Even though the basketball season has come to an end, New England fans watched some new faces joining some familiar faces on the court.
By RACHEL BOCK | FOR THE HERALD
Even though the basketball season has come to an end, New England fans watched some new faces joining some familiar faces on the court. On Saturday, April 25 The New England Tiger Booster Club hosted the Harlem Crowns for a fun filled night of basketball.
Before the Crowns took over the floor, a coaches and alumni game was played. The Tiger alumni players and coaches shared a lot of laughs, while proving that they still can play the game of basketball.
The team wearing the black uniforms was lead by boys basketball Head Coach Luke Powers. Joining him was Josh Borm, Branigan Bender, alumni Nick Wolf, Austin Fitterer, and soon-to-be alumni John Urlacher.
The team wearing the orange uniforms, was lead by girls basketball Head Coach Jordyn Bender. Joining Bender was Devon Koch, alumni Clarence Binstock, and soon-to-be alumni Mason Stang, and Ty Nordby.
Luke Powers and his teammates won the game by two points in double overtime.
After the scrimmage, the Harlem Crowns took over the floor.
The Harlem Crowns began their existence in the mid-50’s when a former Globetrotter by the name of Chico Burrell formulated a team composed of highly talented basketball players.
Members of the Harlem Crowns are chosen for showmanship as well as their ability to play above average basketball. In order to be considered for a spot on Harlem Crowns, three requirements must be met. A player must have college basketball experience, have good character with ability to get along with others, and possess basketball ability with the potential to be a showman with a knack for comic improvisations
The Harlem Crowns played a four quarter regulation game against New England’s finest Alumni consisting of Clarence Binstock, Nick Wolf, Austin Fitterer, and seniors John Urlacher, Ty Nordby, and Mason Stang. The Crowns, along with the Tigers, gave the audience a great basketball show, filled with comedy and entertainment.
Herbie Scaife, JR, from Oakland CA, played for the University of District of Columbia, Washington D.C. before playing with the Harlem Crowns.
He currently is in his 19th season with the Crowns. His first trip with the Crowns was in Canada, when he decided to make it a career.
“I fell in love with it, and have been doing it ever since,” Scaife said.
The Harlem Crowns tour for about six months out of the year, beginning in October and end in April.
They travel around the United States and Canada, and rotate different players throughout the season.