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World Record Broken: Jacksonville Giants Win Big on Eve of Super Bowl by Miller on Sports
World Record Broken: Jacksonville Giants Win Big on Eve of Super Bowl by Miller on Sports

Giants history was made at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on the eve of Super Bowl.   The ABA Jacksonville Giants faced the Columbus, Georgia, Riverballers.  No one expected that the game would turn out as it did.  By taking advantage of the ABA’s 3-D rule (which is explained below) in its first season in 2010, the Jacksonville Giants broke the ABA record for the most points scored in a single game:  206.  But, that was last year.  Now, the competition has gotten tougher, especially with team’s coming to Jacksonville with a plan of shutting down the Giants’ strengths and high scorers.  In front of a large military crowd, season ticket holders, the “Books for Baskets” students, cub scouts, and church youth groups, the Giants scored 211 points to break Season One’s record as well as the World ABA Record. Additionally, the game was simulcast on CW17 television and 1010XL radio.  Host Richard Miller (www.milleronsports.com) and Richard Collier (former Jacksonville Jaguars player) provided the play by play and color commentary.  Watch the following link to see Williams hit the record-breaking foul shot.     

At half-time, the Giants had already scored 108 against the Riverballers.  As the Giants players entered the locker room at the half, Miller on Sports heard many of them, especially the veterans from Season One, discussing strategies on how they were going to attempt to break their previous record of 206.   Never in the history of professional basketball has a team recorded such a high score.  In all probability, it won’t happen again (unless the Giants do it)!

Giants players, under the direction of Head Coach Kevin Waters and Assistant Coach David Graham, had diligently practiced all week in preparation for their weeklong road trip, which will take them through the Panhandle to Gulfport, Mississippi.  Undoubtedly, Head Coach Waters’ stringent practices paid off for the Giants in Saturday’s game.  Upon approaching the court, the starting five (Anthony Lumpkin, Jermaine Bell, Antonio “Red” Lawrence, Sherod “Hot Rod” Harris, and Matt Fields - local basketball star from Raines High School) immediately displayed their unmatched energy.  No slowness at all.  It was immediately evident that they had set a goal for themselves.  They intended to “get the job done” and get it done early.  Giants player Renaldo Norman, who has been with the team since its inception in 2010, was the high scorer for the night with 36 points.  Jermaine Bell, another veteran from Season One, also led the team in this face-paced game with a triple double, scoring 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 points off blocked shots. 

Jacksonville Giants Assistant Coach Jerry Williams (“Mouse”) played as the “13th Man.”  The ABA rules provide that a team may appoint a celebrity or retired basketball player to serve as the “13th Man.”   Williams has enjoyed an illustrious career in the world of basketball.  In 1997, Williams took his Englewood High School Rams to the state championship where they were in the final two, losing to Lakeland High School.  As an Englewood basketball star, Williams was later catapulted to greatness in the European leagues where he played for years.  During that time, he played for teams in England, Scotland, Germany, France, Mexico, Tunisia, and Italy. 

Last night, in the fourth quarter with less than two minutes remaining, Williams stood all alone at the foul line faced with a big opportunity.  Cheering and chanting, the fans were fully aware of what they were about to witness and how they would be a part of history for this Jacksonville team.  Without hesitation and plenty of confidence, Williams (now 33 years old) sunk the shot that broke the 206 record set by the Giants in their first season.  After the game, Williams was presented with the game ball.  On Facebook that evening, Williams posted:  “Player of the Game ball.  Never thought I would get one of these again.  Guess the old man still got a little juice left.  211 points tonight for the Giants.  WOW.  BLESSED.”  On Super Bowl Sunday, Miller on Sports spoke with Williams.  Still feeling very blessed, Williams stated:  “It felt really good being the person to score the record-breaking point.  The guys did all they could do to put me in the situation to hit the point that broke a record of all-time points scored in a professional basketball game.  [I] never had a feeling like that in any game I have played overseas or anywhere. I was the league player of the year in Scotland, won the BBL League Championship in Sheffield, England, but scoring that point last night was the best feeling I ever had in any game . . . .  HISTORY.” 

An Arena elevator operator was overheard speaking of the Giants win:  “I was so excited about the game that I had to delay a few people so that we could keep the elevator doors open to hear the excitement in the Arena.  What a game!”

As normal practice, the Giants players and coaches and Mr. Biggs sign autographs after each game.  Last night was no exception.  It definitely took more time than usual.  But, the team was absolutely in no hurry and was ready to greet and talk to each and every fan.  Yes, it was a long night, but a very memorable one as well for fans and players.  The Arena shut down very late, but for good reason.           

Team Owner Ron Sholes commented:   “The Giants are again part of basketball history.  Great victory tonight for the Giants and for Jacksonville.  It really is something special to see the crowds that we have had this year watching on television and coming out to the Arena to support the Giants. “          

Immediately following the game and just before his interview with Richard Collier and Richard Miller for the televised broadcast on CW17, Head Coach Kevin Waters humbly stated:  “I am very proud of the team effort.  Once again, we re-wrote the record books.  This is something that the team, organization, and the community will cherish forever.  We have a rough road stretch in front of us, but based on our performance from the second half of the Panama City game, we are peaking at the right time.  Jermaine Bell continues to play at an unbelievable level, which included another triple double performance.  Our celebrity player of the game Coach Jerry Williams had the honor of making the historic free throws.” 

The Giants record is now 12-2, and the lengthy road trip begins today on Super Bowl Sunday.  The next home game will be Saturday, February 18th at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:00 p.m.  The Giants wish to extend an invitation to you and your families to come support the team and Jacksonville.  You will not be disappointed, but will be thrilled at the unmatched entertainment this team, Mr. Biggs, and “The Green Giant” of Miller on Sports provide.  All former and active duty military and their families will be admitted for FREE with proper military identification.   See you courtside.      


ABOUT THE GIANTS AND THE ABA 3-D RULE

 
The Giants, directed by Head Coach Kevin Waters, was established as a fast-breaking energetic team meant to take advantage of the ABA's 3-D rule.  The 3-D rule allows the team that steals its opponent's ball before half court to add one point to its point score.  For example:  If the stealing team makes a two point shot it actually counts as three points on the scoreboard.  When the 3-D rule is in effect and a player is fouled, that player has the opportunity at three foul shots instead of the normal two.

 

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THIS INFORMATION WAS COMPILED BY RADIO SPORTS TALK HOST AND JACKSONVILLE GIANTS TELEVISION PLAY BY PLAY ANNOUNCER RICHARD MILLER.  AT 26, RICHARD MILLER IS THE YOUNGEST RADIO SPORTS TALK HOST IN THE NATION.  HIS SHOW, MILLERONSPORTS, AIRS WEEKDAYS FROM 4:00 TO 6:00 PM ON AM 1600 WZNZ.  LISTEN TO MILLERONSPORTS,  LISTEN ONLINE AT HTTP://WWW.ILOVETHETRUTH.COM  “EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST TALK.”  YOU CAN FIND HIS VIDEOS AT YOUTUBE CHANNEL  http://www.youtube.com/user/milleronsports      

 

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