It’s on! The Philadelphia — New York youth basketball rivalry that in the past has seen some of the greatest go baseline-to-baseline resumes Saturday, Aug. 10 with the Harlem Day Philadelphia-New York basketball festival at Millbank Center in New York.

{div class=”subscriber-preview”}There was a time when Philadelphia stars such as Wilt Chamberlain, Ray Scott, Wali Jones, Andre McCarter, and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe would to travel 100 miles north to play the best that New York had to offer with players such as Lew Alcindor, who would become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Connie Hawkins, Dean “The Dream” Meminger and Lenny Wilkens. There is an effort rekindle that rivalry.

“When you talk about baskeball, you start with Philly and New York,” said Maurice “Mo” Howard, a former St. Joe’s Prep, University of Maryland and NBA standout who played in those classic Philly-NYC games. “I remember what it was like playing against those guys and it was a thrill. You wanted to go out and beat them. You wanted to represent Philly and show them what we’re about.”

Tryouts for the 13-and-under and the 15-and-under team were held at The Shipley School.

“It was very competitve,” Howard said. “We’ve got some kids who I know are going to give it their all. I’m excited about it.”

On the New York side, Gary “Tank” Barnes, a former Coppin State standout, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Nate “Tiny” Archibald and the Real Harlem Legends are taking the challenge seriously.

Both Howard and Barnes say future games will involve girls teams. (215) 893-5746

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