GIANTS trade close leads with Birmingham BLITZ, surge to win
The back-to-back ABA Champion Jacksonville Giants overtook the Birmingham Blitz tonight with a 31-point fourth quarter push. The Giants started off slow, but ultimately survived Birminghams best effort by a final score of 108-90. Leading scorer for the night was Anthony Jackson with 21 points to go along with 5 steals. Rookie Elijah Smith provided a spark with 12 points and 14 rebounds to highlight his home debut. Assistant coach David Graham called the win a gritty, grind-it-out type of win. This is the type of win that really shows our mental toughness.
Prior to game time, the Giants presented last years National Championship team with their championship rings. Owner Ron Sholes then presented the fans with their second National Championship banner, which will hang in the rafters of Veterans Memorial Arena. Miss America 2004, Ericka Dunlap, was the guest performer of the U. S. National Anthem. The crowd of nearly 6,000 was the largest attendance ever recorded for the Giants, consisting of City of Jacksonville employees, sailors for the USS Hue City, and over 600 Black Pages supporters. The fans were more than pleased as they greeted their Giants with an overwhelming applause. The Giants showed their love back to the fans after the game by signing autographs in the lobby of the Veteranís Memorial Arena, a tradition they will be carrying on all season.
The Jacksonville Giants go on the road next week to Biloxi, Mississippi to take on the Gulf Coast Flash before returning home for their December 21st game against the South West Warriors at the Veterans Memorial Arena.
12/6: City of Jax Night at VMA, city workers free admission
Friday, 12/6 - City employees and families free admission with ID; GIANTS vs. BLITZ after Championship Ring Ceremony
The Jacksonville Giants open their home schedule this Friday with a 4-0 record, following road trips to Georgia and Alabama where the Giants had big victories against four different division foes. The back-to-back ABA National Champions will play their division rival, Birmingham Blitz, at the Veterans Memorial Arena. The game is scheduled at 7:00 P.M. and will start with a championship ring and banner ceremony, in commemoration of last seasons second consecutive championship. All of last seasons players and coaches will be presented with 2012-13 ABA Back-2-Back Championship rings before the game tips off.
It is also City of Jax night at the arena and all city employees and their families will be admitted into the game for free with their city badge or identification card. The game is being sponsored by Sea Spine Orthopedics and Johnson & Johnson - Vistakon. The Jacksonville Giants are also hosting a Toys for Tots drive. Bring a toy gift donation to receive 50% off admission.
The National Anthem will be performed by Miss America 2004, Erica Dunlap, who will be available for autographs. The half-time performance will include the GIANTS very own Dunkin Dancers, among other performances!
Fans are encouraged to arrive early so they donít miss any of the action as the Giants expect their largest crowd in team history! All media and their families are invited out as well and encouraged to contact the Giants ticketing office for information on how to obtain media credentials and/or complimentary tickets to the game.
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11/27: GIANTS host Thanksgiving for needy, hit the road
The Jacksonville Giants ABA Basketball team fed over 100 homeless and less fortunate today. The back-to-back national champions hosted their fourth annual Giant Thanksgiving Feast at the Jacksonville Sports Tavern (232 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.), formerly known as the City Hall Pub. Ron Sholes, PA, sponsored the event.
The GIANTS players, coaches, and staff served a full Thanksgiving spread next door to the Veterans Memorial Arena, for their fourth consecutive year. The dinner included 15 turkeys, five large hams, and traditional Thanksgiving style helpings. ֻThere are a lot of folks out there that need a helping hand and Thanksgiving is a time of year where we can give back and be thankful that we can, said GIANTS owner Ron Sholes. Head coach Kevin Waters stated, The guys on our team know they are so blessed with their health and talent and they truly are thankful. This is a great opportunity for us to show that. The GIANTS also gave away a team T-shirt to every person served and as in years past, the players signed autographs after the meal.
GIANTS head to Georgia and Alabama for road games
After giving back to the community and a hard week of practice, the GIANTS are back on the road this weekend. With a 2-0 record, the returning champs are ready to take on the Columbus Roadrunners and Montgomery Blackhawks. The GIANTS are expecting another big weekend from rookie Brandon Davis who scored a total of 55 points in the GIANTS first two games. The GIANTS veterans Anthony Jackson, Jerrod Tucker, Renaldo Norman and Nick Wallery will need to show true leadership to keep the team going strong and remain undefeated.
The team takes on the Birmingham Blitz in their first home game at 7:00 PM on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at the Veterans Memorial Arena. There will be a ring and banner ceremony in honor of the Giants 2013 ABA National Championship. Itís City of Jax night and all city employees and their families get in for free. Come out and cheer on the Giants to a home opening victory!
Please check out the Giantsí Facebook page for updates on the team and ABA. For more information on the Jacksonville Giants, please visit our website at www.jacksonvillegiants.com, call the Giants ticketing office at 904-355-6531, or e-mail Morgan OKeefe.
11/25: GIANTS launch season with 2 wins in Georgia
The Jacksonville Giants traveled to Atlanta this past weekend to kick off Season 4 for the Back-to-Back ABA Champs! With only four returners from last years squad, the Giants were eager to see the chemistry the guys had on the court. After three weeks of vigorous practice and training, the Giants did what they do best, played high scoring basketball throughout the entire weekend. On Saturday, ABA All-Star and 3rd year GIANTS veteran, Anthony Jackson, led the team with 27 points and 9 assists. Newcomer Brandon Davis did everything but look like the rookie that he is, and scored 27 points coming off the bench. The guys were ready to get on the court and they played their hearts out. We have strong returners in Jackson, Tucker and Wallery but our new guys really put on a show for us. Our season is looking good with the skills and chemistry that were displayed in Atlanta., stated head coach Kevin Waters. The Giants beat the Georgia Gwizzlies with a final score of 172-98.
Coming off of their first game of the season with a win, the Giants were ready for the Southwest Warriors on Sunday. Smacking down the Warriors with a final score of 173-107, the Giants had 9 out of their 12 players scoring in the double digits. Two of the Giants' newcomers made it known that they were meant to be on this winning squad. Again, Brandon Davis was shooting lights out with 28 points leading the team in scoring. Also, former Memphis Reign guard, Maurice Mickens, had an all-around great game with 16 points and 15 assists. Renaldo Norman, season 1 and 2 GIANTS veteran, came ready to play, scoring 26 points.
Leaving Atlanta with two huge wins in their pocket, the Giants will be practicing in Jacksonville this week, hosting their Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast at the Jacksonville Sports Tavern (formerly City Hall Pub) next to the Arena, then they will hit the road again this weekend heading back to Georgia.
The Giants will open up their home schedule on December 6th at the Veterans Memorial Arena, tipping off at 7pm. This will be Champions night, featuring the ring ceremony and banner revealing, making it a game to remember. We are thanking the City of Jacksonville for all of their support; all city employees get into the game free with their family! This includes police, fire, and any other City of Jacksonville employee.
Please check out our Facebook page for updates on the team and ABA. For more information on the Jacksonville Giants, please visit our website at www.jacksonvillegiants.com or call the Giants ticketing office at 904-355-6531.
11/14: GIANTS Season 4 Launch Party at Whiskey River
Meet Team, Jewels dancers, coaches and mascot Mr. Biggs
The back-to-back ABA National Champions are hosting their 4th Season Launch Party on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. The Jacksonville Giants will be out at Whiskey River in the St. Johns Town Center to meet and greet the fans. This includes this seasons players, the Jewels dance team, the coaching staff and management, and the one and only Mr. Biggs. This will be a special event filled with prizes, giveaways, and fun for fans of all ages. Fans 21 and over that are wearing Jacksonville Giants gear will receive a free drink ticket. There will also be free sodas for all kids!
Head Coach Kevin Waters will be introducing the new-look Jacksonville Giants and speaking about the upcoming season. Everyone is invited to come out and help launch the Giants into their fourth season! The team is making a run at their third consecutive national championship and continuing the Giants effort at bringing the NBA D-League to Jacksonville. Orlando Magic interested in NBA D-League team in Jacksonville
The Giants home opener is at 7:00 P.M. on December 6, 2013 at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Following the ABA championship ring and banner ceremony, the Giants will play their division rival, the Birmingham Blitz. The Giants took both games last year against the Blitz, and one was a closely fought match down to the final minutes. The Blitz are already talking upset, so come out and cheer your Giants on to a home opening victory!
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The two-time ABA National Champion Jacksonville Giants are hosting a Halloween Party on Thursday, Oct. 31st from 6 PM to 8 PM. The party will take place at the Bob Hayes Sports Complex and Legends Center at 5054 Soutel Drive, North Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Giants Halloween costume party is open for the entire community to enjoy. Coaches, Players, Dancers, and Staff will be attending the event to show their support for the surrounding communities. There will be candy, games, and prizes galore.
October 31st is also the jump-start date for The Jacksonville Giants Tryouts and Veterans camp, also held at the Legends Center prior to the Halloween celebration. Forty to 50-plus players are traveling to Jacksonville to tryout for a position on the Jacksonville Giants 2013-14 ABA Basketball team. There are several active and reserve roster spots that need to be filled and the Giants are looking for a few local players, specifically. We are looking for 3 or 4 local players to help fill this seasons roster, says Giants Head Coach Kevin Waters. Fifty players are expected to participate and help the Giants finalize this seasons roster. The 50-plus professional basketball players will have to prove their abilities in order to secure a position. This years team will look to carry the Jacksonville Giants to a three-peat victory making the organization one step closer to achieving their goals and bringing a D-League team to Jacksonville.
GIANTS rebuild team, aim for a 3-peat ABA championship
The American Basketball Association recently announced the 2013-2014 pre-season Power Rankings, and the Jacksonville Giants are number one. As the leagues returning champions, the Giants top the list of over nearly 90 competing teams. ABA CEO Joe Newman stated, With two consecutive league championships, there was only one choice The North Dallas Vandals are ranked second, followed by the Shreveport/Bossier Mavericks (the former ABA champion Texas Mavericks).
The Jacksonville Giants have been replenishing their depleted championship roster for the second straight season following their title run. This year, three of the Giants four guards have signed with Mississippis Shreveport Mavericks, the team that won back-to-back ABA titles in 2010 and 2011. However, with the addition of several new players, and the Giants returning All-Stars, the ABA has positioned Jacksonville as the pre-season favorite to win it all.
A great addition to the team is Hamidu Rahman, a 7-foot traditional center who played college basketball at New Mexico State and played in Austria last year. ABA All Star Anthony Jackson (5-foot-10 Guard) is a returning leader for the Giants.
This is the third straight season, the Giants have been atop the ABAís pre-season power rankings. In 2011, the league also correctly pegged the Texas Mavericks (now Mississippi) to take the crown, so if history has anything to say about it, Giants fans may be in store for a three-peat, said Giants owner, Ron Sholes. Our coaching staff has done a remarkable job putting champion teams together, and Im confident this year that we will be right there competing again. But, there are some great teams in the league and we know it comes down to just a few points at the end of every season, Sholes added. The Giants defeated the Dallas Vandals last season by one point each in a two game sweep to win their second consecutive ABA championship. In 2012, it took an overtime victory to defeat the then undefeated South Carolina Warriors team.
Commenting on the pre-season ranking, Giants Head Coach, Kevin Waters stated, Itís an honor to be the pre-season ranked number 1 team in the ABA. Years past have shown that whenever we received the honor we have gone on to win the ABA Championship.
With an exciting season ahead, the Jacksonville Giants will have to work hard to hold the number one spot. No doubt, youíll see a lot of movement in the Power Rankings when the season begins in November, said ABA CEO, Joe Newman. The Jacksonville Giantss first home game is at Veterans Memorial Arena on December 6th against the Birmingham Blitz, in which they will also be celebrating their April 2013 ABA championship win with a ring and banner ceremony.
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