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Columbus Life Bearcats bring basketball back to Fountain City

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The Columbus Life Bearcats are bringing basketball back to the Fountain City.

They will join the American Basketball Association and start their season in November.

"It's something exciting, it's something new," said general manager Quinton Miles. "We already have the Columbus Lions and we already have the Cottonmouths, but we don't have basketball, and I feel like the community is a basketball city."

The Bearcats will play a 22-game season this year with 10 home games and two in Phillips Arena in Atlanta. Until the season starts though, the team is working in the community; specifically, teaching kids about the dangers of bullying.

"[We] let them know about bullying and let them know that when somebody bullies them, you always have somebody to talk to or there is someone that can help them," said Bearcats' Alquan Mendenhall.

That feeling makes the games almost secondary.

"It's great giving back," said Bearcats owner Terence Coley. "This is actually more satisfying than playing the games."

The good guys won their exhibition game on Friday, 101-91 over Southwest Atlanta. They'll host another anti-bullying rally on July 19.

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