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The Rivalry: Sikeston-Charleston to be played at Show Me Center

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 ~ Updated 4:30 PM

Charleston's Ryan Parham (20) goes up for a layup while being contested by Sikeston's J.T. Jones Friday during the SEMO Conference Championship at the Sikeston Field House.
(Photo by Chris Pobst)

The next game between two of the area's best teams will be played on a bigger stage.

The Sikeston-Charleston regular season game, originally scheduled for Jan. 4 at Charleston High School, has been moved to Jan. 31 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau.

Tickets are $25 courtside (limited availability), $12 for reserved seats at midcourt in sections 107-108 and 122-123. General admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students.

Here is the press release that was sent out today.

CAPE GIRARDEAU -- This year's SEMO Conference Basketball Tournament featured the must see final featuring the No. 1 seeded Charleston Bluejays against the No. 2 seeded Sikeston Bulldogs.

This anxiously anticipated tournament final ended in a mild upset, as Sikeston walked off their home court with a 71 - 61 victory. Fans were given a rare opportunity to see two teams both ranked No.1 in their class with undefeated records competing against each other. Now, Charleston is looking to settle the score and avenge their only loss of the season, this time on a neutral court.

On Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m., the Charleston Bluejays will get their chance, as the two will once again square off, at the Show Me Center for 'The Rivalry'.

Charleston's junior varsity will open the event taking on the Sikeston junior varsity at 6:00 p.m. with the varsity game to follow at 7:30.

Andy McGill, Athletic Director at Sikeston High School stated, "This is a great opportunity for the student athletes and fans of both the Charleston and Sikeston Communities. The rivalry between the two schools brings such an excitement. It will be a great experience and atmosphere for our athletes to play in a facility like the Show Me Center."

Danny Farmer, head basketball coach and Athletic Director at Charleston High School stated, "I feel being able to play our game at the Show Me Center will be great for the teams and the fans. Basketball fans from all over the state will be able to attend. A big game atmosphere will benefit both teams during the postseason."

Gregg Holifield, head basketball coach at Sikeston High School stated, "It's an opportunity to play a great team in a great basketball atmosphere. I know our players will be excited to play Charleston at the Show Me Center. It also gives a lot of people a chance to see one of the best rivalries in the state of Missouri. We are looking forward to it and look to use this as a big game experience for the district tournament."

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Show Me Center box office and online at www.showmecenter.biz.