Thankfully 50-foot sharks only come in slide form and Dr Pepper Arena housed the gigantic shark slide on Friday night in front of a massive crowd. Fans caught plenty of t-shirts, including a youngster at his first ever basketball game, who also got a picture with a Legends dancer. A family was upgraded to courtside seating and the Legends’ on-court success resulted in numerous promotions coming into play.
Three three-pointers in the third quarter earned every fan two weeks free membership at 24 Hour Fitness and Texas hitting 100 points gave each fan a free pizza from Mellow Mushroom.
The Legends (13-15) routed their Southwest Division mates, first-place Oklahoma City Blue (21-10), 128-101. The Thunder affiliate took a brief lead at the top of the game and in the third quarter but were otherwise dominated by the hungry Legends, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
“It’s a great feeling,” says Keith Hornsby. “Obviously we’ve really been fighting hard to win these last few games, it just hadn’t been going our way in certain moments at the end when it counts the most. This is a great momentum shift for us. We have a game tomorrow so hopefully we carry the same energy, focus and momentum into that.”
Frisco’s own Ashley Elementary School performed the National Anthem without error and the youth drumline took their place during the game to perform. The youngsters from Ashley set the tone for the night and the Legends players continued to beat the drum for 48 minutes.
After Kyle Collinsworth came a point short of a triple-double Wednesday night, Manny Harris was an assist shy of one on Friday night. He finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Ben Gordon and Andre Dawkins both dropped 25 to tie for the team lead.
With a win behind them, Hornsby says the Legends now have something positive to build on going forward.
“Totally. You can sometimes use losses as the right form of motivation to get back on track but it’s always great, especially coming off a string of losses, to have a great, great win and that’s what we’re coming off of.”