Local basketball talent excel in Fifth Annual Crab Ball Classic

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DanielOladapo2BALTIMORE – The Fifth Annual Maryland Crab Ball Classic tiebreaker was broken on March 29, at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore as the most notable high school basketball players from Team Washington took on Team Baltimore.

The series is now led by Team Washington at (3-2) since former NFL athletes, Tony Kennedy and Lamar Smith founded the event five years ago. This year Team Washington defeated Team Baltimore 122-114 for all the bragging rights.

Bladensburg Head Coach Antonio Williams described the game as “epic every year.” He had one of his players selected to play in this event, Mustangs senior guarrd Daniel Oladapo. Oladapo scored 30 points in the win for Team Washington.

“Both teams brought it,” Bladensburg head coach Antonio Williams said about the event. “I tell people all the time that this all-star game is special. No secret it’s an added edge when you think about Team Washington and Team Baltimore. This tiebreaker was epic.”

For the past two years, Team Washington defeated Team Baltimore on the road at St. Frances. Team Washington now leads the series at (3-2) in this annual event after their win.

The event provides the top athletes of Baltimore to go head-to-head with some of the best student-athletes in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

This year’s event featured five players from the Prince George's County including Oladapo, Sherwyn Devonish (Wise), Jermaine Harris (Rock Creek Christian), Darren Lucas-White (Fairmont Heights), and Nigel Marshall (Bishop McNamara).

“All the glory goes to the man upstairs watching over me,” Devonish said. “He has continued to bless me with opportunities on top of opportunities, and I’m thankful to represent Team Washington in this event. Really for Prince George's County and the town of Bladensburg.”

Devonish led his team to a record of 20-5 averaging 18.4 points per game this past season. The Maryland Basketball Coaches Association announced Devonish to 1st team in the 3A/4A school's division on March 19.

Lucas-White dropped 22 points in the Crab Ball Classic. After two outstanding years at Fairmont Heights High School, he scored 1700 points in his career, led the Hornets to their first state championship title in 36 years during his junior campaign.

“I’m very honored to be selected for this game,” Lucas-White said. “This is a big accomplishment to be attending this game because of where the program had come from to now. I just want to put Fairmont (Heights) back on the map as it should be and I’m just blessed to be a part of this game.”

Along with Lucas-White being selected to play in the Crab Ball Classic game, his coaching staff at Fairmont Heights was chosen to coach Team Washington in the match as well.

“I’m very excited for our coaching staff to be in this game,” Lucas-White said. “I want to thank coach (Chuck) Henry and my coaching staff for being a big part in my high school career because he always preaches that he wants us to become young men and I feel as though he made me one through these two years of being at Fairmont. I’m just very blessed to be in this type of predicament to have my coaching staff in the same event I’m playing in.


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