-Story by Matt Potak
The Jacksonville Giants invaded Port City and came away with another thrilling victory. The Giants showed tremendous determination and poise in a, 105-102, win over the Port City Tornadoes. The five time ABA National Champions remain undefeated on the season.
“It was a hostile environmental,” said Giants head coach Jerry Williams. “The team showed grit in this road win. The second half was unbelievable.”
The exciting game showcased multiple lead changes throughout the evening. Both teams were deadlocked at 48-48 at the halftime break. The teams played physical in all phases of the game. Generally an ABA game is filled with high scoring tempo offenses but tonight showed that powerful defenses are in this league too.
“We played basketball tonight,” said Brandon Davis. “The shots weren’t always falling but we did what it took to get the win.”
Offensively the Giants had five players score in double digits. All three guards were the scoring leaders for Jacksonville. Reigning league MVP Maurice Mickens led the team with 22 points while Bernard Nugent (20 points) and Aaron Bowen (20 points) rounded out the scoring leaders for Jacksonville. The multiple guards style philosophy helped over power the Tornadoes.
“We fought as a unit,” said assistant coach Marcus Thomas. “Couldn’t be more proud of the entire team. Championship basketball at its finest.”
The Giants finish their weekend road series tomorrow in Pensacola. Jacksonville will wrap up their regular season on Saturday, March 3. Currently the Giants are looking at a top seed for the ABA Tournament coming up in late March.