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Showboats finish 4-0 in pre-season with win against Takers 139-83

November 23, 2008 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Texas Fuel News Release

The new expansion ABA team in San Antonio finished out their pre-season undefeated (4-0) by putting a beating on the Houston Takers 139-83. They will be getting ready to begin the 2008-2009 ABA season Saturday Dec 6, 2008. The Showboats will look to compete for the ABA Championship this year but must first compete to win their division. The Showboats will be playing Houston Takers(4yrs in the league), Texas City Rangers(1st year), West Texas Whirlwinds(3rd year), Mississippi Blues(1st year), and S.E. Mustangs(1st year ABA, moved from CBA). The Showboats are ranked #11 in the league and will look to see if they move within the ranking in the coming days after beating Houston who is ranked #10 in the ABA. The team in San Antonio is owned and operated by a San Antonio native and former Robert E. Lee high school player/graduate, Benjamin Mireles. "It is good to see our players step up and finish out strong in the pre-season. We wanted to go in there and play our best and also come out on top and we did just that. I was real disappointed with my guys in the second half but overall I am proud of the success we have had and it feels good going home with the win tonight before Thanksgiving." said coach Mireles.

The Showboats have 6 players right here from the San Antonio area, have been beating their opponents by an average of 36 points and added to the average by beating Hoston by 56 points. Houston has a pretty good team if you look at their line-up. Houston has 7 returning players from last year and played without their point guard Jefffery Addai. The Showboats want to bring an ABA Championship to San Antonio and they know they are being very underestimated. "We know that being an expansion team in this league and in our city is going to be tough but if we can get some recognition for our team and show the city of San Antonio that we have great talent within local players here, then the fans, media, papers, schools, and businesses will see how exciting it is to see these players work hard for a chance to do what they love to do and pursue a basketball career right here in this city." said owner/head coach Ben Mireles. The Showboats played without forwards Langston Grady(John Jay)-(Hamstring) and Andrew Francis(UTSA)-(Personal Leave) and hope to have both of them back by the first game of the season.

Players of the game:

Kenny Wilson(John Jay H.S, Boise State, Czech) - 36 pts, 5reb, 5ast, 3st, 1blk

Keith Simpson(CBA - Silverados) - 24pts, 4ast

Isaiah Allen(UTSA) - 21pts

Chris Woods(Fox Tech H.S) - 9pts, 7reb, 6ass, 3st

The Showboats play their first ABA regular season home game at Antioch Sports complex on Dec 6th and host to the West Texas Whirlwinds in a rematch. This game of course will be when both teams have their final roster for the season. This is going to be an exciting game and we look forward to seeing you there.

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