Photo Gallery | Jacksonville Giants Nearly Beat No. 1 Ranked Team In Nation - Lose In Final Seconds
On Sunday night, the ABA professional Jacksonville Giants basketball team, who just two weeks ago broke their own ABA World Record by scoring 211 points in a single game, again made history at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. After two full seasons of basketball, the Jacksonville Giants lost its first home game in franchise history.
Not surprisingly, the competition was tough. The Giants played the No. 1 ranked ABA team in the nation – the South Carolina Warriors. The Warriors came out with aggressive ball handling and scoring and quickly took the lead. After that, the Giants played catch up for most of the game. For most of the fourth quarter, the Giants were within five or six points. The fans could not decide whether to watch the scoreboard or the court. Expected to be the most exciting and competitive game of the season, both teams ensured that the game lived up to that prediction.
With seconds left, the Giants missed a shot, which sealed the win for the Warriors. The final score was Warriors 113 – Giants 111.
Jermaine Bell led the team with an all-star performance of 30 points. In his second game in a row, Bell scored another double double with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Sherod “Hot Rod” Harris impressed the crowd with his ball handling skills, quick moves and scoring of 20 points. Harris and Bell were the leading scorers for the Giants. Matt Fields continued his aggressive statistical run with 19 points and 11 rebounds. With the Giants fighting an 18 point deficit with nine minutes remaining, they battled back to take the lead. With just two minutes remaining, the Giants were winning with a score of 109-108.
Head Coach Kevin Waters commented, “Jermaine Bell and Matt Fields came out with an incredible performance. We played against a very talented and aggressive team. I am really proud of the effort these guys put forth.” As I told them, there is much to be learned after each game, and we will take this game, analyze each play, determine our weaknesses and strengths, and move forward toward next season and the playoffs. As a final note for now, I would like to express my gratitude and true appreciation to the fans and Team Owner Ron Sholes for guiding this team to a 14-3 season. See you at the playoffs.”
The South Carolina Warriors leading scorers were Tony White with 32 points and Gainous with 29 points. Gainous also led the Warriors with 11 rebounds, while Stevens contributed with 7 rebounds. The Warriors (ranked No. 1 in the nation) are now 19-0. The Head Coach of the Warriors is Chris Beard, former assistant at Texas Tech, with 16 years of college coaching experience.
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