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Former DMV college hoopsters set to have a BALL

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Former DMV college hoopsters set to have a BALL

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 schools and Drexel are 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.

Gonzaga beats DeMatha on Hail Mary in bonkers WCAC championship game

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Gonzaga beats DeMatha on Hail Mary in bonkers WCAC championship game

The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) has a long history of football excellence, and the 2018 championship game was no exception. 

No. 2 Gonzaga College High School defeated No. 1 DeMatha Catholic High School, 46-43, in the title game at Catholic University of America on Sunday night thanks to three lead changes in the final 60 seconds and a game-winning Hail Mary. 

After allowing  DeMatha to race out to a 20-point lead, the Purple Eagles scored in the second quarter on a one-yard rushing touchdown. Dean Engram, son of Baltimore Ravens’ WR coach Bobby Engram, caught a 35-yard pass to score again for Gonzaga, closing the deficit to just six at 20-14. DeMatha rushed in another touchdown and intercepted Gonzaga’s next pass before entering the half at 26-14.

Both powerhouses scored a touchdown in the third, leaving the teams to fight until the very end of the fourth quarter in order determine the 2018 championship. That's when things got extra weird.

With 39 seconds left, Gonzaga's Sam Sweeney caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Williams to give the Eagles a 40-36 lead. 

But on the ensuing kickoff DeMatha senior Dominic Logan-Nealy returned the kick to the end zone, giving DeMatha a 43-40 lead with just 15 seconds left.

Gonzaga would get another crack at the title, and they did not let it go to waste. Williams hurled a desperation pass to the end zone with no time remaining. Eagles' receiver John Marshall got his hands on the pass and snagged the game-winning touchdown catch to give Gonzaga the stunning 46-43 win. 

The winners immediately rushed to celebrate with their student section, but the protective fencing separating the two was ultimately torn down.

The WCAC champions end the year 9-3. Head Coach Randy Trivers emotionally addressed his troops after their battle, reminding them that Gonzaga won their first title on Catholic University of America’s field:

DeMatha ended its season 8-3.

The game made national news, with Good Morning America featuring the final 30-seconds of the game Monday morning.

UVA vs. Georgia Tech How to Watch: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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UVA vs. Georgia Tech How to Watch: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Virginia Cavaliers football team is coming off a 21-pt victory last week and has won four of their last five games, yet is an underdog on the road against Georgia Tech.

UVA, at 4-2 (7-3 overall), is trying to stay alive in the ACC Coastal, led by the Pitt Panthers entering Saturday's action. Georgia Tech is also coming into the game on a hot streak, having won five of its last six matchups.

The Yellow Jackets are two games behind Pitt in the loss column, sitting at 4-3 in ACC play, and will finish up their regular season next week at 5th-ranked Georgia. UVA will wrap up on the road as well, facing in-state rival Virginia Tech.

Georgia Tech is favored over UVA by 4.5 points. Here's how to watch.

UVA CAVALIERS vs. GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS: HOW TO WATCH

What: University of Virginia Cavaliers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium at Grant Field, located in Atlanta, GA.

When: Saturday, November 17 at 3:30 p.m. EST

TV Channel: The Virginia Cavaliers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)