TOWSON, MD –-- The first annual Shirts vs. Skins Basketball classic was a success, which was held in Alumni Gym on the campus of Calvert Hall High School. The classic main initiative is to help raise awareness for diabetes while also showcasing some premier talent in the Baltimore region.
Calvert Hall Cardinals was the host school and played the final game of the classic against a very competitive Constitution Generals, out of Philadelphia. The Cardinals escaped a tough battle with the Generals, walking away with a 70-67 victory.
The victory did not come without controversy though. Midway through the fourth quarter, Constitution's guard, Tamir Green was disqualified from the game after receiving his second technical foul, less than two minutes after receiving his first one.
“The second [technical foul] he was talking to me, he didn't even say anything to the ref,” Generals' head coach, Robert Moore said about his star guard being disqualified from the game. “At that point in time, [Green] had completely taking over the game. It was a tough pill to swallow.”
On neither foul, Green did not use foul language, nor taunted the official or player. It was very strange and unfortunate for the Generals to lose their star player when the game was so close.
Green finished exited the game with 15 points after only scoring 3 points in the first half, and was the reason why the Generals cut a 37-31 halftime deficit and made it into a 49-48 fourth quarter lead. In the third quarter, Green put heavy pressure on Calvert Hall's guards, breaking their press and attacking the rim relentlessly. He converted two AND-1, along with a fast break layup to give the Generals the lead before the end of the third quarter, also stealing the ball to set up the fast break.
“I'm from Philly, so if you're going to be small then you have to be tough,” Green said. “I like to mimic my game after Kyle Lowry and Russell Westbrook because they're small but still attack the basket.”
For Calvert Hall, they relied on their star forward, Justin Gorham, who finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, in a game he called “average” for his standards. Gorham is the only returning starter from Calvert Hall's championship team last season that included 5 seniors, all of which went on to play division one basketball.
As a junior, Gorham role was smaller and kept him inside the paint. This season he will be the leader and will operate all over the court. He shot the ball well, from both the perimeter and inside the paint, also finishing with 3 blocks.
Gorham was not alone though, especially in the second half. Brendan Adams played a major role in the backcourt, scoring the ball and also helping lead the fast-break. Adams scored 17 points, 10 of which came in the second half.
After the game a gentlemen in the press conference – who was also a diabetic – thanked both teams for participating in the classic, helping bring awareness to his condition.
“I have diabetes and I hope it meant something to you all to play for something like this,” the gentleman said. “[Diabetes] is a very tough situation, and I haven't conquered it yet, but I just want to thank you all for that.”
St. Frances Academy and St. Benedict’s out of New Jersey, were the other schools participating in the classic. St. Frances defeated Constitution 76-74 in overtime on Saturday, St. Benedict's Prep defeating McDonogh in Sunday's early game.
Former Dunbar star, Kurk Lee, is one of the main sponsors of the classic through his Kurk Lee Foundation, said that the main goal for the classic is to make it bigger. The more it expands, the more it can help increase the awareness of diabetes.