Xtreme Team of ballhandlers from Powell County to perform at Bobcats-Heat game

Thirty-five boys from Stanton in Powell County will demonstrate their basketball prowess as the pre-game entertainment before Friday night's NBA game between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Miami Heat.

The Xtreme Team leaves Thursday for Charlotte, N.C. The entire Powell County delegation, including the youngsters and 15 coaches, plus parents, grandparents and volunteers, will number 151, said Kristie Marcum. She is the wife of coach Tim Marcum.

"We've gone to Transy, Eastern and Morehead over the years," Kristie Marcum said. "We're from such a small town, it's kind of a big thing for a little kid and a little community."

This will be the third time that the Xtreme Team has performed at a NBA game, Kristie Marcum said. The boys, who range in age from 4 years old to fourth-graders, will show what they can do in dribbling and other ballhandling exercises in a six-minute routine performed to music. The team has been around for 13 years.

Meanwhile, as of Tuesday afternoon the Miami Heat, with 58 wins and 15 losses, were in position to have the most regular-season wins in franchise history. (The record is 61.)

The Charlotte Bobcats were 17-57. Maybe they could get some pointers from the Xtreme Team.