Indianapolis Snaps Admiral Win Streak
By: Tom O'Neill
St. Joseph, MI- Games are won and lost at the free throw line. Lake Michigan missed 15 falling to Indianapolis 80-76 Saturday at home.
The Admirals led for almost three quarters before Indianapolis used a 10-3 run to take a 62-61 lead into the fourth.
There were five lead changes before the Diesels took control, leading 75-74 with 2:33 left. Both teams exchanged baskets plus a free throw for the Diesels with 35 seconds left to make it 78-76, Greg Foster added another free throw with 14.2 for the Diesels to take a three point lead. Khalil McDonald took the three-point shot with four seconds but it went off the rim.
Lake Michigan was called for a foul with .4 seconds left and Chris Ames dropped one of two for the Diesels.
The Admirals 4-3 loss snapped a four-game winning streak and Indianapolis improved to 4-3 winning two against Lake Michigan.
Ogra Bobo led Lake Michigan with 21 points and 20 rebounds. Courtney Blackmore and Hamidu Rahman added 13 points each. Dave Inabnit's 26 points along with Jermain Dearman's 24 led Indianapolis scoring.
Lake Michigan will face two-time defending PBL champion, the Bloomington Flex, on February 22 at home. Tip-off is at 6pm. For more information, visit lakemichiganadmirals.com.
Buffalo 716ers Lose In Close Battle With Rochester Razorsharks
By AnneMarie Wapshare
Buffalo, NY- The Buffalo 716ers lost to the Rochester Razorsharks on Saturday, February 15th, 2014. The Buffalo 716ers fought hard and played aggressive against Rochester throughout the game, but the results weren't what they were hoping for.
The game came down to the last three minutes of the fourth quarter. The Buffalo 716ers and the Rochester Razorsharks were neck and neck throughout the entire game. Then in the final minutes of the game, Rochester pushed away to gain a 10-point lead to seal the game.
The final score in favor of the Rochester Razorsharks was 95-85.
The Buffalo 716ers were led on the scoring front Kelvin Agee who had 22 points. Ajay Rutledge had 20 pints and Devon Dawson had 11 points.
The Rochester Razorsharks were led by Terrance Whiter who scored 31 points.
The 716ers are on the road Monday, February 17th against the Rochester Razorsharks for a President's Day showdown.
Flex Run Away From Tide, Move to 6-0
By Craig Fata
MARKHAM, Ill. – Another balanced scoring attack for the Bloomington Flex has resulted in another Midwest Division win, as the Flex move to 6-0 on the strength of a 133-95 win over the Chicago Tide. The Flex remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier Basketball League, while the Tide fell to 0-8.
The two teams exchanged the lead several times through the midway point of the first quarter, but with 3:17 left, the Flex took a one-point edge and never looked back, opening up a 27-21 lead at the end of the period.
Bloomington continued to pull away in the second, as back-to-back three-pointers by Justin Bocot and Chris McClellan gave the Flex a ten-point lead. With a minute left in the half, Brandon McGee pounded home one of multiple Flex dunks on the night to give the Flex an 11-point lead, which they took into the locker room at halftime.
The Flex poured it on in the third quarter, outscoring Chicago 34-22 in the period, and at one point, opening a 19-point lead. The third quarter ended 90-72 in favor of the Flex.
Bloomington didn’t let up in the fourth, outscoring the Tide 43-23, and finishing with its biggest spread of the game at 38 points.
Justin Bocot and Brandon McGee led the Flex with 23 points apiece, while Chris Singletary added 20. Seven Flex players scored in double digits. Cedric Ridle led the Tide with 17.
The Flex return home on Thursday, Feb. 20 to host the Lake Michigan Admirals at 7:05 p.m. at U. S. Cellular Coliseum.
Chicago Tide Drop Seventh Straight
By Kyle Lumden
Rochester, NY- The Rochester Razorsharks continued their hot streak winning their eighth game in a row when they defeated the Chicago Tide 134-112. This improved the Razorsharks to 9-1 on the season and 5-0 in the month of February as they stay atop of the East Division.
Rochester went to the line early and often to start the game and they made the most of it knocking down 14 of 16 free throws in the first quarter which lead to a 36-30 lead after one.
Chicago’s guard Cedric Ridle scored 12 of his game high 28 points in the first as the Tide stayed with the up-tempo style ‘Sharks.
Midway through the second quarter Rochester was able to pull away from Chicago as they went on a 14-2 run led by Chaz Crawford who scored four points in the run.
After three quarters of play Rochester led 100-83 and was looking to run away with it, but in the fourth the Chicago Tide went on a 12-0 run. Ridle got things started with back to back lay-ups followed by Brandon Hall and Rio Logan knocking down three-pointers. After a Ridle steal, Hall was able to finish the transition bucket cutting the lead to 107-99.
“I told our guys we need to step it up on defense and make some shots to cut into this big lead, and that’s what we were able to do to get back into the game,” Ridle said.
With the lead cut to eight Rochester’s coach Lawrence Moten called a timeout to stop the Tide’s momentum. During the timeout coach Moten stressed that his team needed to finish the game strong.
“I tried to tell them that we have to play for 48 minutes,” Moten said. “In professional basketball teams are going to make big runs so after the timeout we changed our reaction and had the mind set to put this team away.”
The ‘Sharks were able to regroup and go on a 9-1 run to pull away from Chicago for good in route to its 134-112 victory.
“Down the stretch I was just having fun with the game and enjoying the moment,” Coker said. “I was also trying to reward my teammates who were giving me the ball down by finishing.”
Aaron Williams led the way for Rochester scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Miller added 19 points, followed by Scott Rodgers with 18 points and seven assists. Darren Moore and Ayodele Coker chipped in 16.
The Tide were led by Ridle with 28 followed by Tristan Therkield with 17.
The RazorSharks will now have a home-and-home series against the Buffalo 716ers. Rochester travels to Buffalo Saturday, Feb. 15, and then both teams will travel to Rochester for a President’s Day afternoon game on Feb. 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Blue Cross Arena.
McClellan's 30 Leads Flex To Huge Comeback Win
By Craig Fata
Bloomington, Ill- For the third consecutive game, a Flex guard scored 30 or more points in a divisional win. But unlike the past two games when Chris Singletary hit the mark in blowout road wins, it was Chris McClellan coming to the rescue in a nail-biter at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
McClellan scored his career-high 30 points in leading a come-from-behind win over the Indianapolis Diesels, 95-89. The Flex trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half and by 13 to start out the second.
The Diesels took the lead midway through the first quarter and opened up a 27-20 edge after the first. They extended the lead to 15 in the second at 48-33, before taking a 50-37 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Flex clawed their way back throughout the third quarter, getting as close as two points before Indianapolis closed the quarter on a run that built the cushion back to eight at 69-61.
The fourth quarter was all Bloomington, as the Flex outscored Indianapolis 34-20 in the period. The Flex tied the game at 88 with 42 seconds left, but the Diesels regained the lead on a free throw. But with :25 to play, Singletary gave the Flex the lead for good.
McClellan added five rebounds to go with his 30 points, while Singletary tallied 17 points. Nate Fuqua, who left the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter, scored 12 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Jermaine Dearman scored 26 for Indianapolis, while Greg Foster added 21.
The Flex remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier Basketball League at 5-0, while the Diesels dropped to 3-3. The Flex next play the Chicago Tide on Saturday, Feb. 15, in Markham, Ill.