For the first time in its 12 year history, the Great American Rivalry Series is expanding into the world of basketball and will be presenting three broadcasts as part of the expansion of the Great American Rivalry Series Broadcast Network. The network will present two LIVE broadcasts on January 19 and an additional one on January 21.
The Rivalry Series kicked off the Basketball coverage in December with their first game as Pleasure Ridge Park hosted the Butler Bears in Louisville. This game was not broadcast, but was the first of a series of games presented by the US Marines called the Semper Fi Slam Jam Series. Butler pulled off a 48-36 win in this initial game of the series. (See photos from the game)
On January 8 Lexington basketball powerhouse Lafayette Generals visited the Tates Creek Commodores and took home a 74-43 victory in another game in the Semper Fi Slam Jam Series. (See photos from the game).
The Slam Jam Series next moves to Shelbyville, KY for a game on January 15 between the Shelbyville Rockets and the Martha Lane Collins Titans in a non-broadcast game.
LIVE BROADCASTS BEGINNING JANUARY 19
The Jeffersontown Chargers will visit the Fern Creek Tigers in a live broadcast game in Louisville. This game is also part of the Semper Fi Slam Jam Series, presented by the US Marines. Both teams have been contenders in Louisville. Fern Creek was ranked number 10 in the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings prior to their 72-66 loss to #6 Bullitt East on January 7. The Tigers are led by Da’Quan Jones and Anthony Wales. The game changers for the Chargers include Landus Bellamy and Junathean Cunningham.
Join famed Kentucky basketball play-by-play guru Gary Ball, color analyst Lee Deforest and producer William Warfield on this broadcast. BROADCAST PAGE LINK
The West Point Green Wave from West Point, MS will visit the #5 Columbus Falcons in a live broadcast game from the Falcon Nest in Columbus, MS. Coached by the Mississippi staple Luther Riley, who won four MHSAA state championships while coaching at Provine (MS), the first year Columbus coach has shown again that his team leadership can be contenders. Led by 6-foot-5 sophomore forward Robert Woodard Jr., one of Mississippi’s “Dandy Dozen” Player of the Year contenders, the Falcons will be a difficult challenge for the Green Wave.
Play-by-play will be handled by veteran Rivalry Series broadcaster Robert Williamson. BROADCAST PAGE LINK
The #5 Dunbar Bulldogs will host crosstown challengers, the Lexington Catholic Knights in a live broadcast battle. The last time they met, back in December, the Bulldogs pulled off a one point win, downing the Knights 63-62. The Bulldogs remain undefeated in District play going into this game.
Dunbar is led by Junior guard Taveion Hollingsworth who is being recruited by Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State and Northern Kentucky. He has been a standout player for the Bulldogs since his freshman season. Senior Darius Williams will also be of concern to the Knights. The Knights are led by Senior J.J. Ogbogu, a standout football player who has been recruited by a number of in-state schools.
Play-by-play for this game will once again be Gary Ball, along with color analyst Lee Deforest and producer William Warfield on this broadcast. BROADCAST PAGE LINK