The Express tip off their fifth ABA season on November 21st (Photo by Jason Lockhart, NJ.com)
Hip Hop Artist Greg Nice Slated to Take Part in Festivities
East Orange, N.J. (Tuesday, October 27, 2009) – As their November 21st season opener begins to creep even closer, the Jersey Express of the American Basketball Association announced today more of the details surrounding their opening night celebration. The Express will face the NYC Thunder that night at 7:00 pm with the festivities beginning an hour before the game gets started.
“I'm extremely excited about the upcoming season,” Express President Marsha Blount commented. “With opening night fast approaching, the goal this season is nothing less than a trip to the finals. We're entering our fifth season, and we feel that we've assembled the most talent, collectively, that we've ever had.”
Among the entertainers scheduled to appear that evening include hip hop artist Greg Nice of Nice & Smooth fame. The theme surrounding the evening will be an Anti-Violence Night of Entertainment, with the Express encouraging everyone to help them “Shoot Out Violence.” Express head coach and Irvington Detective Quaasim Austin will also be hosting his birthday celebration at the home opener as well.
“The goal of the Jersey Express is to bring an ABA Championship to New Jersey and reestablish New Jersey as a professional basketball Mecca again,” Blount stated. “Not since the ABA Nets won the title has New Jersey had a champion. All we need is the support of our fans to be that sixth man on the court.”
The Express have a special ticket offer going right now that gives a half-priced ticket to kids 16 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket for the full price of $10. Fans can take advantage of that today by logging onto the team website at www.JerseyExpress.net. Also, businesses and organizations interested in having their logo on the Express opening night t-shirt giveaway can contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“On November 21st at 7:00 pm, I look forward to us establishing ourselves immediately as the team to beat, not only in our division, but around the league,” Blount continued. “The NYC Thunder has become our intense rival, and opening up against them should be exciting for the fans.”
The Jersey Express is a member of the American Basketball Association and is currently in training camp to prepare for their fifth season in the ABA. Quaasim Austin is the head coach of the Express with Cassandra Smith serving as his assistant coach, and the team will play their home schedule this year at East Orange Campus High School. The Express made the playoffs in each of their past two seasons and reached the ABA Elite Eight last year in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Express will open their 2009-10 season on Saturday, November 21st, when they host the New York City Thunder at 7:00 p.m. Season and opening night ticket tickets are available now, and they can be obtained through the team website at www.jerseyexpress.net. All Express home games will also be broadcasted live through the Newark Radio Series.
For ABA league information, fans are encouraged to log onto www.abalive.com.
Press releases for the Jersey Express are written by Resolution Sports, the official media partner of the team.