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February 28, 2013

Ambassadors, local all-stars put on show to remember

Ada —  

The Thundering Lions from Pontotoc County put up a valiant effort, but in the end, the undefeated Harlem Ambassadors defeated the local all-stars 85-77 Tuesday night in front of a large crowd at East Central’s Kerr Activity Center.

But the score was only a subplot to the entertaining action on the court.

The Thundering Lions' roster included the following local celebrities:

• John Garber, Boy Scout dude and eye doctor extraordinaire for the Chickasaw Nation, who wore 007 on his back and sexy Superman socks.

• Mary Garber, a former Stratford stud back in the day who works at Valley View Regional Hospital and is married to 007.

• Pat Kilby, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ada.

• John Hargrave, president of ECU and the birthday boy.

• Dusty Raper, assistant football coach and teacher at Ada High.

• Steve Kessinger, associate district judge and Keeli Kessinger’s father.

• Andrea Appleman from Ada Junior High.

• Cliff Johnson, Latta superintendent.

• Taylor Treat, former Miss Ada and Miss Oklahoma.

• Shawna Senkel, Byng coach and former Byng player.

• David Taylor of the Chickasaw Nation.

• Kyle Wilson, Ada Boys and Girls Club guy and former ECU football assistant coach.

• David Fisher, former Allen High School stud.

• Ian Adams, former ECU basketball player.

Some of the more memorable sights and highlights from the game included:

• Pastor Kilby was taught the art of free-throw showing by Harlem 5-3 point guard Cherie Hughes. Hughes showed Kilby how to wear his shorts and the correct dance move before putting up a shot. He may not have a job at the First Baptist Church after the dance moves he performed.

• Mary Garber, the Stratford Flash who owns the distinction of making the first-ever official shot inside the Kerr Activities Center (I believe they had those peach baskets back then), didn’t make a basket in the game, but boy, did she score. On two different occasions, she was caught pulling down the pants of a male Ambassador opponent and once drew a foul for the foul play.

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