21st Annual Blue & Gold All-Star Basketball games held at the 76ers Field House for the first time!
WILMINGTON (DE): On Saturday, the top 30 male and female high school basketball players in the state came together for the first time at the new 76ers Field House in Wilmington, to compete in their final game – the All- Star basketball game.
The Games were founded by local attorney Morton R. Kimmel and are presented by Kimmel, Carter, Roman, Peltz and O’Neill PA and the Kimmel Spiller Charitable Foundation to benefit Best Buddies Delaware. Kimmel, who has been battling multiple myeloma for the past few years, died at Christiana Hospital last year.
Held at the new 76ers Field House just outside the city of Wilmington, the facility is a 2,500-seat multi-purpose arena and sports complex in Wilmington. The arena is home to the Philadelphia 76ers NBA G League team, the Delaware Blue Coats. Prior to this year, the games were held at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware.
The legacy of the Blue-Gold All-Star Basketball Games is the long-term effect that the success of the event has on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who participate in Best Buddies Delaware. Financial support allows Best Buddies to deliver the mission of inclusion to more and more people with disabilities in communities throughout the First State.
Governor John Carney made yet another appearance. And, yes, he was dressed in green once again to commemorate the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Other important community figures included New Castle County Police Col. Vaughn Bond Jr, and Miss Wilmington.
The Blue team scored the last six points to achieve an 83-78 victory over the Gold team in the boys’ game on Saturday. The Blue also won with a 72-48 victory over the Gold in the girls’ games.
Three players from both of the boys teams competed in a dunk contest in between the boys and girls. On the other end of the court, the girls had a three-point shooting contest. In the end, Caravel won both of those events as Karli Cauley was the three-point champion and Brandon Sengphachanh won the dunk contest.