2004 Season Archive

McElroy Earns "Player of the Week" Honors
June 14, 2004 From USBL.com

The University of Cincinnati product had an outstanding floor game for the Legend this past week. McElroy averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals for the Legend as they went 4-0 on the week. McElroy had a high game of 22 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals against Kansas. McElroy has really taken his game to a new level as he is averaging 17.2 points, 8 rebounds, and almost 5 assists and 2 steals a game this season. McElroy is also shooting 57.2% from the field on the season.

Dodge City Named USBL "Team of the Week"
June 14, 2004 From USBL.com

The Legend win four home games in a row, they break the USBL consecutive home winning streak with 32 and USBL building streak with 33 this past week. The Legend are also on a 14 game winning streak, the last Legend loss came on May 7th against Adirondack. If the Legend can win their last home game they will have not lost a home game since 2002, and they will also tie the USBL All-Time record for most consecutive victories with 15. This record is held by the 1995 and 1996 Florida Sharks. Head Coach Dale Osbourne has his team firing on all cylinders as he looks to defend the USBL Championship this season.

Immanuel McElroy goes to the hoop
Legend Makes History
June 10, 2004

Chudney Gray appeared poised to take charge with history in the balance.

With the last six seconds ticking away toward United States Basketball League and Dodge City Legend history, all Rob Dye could do was watch as a Gray 3-point attempt flew over his outstretched arms.

Home rims were once again kind to Dodge City as the shot bounced away off the right side, clinching the Legend's 103-101 victory against the Brooklyn Kings Thursday, its 100th franchise victory and 32nd straight at the Dodge City Civic Center - a USBL record.

"We don't try to think about that stuff. We just try to take one game at a time," Legend coach Osbourne said. "But to have that kind of winning streak at home, a lot of credit goes to the ownership and the community for coming out here and supporting us."

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Legend Outlasts 'Dawgs for 31st Straight Civic Center Win
June 9, 2004

Dodge City used defensive toughness and timely shooting to defeat the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs 117-115 Wednesday and earn its 31st straight victory at the Dodge City Civic Center.

Legend Stops Cagerz - Home Streak at 29
June 7, 2004

Perhaps it was a sign of things to come.

A 3-point attempt by the Kansas Cagerz' Jeff Boschee during the first possession of the second half was blocked by Immanuel McElroy and thrust behind the Cagerz' bench as the shot clock expired.

Dodge City Legend defense was dominant throughout the second half during a 105-83 victory against Kansas Monday at the Dodge City Civic Center, its 29th straight at home.

When a Kansas (16-9) possession was not plagued by one of its 16 second-half turnovers, struggles with field-goal shooting stunted any hopes of a comeback.

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Legend Named USBL "Team of the Week"
June 1, 2004 From USBL.com

The Legend continues to win at home and now are taking the show on the road, as they went 3-0 this week. First was a 112-109 victory over Florence. Then the Legend traveled to St. Louis and dispatched them twice, 92-90 and 113-105. Head coach Dale Osbourne has the Legend continuing their winning ways and they will be difficult to beat come Festival time.

Legend Grounds Flyers
May 25, 2004

Florence Flyers coach Andy Stoglin, his face full of sweat while requesting a towel from a nearby assistant coach, seemed to embody his team's situation as he slowly walked out of the locker room after an exhausting loss.

The Flyers almost overcome depth problems after only suiting six players, but Jermaine Tate's effort in both facets propelled the Dodge City Legend to a 112-109 victory against Florence Tuesday at the Dodge City Civic Center to increase the home-winning streak to 28 games.

Tate, who led the Legend with 24 points, made a key block of Louis Truscott with just under 30 seconds remaining to deny the Flyers a chance at the lead.

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Legend Defeats Blue Ducks
May 19, 2004

Legend head coach Dale Osbourne was looking for someone new to step up after a pair of narrow home victories. What he got was a full team effort.

Ray Young scored 25 and Roberto Bergersen added 20 in the Dodge City Legend's 115-80 victory against the Brevard Blue Ducks Wednesday night at the Dodge City Civic Center.

The Legend went on a crippling 27-7 third-quarter run to gain a 72-46 lead, and the Blue Ducks could not get any closer than 19 points.

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Legend Puts Out Wildfire
May 18, 2004

Immanuel McElroy was clutch once again. This time, he did his major damage without even being guarded.

McElroy scored five of his team's final seven points, all from the free-throw line, to lead the Dodge City Legend to a 92-86 victory over the Westchester Wildfire Tuesday night at the Dodge City Civic Center.

With McElroy carrying Dodge City (10-6) to its 27th-straight home victory by scoring 20 points, Legend coach Dale Osbourne said it's time for others to start sharing the load.

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Jermaine Tate scores against Brevard
Back-to-Back Wins - Streak at 26
May 18, 2004

With back-to-back wins over the weekend, the Dodge City Legend extended their home court winning streak to 26 straight games, dating back to last season. The Legend was undefeated at home during the 2003 season.

On Saturday, Dodge City defeated the Midwest Division-leading Cedar Rapids River Raiders 117-93. Immanuel McElroy led all scorers with 22 points. Legend newcomer Roberto Bergersen scored 19, and Stais Boseman scored 13 points and dished out 10 assists.

Sunday night the Legend held on to defeat the Brevard Blue Ducks 116-115. Brevard overcame a 53-66 halftime deficit with a strong second-half surge. The Ducks had a chance to win the game, but a tip-in attempt at the buzzer wouldn't fall, and Dodge City escaped with the win.

Jermaine Tate and Ray Young led Dodge City with 22 points apiece, while Reed Rawlings added 21.

Legend Defeats Skyhawks
May 12, 2004

Strong starts and solid finishes by individuals can define a team’s success.

In Immanuel McElroy's case Wednesday night, the guard took control offensively at the most crucial moments of the game to guide the Dodge City Legend to a 106-105 victory over the St. Louis SkyHawks at the Dodge City Civic Center.

McElroy started the Legend off offensively by scoring the team's first six points. He finished with a season-high 35 points, including eight of Dodge City's final 12, to push the Legend (7-6) to its 24th straight home victory.

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Legend Ends Road Trip With Win
May 9, 2004

Heading into the final game of their 2004 Eastern Division road trip, the Dodge City Legend had seen little success. That would change, however, as the short-handed Legend hung on to defeat the Florence Flyers 110-99.

The trip started Saturday, May 1, in Westchester, New York, with the Legend loosing to the Wildfire 100-87. Immanuel McElroy led Dodge City with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The following afternoon the Legend traveled to Pennsylvania to take on the ValleyDawgs in a rematch of the 2003 USBL title game. This time the 'Dawgs came out on top 100-86. Kenny Whitehead paced the Legend with 17 points and 13 boards, while newcomer Stais Boseman added 15 points.

After a three-day break, the Legend took on the Kings in Brooklyn, New York, loosing a heartbreaker 94-92. Immanuel McElroy once again led with 20 points. Jermaine Williams, playing his first game for Dodge City, scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

With little time for rest, Dodge City traveled upstate to face Adirondack on Friday night. Once again they were unable to get their first road win of the season, loosing to the Wildcats 93-77. McElroy again led the Legend with 10 points and 10 boards.

The Eastern Division swing ended in Florence, South Carolina where the Legend would get into the road win column. Reed Rawlings got off to a fast start to lead Dodge City with 23 points, while Stais Boseman added 22.

The Legend returns to action at the Dodge City Civic Center Wednesday, May 12, taking on the St. Louis Skyhawks.

Legend Stops Storm
April 28, 2004

Playing against one another for the fourth time in 12 days, Dodge City and Oklahoma renewed their United States Basketball League Midwest Division rivalry in typical fashion with physical post play and timely runs dominating the game's flow.

Legend big men were jeopardized by foul trouble early in the second half, but Dodge City was able to maintain a slight lead to gain a 105-102 victory over the Storm at the Dodge City Civic Center Wednesday night.

Oklahoma (2-4) and Dodge City (5-2) earn a four-game split in the early-season series with the home team winning each game.

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Legend Extends Home Win Streak to 22
April 26, 2004

Kansas seemed to have an answer for everything Dodge City threw its way in the first three quarters. The Legend could never get over that mythical hump, pulling within one point on numerous occasions until the Cagerz went on another run to create a slight lead.

Dodge City eventually found its way.

Reed Rawlings and staunch defense were big-time solutions to Kansas' puzzle in the fourth quarter as the Legend beat the Cagerz 106-89 and increased the winning streak at the Dodge City Civic Center to 22 games.

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Dodge City Grounds Skyhawks
April 22, 2004

Playing their second game in as many days, the Dodge City Legend welcomed the St. Louis Skyhaws back to the USBL with a 102-77 beating at the Dodge City Civic Center.

The Legend had a balanced scoring attack, with guard Immanuel McElroy turning in another solid performance. In 43 minutes, McElroy lead Dodge City with 19 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Muntrelle Dobbins added 17 points and 9 boards, while Rob Dye scored 17 points. The Skyhawk's Nicklaus Kern led all scorers with 26 points.

Dodge City travels to Enid to once again take on the Storm on Saturday night. Catch the action on Super Hits 96.3 with Steve Brown. Tip-off is 7:00 pm.

Legend Defeats River Raiders in OT
April 21, 2004

As Cedar Rapids began unraveling mentally at the end of the first half, it appeared Dodge City was going to cruise to its second straight home victory of the season and 20th in a row dating back to last year.

Rather than closing out the game, Cedar Rapids roared back in the third quarter and suddenly put the defending USBL champions on their heels to force overtime. Dodge City's Reed Rawlings and Jermaine Tate took control in the extra period, however, combining for 11 of the team's 13 overtime points in the Legend's 108-101 victory over the River Raiders at the Dodge City Civic Center.

Reed Rawlings led all scorers with 31 points. Muntrelle Dobbins added 19 points for Dodge City, while Dye scored 17. Oliver led the River Raiders with 22 points.

With the victory, Dodge City has now won 20 straight at home. Cedar Rapids drops its first game of the year, creating a logjam at the top of the USBL Midwest Division with three teams at 1-1.

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Reed Rawlings scores two of his game-high 33 points.
Legend Open Season With Win
April 18
, 2004

The Dodge City Legend got off to a quick start in their season opener, building a 31-16 lead at the end of the first quarter, then held off the Oklahoma Storm to earn a 102-94 victory.

Legend newcomer, Reed Rawlings, led Dodge City with 33 points. Rob Dye scored 23, and Immanuel McElroy added 22. Jermaine Tate had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

James Penny led the Storm with 22 points, while Patrick Okafor added 19.

The same two teem meet once again Monday night at Mark Price Arena in Enid.