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ABL FINAL SERIES UNDERWAY; LEAGUES PLOT DRAFT STRATEGY
Published March 3, 1997
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).