To play basketball in the Pit is the dream of many a young New Mexico basketball player, boy or girl.
To warm up the Pit crowd for a WNBA preseason game is a bonus.
Former Lobo point guard Kelvin Scarborough has organized a girls high school all-star game that will precede tonight’s Phoenix Mercury-Los Angeles Sparks contest.
A team of Native American players will face a squad from the extended Albuquerque area.
Scarborough said he hoped the high school game will entice a few more fans to attend tonight’s event.
“My whole thing is, ‘Meet me at the Pit,’ ” he said.
“Bring a youth, or bring a friend, and let’s show the WNBA that we have some of the best fans in the country.”
Because of time constraints, Scarborough said, the high schoolers will play only 20 minutes or so before the game, starting around 6 p.m, and perhaps for 15 minutes at halftime of the WNBA game.
“I told (the players) that, but they’re just happy to be around the WNBA players,” he said. “… I think this is a great opportunity to showcase some (New Mexico) talent.”
Scarborough, a big WNBA fan, grew up in Washington, D.C., with Sparks general manager Penny Toler.