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12-11-14: GIANTS embark on showdown with #1 rival MAVERICKS
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  Jacksonville, FL
  Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

 

Jacksonville determined to avenge Final Four loss in season’s biggest re-match

Coming off a pair of wins against the South Florida Gold (6-2), the Jacksonville Giants (5-0) are now heading to Shreveport, Louisiana. The team will depart this evening for what will be their biggest test of the season this Saturday night at 7 pm. The Giants, ranked #2 in the ABA Power Rankings, will face the #1 ranked Shreveport Mavericks in a championship rematch at Shreveport’s Hirsch Coliseum. This was the site of last year’s National Championship, where the Giants lost in heartbreaking fashion to cede the 2014 ABA title to the Mavericks.

Saturday night’s game in Shreveport will be webcast nationally Dec. 13 at 8 pm EST on ESPN3 and will be the second nationally televised game for the Giants this season. This past weekend, Jacksonville played their home opener in front of 4,508 fans at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, defeating the South Florida Gold in a Final Four rematch.

Team owner Ron Sholes commented on the trip and what the Giants need to do to bring home a victory. “Last year we lost the championship on the boards. If we've fixed that problem, I'm confident in Coach Waters’ back court and our defense bringing home a victory.” Last season, despite being outrebounded by more than 20 by the Mavericks in both games, the Giants were still only outscored by a combined two points during regulation play.

Coaches and players alike have big expectations for Saturday night, and expect to come home with another win. “They (Shreveport) have the bragging rights for now but we’re ready to change that,” said Giants veteran Kevin “KT” Thomas. “We have won championships before, and we can do it again, but we have to win out there in Shreveport to make a statement.”

Shooting guard Trey Guidry is excited to make his first trip to Shreveport as a Giant, as he is formerly from Louisiana. “It’ll be nice to head back out there, and I want to play hard and win one for Jacksonville,” he remarked. “Shreveport is our #1 rival and we can’t hold anything back, especially on their court.”

Head Coach Kevin Waters wants a win just as much as his players. “We have a mission for Shreveport, and we won’t be satisfied until we finish the mission. We were #3, now we are #2, and if we take care of business on Saturday night, we should move to #1, which is where we want to be come April. They know how to shoot, rebound, and score quickly. Our defensive presence will have to be picture-perfect for all 48 minutes, and it should be a tight battle.”

Jacksonville’s next home game will be on Wednesday, December 17 against the South Coast Fire at Palatka High School, followed by their next Veterans Memorial Arena game on Saturday, December 20 vs. the Jackson Showboats.

 

12-07-14: GIANTS vanquish S. FL GOLD again in 2nd rematch
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  Jacksonville, FL
  Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

 

GIANTS win 2nd weekend battle against S. FLORIDA GOLD, 115-102

The Jacksonville Giants (5-0) finished off the weekend with another victory over the South Florida Gold by a score of 115-102. The #3 ABA ranked Giants were once again tested by the #2 ABA ranked Gold, but were able to build upa 20-point lead in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

The Giants have now won their third straight game against South Florida, and have put together a convincing case to move up in the ABA Power Rankings next week.

Sunday night’s high scorer for the Giants was Trey Guidry with 22 points while adding three assists.   Jerrell Houston continued to attack the paint throughout the game, and finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds.   Point guard Maurice Mickens had a strong game off the bench for the Giants,scoring 16 points to go with 3 rebounds and 4 assists.   Overall, five Giants scored in double figures for the second straight night.

“These guys have a lot of fight in them,” said Head Coach Kevin Waters.   “Coming back on Sunday to play the (South Florida) Gold isn’t easy, but they know how to play hard and play well when it matters. Really proud of Jerrell (Houston) for his play today and Trey (Guidry) was hitting his shots no problem.   We can’t sit on this win for long. We have Shreveport next week and these guys are going to be ready.”

The Giants take a road trip next week with a highly-contested game this coming weekend. The Giants will take part in a re-match of the 2014 ABA National Championship against the undefeated Shreveport Mavericks on Saturday, December 13.   Jacksonville vs. Shreveport, ranked #3 and #1 in the nation, respectively, will be televised nationally on ESPN3.com and will take place at the Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport, LA.   You can see the replay of the game afterward by clicking on the REPLAY tab of the ESPN3.com page and finding the menu listing.

 

12-06-14: GIANTS over S. FL GOLD 116-103 in Final Four rematch
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  Jacksonville, FL
  Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

 

Jacksonville wins Home Opener over strong rival South Florida GOLD

The Jacksonville Giants (4-0) added a big statement win tonight to capture their 5th consecutive home opener, defeating the South Florida Gold by a score of 116-103. In their first matchup since last year’s Final Four in Shreveport, Louisiana, The Giants have now won two straight against South Florida, and avenged their only regular season loss from the 2013-2014 season

With only an 8-point lead going into halftime, the Giants turned up the heat in the third quarter and held off a late South Florida rally to seal the win.   Tonight’s high scorer for the Giants was Jermaine ‘Slim’ Bell with 17 points, and he also added 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Former Jacksonville University player Delwan Graham posted his first double-double of the season off the bench, with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Ty Thomas, a former player of the South Florida Gold, put up a solid stat line, with 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. Overall, five Giants scored in double figures.

“It was a tough win tonight,” said Head Coach Kevin Waters. “Jermaine (Bell) came up big for us tonight on the boards. Delwan (Graham) and KT (Kevin Thomas) both did great driving the lane throughout the night. Lots of solid play from most of our guys tonight. A win is a win, and this win is a special one for our guys.”

The Giants play the South Florida Gold again at the Legends Center at 5 pm Sunday before leaving to play two games against the Montgomery Blackhawks. Next Saturday, Dec. 13, the Giants travel to Shreveport for a national championship rematch against the 2014 ABA Champion Shreveport Mavericks. The team is home again at Veterans Arena on Dec. 20 when they face the Jackson Showboats at 7:30 pm.

 

11-28-14: Giants Collect Canned Goods for Outreach Ministry
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  Jacksonville, FL
  Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

 

Giants train over 150 youth basketball hopefuls, donate to UCOM food pantry

While most people were shopping for gifts, enjoying family, or sleeping off Thanksgiving delectables, the ABA Jacksonville Giants basketball team and Godspeed Elite Sports Performance (Godspeed) worked out to support the community.

Sarah Brakin, basketball coordinator for Riverside Presbyterian Church Basketball League, contacted the Giants and Godspeed Elite and asked if they would be willing to teach basketball skills in return for donated canned goods. She received an immediate “YES.”

Nearly 150 young basketball players turned out Friday, November 28, 2014, for the two sessions to train with the 2012 and 2013 National Champions Jacksonville Giants. Brakin could not believe the turnout and commented, “The kids love the Jacksonville Giants and respect the professional skills and experience of Godspeed Elite owner James Coleman.”

Coleman's Godspeed training center is the "OFFICIAL TRAINING SPONSOR of the Jacksonville Giants." Joe Miller, Vice President of the Giants, explained: “Our Giants players work out at Coleman's facility every week. According to our Head Coach Kevin Waters, Coleman and his team of trainers give the Giants a competitive advantage over other teams.”

The Jacksonville Giants will donate and deliver all food and cash donations to one of the Giants’ charitable partners, United Community Outreach Ministry (UCOM). Miller said, “For over 35 years, UCOM has owned and operated a food pantry in the historical church on Old St. Augustine Road just north of Emerson Street. UCOM’s commitment to giving is so outstandingly strong that they quietly do God's work without any concerns about recognition. In October, UCOM contacted the Giants and expressed concern that their food pantry was getting bare earlier than usual this time of the year. Their desperate need for help laid the foundation for the Giants' partnering with Riverside Presbyterian. Today's generous collection will be a timely contribution for UCOM’s mission. The Giants thank all these young athletes for their canned gifts.”

According to Brakin, the youths participating in today’s Black Friday event donated nearly 1,000 canned goods for this cause. “We're so proud of our team, the Jacksonville Giants, and Godspeed Elite Sports Performance, for their dedication to the City of Jacksonville and those less fortunate. What a terrific message to send in these tough times throughout the United States and the world. And, I am happy that our students are learning fundamental lessons from these organizations, such as it is better to give than to receive.”

The Jacksonville Giants, Godspeed Elite Sports Performance, and Riverside Presbyterian Church Basketball League thank Sacred Heart Catholic Church & School for use of its gymnasium for this charitable event. The Giants provided the church and school with complimentary tickets (purchased by Giants Sponsors) to its Home Opener on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

 

 


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