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St. Joseph Lake Michigan (4-2) puts their four-game winning streak on the line, Saturday, at Lake Michigan Catholic High School. Indianapolis (3-2) beat the Admirals in the team’s season-opener in January 4, 112-103. The Admirals will be without Florentino Valencia and Desmond Wade. Valencia is now playing in Puerto Rico and Wade was signed by the Brampton, Ontario A’s in the Canadian League. John Riek will be joining the team. Riek is a 7-foot 2 center, 319 pounds that played at Mississippi State. ESPN sports commented on his 7-foot 8 wing span. Leading the Lake Michigan run has been Odgra Bobo, Courtney Blackmore, Kenny Brown and Eladio Espinosa. Bobo, coming off a triple double against Chicago, is averaging 19.8 points a game, shooting 56.8 percent from the field and pulling down 47 rebounds. Blackmore has been leading the team in scoring, boosting his average to 17 points a game and shooting 36 percent from the three point arch. He also has 28 steals on the year. Brown is at 16.3 points a game and hitting 93 percent from the foul line. Right behind Bobo on the boards is Espinosa with 46. The game tips off at 6 PM. Adult tickets are $8 and students $5. - See more at: http://mailmaxonline.com/content/admirals-go-five-row#sthash.GVGbbtV4.dpuf

Vipers' Head Coach Resigns Due To Medical Issues

by Kathryn Robinson
February 13, 2014

Florence, SC- The Pee Dee Vipers' Head Coach, Larry Brown, has resigned from his position as a consequence of medical concerns and precautions. Brown and the Vipers took into consideration the long-term health of Brown and productivity of the team when making this decision.

Brown does not feel that he can adequately provide the Vipers with the standard of coaching he is accustom to contributing and focus on improving his health at the same time. The entire Vipers organization backs Brown and will continue to support him during his journey to good health.

Andre Bovain has been named Head Coach. Bovain served as the Vipers' Assistant Coach under Brown. NBA legend and Columbia, SC native, Xavier McDaniel will be one of the Vipers' assistant coaches. Bryan Hergenroether will also join the Vipers' coaching staff.

The Vipers' new coaching staff will leave much of what Brown has developed in place; plays and structure will be similar. Brown and Bovain worked closely to ensure that the coaching transition will be smooth and not dramatically impact the team's winning style of play.





One-Legged Player Signs First Ever PBL Contract With Admirals

St. Joseph, MI- Lake Michigan Admirals owner Chris Glisson has created opportunities for players to live out their dreams of playing professional basketball since 2009.

On Saturday, March 29th, 2014, Scott Odom's dream to become a professional basketball player is going to become a reality. What's unique about Scott, is that at the early age of 14, he lost his leg due to cancer and his dream to play basketball was all but over. The doctor told Scott that the only basketball he would be playing, was in a wheelchair. When his parents brought him back from the hospital, his first request was to go out in his wheelchair and shoot.

Scott Odom wasn't going to let anyone tell him not to stand up and play the game he loves. Not only does he use the "Stand Up! ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE," saying on his AMP 1 website, he lives it.

From being in a wheelchair and forming an all amputee basketball team that travels the United States, to sharing the  anti-bullying campaign in which they raise money for cancer, Scott is ready to take it one step further.

The Admirals organization has officially signed Odom to play March 29th against the two-time reigning PBL champions, the Bloomington Flex in St. Joseph, Michigan.

"I would never have thought that I would be playing professional basketball but I'm excited to have the opportunity to showcase my talents and to inspire others to never give up on their dreams," stated Scott Odom. Tickets for this special event will be going for $10 dollars presale and $15 dollars at the door. For more information on this special event, go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com.




Admirals Go For Five In A Row

By Tom Oneill

St. Joseph, MI- Lake Michigan (4-2) puts their four-game winning streak on the line Saturday, against the Indianapolis Diesels (3-2).

The Admirals will be without Florentino Valencia and Desmond Wade. Valencia is now playing in Puerto Rico and Wade was signed by the Brampton, Ontario A’s in the Canadian League. John Riek will be joining the team. Riek is a 7-foot 2 center, 319 pounds that played at Mississippi State. ESPN sports commented on his 7-foot 8 wing span. Leading the Lake Michigan run has been Odgra Bobo, Courtney Blackmore, Kenny Brown and Eladio Espinosa. Bobo, coming off a triple double against Chicago, is averaging 19.8 points a game, shooting 56.8 percent from the field and pulling down 47 rebounds. Blackmore has been leading the team in scoring, boosting his average to 17 points a game and shooting 36 percent from the three point arch. He also has 28 steals on the year. Brown is at 16.3 points a game and hitting 93 percent from the foul line. Right behind Bobo on the boards is Espinosa with 46. The game tips off at 6 PM. Adult tickets are $8 and students $5. - See more at: http://mailmaxonline.com/content/admirals-go-five-row#sthash.GVGbbtV4.dpuf

The Admirals will be without Florentino Valencia and Desmond Wade. Valencia is now playing in Puerto Rico, and Wade signed with the Brampton A's in the Canadian League. 

7-foot-2, 319-pound John Riek from Mississippi State will be joining the Admirals for the first time.

Leading the Lake Michigan Admirals Odgra Bobo, Courtney Blackmore and Kenny Brown. 

Bobo is coming off a triple-double against Chicago, is averaging 19.8 points per game, shooting 56.8-percent from the field and has pulled down 47 rebounds.

Blackmore is averaging 17-points a game, is shooting 36-percent from three-point territory and has 28 steals this year.

Last but not least, Brown has averaged 16.3 points a game and has nailed 93-percent from the free-throw line.

Game tip-off will be at 6pm. Adult tickets are $8 and students are $5.

Lake Michigan (4-2) puts their four-game winning streak on the line, Saturday, at Lake Michigan Catholic High School. Indianapolis (3-2) beat the Admirals in the team’s season-opener in January 4, 112-103. The Admirals will be without Florentino Valencia and Desmond Wade. Valencia is now playing in Puerto Rico and Wade was signed by the Brampton, Ontario A’s in the Canadian League. John Riek will be joining the team. Riek is a 7-foot 2 center, 319 pounds that played at Mississippi State.
 
ESPN sports commented on his 7-foot 8 wing span. Leading the Lake Michigan run has been Odgra Bobo, Courtney Blackmore, Kenny Brown and Eladio Espinosa. Bobo, coming off a triple double against Chicago, is averaging 19.8 points a game, shooting 56.8 percent from the field and pulling down 47 rebounds. Blackmore has been leading the team in scoring, boosting his average to 17 points a game and shooting 36 percent from the three point arch. He also has 28 steals on the year. Brown is at 16.3 points a game and hitting 93 percent from the foul line. Right behind Bobo on the boards is Espinosa with 46. The game tips off at 6 PM. Adult tickets are $8 and students $5. - See more at: http://mailmaxonline.com/content/admirals-go-five-row#sthash.GVGbbtV4.dpuf

  


Lake Michigan (4-2) puts their four-game winning streak on the line, Saturday, at Lake Michigan Catholic High School. Indianapolis (3-2) beat the Admirals in the team’s season-opener in January 4, 112-103. The Admirals will be without Florentino Valencia and Desmond Wade. Valencia is now playing in Puerto Rico and Wade was signed by the Brampton, Ontario A’s in the Canadian League.
 
John Riek will be joining the team. Riek is a 7-foot 2 center, 319 pounds that played at Mississippi State. ESPN sports commented on his 7-foot 8 wing span. Leading the Lake Michigan run has been Odgra Bobo, Courtney Blackmore, Kenny Brown and Eladio Espinosa. Bobo, coming off a triple double against Chicago, is averaging 19.8 points a game, shooting 56.8 percent from the field and pulling down 47 rebounds. Blackmore has been leading the team in scoring, boosting his average to 17 points a game and shooting 36 percent from the three point arch. He also has 28 steals on the year. Brown is at 16.3 points a game and hitting 93 percent from the foul line. Right behind Bobo on the boards is Espinosa with 46.
 
The game tips off at 6 PM. Adult tickets are $8 and students $5. - See more at: http://mailmaxonline.com/content/admirals-go-five-row#sthash.GVGbbtV4.dpufLake Michigan (4-2) puts their four-game winning streak on the line, Saturday, at Lake Michigan Catholic High School. Indianapolis (3-2) beat the Admirals in the team’s season-opener in January 4, 112-103. The Admirals will be without Florentino Valencia and Desmond Wade. Valencia is now playing in Puerto Rico and Wade was signed by the Brampton, Ontario A’s in the Canadian League. John Riek will be joining the team. Riek is a 7-foot 2 center, 319 pounds that played at Mississippi State. ESPN sports commented on his 7-foot 8 wing span. Leading the Lake Michigan run has been Odgra Bobo, Courtney Blackmore, Kenny Brown and Eladio Espinosa. Bobo, coming off a triple double against Chicago, is averaging 19.8 points a game, shooting 56.8 percent from the field and pulling down 47 rebounds. 
 
Blackmore has been leading the team in scoring, boosting his average to 17 points a game and shooting 36 percent from the three point arch. He also has 28 steals on the year. Brown is at 16.3 points a game and hitting 93 percent from the foul line. Right behind Bobo on the boards is Espinosa with 46. The game tips off at 6 PM. Adult tickets are $8 and students $5. - See more at: http://mailmaxonline.com/content/admirals-go-five-row#sthash.GVGbbtV4.dpufLake Michigan (4-2) puts their four-game winning streak on the line, Saturday, at Lake Michigan Catholic High School. Indianapolis (3-2) beat the Admirals in the team’s season-opener in January 4, 112-103. The Admirals will be without Florentino Valencia and Desmond Wade. Valencia is now playing in Puerto Rico and Wade was signed by the Brampton, Ontario A’s in the Canadian League. John Riek will be joining the team. Riek is a 7-foot 2 center, 319 pounds that played at Mississippi State.
 
ESPN sports commented on his 7-foot 8 wing span. Leading the Lake Michigan run has been Odgra Bobo, Courtney Blackmore, Kenny Brown and Eladio Espinosa. Bobo, coming off a triple double against Chicago, is averaging 19.8 points a game, shooting 56.8 percent from the field and pulling down 47 rebounds. Blackmore has been leading the team in scoring, boosting his average to 17 points a game and shooting 36 percent from the three point arch. He also has 28 steals on the year. Brown is at 16.3 points a game and hitting 93 percent from the foul line. Right behind Bobo on the boards is Espinosa with 46.
 
The game tips off at 6 PM. Adult tickets are $8 and students $5. - See more at: http://mailmaxonline.com/content/admirals-go-five-row#sthash.GVGbbtV4.dpuf

 Flex Host Diesels In Following Weekend Sweep

By Craig Fata

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Fresh off of a sweep of a two-game road trip, the two-time defending Premier Basketball League champions return home for a return engagement with one of the foes they vanquished over the weekend.

The Bloomington Flex (4-0) host the Indianapolis Diesels (3-2) Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum at 7:05 p.m. The Flex beat the Diesels 129-83 Saturday in Indianapolis, and the 46-point margin of victory was the second-largest in team history. The Flex, playing as the then-Central Illinois Drive, outscored the Diesels on March 17, 2012 by 52 in a 133-81 win in Bloomington. The margin did set a record for margin of victory on the road, beating the 41-point spread set against the Diesels on February 4, 2012.

The Diesels have never beaten the Flex in twelve attempts over two-plus seasons.

Saturday against the Diesels, Chris Singletary matched his team and personal season-high 31 points set the night before in Chicago, while Latrell Alford, Nate Fuqua and Brandon McGee each poured in 18. Devin Williams led the Diesels off the bench with 13. Dave Inabnit scored 12, and in the fourth quarter, became the team’s all-time leading scorer with 2,004 career points. Singletary leads the Flex in scoring at 27.3 per game. Inabnit leads the Diesels at 20.3 per game.

For Wednesday’s game, all seats will be buy-one-get-one-free, including the all-inclusive VIP floor seats. The action will also be streamed live on WJBC.com. The pregame show will begin at 6:40 p.m.



Rochester Looking To Continue A Red Hot February

Rochester, NY- The Rochester Razorsharks will travel to Buffalo tomorrow to start a home-and-home series against the Buffalo 716ers in a battle of the Premier Basketball League's Eastern Division.

Rochester (9-1) has currently won eight straight games after a 134-112 win over the Chicago Tide last night at the Blue Cross Arena.

Rochester was led by super-sub Scott Rodgers who is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Rochester. Rodgers scored 18 points and dished out 7 assists. Dane Miller also had a strong game for Rochester, Miller added 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Miller has scored in double figures in six straight appearances and is third on the team in assists this year. Miller was asked about his mindset heading into games during his recent hot streak, “I just keep a smile on my face, taking the fact not everyone believes in me, I use that as motivation to help the team. When I’m out there playing and I see my family enjoy watching me play, that’s what I play for”.

Rochester and Buffalo have squared off twice this season, with Rochester coming away with the victory both times. The first game took place on New Year’s Eve and was the season opener for both teams; Rochester won 108-92 behind Terrance Whiters who scored 26 points. The 716ers were led by Joshua Parker who had a strong overall game with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The next time these two teams played was February 1, and again Rochester walked away with a victory. This time Rochester was led by Rodgers who scored 23 points and added 9 assists, to lead Rochester to a 132-104 win. Buffalo was led by Kelvin Agee who scored 26 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Buffalo (1-4) has lost three straight games and are looking to even the record in this new thru-way rivalry. Buffalo’s offense has been great so far this season averaging over 100 points per game, but their defense has given up over 108 points per game and that has led to their current losing streak.

Razorsharks head coach Lawrence Moten is looking to keep his teams winning streak alive, “We’ve been playing really well, sometimes we let teams back in the game, in order for us to complete our goal of winning a championship, we need to be a 48 minute team the rest of the season”, said Moten.

Rodgers echoed his coaches thoughts on the team’s goals for the remainder of the season, Rodgers was asked how he prepares for each game, “My mindset is to stay prepared. Take one game at a time to help the team reach our ultimate goal of winning a championship. I don’t go into a game specifically looking to score or distribute, I just take what the game gives me”.

After tomorrow’s 7:00 p.m. tip-off in Buffalo, both teams have a quick turnaround for a February 17 President’s Day game in Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena at 2:00 p.m.


Buffalo Looking For Change Of Pace At Home

Buffalo, NY- On Saturday, February 15th, the Buffalo 716ers return to action for their second home game of the season. The 716ers (1-4) will host the division leading Rochester Razorsharks (8-1) in hopes of a change in fortune.

Buffalo returns home after hard-fought road losses against the Carolina Pee Dee Vipers as well as the Rochester Razorsharks. This Saturday will mark the third meeting between the two division rivals, with the 716ers looking for their first victory over Rochester.

Also, Saturday is Kids Day. The first 100 kids through the door with a parents will receive a free Happy Meal coupon.

The action will be streamed live at Buffalo716ers.net with pre-game coverage starting at 6:45pm. 



Chicago Tide Return Home Looking To End Losing Streak
 
Markham, IL- When the Tide take the floor Saturday night against the Bloomington Flex, they’ll be looking to end their depressing seven-game losing streak. With Chicago being the newest expansion team in the league, there isn’t much history to go on, except the two losses that the Tide would love to have back.
 
In their first meeting as inner-state rivals on January 13th, Chris Singletary’s 25 points helped the Flex cruise to a 115-86 victory over the Tide. Nate Fuqua contributed 17 points and Latrell Alford put up 16. The Tide’s leading scorer was CJ Hampton who finished the contest with 24 points.
 
Then when the two last met on February 7th, the tides looked to have turned and that Chicago could pull out the win. Then the second half occurred and Bloomington quickly left Chicago behind. Nate Fuqua finished the game with 30 points and Singletary had a game high-32 points. Leading the Tide in defeat was again, CJ Hampton who finished with 20 points.
 
The Tide hope that the third time will be the charm that brings them a victory to Chicago will host the Flex tomorrow night at Markham Fieldhouse in Markham, IL. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm.