Albany Legends make most out of new home

"Tiki is a gamer " everyone knows he's a gamer," said Smith. "I'm very privileged to coach him."

Mayben said he is especially grateful for the opportunity to play with the Legends after a couple of tumultuous years. He was dismissed from the Binghamton University men's basketball team and placed on five years probation after pleading guilty to a felony drug dealing charge in 2010.

"Any pro debut is a pro debut to me," said Mayben. "Win, lose or draw, I was just happy to be here."

Several more Section II alumni are also on this year's Legends roster including Colonie graduates Lucious Jordan and Anthony Bruin. Both of them saw limited playing time in the opening weekend.

"For guys in the area, it's great," said Jordan. "Guys in this area don't always get the chance to be seen [by pro scouts]."

With a roster that only has two holdovers from last year's IBL championship team, Smith said the difficult part is developing the right player rotations.

"For the first [game], I wanted to go with the veterans a lot," said Smith. "As the season goes on, I'll work in more of the newer guys."

Albany will have two weeks off before taking the court again. The Legends host the Gary (Ind.) Splash April 29 through May 1.""

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