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We don't usually run with things like this, because we're far from admitting that prep hoops is our area of expertise, but when a bunch of NBA All-Stars get tossed into the mix, it's time to pay attention.

On Friday, members of both the Chicago-area Bloom and Brother Rice 2000 high school basketball teams will take part in a rematch between the two schools as part of the "Replay" series. Sponsored by Gatorade, the pairing hopes to serve as a bit of closure after Bloom won a highly contested (both in game, and after it) 42-40 Super Sectional win, after Joe Chapman managed a tip in around (some say before, some say after) the final seconds ticked off the clock.

Jack McCarthy, writing for the Chicago Tribune, has the rest.

Officially, the shot went in before the final horn sounded. A track starter's pistol also was fired to signal the game's conclusion, and the Blazing Trojans advanced from that Class AA boys Super Sectional to the state basketball finals.

The dejected Brother Rice Crusaders, denied an opportunity for overtime, went home.

But unofficially?

"There were two devices, two sounds that signaled the end of that game," recalled Crusaders coach Pat Richardson. "The shot did beat the starter's pistol, but our contention was that it didn't beat the buzzer, which was the real time.

"I've never heard of anything like that before or since."

The answer to that? Play it again.

The problem with that? It's been 10 years. And while you're usually not going to lose a full head of hair or balloon to 300 pounds in your first 10 years out of high school, it's never easy turning back the clock.

Enter Gatorade, which sent the former players through a rigorous training and nutrition program developed by the Gatorade Training Council. The eight-week program culminates in the actual rematch in Chicago's St. Xavier University's Shannon Center on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. CT.

Tickets are 10 bucks a pop, and can be bought either on game day or at Bloom or Brother Rice. If you can't make it, the game will be shown live on Replay's website, Comcast's Chicago-area website, and locally in Chicago on Comcast SportsNet on Saturday at 3 p.m. and on Sunday at 7 p.m. CT.

Additionally, both Trey and I will be at the event, as will honorary team coaches Dwyane Wade(notes) (Bloom):

And Dwight Howard(notes) (Brother Rice):

Hopefully, you won't mind this little bit of late summer indulgence. I enjoyed the heck out of last year's "Replay" series, and was surprised it didn't get the exposure that I thought it deserved. Hopefully, with the presence of a few All-Stars, this year's model could perk up a bit.

The game's the thing, though, and we'll be around on Friday to tell you how it all goes down.

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Here are some other notes on the event:

Carlos Boozer(notes) has been named the Game Day Commissioner for "Replay" Season 3. As commissioner, Boozer led pep rallies at both schools this week, which included playing a game of H.O.R.S.E. against a member of each team. And on game day he'll meet with both teams prior to tip off, and help select the "Replay" Season 3 Most Valuable Player.

Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard are serving as honorary coaches for "Replay" Season 3. (Dwight with Brother Rice; Wade with Bloom.) Both NBA stars conducted a practice with their respective teams this summer, and on game day both will be in the locker rooms and on the bench with the squads, advising players and coaches throughout.

More on Wade's connection...

*In 2000, this very same Brother Rice team knocked Wade's Richards High team out of the state playoffs. So in coaching Bloom at "Replay," Wade can exact a certain measure of revenge.

*Bloom's Joe Chapman, who tipped in the controversial winning shot at the buzzer to eliminate Brother Rice, went on to play with Wade on the 2003 Marquette Final Four team. So now Wade is coaching his former college teammate.

Additional info on the series can be found at Replay's website.

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