The Jacksonville Giants improve to 12-1 on the season after a convincing, 156-113, road victory over the Georgia Gwizzlies. The Giants have won 12 games in a row and are constantly improving under first year head coach Jerrod Tucker.
“We played extremely well tonight,” said Tucker. “This was a complete team effort.”
Jacksonville was led by a veteran group that played flawless in the win. Bernard Nugent led the Giants with a team high 29 points. Nugent received plenty of help from fellow guards Maurice Mickens (27 points) and Larry Dumas (24 points). The trio of Mickens, Nugent, and Dumas combined for a staggering 80 points.
The trio was virtually unstoppable in the victory. Coach Tucker used a precise game-plan to keep the trio successful as the team utilized a rapid offensive tempo and aggressive outside shooting strategy.
“Maurice took over in the first half and Nugent took over in the second half,” said Tucker.
When Georgia tried to contain the guard trio the inside game started to take off. Center Elijah Smith contributed with 23 points in the win. Smith was powerful on the inside. Smith made sure that when Georgia tried to stop the guard play, that he would be there to help on the inside.
“Elijah controlled the paint and scored well too,” said Tucker.
Once Smith started landing inside slam dunks and layups, Georgia was in more trouble. Smith was also awarded the defensive player of the game honors from Coach Tucker. Mickens and Nugent both were named co offensive players of the game.
“We played well on both sides of the ball,” said Brandon Davis. “Total team effort.”
Jacksonville will conclude their road trip in the state of Georgia on Sunday as they take on Atlanta. Following the game, Jacksonville will return home and prepare for a highly anticipated rematch with the Palm Beach Stampede on Saturday night 2/26. For more information on the Giants schedule please checkout www.