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Jacksonville Giants Name New Head Coach

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The defending national champion Jacksonville Giants have announced that their former Assistant Coach, Jerry “Mouse” Williams, will be taking over the head coaching position as the team heads into their seventh season in the American Basketball Association (ABA).  The news comes several months after former Giants’ Head Coach, Kevin Waters, announced his resignation to pursue other opportunities.

With nearly a dozen resumes from coaches around the country, ranging from Division I college coaches to those with professional experience in the U.S. and abroad, the Giants decided to employ from within.  “Williams has been with the Giants since our first season and he has demonstrated his commitment to the organization.  I think he has earned this opportunity” said Giants’ General Manager, Pam Masters.  Between his professional playing experience in the U.S. and Europe, and his coaching experience, Williams has the knowledge of the game to continue the Giants winning ways.

When asked about the hiring of Williams, team owner Ron Sholes said “we had a lot of candidates but I think it came down to who and what we knew.  With Jerry Williams, we know what we’re getting.  He’s from right here [in Jacksonville] and he and his family are dedicated to this community.  He is a “Giant” as much as anyone I know and he’s a hard worker.  He’s a leader.  He’s someone who has helped build our winning organization and he knows our system.  I’m confident that he will do a great job in helping us continue our winning ways, both on and off the court.”

Williams was born in New Jersey and moved to Jacksonville with his family as a teenager. His brother, Rashean Mathis, played professional football for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  As a student at Englewood High School, Jerry was a basketball and football standout himself, earning a scholarship to play both sports at South Carolina State University. Following a transfer to the University of Cumberland, he earned a business degree and then decided to pursue a career in professional basketball overseas where he would ultimately earn league MVP honors.   Upon returning to the U.S., Williams played for the city’s former ABA team, the Jacksonville Jam (2006-07).  On February 16, 2013, Jerry was inducted into the University of Cumberland Hall of Fame!

The Giants start their season in late November on the road and return to Jacksonville for their home opener on Saturday night, December 3rd, at the Veterans Memorial arena.  They will face another former Giants assistant coach and division rival South Florida Gold in what will be a 2016 championship semi-finals rematch.

For More information contact Pamela Masters, General Manager for the Jacksonville Giants at (904) 355-6531.

Reaping GIANT Rewards In 2016
Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

After winning their 3rd ABA National Championship in 2016, the Jacksonville Giants and its ownership, management, and staff were all recently recognized for their outstanding performance on and off the court. The Giants received four out of the 14 total ABA Awards in 2016.

Although winning the ABA Championship was the main factor, the Giants received the ABA Team of the Year award for multiple reasons. Being a community leader in Jacksonville definitely contributed to their reception of this award. The Jacksonville Giants organization also achieved a record-setting year in attendance.

Ron Sholes received the ABA Owner of the Year Award after establishing a hard working staff and management team to lead this organization in the right direction. Sholes’ General Manager Pam Masters has found success early on and the ABA has taken notice by giving her the General Manager of the Year Award. Pam has grabbed the attention of basketball fans in Jacksonville and is currently building a strong fan base at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Head Coach Kevin Waters was faced with adversity all season long by losing key players due to injury or international contracts. Waters saw this situation as an opportunity to instill and establish a tough mindset in all his players and has built a “next man up” culture for the Giants like no other. There is no doubt that Coach Waters is deserving of the ABA Coach of the Year Award.

The 2017 Jacksonville Giants team will have big shoes to fill, but under the leadership on the court and front office, this should not be a problem. The future for the Jacksonville Giants looks very promising considering the achievements and high level of success that has been reached.

Giants Sweep Groove, Win 3rd ABA National Championship
Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

The Jacksonville Giants (29-6) defeated Chicago’s Windy City Groove ‎by a score of 93 to 90 to win the 2016 American Basketball Association (ABA) National Championship in Laredo, Texas. It is the Giants’ third ABA Championship, previously defeating South Carolina and Dallas in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

However, it was the Groove that jumped out to an early lead to start the game by breaking down the Giants’ zone defense and getting second chance points in the paint. The Groove played with a sense of urgency and finishing the first quarter with a ten point lead, 30-20.

The Groove kept their lead through most of the second quarter, but the Giants played tough and erased the deficit. Seasoned overseas veteran Calvin Warner and newcomer Jerome Clyburn hit several key shots, and Former ABA MVP and Giants’ 7’0″ center, Jermaine “Slim” Bell, landed a three-pointer and an inside jumper to erase the deficit late in the second period. Then, it was Warner with a follow-up slam dunk to give the Giants the lead. On the next play, 7’0″ and 315-pound center Bruce Brown landed a thunderous slam dunk that rocked the backboard and the Laredo Energy Arena crowd, giving the Giants a four-point lead, and momentum, heading into the half, 46-42.

The second half was a battle as the teams changed leads several times. Bell landed three 3-pointers in‎ the third quarter, but the Groove went on several runs and took the lead heading into the final quarter, 68-66.‎ Giants’ three-time ABA All-star guard and leading scorer, Maurice Mickens, was stifled by the Groove’s defense and had just 8 points through three-quarters of play.

The Groove continued the aggressive play and took a 10 point lead with under six minutes remaining, but Mickens finally broke loose and led the comeback. The game was tied 90-90 with under one minute left when Mickens landed a free throw to give Jacksonville the lead for good, 91-90. After a Groove miss with 12 seconds left, Giants’ Delwan Graham made the outlook pass to a wide open Mickens for a layup to secure the win. ‎The Giants finished the game on a 12-4 run to take the ABA Title for a third time in just six seasons.

Mickens finished the Finals Tournament with a team-high 24 points per game and scored 11 of his 19 points in the final game, in the fourth quarter. Mickens was named the Finals MVP.‎ Bell, who is the only player to have been with the Giants all six seasons, finished the game with a team-high 24 points and ‎a Finals average of 16.6. ‎

“I can’t express how proud I am of this team,” said Giants head coach Kevin Waters. “We fought through so much adversity this year to be crowned ABA National Champions. I give god the praise and glory.” The Giants suffered several injuries ‎this season, including a season-ending knee injury to ABA all-star and free agent addition, Larry Dumas, in the team’s first game. The Giants also lost three players to international opportunities, including former ABA MVP Ed Horton, late in the season.

“There are no words that can describe the feeling of winning three championships,” said Giants’ assistant coach Jerry Williams. “We played disciplined basketball and came together as a team. We are blessed.”

As for the Finals, “it was a complete team victory” said Giants’ owner Ron Sholes. “This has been the most rewarding season by far because the team has overcome a lot of adversity. But our hats go off to Chicago for playing some great ball. They have a lot to be proud of as well and we look forward to playing them next year,” added Sholes.

Starting forward and team captain, Jerrod Tucker, was the team’s inspirational leader and played with intensity throughout the Finals. Bell, Warner (10.8 ppg), Rashad Faust and Elijah Smith (8.2 ppg), dominated the low post for the Giants throughout the Finals. Guards RJ Wright, Bernard Nugent, and Clyborne played aggressive defense and took away the competition’s perimeter game‎, holding several of the best shooting teams in the ABA to under 100 points. Newcomer Josh Johnson started every game and added critical minutes on offense and defense.

‎The Giants will be traveling to San Antonio for a couple of days of R&R before flying back to Jacksonville on Tuesday.

The Giants are scheduled to arrive at JIA at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Giants Sweep. Win 3rd National Championship

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The Jacksonville Giants (29-6) defeat Chicago’s Windy City Groove ‎by a score of 93 to 90 to win the 2016 American Basketball Association (ABA) National Championship in Laredo, Texas. It is the Giants’ third ABA Championship, previously defeating South Carolina and Dallas in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Giants’ guard Maurice Mickens finished the Finals as the Giants’ leading scorer and the anticipated Finals MVP‎. “It was a complete team victory,” said owner Ron Sholes.

A full press release to follow….

Giants Advance to ABA National Championship
Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

The Jacksonville Giants avenged their regular season loss to the DMV Warriors with a Final Four victory by a final score of 95-88. The Giants will advance to the ABA National Championship where they will face Chicago’s Windy City Groove in a best of three series beginning on Friday night.

After watching the high-scoring Warriors defeat the #1 ranked Laredo Swarm by 40 points on Monday, the Giants knew they would have their hands full. But, it was the Giants’ great defense and clutch free throw shooting that would prove to make the difference. The red-hot shooting of Giants’ perennial all-star guard, Maurice “the Reece” Mickens, also proved too much for DMV, as Mickens finished with a postseason-high 37 points.

The game featured two of the ABA’s best with DMV pushing the Giants the entire evening. Jacksonville jumped out to an early 14-7 lead midway through the first quarter as the defense kept the Warriors in check with an effective half court zone. Throughout the first half, Mickens was unstoppable on offense, pushing the Giants lead to double digits before the Warriors went on a run to tie the game at the intermission, 42-42.

Early in the second half, former ABA MVP and Giants 7’0″ Center, Jermaine Bell, and 2016 All-Star and 6’9″ power forward, Elijah Smith, sparked the Giants with a 14-4 run to take a double-digit lead. Bell was second on the team with 18 points and Smith contributed 11, along with great defense in the low post.

DMV never gave up and went on an early scoring run of their own midway through the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to just four points, 75-71. The Giants were able to settle down and keep the lead as the game headed down the final stretch. Mickens continued to direct the offense from his point guard position to keep the Giants one step ahead of the Warrior defense.

Following four intense quarters of play, a major turning point came with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. As DMV trailed the Giants 79-73, the Warriors were called for a technical foul which put the Giants back to the free throw line. Mickens landed both free throw shots to extend the lead to 81-73. Moments later Mickens was fouled driving into the paint and converted on two more free throws to make it 83-73. DMV had another miscue which once again put Jacksonville back to the free throw line on their next offensive possession, with Calvin Warner, the eleven-year overseas veteran, converting both attempts.

As the final minutes ticked away the Giants hit three more free throws to make it 88-80. DMV cut the deficit to 88-83 with under two minutes to play. The Warriors opted to keep fouling the Giants as a strategy to regain offensive possession. However, the Giants continued to make crucial free throws seal the win.

“Two more to go,” said Warner, who played valuable minutes down the stretch and finished with 10 points on the night.

This will mark the Giants’ fourth ABA championship series appearance in their six-year history. The team won back-to-back national championships in 2012 and 2013 against the South Carolina Warriors and the Dallas Vandals, respectively. Then, in 2014, they were defeated by the Shreveport Mavericks.

“We are excited to be moving into the championship series,” said Giants head coach Kevin Waters. “Our guys have dedicated themselves all year for this opportunity.”‎

“This is the greatest feeling,” said assistant coach Jerry Williams. “I am so proud of the guys for all the hard work they have put in to make it to the championship finals. The city of Jacksonville deserves another championship from the Giants and we are going to do everything to make that happen,” added Williams.

The Giants arguably played the toughest schedule by far in the ABA this season, having played 9 regular season games against teams in this year’s finals, and more than half of their 30 games were against top ten ranked opponents.

After the game, Giants’ owner Ron Sholes said that “this has probably been our most rewarding season thus far. The team has faced great adversity and continue to persevere.” When asked about what he thought has made the difference in the Giants’ three victories in the Finals, Sholes said “great team basketball. Everyone is playing unselfish basketball and they really want to bring the championship back to Jacksonville, more than anything.”

The #3 ranked Giants will now turn their attention toward a Championship showdown against the #5 ranked Windy City Groove starting this Friday in a best of three-weekend series. Windy City defeated the #2 ranked Miami Midnights in the other semifinal game Wednesday night, in what many in the ABA viewed as an upset‎.

Giants Make Sixth Straight ABA Final Four, Top Gold 130-96
Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

The Jacksonville Giants have advanced to the ABA Final Four with a convincing 130-96 victory over their in-state rivals the South Florida Gold. The resilient effort puts the Giants in contention to win their third ABA National Championship in six seasons. This is the sixth straight year Jacksonville has made the ABA Final Four. The Giants have defeated South Florida in all five meetings of the 2015-16 season. On the weekend of December 19th and 20th the Giants topped the Gold with scores of 132-102 and 134-105. On New Years weekend Jacksonville continued the winning streak with wins of 99-85 and 107-82.

“Making it to another Final Four is a great accomplishment for the whole team and organization,” said Assistant Coach Jerry Williams.”

Jermaine Bell led the team with 18 points, of which 14 came in the opening quarter. Delwan Graham added 17 points and Calvin Warner contributed 15 which rounded out the top scorers for Jacksonville. The Giants will take on the DMV Warriors, Wednesday night in the ABA Final Four. DMV defeated the Laredo Swarm on Monday night 132-91. Earlier this season, on February 13th, the Giants lost to DMV 113-112. However, since the DMV loss the Giants have a perfect 8-0 record.

“We are excited to be going back to the Final Four,” said Head Coach Kevin Waters. “Our post play has been the key to our success.”

Jacksonville started the game fast and furious, taking an early 39-21 lead. The low post play caused major issues for the Gold. The Giants played focused and controlled as they continued to land multiple jump shots while adding powerful defensive pressure. Point guard Maurice Mickens scored 12 total points on the night while helping Jacksonville in the outside shooting game. Mickens combined with Jerrod Tucker and Bernard Nugent kept the Gold defenseless in the first half. The spark helped fuel the Giants to a 65-50 halftime lead.

The Giants started the second half with a 10-3 run and continued its dominant play. Jacksonville kept the intensity up and eventually took a lead of 83-62 midway through the third quarter.The Giants went into the third quarter with a commanding 102-70 lead.

Jacksonville will now turn their attention towards a rematch with the DMV Warriors on Wednesday night.

“We have championships on our minds,” said Williams.

Giants Advance to ABA Final Eight
Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

A long Texas road trip didn’t phase the veteran Jacksonville Giants basketball team. Despite a two-point halftime deficit, the Giants remained calm and edged the Texas Red Wolves 116-108. ABA All-Star point guard Maurice Mickens led the Giants with 32 points in the winning effort. The Giants have now advanced to the ABA Final Eight and will play the South Florida Gold on Tuesday night at 8PM.

“The guys won a very hard fought game,” said Giants head coach Kevin Waters.

Early in the contest, Jacksonville jumped out to an early lead with some impressive shooting from Mickens and Bernard Nugent. However, the Red Wolves went on a 12-2 run midway through the second quarter to cut the Giants lead to 37-35. Texas’s Eric Stewart landed two key three-pointers to get the Red Wolves back in the game. Stewart finished with 30 points on the night.

“We jumped out to an early lead, but the Red Wolves hit some unbelievable shots to get back into the game,” said assistant coach Jerry Williams.

Texas continued to trade blows with the Giants the remainder of the first half. Mickens, Nugent, and Jermaine Bell kept landing outside jump shots for the Giants. Defensively the Giants continued to have issues defending a strong Texas shooting game. Both teams continued to go back and forth with Texas taking a 56-54 halftime lead.

Jacksonville came out swinging in the second half opening up with a 15-5 run to start the third quarter. ABA All-Star Elijah “Superman” Smith was able to help the Giants utilize a strong inside game which kept the Red Wolves at bay. Smith ended the night with 21 points. Texas came within one point of regaining the lead early in the third quarter, but the Giants responded with another offensive scoring frenzy.

“First, step complete,” said Smith.

“It was a great team win,” said Jerrod Tucker.

The Giants will now turn their attention to the Final Eight game against a familiar foe in the South Florida Gold. The game will be a single elimination for the opportunity to play in the ABA Final Four. Jacksonville has played South Florida four times this season, defeating the Gold on all four occasions. Jacksonville beat the Gold in scores of 132-102, 134-105, 99-85, and 107-82.

“The first game is always the hardest,” said Waters. “We got through it and now its time to finish what we started.”

Giants Make Sixth Straight ABA Final, Giants Travel to Laredo for ABA Championship Tournament
Round One at the 2016 ABA National Championship!

Round One at the 2016 ABA National Championship!

The Jacksonville Giants will make their sixth straight ABA Finals appearance on Monday, April 4th, in Laredo Texas. The game is a single elimination “play-in game” for an opportunity to play in the ABA Final Four. The Giants, who finished the season ranked fourth in the nation, will take on a very tough Texas Red Wolves team. If Jacksonville defeats Texas they will play in the ABA Final Four, which is also a single elimination game. A win in the Final Four will put the Giants in a best of three ABA National Championship game which will take place the second week of April.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to play in the finals,” said Giants Head Coach Kevin Waters, whose team is trying to win their third ABA National Championship in the franchise’s sixth year of operation.

This season’s ABA tournament is not like others in the past. All eight teams competing in the tournament have legitimate chances to win the 2015-16 National Championship. Throughout the 2015-16 season, many teams have held the number one spot and the power rankings showed constant shifting each week.

“This is the best ABA tournament in years,” said Assistant Coach Jerry Williams. “The ABA has done a great job putting together all these high-quality teams. Any team can win the championship this year.”

The Texas Red Wolves have had a very successful postseason and look to play the spoiler role versus Jacksonville. The Red Wolves had impressive playoff wins over, 2015 Southwest Division Champion, Austin Boom 128-110 and also knocked off the Texas Fuel 122-113. Jacksonville and the Red Wolves have played two common opponents this season, the Jackson Showboats and the Texas Sky Riders. Giants defeated Jackson on January 9th and 10th during the regular season with scores of 140-98 and 134-78. While the Red Wolves fell to Jackson 117-98 on March 5th. The Red Wolves won two out of four games against the Texas Sky Riders while the Giants defeated the Sky Riders 109-93 on February 27.

“They (Red Wolves) had a couple of upsets in the Divisional Tournament to make it to the ABA Finals,” said Waters. “They are a well-balanced team and also present some problems in the paint area with their height.”

Jacksonville has the same group of core players from the regular season leading the team to the championship. Maurice Mickens and Jerrod Tucker will lead the outside shooting while Jermaine Bell and Elijah Smith assist on the inside. Mickens, an ABA All-Star, proved to be a dominate force for the Giants this season as a three-point scoring machine. As a dynamic point guard, Mickens scored a career-high of 61 points in the regular season finale versus Fayetteville. Smith and last season’s ABA MVP, Jermaine Bell, have shut down opposing defenses with their physical inside play throughout the season. Jacksonville’s offensive strategy was very versatile this season as the team uses a fast tempo approach that tires opposing defenders.

“It’s win or go home,” said Williams. “We need to win four games to win the Championship.”

The Giants received good news about guard Bernard Nugent who missed the last seven regular-season games. He will return to the team after recovering from an ankle injury in February. Nugent will add much-needed support to a top-ranked Jacksonville defense as the team’s leader in steals. With Nugent’s return to fans can expect to see multiple defensive pressures and strategies from Coach Waters and the coaching staff.

“Bernard coming back is big,” said Williams.

Another worthy note is that Calvin Warner may return to the Giants following a one-month stint playing in the Philippines. Warner scored 13 points in Jacksonville’s big 112-108 win over the Chicago Steam in January. Warner was an immense contribution in the rebounding department with an average of eight boards per game before he left for the Philippines.

“Calvin Warner is eligible to play,” said Giants GM Pam Masters. “We are not sure if he (Warner) will be attending the Loredo trip, we will know next week.”

Three Giants Players Sign with Overseas Professional Teams
From left to right: Calvin Warner, Ed Horton, Tiras Wade. Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

From left to right: Calvin Warner, Ed Horton, Tiras Wade. Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

The Jacksonville Giants announced that Ed Horton, Calvin Warner, and Tiras Wade have left the organization to play for other Professional basketball teams located in other Countries. “The Giants organization is very proud of these three players’ accomplishments and wish them the best of luck in their professional basketball careers,” said Giants owner Ron Sholes.

Ed Horton, who was the Giants’ second-leading scorer this season, re-signed with the London Lighting in Ontario. Horton played for the Lightning briefly last season. Known by Jacksonville fans as “Hollywood”, Horton was a great asset to the Giants both on and off the court. His long range three point shots and great defensive skills frequently energized the Jacksonville home crowds. Horton also played on the Giants 2012-2013 National Championship team.

“…I think that Ed has a lot of qualities that will help us get over the hump and help us progress. He knows our system, he knows the guys, the guys like him, I like him,” said Lightning coach Kyle Julius. “He’s a leader, hard-nosed defender, he’s a proven scorer, and he’s a good dressing room guy.”

Tiras Wade signed with the Huellas Del Siglo of the Dominican Republic. Wade played shooting guard for a brief part of the season in Jacksonville. A 6’6 shooting guard from Tampa, Florida, Wade brought great athletic abilities to the Giants in his contributions of 14 points in an 112-102 win over Richmond on February 12th and 16 points in a heartbreaking 113-112 loss in the game that followed against the DMV Warriors.

Calvin Warner was an aggressive inside threat for the Giants this season. Warner recently signed with the GlobalPort Bantang Pier of the Philippines. In his most recent game, with GlobalPort Bantang, Warner scored a season-high 29 points. While in Jacksonville, Warner played center and contributed highly in the rebounding department, as well as the inside shooting game. Some of Warner’s notable performances for the Giants include his 13 point effort in a 112-108 win over the Chicago Steam. Warner also had a team-high 15 points in a win over the Southwest Warriors.

Giants Top Flight 168-101, Earn Playoff Bye
February 27th, 2016. Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

February 27th, 2016. Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Mickens Scores 61 in Regular Season Finale

The Jacksonville Giants concluded their regular season with a dominant, 168-101, win over the Fayetteville Flight. The Giants finish the regular season with a 24-6 record and currently sit at #4 in the Nation. Jacksonville has earned a first-round bye in the playoffs and will face the winner of the South Western Regional Bracket on April 4 in Laredo, Texas. If the Giants win that game they will advance to the Final 8. Jacksonville will likely face the Arizona Scorpions or the Texas Sky Riders, which Texas would be a rematch from the February 27 Giants win at the Jacksonville Memorial Arena.

Point Guard Maurice Mickens scored a career-high 61 points on the evening. The 2014-15 ABA All-Star landed 10-three point baskets during the game, which was also a career high. Mickens tenacious play kept the Flight defense off balance.

Jacksonville had six players score in double figures and was able to keep a strong lead the entire contest. Jerrod Tucker (20 points), Dazeron Jones (17 points), and Chris Blake (13 points) rounded out the leading scorers for the Giants. Fayetteville’s Holmes (31 points) and Calloway (27 points) led the scoring for the Flight.

“It was a great way to end the regular season,” said Giants Head Coach Kevin Waters. “We are building the right momentum leading into the playoffs.”

More information about the Giants upcoming playoff game schedule, in April, will be posted on the team’s website this in the coming weeks. We would like to thank all of our fans and community for their support this past regular season.

Giants Cruise Past Fayetteville 144-116
Giant faces off against a Texas Raider, February 27th, 2016. Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Giant faces off against a Texas Raider, February 27th, 2016. Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Despite several key players out with injuries, the Jacksonville Giants continued their winning streak with a 144-116 win over the Fayetteville Flight. Maurice Mickens (26 points), Chris Blake (20 points), and Bruce Brown (15 points) led Jacksonville for individual points. The Giants will now look to the postseason as they play their final regular season game on Sunday against Fayetteville.

“I wanted the guys to have fun this weekend since they have played so hard this year,” said Giants Coach Kevin Waters. “I’m so proud of the guys.”

The Giants played a strong first quarter. Coupled with a fast pace offense, point guard Maurice Mickens lead the charge with 13 points in the first quarter two baskets of which were 3-pointers. The long range three pointers and potent defensive attack energized the home crowd at Edward Waters College. Jacksonville used multiple defensive pressures to keep Fayetteville from gaining any offensive momentum.

“We knew that we had to come out and play competitive basketball,” said Giants assistant coach Jerry Williams. “They played really well.”

Jacksonville went on a scoring onslaught in the second quarter, as they outscored Fayetteville 45-24. The Giants went on a 12-2 run to start the quarter and did not look back. Chris Blake fascinated the crowd with a leaping steal which set up a slam dunk to Elijah Smith. RJ Smith, Rashad Faust, and newcomer Delwan Graham also made key plays prior to the halftime intermission.

“It was a great opportunity to see the younger guys play,” said Waters.

The second half became a slam dunk fest for the Giants. Blake and Smith showcased their acrobatic dunks during the third quarter, which entertained the local crowd. Bruce Brown also added a fourth quarter dunk. Jacksonville was unmatched and continued to have offensive success throughout the half.

The Giants now prepare for the postseason, which will begin in April at which time, they must cut their active roster to 14 players for the playoffs.

“Tomorrow we have to make some changes because we have to finalize the playoff roster,” said Williams.

Fayetteville’s Vincent Parnell had 34 points while Bryan Calloway added 27 for the Flight.

Giants Roll Past South Coast for Fifth Straight Victory
Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

The Jacksonville Giants won their fifth straight game in a decisive, 147-85, win over the South Coast Fire. The Giants’ recent success helps them approach the number one spot in the ABA Power Rankings. The Giants are still in contention for a first-round bye in the playoffs, which start in several weeks. Jacksonville will now turn their attention to an upcoming weekend series with the Fayetteville Flight on March 5th and 6th.

Dazeran “Duke” Jones (26 points) and Bruce Brown (24 points) led the Giants in scoring as the two combined for 50 points in the evening. The 26 points was a season-high for Jones, while Brown’s 24 points was also a season-high. Both players used size, speed, and athleticism to keep the Flight off balance. Newcomers Shedrick Haynes and Delwin Graham also had key contributions on the evening for the Giants. Haynes had 18 points and Graham had 16 points.

Despite the lopsided win, South Coast battled tough in the early stages of the game. Jacksonville concluded the first quarter with only a 29-22 lead. However, the Giants went on a 40-16 run in the second quarter to take a 69-38 halftime lead. The 31 point lead demoralized the Fire going into the third quarter. Jacksonville continued an aggressive defense and a fast tempo offense in the second half.

The Giants outscored South Coast 41-23 in the third quarter. Brown’s inside presence was just too much for the Fire while Jones was impressive with his shooting. The defensive pressure forced multiple turnovers for South Coast which helped Jacksonville extend the lead.

Giants Top Texas in Arena Finale

 

Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

The Jacksonville Giants came away with another impressive win against a tough Texas Sky Riders team. Despite early struggles, the Giants took a commanding lead in the fourth quarter which resulted in a 109-93 victory. Jacksonville improved to 21-6 overall while Texas fell to 9-9.

The win was the final regular-season game of the 2015-2016 season at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Jacksonville accomplished a 5-1 overall record at the Arena this season which includes breaking the ABA attendance record in back to back weeks during the month of January.

The Giants were led by strong play from Rashad Faust. Faust led the Giants with 20 points and also contributed nine rebounds. Faust’s aggressive inside play gave Texas defensive issues all night. Guards Chris Blake (19 points) and Maurice Mickens (18 points) both rounded out the top scorers for the Giants.

Another notable highlight was the play of former ABA MVP Jermaine Bell. Bell had a double/double with 16 points and a team-high of 19 rebounds. The veteran had six block shots and kept Texas in a deficit for a majority of the game.

Despite the loss, Texas played a very competitive game and actually took a four-point lead late in the third quarter, before the Giants rallied to take a 20 point lead late in the game. Jacksonville used a full-court press to slow down Texas’ offensive strategy. Sky Rider Guard Jerry Dancer had 37 points and Terry Williams had 20 points respectively in the defeat.

Tonight’s game featured former Jacksonville Jaguar Defensive back Rasheen Mathis as the Giants’ 13th man. Mathis, who recently retired after 13 seasons in the NFL, showed great basketball skills in the win. Mathis contributed with two points and one steal. Mathis is a Duval County native who attended Englewood High School in Jacksonville.

“Jacksonville is always home,” said Mathis at halftime. “This was my first time playing organized basketball in a long time. It was a lot of fun.”

Giants Top Sharks in the Ancient City 103-89
Giants play against Chicago Steam. Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Giants play against Chicago Steam. Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

The Jacksonville Giants invaded the city of St. Augustine for the second time this season on Wednesday night. The Giants topped the Daytona Beach Sharks 103-89 in front of a full crowd at the St. Augustine High School gymnasium.

Point guard Maurice Mickens led the Giants with a team-high 20 points in the win. Chris Blake (18 points) and Jerrod Tucker (13 points) rounded out the leading scorers for Jacksonville, who improved to 20-6 overall this season.

The game featured many great basketball accolades, but one of the most exciting moments of the evening came at halftime when St. Augustine High School Basketball player Evan Moore landed a half-court shot and won 500 dollars. Moore was a captain and key contributor for the District Champion St. Augustine High School Yellow Jackets Basketball Team this past season.

Early in the game, Jacksonville struggled and fell behind by double digits to the Sharks. However, Jacksonville made key adjustments and regained the lead, 29-24, when headed into the second quarter. Micken’s landed two three-pointers in the second quarter while Blake added 12 points in the opening quarter.

The Giants continued to dominate in the second quarter and outscored Daytona 33-17 and went into halftime in the lead, 62-43. It is worth noting that Jacksonville won the game with several key players absent from play. Veteran guard Ed Horton, center Bruce Brown, Duke Jones, and Bernard Nugent all were out with injuries.

Jacksonville will host the Texas Sky Riders this Saturday night at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm. This will be the final home game at the arena for the 2015-16 season.

Giants Get Redemption in Victory over Daytona Beach
Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough, January 9th, 2016.

Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough, January 9th, 2016.

The Jacksonville Giants secured an exciting 113-98 victory over a very familiar team, the Daytona Beach Sharks. On the opening weekend of the 2015-16 season, the Giants dropped two straight games to the Sharks by scores of 95-93 and 116-114. The Giants were devastated, but head coach Kevin Waters and assistant coach Jerry Williams did not panic. Since the early season losses to Daytona, the Giants persevered and showed tremendous progress as the regular season comes to an end. The win places Jacksonville at 19-6 overall and keeps them in contention for a number one seed in the ABA Power Rankings.

“After losing our first two games of the season to the Sharks, we really wanted to come out and make a statement,” said Giants assistant coach Jerry Williams. “We played a really good game tonight against a well put together Daytona Sharks team.”

Jacksonville and Daytona will play for the fourth time this season on Wednesday night. The battle will take place at St. Augustine High School for a 7:00 PM tip off. Wednesday night’s game will have major implications to the ABA power rankings as the league heads into the postseason.

“We expect Wednesday’s game against the Sharks to be just as tough,” said Williams.

Both teams played aggressively and inspired in front of the Nassau County crowd. Veterans Jermain Bell and Ed Horton played with incredible poise as both players combined for 16 points in the opening quarter. Bell gave the Giants a spark with dominant inside shooting as Horton made key baskets from outside the perimeter. There were seven lead changes in the first quarter, with Daytona edging the Giants 31-28 going into the second.

Jacksonville went on an early 10-0 run to start the second quarter, but the Sharks answered with some good outside shooting from Kevin Rhuhlac and Shavaro Bowleg to keep the deficit cut to 51-48 at halftime. Horton continued his strong outside shooting for Jacksonville while Elijah Smith added five points, including a hard-earned slam dunk. Richard Ford also landed a key three-pointer to keep the Giants in control.

The second half provided more excitement for the fans as Daytona regained the lead 58-57 midway through the third quarter, but the Giants went on another run and went into the fourth quarter with an 82-70 lead. Horton had another explosive offensive performance as the shooting guard contributed 24 total points, including 12 in the third quarter. Bell also flourished as he finished with 20 points on the evening.

The fourth quarter was all Jacksonville as the Giants were unstoppable keeping a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. The Giants were able to keep Daytona off balance with a physical defensive presence. The Sharks’ leading scorer was Rhuhlac with 31 points, followed by Bowleg who had 20 points.

Giants Top Baltimore 115-92
Giants play hard against the Steam. Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Giants play hard against the Steam. Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

An excitable night ended with a commanding win for the Jacksonville Giants. The #4 Giants improved their record to 18-6 with a convincing 115-92 victory over the Baltimore Hawks.

The crowd at the Veterans Memorial Arena saw many promising accolades from an improving Jacksonville team. The Giants showcased three ally hoops, five slam dunks, multiple long-range three-pointers, and an aggressive defensive effort.

“It was just great to be back playing in front of our home crowd,” said Giants coach Kevin Waters. “I was very pleased with our performance tonight.”

Jacksonville celebrated Military Appreciation Night in front of the large crowd. Throughout the evening, the Giants showed multiple photos of military service men, women, and veterans on the big screen in the arena. The game also featured Military pre-game festivities and a Military themed halftime show.

Military Appreciation Night also showcased 13th man Brent Martineau of Action News Jax. Martineau started the game and contributed two points along with two rebounds.

Baltimore jumped out to an early 22-21 first quarter lead. The Hawks applied heavy defensive pressure on the Giants, which put Jacksonville in a scoring drought early on. The Hawks were led by Jarwand Rheubottom and Dishawn Bradshaw. Rheubottom had a team-high of 17 points, in the game, while Bradshaw added 12.

The Giants made second quarter adjustments, outscored the Hawks 24-11 and went into halftime with a 45-32 lead. The trio of Maurice Mickens, Ed Horton, and Elijah Smith made the difference in the second quarter onslaught. Mickens and Horton went into the halftime break with 11 and 12 points, Smith added 8.

“We just kept playing tough,” said Smith.

The third quarter was all Jacksonville, as the Giants went on a 25-4 run to start the half. The Giants used a fast tempo offense and continued implementation of their full-court defensive pressure. Smith had two slam dunks while Mickens and Horton continued landing shots on the perimeter. Smith led the Giants with 19 total points. Mickens and Horton had 15 points each.

Jacksonville also had great play from recently signed Rashad Faust. Faust played dominant in the inside shooting game as the newcomer scored a season-high 14 points. Jerrod Tucker contributed with 10 points on the night.

Jacksonville will now prepare for an important two-game series with rival Daytona Beach on Sunday and Wednesday. Sunday’s game will be played at 5 pm in Nassau County and Wednesdays game will tipoff at 7 pm at St Augustine High School. The Giants lost to Daytona, early in the season, on November 21 and 22. Jacksonville will look for redemption in a crucial game with playoff seeding implications.

“We owe those guys,” said Smith in reference to Daytona Beach.

“We are looking forward to some big games to close out the season,” said Waters.

Giants Fall to #10 DMV Warriors 113-112
Giants huddle before playing the Chicago Steam. Picture by Michael Bondanza.

Giants huddle before playing the Chicago Steam. Picture by Michael Bondanza.

An exciting Jacksonville comeback came up just one point short as the Giants dropped a heartbreaker to the #10 DMV Warriors, 113-112. Jacksonville splits their two-game east coast road trip with a 1-1 record.

The Giants played vigorously throughout the weekend against two very exceptionable opponents in the tenth-ranked DMV Warriors and the previously unbeaten Richmond Elite. DMV improves to 11-3 while the Giants drop to 17-6.

During tonight’s game, the Giants battled back and forth with an experienced DMV team. The Warriors jumped out to an early first quarter lead and the Giants responded with impressive perimeter shooting from former ABA MVP, Jermaine Bell. Bell had 14 first-half points to keep Jacksonville in command, 51-47, midway through the second quarter. Bell ended the game with a Jacksonville team-high of 22 points. However, DMV made a late run go into halftime with a 62-56 advantage.

DMV continued to maintain the lead throughout the third quarter. The Warriors were led by point guard Andrew Washington who scored a team-high 26 points. Washington, complemented by ABA veteran Terry Hasley, added 18 points from his shooting guard position. Jacksonville cut the deficit to 81-77 late in the third quarter with the energetic play from guards Ed Horton and newcomer Tiras Wade. Horton finished the game with 20 points and Wade contributed 16 points.

Trailing 89-84 and while headed into the fourth quarter, the Giants played with vigor on both sides of the ball. Elijah Smith accompanied Bell with the offensive production as he scored 15 points tonight. Jacksonville was able to get within one point of the Warriors. In a late rally, Jacksonville fell short and gave DMV the win.

The Giants will now turn their attention towards next week. Jacksonville will take on the Baltimore Hawks this Friday, February 19th, for Military Appreciation Night at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM. The last time the Giants played at the Arena was on January 16th when they set an ABA attendance record with 8,987 fans. Following Friday night’s game, Jacksonville will take on the Daytona Beach Sharks in a rematch from November 21st and 22nd. Jacksonville looks to redeem their loss to Daytona in both games during that series. Jacksonville will play the Sharks on Sunday, February 21st, at Nassau County High School for a 7:00 PM tip off.

Giants Defeat Previously Unbeaten Richmond 112-102
Chris Blake goes for a dunk. Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Chris Blake goes for a dunk. Photography by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

In front of a tough road crowd, Maurice Mickens and Ed Horton combined for 59 points as the Jacksonville Giants defeated the previously unbeaten Richmond Elite 112-102. The Giants improved to 17-5 as the Elite fell to 10-1.

“This was a great team win in a hostile environment,” said Giants head coach, Kevin Waters.

It had been evident that the game with Richmond would be a very tough test for the fourth-ranked Giants. The Elite edged the #6 Jersey Express on January 3rd, 104-93. Richmond also defeated the #10 DMV Warriors, 117-105, on November 21.

“This was a great win on the road,” said assistant coach Jerry Williams. “We came together as a team.”

Jacksonville jumped out to an early 18-9 lead in the first quarter with impressive three-point shots from both Mickens and Horton. The Giants’ aggressive full-court pressure defense roughed up the Richmond offensive shooting.

Jacksonville started halftime with a commanding 62-44 lead. Jacksonville put on a three-point shooting clinic in the first half in front of the Richmond crowd. Mickens landed five, first-half three-pointers while Horton contributed three, first-half three-point baskets. Horton finished the game with 22 points.

“It was a great team win,” said Mickens, who had a season-high 37 points.

The Elite and leading scorer D. Maxwell were able to cut the deficit in the third quarter. However, Richmond was unable to gain the lead. Maxwell led the Elite in scoring and ended the game with 30 points.

Mickens added 16 fourth quarter points to clinch Jacksonville’s win. Defensively Jacksonville stayed consistent and kept the Elite from making a comeback. The Giants will now travel to Baltimore for a Saturday night showdown with the #10 DMV Warriors. Tipoff is at 7:00 pm.

Giants Fall to Chicago 130-120
Giants play against the Chicago Steam. Image by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Giants play against the Chicago Steam. Image by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

The Jacksonville Giants closed out their road series with the Chicago Steam in a valiant effort, losing 130-120. The Giants and Steam wrapped up their regular season series with the Giants winning three out of four games. The Giants have handed the Steam their only three defeats of the season. Jacksonville drops to 16-5 and Chicago improves to 9-3 on the year.

“The Steam are a great team and we can’t take anything away from them. It’s tough to beat a team like the Steam four straight,” said Giants Owner Ron Sholes.

The weekend series vs Chicago featured two physical games in which the Giants fell victim to several injuries. On Sunday, the Giants were without their leading scorer, Bernard Nugent, who went down to an ankle injury on Saturday and also perennial ABA All Star and 2013-14 ABA Final Four MVP, Ed Horton, who injured his shoulder in Saturday’s game. “We had a couple key players go down in Saturday’s game and that happens,” added Sholes. “We have a lot of basketball left and will see what their statues is when they get back to Jacksonville.”

Chicago jumped out to an early first half lead and went into halftime with a 60-48 advantage. Chicago point guard Andre Muse had 18 first half points, while landing two-three point shots. Muse ended the game with a team high 37 points. Anderson was the second leading scorer for the Steam with 22 total points. Chicago played with a sense of urgency, throughout the first half, as they tried to keep the Giants in a double digit deficit.

Chicago kept the lead throughout the third quarter, securing an 88-73 lead going into the fourth. Jacksonville was unable to stop the combination of Muse and Anderson. However, the Giants did not go out without a fight. Trailing by 18 with three minutes remaining, the giants went on a 25-13 run and cut the lead to 6 points with just 25 seconds left. Maurice Mickens led the Giants with 22 points while Richard Ford (17 points) and Chris Blake (16 points) rounded out the top scorers for Jacksonville.

Despite the loss, the Giants still look to be in contention for a number one spot in the next batch of ABA Power Rankings. With one of the toughest schedules in the ABA, the Giants have now played twelve games against top ten ranked opponents, not including four additional games against the South Florida Gold and Atlanta Wildcats. Jacksonville is currently second in the polls, trailing the number one ranked Mobile Bay Tornadoes. The Giants and Tornadoes only share one common opponent in the Jackson Showboats. The Tornadoes defeated the Showboats by just three points, while the Giants defeated the Showboats by an average of 40 points, in both games.

Jacksonville will now turn their attention to an East coast road trip on February 12-13, where the Giants and the undefeated (9-0) and #4 ranked Richmond Elite will play Friday night in Richmond. Then, the Giants will play the Washington D.C. area DMV Warriors, who are currently ranked #9. Both games will have major implications on the ABA Power Rankings. Jacksonville returns home for Military Appreciation Night on Friday, February 19, at 7PM, against the Baltimore Hawks, before turning their attention to the Daytona Sharks, the only other team in the ABA to have defeated the Miami Midnites.

#2 Giants Edge #8 Chicago in Thriller
Giants win against Chicago Steam. Picture by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

Giants win against Chicago Steam. Picture by Gary Lloyd McCullough.

The Jacksonville Giants improved to 16-4 with a thrilling road victory over the eighth ranked Chicago Steam, 112-108. The Giants are 5-0 vs the Steam dating back to the 2015 Final Four. The victory gives the Giants nine wins this season vs top 10 ranked opponents. Jacksonville will finish the two game series with Chicago on Sunday before travelling to the east coast for games at Richmond Elite (February 12th) and the DMV Warriors in Baltimore (February 13th).

The hostile Chicago crowd did not phase the Giants. Jacksonville jumped out to an early 31-23 lead. The Giants put on a three point shooting clinic in the first quarter, landing a total of five three point baskets, keeping the team energized versus a stingy Chicago defense. Bernard Nugent and Maurice Mickens added two, three pointers each, with Elijah Smith adding one. Unfortunately, Nugent injured his ankle late in the first quarter diving for a loose ball, which put him out of the game.

Despite Nugent’s injury, Jacksonville rallied in the second quarter keeping the Steam out of contention. Jacksonville continued to play aggressive defensive and a fast tempo offense, which gave them a 62-45 halftime lead. The Giants mixed up their defensive strategy to keep the Chicago offense one dimensional. Mickens, Chris Blake, and Quinton Bastain led the second quarter scoring.

“Tough guys for tough battles,” said Mickens, who had 17 total points.

Veteran Ed Horton provided a second half spark, knocking down two straight three pointers and adding 12 third quarter points. Horton finished the game with a team high 24 points. The guard tandem of Horton and Mickens once again gained strength against the Chicago defense. Both guards landed key third quarter shots propelling the team to a 91-73 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“We were relentless tonight,” said Horton.

Chicago made a late fourth quarter run to keep the game competitive, but the Steam were unable to take the lead. Andre Muse led Chicago with 24 points with Bobby Grier adding 19. Horton (24 points), Mickens (17 points), and Calvin Warner (13 points) led the scoring for the Giants.

Giants Back in Action Sat. Jan. 30th

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Following a week off, the Jacksonville Giants return to the court Saturday night to take on the visiting Atlanta Wildcats. Tip off is 7 pm at Edward Waters College.

Jacksonville, who recently jumped to number two in the power rankings, will be led by the veteran tandem of Maurice Mickens and Ed Horton. Both guards have become leaders in the Giants potent fast tempo offense. Horton averages 17 points a game while Mickens averages 16. The duo also brings a lot of excitement from the three point line. Former ABA MVP Jermaine Bell and veteran Elijah Smith will fuel the inside offensive attack. Bell never fails to add excellent inside shooting with Smith’s help in the slam dunk department.

Defensively, the Giants will rely on Bernard Nugent, who leads the team in steals. Jacksonville’s defense has proven to be the strength of their team. The Giants regularly play a four court press which frustrates the opposition.

In other news, the Giants signed RJ Wright to a season deal. Wright recently played for Daytona Beach, but the 6’2″ point guard played for Jacksonville last season. Wright will bring much-needed depth and experience to the Giants. Wright played his college hoops at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas.

“We are thrilled to have RJ back in Jacksonville,” said Giant’s GM Pam Masters. For information on the Giants and tickets please visit www.jacksonvillegiants.com

Giants Ranked Second in Latest Power Rankings

Giants Ranked Second in Latest Power Rankings

Chicago Steam vs. Jacksonville Giants in professional ABA basketball at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. -- Gary Lloyd McCullough

Chicago Steam vs. Jacksonville Giants at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. — Gary Lloyd McCullough

The Jacksonville Giants have jumped to the number two spot in the latest ABA Power Rankings! Jacksonville is now the second ranked team in the Nation. The Giant’s strength of schedule and stellar play has put them at number two, according to ABA headquarters. Power rankings are determined by wins, losses and strength of schedule.

Jacksonville put an end to the Chicago Steam’s winning streak handing the Steam their only losses of the season. The Giants have defeated some of the top teams in the ABA during the 2015-16 campaign. Jacksonville also has defeated the South Florida Gold four times this season. Jacksonville is one game ahead of the number three Miami Midnights, whom the Giants have defeated two out of four times this season.

  1. Mobile Bay Tornados, 10-0
  2. Jacksonville Giants, 13-4
  3. Miami Midnites, 11-3
  4. Richmond Elite, 9-0
  5. Kalamazoo Pure, 11-2
  6. Laredo Swarm, 10-1
  7. Jersey Express, 11-3
  8. Chicago Steam 7-2
  9. DMV Warriors, 8-3
  10. Daytona Beach Sharks, 8-3
  11. West Michigan Lake Hawks, 9-4
  12. Grand Rapids Danger, 8-3
  13. South Florida Gold, 10-6
  14. Columbus Blackhawks, 8-5
  15. Team Network 8-5
  16. Charleston Dynasty, 6-3
  17. Steel City Yellow Jackets, 6-3
  18. Texas Red Wolves, 7-4
  19. Chicago Fury, 6-5
  20. Austin Boom, 6-5
  21. Baltimore Hawks, 6-5
  22. Texas Skyriders, 5-5
  23. Motor City Firebirds, 5-6
  24. Texas Fuel, 5-5
  25. New York Court Kingz, 4-6
GIANTS SWEEP FOURTH RANKED CHICAGO IN WEEKEND SERIES.
GIANTS SWEEP FOURTH RANKED CHICAGO IN WEEKEND SERIES.

Playing the underdog role didn’t phase a resilient Jacksonville Giants basketball team. The Giants, despite missing key veteran Ed Horton in the lineup, defeated the Chicago Steam 103-93. The impressive win secures a weekend sweep of Chicago, who was previously unbeaten before Saturday.

The sweep over Chicago should put the (13-4) Giants within the top 3 of the next batch of ABA Power Rankings. The new updated Power Rankings should be out early this week.

The win tonight came without team veteran Ed Horton. Horton missed the game due to ankle soreness. Despite losing Horton, Jacksonville had other key veterans step up for the team. Defending ABA All Star Maurice Mickens and steadily improving guard Bernard Nugent led the Giants with 15 points each. Jerrod Tucker added 13 points to complete the leading scorers for Jacksonville.

“Being able to beat such a good team without one of your top players says a lot about the coaching staff and players mending together to get the job done,” said Giants Assistant Coach Jerry Williams.

Both teams continued where they left off on Saturday night, playing physical on both sides of the ball. Jacksonville once again was able to mix up their defensive scheme to keep Chicago guessing. Early in the game Jacksonville jumped out to a 34-21 lead and went into halftime with a 10 point lead.

However, midway through the game Steam guard A Muse was able to get the fourth ranked Steam back into the game. Muse ended the game with a game high 30 points for Chicago.

Jacksonville was able to make key adjustments to keep the lead late in the game and secure the victory. Highlights on the defensive side include Nugent having a team high seven rebounds and three steals.

Giants Top Previously Unbeaten Chicago 100-93

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Record-breaking crowd for Giants and ABA.

Jacksonville Giants defeat Chicago Steam, fourth in the league, 100-93. Saturday’s victory puts Jacksonville at 12-4 on the season. For two weeks the Giants break attendance records for the ABA. The final attendance count was 8,987. Giants celebrated “Faith and Family Night” in front of the record crowd.

“We are very thankful for our fans,” said Giants head coach Kevin Waters.

A combination of positive play and fan support provided the city of Jacksonville and the Giants much to celebrate over the past two weeks. The Orlando Magic NBA franchise reached out to the City of Jacksonville about a NBA D-League team in the area. The “request for proposal” to the city is an exciting consideration as the Giants climb the ABA power rankings and as more and more fans attend games at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena.

“Hopefully the Giants’ efforts (and results) the past six years can make a difference and put Jacksonville on the NBA map,” said Giants Owner Ron Sholes. “I’m a firm believer that Jacksonville can and will support an NBA team in the future, but it will take continued growth and consistency to do so.”

The Giants jumped out to an early lead of 45-35 in the first half. Full court pressure defense by Jacksonville kept Chicago off balance. 35 points was the lowest scoring first half for the Chicago Steam so far this season. Bernard Nugent, guard, lead Jacksonville’s defense with seven steals. His spark was necessary to Jacksonville’s control of the game.

“It was a great win for the team,” said Nugent, who finished the game with 14 points. “We played very good and look forward to playing [Chicago] again.”

Jacksonville’s offense relied on three key players: Ed Horton, Jermaine Bell, and Jerrod Tucker. Combined, the trio scored 31 out of the team’s 45 total points for the first half.

Jacksonville and Chicago fight for rebound.

Giants and Steam battle out a great first half.

“We are still learning the offensive system,” said Waters. “We are headed in the right direction.”

Jacksonville kept an aggressive play style for the third quarter. The Giants continued their strong defensive game plan. Coach Waters changed their defensive scheme repeatedly to keep Chicago guessing. Waters employed a combination of two-three zone defense and full-court man-to-man presses. Chicago had issues handling the Jacksonville’s physical play.

“The defense is the strength of our team,” said Waters.

Chicago made a late fourth quarter run and kept the game competitive to the end. Midway through the fourth quarter, Chicago went on a 20-5 run which cut Jacksonville’s lead to a margin of only four points at 79-75. Veteran point guard, Maurice Mickens, landed multiple three-point baskets to maintain the lead. Bell and Elijah Smith added scores late in the game to solidify victory. Tucker finished with 18 points, while Nugent and Horton finished with 14 points each.

Jacksonville will resume play at Edward Waters College tomorrow afternoon in a rematch with Chicago.

“We want a sweep,” said Waters.

Giants Sweep Showboats

Giants Sweep Showboats

After a history making Saturday night, the Jacksonville Giants continued toward their goal their road to the ABA Championship with a 140-98 win over the Jackson Showboats. The Giants hold an overall record of 11-4 and are 5-1 since the start of 2016.

“I am proud of the guys,” said Giants head coach Kevin Waters. “It was a total team effort.”

Jacksonville was led by Bernard Nugent, Dazeran “Duke” Jones, and Calvin Warner. Nugent led the Giants with a season high 28 points. Jones had a season high 20 points while Warner had 15 points. The young trio gave the Giants a spark of energy throughout the game.

Early on the Giants had some struggles, but were able to overcome the mistakes. The Showboats only trailed 29-25 at the end of the first quarter. The Giants were able to make adjustments and outscore the Showboats 34-23 in the second quarter to regain a double digit lead going into halftime. Jacksonville continued their strong play throughout the remainder of the game.

“After starting with a sluggish first half we put together a solid performance in the second half,” said Waters.

The Giants will now turn their attention toward a showdown and Final Four Rematch on Saturday with the Chicago Steam. The Steam are sixth in the ABA Power Rankings and trail the Giants by one place. The game will take place on Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:00 p.m.

1-9-16 Giants Set Attendance Record in Dominating Win over Jackson Showboat

Giants Set Attendance Record in Dominating
Win over Jackson Showboats

The Jacksonville Giants did not disappoint the fan base during Duval County Public Schools night. The Giants set an attendance record for a Jacksonville professional basketball team with a crowd of 8,951. The attendance milestone was also an American Basketball Association (ABA) regular season record and the most since the league was reformed in 2000. The previous record for a Jacksonville-based team and the ABA was set two years ago when the Giants had a crowd of 8,354.

The nearly nine thousand fans witnessed the Giants showcase a decisive 134-78 victory over the Jackson Showboats. The win keeps the Giants (10-4) in contention for their sixth straight Southeast Division title, just a half game behind the Miami Midnites (10-3).

“It was a great crowd and a great night to recognize Duval County public school teachers and staff,” said Giants’ Owner Ron Sholes. “This was a great team win,” added Giants’ head coach Kevin Waters. “We have a lot of talented basketball players on this team and we are really heading in the right direction.”

The record crowd observed an action packed night of basketball and entertainment. From the sharp-shooting 3-pointers from Giants’ guards and perennial ABA all-stars Ed “Hollywood” Horton and Maurice “the Reese” Mickens to high-flying slam dunks the crowd had no shortage of big plays to cheer about. Giants’ power forward Elijah Smith showed the fans why he’s called “Superman” with his big crowd pleasing slams. But it was the Giants’ aggressive full court pressing defense that led the way and helped put the Giants ahead to stay mid-way through the first quarter.

The Giants’ authoritative defensive scheme forced a total of 30 turnovers for the Showboats. The Giants held the Showboats to only 11 second quarter points and headed into the break with a 69-37 halftime lead. Then, the Giants continued their overbearing play throughout the second half and continued to add ally hoops and slam dunks to the highlight reel and giving the fans what they wanted. Newcomer Calvin Warner (6’8″) started for Jermaine “Slim” Bell who has missed the last two weeks of action, but should be back next weekend when the Giants host the Chicago Steam in a Final Four Rematch. Warner, 35, is a Jacksonville native that has played extensively over the past 12 years. “He’s a veteran player that brings great play on the low post and good decision making,” said Waters. Warner demonstrated just that with several blocked shots and provided a dominating presence under the basket on both offense and defense. That’s something the Giants desperately need against the top tier teams in the league.

“The crowd was amazing,” said Giants veteran player Ed Horton, who played with the Giants in their first and third seasons. “I’ve never seen this many people in here before. The intensity and atmosphere was great and we appreciate having everyone come out.”

“To have the crowd come in and do what they did says a lot for the city,” said Giants Assistant Coach Jerry Williams. “Especially with the talk of NBA-D League. I think it shows that the City of Jacksonville can support that.”

Horton led the team in scoring with 20 points followed by Chris Blake (15 points), and Bernard Nuget (14 points). Bastian led the team with 10 rebounds, followed by Brown with 8.

The Giants will be back at the Veterans Memorial Arena next Saturday night, January 16 at 7:00 p.m., against the Chicago Steam in a Final Four rematch from last season.

-Matt Potak, Sports Correspondant

1-7-2016 Giants VS. Miami

Giants Top Miami 111-108 in Thriller!

The rivalry between the Jacksonville Giants and Miami Midnights has intensified. Following an exciting four game South Florida road trip, the Giants have improved to 9-4 on the season after a 111-108 victory over division leader Miami. After nearly four quarters of grueling play, the Giants found themselves trailing 107-105 with 1:21 left in regulation. Giants point guard Maurice Mickens went 1-2 from the free throw line which cut the deficit to 107-106. On the next possession, Mickens had an inbound steal which led to a Calvin Warner layup putting the Giants back in the lead 108-107. On the ensuing Midnights possession, Antonio Hester made one free throw, tying the score at 108-108. Giants guard Ed Horton quickly took matters into his own hands taking the ball down court and landing a short jump shot to regain Jacksonville’s lead,110-108. Jerrod Tucker’s late free throw sealed the victory for Jacksonville. Bernard Nugent was the leading scorer with 20 points and Mickens was the second leading scorer with 18 points. Hester led Miami with 32 points. “Sticking to the course made us prevail,” said Mickens. Jacksonville split the recent two game series with Miami and has a 2-2 record against them this season. The resilient play of the Giants keeps them in contention for a sixth straight South Division Championship. Jacksonville concludes their South Florida road trip with a 3-1 record while out scoring their opponents by a combined score of 435-376. “Execution pulled the game to a win,” said Tucker. Jacksonville jumped out to an early first quarter lead of 25-19. The Giants used an aggressive defensive strategy that kept pressure on Miami. The defensive pressure forced bad shots and miscues for the Midnights. Horton, Nugent, and Mickens provided an offensive spark for Jacksonville. Jacksonville had a 40-25 lead midway through the second quarter. However, Miami made a late second quarter run on the strength of point guard George Gray and Hester. The Midnights went on a 14-2 run late in the second quarter to cut the Giants lead to 55-49 heading into the half. The second half became one for the ages for both teams. Gray landed a jump shot to tie the score at 55-55 and the battle, between the two leading teams in the ABA South, started to get more energetic. The Giants took a 75-74 lead going into the fourth quarter. Elijah Smith had two highlight real dunks to keep the momentum for Jacksonville. Miami continued to have a difficult time stopping the tandem of Mickens, Horton, and Nugent which kept the Giants in control. Giants Fast Facts After Thursdays Win: -Jacksonville is 2-2 vs Miami this season -Jacksonville went 3-1 on the South Florida road trip -Jacksonville outscored opponents 435-376 during road trip -Jacksonville is currently 5th in the ABA Power Polls -Jacksonville is still in contention for a 6th straight South Division title Next game this Saturday, January 9th, where The Giants take on Jackson Showboats at 7pm Veteran’s Memorial Arena.

1-5-2016 Giants VS. Midnites

#5 Giants Fall to #4 Midnights 118-101 In a tenacious battle, the Jacksonville Giants lost a heartbreaker to the fourth ranked Miami Midnights 118-101 on Tuesday night. The loss snaps Jacksonville’s six straight wins that date back to December 5th. The Giants will be able to redeem themselves in a rematch at Miami on Thursday January 7 at 7PM. Early in the game the Giants jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead behind some impressive shooting from Ed Horton and Maurice Mickens. Bruce Brown also added a slam dunk to keep the Jacksonville momentum going. Both teams continued to go back and forth the remainder of the first quarter with Jacksonville leading 27-26. Miami answered the Jacksonville lead by going on a 13-0 run to start the second quarter. Miami was led by strong outside shooting ability from George Gray along with a tough inside presence of Antonio Hester. The Giants were able to cut the deficit to 39-34 midway through the second quarter. Richard Ford landed a clutch three pointer and a quick jump shot to keep the Giants in contention. However, Miami went on another run going into halftime with a 56-46 lead. Jacksonville continued to battle in the third quarter, but had issues stopping the Midnights offensive flurry. Gray continued to hit three pointers for Miami giving the Midnights a commanding 89-72 lead going into the fourth quarter. However, the Giants showed resilience and did not give up despite trailing by 17 points. Jacksonville opened the fourth quarter going on a 13-0 run to cut the deficit to 89-85. Jacksonville was led by a strong inside game from Elijah Smith while Ford, and Dazeran Jones also added crucial scores. Smith highlighted the Giants offense with another exciting slam dunk. The rally wasn’t enough as Miami added a late offensive run to keep the lead. The Giants missed several three point scoring opportunities late in the game. Giants and Midnites will play again on Thursday, January 7th before returning to Jacksonville to take on the Jackson Showboats this Saturday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arena. It will Duval County Public Schools Appreciation Night, where all Duval County School employees and their families will receive free admission with their DCPS i.d. Keep up to date with the latest scores while the Giants are out of town by logging onto the Giants Facebook page for score updates and game highlights.

1-3-2016 Giants VS. Gold

Giants Sweep Gold for Sixth Straight Victory! In professional sports a winning streak always gets a team confident and spirited. On Sunday afternoon the Jacksonville Giants defeated the #11 South Florida Gold, 107-82, for their sixth straight victory. The limitless teamwork has helped the #6 Giants put themselves in position to break into the top 5 of the ABA Power Rankings. “I’m proud of the guy’s performance,” said Giants coach Kevin Waters, whose team is now 8-3 this season. “We are moving in the right direction.” Giants point guard Maurice Mickens showed the entire South Florida area why he is a defending 2014-15 ABA All Star. Mickens was eight of nine from the 3-point line while ending the game with a team high 32 points. Mickens concluded the weekend series vs the Gold with 47 total points. “Repetition is key,” said Mickens of his three point shooting ability. Early in the game it seemed like the Giants were putting on a three point scoring clinic. Jacksonville landed five total three point baskets, in the first quarter, from multiple players. Mickens, Ed Horton, and Chris Blake all had early three’s to give the Giants a swift lead. Defensively the Giants played with an aggressive style of play to hold the Gold to only 16 first quarter points. Jacksonville continued their fast pace offensive tempo with Mickens and Blake’s outside shooting. Mickens scored 11 second quarter points and was perfect from the three point line going three for three. Jerrod Tucker, who ended the game with 12 points, also contributed to the Giants outside scoring. Horton ended the game with 13 points while Blake had 15 points. In the two game series Jacksonville outscored the Gold 206-167. Tucker ended the weekend series with 29 points, which was second on the team for the weekend. Horton was third on the team for the weekend series with 28 total points. Giants Fast Facts After Sunday’s Win • The Giants are now 4-0 vs the South Florida Gold on the season • The South Florida Gold were #4 in ABA Power Poll going into their first series with the Giants on December 19 • During the weekend series vs Gold the Giants had 23 successful three point baskets • Following an 0-2 start, Jacksonville has gone 8-1 since late November • Jacksonville will play at the Miami Midnights on January 5th and 7th • Jacksonville is 1-1 vs the Midnights this season Jacksonville returns home on January 9th for a 7:30 game vs Jackson Showboats at the Jacksonville Veterans Arena for Duval County Public School Appreciation Night.

1-2-2016 Giants VS. Gold

Giants Win 5th Straight with 99-85 Win over South Florida Gold The Jacksonville Giants continued their successful play on Saturday night with a double digit victory, of 99-85, over the #11 South Florida Gold. The #6 ranked Giants have won five games in a row and currently hold a 7-3 overall record. The victory pushes Jacksonville closer to a potential top 5 spot in the next ABA Power Rankings. The Giants strong offensive play was led by veteran forward and team captain Jerrod Tucker. Tucker’s 17 points was a team high with 14 of his points coming in a very competitive second half, which featured a South Florida scoring surge that put them within 6 points of taking the lead. Tucker’s strong outside shooting ability became too much for the Gold to defend. The Giants used a balanced offensive approach that showcased many notable players on the roster. Ed Horton, Maurice Mickens, and Elijah Smith all contributed with 15 total points in the game. Quentin Bastain came off the bench and added 14 points of which most of his scoring came from the low post. Coach Waters said, “Bastain’s low post ability is what the Giants need in the coming months of the season.” Early in the game South Florida stayed competitive with Jacksonville, only trailing 49-45 at halftime. South Florida was led by strong play from Raymond Taylor and Jeff Remington. Taylor led the Gold, in scoring, with 15 points while Remington followed with 14 points. Mickens and Horton kept the Giants in the lead, throughout the first half, landing five combined three pointers. Smith and Bruce Brown assisted on the inside as both players combined for eight first half points and six rebounds. Coach Waters i The Giants made crucial defensive adjustments in the third quarter to take a 72-64 lead heading into the final quarter of play. Mickens and Tucker had a combined 15 points to close out the fourth quarter scoring which clinched the victory. Jacksonville will now focus on a second game with the South Florida Gold. The game will be held on Sunday afternoon at JC Carter Point, 4:00 tipoff time before heading to Miami for a two game series with the Miami Midnites and returning to Jacksonville for Duval County School Appreciation Night as the Giants will host the Jackson Showboats on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Contact the Giants office at 904-355-6531 for ticket information or go to www.jacksonvillegiants.com.

Giants 6th In Latest Power Rankings

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 10.10.30 AMFollowing a rocky 0-2 start the Jacksonville Giants are back on track with a near perfect month of December. The Giants are now 6th in the latest ABA Power Rankings. Jacksonville has won three games in a row and hold a 4-1 record in the month of December. “I am more excited about the team chemistry than the winning streak,” said Giant’s Coach Kevin Waters. “We have a lot of basketball to play but we are excited about moving in the right direction.” The Giants momentum started with an upset victory over the then number one ranked Miami Midnights on December 6th. Jacksonville defeated Miami in a 109-105 slugfest that featured energetic play from both teams. The Miami game showcased a potent offensive attack led by Maurice Mickens (15 points) and Elijah Smith (11 points).  The Giants continued the streak with a 118-90 win over the South Coast Fire on December 16th. “The chemistry is coming together,” said Waters. “The guys are starting to buy into the Giants system.” The South Coast victory set up a weekend showdown on December 19th and 20th with the fourth ranked South Florida Gold. Jacksonville swept the Gold during the weekend series in two very convincing wins of 132-102 and 134-105. Jerrod Tucker, Mickens, Smith, and Ed Horton all had major contributions in the South Florida win. “We were and still are learning each other, but as I stated earlier the chemistry is coming together.

Game 5 Giants vs Midnites

Giants treat fans to a spectacular night of basketball despite the loss. The Giants game day experience proved to be a night fans will be talking about in spite of the final score. The party started in front of Veterans Memorial Arena with “Giants Game Day” on CW17, and fun filled activities and music for the fans before taking the excitement inside to see two power house ABA teams take the court. With more than 20 lead changes, the Jacksonville Giants and Miami Midnites played a hard fought and exciting game with the Midnites coming out on top 107-96.  The Giants lead by Jermaine “Slim” Bell’s team high 25 points and Maurice Mickens with 21 lead going into the second quarter, but the scoring coming off the bench proved to be the difference in the final score with Miami’s bench outscoring the Giants 59-31. The Giants and Midnites will meet again today at Edward Waters College at 5:00 p.m. before the Giants prepare to host the South Florida Gold on December 19th at the Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:00 p.m.  For ticket information please call 904-355-6531 or visit our website www.jacksonvillegiants.com. Game Day Crew at the Arena           Mickens scores 21 Contact the Giants office at 904-355-6531 for ticket information.

Game 4 - Giants vs Wildcats

Giants take early lead over Wildcats and don’t look back. The Jacksonville Giants jumped out to an early 14 point lead in the 1st quarter and never looked back as they defeated the Atlanta Wildcats 122-109.  The Giants All-Star center, Jermaine “Slim” Bell, lead the team in scoring with a game high 29 points, scoring 10 in the third period to keeping the score out of reach for the Wildcats.  Bernard Nuggent, Jeremie Hart, and Fred Brown, also scored in the double digits contributing to the Giants second win in two days to finish up their Georgia road trip bringing their record to 2-2. Giants’ coaches, Kevin Waters and Jerry Williams are encouraged with the way the team has been improving on the offensive side of the ball, but have been even more impressed with the way their defensive play has been elevated.  Coach Williams said, “The number of fouls our guys have committed are the lowest I have seen in quite some time.  Our defensive game has improved by leaps and bounds, which will prove to be a determining factor when we face Miami in our home opener.” The Jacksonville Giants will face the Miami Midnites this Saturday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. for “City of Jacksonville Night” at the Veterans Memorial Arena.  Tickets are on sale now for this “Final Four Re-Match” at www.jacksonvillegiants.com or by calling 904-355-6531.

Game 3 - Giants vs Warriors

Giants defeat Warriors in convincing fashion with balanced scoring attack. A balanced scoring attack and minimal fouls elevate the Jacksonville Giants over the Southwest Warriors for their first win of the 2015-2016 season. The Giants outscored the Warriors by more than double digits winning in a convincing fashion with a final score of 113-52, scoring 41 in the second quarter alone. The Giants had seven (7) players scoring in double digits lead by Elijah Smith scoring a team high 19 points hitting three from beyond the 3-point line. Giants head coach Kevin Waters was pleased with the way the Giants as a whole contributed in the scoring, looking especially good from behind the arc. The Giants strong play on the defensive side of the ball was elevated by keeping their fouls to a minimum and limiting the Warriors second chance shots by attacking the boards on both the offensive and defensive rebounding. The Giants will continue their Georgia road trip when they take on the Atlanta Wildcats on Sunday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m. before returning home to Jacksonville where they will prepare for their home opener on Saturday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. hosting their division rival Miami Midnites in a 2015 Final Four rematch. The Giants will be honoring city employees for the “City of Jacksonville” night game. The pre-game “Block Party” begins at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena with bounce houses, face painting, animals from the Jacksonville Zoo, music, and much much more. Contact the Jacksonville Giants at 904-355-6531 or www.jacksonvillegiants.com for ticket information.

Game 2 - Giants vs Sharks

Despite last second heroics Giants come up short against the Sharks. With the home opener less than two weeks away, the Jacksonville Giants traveled to Daytona Beach this past weekend to take on division rival Sharks. Despite strong play from veterans Maurice Mickens, Jermaine Bell, and new comer Chris Blake the Giants (0-2) came up short in the final seconds in both games, falling to the Sharks (3-1) by a two (2) points on both Saturday and Sunday. The Giants slow start on offense Saturday had them trailing the Sharks by 12 points at the half. Mickens and Bell led the scoring for the Giants on Saturday with 20 points each, which sparked the Giants offense in the 3rd quarter. Bruce Brown brought the house down with a game tying monster dunk contributing to the 3rd quarter scoring. Trailing the Sharks by 4 points at the start of the 4th quarter, the Giants got within 1 point with .7 seconds left on a 3-point shot from Ty Thomas, before losing 95-93. Giants host Final Four rematch against Miami Midnites. Pre-Game Block Party starts at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Veterans Memorial arena. Enjoy the final minutes of the SEC Football Championship game on the jumbotron prior to game tip off. Call 904-355-6531 for your season tickets. Order your season tickets before Thanksgiving to receive your free gift. On Sunday, Giants guards Chris Blake and Maurice Mickens led the team in scoring with 25 points and 24 points respectively. Despite leading for most of the game, the Giants found themselves on the short end again losing by two on a last second shot by the Sharks. The Giants coaches are disappointed with the losses, but are encouraged by the play at the guard position with Mickens and Blake. The Giants will re-group this week before heading to Georgia to take on the Southwest Warriors and Atlanta Wildcats this weekend. The Giants will return to Jacksonville for their home opener on Saturday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arena hosting their division rival Miami Midnites in a 2015 Final Four rematch. Tickets are available at www.jacksonvillegiants.com.

Game 1 - Giants vs Sharks

Despite last second heroics Giants come up short against the Sharks. With the home opener less than two weeks away, the Jacksonville Giants traveled to Daytona Beach this past weekend to take on division rival Sharks. Despite strong play from veterans Maurice Mickens, Jermaine Bell, and new comer Chris Blake the Giants (0-2) came up short in the final seconds in both games, falling to the Sharks (3-1) by a two (2) points on both Saturday and Sunday. The Giants slow start on offense Saturday had them trailing the Sharks by 12 points at the half. Mickens and Bell led the scoring for the Giants on Saturday with 20 points each, which sparked the Giants offense in the 3rd quarter. Bruce Brown brought the house down with a game tying monster dunk contributing to the 3rd quarter scoring. Trailing the Sharks by 4 points at the start of the 4th quarter, the Giants got within 1 point with .7 seconds left on a 3-point shot from Ty Thomas, before losing 95-93. Giants host Final Four rematch against Miami Midnites. Pre-Game Block Party starts at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Veterans Memorial arena. Enjoy the final minutes of the SEC Football Championship game on the jumbotron prior to game tip off. Call 904-355-6531 for your season tickets. Order your season tickets before Thanksgiving to receive your free gift. On Sunday, Giants guards Chris Blake and Maurice Mickens led the team in scoring with 25 points and 24 points respectively. Despite leading for most of the game, the Giants found themselves on the short end again losing by two on a last second shot by the Sharks. The Giants coaches are disappointed with the losses, but are encouraged by the play at the guard position with Mickens and Blake. The Giants will re-group this week before heading to Georgia to take on the Southwest Warriors and Atlanta Wildcats this weekend. The Giants will return to Jacksonville for their home opener on Saturday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arena hosting their division rival Miami Midnites in a 2015 Final Four rematch. Tickets are available at www.jacksonvillegiants.com.

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