Three-time defending champion Jacksonville Giants have earned another trip to the ABA Final. The Giants took care of business against the third ranked Syracuse Stallions in the semifinals with a 149-129 victory on Friday to reach the title game.
The five-time champion will have a familiar opponent on Saturday when they face South Florida Gold, a Southeast Region rival based in Lake Worth. Gold needed a comeback in their semifinal to down the Richmond Elite 131-122. The two finalist met on March 9 in the regional final with South Florida winning 139-134. Gold finished atop the ABA Power Rankings with an undefeated season. The Giants were fourth in the rankings.
Saturday’s championship game is scheduled for 5:30 PM (CT) in St. Louis. Details www.theabafinals.com
ABA First Round results
-Jacksonville 109, Port City Tornados 85
-Steel City Yellow Jackets 91, Chicago Knights 79
-Topeka Sizzlers 130, Alexandria Armor 127
ABA Quarterfinal results
-Jacksonville 129, Steel City 98
-Richmond 135, St. Louis Spirits 109
-Syracuse 2, San Francisco City Cats (FORFEIT)
-South Florida 129, Topeka 115
ABA Semifinal results
-Jacksonville 149, Syracuse 129
-South Florida 131, Richmond 122