Shooting Touch, Inc. President Justin Kittredge confirmed to ESPNBoston.com this morning that a rematch between Central Catholic and nationally-renowned juggernaut St. Anthony (N.J.) is set for this December, in the third annual Shooting Touch Shootout in Boston.
St. Anthony is an annual participant in the Shooting Touch Shootout, which matches up the MIAA's best squads against some of the nation's best high school basketball programs. Legendary St. Anthony head coach Bob Hurley, one of only three high school coaches inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, serves on the Board of Directors at Shooting Touch, a Boston-based nonprofit that uses the sport of basketball to positively impact the lives of children both on and off the court.
In the first installment of the Shooting Touch Shootout, in December 2011 at the Kroc Center in Dorchester, St. Anthony steamrolled through then-defending MIAA D2 state champion New Mission.
Last December, in the second installment at Emmanuel College, the Friars breezed by eventual D2 state champ Brighton on the first day of the tournament. But in the nightcap of the second and final day of the tournament, before a sellout crowd, Central Catholic gave the Friars a big scare, nearly snapping their nation-best 70-game win streak before falling 52-48.
Central went on to win the MIAA D1 North title before falling to Mansfield in the Eastern Mass Final, at TD Garden.
"I've always said let's play the best," Central head coach Rick Nault said. "To play a Bob Hurley-coached team...It was a challenge last year, a lot of fun, something the kids really looked forward to. Hopefully we can go out and play hard again, try to keep it close. We'll see what happens."
D.C. area power DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) is also confirmed to play two games in the two-day event. No opponents are set yet for the Stags, though a source told ESPNBoston.com that Boston City League stalwart New Mission is a possibility.
Other confirmed teams for the Shootout include Christian Brothers Academy (N.J.), Springfield Central and Charlestown.
On the girls side, New Mission and defending MIAA D2 state champ Medfield are confirmed so far.
No venue is set yet for the Shooting Touch Shootout.