Tucker Nets First Win As Head Coach

The 7-time ABA Champion Jacksonville Giants showcased their skills in a 172-60 route over the Florida All Stars. The win gives head coach Jerrod Tucker his first win as a head coach. Coach Tucker had his team ready to play in the home opener.“Last weeks loss woke us up,” said Tucker. “Everybody played good and we have to be ready for our opponents best. We are still the champs and we will get every teams best.”

When asked about the head coaching position Tucker remained very humble.

“I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet,” said Tucker. “I’ve watched Mouse (Jerry Williams) and Coach Waters for so long. It’s a little bit of pressure but I don’t mind it. I love basketball and love the players.”

Coach Tucker has been an inspiration to the entire community. Tucker won five championships with the Giants. He was an ABA All Star and team captain for many years. The players and community look up to him for his outstanding leadership.

Jacksonville started the game fast and furious. The message all week was to play at a rapid pace with physicality. The Giants didn’t look back from start to finish. Jacksonville relied on strong play from veteran Rodney Walker. Walker led the team with a season high 26 points. Walker’s size and athleticism was a contributing factor in the win.

Khaliq Williams (21 points), Aluk Adub (19 points), and Brandon Davis (19 points) rounded out the top scorers for Jacksonville. Davis landed five-three long range pointers in the contest. In addition, Elijah Smith energized the crowd with multiple slam dunks during the game. Smith finished with 17 points. RJ Wright helped lead the offensive charge in the second half. Guards Bernard Nugent (11 points) and Maurice Mickens (14 points) contributed in limited duty.

Jacksonville took an 80-30 lead into halftime. The duo of Mickens and Nugent was tough to defend, with Smith and Walker helping in the rebounding department. Jacksonville fast tempo offense was clicking on all cylinders. Defensively, the Giants were just as dominant. Smith finished the game with five blocked shots, with Walker adding four.

The Giants will now turn their attention to a rivalry game next week (December 18th) with the St. Augustine Glory.

-Matt Potak