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Dial, Carlisle, Lead Jam to Title
Updated 8:23 am ET, Wednesday, March 10, 2004

LONG BEACH, CA - Derrick Dial scored 21 of his 30 points in the second half, including a circus three-pointer with under a minute to play, and Geno Carlisle's late defensive magic keyed the Long Beach Jam's 126-123 win over the Kansas City Knights Tuesday, giving the Jam the 2003-2004 ABA championship. Long Beach led 120-112 with just over two minutes to play, but the Knights battled back and trailed 120-118 before Dial threw up a shot-clock-beating prayer from 30 feet out that went in for a 123-118 lead. And with Joe Crispin looking to duplicate his three-point magic of earlier in the tournament, Carlisle stripped the Knights' guard of the ball at midcourt and dribbled out the final seconds to secure the win for the expansion Jam. Dennis Rodman played 25 minutes for Long Beach and grabbed 14 rebounds. Jamaal Davis led Kansas City with 28 points and 10 rebounds.    [DISCUSS]

FINAL STANDINGS

Team W L Pct. GB
Long Beach Jam 24 7 .774 --
Kansas City Knights 23 9 .719 1
Juarez Gallos de Pelea 15 12 .556 7
Fresno HeatWave 14 13 .481 8
Las Vegas Rattlers 9 16 .360 12
Tijuana Diablos 11 18 .379 12
Jersey Squires 2 23 .080 19
Crispin Puts Knights in Final
March 7, 2004

ABA Tournament action courtesy El DiarioCIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Joe Crispin's three-pointer with two seconds left lifted the Kansas City Knights to a 100-99 win over the Juarez Gallos de Pelea Saturday night, putting the defending ABA champions into Tuesday night's title game in Long Beach. The Knights led 29-16 after one quarter and 50-46 at the half, but Juarez grabbed a 71-68 lead after three. The final seconds saw DeJuan Wheat hit just one of two free throws with his team leading 98-97, allowing the Knights to push the ball the other way in transition and free up Crispin for the game-winner. The Knights and Jam will play Tuesday night at 10:30 pm ET in Long Beach to settle the issue of  the ABA's best team for 2003-2004. [DISCUSS]


RECENT SCORES

Team Score Team Score Crowd
L.Beach 126 Kan.City 123 3,174
Kan City 100 Juarez 99 3,000
Juarez 133 Tijuana 120
Kan.City 101 Jersey 91
Tijuana 90 Fresno 85
Jersey 138 Vegas 96

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CROWD CONTROL

Team G Total Avg.
Juarez 2 6,000 3,000
L.Beach 17 31,099 1,829
Kan.City 8 11,988 1,499
Vegas 3 3,750 1,250
Fresno 2 1,500 750
Jersey 1 80 80
Tijuana 0 0 0
TOTAL 33 54,417 1,649
Missing games:
Tijuana (11): 11/27, 11/29, 12/4, 12/7, 12/18, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3, 1/10, 1/14, 1/15, 1/24, 2/7, 2/14
Fresno (11): 12/2,  12/14, 12/15, 1/7, 1/15, 1/27, 1/28, 2/3, 2/5, 2/10, 2/11, 2/24, 2/26
Kansas City (10): 12/4, 12/10, 12/11, 12/20, 12/23, 12/30, 1/19, 1/20, 2/14, 2/29
Juarez (10): 12/9, 12/12, 12/13, 1/11, 1/12, 1/20, 1/22, 1/29, 1/30, 2/3, 2/5, 2/25
Jersey (8):
12/13, 12/16, 12/17, 12/19, 12/20, 1/10, 1/11, 2/15
Long Beach (1): 2/15
Las Vegas (7): 12/27, 12/31, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/20, 1/2, 1/27
Roosters Fight for Spot in Semifinal
March 6, 2004

ABA Tournament action courtesy El DiarioCIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Only one game remains to determine which team will face the Long Beach Jam for the 2003-2004 ABA Championship. The Kansas City Knights, the league's last champion, will take on the expansion Juarez Gallos de Pelea tonight at 8:00pm CT in Juarez after both teams won Friday night. The Knights dispatched the Jersey Squires 101-91, while the Gallos ousted their cross-country rivals, Tijuana, 133-120. Juarez snapped the Knights' 24-game win streak in their first meeting early this season, but Kansas City won the next five matchups. Tonight's winner will play at Long Beach on Tuesday night for the title, where they will have to face Dennis Rodman, who did an about-face and will rejoin the Jam as a ringer for the final.  [DISCUSS]

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