PITTSTON — The Pittston Area and Wyoming Area boys basketball teams will tip off the 11th annual Eugene DeMinico II Memorial Basketball Game at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18.
The game honors the memory of Eugene DeMinico II, a Pittston Township police officer and decorated Iraqi War veteran who was killed in a motor vehicle accident on Thanksgiving Eve 2005. The game was started the next season by Joe Long, former coach of Seton Catholic and Alex Brogna, then-coach of Pittston Area.
DeMinico II was a graduate of Seton Catholic. After Seton Catholic closed in 2007, Wyoming Area and Pittston Area kept the tradition alive.
Throughout the game, there will be chances to win several prizes with all proceeds benefiting the Pittston City and Pittston Township Police K9 Units.
A 32-inch flat panel LG LCTV donated by DeMinico Chiropractic, will be the grand prize. There will also be raffles for the Bartolai Winery and the Chicken Coop. The winning school takes home the annual team trophy and the head coaches choose a Most Valuable Player of each team.
In last year’s game, Pittston Area’s Tyler McGarry and Wyoming Area’s Jeremy Zezza were named MVPs.