Sizzlers stay hot at 4-0 in division play

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- If you haven't heard of the Topeka Sizzlers yet, it's about time that you did.

The Sizzlers are the capital city's new semi-professional basketball team--a new squad with the same feel and flavor of the old Sizzlers that played in Topeka in the late 80's.

The team is led by former KU great Calvin Thompson. Thompson also played on the previous Sizzlers team before becoming head coach and co-owner.

This time around, the team plays under the American Basketball Association, and is currently 4-0 in the South Central division.

Those wins weren't simple either, as the Sizzlers have yet to score under 127 points in a match. Their highest point total topped out at 192.

According to Thompson, one of the reasons why they're able to play such high-octane basketball is that the league is made up of mainly guards.

The other reason? A new rule in the ABA called "3D."

"If the ball is stolen in the backcourt, instead of getting two points for a two-point basket, we'll get three points for it," Thompson said. "Instead of getting three points, we'll get four points. That's why we were able to score 192 points in one game.We had close to 40 steals and so we took advantage of that."

The team boasts multiple former area standouts including Royal Valley and Washburn alumni Skyler Link, Topeka West alumnus Mekan Moss and Jordan Newby, former Washburn standout/All-American Brady Skeens and Valley Heights alumni Elijah Smith.

The Sizzlers next game is Saturday at the Topeka West High School gym at 7 p.m. Tickets will be offered at a special holiday price of $5 per person.

"We are here for Topeka to provide some extra entertainment for them. If they come out once, then they'll come out again."

Club teams, as well as junior high and high school teams are invited to attend, and two coaches can enter for free.

For more information on the team and ticket sales, visit the Topeka Sizzlers website.