Pensacola – The Jacksonville Giants made it rain from 3-point land on Saturday night defeating the Pensacola Lightning, 138-80, to remain unbeaten at 5-0 for the season. The victory should keep the Giants moving up the ABA Power Rankings, having moved to #4 after last week’s win over the South Florida Gold.
“Another step in the right direction,” said Giants’ head coach Jerry Williams. “I’m proud of the effort put forth by the guys.”
The Giants were led by the explosive play of guards Dylon Cormier and Larry Dumas. Both players combined for 63 points with Cormier scoring 32 and Dumas adding 31. Cormier and Dumas hit 13 of the Giants 14 three-point baskets in the game. Tim Anderson (16 points) and Aaron Bowen (15 points) rounded out the leading scorers for Jacksonville.
“We executed as a team and locked up on defense,” said Cormier, who is a first-year player for the Giants.
Jacksonville jumped out to a commanding 66-41 halftime lead feeding off Jermaine “Slim” Bell’s six (6) rebounds and two (2) blocks, before lighting it up from the perimeter for 72 second half points keeping the game out of reach for the Lightning.
“I’m proud of the entire team,” said Giants’ assistant coach Marcus Thomas. “We all desire the same outcome as a collective group.”
On defense, the Giants played very physical against Pensacola. Rashad Faust, Tim Amerson, and Aaron Bowen all contributed on the defensive side of the ball. The Giants aggressive play and full-court press shut down the Lightning’s offense, while forcing numerous turnovers throughout the contest.
“We played a motivated and exciting basketball tonight,” said Bowen.
The Giants have one more road game on Sunday before returning to Jacksonville for their home opener on Friday, December 15th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to take on the competitive Port City Tornadoes (6-1) in a 2017 Final Four rematch from last season. For ticket information go to www.jacksonvillegiants.com.
The 4-time ABA National Champion Jacksonville Giants begin their 8th Season and will celebrate “Championship Night” at their home opener on Friday, December 15th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. This 2017 Final Four rematch against the Mobile Bay Tornados will be a game worth seeing. The Giants outscored the Tornados in the semi-finals of the 2017 playoffs by a slim margin of 109 to 107. The Tornados will be looking to even the score.
Get your season tickets today at www.jacksonvillegiants.com or by calling 904-355-6531.
MR. Biggs Birthday Bash
Looking for the perfect spot to throw your son or daughter’s birthday party this year?! Why not let the Giants help you make it unforgettable. Make your birthday girl or boy feel like an ALL-STAR with MR. Biggs Birthday Bash package.
•Meet the players before game time.
•Designated Party area visit from MR. Biggs
•Birthday Girl/Boy will have the opportunity to “high-five” the players.
•Name of the Birthday Girl/Boy displayed on the Jumbo Tron during the game.
•An autographed souvenir basketball for the Birthday Girl/Boy.
For more information contact one of our Party Specialists at the Giants office: 904-355-6531 or go to MR. Biggs Birthday Bash.