Greensboro, NC (Piedmont Triad) – The American Basketball Association (ABA) released its Power Rankings for the week ending December 4th , and the Carolina Cheetahs move up the rankings. The Carolina Cheetahs advance 6 spots to be ranked 8th in the league, according to ABALive.com. The Triad’s ABA team had a great weekend tearing up the competition with back to back wins.
“I am so excited for my players, they played hard and now we have moved from #14 to #8 in the ABA top 24,” says Carolina Cheetahs Coach Baugh.
Away Game Highlights:
Saturday, December 3rd : The Cheetahs defeated the Fayetteville Flight once again with a 114 – 110 close win. A late 3 point basketball by Chris Woods broke open close game between the Carolina Cheetahs and Fayetteville Flight. The Cheetahs had defeating them November 27th at a home game 113 – 107.
Home Game Highlights:
Sunday, December 4th: The Carolina Cheetahs controlled the entire game as they cruised to a convincing 132 – 101win over the Appalachian Rapids. The Appalachian Rapids team is the ‘traveling team’ of the West Virginia (VA) Blazers ABA team.
In a game that could have been a possible “trap” game against the Rapids, the Cheetahs put on a spectacular performance last Sunday evening as they improved to 5-1 on the season. The Cheetahs had six players in double figures led by a stellar all-around game by CJ Pigford who had 16 points.
Triad celebrity “Que Diddy Raley” received the honor of being the 13th man for the rolling Cheetahs and he contributed with a couple of defensive steals along with some assists. The Cheetahs have now won 4 in a row and seem to be playing puuuurfect basketball as of now.
“The future for the Carolina Cheetahs is very bright, because of the efforts of these men both on the floor and off the floor,” said Coach Baugh, “We will do everything we can as a team to be successful, both now and in the future. We will continue to be professional and strive for greatness.”
The next away game is Saturday, December 10th at 7:30 against the Lynchburg Legends who they defeated in their season opener (Nov 19th) 115 – 106 to collect their first victory of the season.
The Cheetahs play their next home game at UNCG Fleming Gymnasium on the main campus, just off of Walker Avenue and Aycock Street (1320 Walker Avenue). The game is Sunday, December 12th at 5:00pm against the Greenville Trojans.
For more information about the Carolina Cheetahs, including team photos, news, video, and game schedules, please visit www.carolinacheetahs.com to connect, share and buy tickets online.
About the Carolina Cheetahs Professional Basketball Team:
The Carolina Cheetahs ABA organization is a local expansion franchise that began play for their first season Nov 2011. The organization is dedicated to providing affordable, family-fun entertainment to the community; in addition to providing local athletes an opportunity to play on a professional level. The Carolina Cheetahs represent the greater Piedmont Triad communities of Greensboro, Winston Salem, and High Point. The organization will give back to its community by providing scholarships, basketball camps and empowerment camps for children and their parents and classes on financial freedom. The Cheetahs are one of three teams owned by the Carolina Cats Sports & Entertainment Group Inc, the other two being the Raleigh-based Carolina Jaguars and the Rocky Mount-based Carolina Cougars.
About the American Basketball Association, Inc. (ABA):
The ABA is the largest professional sports league in the US with over ninety (94) teams based in the US and internationally. It is also the most diverse professional sports league in history with over 75% of its teams owned by women and minorities. The ABA has made professional basketball fan-friendly and affordable and it teams are committed to working closely with the youth in their communities. The ABA provides over 1000 players, 200 coaches and 200 referees the opportunity to work and compete at the professional level. The league announced its new ABA Classics Division, a celebrity-backed prize money league that will begin summer 2012; the WABA, a women’s league that will begin play January 2012, ABA Global, its international initiative and the ABA Entertainment League featuring top entertainers, directors, producers and former NFL, NBA, MLB players that began play in October 2011.
Written by Kennette Burgess, Carolina Cheetahs, Acting Director of Media and Community Involvement Director