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March 25, 2014

Legends expanding horizons

ANDERSON — Two months ago, Troy Taylor was rushing to make certain the Anderson Legends could play a game.

Soon the National Basketball Development Leagues Association franchise could have its pick of leagues in which to play.

The Legends improved to 6-0 Saturday with a 130-123 victory against the Gem City Slam at Anderson High School. The win was notable for a few reasons.

It was Anderson's first victory by less than a double-digit margin. The Slam — a franchise from Dayton, Ohio, that regularly plays in the Universal Basketball Association — also entered the game undefeated. And UBA president of basketball operations Travis McAvene, a Richmond High School graduate, serves as Gem City's head coach.

McAvene sought out Taylor after the game and praised the fledgling franchise. He was impressed by the size and passion of the Legends' crowd. But he was equally impressed by the quality of play on the court.

McAvene made it clear Anderson would be a welcome addition to his league. It's not the first invitation the Legends have earned to swap leagues next season. But there are no current plans to leave behind the NBDLA.

"Right now, we're just kind of weighing things," Taylor said. "We're seeing how it turns out. After we finish the season, we'll see where we're at and see what direction we want to head in."

Gem City represented another step up in competition. The Slam's roster includes two players — Kurt Duke and C.J. Anderson — who played college basketball at Xavier and four players who stand 6-foot-6 or taller.

Anderson played the game without one of its own stars — former AHS standout DeJovaun Sawyer-Davis — and trailed by four points early in the fourth quarter. But the Legends pulled it together for the biggest win of their inaugural campaign.

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