As fans travel to Houston for the NCAA regionals, they can only hope their favorite team shows as much spunk, as much desire, as much can-do spirit as Beaumont's Southeast Texas Mavericks.
Drawing upon every last reserve of strength, the Mavericks fought through to the Finals....because the Rumble couldn't afford to make the trip to Beaumont.
They forfeited, and gave the win to the Mavericks. Go team!!
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The $21,000 price tag for travel was too much, league executive Joe Newman told the Beaumont Enterprise.
"I cannot think of anything good about it," Newman said by telephone.
"It's a sad day all around. In a world of difficult problems, it does not match health care, Israel, terrorism or education. The world won't end with this situation but it is sad."
The league's announcement wasn't quite so despondent, not even mentioning the Middle East: "The scene is set for a gigantic encounter in this season's ABA Championship Finals," it said.
The finals begin tonight in Owensboro, Kentucky, where the Mavericks take on the Kentucky Bisons. Assuming the Mavs got a good fare and hotel rate.