By George Bremer
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON — Troy Taylor only knows what he's read on the internet about the Dayton Gem City Slam.
But that's more than enough to expect a tight battle Saturday when his Anderson Legends (5-0) face the undefeated visitors at Anderson High School.
"They're big," Taylor said after looking at the roster that includes a couple of 6-foot-8 post players. "And they've obviously been playing pretty well. It should be a fun game."
There's a reason for all the mystery. Dayton plays in the American Basketball Association, where it has compiled a 5-0 record. The Legends, meanwhile, toil in the National Basketball Development Leagues Association, where they are ranked No. 1 in their division.
There has been interest in the Legends from the ABA as well as the Central Basketball Association, but Taylor's happy with his team's current home.
That isn't going to stop him from testing Anderson's ability against franchises from other leagues, however. The Legends had a game snowed out on March 2 against the Fort Wayne Flite of the CBA, and they have one more game with Dayton scheduled this season.
In their most recent contest, the Legends scored an 88-67 victory against the Fort Wayne Pro-Am All-Stars last Saturday. It was the just the second road game for the team that has been playing to packed gymnasiums at home.
"It's no different," Taylor said. "We just go play. We go there with the same mentality as any other game. We have a solid group. Our guys just compete, and we play well together."
Anderson has lined up the ultimate road game to end the season. On May 31, the Legends will visit the Indianapolis Kings. And the game will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, following the Indiana Fever's home game against the New York Liberty.
"That's like a perfect way to end the season," Taylor said. "Not everybody can say they played in Bankers Life. It's fun for the fans. It's fun for the players. It's fun for the family members and coaches. That's going out with a bang."
Tickets for the doubleheader will cost $15, and further details will be released at a later date. The Legends also are hosting a fundraiser with The Pittt, offering $7 rib tips. Tickets can be purchased now, and the dinners will be available at the restaurant on Martin Luther King Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 15.
The money raised will go toward the Legends' April 26 trip to play the Pittsburgh Bullets.
Tickets for Saturday's game against Dayton are $6 and will be available at the door.