No. 4 John Carroll faces No. 10 Lake Clifton (5:30) and No. 8 Dunbar battles Calvert Hall (7:30)


The William Wells Challenge, named in honor of long-time St. Frances Academy boys basketball coach William Wells, who won more than 500 games while coaching on various levels in the SFA program and won a record seven Baltimore Catholic League Tournament championships, takes place Thursday night at Coppin State University.

The double-header features a pair of high profile boys games matching a pair of BCL program against two Baltimore City powers. In the first game, which tips at 5:30 p.m., No. 4 John Carroll faces No. 10 Lake Clifton and at 7:30 p.m. No. 8 Dunbar will play Calvert Hall.

John Carroll has been led in the early going by Rutgers University commit Montez Mathis, as the Patriots await the return of University Kentucky signee Immanuel Quickley, rated among the nation’s top point guards. Quickley, who has been recovering from mononucleosis is expected to return at any time. Lake Clifton, which is led by senior guard Steven Parker, is favored by some to win a Baltimore City Division I title and compete for a Class 1A state crown.

Of course, Lake Clifton’s biggest rival in the City has always been Dunbar, which is experiencing a resurgence is the wake of recent books and movies based on their historic past, is led by senior forward Dashawn Phillip. In Calvert Hall, the Poets will face a rival from their past, as the two teams once not only battled for the mantle of best team in Baltimore, but the nation. The Cardinals claimed the mythical national title in 1982, but never played Dunbar. The following year they did play, as the Poets fielded perhaps the finest high school basketball team of all time and won a mythical national title of their own.

Tickets are $10 are at the door.