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ABL FINAL SERIES UNDERWAY; LEAGUES PLOT DRAFT STRATEGY

          The first game of the ABL Championship series between
     the Columbus Quest and the Richmond Rage drew 4,152 at
     Battelle Hall in Columbus, OH.  The best-of-five-game series
     continues Tuesday night (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 3/3).  
          SEASON REAX: In Colorado Springs, Ralph Routon of the
     GAZETTE TELEGRAPH: "Just how good was the American
     Basketball League and its Denver franchise, the Colorado
     Xplosion?  Better than even the most hopeful optimists could
     have expected."  Noting the 4,000-plus regular attendance,
     Routon notes "the best news of all was the quality of
     basketball. ... That's the best reason -- quality of product
     -- for the ABL to push onward. ... The guess here is, by
     next season, we'll see some kind of merger between the ABL
     and WNBA, which clearly would be in the sport's best
     interests.  It would also have an excellent chance of
     survival" (Colorado Springs GAZETTE TELEGRAPH, 3/1).  In St.
     Petersburg, Sharon Ginn of the TIMES: "Both leagues are
     preparing for their next drafts -- late April for the WNBA
     and early May for the ABL. ... For now, recruiting efforts
     are low-key."  The ABL has been sending information about
     its league to coaches, letting them give it to their seniors
     "at the appropriate time," according to Tracey Williams, ABL
     Dir of Player Personnel.  Ginn: "There is still the
     untouched issue of what happens if an underclassmen decides
     to leave school early" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 3/2).

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