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Pro Basketball to Return to Raleigh

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RALEIGH — Professional basketball is returning to theTriangle.

The Raleigh Cougars will take to the hardwoods in May as part of the12-team United States Basketball League, said team owners Woody Erdman andClydeAustin, a former N.C. State guard who played 10 seasons with the HarlemGlobe Trotters

The Bullfrogs, the last pro team in Raleigh, foldedalong with the Global Basketball League after two seasons.

The Cougars think they've got a better shot at success.

Thomas Phelps, the Cougars' assistant general manager, said, "TheCougars will be playing in the summer. The Bullfrogs were going directlyagainst the ACC, which is impossible to survive."

Phelps expects the Cougars to draw 1,000 to 2,000 fans per game atDorton Arena, which also is home to the Raleigh IceCaps of the East CoastHockey League.

Austin and Erdman hope to eventually bring an NBA franchise to theTriangle.

Seaason tickets for the Cougars will cost $85, while single gametickets will cost $4 to $8.

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