Monday, November 30, 2015

The ABA's Georgia Kingz hit the ground running with two season opening wins

Robert Turner has scored 54 total points in the first two games.
The Georgia Kingz, a new ABA team consisting of many of the city's best college players from the past decade, won its second game 119-106 over the Atlanta Storm Sunday at Richmond Academy. The Kingz are 2-0 in their first season of play.

Sunday was my first chance to see the Kingz. Instead of my customary game report, I shared video clips (above) with players' names and former schools so you can get reacquainted with some of our area's most accomplished players.

Like Robert Turner and CJ Washington, who were teammates at Aquinas six years ago. After Turner graduated from Laney and Washington from Butler, the friends would excel at the major college level as Turner averaged 8 points per game as a senior at Texas Tech last season while Washington helped lead his UAB Blazers to the NCAA tournament, averaging 7 points per contest.
Turner led the Kingz Sunday with 24 points and Washington added 22. Turner bullied the Storm guards and showed he can put the ball in the basket in every way. And Washington established a potent inside attack alongside Harold Doby and Santoine Butler, who starred at Augusta University and USC Aiken, respectively.

PJ Meyers scored 49 points in the team's season opening win.
Turner is joined on the perimeter by a trio of guards who are difficult to contain. Former Glenn Hills state champ and Winthrop University 1000 point clubber Reggie Middleton made certain the Augusta team made the most of its edge inside with a steady diet of post feeds. 

PJ Meyers and Xavier Collier are two more weapons the Storm had to account for. Meyers was an NAIA All-American at Life University after graduating from Josey. And the Laney graduate Collier led Benedict into the NCAA tournament during his college years.

The Kingz are 2-0 and will next face the Atlanta Aliens Sunday at 6:00 at Richmond Academy.

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