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Two members of the Boise State alumni basketball team have a CSI connection

BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – Two former College of Southern Idaho standouts will be part of Boise State’s alumni team in the basketball tournament (TBT).

They didn’t play together at CSI or Boise State, but share a brother-like bond. This time, one is a coach and the other a player.

Reggie Larry is the head coach of “Once a Bronco,” the BSU alumni team slated to play in the TBT starting Monday.

Larry played at CSI and Boise State, had a 12-year professional career overseas, and is currently an assistant coach for the CSI women’s basketball team.

“I’ve known Reggie since I was a freshman, the first time I met him he actually tried to dunk me at CSI, and I was amazed at how athletic he was” , said former CSI guard Montigo Alford.

Since that moment in 2011, when Larry was playing professionally, the two have built a relationship.

“He’s like my OG, he’s like my big brother, I really have a lot of love and respect for him,” Alford said.

Alford, like Larry, ended up playing at Boise State.

“The same route I took coming from CSI to Boise State, so I was like, ‘Okay, that’s going to be someone I’m going to stay with and mentor if I need to,’ and he’s been my brother ever since,” Larry said.

Now they’re together again, with mostly other former Boise State players in a bid to win a million dollars in the 64-team single-elimination tournament.

Larry says the communication and coaching of the guys has been going well so far.

“That was the easiest part, being able to talk to these guys, so you know I can push them a bit more because I know them, I’ve been on the pitch with them, I haven’t played ( competitively) with them, but I played a lot of summer ball with those guys,” Larry said.

For the undersized Alford, who just finished a pro-ball season in the TBL, he wants to prove himself in the basketball world.

“I can play at a high level and I deserve to be on the pitch with a lot of talent,” Alford said.

Once a Bronco will play Monday, July 18 at 3:00 p.m. MT on ESPN3.

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