By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
The Logan Longhorn gym was alive with basketball once more this season.
There were no seniors, juniors, sophomores or freshmen on the hardwood Thursday night. Instead, there were representatives of the Logan community who laced up for some hoops against the Harlem Ambassadors in an effort to aid in drug and alcohol prevention.
The Logan team who called themselves the Logan Ute Lakers went out on the court not looking to prove themselves in a game of basketball but to help reachout and educate the children. The team members of the Ute Lakers were David Babb, Jeff Bailey, Bill Bruhn, Edwin Bruhn, Jason Bruhn, Russell Bruhn, Billy Burns, Tommy Filpi, Wade Frost, Mark Gorman, Chet Gurule, Calvin Liles, Jimmy Liles, Dustin Merrill, Tommy Miller, B.J. Molinas, Cody Morrow, Rodney Paris, Drew Perez, Kyle Perez, Clair Rachor, R.J. Rivale, Ladonna Sorrels, Larry Wallin and Mark Wright.
The Logan Ute Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsored the show and with the help of S.A.L. they made it possible for all the children of the Logan School system to attend the game for free.
“We have traveled all over the world spreading the message that if you stay off drugs and stay in school you can achieve your dreams,” said Bobby “Sugar Bear” Patman, one of the Harlem Ambassadors. “We have played in several large cities but love playing in smaller towns. Everyone in town treated us so great the minute we came into town and made us feel at home.”
The crowd had a sweet deal Thursday night as they could cheer for both sides during this match-up. Whether it was applauding the hometown player for a 3-pointer or a wing at an alley-OOP slam dunk from one of the ambassadors, there was no shortage of cheers.
At first people watched the score closely to see how their home team fared against the Ambassadors but they looked past that and just enjoyed the game.
It seemed just about anything could and would happen on the court. The ambassadors covered the court with their high jinks and sometimes went in the stands. Throughout it all, the Ambassadors gave the Logan crowd quite a show.
“This event was a great success and Kathy Leal did a great job of putting it together,” said Jimmy Liles, president of the board of directors of the Logan/Ute Lake Chamber of Commerce. “If it helps to keep our kids off of drugs we would do events like this all the time.”
The Harlem Ambassadors first visited with the students of Logan Schools at an assembly. They talked about the importance of setting goals, making right choices, staying away from drugs and staying in school.
Their comical antics kept the students attention throughout the assembly.
The Harlem Ambassadors hail from different parts of the country and are based out of Fort Collins, Colo. They are college students and athletes who are traveling the world spreading a positive message to youth.
The Harlem Ambassadors are not affiliated with the Harlem Globetrotters.