The Aliens took an early lead in the first quarter and never looked back. With only eight players, the Aliens showed that they are talented and have heart. Six of the Aliens’ regular players did not make the trip due to personal reasons and GM/Head Coach and Griffin native Alan “Duck” Richards called upon his reserves to take up the slack and push the team to a 3-0 record.
“As a team, we are only as strong as our bench and this game proved that we have quality depth,” said Richards.
Although three of the usual starting five were absent, the Aliens never skipped a beat. Led by leading scorer Michael Sloan and veteran point guard Demetrice Williams, the Aliens began to strike early and often on the Rizers.
At the end of first quarter, the Aliens were in control 28-17 and they took a commanding 54-39 lead into halftime. In the third, the Rizers scored 30 points to narrow the Aliens’ lead to 88-69, but that was as close as the home team would get. The victorious Aliens had six players in double figures with four scoring 20 or more points. Sloan lead all scorers with 28 points, followed by Steve Cunningham, Jay Brown and Joshua Jones with 20, Williams and David Lawrence added 10 and Joshua Brewster chipped in 7.
The Atlanta Aliens will travel back to South Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 22 to face the Greenville Galaxy at 7 p.m. All Alien Nation fans are welcome to attend.