Har­lem Am­bas­sadors com­edy bas­ket­ball game a big hit

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Adam Cook

The Ring­gold High School gym­na­sium was rock­ing Satur­day night, March 18, when the well-trav­eled Har­lem Am­bas­sadors brought their high-en­ergy com­edy bas­ket­ball show to town to take on the rag-tag Ring­gold Lo­co­mo­tives.

The game, spon­sored by the Ring­gold Down­town De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (DDA), en­ter­tained fans for a lit­tle more than two hours Satur­day night, which ended with the Am­bas­sadors beat­ing the Lo­co­mo­tives team com­prised of city of­fi­cials, city em­ploy­ees, lo­cal law en­force­ment, ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties, and lo­cal busi­ness own­ers.

“We had a won­der­ful event to­day here at the Ring­gold High School gym,” said Rhonda John­son, Main Street direc­tor for the city of Ring­gold. “The Har­lem Am­bas­sadors were great. Ring­gold may have lost the game, but a good time was had by all.”

Ring­gold started off hot, with Mayor Nick Mill­wood scor­ing the first five points of the game. Lo­cal mil­i­tary hero Ja­son Smith won the tipoff and passed to Mill­wood, who cut through the de­fense for a nice layup, and wound up hit­ting the first three-pointer of the game a few mo­ments later.

Through­out the game, the Lo­co­mo­tives showed glimpses of real skill, but were ul­ti­mately out-gunned by the Am­bas­sadors.

“It was a lot of fun to watch,” said Ca­toosa County res­i­dent Marty Wil­cox. “Ring­gold was a lot bet­ter than I thought they’d be. They took it to them pretty good, for a lit­tle while any­way.”

The game also in­cluded a va­ri­ety of comedic mo­ments, and plenty of in­ter­ac­tion with the fans in at­ten­dance.

Regardless of the score, the big win­ner was the city of Ring­gold, which added an­other great com­mu­nity event to its lineup.

“Maybe next year we can get a win,” John­son said.

Ring­gold Mayor Nick “Flash” Mill­wood drib­bles away from an Am­bas­sadors de­fender be­fore scor­ing the first points of the game. (Ca­toosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Lo­cal young­sters had a blast dur­ing the event, as the Am­bas­sadors took plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get the kids in­volved in the fun. (Ca­toosa News photo/ Adam Cook)

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