Buzz Knock off Broncs to Advance to ABA Championship Game

March 20, 2009 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Maywood Buzz News Release

Nashville, TN - The Maywood Buzz 1st knocked off the Chicago Steam in the quarter-finals 91-82 and tonight knocked off the Nashville Broncs on their home floor 121-112 in the Semi-Finals to advance to the 2009 ABA Championship Game where they will face the Kentucky Bisons. The Buzz started the game off hot and continued to stay that way until midway through the 2nd quarter the heart and soul of the Buzz PG Wesley Stokes received his 2nd technical of the game and was ejected. "Wesley had the ball and got fouled at half court where as the whistle blew he was already in his passing motion to hit his streaking teammate and was hit with his 2nd tech' stated Buzz Head Coach Burrel Lee III. "The referee said that he tried to hit the player that fouled him with the ball, which wasn't true as his Buzz teammate was wide open for the score had the whistle not blown" added Lee.

So the Buzz was forced to play the last 28:32 of the game without their rookie of the year and West division MVP. What was the Buzz to do, the went to bench and turned to another rookie, Joey Saavedra who came in and handled the Broncs press by finishing with 21pts (10-12 FT), 4ast and 4stls. "Burrel is always saying on any giving night anyone of us can be called upon to step up and I felt tonight with Wesley gone I had to step it up and help my team" said Saavedra.

The Buzz was lead by Kenny Wright 28pts (11-13 FT), 6rebs and 6ast, Isaac Burton 16pts, 3ast, 3rebs, Lemar Gayle 15pts & 5rebs, Jamar Cramer 14pts, 5ast and 4stls and Mark Dawson 12pts & 9rebs.

The Buzz and Bisons will tip off on Sunday night at 7pm here in Nashville. The All-Star game along with the 3pt and slam dunk contest will begin Sunday at 12pm. The Buzz have 3 players voted to play Stokes, Wright and Burton.

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