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Sabres fall to Mountaineers in season opener - Nov 13, 2012


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Joe Becerra
A great night of professional basketball is now one for the history books. Salems very first ABA (American Basketball Association) team the Salem Sabres a brand new expansion team in Salem Oregon played its very first inaugural game at Chemeketa Community College on November 10th 2012 and what a nail biter it was. The game went into double overtime with the Sabres coming up short against the 13th ranked Seattle Mountaineers. Final score was 117 to 115.
For the record books you can put Michael McLaughin down for the first two points scored for the organization. The first quarter was off to a slow start as the team shook of the first game jitters and then picked up their game towards at the beginning of the second quarter. Leading scorers for the Sabres were Jeff Dunn (6'5''-F-83, college: Corban) (Dallas, OR) with 21 points, Cory Largent (6'7''-F) with 21 points, Sergio Rosario (Dayton, Or) with 24 points and Phil Nelson (6'8''-F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Portland St.) (Salem, Or) with 29 points.
Head Coach Willie Freeman gave his take of the teams very first ABA game said Our first test as an organization, staff and as a team did not end the way we would have liked to, but overall there are a lot of positives to pull from. Facing a Seattle team that is ranked 13th out of the 90 teams in the ABA and who had already played several games this season, taking them to a double overtime we feel very confident about the direction we are headed. We will continue to practice hard, play hard and we will continue to develop our guys into consistent professionals.
General Manager Joe Becerra also had this to say It was a great night for the City of Salem and the Sabres franchise. We had a great crowd, saluted our military veterans and played an excellent first game. The fans were treated to an exciting, competitive game by two talented teams. We are thrilled to be in the ABA and feel we can compete for the conference title. We thank all the fans for coming out and all our staff who worked to make the game a great success.
From the very beginning we set out to provide affordable family friendly basketball games. I think all the way around we accomplished what we set out to do. The North Salem ROTC conducted our Color Guard, Salem City councilwoman Sheryl Thomas sang the National Anthem, Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America played an exhibition game at halftime, two YMCA youth competed for a prize doing full court layups, prizes were thrown out to the crowd and the Salem Sabres Dance Team did an outstanding job with their performance and crowd interaction.
The Salem Sabres next game will be on Nov. 18th against the Kitsap Admirals in Bremerton, Wa. The next Sabres home game will be on Dec 14th against the Olympia Rise.
From the game we saw the Salem Sabres play the other night their motto is just right Theres A New Game In Town.
The Salem Sabres website is www.salemsabresaba.com and you can like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SalemSabres
  




Joe Newman
No change in top 4 in ABA Power Rankings - 5 days ago

The American Basketball Association (ABA) released its Power Rankings through Sunday, November 27th and the top four teams held their positions. "With limited play over the Thanksgiving weekend, there was no change at the top," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "The Orlando Waves, Arizona Scorpions, DMV Warriors and Kentucky Enforcers all held their positions with undefeated records. With a full schedule of games this week and some top contenders playing one another, we could see some sh...   [read more]

Todd Brown
Todd Brown Jr. Triple Double Was Not Enough For The Cleveland Am Pro'ers In Their ABA Season Debut - 11 days ago

The Cleveland Am Pro'ers traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa last Saturday to take on the Steel City Yellow Jackets, in an exciting ABA Contest. The Cleveland team has not participated in the ABA or any Minor League in almost two seasons, but the team is back and loaded with talent. The Steel City Yellow Jackets who were coming off a victory in their previous game also had several talented players which made for an exciting contest. Cleveland and Steel City went into halftime tied at 51. In the...   [read more]

Joe Newman
Orlando Waves take over #1 in ABA Power Rankings - 12 days ago

The American Basketball Association (ABA) today released its Power Rankings for the week ending Sunday, November 20th and the Orlando Waves moved into the number one position with a victory over the strong South Florida Gold team. The Arizona Scorpions moved into the #2 position followed closely by last week's #1 rated DMV Warriors. "We have some very talented teams in the ABA this season," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman , "And I anticipate there will be a battle every week for the #1 s...   [read more]


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