The Ringgold High School gymnasium was rocking Saturday night, March 18, when the well-traveled Harlem Ambassadors brought their high-energy comedy basketball show to town to take on the rag-tag Ringgold Locomotives.
The game, sponsored by the Ringgold Downtown Development Authority (DDA), entertained fans for a little more than two hours Saturday night, which ended with the Ambassadors beating the Locomotives team comprised of city officials, city employees, local law enforcement, radio personalities, and local business owners.
"We had a wonderful event today here at the Ringgold High School gym," said Rhonda Johnson, Main Street director for the city of Ringgold. "The Harlem Ambassadors were great. Ringgold may have lost the game, but a good time was had by all."
Ringgold started off hot, with Mayor Nick Millwood scoring the first five points of the game. Local military hero Jason Smith won the tipoff and passed to Millwood, who cut through the defense for a nice layup, and wound up hitting the first three-pointer of the game a few moments later.
Throughout the game, the Locomotives showed glimpses of real skill, but were ultimately out-gunned by the Ambassadors.
"It was a lot of fun to watch," said Catoosa County resident Marty Wilcox. "Ringgold was a lot better than I thought they'd be. They took it to them pretty good, for a little while anyway."
The game also included a variety of comedic moments, and plenty of interaction with the fans in attendance.
Regardless of the score, the big winner was the city of Ringgold, which added another great community event to its lineup.
"Maybe next year we can get a win," Johnson said.