Hoops, hijinks tip off today

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2004

Kenai basketball fans feverishly awaiting the start of the local basketball season are in for a bit of comic relief tonight at Kenai Central High School, when members of the Harlem Globetrotters will be in town to challenge a team of local firefighters, police and emergency personnel.

Kenai firefighter Terry Bookey said Thursday that the Globetrotter team will be led by the legendary Curly Neal, a longtime veteran of the world-famous comic basketball troupe.

"It will include members of the current Globetrotter team, two players from the Harlem Wizards as well as Curly Neal of Globetrotter fame," Bookey said.

Bookey said the game is an encore of last year's performance, which featured a similar mix of Globetrotters and local players.

"It's a fun event," he said. "People get to see them be silly and us be silly."

Fans can count on plenty of hijinks from the Globetrotters, as well as lots of interaction with the crowd. Bookey said fans last year were pleased with the results of the comedy basketball game.

"We got lots of praise and compliments about last year's game," he said.

All the fun goes to a worthy cause, Bookey said, with proceeds benefiting the Kenai Firefighter's Association.

"We use it as a fund-raiser," he said. "We have a scholarship program, and we also use it to help with training expenses and equipment."

The game will tip off at 6 p.m. today. Tickets can be purchased at the Kenai Fire Station, the Kenai Merit Inn and at the gate. The cost is $15 for one adult or two children under 12.

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