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Texas wins sixth straight, defeating the Waco Wranglers 140-133

November 19, 2006 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Texas Tycoons News Release

Dallas, TX - In the 4th of a 4 game in a row homestand, the Texas Tycoons squared off with divisional rival Waco Wranglers on Sunday in Dallas, Texas. This game is a natural rivalry with Waco located approximately an hour south of Dallas. Waco came in hungry for their first win standing at 0-5 on the young season while the Tycoons were riding high with 5 consecutive victories to their credit, posting a first place mark of 5-1.

The Wranglers featured a balanced scoring attack on the evening with five players scoring in double figures. Reggie Griffin (6'4''-G-75, college: Louisiana Monroe) led the way for the Wranglers with 31 points in the game, David Stephens (6'6''-F-82, college: Tarleton St.) had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and Chris Johnson (6'4''-G, college: Tarleton St.), Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Texas Coll.), and Bobbye Hill (6'8''-F/C-81, college: Austin Peay St.) had solid performances with 21, 20, and 17 respectively. Johnson and Hill both collecting 9 boards on the night.

For the Texas Tycoons it was a game of peaks and valleys. After an evenly played first 8 minutes, the Tycoons put together a small run at the end of the first quarter to surge ahead by 10 at 36-26. But the Wranglers kept fighting back closing at the half to within eight at 63-55. Texas came out to start the second half on fire taking a commanding lead after three at 112-84, Jerome Rogers (5'10''-G-81, college: N.Texas) led all scorers with 37, connecting on 8 of 15 shots from beyond the arc to go with his team leading 7 assists and 5 steals. Chris Williams (6'8''-F, college: Tarleton St.) had a strong performance with 26 points and 8 rebounds also hitting 3 of 5 shots from three point distance. Benny West (6'3''-G, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Howard Payne) and Josh Gonner (6'2''-G-82, college: S.Carolina) had 16 each while Brandon Lee (6'3''-G, college: Tarleton St.) and Damarcus Ellis (6'1''-G-80, college: Robert Morris) put 15 on the board each. The Tycoons once again relied on their three point shooting hitting on 16 of 35 as a team. Texas tried to just hold on a little too early and Waco made it interesting down the stretch but the Tycoons prevailed for their 6th consecutive victory. Final score in Dallas, Texas Tycoons 140, Waco Wranglers 133.

The Tycoons now prepare for their 4 game road trip first matching up for a pair south of the border in Monterrey, Mexico versus the Veneno on Friday and Sunday then travel to Houston to face the Undertakers on Wednesday November 29 followed by the Arkansas RiverCatz on Friday December 1st. The Tycoons return home Saturday, December 2nd hosting the Texas Tycoons International and Domestic Free Agent Camp followed by an evening game against the Monterrey Veneno. Information for the camp and ticket purchase is available through the team website at www.txtycoons.com or by calling the team headquarters at 214-749-0134.

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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