Clay Co. first responders renew basketball rivalry for charity

MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) - When you hear the term "Kentucky basketball rivalry" you probably think of UK/Louisville or maybe Morehead State/EKU.

But here is a new one for you: police versus firefighters!

The Clay County Sheriff's Deputies teamed up with Kentucky State Police officers to scrimmage the Manchester Police and Fire Departments Friday night at Bobby Keith Gymnasium.

"This is one of the great things that we do," Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson said. "Coming's fun. We talk a lot of trash amongst each other."

Chris Fultz, Manchester's police chief, said, "The weeks leading up to the game is the best part. We talk pretty good trash to each other and have fun. We play to win, though. There's a rivalry there."

But this game is not just about bragging rights. It's about raising money for two good causes.

Half of the proceeds go to the Shop With A Sheriff program. The other half goes to the Clay County Cancer Coalition.

"There are no treatment facilities in Clay County," coalition spokesman Tess Lipps said. "You have to travel anytime you take (cancer) treatments. So our basic mission is to raise money to buy gas cards to help people travel back and forth to their treatment."

Despite a furious comeback by the Manchester Police and Fire Departments the Sheriff's Office and KSP pulled out the win, 92-90.

Cancer coalition officials estimated they raised $5,000.

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