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Details of 2014 ABA Championship Finals Announced

Posted by Friday, April 4th, 2014 06:32 pm GMT +00:00


For more information, contact:

Debra Green, Marketing

Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks Pro Basketball

318-734-9827 or 254-592-3662

Free and reduced-price admission, live entertainment among nightly offerings planned for ABA Championship Finals in Shreveport-Bossier


SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER – The 2014 American Basketball Association (ABA) Championship Finals will be held at the Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport, April 10-15, featuring fiercely competitive games between the top eight teams in the ABA power rankings. The undefeated Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks, who won National Championships in 2010 and 2011, are among the teams vying for the title, as are the following teams: Jacksonville Giants, the South Florida Gold, the Bay Area Matrix, the  Arizona Scorpions, Chicago Steam, and the Jersey Express. One additional qualifying team will be announced soon.  

Nightly promotions offering free or discounted admission to fans who show their team spirit have been announced for each night of the ABA Championship Finals. A tentative schedule of live entertainment has also been announced.

Details of each night are:

Thursday, April 10 – Community Night
Wear your organizational or non-profit t-shirt to receive half-price general admission.
Game 1 Tip-Off at 6 p.m.; Game 2 Tip-Off at 8 p.m.


On Thursday, April 10th at 2:00 p.m. prior to game time, come out to the Holiday Inn Airport location at 5555 Financial Plaza to an open to the public Meet and Greet and Press Conference.  Meet Players and Coaches.  Press Conference to be held in the Hotel

Atrium area. 

Friday, April 11 – Ladies Night
Ladies who wear pink and/or pumps will receive free general admission.
Entertainment: Fair Park High School Band, USA Jump Rope Team
Game 3 Tip-Off at 6 p.m.; Game 4 Tip-Off at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 12 – School Spirit Night
Show a current school ID (or, for younger students, wear a school shirt) to receive half-price general admission.
Entertainment: Green Oaks and Booker T. Washington High School bands, Rave Party with DJ Breeze
Game 5 Tip-Off at 6 p.m.; Game 6 Tip-Off at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 13 – Veteran and Military Night
Active and retired military receive free admission, their family and friends receive half-price admission.
Entertainment: Huntington High School Band, Boy Scout posting of the colors
Game 1 of ABA Championships Tip-Off at 4 p.m.

Monday, April 14 – Black Out Hirsch Coliseum
Regular ticket prices apply, fans are asked to wear black Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks t-shirts
Entertainment: National Anthem sung live by Larry Ellis, Booker T. Washington High School Drumline
Game 2 of ABA Championships Tip-Off at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15 – TBA
Regular ticket prices apply
Game 3 of ABA Championships (If Necessary) Tip-Off at 7:30 p.m.

Play-off, Final Four and Championship tickets are now available online at and will be available at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., beginning on Monday, April 7. The ticket box office at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum may be contacted by calling (318) 631-4930.


For more information on the ABA Finals visit or

The ABA Championship Finals are presented with the support of the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel and Casino, Hilton Shreveport and Holiday Inn Shreveport Airport West. 

For visitor information on hotels, restaurants and other attractions in Shreveport-Bossier, visit or call (318) 222-9391.    



Posted by Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 04:23 pm GMT +00:00

AlminHeadShotNEWARK, NJ-March 9, 2014-On an evening where the Jersey Express men’s basketball program ended their regular season, it was Almin Hodzic (Budd Lake, NJ) who stole the show, powering the Express to a 93-74 victory as the Jersey Express completed the season sweep of the Bronx Holy Frames in the 2013-2014 home finale.

In their final appearances for the Express in Newark, Almin Hodzic, Charles Smith (Newark, NJ), and Keon Lawrence (Newark, NJ) made it a night to remember. Smith unleased a long-range assault en route to a team-high 14 points, while Hodzic and Lawrence totaled 14 points behind strong shooting performances of their own.

Bronx Holy Frames Jarrell Blalock came off the bench and led the team with 18 points, tallied six assist and 4 steals. Seven of his 18 points came in the last period but the comeback effort ultimately fell short.

Jersey Express took a 17-point advantage into the locker room, but the Holy Flames cut the deficit to 68-54 by the end of the third period. The squads continued to trade blows but the Express kept its distance, leading by as many as 19 when Hodzic made a two point shot to give the Express an 89-70 advantage in the final period.

Justin Garris (Ledgewood, NJ) added 13 points and five boards in his first game for the Express. William Goines (Paterson, NJ) had a team high of 11 rebounds with 8 points.

The Jersey Express closed out a tough Bronx Holy Flames team with 64 rebounds 18 steals, and 11 blocks. They are now on their way to the playoffs with hopes of winning it all.

Written by: Anna-Kaye Robinson,SHU


Posted by Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 08:04 pm GMT +00:00

March8backNEWARK, NJ-March 5, 2014-The Jersey Express ABA basketball team will make its final appearance of the regular season on Saturday as the Express is set to Host the Bronx Holy Flames. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m.


The Express (8-2) aims to kick-off March just as it did in February, with a win over The Bronx Holy Flames. The Express bested the Holy Flames, 110-79, in the last meeting between the two teams.


The Express is coming off a three-point game loss to Staten Island Vipers on Saturday, but has its sights on a third win against the Holy Flames. Veteran Admin Hodzic (Budd Lake, NJ) delivered a game-high of 41 points against the Holy Flames in their last meeting. Hodzic wants to end the season on a high note “Saturday’s game. “It’s our last chance to leave an impression in front of our home crowd and we are going to be trying to put on a good show. It has been a pretty successful season for us so far and we will be trying to improve on our result in the playoffs from last year and make it to the final four."


“As the regular season comes to a close, we are on our way to the playoffs. We would like to thank our fans, sponsors, and staff, including Shabazz High School, as well as Weequahic High School.  As the spokesman of our great team the Jersey Express, We would love to have all of Newark and the surrounding City's support us as we travel to the playoffs, by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and all social media. With that being, next season we can sell out and bring job opportunities to the community.” Jeffrey R Brown Sr., Spokesman


“This being possibly our last home game of the season, is very important to the players.  They know what’s at stake and I’m sure they will use this as a measuring stick to show how far we have come as a team.  We need to continue to progress and not pick up any bad habits going into the playoffs.”  Ray Ortiz, Head coach


The owner of the Jersey Express Marsha Blount stated “I am very excited with the success of the regular season, and to be heading to the playoffs once again. With the partnerships that we've formed with the Power of One Foundation, and Insight, we are able to bring you Newark's own Treach of the world famous Naughty by Nature as our celebrity 13th player, along with Veronica Bailey of Newark singing the national anthem, Newark's own DJ Terrell on the turntables, and pastor Ingalls, and finally the Tribe of Judah choir performing at halftime.  We begin the playoffs on March 15th, and are looking to bring an ABA championship to New Jersey."


Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Jersey Express Saturday at 5 p.m. as they take on the Bronx Holy Flames to close out their regular season.  For more information on the Jersey Express, log onto or follow, tweet, or join our social media pages.  For information on the ABA, log onto


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Written By: Anna-Kaye A Robinson  


Posted by Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 09:21 pm GMT +00:00

AlminHeadShotNEWARK, NJ-March 2, 2014-Almin Hodzic (Budd Lake, NJ) led the Express with 33 points, but Staten Island had a total of 60 rebounds to power the Vipers to a 118-115 victory over the Jersey Express Saturday evening.


Jersey Express (8-2) made just fifteen of 21 free throws. Keon Lawrence (Newark, NJ) collected 21 points, six rebounds and eight assists. The Express also received 19 points from Jason Smith (Paterson, NJ) and 16 points from Corey Chandler (Newark, NJ).


The Express defeated the Vipers 101-98 on Jan. 18 therefore they are 1-1 against the Vipers. Hodzic’s free throw that led to Chandler’s field goal to complete a 3-point play handed the Express its biggest lead of the game 33-19 in the first quarter. The vipers then answered with an 11-2 run for a 30-35 edge at the end of the first quarter.


A 9-2 run by Staten Island in the final minutes of the game gave the Vipers a 117-115 lead. The Express then fouled and gave the Vipers another point which concluded the game at 118-115.


Treach1In the final home game for the Express on Saturday March 8, 2014, Naught by Nature’s Treach will be the 13th celebrity player as they take on The Bronx Holy Frames. Tickets can be purchased @


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Hodzic Sparks the Jersey Express Past the Bronx Holy Frames, 110-79

Posted by Monday, February 10th, 2014 04:05 am GMT +00:00

AlminHeadShotNewark, NJ- January 9, 2013- Express center Almin Hodzic (Budd Lake, NJ) dominated play with 41 points and 14 rebounds in the Express’ 110-79 win over the Holy Frames on Saturday.

Jersey Express (8-1) got 12 points and 6 rebounds from Corey Chandler (Newark, NJ), four assists from Donald Hennie (Hackensack, NJ) and 6 points and 9 boards from William Goines (Paterson, NJ). Keon Lawrence (Newark, NJ) and Jason Smith (Paterson, NJ) scored 19 points each for the Express.


The Jersey Express set the tone from the opening tip rushing out to a 53-36 advantage by halftime. Eight of the nine Express made their way into the scoring column, including four points from Charles Smith (Newark, NJ) and three points from Terry Hill (Newark, NJ).


Hodzic helped set the tone in a furious surge over the final 20 minutes as the Express outscored the Holy Frames 54-43 in the second half. The 6-foot-11 center buried four of his six 3-point in the contest.  The express torched the nets with 10 threes in the contest shooting 38.5% from long range. Jason Smith and Hodzic combined to shoot 7-for-10 from beyond the arc. 


The Express showcased the solid perimeter defense that it has displayed in the league this season, limiting Holy Frames to a 35.7% (5-14) shooting from 3-point territory. Travis Conyers (Jersey City, NJ) had six steels, while the Express also collected 38 of its 60 rebounds on the defensive glass. The Jersey Express capitalized on Holy Frame’s 28 turnovers, scoring a few points off their opponent’s mishaps.


Express converted 26-of-34 free-throw attempts (76.5%) while the Holy Frames struggled at the line going just 10-for-17 (58.8%). Lawrence finished 4-for-5 at the stripe, Hennie and Hodzic were both 3-for-4, and Chandler was 10-for-12. 


The team returns to action Saturday February 15 for a meeting with the Staten Island Vipers. Tip time at Weequahic High School is slated for 5 p.m. 279 Chancellor Ave, Newark, NJ