Gateway High School partnered with Rise High Basketball to present the “Battle of the Borders” basketball showcase on Dec. 18 at the Furrie Sports Complex. The “Battle of the Borders” was the brainchild of Gateway Assistant Coach Marvin Wright.
Eight prominent high school teams from Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia made up the quadrupleheader.
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The first game featured Life Center Academy from New Jersey against Penn Hills’ Imani Christian Academy. Pitt recruit John Johnson scored 23 points to lead Life Center to a 76-51 win. Johnson, is a 6-foot-1 point guard who transferred from Girard College in Philadelphia after his junior season in which he averaged 22 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds a game. Imani’s athletic director is Harvey Smith Jr., a Gateway graduate and the brother of Gateway athletic director and head football coach Terry Smith.
Other games included Carver Vo-Tech from Baltimore playing Ohio’s Harvest Prep, and West Virginia’s Huntingdon Prep, meeting Coolidge High School from the District of Columbia.
In the final game, Gateway defeated Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 62-55. The Gators were led by Tyler Scott who scored 20 points. St. Vincent-St. Mary is the alma mater of Miami Heat superstar LeBron James and is still coached by Dru Joyce, who also was James’ coach.
At least 22 of the participating players currently are considering NCAA Division I offers.