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BLOG: York High to play at Wells Fargo Center Jan. 11

Patrick Strohecker
505-5402/@P_Strohecker

The York High boys' basketball team will get a chance to play where the professionals play.

Jacquez Casiano (left) and the York High boys' basketball team will look to improve off of last year's disappointing 12-11 campaign under first-year head coach Clovis Gallon. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)

And they'll get to take on an old rival.

On Wednesday Jan. 11, the Bearcats will face Steel-High at 3 p.m. in a non-league game at the Wells Fargo Center, home of the Philadelphia 76ers. York High athletic director Ronald Coursey confirmed the date on Tuesday.

The Bearcats and the Rollers were one-time rivals in the now-defunct Central Penn League.

The plan for the game was put in motion going as far back as April, when Coursey and first-year head coach Clovis Gallon met with 76ers and Wells Fargo management about organizing a game for the high school as part of a program called "Court of Dreams," a program that Coursey was a part of when he was the athletic director at a high school out in Pittsburgh. The program gives high school teams the chance to play in professional venues before NBA games. This year, the 76ers will play the New York Knicks after the York High game, beginning at 7 p.m.

York High to play game at Wells Fargo Center next year

"The experience was amazing," Coursey said back in April about the "Court of Dreams" event. "Having the kids play on an NBA floor in an NBA arena, an NBA jumbotron, you have the PA announcer saying your name after you score, it was just a great, great experience and something that I wanted to bring to York High and with our pedigree and track record, I knew it wouldn't be a hard sell."

Fans who purchase tickets for the event will gain admission into both the high school game and the NBA game.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com