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By Mark Hebert

Above the rim

Harlem Ambassadors bring their high-flying, hyper-hilarious show to Malta to challenge the Hi-Line Has Beens


April 27, 2016

Courtesy Photo

Harlem Ambassador Michael Wilkes takes to the sky for a two-handed dunk. Wilkes and his team-mates will hit the hardwood in Malta next Monday.

Since 1998, The Harlem Ambassadors have played, and won, over 3,000 games, but for this traveling basketball team, it is not whether they win or lose, but rather how much fun they have during the game.

On Monday, May 2, The Malta Chamber of Commerce will bring the Harlem Ambassadors to Malta for a game of local basketball players – the Hi-Line Has Beens -- which feature a roster chalk full of names of current business, community and educational leaders in Phillips County. The team claims they have practiced long and hard for Monday night’s game and feel they have a shot at beating the well-oiled Ambassadors (and if you believe that, you might also be interested in purchasing the bag of magic beans for sale at the newspaper office.)

The Ambassadors perform at over 200 events each year and have played games in all 50 US states – including a few prior trips to Phillips County – and have traveled the world playing everywhere from Canada to Kosovo. The team provides quality, family entertainment for audiences of all ages and all the money raised at their functions stays in the community in which they perform.

“Once you see us play, you’ll see the character level of each of the players,” said Ambassador Brittany Dorsey. Dorsey played collegiately at Providence College where, in 2010, she averaged eight points per game and helped lead the Friars to a WNIT Elite 8 appearance.

“Our games are all spontaneous and full of surprises,” Dorsey said of her and her teammates. “And, you don’t have to be a basketball fan to have a good time at our games. It’s a comedy basketball so on top of us doing dunks and doing tricks and taking a lot of three pointers, there are a lot of skits and funny portions of the show and people enjoy it even more than just the basketball aspect.”

The game starts at the Malta High School Gym at 7 p.m. on Monday. Following the show, fans will have a chance to meet the players for free autographs.

Tickets for the event are on sale now at all Malta banks as well as Westside Self-Service. For any questions, you are encouraged to call the Malta Chamber of Commerce at 654-1776.


Reader Comments

dinachamber writes:

Mark - thank you so much for all the coverage on this great event! We are so excited for Monday and all the fun! Dina Meneely Chamber Secretary


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