LOUDONVILLE Tay Fisher stole the show at the first Siena Legends basketball game last Thursday at the Alumni Recreation Center.
The current Harlem Globe-trotter scored 17 points and amused the 2,048 spectators and his fellow Siena basketball alumni with his good-natured antics as he helped the Green team defeat the White team 74-55.
Fisher playfully sent verbal jabs to the referees, attempted a pair of underhanded half-court shots and convinced a referee to lend him his jersey and whistle for the final minute of the game. Fisher issued a traveling call against the White team, but his technical fouls were ignored.
“I was messing around with the referees all night,” said Fisher, who goes by the nickname “Firefly” when he plays for the Globetrotters. “So when I finally came out of the game, I went to one of the refs and said I could call the game better than he could.”
All of the players were in a good mood. Many considered it an honor to be part of the inaugural Legends game.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Marc Brown, the player who led Siena to its upset victory over 13th-ranked Stanford in the 1989 NCAA Division I tournament. “I’m just glad to see all of my teammates and all of the players who came before and after me.”
“It’s great to step on the floor with some of the guys I played with, and growing up in the area, it’s great to step on the floor with some of the guys I grew up watching,” said Josh Duell, who went to the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2009 with the Saints.
Several players from Siena’s distant past also came back to watch the game, including Billy Harrell, the Loudonville school’s first basketball All-American.
“It was good seeing them all,” said Harrell, who led Siena to the 1950 National Catholic Invitation Tournament championship. “It turned out to be a really good time.”