Chicago, IL- Courtney Blackmore has done it again. The 2013-14 PBL Defensive Player of the Year is a repeat recipient of the award for his superb performance during the 2014-15 season.
Blackmore was arguably the largest contributor to the Lake Michigan Admirals first ever championship series, during their first ever PBL post-season appearance, after the won their division, also for this first time. Courtney finished the season with 10 blocks, 94 defensive rebounds and second in the league with 53 steals proving to be the best defensive player in the league.
Though it does not have an effect on winning a defensive based award, Blackmore proved to be an all-around fantastic player with a team-leading 21.93 points per game and third on the team with 57 points.
Chicago, IL- Kyle Meyer is the winner of the 2014-15 Premier Basketball League (PBL) Sixth Man of the Year award. The 6’6”-forward from Ohio Northern University had a standout year with the Lima Express, who finished third in the PBL Midwest Division.
The 27-year old veteran showed experience and dedication to hard work after he posted 282 points and pulled down 113 total rebounds.
“Kyle has been a staple in our organization for our first two years,” stated Express owner Lewis Shine. “Not only has he been a professional basketball player on the court, but his professionalism off the court speaks volumes! A family guy and a great teammate, I have been honored to have Kyle as a part of the Lima Express.”
Chicago, IL- After being informed of the new Premier Basketball League rules that require each organization to purchase a performance bond that guarantees their financial stability, the Buffalo and Erie teams informed the league of their inability to comply and therefore would be leaving the PBL.
“We (the PBL) are only as strong as the financial well-being of each organization within the league,” stated league commissioner Dennis Truax. “The rules and regulations we are requiring each team owner to comply with is intended to strengthen the league. If teams cannot comply with these new standards, they will need to go elsewhere.”
Get to Know a RazorSharks Legend; 9-Year Member Chris Iversen
(Right: Assistant Coach Chris Iversen)
The six-time champion Rochester RazorSharks recently celebrated their fifth Premier Basketball League title, but what many people don’t know is that Assistant Coach Chris Iversen has been with the organization for nine of those 10 seasons.
Utilizing his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Studies and Management from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, he first joined the RazorSharks back in 2005 as the Director of Game Day Operations during their inaugural season. He would then move on as the team Camp Director for children during the off-season and would become the Vice President of Operations in 2006.
While maintaining his operations role with the organization, Iversen would be hired as the assistant coach for the RazorSharks in 2008 and would win his first coaching championship after the defeating the Battle Creek 152-115. Since then, Iversen has won two PBL championships with the RazorSharks, including their most recent sweep over the Lake Michigan Admirals.
We know a lot about Coach Iversen and his skills he brings on the court, but we had a chance to sit down and get to know the man himself.
Resulting in a perfect season, how did this team differ than those in the past?
CI: The personality of the team this year was different from any other team I’ve been around. We haven’t always had the best five on our team, but we have always pride ourselves in having the best 12, and that’s how this team was similar to past teams. Each night it seemed like someone different stepped up, but it is a credit to the organization that we can get talent like that with guys having to sacrifice their minutes and number for the group.
Favorite NBA team growing up?
CI: Growing up and still is the Los Angeles Lakers. My first memory of watching basketball on TV was seeing them play in the finals.
Favorite NBA player growing up?
CI: Magic Johnson and 32 is my favorite number.
Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
CI: Neither. I’ll take Magic or Kobe.
It’s a Saturday night, what are you usually doing?
CI: During the season usually prepping for a game, but in the summer, hopefully I’m just getting off the golf course.
Biggest achievement you’re most proud of?
CI: Probably our championship in 2009 because it was my first as an assistant coach. Also, the game I filled in as head coach in 2013 was a pretty proud moment and that group of guys was dear to me. I honestly and truly get the most pride out of watching our guys have success especially when things we work on in practice translates over to the games.
Scooby Doo or Snoopy?
CI: Scooby Doo
Most embarrassing song on your iPod/iPhone?
CI: Probably a Kelly Clarkson song.
What is your favorite TV show?
CI: ‘Pardon the Interruption’ is something I make an effort to watch everyday, but I’m a big sitcom guy too.
Something special you’re excited to do this upcoming summer?
CI: I always get excited about our golf tournament that we hold at Corning Country Club in Corning, NY every year (Mike McMahon Golf Classic). This marks our 10th year of the tourney, but always a great opportunity to catch up with family and friends that I don’t get to see very often. Other than that I look forward to just being able to catch up with people in general who I don’t get to see much during the season.
Something you’d like to say closing this interview?
CI: It is a true blessing to be able to work with the guys that have come through our organization over the years, whether it’s for a short time or for multiple seasons. They have all helped me grow as a coach and I’ll always be appreciative of them. I genuinely love having the opportunity to play in front of our fans, and it’s a joy to see them at each game and has been a blessing to be able to share our success with them over the years.
Also, my favorite, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” –Jackie Robinson
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.
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.