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Cancer Research Classic Basketball Announces Elite Field

December 5, 2017

WHEELING, W.Va. – The schedule has been finalized for the 11th annual Cancer Research Classic (CRC), sponsored by Wheeling Hospital and set for Jan. 5-6 on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.

The event features some of the top ranked high school basketball teams in the U.S. and draws fans from across the country. 32 CRC alumni play in the NBA and more than 700 have gone on to play college basketball in many prominent programs. All of the games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

CRC Director Dr. Gregory Merrick, executive director of the Schiffler Cancer Center, Urologic Research Institute and Men’s Health Center, all at Wheeling Hospital, said, “The CRC remains one of the top three high school boys’ basketball events and attracts the best teams, players and coaches in the country.”

Gates open at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 5. The following matchups are scheduled:
2:55 p.m. – La Lumiere (La Port, IN) vs. Imhotep (Philadelphia)
4:35 p.m. – Orlando Christian Prep (Orlando) vs. IMG (Bradenton, FL)
6:15 p.m. – Montverde (Montverde, FL) vs. Archbishop Wood (Warminster, PA)
7:55 p.m. – Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) vs. First Love Christian (Washington, PA)

On Jan. 6, gates open at 8:30 a.m. Scheduled games are:
10:10 a.m. – Mars (Mars, PA) vs. Wheeling Central Catholic
11:50 a.m. – Wheeler (Marietta, GA) vs. Webster Groves (Webster Groves, MO)
1:30 p.m. – Findlay Prep vs. IMG
3:10 p.m. – La Lumiere vs. Montverde
4:50 p.m. – Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) vs. Gonzaga (Washington, DC)
6:20 p.m. – McEachern (Powder Springs, GA) vs. DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD)

Local bands that will perform during the two-day event are Barnesville Community Alumni Band, Harding Middle School Band, Indian Creek High School Marching Band, St. Clairsville High School Band and Shadyside High School Band.

Ticket sales are brisk, and several pricing and seating options are available:
• General admission tickets for Jan. 5 are $10 for adults and $5 for students. General admission tickets on Jan. 6 are $14 for adults and $6 for students. Weekend passes are $18 for adults and $10 for students. All of these also are available at the gate, but to avoid lines on game day, pre-purchase is encouraged.
• Reserved seating is $20 for Jan. 5; $40 for Jan. 6; and $55 for the weekend.
• For the first time in CRC history, courtside seating will be available. Courtside seating is $25 for Jan. 5; $45 for Jan. 6; and $60 for the weekend.
• A special group admission package is available to middle schools, high schools, travel teams, AAUs and any other basketball organization. The package is $90 and contains 20 tickets (16 players and 4 coaches), which covers all 10 games on both days.

Tickets for reserved seating, courtside seating and group admission packages must be purchased on or before Dec. 29 by calling 304-243-6412. Tickets cannot be exchanged. Reserved and courtside seating, as well as group packages, cannot be purchased at the gate.

Proceeds of the CRC support Wheeling Hospital's men’s health programs and undergraduate cancer research. A Men’s Health Forum will be held at the McDonough Center at WJU from 2-6 on Jan. 5 and noon-4 on Jan. 6.

“Basketball events are excellent venues to use as vehicles to promote men's health,” said Merrick. “The CRC provides an opportunity for fans not only to witness elite high school basketball, but for men to also obtain free health screenings.”

For more information on the CRC, call the Men’s Health Center at 304-243-8813. Details also are available at www.cancerresearchclassic.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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Contact: Gregg Warren, Vice President-Public Relations and Marketing, 304-243-3260
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