War Dawgs Unveil Uniforms; Open Home Season Tonight

The North Alabama War Dawgs unveiled four uniforms Friday in anticipation of the first home game tonight in their inaugural season in the American Basketball Association.

The team opened the season on the road with a 119-113 loss to the Atlanta Storm, which is the opponent for tonight’s 7:15 home game at Mae Jemison High School.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at www.wardawgsbball.com. Tickets at the door are $15, but just $5 for students and military personnel. War Dawgs t-shirts will be sold at the game.

The team recently added former Lee standout Josh Langford. He joins two other local stars previously on the roster in Jeffery Moss (Bob Jones) and Dallas Jones (Butler/Buckhorn).

Team owners Timothy Jones and Chris Burge, General Manager Courtney Benjamin, Coach Antwan Habersham and assistants Ruben Cable and Kenneth Lee were joined by the players and the dance squad Diva Dawgs at the uniform reveal. Jemison High supplied a drum line.

North Alabama will wear home and road uniforms with orange the featured color and black as an accent. The team also unveiled a pink breast cancer awareness and a red, white and blue patriot-themed ensemble.

The ABA has some 150 teams that play in regions with conference play and the postseason designed to give players on winning teams a chance to receive more exposure to scouts in higher professional levels.

The league (www.abaliveaction.com) some unique rules designed to promote fast-paced action.

One is the “3D light.’’ If a team fails to get past midcourt in seven seconds, or the defense gets a backcourt steal, a red light will flash at the scorer’s table indicating the 3D rule is in effect. When 3D is active, a team can score three points for a made shot, but four if a basket is made beyond the 3-point line and five for a bucket near midcourt.