Knights score 155 in going to 9-0

Published 7:38 pm Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Seven City Knights went well over the century mark in two ABA (American Basketball Association) victories last weekend at Churchland High School to run their undefeated record to 9-0.

The Knights beat G.A.P. Athletics 155-73 Saturday night and the Fayetteville Flight 111-73 Sunday evening. The Knights, in their first season as an ABA franchise, have scored at least 95 points in each of their wins.

All ABA games tend to have higher scoring thanks to some rule differences from the college or NBA game.


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The oddest rule is the 3-D Light, which goes on for a team if they force a steal or turnover. With the 3-D Light on every field goal is worth an extra point and any shooting foul gives the offensive team one more free throw than normal.

Other rule differences include four (or five) points for a shot from beyond midcourt and seven seconds instead of 10 for a team to move the ball past midcourt.

Four former Lakeland Cavaliers play for the Knights: Travis Klink, Jaleel Nelson, Eric Ruffin and John Lillard.

The Knights remain ranked No. 3 in the ABA’s national Power Rankings. The top 24 teams in the rankings at the end of the season make the playoffs. The two teams ahead of the Knights are the Southeastern Texas Mavericks (No. 1, 14-1) and the Jacksonville Giants (No. 2, 10-0).

The Knights hit the road for back-to-back games this Saturday and Sunday.

The Knights host the West Virginia Blazers Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton. The next contest set for Churchland High School is Sunday, Jan. 23 against the New Jersey Express.