MEDINA — As any sports fan can tell you, the final score of a game doesn’t always tell the whole story.
This was true Wednesday night at Medina High School when the visiting Harlem Wizards played a version of basketball against several members of the Medina community.
About 2,000 people came out to watch the alley-oop-crazed Wizards beat the Marvelous Medinamos 78-68 in a fundraiser for the Friends of Medina City Schools.
It may have technically been a basketball game, but the dance interludes, crowd interactions and allowances for 10- and 20-point shots turned the game into a show.
Members of the Medinamos included Mayor Dennis Hanwell, Superintendent Randy Stepp and several Medina teachers.
Legendary Cleveland Cavaliers radio announcer and Lafayette Township resident Joe Tait was one of the game’s announcers.
Friends of Medina City Schools volunteer Amy Rigsby said the event exceeded everyone’s expectations.
“I thought it was awesome,” Rigsby said. “By far more than we imagined.”
Rigsby said the group contacted the Wizards, a traveling show team, who offer a unique fundraising opportunity for the schools.
Stepp said he was excited to see so many members of the community come to the event. “The goal was to make it fun,” Stepp said. “The kids were really into it.”
As for his time on the court, Stepp said he played about as well as he expected to play.
“I only had one air ball, so that was good,” he said.
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