This is a big year for the Philadelphia 76ers. The team is celebrating its 50th season in the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain led the 1966-67 76ers to an NBA championship.
In addition, earlier this year fans had a chance to recognize the achievement of Chamberlain’s 100-point game at a special luncheon. The event was held at the First District Plaza, 3801 Market St., on March 2, which was the 50th anniversary of this outstanding performance. Fans can now see this special event on DVD.
The luncheon featured a number of Hall of Famers and Philadelphia and New York basketball greats. The memorable occasion was sponsored by the Wilt Chamberlain Postal Stamp Committee. This was a fantastic tribute to Chamberlain, former Overbrook High and University of Kansas All-American. More than 200 people came out to celebrate this brilliant moment in sports history.
Chamberlain is currently “under consideration” to be commemorated on a postage stamp according to the United States Postal Service. Fans interested in receiving a copy of this DVD should send a check for $12 which includes postage and handling payable to the Wilt Chamberlain Postal Stamp Committee. The address: Wilt Chamberlain Postal Stamp Committee, Post Office Box 32323, Philadelphia, PA 19146.
On March 2, 1962, Chamberlain scored 100 points to lead the Philadelphia Warriors to a 169-147 win over the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pa. Chamberlain shot 36-for-63 from the field and connected on 28-of-32 foul shots that game.
Temple signs two recruits during early period
Fran Dunphy, Temple head basketball coach, announced that two talented players from New Jersey – Josh Brown out of St. Anthony’s High and Kyle Green out of Camden Catholic High—have signed national letters of intent to attend Temple.
Brown, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged nine points, five rebounds and four assists last season playing in a backcourt that included UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson. During his career, he has helped lead the program to a 65-0 record and back-to-back New Jersey Tournament of Champions titles.
Green, 6-foot-5, led South Jersey in scoring with a 22.7 point average as a junior last season. The Woodbury Heights, N.J. native enters his final season at Camden Catholic with 1,163 career points and likely will become the program’s all-time leading scorer by graduation.
Tyreek Duren named Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week
Tyreek Duren, La Salle junior guard from Neumann-Goretti, has been named the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week. Duren averaged 19 points in a pair of wins last week, including a 77-74 overtime victory over Villanova.
Duren had a big game against the Wildcats. He scored 19 of his 23 points after halftime. His three-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation tied the game at 67-67.
Widener to visit Mount Union in NCAA quarterfinals
Widener, ranked No. 9 in the country, will visit top-ranked Mount Union in the quarterfinals of the Division III NCAA tournament on Saturday, Dec. 1. Game time in Alliance, Ohio is noon.
Widener (11-0 overall, 8-0 MAC) is making its 13th trip to the NCAA tournament and its first since 2007, when it last won the Middle Atlantic Conference prior to this season. The Pride are 17-10 in the tournament with two national championships (1977, 1981). Widener recently defeated No. 11 Salisbury, 28-7 in the second round.