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Erie Hurricane Loses A Tough Game Verses The Razorsharks

By AnneMarie Wapshare

Erie, PA- The Erie Hurricane lost to the Rochester Razorsharks on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014. The Hurricane started out strong in the first half starting with the lead against Rochester for most of the first quarter, before Rochester rallied back to end the quarter 27-25.

The second quarter proved to be just as competitive and hard fought for both teams. Rochester maintained the lead and finished the half 59-54. Ultimately, Erie just didn't have enough to hold off the Razorsharks, with the final score ending 146-113.

The Hurricane were led on the scoring front by Lester Jones. Jones had 41 points and Rasean Thrower had 21 points.

The Razorsharks were led by Dane Miller, who had 22 points and 7 assists.

The Erie Hurricane are on the road this Saturday, February 8th against the Rochester Razorsharks.



Lima Express Suffer First Loss In Inaugural Season
 

LIMA, Ohio --- The Lima Express suffered a tough loss against the Lake Michigan Admirals 114-136. Trailing for nearly the entire game, Lima had several short rallies to shorten the lead, only to be answered by the explosive offense of Lake Michigan.

Derrick Stevens led the way for the Express with 28 points. Kyle Gillette finished with 21 points. Kyle Meyer chipped in with 18 points, shooting 88-percent from the field going 8 for 9.  Bryant Austin finished with nearly another triple double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

For the Admirals, Brown led the team with an explosive 31 points while Bobo followed with an impressive 17-point game.  The Admirals led the entire ball game, able to withstand several runs by the Lima Express with great offense of their own.

The Lima Express are on the road this Saturday to take on Lynchburg at 7:00pm EST. The Lake Michigan Admirals host Chicago at home on Saturday at 6:00pm EST.

Lima drops to 2-1 on the season, while Lake Michigan improves to 3-2. 



Razorsharks Come Out On Top In Battle Of Two Closest PBL Cities

Rochester, NY- The Rochester RazorSharks hosted their Thru-Way rival Buffalo 716ers tonight at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York in front of an announced crowd of 1,599

Before the game, Buffalo 716ers head coach Tawan Slaughter was asked what she was looking for in the match-up. “I am looking for high intensity tonight, we’ve really prepared for this game and we are looking forward to the re-match, we are pretty bitter after the last one. We are expecting to come out at a high level and hopefully get the win tonight”.

RazorSharks head coach Lawrence Moten inserted Louie McCroskey into the starting line-up tonight with Dane Miller out and the move was a wise one by Moten. McCroskey only had two points in the first quarter, but added four rebounds, and two assists, while providing awesome defensive energy and boxing out any 716er in sight.

The RazorSharks as a whole were playing great defense in the first, as they held the 716ers to 22 points on just 38% shooting in the period. 

Devon Dawson was a major bright-spot for the 716ers in the first quarter, scoring 11 points, as he went 4-4 shooting, including 2-2 from down-town.

Scott Rodgers, the newly acquired combo-guard, hit a near half-court shot as the buzzer sounded at the end of the first quarter to push the RazorSharks lead to ten, 32-22.

The second quarter was all Rochester, as the ‘Sharks had a lead as large as 31 points in the quarter. Rochester’s Rob Diggs scored 11 points in the period, equaling his season average. Diggs also added five rebounds in the quarter. Keeping the momentum from his buzzer beater in the first, Rodgers added five points and four assists in the second period, including a beautiful alley-op to the aforementioned Diggs, that got everyone in the building on their feet.

The 716ers again shot under 40% as a team in the period and besides some long range jumpers from Kelvin Agee, Buffalo’s offense was very stagnant, including missing ten straight field goal attempts during a 20-6 run for the RazorSharks.  The game seemed to be slipping away from Buffalo as they found themselves down 66-44 at half-time.

Coach Moten was asked about his team’s performance in the first half and while he was pleased, he had a right to worry. “I love the energy we are bringing on the defensive end, everyone is contributing, but I just got done telling the guys (in the locker room) that we have been up 20 on these guys before (during both teams season opener) and they made a come-back. We cannot think we have this game locked up yet, the first five minutes of the third quarter will be key to the outcome”.

Coach Moten was un-pleased with how that first five minutes of the third quarter played out. It seemed like an exact repeat of the first game these two teams played against each other. The 716ers went on a 13-2 run to start the third quarter that cut the ‘Sharks lead to nine, capped by back-to-back buckets by Glenroy Carr.

Moten quickly called a time-out to let his players know he was not happy with their performance thus far in the third period. The RazorSharks players heeded the advice and found themselves back up 18 points after a 7-0 run in the middle of the third quarter highlighted by a deep Reggie Stallings three-pointer.

For the last 4:00 minutes of the third, both teams continuously traded buckets to keep the ‘Sharks lead at 17, with a score of 92-75 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the theme of the night, the fourth quarter saw one of the teams open up with a huge run. This time it was Rochester, who opened the quarter on a 10-2 run. Scott Rodgers added five points during that span, with two free-throws and one three-point basket.

The 716ers never quit tonight, they grabbed seven offensive rebounds in the final period and had their best shooting percentage quarter in the fourth at 47%.

But tonight, Rochester was simply the better team. Rochester outscored Buffalo in the final period  40-29. The 40 points in the period was Rochester’s highest scoring period so far this season and the 132 points they scored in the game was also their season high.

Rochester was led by Scott Rodgers who had a team high 23 points to go along with 9 assists. Rob Diggs also had a good game, adding 19 points off the bench for Rochester. Diggs was asked about his game tonight, “With Dane out, we needed guys to step-up and be aggressive, tonight was just my night, I was aggressive around the hoop and my teammates found me when I was open”.

Buffalo was led by Kelvin Agee who poured in 27 points and added four steals on defense.  Devon Dawson scored 21 point for the 716ers and added four rebounds.

Rochester is on the road tomorrow afternoon to take on the Erie Hurricane at 4:00 p.m. The 716ers next match-up is against the Carolina Vipers on February 8, in Carolina.

Rochester, NY- The Rochester RazorSharks hosted their Thru-Way rival Buffalo 716ers tonight at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York in front of an announced crowd of 1,599

Before the game, Buffalo 716ers head coach Tawan Slaughter was asked what she was looking for in the match-up. “I am looking for high intensity tonight, we’ve really prepared for this game and we are looking forward to the re-match, we are pretty bitter after the last one. We are expecting to come out at a high level and hopefully get the win tonight”.

RazorSharks head coach Lawrence Moten inserted Louie McCroskey into the starting line-up tonight with Dane Miller out and the move was a wise one by Moten. McCroskey only had two points in the first quarter, but added four rebounds, and two assists, while providing awesome defensive energy and boxing out any 716er in sight.

The RazorSharks as a whole were playing great defense in the first, as they held the 716ers to 22 points on just 38% shooting in the period. 

Devon Dawson was a major bright-spot for the 716ers in the first quarter, scoring 11 points, as he went 4-4 shooting, including 2-2 from down-town.

Scott Rodgers, the newly acquired combo-guard, hit a near half-court shot as the buzzer sounded at the end of the first quarter to push the RazorSharks lead to ten, 32-22.

The second quarter was all Rochester, as the ‘Sharks had a lead as large as 31 points in the quarter. Rochester’s Rob Diggs scored 11 points in the period, equaling his season average. Diggs also added five rebounds in the quarter. Keeping the momentum from his buzzer beater in the first, Rodgers added five points and four assists in the second period, including a beautiful alley-op to the aforementioned Diggs, that got everyone in the building on their feet.

The 716ers again shot under 40% as a team in the period and besides some long range jumpers from Kelvin Agee, Buffalo’s offense was very stagnant, including missing ten straight field goal attempts during a 20-6 run for the RazorSharks.  The game seemed to be slipping away from Buffalo as they found themselves down 66-44 at half-time.

Coach Moten was asked about his team’s performance in the first half and while he was pleased, he had a right to worry. “I love the energy we are bringing on the defensive end, everyone is contributing, but I just got done telling the guys (in the locker room) that we have been up 20 on these guys before (during both teams season opener) and they made a come-back. We cannot think we have this game locked up yet, the first five minutes of the third quarter will be key to the outcome”.

Coach Moten was un-pleased with how that first five minutes of the third quarter played out. It seemed like an exact repeat of the first game these two teams played against each other. The 716ers went on a 13-2 run to start the third quarter that cut the ‘Sharks lead to nine, capped by back-to-back buckets by Glenroy Carr.

Moten quickly called a time-out to let his players know he was not happy with their performance thus far in the third period. The RazorSharks players heeded the advice and found themselves back up 18 points after a 7-0 run in the middle of the third quarter highlighted by a deep Reggie Stallings three-pointer.

For the last 4:00 minutes of the third, both teams continuously traded buckets to keep the ‘Sharks lead at 17, with a score of 92-75 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the theme of the night, the fourth quarter saw one of the teams open up with a huge run. This time it was Rochester, who opened the quarter on a 10-2 run. Scott Rodgers added five points during that span, with two free-throws and one three-point basket.

The 716ers never quit tonight, they grabbed seven offensive rebounds in the final period and had their best shooting percentage quarter in the fourth at 47%.

But tonight, Rochester was simply the better team. Rochester outscored Buffalo in the final period  40-29. The 40 points in the period was Rochester’s highest scoring period so far this season and the 132 points they scored in the game was also their season high.

Rochester was led by Scott Rodgers who had a team high 23 points to go along with 9 assists. Rob Diggs also had a good game, adding 19 points off the bench for Rochester. Diggs was asked about his game tonight, “With Dane out, we needed guys to step-up and be aggressive, tonight was just my night, I was aggressive around the hoop and my teammates found me when I was open”.

Buffalo was led by Kelvin Agee who poured in 27 points and added four steals on defense.  Devon Dawson scored 21 point for the 716ers and added four rebounds.

Rochester is on the road tomorrow afternoon to take on the Erie Hurricane at 4:00 p.m. The 716ers next match-up is against the Carolina Vipers on February 8, in Carolina.
 



Pee Dee Vipers Down Lynchburg At Home

by Connor Veasey

Pee Dee, SC- The Pee Dee Vipers poured in another 100-plus point game for the fifth time this season, improving their record to 5-1. Pee Dee put up a season high 134 points to take down the Lynchburg Titans for the third straight time with a final score of 134-92
 
The Vipers dominated the first quarter posting 28 points compared to the Titans 17.  Pee Dee went on a 12-point scoring run halfway through the first quarter that helped them take control of Lynchburg. 
 
Tim Ware, who ended with a double-double and 27 points, and Adrian Forbes, who also finished the game with a double-double and 12 points, were major contributors to the scoring run that ended with 4:00 minutes left in the first quarter.
 
During the second quarter, the Vipers made good defensive plays to increase their lead. A shovel pass from James Helton to Alan-Michael Thompson led to the beginning of another scoring run in the middle of the second quarter. The Vipers scoring run only lasted for two minutes, but they posted 10 important points increasing the score to 43-23. The Titans Jamal Francis free throw ended the run. 
 
Late in the second quarter Gabriel Harris slammed the ball into the net with authority, pushing the Vipers ahead of the Titans by 25 points. At the half, Pee Dee was up with a 61-32 lead.
 
The Vipers controlled the first part of the third quarter. The team began an 11-point scoring run that came to an end by a basket from Jamal Francis – the Vipers led 72-34.  Lynchburg picked up the pace towards the end of the third quarter, scoring 12 points. Shakir Johnson answered for the Vipers and slammed home a basket to give the Vipers and 87-50 lead with less than one minute left in the quarter. Pee Dee went into the fourth quarter with a 92-54 lead.
 
The Vipers came out in the fourth quarter to give the fans a show. Adrian Forbes’ slam-dunk started the quarter off coming from an alley-oop.  The rest of the quarter was all Vipers as they posted another 40 points including dunks that brought the crowd into an uproar. 
 
Vipers’ Head Coach, Larry Brown explained the key to the defensive success. “We need to get some more defensive rebounds, but we did well on getting out on the break,” Brown said.  “Shakir Johnson had a big game logging a double-double getting 11 points and 23 rebounds contributing heavily to the scoring runs throughout the game.”
           
The Vipers improve their record to 5-1 on the season with a final score of 134-92.  Pee Dee will host the Buffalo 716ers next Saturday, February 8, at 7PM at the Florence Civic Center.