Professional Basketball Team Coming To B/CS

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

The Brazos Valley is about to get its own basketball team. On Wednesday, the American Basketball League announced its expansion into the area with the new team The Twin City United.

"It's going to be tough. It's hard work, but I think it'll pay off," said the team's owner Austin Pooley.

Pooley is an Aggie, Class of 2012, and at 22 years of age, he's the youngest owner in the young league.

The United will play their home games at Allen Academy with the first game scheduled for January 25th.

"I'm nervous, some days I'm more nervous than others. Some days I'm more excited than others," said Pooley.

Pooley has brought in John Coffino, a former NBA D league coach, to coach the United.

"We going to mix some local players with some out of state players and put together a good product," said Coffino.

Dominque Kirk and Othello Alford are two players already on the United roster. Kirk played at Texas A&M and currently is a graduate assistant on the team.

"I just felt it was a great opportunity to get back out there. I've been out for a couple of years so I believe I'm still in shape, that I can get out there and play. Hopefully I can do my best and get better," said Kirk.

Othello Alford is a Calvert native that played at Sam Houston State. He's excited to suit up again for the home crowd.

"It's like a dream come true to get back to playing in front of your family and friends and people that know you," said Alford.

It's the second chance at the game some never get, but for these players it's something they're taking seriously.

"I think it really is going to be great opportunity for us to show this community that this is a legit professional basketball team," said Kirk.

Tickets for the Twin City United will go on sale around the 1st of the year. General Admission will cost you $8.00 and kids 12 and under get in for free.

The United's first home game at Allen Academy will be January 25th.

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