Fayetteville Flight

The Fayetteville Flight of the ABA have announced their 2014-15 roster. This year the Flight will be playing in the larger Crown Arena in Fayetteville, NC.

“We are so excited about the players we have signed to our team,” said Mike Dixon, Flight’s CEO. “I believe we have the makings of a championship squad. Coach Alonzo Lunsford has assembled an incredible group of young men who will impress fans on and off the court.”

The roster includes:
1. Bruce Brown – Hampton University
2. Billy McDade – Methodist University
3. Jeff Early – Southern Illinois State
4. McKinley Bethea – SW Oklahoma State
5. Frank Young – Elizabeth City State
6. Vincent Parnell – Marlboro High School/FIBA
7. Cornell Holmes – Brunswick Community College
8. Vincent Jones Jr. – South Robeson High
9. Jesse Mitchell – Fort Bragg
10. Will Mcrae – St. Pauls High School
11. David Early – Rockbridge County
12. Jason Norman – Bluefield State
13. Jade Belt – Frostburg College
14. Dane Williams – Trinity
15. Pat Lewis – Cape Fear CC
16. Brandon Andrews – Elizabeth City
17. Keith Isbell – Lakeview High School
18. Tremaine Roberts – Elizabeth City

For more information, visit www.fayettevilleflight.org.

ABA Basketball NC Coyotes Fayetteville Flight 2013

By Marcus Shockley

Durham, NC – The freshly minted NC Coyotes opened their ABA career with a home loss against the Fayetteville Flight on Sunday, in a game that featured differing styles of play. The Flight have solid backcourt play with multiple ballhandlers while the Coyotes are loaded with strength and size in the paint.

Fayetteville’s guards pressured the ball consistently from the opening tip, with Brandon McRae handling most of the point guard duties; McRae is a solid true point guard, quick and with a deft handle. He not only has the ability to run the offense as a pass-first guard, but can break down his man off of the dribble, spin in the lane around bigger defenders and finish. McRae finished with 28 points.

The Flight also have a scoring weapon with combo guard Bryan Calloway, who can shoot from deep, finish with contact, and the Coyotes really had no answer for him for most of the game. He finished with 42 points, even though he played very little of the fourth period.

The backcourt pressure of the Flight built a 33-22 lead at the end of the first period, and really never relinquished control of the game. The Coyotes were able to tie it 45-45 on a Shamar Bowden 3 pointer, but the pressure of the backcourt continued to create problems and the Flight were able to secure the road win 132-121.

Bright spots for the Coyotes were Julius Brooks, a 6’9″ power forward/center who is explosive around the basket and despite early foul trouble, finished strong in the second half. Brooks led the Coyotes scoring with 32 points and I had him down for at least 14 boards and 4 blocks. Brooks played in college at Loyola(Maryland). Curtis Withers, a 6’8″ big man, also had a solid outing and had a monster dunk that shook the rafters. Withers played college ball for Charlotte and has played in the NBA Summer League as well as having overseas experience.

The Coyotes will travel to Virginia Beach on November 10 to take on the Seven City Knights before returning home on November 16 to host the Charleston City Lions. Home games for the Coyotes are played at Neal Middle School in Durham. See the full schedule at this link.

The Fayetteville Flight will host the Seven City Knights on November 9 at Freedom Courts in Fayetteville, NC. Full schedule for the Flight can be found at this link.

A rematch of the Coyotes and Flight will be played on November 17 in Fayetteville.

By James Blackburn

Fayetteville Flight @ Carolina Cheetahs

Cheetahs win 113-107

Game Notes

• Game is very fast moving- Sloppy early- lots of turnovers and bad shots.
• The Flight has a lot of good shooters- but their guards are out of control.
• The Cheetahs are a good defensive team and are great in transition- team is athletic. They showed a full court press in the 1st half that gave the Flight a lot of problems.
• The Cheetahs are deep- 12 players played in the first half and practically all 12 contributed.
• The Cheetahs had an 18 point lead- but The Flight have clawed their way back after some quick shots and technical fouls from the Cheetahs end and the Flights ability to hit the 3.
• The Cheetahs are really struggling to defend the 3 in the 3rd quarter.
• Some of the Cheetahs best players are pulling disappearing acts when they are needed.
• The Cheetahs are starting to figure out the Flights zone in the 4th quarter.
• The Cheetahs are keeping the Flight in the game because of turnovers and trying to do too much on the offensive end-not enough help defense on the defensive end.
• The Flight are doing a much better job in the second half of clogging the lane and taking away easy looks for the Cheetahs.
• Norm Carter made some big plays at the end to lead the Cheetahs to the win.

Scouting Reports

Carolina Cheetahs

Damien Goodman (6’6”, SF, UNC-Pembroke)
3 TP, 1 assist, 3 rebounds
Smart player- knows how to play the game. Boxes out. Good defender- goes ball side on off ball screens. Draws fouls and gets to the line. Versatile- scorer, defender, and good passer. Played last season in Switzerland for the Boncurt Red. Has experience playing in Uruguay and has played in the ABA for the Georgia Grizzlies in the past.

Terrance Jones (6’7”, F, Livingstone College)
4 TP, 3 rebounds
Big man who knows how to throw his weight around. Has the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to rim. Needs to keep head in game- has lapses where he loses concentration and falls asleep. Skilled player who can score and rebound.
This will be the Jones 4th year playing in the ABA, has also played in the WBA.

Landon Quick (6’1”, PG, High Point University)
11 TP, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Dictates the pace of the game-poised and in control. Quick hands. Good body control in air. Smart passer- throws good wrap around entry passes to post. Can break man down off dribble and get to rim where he can distribute or score. Knows when to attack basket in transition and knows when to pull the ball out and set up the offense. Advances the ball with the pass instead of the dribble.
Played last 2 seasons in Iceland

Chris Woods (6’6”, F, Pfeiffer University)
29 TP, 12 rebounds
Came in off the bench and made an immediate impact- scored in a variety of ways- finished at rim, good midrange set shooter. Led the break and scored with the foul. Loves to operate at mid post area- showed a variety of offensive post moves- nice hook shot with either hand. Very strong- gets to block- and holds his position. Can face up defender and go to work- has a good reverse pivot that clears out space- good FT shooter. Go to player offensively. Big time athlete- had a put back dunk in 1st half. Loves to go right and attack basket. Did a good job of leading the break- had a couple of passes that lead to layups. Good weak side rebounder on the defensive end. Made a huge 3 with 1:30 left in game to put Cheetahs up by 5- showing his shooting ability- shot looked a little flat and not much rotation- better player 15’ and in. Had 21 points at half time. Has previous professional experience in Germany. Player of the year at Pfeiffer.

Dupree Hall (6’8”, F, East Mississippi JC)
4 TP, 4 rebounds
High flyer- plays with a lot of energy. Active player- solid all around athlete. Runs the floor hard. Solid rebounder. Raw offensively- looks to be to much in a hurry when he gets ball in post. Needs to improve ability to finish through contact. Got caught out of possession on the defensive end several times.

Jeremy Clayton (6’8”, F, Appalachian State)
12 TP, 10 rebounds, 1 block
Played collegiately at Appalachian State. Athletic and mobile for size. Runs the floor. Solid defender and rebounder. Has professional experience in both Finland and Argentina.