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Las Vegas Venom Seek First Championship in ABA

October 20, 2006 - American Basketball Association (ABA) Las Vegas Venom

LAS VEGAS - (Oct. 19, 2006) The Las Vegas Venom is ready to make an impact on the American Basketball Association (ABA) with a goal to win a championship in their first season. The ownership of the team is committed to achieving that goal and has hired two proven winners, Assistant General Manager Matt Zimmerman and Head Coach Che Jones, to bring home the first championship.

"My goal is to win 80 percent of our games and bring in at least three thousand fans," commented Zimmerman.

"Zim," as he is also known, was the architect of the ABA's Boston Frenzy. With his experience he will be looking for the right combination of veterans and rookies.

"We are looking at hungry, aggressive, hard-nosed players that can play at least two positions," added Zimmerman.

The vision is also shared by Jones, former assistant coach for Columbus State Community College basketball team. Jones helped guide the team to a number one ranking in the country, which earned a 29-2 record before losing to the National Champions in the NJCAA Regional Championships.

"We are going to pride ourselves in defending the ball and crashing the boards," Jones said. "We are going to play up-tempo basketball and push the ball to the front court."

A self-described politician and a political science major from Ohio State University, Newark, Jones knows the importance of relationships and how to manage players.

"The essence of any relationship is honesty," he added. "I will make sure that every player understands their role within the team."

Tryouts to select the team for the upcoming season will begin on October 20th and will go through October 27th when the final team will be announced. Tryouts will take place at 4925 South Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, 89118. Practice times are to be determined.

Note: OurSports Central no longer actively covers the American Basketball Association (ABA) as a professional league due in part to its inability to publish and play a schedule and the transitory nature of many of its teams. For information on professional minor leagues, please see OSC's basketball section.

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