Giants Cruise Past Nevada in 6th Straight Win
Story by Matt Potak
The Jacksonville Giants leave the state of Nevada with a two more victories to add to their record, as the Giants win their second straight game in the “Silver State” with a 151-105 win over the Nevada Pharaohs. This puts Jacksonville at 6-0 on the season and 4-0 on the west coast road trip.
“We started out a little slow but turned it around in the second half,” said head coach Jerry Williams.
The Nevada crowd witnessed a three point shooting clinic as the Giants landed a season record of 17-three pointers in the contest. The long range shooting was elite and proves that Jacksonville is one of the ABA’s best three point shooting teams this season. Brent Williams and Miguel Paul each had 5 three pointers each.
“I love the way we are sharing the ball,” said Paul.
The Giants used a balanced offensive attack which utilized all of the players. Reigning league MVP Maurice Mickens had another amazing night. Mickens led the Giants with 25 points. Brent Williams (22 points), Miguel Paul (18 points) and veteran Calvin Warner (15 points) rounded out the scoring leaders for Jacksonville. The 151 points is the highest scoring output this season.
“I’m very proud of tonight’s effort,” said Williams.
The balanced offensive attack utilized the strengths of the Giants. When Nevada double teamed Mickens, it opened up Williams and Paul. When Nevada tried to play more zone, the Giants always found the open spot. The coaching staff named Williams, Paul, and Mickens the offensive players of the game.
“It was a complete team victory,” said Mickens.
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Star of the game: Paul, Mickens, and Williams all combined for 14 three pointers on the night. The trio could not be contained. The three point clinic galvanized the team. All three players were named offensive players of the game.
Turning point: The Giants erupted with five three pointers in the third quarter. The third quarter route gave Jacksonville a 103-75 lead going into the fourth. The deficit was too much for Nevada.
On Defense: Coach Williams praised the efforts of the entire defense in the win. Calvin Warner highlighted the effort, leading the team in blocked shots and rebounds.
Up Next: Jacksonville will travel back to California for a showdown on December 13th vs the 11th ranked Stockton-based Team Trouble. The Team Trouble game will tip off at 6:30 PST in Stockton, California.
Upcoming Home Games: After the Giants return home from their West Coast trip, they will be in action on Saturday, December 21st, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. against the 305 Ballers.
The Giants will celebrate their 2019 championship with Champions Night on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Veterans Memorial Arena where they will host a championship rematch and have their championship ring ceremony and banner unveiling.
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