Giants Clip Blackhawks, Newcomer Cormier Leads Jacksonville to 24th consecutive Win
Columbus, GA —The Jacksonville Giants end their weekend road trip in Georgia with a second powerful victory to start their eighth season 2-0. Jacksonville dominated the game tonight (Sun., Nov. 26th, 2017), defeating the Columbus Blackhawks 128-84. The victory puts the Giants current winning streak to 24 games, which dates back to December 2016.
“The defense was key in this victory,” said Giants head coach Jerry Williams. “The floor conditions were poor but despite everything Dylon Cormier and Rashad Faust were impressive.”
A new face surfaced in Sunday afternoon’s superb victory. Dylon Cormier, in his second game as a Giant, scored 32 points. Cormier was unstoppable against the Blackhawk defense. In the words of coach Williams, “Cormier was lighting up the scoreboard.” Rashad Faust also contributed to the win with 28 points. Both Cormier and Faust combined for nearly 50 percent of Jacksonville’s total team points.
“The ball moved well tonight and my teammates found me in the right positions to score,” said Cormier.
The Giants defensive side of the ball was physical. Faust was aggressive on the defensive rebounds and made sure that the Giants maintained focus throughout the game. Faust had double digit rebounds on the afternoon, while being second on the team in scoring.
“We were rebounding tonight which opened things up inside,” said Faust. “It was a great team win.”
Robert Hornsby (17 points) and Calvin Warner (13 points) rounded out the top scorers for the Giants. Several younger players stepped up in the game. Veteran players such as Maurice Mickens, Jermaine Bell, and Ed Horton did not play due to fatigue and minor injuries.
“We took a step in the right direction tonight,” said Giants assistant coach Marcus Thomas. “The reserve players carried us in both games, over the weekend, because of the fatigue and injuries to some of our key starters.”
The Giants will be heading to South Florida and Pensacola the next two weekends to take on the The South Florida Gold, St. Petersburg Tide, and Pensacola Lightning before returning to Jacksonville for their home opener on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:00 p.m. Jacksonville will take on the highly competitive Mobile Bay Tornados in a final four rematch from last season. For ticket information please check the Giants website at www.jacksonvillegiants.com.
-Story written by Matt Potak