RazorSharks Topple the Hurricanesâ€‹
â€‹January 26, 2014
The Rochester RazorSharks (3-1) visited Erie, Pennsylvania today for a showdown with the newly established Erie Hurricane (0-3). This is the Hurricane’s inaugural season in the Premier Basketball League and tonight marked the first time ever the Hurricane would take on the three-time PBL champion RazorSharks.
The Hurricane have been looking for something to get themselves going so far in the season. Hurricane coach Cory Coleman was asked how difficult it was to put together a team to represent Erie, Pennsylvania. “It’s extremely difficult, especially finding talent in this area. We don’t have a big market and NCAA Division I talent is scarce. “These guys are mostly local, they know each other, they’ve played with each other, and it can only get better from here”.
The Hurricane opened the game on a 12-4 run and jumped out to a 21-10 point lead with 3 minutes left in the quarter. After one quarter of play the RazorSharks found themselves down 29-19.
The RazorSharks opened up the second quarter with intense defensive pressure and outscored the Hurricane 31-20 in the quarter, to give themselves a one-point half-time lead, 50-49. The RazorSharks forced 8 of their 21 steals in the quarter.
The ‘Sharks opened the third quarter with a full-court press defense. Forward Dane Miller picked up his intensity on the offensive end in the second half. Miller scored 10 of his team high 18 points in the second half.
“I wanted to be aggressive offensively and defensively, I wanted to dominate the ball, and play for myself. When I got the opportunities, I made sure I capitalized on them”, said Miller, the University of Rutgers product.
The RazorSharks carried their strong play into the 4th quarter, going on an early 14-6 run. Led by Mookie Jones, who scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half including three baskets from long-range.
Rochester’s starting point-guard Terrance Whiters added 16 points and 5 assists. This marks the fifth time in five games that Whiters has scored at least 15 points. It ended up being a total team effort by the RazorSharks in the second half though. Fueled by energy, effort, and solid team basketball, the RazorSharks cruised to a 120-99 point victory over the Erie Hurricane.
When coach Moten was asked what changed during the second half of the game, he stated, “we came out with intensity and we clearly lacked that in the first-half. “It’s all about effort and energy, basketball is a game of runs. Every day that you are on the court, you are being evaluated.”
The win today brought Rochester to a 4-1 record overall and earned them their third consecutive victory. The loss knocked Erie to 0-4 on the season.
The two teams meet again Sunday, February 2, this time at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York.
Titans Fall to the Vipersâ€‹
â€‹January 25, 2014
Five Titans scored in double figures last night in the home opener. Jamal Francis led the way with 31 points on 8/13 from the field, and 15/20 from the foul line. Hubbard was 7/15 from the field with 21 points. Sandidge. Ferguson, and McRae all scored 11, 12, and 13 respectively. Titans fell short to the Pee Dee Vipers 116-98.
Indianapolis to 3-1 on the Season
â€‹January 24, 2014
The Indianapolis Diesels won their second consecutive game against the Chicago Tide Friday night at home 139-107. Indianapolis scored 42 points in the first quarter to take a 16-point lead. Chicago was unable to reduce the deficit the rest of the way.
Diesel’s forward Jermaine Dearman had a game-high 26 points. Six other Diesels finished in double-figures including David Inabnit with 22 and Greg Foster with 21. CJ Hampton led the Tide with 19.
Indianapolis improved to 3-1 on the season and will play at the Lima Express on Sunday. Chicago is still seeking its first win at 0-3.