Wild, Wild West

By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 30, 2009

Folks might recall that Binghamton's basketball team has been in the papers quite often in recent months. The biggest case involved a 6-9 Serbian goon named Miladin Kovacevic, who got in a bar fight, left a dude in a coma, then fled to Serbia, where he set off a major extradition controversy between the two countries. Kovacevic jumped bail and is now being prosecuted by Serbian authorities, with assistance from New York investigators.

Then there was Malik Alvin, another Binghamton hoopster written up in these pages, who got busted last November for shoplifting a pack of condoms — Magnums, marking 2008's best mash-up of sports crime and penis envy — and knocking over a 66-year-old lady as he fled the scene, giving her a concussion.

Give Mayben 28 points for dealing, and keep an eye on Binghamton coach Kevin Broadus. At this pace, his team might be looking at a potential championship run . . . in the New York Correctional Facilities League.

Matt Taibbi can be reached atm_taibbi@yahoo.com.

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