RazorSharks Preparation Will Be Key in Upcoming Weekend
Rochester, NY- Rochester RazorSharks coach Robert Spon won’t let the unfamiliar Philadelphia Flight stand in their way of staying undefeated and claiming first in the Premier Basketball League’s (PBL) East division.
When the Flight host the RazorSharks on Saturday, December 20th it will be their first game of the season and as an organization, leaving the RazorSharks with less knowledge on their opponent’s playing style and star players.
However, coach Spon is not worried and has been preparing for how he plans to handle the Flight.
“It all begins with teamwork and getting down to the fundamentals,” stated coach Spon.
The RazorSharks defeated the Carolina Pee Dee Vipers 132-77 in their season opener at home, but after a week off from a blowout game coach Spon was going to make sure his players didn’t soften up and are ready to give it there all in a critical weekend.
“As a player it’s easy to put yourself on another level of greatness after such a dominating victory and I want to make sure that as a team we understand that anything can happen at anytime, especially on the road against a team we’ve never played against or seen play before.”
Following Saturday’s game against the Flight, the RazorSharks will return home for a Sunday matinee against the current division leading Buffalo 716ers at the Blue Cross Arena at 1pm.
For information on tickets, please call the RazorSharks front office at (585) 232-9190 or they can be purchased at the Blue Cross Arena anytime before the game.
Titans Ready To Turn Their Season Around at Home Opener
Lynchburg, VA- The Lynchburg Titans will host their local rival, Carolina Pee Dee Vipers, this Saturday, December 20th at the Lynchburg Armory where they hope to taste success for the first time of the 2014-15 season.
There will be one major difference that should help bring the Titans to their first victory. Co-captain, Damien Hubbard, will return to the lineup for Saturday's home opener after missing the start of the season with a sprained shoulder. Hubbard was second on the team last season after averaging 20.4 points per game. The only player on Lynchburg to outscore Hubbard would be Jamal Francis who would lead the league with 33.9 points per game.
The Titans (0-2) lost 84-109 to the Carolina Pee Dee Vipers (2-1) in their first meeting of the season last week at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, South Carolina.
Kenny Hunt currently leads the Titans averaging 26 points per game while Tahj Tate currently leads the Vipers in scoring at 17 points per game.
This will also be the first time that 2014 PBL Rookie of the Year, Jamal Francis, returns to his former team's city since he signed with the Carolina Pee Dee Vipers during the off-season.
General admission is $10. Kids, seniors, and students are all only $5. Kids 5 and under are admitted for free. For more information visit www.lynchburgtitans.com or call 434-420-0712
Riverhawks Ready for Breakout Performance at Home Opener
Danville, IL- After losing their first two games of the season, the Danville Riverhawks (0-2) are ready to let the past be the past. In order for that to happen though they will need their bench to step up after losing one of their star players.
Last week the Riverhawks lost their star guard, Cedric Ridle, after he broke his hand in a loss to the Lima Express. Ridle had 28 points and four assists after only two games played so far this season.
However, Danville's trifecta of talent around the rim is where they will look to lean in order to control the game in their favor. Leading the trifecta will be Fred Gardner who currently leads the team in both points scored (38) and total rebounds (18). Gregshon McGee has scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Jerron Jamerson is second on the team with 34 points and has seven rebounds.
The Cyclones are coming off the league's first weekday night game after they defeated what was the Midwest division leading Lake Michigan Admirals 101-100.
The Riverhawks are expecting a big game as they look to utilize home-court advantage in the David S. Palmer Arena against the Cyclones at 7:00pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the arena before the game or can be purchased here at danvilleriverhawks.com.
Diesels to Host First Game in Home-and-Home Series
Indianapolis, IN- This will be the first meeting between the Indianapolis Diesels and Racine Storm. This is going to be the first game for the Indianapolis Diesels at home since winning game two in 2014 of the championship round when they defeated the Rochester RazorSharks.
Some of the returning players from that championship runner-up team include Harry Marshall, Chris Ames, and Noah Douglas. The Storm (1-1) will be coming to Indianapolis after recently defeating the Grand Rapids Cyclones 104-87 in their inaugural home game.
This game will feature two of the league's top scorers; The Diesels' Harry Marshall (29.0) and the Storm's Anthony Spencer (27.5) making for what could be a very offensive battle.
Coach Aaron Hogg and owner Rex Voils will be honored at the start of the game after they were awarded the PBL 2014 Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year.
The Diesels 2014-15 first round draft pick Mike Wade will also be given the proper introduction and welcomed to his new home at Manuel Stadium- 2405 Madison Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, where tickets can also be purchased before the game.
After spending three weeks on injury reserve with a sprained shoulder the Lynchburg Titans captain, Damien Hubbard, is ready to make his season debut this Saturday at 7pm at the Lynchburg Armory when they host the Carolina Pee Dee Vipers.
The 6'7" shooting guard averaged 20.4 points per game, had 30 assists and 49 total rebounds in 10 games with the Titans last season. Hubbard will be the big boost on both ends of the floor that they will need to earn their first victory of the season.
Damien is a Co-Captain and the organization's all-time leading scorer.
The first Premier Basketball League weeknight game comes Thursday, December 18th when the Grand Rapids Cyclones host their first home game at the Grand Valley Armory at 1200 44th Street Southwest, Wyoming, Michigan. The Cyclones will be hosting their in-state rival, the Lake Michigan Admirals.
The Cyclones lost in their season opener 87-104 when they hit the road to take on the Racine Storm. Now, after dropping their first game to the Storm, another recent expansion addition, the Cyclones will now have their chance for redemption against one of the league's most experienced teams.
Grand Rapids comes with an all-star NCAA lineup with star players from the University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame and the University at Louisville.
However, the Lake Michigan Admirals bring a really big player to the team. In fact, they boast the world's tallest basketball player at 7'8, Bob Wegner.
Last season the two teams met in two exhibition games, winning one game a piece, in what were very close games.
After dropping their only game of the season the Cyclones currently stand at 0-1 but hope that home court advantage will kick in as they face the first place and undefeated Admirals (2-0).
Another Weekend of Quality PBL Basketball is in the Books
Racine Storm Leave Impressive Mark at Inaugural Home Opener in the PBL
By Shawn Quirk
Racine, WI-The Racine Storm were victorious in their home opener, beating the Grand Rapids Cyclones 104-87. The Storm (1-1) are in their inaugural season in the Premier Basketball League (PBL). Racine did not lead in the game until the third quarter, when they outscored the Cyclones by 15 points to jump out to a 81-69 score going into the fourth quarter.
Racine was led by Reggie Bunch who had a double-double scoring 28 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Anthony Spencer contributed 25 points and Charles Robinson added 18 points.
At halftime, the Storm introduced Lexi Simpson, a five year old Racine girl battling leukemia, with a signed basketball, a Storm divas dance team shirt and pom poms. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Simpson family. Also, the winner of the chance to win a $10,000 half-court shot instead asked that Lexi's father be given the chance to shoot the shot. Unfortunately, her father was slightly off in his attempt.
The Racine Storm play the Cyclones again on Thursday in Grand Rapids before returning to Racine for their next home game on Sunday, December 21st at 6 pm vs. Indianapolis Diesels at Case High School. There will be an early Christmas children's gift giveaway as well as a chance for adult fans to win the opportunity to go into a money machine.
Hurricane Get Vengeful Victory Against Rival 716ers
Erie, PA- The Erie Hurricane won their first game of the season against the Buffalo 716ers, 122-117 at Erie East.
The Hurricane was led by Lester Jones with a whopping 42 points. Troy Jackson Jr. chipped in 38 for the Hurricane.
The 716ers led the entire game until the final four minutes when the Erie Hurricane took the lead and never looked back.
The Hurricane’s next home game is on Saturday, January 4th at 3 pm when they host the Lynchburg Titans. Tickets are available online at www.eriehurricane.net.
Lima Express Show No Fear Against Former Midwest Champion Diesels
LIMA, Ohio --- A strong second quarter helped fuel the Lima Express in a victory over their biggest rivals, the Indianapolis Diesels, 94-79.
The game started off at a quick pace, with both teams fighting back and forth for early control. Cordaryl Ballard started strong again, helping the Express edge out Indianapolis for the lead after the first quarter, 18-17.
In the second quarter, both teams started well, but Lima then surged ahead, with Justin Manns leading the way. Manns had an impressive first half and had contributors in Willie Tisdale, Rob Hogans III, and Kyle Meyer to help the Express pull away to have the 49-35 lead at halftime. Lima outscored Indianapolis 31-18 in that quarter.
Indianapolis came out strong in the third quarter, but Lima managed to keep pace with them and were able to maintain a safe lead, outscoring the Diesels 30-26. This gave Lima the 79-61 advantage after three quarters of play.
In the fourth quarter, the Diesels once again came out strong attack the basket and Lima struggled to fight off their intensity. It was several minutes into the final quarter of play before the Express managed to get a bucket, but their lead after the first three quarters helped them stay ahead of Indianapolis. Despite the Diesels attempt at a comeback, the lead never dropped below nine, Lima polished off the victory 94-79.
The Express was once again led by Ballard, who finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Manns added another 16 points and 10 boards, while Anthony Pettaway finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Also of note for Lima was Kyle Meyer's 12 points and nine rebounds and Hogans III posted 11 points.
The Indianapolis Diesels were led by Harry Marshall who had a great day despite the loss. Marshall finished with 29 points, three steals and two blocks. Chris Ames also had a solid day, scoring 15 points.
The Express improve to 2-0 on the season, while Indianapolis drops to 0-1.
Lima will be back in action this coming Sunday as they host the Lake Michigan Admirals for a 3:00pm tip-off.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13TH
Lake Michigan Stays Undefeated on the Year After Saturday Victory
St. Joseph, MI- In what expected to be a closer game led to be a strong continuation of the product that the Lake Michigan Admirals have put together this season.
The Admirals jumped to an 23-2 lead and never looked back, pounding Danville 131-95 on Saturday.
The Admirals, now 2-0, placed seven players in double figures categories, but was led by Nick Waddell with 31 points, followed by Graciano Negron's 28.
Waddell and Courtney Blackmore combined for 26 points and 17 rebounds by halftime. Troy Taylor, Waddell and Blackmore all finished with double doubles, accounting for 31 rebounds. Lake Michigan shot 52 percent from the field and 82 percent from the charity line. The Admirals turned the ball over just 12 times.
Gerald Campbell led the Riverhawks (0-2) with 13 points. After a rough start to their season with two losses on the road, the Riverhawks will look have a chance to take over in their home nest. Starting December 20th the Riverhawks next three games will all be at home starting against the also winless Grand Rapids Cyclones.
Lake Michigan will face its first road test next Saturday when they go to Indiana to take on the Indianapolis Diesels.
Buffalo Takes Over East Division With Close Result over Erie
BUFFALO, NY — The Buffalo 716ers recorded their second win of the 2014 - 2015 PBL season after defeating the Erie Hurricane 112 - 108. This marks the ninth consecutive victory for the 716ers dating back to last season.
Forward Robert McKiver was named the Subway Eat Fresh MVP of the game for leading the team in points with 33.
“We came out, played hard, and got the win. We’re not celebrating yet, we still have one more game to go this weekend," said head coach Tawan Slaughter.
Center Antonio Speed score 18 points and led the team in rebounds with 10. Glenroy Carr (12), Austin Cooley (11), each also scored in double digits.
The 716ers travel to Erie tomorrow to face the Hurricane for a 3pm tip-off.
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.