Photograph by Gary McCullough.

The Jacksonville Giants winning streak continues, as the defending ABA National Champions dominated the Columbus Blackhawks in a 140-84 road victory on Saturday evening. Jacksonville has won three games in a row, improving their record to 5-2 on the season.

“The guys came out and held the rope on defense tonight, despite the horrible gym conditions,” said Giants Head Coach Jerry Williams. “We are very pleased with the team’s effort.”

The Giants came out of the gates swinging, as eight Jacksonville players scored in double figures. Captain Jerrod Tucker led Jacksonville with a team-high 25 points. Tucker’s well-rounded approach helped keep the Giants in complete control of the contest.

“Everything came together for us on both ends of the floor,” said Tucker. “It was a great team win.”

Offensively 2014 ABA MVPJermaine Bell and Giants newcomer Keith McDougald added to the scoring with 17 points each. Both players also assisted defensively.

Other players scoring in double digits for the Giants included Bernard Nugent (13 points), Larry Dumas (11 points) Robert Hornsby (10 points), Aaron Bowens (12 points), and Cedric McGowan (16 points).

“We are very proud of the team for the overall effort,” said Giants Assistant Coach Marcus Thomas. “The second team squad really pushed the envelope on the defensive end and also executed great on the offensive end.”