Nov 7, 2011
ABA Teams Trying To Fill Basketball Void During NBA Lockout

For diehard basketball fans tormented by the lack of action due to the NBA lockout, the good news is professional roundball is alive and well in Colorado Springs.

The American Basketball Association’s Colorado Springs Crusaders opened their inaugural season Saturday and Sunday at James Irwin High School. High intensity hoops, featuring a frenzied pace, talented scorers and pressing defenses filled the gym Sunday as the Crusaders played the Greeley-based Colorado Cougars.

After defeating the Cougars 120-96 Saturday, the Crusaders fell 134-130. With a group of former local high school stars — most with college basketball experience — mixing it up for 48 minutes, the fans were not left unfulfilled.

“The ABA is all about entertainment, and with the NBA not playing, it gives us an opportunity to let fans see professional basketball for cheaper than a movie ticket, said Crusaders coach Kenneth Tarver, a 10-year Air Force veteran who has coached at Peterson Air Force Base. It’s exciting, and we’ve got high flyers, defense and halftime shows, so you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.”

The Crusaders are one of the ABA’s recent expansion teams and will play a schedule that runs until early March. For owner Tramell McTyer — a former Florida Atlantic and CSU-Pueblo player — the Crusaders are a dream come true for the 25-year-old entrepreneur.

“It’s pretty exciting, he said. At the end of the day, when I sit down and see what we’ve accomplished and everybody who’s coming out, it’s a great feeling. We have a great following and great supporters.”

It took McTyer seven months to raise the money and organize the effort to land the team.

“We announced (the team) on Nov. 15 last year on my birthday, he said. At the first exhibition game, I teared up. I’m 25 years old, and to see something like this and to see my vision and live my dream is amazing.”

Former Coronado High School star Curt Roundtree agreed.

“It’s amazing and is a great opportunity, said Roundtree, who led Colorado Springs with 30 points Sunday. We have a lot of great guys coming out, and we really appreciate the opportunity and the team. There’s no NBA right now, so we are the show.”


Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/basketball-128014-nba-fill.html#ixzz1d2MQCdaT

ABA Teams Trying To Fill Basketball Void During NBA Lockout

Colorado Springs Gazette, Neal Reid

http://www.gazette.com/sports/basketball-128014-nba-fill.html

For diehard basketball fans tormented by the lack of action due to the NBA lockout, the good news is professional roundball is alive and well in Colorado Springs.

The American Basketball Association’s Colorado Springs Crusaders opened their inaugural season Saturday and Sunday at James Irwin High School. High intensity hoops, featuring a frenzied pace, talented scorers and pressing defenses filled the gym Sunday as the Crusaders played the Greeley-based Colorado Cougars.

After defeating the Cougars 120-96 Saturday, the Crusaders fell 134-130. With a group of former local high school stars — most with college basketball experience — mixing it up for 48 minutes, the fans were not left unfulfilled.

“The ABA is all about entertainment, and with the NBA not playing, it gives us an opportunity to let fans see professional basketball for cheaper than a movie ticket, said Crusaders coach Kenneth Tarver, a 10-year Air Force veteran who has coached at Peterson Air Force Base. It’s exciting, and we’ve got high flyers, defense and halftime shows, so you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.”

The Crusaders are one of the ABA’s recent expansion teams and will play a schedule that runs until early March. For owner Tramell McTyer — a former Florida Atlantic and CSU-Pueblo player — the Crusaders are a dream come true for the 25-year-old entrepreneur.

“It’s pretty exciting, he said. At the end of the day, when I sit down and see what we’ve accomplished and everybody who’s coming out, it’s a great feeling. We have a great following and great supporters.”

It took McTyer seven months to raise the money and organize the effort to land the team.

“We announced (the team) on Nov. 15 last year on my birthday, he said. At the first exhibition game, I teared up. I’m 25 years old, and to see something like this and to see my vision and live my dream is amazing.”

Former Coronado High School star Curt Roundtree agreed.

“It’s amazing and is a great opportunity, said Roundtree, who led Colorado Springs with 30 points Sunday. We have a lot of great guys coming out, and we really appreciate the opportunity and the team. There’s no NBA right now, so we are the show.”

Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/basketball-128014-nba-fill.html#ixzz1d2MQCdaT






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