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Brutal temperatures didn't stop basketball game between 2 rivals

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(01/28/14) - The brutal temperatures canceled schools and activities across Mid-Michigan Tuesday, but even an aortic blast can't stop a basketball game when it involves two bitter, cross-town rivals.

Tuesday night, a sell out crowd bundled up to watch Arthur Hill take on Saginaw High.

Students say this a game they look forward, and even the weather didn't stop them from getting out of the house.

"They're showing pride, we got a lot of pride for our school," said Irene McNair, a student.

There wasn't an empty seat inside the gym at Saginaw High School.

Fans say they were eager to get out of their homes so they could enjoy a night of high school basketball.

Students aren't surprised to see a turn out like this even though the cold weather kept them inside of their homes for part of the day.

"Even though it's cold outside, we still find a way to come see the game. That shows a lot because they still came out to support our team," McNair said.

School district leaders say even when class is canceled because of bad weather, that doesn't always mean the same for after school activities.

They say big games are good for the city.

"What determines this particular game is we knew it was going to be a community event and although schools were closed today, we know that with ticket sales and families bring their kids out so we didn't have to worry about students walking to the game. They come with their families and their friends and they're wrapped up and warm,' said Talisa Dixon, Deputy superintendent for Saginaw Schools.

Even adults look forward to seeing Arthur Hill and Saginaw High take on each other, despite how cold it is.

"I'm a part of the Saginaw High tradition and so for this to happen, it's always good to see people come together and enjoy themselves in friendly competition too," said Terry Reed of Saginaw.

Some students say they're ready to return to class.

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