Former DMV college hoopsters set to have a BALL

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The latest game attempting to answer that age-old question of which city does basketball best is coming this weekend to DC-- and with a collegiate blast from the past twist.Former local college stars from Maryland, Georgetown, George Mason and George Washington will take on a similar team from Philadelphia this Saturday, 4 p.m. at GWs Smith Center. The two sides will then travel up I-95 and play on the Saint Josephs campus Sunday night (8 p.m.) with television coverage for both games on Comcast SportsNet. The Terps and Hoyas struggle to find common ground when it comes to squaring off during the college basketball season. Now alumni from both schools including Georgetowns Austin Freeman and Chris Wright, Marylands D. J. Strawberryand John Gilchrist, are joining forces in a home-and-home showcase.Ones level of nostalgia may vary with the DMV represented by the recently graduated Georgetown duo of Jason Clark and Henry Sims to 31-year-old Chris Monroe, George Washingtons all-time leading scorer. Other locals expected include members of George Masons 2006 Final Four team - Jai Lewis, Folarin Campbell and Will Thomas - ,George Washingtons Tony Taylor and Marylands James Gist.The organizers plan to spread the gospel of The-BALL (Basketball Alumni Legends League) up and down the East Coast, attracting former college stars for other teams from Hartford to New York City to Raleigh. The DC-Philly showcase is a precursor for what they hope will become a full-fledged professional league next summer.Members from each of Philadelphias Big 5 schoolsand Drexelare expected to participate, including Allan Ray (Villanova), Dionte Christmas and Ramone Moore (Temple), and Zach Rosen (Penn).Former NBA swingman and University of Richmond star Johnny Newman will coach the D.C. squad. Ex-Villanova guard and former NBA point guard Alvin Williams handles the honors for Philadelphia.

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