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.