BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - It was an epic basketball battle in which everyone was a winner.
The warm up was worth the price of the ticket.
The Harlem Ambassadors brought its A-game to Our Lady Academy gymnasium in Bay St. Louis to benefit the Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland.
The opponent: The Habitat Hammerheads.
"Mardi Gras is over," said Wendy McDonald with Habitat. "Everybody needs to get a little exercise afterwards, so we think it's going to be great."
Among the Hammerheads were Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Shaeffer and Bay Waveland Middle School principal and board member, Dr. Cherie Labat.
"Habitat has done a fantastic job and the fact that they've been able to assemble this team today speaks for the board and all ya'll are doing," Shaeffer said.
Added Labat, "We know it's for a good cause. It's a community event and in Hancock County, we always come together when it comes to our causes and things that we think are important."
The money will go to Habitat's Veteran Home Repair and Build Campaign.
The Ambassadors have been around since 1998, helping raise more than $10 million for communities in 50 states and 20 countries.
Comparisons with the Harlem Globetrotters are inevitable.
"People always compare us or mix us up," said Brittany Dorsey, coach, player and show woman. "And that's something that we're willing to deal with because they have 90 years of history."
The team is really good at the game. All have extensive college or professional experience.
But what they do best, is make kids smile.
"We meet so many new people in so many different places," Dorsey said. "So I think the best thing is sharing our personal testimony and get to play the sport that we love."