players and fans who are in Cumberland and Frostburg this week for the 53rd ACIT.