-Matt Potak

The reigning ABA National Champions keep making history. The Giants defeated Steel City, 129-98, to advance  to the ABA Final Four. This will be the Giants 9th straight Final Four, which is an ABA record. Jacksonville played championship style basketball in the commanding win.

“From start to finish we played Giants basketball,” said head coach Jerry Williams. “I’m proud of the guys.”

Early in the game Jacksonville hit the ground running and didn’t look back. The Giants offense used a fast tempo and made explosive plays throughout the night. The pace was too much for Steel City to overcome. On multiple possession the Giants put the Steel City defense in a conflict, which resulted in wide open shots. 

“Great team play once again,” said Williams.

Offensively Dylon Cormier led Jacksonville with a team high 25 points. Cormier was complimented by reigning league MVP Maurice Mickens who added 17 points. The guard play played a major factor in the decisive win. Cormier and Mickens landed multiple three pointers during the contest. Aaron Bowen (15 points) and Miguel Paul (17 points) rounded out the top scorers for Jacksonville. 

“Dylon Cormier was all over the place and it showed with his 25 points,” said Williams. 

Defensively Jacksonville continued their full court press style, which resulted in multiple Steel City turnovers. The defensive pressure and rebounding was a major roll in the win. Calvin Warner and Jermaine Bell led the team with strong inside play.  The tough duo in the middle played aggressive and shut down the opposing offense. 

“It feels good to be back where we belong,” said Bell. 

Jacksonville will now turn their attention to a Final Four showdown which should be taking place on Friday. More information about the Final Four game will be posted on the Giants website and social media pages. Please continue to check back for more breaking news from St. Louis.