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ABA Jacksonville Giants Win 2012 ABA National Championship
ABA Jacksonville Giants Win 2012 ABA National Championship

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Giants took on the South Carolina Warriors Sunday afternoon in Game 2 of the ABA Championship. The Giants, up one game to zero in the three game series after winning an overtime thriller Friday night, brought in some extra support for game two. A contingency of Giants fans made the trip to the Tampa Bay area to cheer on the hometown Giants. 

It was a close game all the way with the Warriors leading after at the half once again 54-48. But, it was the Giants once again controlling the ball and the game at the end and taking home the ABA title, 100-91. The Giants were led by All-Star Center and Final Four MVP Jermaine "Slim" Bell who poured in 29 points and 5 block shots. The Giants offense was guided by Sherrod "Hotrod" Harris with 15 points and 6 assists and stellar defense.

“The Giants defense stifled the Warriors, known for their 3-point shooting, holding them to a paltry 20% from 3 point range on 29 shots, and 33% shooting overall. Fan favorite and Jacksonville native Antonio "Red” Lawrence and all our guys played great defense," said team owner Ron Sholes. 

Giants players Hotrod Harris and Lamar Sanders were also named to the All Final Four Team. Lamar Sanders was a major presence down low for the Giants, leading the team in both, offensive and defensive, rebounds during the tournament. 

After the game, Head Coach Kevin Waters complimented the players on a complete team effort. All 12 players participated every game of the tournament.

Of special note: The Giants were the only team to defeat the Warriors this season. The South Carolina Warriors finished with a season record of 29-2. The Jacksonville Giants finished their season with a record of 26-4. 

A post championship party is expected to be announced soon. 



Friday, April 13, 2012


April, 13, 2012, St. Petersburg, Fla. , - Giants ended the South Carolina Warriors undefeated season in the first game of the ABA Championship Series! The Warriors are ranked #1 and beat the Giants twice in the regular season in two games that were down to the wire. This time it was the Giants turn to take the victory, in overtime the Giants won big taking the series lead with one win. Trailing for all but the final minutes of the game, Giants fought hard to turn the lead around. Warriors tied the game up taking this fast paced game into overtime. With a final score of 106-101, giving the Giants a well deserved win in St. Petersburg. After the game Team Owner Ron Sholes said "Our guys battled hard tonight and deserve this win. A very disciplined game tonight. Congratulations to our coaching staff and players. We still have work to do, but it’s good to take down number one and end their perfect season. The guys are very focused and we expect another great game Sunday."


Continuing his All-Star season, Jermaine Bell scored an outstanding 26 points with 38 exhilarating minutes of play, playing a huge part on defense he also accounted for 10 rebounds. The Giants other All-Star selection Matt Fields raked in a total of 12 rebounds and completed his stats with 11 points making this his 15th double-double of the season. Currye Todd was the second leading scorer putting up 16 points. Antonio “Red”Lawrence made his presence known on the court, with outstanding defensive plays and the steal of the night also scoring 11 points. Lamar Sanders had 12 points, with 2 free-throws that gave the Giants the lead over the undefeated Warriors.



Who could have imagined that 20 years after his famous BUZZER BEATER shot for Duke that former NBA Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Christian Laettner would be repeating the feat.  This time, he was playing for the ABA Jacksonville Giants.  With just 3 seconds left and down by two, Laettner tossed the ball inbounds over 50 ft. to awaiting Mike Polyte who dropped it off quickly to Currye (C.T.) Todd.  Todd took the long 30 foot shot and it entered the basket without hitting the rim winning the game.   


The Giants were proud to be recognized as one of only three businesses to receive the State Education Commissioner’s Business Partner Recognition award for their participation in DuvalCounty public Schools during the 2010/2011 school year.  The Giants players, coaches and staff, including the one and only Mr. Biggs, visited 70 schools in Northeast Florida as part of the organizations promise to excellence and community.  The team has a goal of visiting 120 schools this coming season as well as participating in many other community and charitable activities.


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.

In its 7th game in the ABA , the Jacksonville Giants established the historic ABA and Pro Basketball record of "Most Points Scored in a Single Game" with a total score of 206 points. The Giants recently broke this record this record again, scoring 211 points against the Columbus Riverballers on February 4th 2012, earning national media attention in Sports Illustrated.   


The Giants are proud of the fact that they were UNDEFEATED during regular season play.  No other ABA team has held such a record.  The Giants final regular season record was 23-0.


In its first season, the Jacksonville Giants hosted the 2011 ABA National All-Star Game.  It was held February 26, 2011, at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.  The top 12 “Best of the Best” ABA players in theUnited States competed in an East vs. West competition. Giants’ players Jermaine (Slim) Bell and Ed (Hollywood ) Horton were two of the select few to make this team.  Giants’ Head Coach Kevin Waters was coach for the East team and he led the Eastern Conference team to an All-Star victory by just one point. ABA President Dick Packer, said, “The Giants hosted one terrific All-Star game and definitely one of our best ever!  I know that everyone in attendance had a great time.”

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