RazorSharks Win Fifth PBL Title to End Perfect Season
Rochester, NY- The Rochester RazorSharks hoisted the PBL Championship Trophy in front of a huge crowd of 6,109 fans in attendance at the Blue Cross Arena after a 135-118 victory over the Lake Michigan Admirals. After sweeping the best-of-three series, the RazorSharks finished the season a perfect 17-0. Saturday was a fitting end to Rochester's 10th anniversary season, as they have now been crowned Champions five times in ten years.
Guards Jerice Crouch and Corey Allmond were named CO-MVP's of the playoffs, after lighting up the stat sheet once again. It was a nice finish for the two who have dubbed themselves "the best backcourt duo in the league". After scoring 30 points in Game 1, Allmond added 16 points in game 2. Crouch, who had 14 points and 10 assists in Game 1, went crazy in Game 2 by finishing with 32 points and 9 assists. Crouch's 32 points were just 2 shy of his RazorShark's career high.
The story of Saturday's game was Rochester's ability to feed off of different teammates throughout the game, as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters were fueled by different players. The 1st quarter was taken over by Gabe Freeman, who scored 19 points in the opening frame alone. The 2nd quarter belonged to Corey Allmond who scored 11 points in just over 2:00 minutes of play on his way to 13 in that quarter. Finally, it was Crouch who exploded for 16 points in the 3rd quarter to energize a RazorSharks team who was allowing the Admirals to stick around.
The RazorSharks faced their toughest test of the season in Game 2, as Lake Michigan played the best basketball Rochester has faced. Rochester held a six-point lead at halftime, but saw themselves tied with the Admirals for much of the first half. The third quarter was an exhilarating back-and-forth battle that ended with the RazorSharks holding onto a slim six-point lead.
It was a 43-point quarter in the fourth that helped Rochester cruise to victory in the final minutes of play.
Lake Michigan was led by six different players in double-digit figures. Troy Franklin Jr. showed off his unlimited range, by adding 23 points with 4 three pointers. The front court of Nate Barfield and Nick Waddell combined for an impressive 37 points and 22 rebounds.
Thank you Rochester for another incredible season, as this year's perfect run was fueled by your loyalty and enthusiasm. We lift the 2015 Championship trophy in your honor and are excited to defend our title next season. Stay tuned for news and announcements regarding the RazorSharks postseason.
Admirals Courtney Blackmore Tells What to Expect in Game Two
Blackmore led the Admirals in scoring in Game 1 with 34 total points scored
Chicago, IL- After falling short in game one of the 2015 PBL Finals, Lake Michigan Admirals star player and 2014 PBL Defensive Player of the Year, Courtney Blackmore, knows what they need to do in order to win on Saturday and force a game three situation for a chance at the title.
PBL: First off, what's it like for you to be in your first PBL championship finals?
CB: It's a great feeling! Not many people have the opportunity to experience something so special. In my first season with the Admirals we lost our first 10 or 11 games. That was terrible to experience and to be a part of. So it's even more gratifying to me because I know how hard it is to make it here and I actually played a significant role in helping my team turn things around to be successful.
PBL: This was the Admirals first time falling short of reaching 120 points in a single game since February 12th when you fell to the Riverhawks, 98-99. How important is it for the Admirals to hit that 100-point mark in order to get the 'W' in the end?
CB: I believe that defense wins championships. I think we create easier offensive opportunities from exceptional defense. I think it's more important for us to try to hold opponents under 100 rather than making sure we score 100 or more. There are going to be nights when teams struggle offensively but you can always play great defense and be relentless on the glass. It's hard to win when a team shoots 80% from the field. You can’t expect to win with a defensive effort like that.
PBL: Troy Franklin Jr, who is along side you as the team's scoring leader, was ejected after 16 minutes of play due to foul issues. How much pressure did that add to you to lead the team in a critical game?
CB: I don't believe that it added any more pressure. It just changed my role for the rest of the game. Troy is a very quick guard and a great scorer, so when he was ejected I stepped in and had to be more aggressive offensively to fill that void.
PBL: On Saturday, you guys will be in a must-win situation in Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena on a nationally broadcasted game on ESPN3 and Soul of the South network. What is your game plan to help the Admirals force a game-three situation? Also, how does the different road environment play as a factor? How will you guys prepare?
CB: I plan to do what I have always done to help get us here and that is whatever that needs to be done to get the W! If I need to play harder on defense, rebound more, be a scorer, be more of a vocal leader, or be more supportive and encouraging. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to help my team win.
PBL: Something you'd like to say to Admiral Nation?
CB: Thank you for all of your support this season! It did not go unnoticed. You are wonderful fans and you are greatly appreciated and needed!
The Lake Michigan Admirals hit the road for game two on Saturday, March 28th at 1pm ET at the Blue Cross Arena. This will be a must-win situation for the Admirals in order to force game three for a chance at the title. Admirals’ fans interested in attending game two can reach out to team owner, Chris Glisson, for more information at (269) 208-3397 or at
Watervliet, MI - The Rochester RazorSharks are coming home to Rochester following a huge 122-97 victory over the Lake Michigan Admirals in Game 1 of the PBL Championship Series. The RazorSharks led for the entirety of the game after getting out to a 11-4 start. Rochester's star forward Gabe Freeman was limited to just 8 minutes because of illness.
With Freeman sidelined, the RazorSharks were able to overcome the adversity by relying on the scoring prowess of their entire backcourt. Corey Allmond had an incredible first half, shooting 7-7 from beyond the arc on his way to a 30 point game. On his 5th three pointer Corey ended up on his side, sliding towards the gymnasium door, although no foul was called. Point guards Jerice Crouch and Kyle Randall did an amazing job of finding Allmond in shooting spaces. Both guards had 10 assists a piece, and both Crouch (14 points) and Randall (15 points) had double-doubles.
In a very physical game, the RazorSharks were helped in large part thanks to their bench being able to contribute. Both teams were in foul trouble early, but Rochester got 60 points from their bench, while Lake Michigan's bench had only 13. Contributing off the bench was Rochester native Melvin Council who had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Dele Coker was able to control the rebounding in Freeman's absence, and finished with 13 rebounds.
Lake Michigan made a surge in the third quarter to cut the lead to 17 after the two teams traded multiple technical and personal fouls. Leading the Admiral charge was Courtney Blackmore who recorded 34 points and 12 rebounds. Nick Waddell added 19 points and 11 rebounds as well. Lake Michigan's run officially came to a halt when Kyle Randall fed center Anthony Stover for a rim-rocking two handed dunk to put the 'Sharks back up by 21.
The RazorShark's return to action next Saturday, March 28th at the Blue Cross Arena in what could be the final game of the best of three series against Lake Michigan. Be sure to attend the game in order to help the 'Sharks earn the 2015 PBL Championship. All fans will be needed to assist in celebrating the win.
Chicago, IL- The Rochester RazorSharks are a perfect 15-0 this year for their first time in team history, proving to have a stronger team than in the past.
However, Lake Michigan is in their best ever season as an organization as well. They're 12-4 and averaging just about as many points per game as the RazorSharks. They also show great strength on the other side of the ball as the Admirals lead the league in most defensive categories including rebounds, steals and are near the top in blocks.
Only game time will tell who will be victorious in game one of the championship series when Lake Michigan hosts Rochester at 6:06pm.
Rochester, NY- The Premier Basketball League’s Midwest Division Champions, the Lake Michigan Admirals, kick off the 2015 PBL Championship Series when they host the four-time defending champion Rochester RazorSharks on Saturday, March 21st. However, there is one player fans are especially excited to meet when the Admirals come to Rochester for game two of the series on March 28th.
Robert Wegner, better known as "Big Bob", is a 7’8” center for the Lake Michigan Admirals, making him not only the biggest player in the PBL, but he is also the tallest professional athlete in the entire world and the tallest American-born person in the world.
"He's the tallest professional basketball player in the world, but more importantly, he has the biggest heart in the world," stated Glisson.
The 21-year old dunking machine from New Hampshire caught the attention of major television network ABC and was interviewed about playing professional basketball, his dedication to his local community and gave a demonstration of his dunking ability.
“I am still getting used to the celebrity status, but I am liking it more as the season goes on," Wegner said with a big smile.
Robert attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle where he played college basketball and was a Criminal Justice major before transitioning to professional basketball in St. Joseph, Michigan.
Right from the get-go, Wegner was able to make a major impact in his community after he successfully helped raise $10,000 for the Linda Asbury cancer benefit in his first appearance as a professional athlete. Wegner has also made numerous appearances at different schools to discuss the importance of education and bring awareness to those less fortunate and how we can help.
“The kids love him,” said Glisson. “He’s (Bob) gotten use to the kids hanging off him and taking pictures with them when we do our school visits.”
On March 28th, when the RazorSharks host game two of the championship series, fans will have the opportunity to take pictures with the world’s largest athlete during their post-game autograph session.
Chris Glisson and Admirals Excited for First Championship Run
Admirals owner Chris Glisson at one of his local school visits
Chicago, IL- Chris Glisson and his Lake Michigan Admirals are preparing for their first Premier Basketball League championship since they joined the league.
“After seven years of owning a professional basketball team, I am blessed to be in the PBL Finals,” stated team owner Chris Glisson. “From the beginning of the season, we have put in a lot of hours to prepare for this moment.”
Glisson, who is a life-long resident of southwestern Michigan, graduated from Olivet College in 1992 with a degree in health, physical education and recreation. Since joining the PBL in 2012, he and the Admirals have raised almost $200,000 for numerous charities and has visited over 185 schools and 75 churches.
Some of their community visits included a fundraiser game against the Special Olympians at Western Michigan University, a visit to Blossomland Learning Center-a school for disabled children and adults- and numerous other fundraisers where they raised thousands of dollars to help local children in their community who are battling cancer.
“That is what the Admirals are all about,” said Glisson proudly.
Though this will be the Admirals first season with an above .500 record, they are historically one of the, if not the most successful team in helping players advance to the next level of professional basketball.
Owner Chris Glisson has also helped over 47 players sign major contracts to 26 different countries. He has an eye for talent, but his roster changes that occur with having some of his big name players go overseas has been a downfall in the past for his team to make a run at the post-season.
“We have had some absolutely incredible players here in Lake Michigan,” said Glisson. “Our job is to help advance their careers though. We’ve had a couple players sign overseas this year, but in general we were able to keep a strong core, and with them all living in the same house, bonding together and in the community together, we feel that is the reason for our success this year.”
The Admirals host game one of the 2015 championship series on Saturday, March 21st at 6:06pm.
Premier Basketball League Adds Major Network to Media Lineup
Chicago, IL- The Premier Basketball League announced today, the beginning of a new partnership with ESPN3. The new deal will allow the PBL to reach even more fans by adding another major broadcasting partner to its impressive network lineup of live and on-demand game coverage.
ESPN3 is the official online streaming network of ESPN owned primarily by The Walt Disney Company available in North America and internationally.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with the largest and most recognizable name in sports,” stated Dennis Truax, Commissioner of the PBL.
ESPN3 currently broadcasts NCAA college basketball, FIFA World Cup, the Arena Football League, NBA, WNBA, MLB and other big name leagues that now include the PBL.
The first PBL game will be televised on Saturday, December 6th at 1:00 pm when the defending champion Rochester RazorSharks host the Carolina Vipers.