2003 Game Recap Archive

Artie Griffin, Darrin Hancock, Alvin Jefferson and Tom Nelson celebrate the second championship with the Legend. Griffin, Hancock and Jefferson combined for 73 points in the championship game.
Legend Wins Title In Heartstopper
June 29, 2003

The Dodge City Legend won the USBL title, downing the second-seeded Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs, in overtime, 97-96.

Alvin Jefferson led the Legend with an inspired 47-minute, 29-point performance off the bench. Artie Griffin supplied outside scoring punch with 26 points, and Darrin Hancock added 18 points. Hancock was named tourney MVP.

The Valley Dawgs got off to a fast start, leading 34-21 after one quarter. The Legend never led until the overtime period.

The game ended with a controversial official's ruling with 4.7 seconds remaining in overtime, when Pennsylvania's Ronnie Fields collided with Antonio Smith in the lane. One official called a charging foul on Fields, while another called a blocking foul on Smith. The Valleydawgs grabbed the resulting jump ball, but Fields was unable to get a shot off before the final buzzer.

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Immanuel McElroy scores
against the Storm.
Dodge City Hits the Road
June 13 & 16, 2003

The Dodge City Legend hit the road for the final time this season, starting with a game at Oklahoma, followed by two games at Texas, and ending up back in Oklahoma on June 18.

The trip got off to a bad start, as the Legend lost only their fifth game of the season, 106-85, to the Oklahoma Storm.

David Graves scored 19, Immanuel McElroy had 11, and Antonio Smith scored 16 pionts and grabbed 12 boards.

Oklahoma's Albert Mouring led all scorers with 27 points.

On Monday, the Legend traveled to Ft. Worth to take on the Texas Rim Rockers. After a slow start, Dodge City picked up the defensive pressure late in the second quarter, and sprinted to a 123-75 win, equaling the biggest margin of victory in team history.

Rookie Brian Lubeck scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Legend in scoring. Immanuel McElroy came off the bench to score 17 and grab eight boards, Darrin Hancock and David Graves each had 15, Antonio Smith scored 12 points, and Artie Griffin and Rob Dye scored 10 apiece.

The Legend takes on the Rim Rockers again Tuesday, before traveling back to Oklahoma Wednesday.

Dodge City will return to the Civic Center June 21 & 22 to take on the Rim Rockers in the final two games of the regular season.

Alvin Jefferson dunks over the Cagerz's John Martin.
Legend Wins Sixth and Seventh Straight
June 10 & 13, 2003

Following a well-deserved five-day break, the Legend traveled to Salina to take on division-rivals, the Kansas Cagerz. After getting off to a slow start, Dodge City turned it on in the second half, to get a 98-87 win at the Bicentennial Center.

Darrin Hancock led the Legend with 19 points, while Alvin Jefferson came off the bench to score 17, most on powerful dunks. Immanuel McElroy scored 11, and Antonio Smith had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

On Thursday night, the Legend returned home to take on the Oklahoma Storm in a matchup of the Midwest Division's top two teams. Unlike the previous game, Dodge City got off to a fast start, and cruised to a 118-99 win.

Rookie-of-the-year candidate, David Graves, came off the bench to lead the Legend with 20 points, Immanuel McElroy had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Shawn Daniels scored 14, Rob Dye had 13 points, and Harold Swanagan grabbed 13 boards.

With the win, the Legend locked up the 2003 Midwest Division title, and moved their record to 20-4.

Alvin Jefferson scores
with authority.
Legend Stops Wildcats
June 4, 2003

The Dodge City Legend ran their record to a USBL-best 18-4, with a 111-98 win over the Adirondack Wildcats, Wednesday night at the Dodge City Civic Center. 1,655 fans watched the Legend remain undefeated at home with their twelfth win, and enjoyed the antics of the Kansas City Chief's mascot, K.C.Wolf.

David Graves scores
two of his 27 points.
Playing without leading scorer, Darrin Hancock, and the USBL's leading rebounder, Antonio Smith, the Legend once again used their depth and balanced scoring to get the win.

David Graves and Alvin Jefferson led Dodge off the bench with 27 and 17 points respectively. Lazarus Sims scored 14 points and tied his Legend season-high 16 assists, while Shawn Daniels had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Brian Lubeck scored 11, and Immanuel McElroy added 10.

Demetric Shaw led the Wildcats with 20 points.

After a grueling three-week strech, the Legend is now off until June 10, when they will travel to Salina to take on the Cagerz. Next home action is June 12, against the second-place Oklahoma Storm.

Darrin Hancock slashes
through the lane.
Legend Downs Cagerz in Barnburner
June 1, 2003

Returning to the Civic Center for the first time in two weeks, the Legend struggled shooting the ball, but were able to hold off the Kansas Cagerz, 97-94.

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Dodge City shot only 41 percent from the field and 18 percent from the three-point line. Darrin Hancock paced the Legend with 19 points, Antonio Smith scored 14 and grabbed 12 rebounds, Lazarus Sims scored 12 points, Artie Griffin tallied 11, and the newest Legend player, Harold Swanagan, had 10.

Maurice Jeffers and Lee Benson each had 18 for the Cagerz.

Legend fans gave a warm welcome to former Kansas Jayhawk, Jeff Boschee, playing in his first professional game for the Cagerz. Boschee was held to one-of-six shooting for three points.

A season-high 2,210 fans watched the Legend stay undefeated at home, and enjoyed a special appearance by the Los Angeles Laker Girls.

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Legend Continues To Roll On The Road
May 29, 2003

The Legend continues to show the rest of the USBL why they have the best record in the league, at 15-4, posting a 4-2 record with one game remaining on their longest road trip of the season.

The Eastern Division portion of the trip started in Melbourne, Florida with the Legend downing the Brevard Blue Ducks, 103-92. David Graves led Dodge City with 18 points, while Antonio Smith added 13 points and 15 rebounds.

On May 25th the Legend traveled to Brooklyn to take on the Kings. David Graves and Darrin Hancock were not able to play, and Dodge City lost only their fourth game of the season, 109-94

The Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs were the next opponent, on May 27th. The 'Dawgs were undefeated at Stabler Arena, but the Legend handed them their first home loss, 115-97. Darrin Hancock cut loose with a Legend season-high 29 points and eight rebounds to go along with Artie Griffin's 20 points.

On May 29th the Legend took on the Eastern Division-leading, and undefeated-at-home, Westchester Wildfire. Antonio Smith paced the Legend with 18 points and 19 rebounds, as Dodge City downed the Wildfire 97-83. Artie Griffin scored 19, Darrin Hancock had 13, and Rob Dye added 12 in the win.

The long road trip started on May 20th with Dodge City taking on division-rivals, the revamped Texas Rim Rockers, in back-to-back games. The Legend won the first game, 108-101 in overtime, but dropped the second game, 94-91.

The final game of the east coast swing is May 30th, with the Legend traveling to Glens Falls, NY to take on the Adirondack Wildcats. The next home game is Sunday, June 1, against the Kansas Cagerz, with a special appearance by the Los Angeles Laker Girls.

Darrin Hancock scores against the Kansas Cagerz.
Legend Stops Valley Dawgs
May 17, 2003

The Dodge City Legend won their tenth game of the season, defeating the Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs 106-98 at the Dodge City Civic Center.

Darrin Hancock led the Legend with 24 points, while Shawn Daniels added 22 in his first Civic Center start. David Graves (14 points) and Immanuel McElroy (10 points) also scored in double figures. Lazarus Sims had 10 assists and eight points in the win.

Pennsylvania's Ace Custis led all scorers with 28.

Dodge City shot 53.2 percent from the field, 53.8 percent from the arc, and 70.8 percent from the free-throw line.

The win moves Dodge City's record to 10-2 and a one-game lead over the Oklahoma Storm.

After facing the Brevard Blue Ducks on Sunday night, the Legend will start a seven-game road trip, returning to the Civic Center on June 1 to take on the Kansas Cagerz.

David Graves Named USBL Rookie of the Week
May 13, 2003

Graves, a Notre Dame graduate, has slowly become a very important component in the Legend attack. Graves had 14 points to start the week in a win over Brooklyn. A tough game against Kansas didn’t stop Graves as he bounced back to score 24 points to lead the Legend to a victory. Graves then finished the week with 11 points. Graves is averaging 14.4 points per game, tops for the Legend. Graves is also deadly from the line, shooting 34 for 36 from the line, a USBL best 94.4 percent.

Legend forward Antonio Smith was Honorable Mention for Player of the Week honors.

The Famous Chicken signs autographs for fans.
Legend Continues to Roll
May 10, 2003

The Legend got off to a quick start, building a 35-17 lead at the end of the first quarter, then held off the Kansas Cagerz the rest of the way to get their ninth win of the season, 115-106.

Lazarus Sims set a new Legend team record for assists in a single game with 16, while posting 15 points on the night. Immanuel McElroy scored 20 points, leading seven Legend players in double figures. Antonio Smith had another double-double, scoring 14 and grabbing 12 rebounds.

In addition to the win, a season-high 2,127 fans enjoyed the antics of the Famous Chicken.

After playing five games in seven days, the Legend is off until May 15th when they will travel to Oklahoma for the first time this season.

Action at the Civic Center picks up again with back-to-back games against Darrell Dawkins' Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs on Saturday, May 17, and the Brevard Blue Ducks on Sunday, the 18th.

Artie Griffin goes to the basket for two of his six points.
Legend Back On Track
May 8, 2003

Taking the floor for the third time in as many nights, the Dodge City Legend were able to get back on the winning track, downing the Kansas Cagerz 106-95 at the Dodge City Civic Center.

After getting off to a slow start, reserves Immanuel McElroy, Steffon Bradford and David Graves sparked the Legend to a 51-41 halftime lead.

Rookie David Graves led all scorers with a Legend season-high 24 points, Bradford had 17, Darrin Hancock scored 16, and McElroy added 13. USBL rebound leader Antonio Smith grabbed 13 boards.

With the win Dodge City moves their league-leading record to 8-1, while the Cagerz drop to 3-7.

The same two teams match up again Saturday at the Civic Center, sharing the floor with the Famous Chicken from San Diego. Game time is 7:30pm.

Legend Suffers First Defeat of Season
May 7, 2003

Playing their third game in four days, the Dodge City Legend were unable to overcome turnovers, foul trouble, and poor free-throw shooting, loosing to the Kansas Cagerz 97-90 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina.

Dodge City's record is now 7-1, still the best in the USBL, while Kansas moves to 3-6. The Legend and Cagerz match up again tomorrow night at the Dodge City Civic Center.

Alvin Jefferson signs an autograph for a young fan.
Legend Stops Kings For Seventh Straight Win
May 6, 2003

In another dominating performance, the Legend again used bench depth and balanced scoring to defeat the Brooklyn Kings, 121-89.

Immanuel McElroy led the Legend with 19 points off the bench, including an incredible dunk off an inbounds pass at the end of the first half.

Three Legend players tallied double-doubles, Steffon Bradford, with 13 points and 12 rebounds, Lazarus Sims, 14 points and 10 assists, and Antonio Smith with 16 points and 17 boards.

Legend Downs Wildfire, Equals Best Start Ever
May 4, 2003

With a 96-91 win over the Eastern Division-leading Westchester Wildfire, the Dodge City Legend has equaled the 7-0 start posted by the 2000 USBL Championship team.

Lazarus Sims led Dodge City with 17 points and 8 assists. Darrin Hancock and David Graves each had 16 points, and Alvin Jefferson scored 10. Westchester's Kevin Freeman led all scorers with 19.

The game marked the start of a busy week for the Legend. The Brooklyn Kings visit the Civic Center on Tuesday, the Legend takes on the Cagerz in Salina on Wednesday, and host the Cagerz on Thursday and Saturday nights.

Darrin Hancock slices through the Texas defense.
Legend Rocks Texas, Now 5-0
April 30, 2003

The Dodge City Legend continued their hot start to the 2003 USBL season with a 122-76 route of the Texas Rim Rockers at the Dodge City Civic Center.

Eight Legend players scored in double figures, led by first-year pro, David Graves, with 23, the highest total of any Legend player so far this season. Alvin Jefferson scored 18 points to go along with nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Once again, Antonio Smith logged a double-double with 12 points and 15 boards.

This Sunday, the Westchester Wildfire will come to the Civic Center for their only appearance of the season. Westchester is coached by former NBA All-Star, John Starks.

Darrin Hancock gets to the rim.
Legend Moves to 4-0 With Win Over Storm
April 27, 2003

In their second game in as many days, the Dodge City Legend once again were able to use their bench strength, outlasting the Oklahoma Storm, 108-93.

Immanuel McElroy came off the bench to pace the Legend with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Darrin Hancock scored 17, Artie Griffin had 14, Rob Dye finished with 13, Steffon Bradford and Antonio Smith each had 12 points, and Lazarus Sims added 10. Smith also grabbed 12 boards for his usual double-double. Oklahoma's Lamont Turner led all scorers with 27.

Dodge City swings back into action Wednesday night, hosting the Texas Rim Rockers. Click here for ticket information. Game time is 7:30 pm.

Alvin Jefferson finishes strong.
Reserves Lead Legend Past Cagerz
April 26, 2003

Facing back to back games against Midwest Division rivals, Kansas and Oklahoma, the Legend were able to use their depth to down the Kansas Cagerz, 105-87, Saturday at the Dodge City Civic Center.

Legend reserves contributed 63 points in the win, led by Rob Dye's 17 points and five asssts. Darrin Hancock led all Dodge City scorers with 18 points in 19 minutes, David Graves added 16, Immanuel McElroy had 14, and Steffon Bradford scored 13. Antonio Smith tallied another double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

The win runs Dodge City's record to 3-0 on the season, and puts them atop the Midwest Division. The Legend is back in action Sunday night, hosting defending USBL champions, the Oklahoma Storm.

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Artie Griffin hits from outside.
Legend Blows Away Storm
April 19, 2003

After defeating last year's Midwest Division champs, the Kansas Cagerz, on the road Thursday, the Legend came home to face last year's USBL champs, the Oklahoma Storm.

Once again, Dodge City got off to a fast start, leading 30-11 at the end of the first quarter. The lead would grow to as much as 30 in the second half, as the Legend rolled to their second win in two starts, 124-106.

Nine of Dodge City's 10 players scored in double figures, led by Artie Griffin's 19 points in his first Civic Center appearance since the 2000 championship season.

Two Legend players tallied double-doubles, Antonio Smith, with 10 points and 17 rebounds, and Lazarus Sims, with 10 points and 11 assists. Steffon Bradford had another outstanding performance off the bench, scoring 16 points.

Immanuel McElroy finishes an alley-oop from Artie Griffin.
Legend Slams Cagerz in Opener
April 17, 2003

The Dodge City Legend got the 2003 season off to a flying start Thursday night, downing the Kansas Cagerz 93-76 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina.

Steffon Bradford came off the bench to lead the Legend in scoring with 19 points, Artie Griffin scored 16, Darrin Hancock added 15, rookie David Graves scored 13, and Alvin Jefferson had 11. Antonio Smith led Dodge City on the boards, grabbing 16 rebounds. Johnny Jackson led Kansas with 14 points and 14 boards.

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