NEW YORK — Here is a look at the latest major happenings surrounding the American Basketball Association.
VERMONT HEADS FOR QUEBEC CITY & FINAL 8
The Vermont Frost Heaves will take their No. 1 rating in the Power Rankings and defending-champion status to Quebec City for the Final Eight Championships, set for the Pavillion de la Jeunesse beginning Thursday.
Vermont, 34-4, will open with a quarterfinal game at 5 p.m. against the San Francisco Rumble, which defeated Orange County and Long Beach to earn a berth in the draw. The Rumble overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat the Gladiators, before having an easier time with the Breakers, whom they led wire-to-wire.
San Francisco can call on three big men who stand 6-foot-10 or taller: former Fresno State center Chris Adams, Jackson State product Michael Travis and Cal-State Monterey’s Davoughn Lamont. The rest of the Rumble is quick and versatile, capable of implementing coach Fulton Mitchell’s 2-2-1 press.
With both Terrance Green and John Bryant out of the season because of injuries, the Frost Heaves will take 11 healthy players to Quebec. Vermont has nontheless won 21 of its last 22 games, including 12 in a row and beat the Atlanta Vision in two challenging tests earlier this month.
For complete details and more information, visit www.vermontfrostheaves.com. Also, for fans interested in tickets and hotel packages for the Final 8, please call 418-780-4850 or e-mail email@example.com.
For information on the special Milne Travel fan bus tour, which would leave Vermont on Saturday morning if the Frost Heaves are to qualify for the semifinals, call Michelle at 802-864-0204.
FINAL 8 AWAITS MANCHESTER
The Manchester Millrats (27-11) are headed to Quebec city to compete in the Final 8 of the 2008 Playoffs. Manchester received a bye by virtue of its No. 2 ranking in the final ABA Power Rankings. The Millrats open Friday at 5 p.m. at the Expocite’ Pavillion de la Juenesse. They are awaiting the results of a play in game between the Montreal Royal and the Jersey Express to determine their first round opponent.
The Millrats rival, the Vermont Frost Heaves, are the tournament’s top seed. The two clubs could only see each other again this season in the tournament finals.
The Millrats are on a 14-2 streak after injuries, overseas games and altercations had taken their toll, and GM Ian McCarthy was forced to retool the team in midseason. Mainstays Anthony Anderson and P.J. Young were both named as ABA All Stars, while newcomers Al Stewart, Charles Mason and Cedric McGinnis have made significant contributions as starters. If you can’t attend, you can see the games on http://www.kebsdequebec.com /final8/fr/final8.html.