Indianapolis Stays On Track Against Chicago Tide
January 19, 2014
By Nate Pace
Indianapolis, IN- The Indianapolis Diesels improved to 2-1 on the season after defeating the Chicago Tide 142-126 in their home opener.
The Diesels broke out to a 72-48 advantage at halftime and lead by as many as 30 in the third quarter. The Tide's attempt for a comeback fell short, but they did cut the lead to as close as 14 in the final minutes.
Dave Inabnit had a team-high 31 points for the Diesels including seven three-pointers. Two Diesels had double-doubles in DeMarcus Catchings with 28 points and 13 rebounds, as well as Bocar Bo with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Greg Foster and Harry Marshall each scored in double-digit figures with 14 points and 11 points respectfully.
C.J. Hampton had a game-high 41 points and shot over 50-percent from the field. Carl Montgomery and Rico Hill had good games inside the paint. Carl had 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Rico posted 11 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
With the loss Chicago dropped to 0-2 on the season.
Indianapolis returns to action on Friday when they host the Chicago Tide.
Erie Hurricane Finish With A Close Loss over Lake Michigan
January 19, 2014
The Erie Hurricane lost their home opener on Sunday, January 19th. The Hurricane started out strong and on top at the end of the first half 50-34. However, the Lake Michigan Admirals came back strong in the second half to win the game 130-108.
The Lake Michigan Admirals offense was spearheaded by Courtney Blackmore with a season high 26 points effort followed by Kenny Brown and Maurice Benson both with 16 points. The Hurricane were led on the scoring front by Lester Jones, who had 27 points, and Rasean Thrower with 24 points.
The Hurricane plan to work out and practice hard this week, as they are going to do whatever they can to get their first win and become a threat in the Premier Basketball League.
Express Surge Past Buffalo With Late Rally
January 19, 2014
The Express defeated the 716ers 116-109 using a late comeback to stay undefeated and stay unbeaten at home. Despite trailing for nearly the entire game by as many as fifteen, Lima used a 37 point fourth quarter to capture their second straight win.
Bryant Austin led the way for the Express, scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter, including several crucial free throws, in route to a 28 point night. He also made the go ahead three-pointer that put the Express up for good. Austin finished the night with a double-double adding 10 rebounds. He also had five assists.
Derrick Stevens also showcased his experience and leadership in tonight's game by shooting 60% from beyond the arch. Stevens missed his first four shots from outside, before hitting the next six, his last bringing the Express to within a point of Buffalo midway through the fourth quarter. Stevens finished with 26 points and six rebounds and assists.
Xavier Blount also added 26 points along with eight rebounds. Blount also had six steals on the night, giving him 11 on the season.
Kyle Gillette also added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyle Meyer and Justin Manns contributed 14 and eight points respectively.
For the 716ers, Travonta Gatewood had 14 points, while Amir Billups added another 11.
Lima improves to 2-0 on the season, while Buffalo drops to 1-2.
Razorsharks Hold Off Admirals
January 19, 2014
The Rochester RazorSharks took advantage of a 15-3 run to start the second half which was just enough to hold off a late surge to defeat the Lake Michigan Admirals 112-106 Saturday afternoon.
Rochester, after struggling from the field in the first half of play, shooting just 36%, trailed the Admirals at halftime by one, 54-53.
RazorSharks Coach Lawrence Moten knew the team had to come out a lot stronger in the second half of play if they were going to get the win. “It’s got to start off with good energy and I felt like we started the game a little lackadaisical,” Moten said. “We need to start hitting our free throws and taking good shots in the second half.”
Rochester’s Aaron Williams did exactly that in the third quarter making a lay-up down low followed by a mid-range jumper to give the RazorSharks a 57-54 lead.
After the Admirals cut the lead to one, forward Dane Miller gave the RazorSharks the energy they needed with a bucket and the foul completing a three point play. After the play, Miller pumping his fist, got the home crowd excited.
After the game Miller wanted to take it upon himself to get the team fired up. “In the third quarter I wanted to attack any chance that I got,” Miller said. “Whether it was off an offensive rebound or pushing the ball up ahead just trying to make a play.”
The Admirals’ Courtney Blackmore knocked down a deep three to end the run making it 79-71 Rochester with 3:47 remaining in the third quarter. To close out the third, RazorSharks Rob Diggs blocked a Lake Michigan shot and on the offensive end completed a three point play giving Rochester an 11 point lead 89-78 after three quarters of play.
The RazorSharks would have their largest lead of the game 102-84 after going on a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter. The Admirals didn't quit despite the 18 point deficit as Blackmore led the charge nailing back to back three’s. This started a 17-2 run with Eladio Espinosa finishing the drive with a ferocious slam dunk and the foul for a three point play. This cut Rochester’s lead to three, 104-101.
Admirals Coach Jon Solomon after the game wanted more of that effort out of his guys throughout the whole game instead of just at the end.
“No matter what level you play at you have to make solid fundamental plays,” Solomon said. “At times we did and showed a high level of intensity but guys just have to learn to work harder.”
Despite losing momentum down the stretch the RazorSharks were able to go 8-8 from the line in the final two minutes to hold onto the lead.
The RazorSharks had six players in double figures led by Miller who had a game high 21 points followed by Williams with 18 and Reggie Stallings contributed with 17.
The Admirals were led by Blackmore with 16 points, followed by Odgra Bobo and Kenny Brown who tallied 14 points respectively.
With the victory the RazorSharks improve to 3-1 on the season while Lake Michigan dropped to 0-2.
Flex Hold Back Tide in Saturday Matinee
January 18, 2014
For a few minutes at the start of the first quarter, it looked like Chicago’s new entry into the Premier Basketball League was going to be as steadily relentless as its nickname as it played its inaugural game.
But when the Bloomington Flex finally drew even with the Chicago Tide at ten with just over seven minutes remaining in the first quarter, it was as if A.J. Guyton’s team suddenly had found magical powers that allowed the Flex to use a smothering defense and an explosive offense en route to a dominating 115-86 win over the Tide.
After trailing by as many as five early, Bloomington eventually opened up a 28-17 lead at the end of the first period, extending that lead to 28 at halftime. The Flex held the Tide to 33% shooting from the floor in the first half, including 0-8 from three-point range.
The Flex continued to pour it on in the second half, as Chris Singletary logged another strong performance with 24 points on 9-of-10 shooting, seven rebounds and three steals.
C.J. Hampton had 24 for the Tide, which ended up shooting 40% from the floor for the game. The Flex held the Tide to a number of one-shot possessions, earning a 45-29 rebounding advantage. Three Flex players notched seven rebounds apiece.
Nate Fuqua added 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Latrell Alford had 17. Overall, the Flex shot 53% from the floor.