Eleventh-hour shuffling has left the Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic’s eight-team National Division four New York City entrants to go with a second from Kentucky.
Two schools from near Toronto that had committed to the Dec. 28-30 basketball tournament were forced to withdraw last week when ongoing labor strife in the province of Ontario resulted in cancellation of extracurricular activities.
Taking the place of those teams — Bill Crothers Secondary School and Thornlea Secondary School — will be Trinity High of Louisville, reigning Kentucky state champion, and Brooklyn’s Abraham Lincoln High.
Trinity and Lincoln had been in the field for the Dec. 27-31 Gulfshore Invitational at Naples, Fla. However, that tournament was canceled as result of what has been reported as loss of sponsorship and numerous teams subsequently opting out because of lack of funds.
The connection with Trinity was made through Scott Chalk, coach of fellow STOP-DWI Holiday Classic participant Dunbar High of Lexington, Ky.
Before Trinity and Lincoln were secured, tournament organizers drew up a contingency plan that elevated Maine-Endwell and Susquehanna Valley to the National Division from the Regional Division.
Rounding out the National Division will be St. Raymond High of the Bronx, Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn), Brooklyn Collegiate, I.C. Norcom (Portsmouth, Va.) and Philadelphia Electric and Technology Charter High.