The Ben Lippen and Westwood boys basketball teams will get a chance to feel like NBA players for a day.
The teams will play Dec. 20 at the Spectrum Center, the home of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. The game will tip off at 2:30 p.m., and be played prior to the Hornets-Los Angeles Lakers game that night.
“How many times will our kids get a chance to play on NBA arena?” Westwood coach Jeff Dibattisto said. “This is something they won’t forget. When we told them about this on Thursday, they were so excited and are looking forward to it.”
“We talked about this and tried to do something different to promote our programs and give our kids something different,” Ben Lippen coach John Combs said. “We are about creating fun experiences for our kids and giving them something they won’t forget.”
This isn’t the first time Dibattisto and Combs’ teams have played in an NBA arena before. When Dibattisto was at Bishop England and Combs at Ridge View, their teams played at Madison Square Garden in 2009 prior to a Coaches vs. Cancer tournament game. Combs’ Ridge View teams also played Lexington and Fort Mill in games at Charlotte Coliseum.
Dibattisto and Combs are longtime friends and former managers at South Carolina in the 1990s under coach Eddie Fogler. The coaches are in their first years at their new schools, with Dibattisto coming over from Dreher and Combs at Ridge View.
Tickets go on sale soon. Tickets will gain you entrance for both the Ben Lippen-Westwood and Hornets-Lakers games.