GIANTS ANNOUNCE SEASON 3 WITH CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH
The 2012 National Champion Jacksonville Giants announced today that they will continue their heated rivalry against the South Carolina Warriors during this upcoming season. The first of a four game series and a rematch of last season’s championship matchup, will be played at Jacksonville’s Veterans Memorial Arena on December 8, 2012. With the Warriors defeating the Giants during both regular season match-ups last year, and then the Giants winning a very close and defensive ABA Championship series in St. Petersburg against the Warriors, this seasons four-game series promises to be great. Ron Sholes, Team Owner of the Giants, said that “last season’s series was probably the best ever in the 12 year history of the ABA. Fans will definitely get to enjoy some great basketball when these teams play.”
Speaking of fans, the Giants are expecting a full house for the home opener as the Giants look to retake ownership of their home court. The Warriors are the only team to beat the Giants at home in the past two years. The game will be televised locally, and possibly nationally as part of a television deal being negotiated by the ABA. The Giants are also planning a great show of entertainment before and during the game and will be revealing the team’s ABA Championship banner before the game.
Game two of the series has the Giants traveling to Myrtle Beach on Jan. 12 while game three will be back in Jacksonville on Feb. 9. This much anticipated series will conclude with the final game being played in Myrtle Beach on March 2, 2013, just before the start of the 2012/2013 ABA Playoffs.
2011-2012 ABA CHAMPIONS JACKSONVILLE GIANTS
April 15, 2012 the Jacksonville Giants won the ABA Championship in St. Petersburg, Florida. Taking the series 2-0 against the #1 ranked and previously undefeated South Carolina Warriors. The Giants finished the season with a 27-4 record.
THE DECEMBER 2011 SEASON OPENER BUZZER BEATER
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.
PROUD RECIPIENTS OF DCPS BUSINESS PARTNER RECOGNITION AWARD
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 Duval County 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.
MOST POINTS SCORED IN A SINGLE GAME IN PRO BASKETBALL HISTORY
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.
UNDEFEATED IN ITS FIRST REGULAR SEASON (23-0)
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.
2011 ABA ALL-STAR GAME
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 the United 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.”
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.