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Salt Lake City Saints debut with 128-98 Win in Modesto

December 8, 2008 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Salt Lake City Saints News Release

John Millsap and Tim Drisdom got the Salt Lake City Saints off to a great start to its season, leading the Saints to a 128-98 win in its American Basketball Association debut in Modesto. It was the first game of the season for both the Saints and Modesto Bearcats.

Drisdom started off the game with two three-pointers, and the Saints held a 28-24 lead after one period. Kendrick Grace had 11 points in the quarter while Kevin Young added 8 points for the Bearcats. Kevin Sweetwyne had 7 points to go along with Drisdoms 6 in the first period.

Millsap took over the game in the second period, slashing his way to 11 points in the quarter. Evric Gray and Nick Covington led the Saints on a 17-5 run as the Saints sprinted to a 58-39 halftime lead.

The second half saw the Bearcats make a run behind Young, who had 7 points, and Dashawn Anderson, who got hot and added 12 points for Modesto. The Saints lead was cut to 66-51, but Evric Gray went on an individual 8-0 run to extend the Salt Lake lead to 74-51. The Saints led 89-74 at the end of three quarters.

The final period had Millsap, Drisdom and Sweetwyne all scoring at will, with the Saints lead going as high as 35 points. Millsap finished the game with 26 points, while Drisdom and Sweetwyne both finished with 21. Gray finished with 17 points for Salt Lake City. Young finished with 26 for Modesto , with Anderson and Grace finishing with 20 and 18 respectively for the Bearcats.

Saints Head Coach Lossie Mitchel said "Its good to get this first one under our belts, and obviously we still have some things to improve on if we want to be as good as I think we can be, but I will take the win and reload for tomorrows game."

The two teams meet again in a rematch tomorrow in Modesto at 7pm.

SLC 28 29 32 39 - 128

MOD 24 14 33 27 - 98

Saints John Millsap 26, Tyler Jones 4, Evric Gray 17, Nick Covington 11, Tim Drisdom 21, Kevin Sweetwyne 21, Brock Hyatt 6, Crain Hamer 2, Troy Gwynn 5, Myron Simms 9, Bernard Rock 6 Saints 128

Bearcats Aaron Gentry 6, Kendrick Grace 18, Izzy Torres 4, TJ Walker 6, Kevin Young 26, Terron Lewis, 0, Dashawn Anderson 20, James Guilky 7, Poco Hagans 5, Mike Bonilias 0, Dawan Robinson 7, Jamal Harris 1 Bearcats 98

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