Monday, February 16, 2015

South Florida Gold Conquer Giants


   Just a Jack slayed the giants in Jack and The Bean Stalk The Gold slam dunked The Jacksonville Giants on 2/14 and 2/15. The Gold also slam dunked cancer by raising $127 for The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Coral Springs. The Gold have proven to be winners on and off the court as they continue to climb the rankings in The American Basketball Association. The Gold were ranked #8 and The Giants ranked #2 so the two victories should see The Gold move up a few spots in the rankings.
    Saturday's Game was a lesson in teamwork as The Gold worked to get everyone involved. From the opening tip to the final buzzer you could feel the intensity of the Gold and see first hand their commitment to working together. Downtown Freddy Brown started the scoring and The Gold would play tenacious defense smothering the Giants on each trip down the floor. Scott Draughn would show why they call him The Professor as he was giving lessons in ball handling and 3 point shooting while creating many steals. Marquis Mathis would live up to his nickname Starquis as he was a top scorer with 28 points while also distributing the ball to Sean Batman Scott and Padrick Matilus who would convert the assistants into points. Lavelle Bring The Payne would bang inside earning several trips to the free throw line where he would convert to build momentum for The Gold. Coach J.R. Gamble would use what many referred to as The Hockey Line Substitution bringing in Charley Cobra Coley, Dave Noel, Rel Blocker, Jarrett Smith and Six Freeman who would continue to work the ball and score while also playing staunch defense. The Gold took a lead and never looked back winning 119-99.
     Sunday The Gold came out a bit slow turning the ball over and giving The Giants several 3D opportunities and the Giants capitalized taking an early lead. The Gold would make adjustments and trail at halftime 63-59. The Giants would get the ball to start the 2nd half but the Gold would intercept the ball and score a 3 by Downtown Freddy Brown cutting the lead to one. The Gold would begin to create some 3D opportunities as Padrick Matilus, Sean Batman Scott, and Jarrett Smith would play relentless defense leading to scoring by Lavelle Bring The Payne, Scott Draughn and Marquis Starquis Mathis. The Gold would stretch the lead as Charley Cobra Coley, Six Freeman, Dave Noel, and Rel Blocker checked into the game. The Giants would begin to hit a few 3's and cut into the lead however with a good rotation and timely substitutions The Gold would continue hold the lead. The Gold would build on their lead when a Scott Draughn crashed the boards putting back a Mathis miss with authority which seemed to ignite the team. Down the stretch The Gold would play physical and take over the game with Down Town Freddy Brown hitting several 3's, Scott Draughn hitting 3's and Marquis Mathis showing some outside range hitting many of his shots. Padrick Matilus would drive the lane on several occasions and score, Lavelle Bringing The Payne would draw many fouls and convert from the free throw line.  Each player contributed leading to a Gold victory 130-119.
     The Gold will play The Miami Midnites on 2/21 at 7 PM at The Parkland YMCA and on 2/22 at 4 PM at The Parkland YMCA.  The Midnites are currently ranked #3 in the league. These two games will have major impact on where The Gold will be seeded for The Playoffs.

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