The six time ABA Champion Jacksonville Giants continue their undefeated season with a thrilling 135-102 win over the Atlanta Aliens. Jacksonville relied on a physical defensive performance to secure the win. The Giants improve to 2-0 on the season. 

“Giving up only 36 points in the first half was impressive,” said Giants head coach Jerry Williams. “I am very proud of the team.”

The fans in Duval County witnessed another exciting evening of basketball paired with the incredible fan experience. The game took place off site at Christ the King Catholic School. The Jewels and Gems dance teams performed all evening. Dancers from the Scott Jones School of Dance performed for halftime. Mascot Mr. Biggs made his rounds with the community, energizing and exciting them. Multiple fan interactions and friendly competitions kept the experience positive. 

On the court, Jacksonville had a balanced performance with all players contributing. Every player on the active roster scored in the contest. Atlanta played strong, but the depth of the Giants proved to be too much. Fans witnessed powerful slam dunks from veteran Calvin Warner along with long range three pointers from the Jacksonville shooters. 

Jacksonville was led by small forward Brandon Davis. Davies scored 24 points, with all 24 coming from three pointers. Davis leads the Giants with 51 points this season. All of Davies points have come from three pointers. 

“Brandon has played for us before,” said Williams. “He was playing overseas for a while. He is back with us now and playing great.”

ABA All Star Bernard Nugent (22 points), Clarence Tillman (20 points), and Miguel Paul (14 points) all rounded out the scoring leaders for the Giants. Atlanta was led by Michael Stanley (23 points) and Wynston Andrews (33 points). 

The defensive pressure was stingy for Jacksonville. Coach Williams switched up styles during each quarter. With certain personnel groupings Williams opted for a fast man to man full court press. The full court press caused confusion amongst the Atlanta players, causing multiple turnovers. Once Atlanta overcame the full court press, Williams opted got a zone defense. The constant adjustments proved to be the difference in the win. 

Jacksonville hits the road for the next few weeks before returning home on February 17. The Giants will take on Nassau at 6pm off site at Christ the King Catholic Church. For more ticket information check out

-Matt Potak