(Greensboro, North Carolina): The Carolina Cheetahs came out on top last night (SCORE 108 -105), but it wasn’t an easy win. The Norfolk Virginia Tru Hope Trailblazers was a tough team for the Cheetahs tonight, they showed a lot of fight and heart. They fought the Cheetahs down to shooting a 3 pointer with less than 3 seconds in the game for a chance to send the Triad’s Cheetahs into overtime.
“We were victorious in this game because we showed poise, patience, and controlled the tempo of the game,” said Tizzo Johnson, Asst General Manager of the Carolina Cheetahs and former overseas professional player and UNCG Spartan. “This is how we beat our opponents. We played together as a team, shared the ball, and took open shots.”
The game was up-tempo, intense, and took execution of every play to win against them. The play of this game tonight showed the true meaning of the ABA. Fast paced, high scoring with a lot of dunks to ignite the crowd. Throughout the game, both teams were making big shots and the Cheetahs had a few players step up their game to seal the deal. Chris Woods, Ryan Scott, and Norman Carter each scored big baskets in the clutch but it took a team effort to pull this game out.
Johnson said, “Coach K and Coach Watts exemplified great leadership and composed themselves in a professional manner. If we continue to play this way, we will continue to be one of the best teams in the league.”
Join the Cheetahs for their “Fox 8 Gifts for Kids Weekend” 2nd day today (Sunday 12/18) @ 5pm against the Lynchburg Legends. Tipoff is 5:00. Come enjoy entertainment provided by Carver High School Marching Band and the New Goshen Praise Dancers.
FREE BOOKS & WIN A FREE NOOK E-READER
The Cheetahs have also partnered with Stampede to Read for the season who will be giving away books for the kids. In addition, fans will get a chance to win a free NOOK Tablet in a drawing.
They are asking each fan to bring a new, unwrapped, unopened gift for donation. Each fan that brings a toy will receive game admission for only $5. Kids (ages 5-12) who bring a toy will be admitted FREE!! All students with a valid ID are only $5.
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.