Originally created 03/04/03

Street ballers coming to town



The Harlem Globetrotters are pioneers when it comes to fancy basketball.

At 8 p.m. Friday, an updated version of what the Globetrotters created will be on display at Augusta State University's Christenberry Field House.

Promoted as the "Original Street Ball Legends Tour," the game features a variety of players with the nationally known And1 basketball program. The participants play a street ball style developed in America's urban playgrounds and originated at the famous Rucker summer basketball league in New York City.

Some of the players participate in the And1 league including:Wahliyy "Main Event" Dixon, Shane "The Dribblin' Machine" Woney, Aaron "A.O." Owens, John "Hi Octane" Harvey and Robert "50" Martin, nicknamed for his 50-inch vertical jump.

The local game is being produced by Troy Albea, a kick returner and wide receiver with the Indianapolis Colts. Albea, 24, is originally from Lincolnton and was a star on the 1996 Lincoln County football squad.

The new-school approach reflects an updated form of what the Globetrotters perfected, Albea said.

"We highly respect the Globetrotters. Our style is more about embarrassing your opponent," said the NFL member. Players use fancy passes, dazzling dunks and through-the-leg dribbles to make their opponents trip up and, sometimes, fall backward. The games have recently been featured on ESPN.

The street ballers will play against former Paine College players.

"They don't want to get embarrassed at home, so, it'll be very competitive," Albea said.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Original Street Ball Legends Tour

WHEN: 8 p.m., Friday

WHERE: Christenberry Field House, Augusta State University

HOW MUCH: $15 per ticket, with portion of proceedings to benefit East Augusta Youth Association

INFORMATION: (706) 359-2515

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com