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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.

GIANTS RECORD

17-5

abalogosmallABA POWER RANKINGS

  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

OFFICIAL GIANTS THEME SONG

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      Giants Theme Song