NEW YORK — Here is a look at the latest major happenings surrounding the American Basketball Association.
BUZZ TO HOST MEN’S OPEN BASKETBALL TOURNEY IN MAY
The ABA’s Maywood Buzz will be hosting an Open Men’s Basketball Tournament, May 23-26, in Maywood, California. The tournament will be held at the Maywood Activity Center, 4801 East 58th Street, Maywood, CA 90270. Maywood is located about 15 minutes southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
The entry fee will be $450 per team and first place will be at least $3000. NBA rules will be used, Pro-Am Officials, semi-stop clock (all free throws and last two minutes of the fourth period).
“We will be taking the first 16 teams to enter and maybe more depending upon the response from teams wanting to participate,” stated Buzz GM Burrel Lee III. “We will be giving every player and coach official tournament t-shirts; we will provide game balls and balls for pre-game warm-ups.”
VERMONT SEASON FINALE SET FOR WEDNESDAY
As they prepare to defend the ABA title they won in their inaugural season, the Vermont Frost Heaves will take on the Atlanta Vision at the Barre Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.
Vermont pinned an 85-71 defeat on the Vision in Atlanta last week, but the Vision held a five point lead at the half. Since then, the Vision have played twice in Halifax, where they split a two-game set with the Rainmen over the weekend.
Like the Frost Heaves, Atlanta has clinched a spot in the ABA Final 8 Championship which will take place in Quebec City from March 27-30.
“As the score of our game in Atlanta indicated, this is a deep and rugged team that promises to give us a real test as we gear up for the playoffs,” said Frost Heaves president Alexander Wolff.
“The Vision features ex-And1 Mix Tape Star Robert (50) Martin, former Frost Heave Kevin Harrington, and two of the standouts we’ll be welcoming to the Aud for ABA All-Star Weekend later this week, B.J. Puckett and Sean Dixon.
“We regret that we won’t be hosting any playoff games in Vermont this season. But we and our fans are lucky to have a terrific intersectional match-up like this one to send us off to Quebec.”
Tickets are now on sale for the Atlanta game, as well as for ABA All-Star Weekend in Barre, which will take place with Hot Shots and Dunks on Friday and the ABA All-Star Classic presented by VESCU on Saturday.
Ticket pick-up spots for all three events are Allen Lumber in Barre; First in Fitness in Monpelier; and the Flynn Box Office at 153 Main Street in Burlington.