The top-ranked Towson Catholic boys basketball team, champion of the Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, has one goal left - to win the 47th Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament at Frostburg State.
"We want to beat DeMatha in the Alhambra," Owls guard Malcolm Delaney said. "We want another shot at them."
For that to happen, both must advance to Saturday night's final. The Stags (27-5) defeated the Owls, 78-71 at American University in late January.
The Owls (31-4) open at 5:45 tonight against St. John's (24-7) of Washington, The Washington Post's fourth-ranked team. The Post's No. 1 team, DeMatha (26-5), a 19-time tournament champion, opens at 7:30 p.m. against St. Joseph's Prep of Philadelphia. The Stags are defending champions, having beaten Mount St. Joseph in last year's final.
Towson Catholic is led by Virginia Tech-bound Delaney and Syracuse-bound Donte Greene, who will be one of an unprecedented three McDonald's All-Americans to play in the Alhambra.
Rest of the field
DeMatha (26-5) -- Led by Austin Freeman, a 6-5 McDonald's All-American who averages 25 points per game and will play at Georgetown; Stags won Washington Catholic and City league titles.
St. John's (24-7) -- Chris Wright, a 6-1 guard who was named the Alhambra's Outstanding Player last year, led the area in scoring at 30 points per game and will join Freeman at Georgetown.
Roman Catholic (25-3) -- Philadelphia Catholic League champs, led by Pittsburgh-bound Brad Wanamaker.
Neumann-Goretti (24-5) -- Runner-up to Roman Catholic, led by Syracuse-bound duo of Rick Jackson and Antonio "Scoop" Jardine
St. Joseph's Prep (21-6) -- Philadelphia team is coached by Pennsylvania legend William "Speedy" Morris.
Benedictine (27-2) -- The Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association champs are led by 6-8 junior center Ed Davis.
Bishop Walsh (5-22) -- From Cumberland, the host team hasn't won a game in the tournament since 1996.