ANDERSON — The Anderson Legends semi-pro basketball team brought “showtime” to Eastside Elementary School on Saturday, thrilling a capacity crowd on the way to a 160-109 exhibition win over the Indianapolis Kings.
Head coach Kojak Fuller was pleased to see the turnout at Saturday’s game.
“I was very blessed to see the stands were full, and hopefully this will send a message to the rest of Madison County, specifically Anderson, that we may need a bigger venue,” he said. “These young men are exciting, and what we’re about to bring to the city of Anderson, maybe we can get the City of Anderson to back us and get us a larger venue.”
The former Mr. Basketball and Anderson High School star would like to see his team playing in the Wigwam, bringing more basketball to his old stomping grounds.
The Legends will play regionally based teams from Fort Wayne, Dayton and Cincinnati, and Fuller feels like more teams will schedule them once they hear about the caliber of players Anderson has on its roster.
Despite blowing out the Kings by 51, Fuller didn't like that his team gave up 109 points and said that will be something they will work on going forward.
“I don’t want them scoring no 100 (points),” he said. “We can do that, but I don’t want our opponents doing it. Like I said, we want to be an example even for the younger kids that’s coming up to where they understand no matter what level of basketball you’re playing, play hard. You play to really take over your opponent on both ends of the court.”
Anderson and University of Evansville product Troy Taylor, who helped organize the team, said he enjoyed the game.
“It was fun. I mean, just to see the excitement, so everybody could come out and actually see that a vision can become a reality," Taylor said. "There’s a lot of people around here that probably didn’t think it would happen, but it’s here.”
Taylor said the Legends put on a good show, and he feels like that’s the kind of basketball that is fun for the crowd to watch. He also said his team has built a tremendous amount of chemistry in a short time.
On the court, Fuller played all 11 of his players, and nine of them scored in double figures. Brandon Evans led the way with 25 points. Marquez Morse scored 24, while Andrew Jones had 22.
Taylor finished with 12 points and led his team with 13 rebounds.