GARY — The 1954 Indiana High School basketball championship game between Milan and Muncie Central is remembered as one of the most historic state title games ever played, so historic that it inspired the movie “Hoosiers.”

The state championship game the following year was also historic, but never got the fanfare the champions received the year before.

It’ll get some attention this year.

The Nov. 29-30 Lakeshore Basketball Classic will feature the two schools that played in that game, Indianapolis Crispus Attucks and Roosevelt, as the main event of the hoops weekend with an old-school twist.

Gary Chamber of Commerce president and Classic founder Chuck Hughes said the two main players from that matchup will be in attendance for the game: former Roosevelt standout Dick Barnett and Attucks grad and NBA great Oscar Robertson.

“This game changed the face of basketball and society in some respects,” Hughes said during a news conference at Lakeshore Public Television/Radio studios. “We’re very excited to host this in Northwest Indiana.”

The first-ever state title game between two predominantly black high schools was won by Attucks, 97-74. It was the first of back-to-back titles won by Robertson and the Tigers.

Attucks was also the first black school to win an open state title in the nation, and that earned the 1955 team a spot in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Roosevelt team that lost in the state finals was hardly chopped liver. The Panthers had Mr. Basketball Willie Eison and Barnett, who later helped the New York Knicks win their two NBA titles.

“Eison and Barnett were the backbone of the team,” said former Panthers teammate Bennie Dorsey, who graduated one year before the state title season. “This is very special because we are bringing back history and just as importantly letting our young people see what happened back then that has led to successes now.”

Hughes said special ceremonies will precede the Saturday afternoon game, including showcasing the state title trophy and the Mr. Basketball award.

“We have the original trophies given to Attucks and Roosevelt back in 1955,” Hughes said. “We envision having the ’55 players sit on the bench with the players for the game.

“We’re building on how much pomp and circumstance and adulation we’re going to heap on them because we appreciate that these individuals are coming from all over the country to help those in our community.”

Indiana University Northwest will have a college hoops duel with Holy Cross, while another Roosevelt rival, West Side will play an undeternined opponent.