Last night, the Birmingham Squadron played its inaugural NBA G League game in front of 4872 Magic City basketball fans at the newly renovated Legacy Arena.
Despite a 35-point and eight assist performance by former Auburn University standout Jared Harper, the Squadron, a New Orleans Pelicans affiliate, lost their home opener to the Mexico City Capitanes 123-114.
Squadron Teamwork and Unselfish Play
“The unselfishness that we came out with was very good,” said Squadron Head Coach Ryan Pannone at the news conference after the game. “I thought we were pretty unselfish the entire game, which I really liked —I liked when the guys did that. I thought it would have been easy to cave when we got down 11 to 12 points but our guys did a really good job fighting back and competing.”
Pannone thanked the fans for coming out and for their support.
“Fans impact the game, if there are no fans I don’t think we make that comeback. The energy that they gave us and the positivity that they gave us after the game was really nice.”
Squadron New Home Feels Like the NBA
College basketball fans in the state of Alabama not only got to see Harper’s return to the hardcourt, but also popular former University of Alabama and all-time three-point scoring leader for the Tide John Petty. Jr. Petty thrilled the crowd by hitting several 3-point rainbows during the game.
After the game, both players said the newly renovated Legacy Arena provided a genuine “NBA feel.”
“It’s the best—simply the best,” stated Petty bluntly.
Family Friendly — Next up! 5 games in 9 days
While we are in the midst of the holiday season, now is a great opportunity to check out Birmingham’s newest professional team. The Squadron are scheduled to play five games in the next 9 days at Legacy Arena.
Family friendly — below are the games for the current homestand.. Each game tips-off at 7:00pm.
December 7 – Mexico City
December 9 – Lakeland Magic
December 11 – Lakeland Magic
December 13 – Memphis Hustle
December 14 – Memphis Hustle
Plenty of single, group and season tickets are available.