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Pro basketball returning to Augusta

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Professional basketball is returning to Augusta in 2013.

The Georgia-Lina Hurricanes will begin play in the American Basketball Association in the 2013-2014 season, according to team co-owner and coach Bryan Beaver.

The Hurricanes have played in recreational and semi-pro leagues since 2005, putting together a 356-23 record over the seven seasons, according to Beaver.

Beaver says the team does not yet know where they will play their games beginning in 2013, but is working with the Augusta Sports Council to find a location. Beaver says Paine College, Augusta State, and some downtown high schools are possibilities.

The team has played their games at Diamond Lakes Community Center.

The last time a pro basketball team called Augusta home was the Augusta Groove in 2008. The team folded after just one season.

The Hurricanes will be owned by Elite Sports Group of Augusta.

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