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Lima Express Win Home Opener
January 12, 2014
​LIMA, Ohio

For the first time ever the Lima Express stepped out onto the court for their home opener against the Erie Hurricane and they made the most of the opportunity. The Express jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on route to a 159-81 derailing of Erie.

It was a much anticipated day with a great crowd for the home opener and the Express players entertained with an offensive explosion, but also locked down defensively to hold the Hurricane throughout the game.

Lima jumped up to an early 6-0 lead after just a few minutes of play before increasing the lead to 17-3 midway through the first quarter. The Express continued to score in transition and got hot from beyond the arch through Kyle Gillette, who led Lima with 28 points.

Nearly all Express players scored double digit points with Byrant Austin having nearly a triple double with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists. Willie Tisdale added 12 points and 10 assists and Xavier Blount had 22 points and 5 steals. Justin Manns finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Meyer finished with 23 points and 10 points & Kene Obi finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Erie's Lester Jones led all scorers with 30 points.





Buffalo Wins Home Opener Over Erie
​January 12, 2014
By Brittany McDuffie

BUFFALO, N.Y.

After a great effort in a season-opening loss to the Rochester RazorSharks, the Buffalo 716ers found themselves winning their own home opener Saturday, by running away from the Erie Hurricane 123-76) in front of a sellout crowd. Buffalo evened its record at 1-1, while Erie dropped to 0-1.

Marcus Hall opened the scoring with first-ever home points for the 716ers, which were led by in scoring by Kelvin Agee with 28 points.  Glenroy Carr added 23 to lead a balanced offensive attack for the hosts.  Devin Dawson and Joshua Parker led the team with five assists each.

The first quarter ended with only a four-point difference between the two teams, with Buffalo on top 21-17.  The 716ers went on a 22-4 run to open the second quarter to extend their lead to to 43-21 midway through the period.  Buffalo led at halftime 56-34.

The 716ers embark on a five-game road trip, starting in Lima, Ohio against the Express on Saturday, January 18.
 

 




Flex Open Title Defense With Win Over Diesels
January 12, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.


The Bloomington Flex started off the 2014 season much differently than they started off their first title defense, taking out the visiting Indianapolis Diesels 110-89 in front of 1,319 fans at U.S. Cellular Coliseum Saturday.

The Flex lost their first two games in 2013, but the 2014 home opener and championship banner-raising ceremony wouldn’t be spoiled as it was a season ago, as the Flex opened the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back.

The Flex finished the first quarter with a 31-17 advantage, but the Diesels clawed their way back to within ten at halftime, on the strength of a 15-3 run midway through the second period.  Harry Marshall had 14 points for the Diesels to keep them relatively close in the first half.  Marshall ended up with 23 on the night.  Teammate David Inabnit led all scorers with 24.

The third quarter was all Flex, opening the second half on a 6-0 run.  They extended the lead to 29 points in the period, finishing the third quarter on top 88-61.

Chris Singletary, making his Flex debut, led the team with 21 points off the bench.  Nate Fuqua added 16, while Chris McClellan and Latrell Alford each had 14.  Daniel Ruffin had twelve, to give the Flex five players scoring in double figures.  Brandon McGee pulled down nine rebounds for Bloomington.

The Flex moved to 1-0, while the Diesels dropped to 1-1.  The Flex next host the Chicago Tide on Saturday, January 18 at noon at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

 



Vipers Win First Meeting With Razorsharks 91-86
​January 9, 2014​
By Kathryn Robinson
FLORENCE, S.C.


The Pee Dee Vipers scored a nail biting, come-from-behind win in their first-ever matchup against the Rochester RazorSharks, winning 91-86 at Florence Civic Center Thursday.

The Vipers continued to mishandle the basketball in the first quarter, from which the RazorSharks capitalized on Pee Dee’s miscues. The first quarter stayed tight throughout. The teams traded leads often and finished with the Vipers ahead 22-20 when Gabriel Harris knocked down two free throws to end the quarter.

Rochester came out strong to start the second quarter, with guard Devon Peltier pulling away numerous steals and guard Terrance Whiters converting on multiple open layups and short jumpers.

RazorSharks forward Theodore Jones added all seven of his points in the opening minutes of the second quarter, extending the lead to double digits with a 16-4 run. Vipers forward Cameron Butler racked up six points in the quarter to keep the Vipers alive. The two teams played even from there, heading into the half with Rochester leading 46-36.

Pee Dee came back from the half to dominate the third quarter. Seven-foot center James Blasczyk led the Vipers back with six straight points; part of a 29-7 Vipers run to open up the quarter. Excellent perimeter shooting from the Vipers’ core players helped to quickly erase the 10-point halftime deficit.

Vipers guard Alan-Michael Thompson added six straight points shortly after Blasczyk's scoring run, with James Helton and Tim Ware adding four points each as well. Vipers’ fans got to their feet when the team closed the end of the third up 69-58, a 21-point swing in the 12-minute period.

Rochester stormed back at the start of the fourth, but thanks to several key baskets from James Helton, who finished with a game-high 20 points, the Vipers were able to hold the lead throughout the rest of the game. The RazorSharks pulled within two with 1:29 to play, but two crucial free throws from Helton helped give the Vipers a boost of confidence.

"We came out in the 2nd half ready to push the ball. I think that had them on their heels and they struggled to defend us when we started playing Viper basketball. I'm already looking forward to matching up again,” Helton stated after the game.

Blascyzk, who finished with a double double - 15 points and 10 rebounds - pulled down key defensive rebounds to keep the RazorSharks at bay.

"I was really proud of the toughness our guys showed tonight. We won a tough battle and showed we can compete in this league. We are looking forward to another battle on Saturday,” said Vipers Coach Larry Brown

Six Vipers finished in double figures: Helton led with 20, followed by Blascyzk's 15, Cameron Butler's 13, Omar Strong and Gabriel Harris' 11 each, and Tim Ware with 10. Alan-Michael Thompson also added 9 total points. The Razorsharks finished with 2 players in double figures, with Whiters finishing with 17, and Dane Miller with 10.

The Pee Dee Vipers move to 2-0 on the season, with the Rochester RazorSharks falling to 1-1. The two teams play the second game of a doubleheader at the Florence Civic Center Saturday night at 7 PM.