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Erie Hurricane Face Tough Loss To Chicago Tide

By AnneMarie Wapshare

Erie, PA- The Erie Hurricane lost to the Chicago Tide on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. The Hurricane fought hard and played aggressive against Chicago throughout the game. 

The game came down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Erie was trailing most of the game but found themselves down by four with less than three minutes left in the game. Erie could not overcome the deficit, and Chicago held on to the lead. The final score was 120-112.

The Hurricane were led on the scoring front by Lester Jones with 46 points. Also contributing for the Tide was Tanner Furno with 22 points and Joe Jones with 16 points.

Chicago's leading scorer was Cedric Riddle with 25 points and steals.

The Hurricane will play next Sunday, March 2nd at home against the Buffalo 716ers.

Admission for the game is $5 at the door and children under three are free. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at the Erie Hurricane website at www.eriehurricane.net.

Lima Falls To Indianapolis Yet Again

By Lewis Shine

In a hard fought battle on Sunday, February 23rd, the Lima Express fell to the Indianapolis Diesels at home 99-90. 
After keeping the game close the two were all tied up after three quarters, and the game came down to an all out battle in the last 12 minutes of the game in front of a packed crowd.
This was the second game between the two teams this weekend in a home-and-home series, and the Express were eager to play Indianapolis on their home court after falling to the Diesels on the road on Saturday. With a little more tenacious play on their home court in what felt like a playoff atmosphere, it wasn't enough to hold off the late drive in the fourth quarter and the Diesels pursuit to win the ball game.
The Diesels were led by John Hart who scored 27 points, three assists and snatched six rebounds. Greg Foster also chimed in with 15 points, five assists and eight rebounds. 
A couple of former NBA D-League players led the way for the Lima Express. Derrick Stevens formerly of the Colorado 14ers, paved the way for the Express with 28 points, five assists and seven rebounds. Bryant Austin formerly of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants added 23 points, three assists and pulled in eight rebounds.
The two teams square off again this Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at 4:05 pm EST in Indianapolis, IN. 



Indianapolis Comes Off on Top in First Ever Game Against Express

By Bill Ray Adams Jr.

On Saturday night, the Indianapolis Diesels outlasted a fourth quarter comeback attempt to defeat the Lima Express 108-93 at home.

The Diesels extended their lead in the first three quarters and carried a 90-66 advantage into the fourth. However, the Express were able to rally within 12 points in the final minutes of the game.

Xavier Blount of the Express led all scorers with a total of 25 points. Greg Foster of the Diesels recorded his first triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Indianapolis moved to 5-3 on the season and pulled ahead of the Express to take over the second place position in the Midwest division. The Express will host the Diesels Sunday at 3 p.m.

Admirals Come Close to Defeating Defending Champions With New Lineup

By Aaron Green

St. Joseph, MI - The Admirals lost five players over the last two weeks who signed with other teams overseas, forcing Lake Michigan to scramble to fill roster spots before a big game against the league defending champions.
Two players arrived just in time for the game Saturday as Lake Michigan dropped a 138-117 game to the Bloomington Flex.
Lake Michigan (4-5) recently said goodbye to Odgra Bobo who signed to play in Iraq, Desmond Wade to a team in Canada, Eladio Espinosa to a Dominican Republic team, Florentino Valencia to Puerto Rico, and Waki Williams to Bahrain.
Kwan Waller and Terrence Shaw signed in time for the game and came through with a combined 47 points.
"It is tough to acclimate all the new guys against a team like this who know how to play," Admirals coach Jon Solomon said. "Everything was kind of on the fly tonight, but I like the effort and how hard the guys played."
Along with the departed players, center Hamidu Rahman injured his back in warm-ups leaving the Admirals severely undersized with only one player taller than 6-foot-5.
Lake Michigan was able to stay in the game early with the Flex (8-0) as Courtney Blackmore was hitting baskets from the outside.
With the game tied at 17-17, Bloomington went on a 14-0 run to open a 31-17 lead.
The Admirals tried to adjust in the second quarter switching to a zone, but Bloomington was able to knock down numerous three-pointers in five minutes to take Lake Michigan out of the zone.
The lead would grow to as many as 22 points in the second quarter as Lake Michigan could no stop the Flex from scoring. "We tried to switch to a zone, but it is tough to do when you have not practiced it," Soloman said. "We wanted to spread them out and beat them with our speed, but again it is tough to execute without practice."
The Admirals tried to mount a comeback in the second half, but unfortunately, they did not have an answer for Chris Singletary and the rest of the Flex big men.
Blackmore led four Admirals in double figures with 32 points. Waller scored 29 points in his Admirals debut. Kenny Brown added 28 points, and Shaw chipped in 16 points in his first game with the team.
The four big men for Bloomington scored 98 of the team's 138 points, led by Singletary's 44.
Brandon McGee had 23 points, Gary Redus had 21 points, and Matt Salley had 10 points.

Tide Drop to 0-9 After Close Loss to Buffalo

By Devin Johnson

Chicago, Ill- The Chicago Tide lost their ninth straight game after a close battle with the Buffalo 716ers. The Tide lost by one basket with a final of 118-116.

The 716ers took a 10-point lead heading into half-time, but Chicago was able to cut down that lead to one point in the fourth quarter.

Ajay Rutledge led the 716ers to victory, finishing with a game-high 38 points and eight rebounds. Marcus Hall also contributed 34 points and 12 rebounds.

Leading the Tide in scoring was Isiah Martin. Martin put up 29 points and had 13 rebounds.

The Tide are back in action tomorrow, looking to pick up their first win in franchise history when they take on the Erie Hurricane. Tip-off will be at 4:00 pm in Erie, PA.


Singletary, Green Lead Flex Rout of Admirals

By Craig Fata

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – A huge second half by Chris Singletary combined with an 18-rebound effort by Terrence Green  propelled the Bloomington Flex to a 127-94 win over the visiting Lake Michigan Admirals Thursday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

Bloomington never trailed in the game, and never looked back after the Admirals, which lost two starters to overseas contracts and another starter to injury in the past week, tied the game at two early in the first quarter. The Flex led by fourteen after the first period, but the Admirals closed the gap to twelve at halftime.

Green dominated inside during the first half, snagging nine rebounds and electrifying the crowd with several ferocious dunks. Kenny Brown led Lake Michigan at the half with 14 points, while Hamidu Rahman added 13. Chris McClellan and Nate Fuqua led the Flex with nine apiece.

The Flex opened the lead to 15 at the end of the third quarter, but then outscored the Admirals 39-21 in the fourth. Lake Michigan narrowed the gap to 13, but a five-point spurt by Chris Singletary stretched the lead to 18, and from there, the rout was on.

Seven Flex players scored in double figures. Singletary led with 25, while Nate Fuqua added 17.  Terrence Green, along with his 18 rebounds, scored 13 points and notched 5 blocked shots. Brown finished with 25 for Lake Michigan, while Rahman ended with 21.

The same two teams play again Saturday in St. Joseph, Michigan. The Flex remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier Basketball League at 7-0, while Lake Michigan fell to 4-4.

Rochester Stays Perfect At Home For President's Day Matinee

Rochester, NY- The Rochester Razorsharks extend their winning streak to ten games, improve to 11-1 overall and a perfect 6-0 at the Blue Cross Arena after defeating Buffalo 716ers 116-95.

The ‘Sharks entered the game without star point guard Terrance Whiters who was out with a hamstring injury, but in his absence a number of guys stepped up including Dwayne Gland who had a season high of 14 points.
With the Razorsharks off for a week Head Coach Lawrence Moten stressed to his team the importance of heading into the break on a high note.
“We started off with a lot of energy, despite one of our top players going down, but other guys stepped it up” Moten said. “Guys are playing together and understanding each other which is nice to see.”
Rochester’s center Ayodele Coker in the first half was a force down low scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Coker led a 12-3 run to close out the half scoring 10 of those points to help give the ‘Sharks a 59-50 lead at the break.
6’6’’ Louie McCroskey used his height to his advantage by taking undersized defenders to the basket which led to easy finishes. McCroskey led all Razorsharks in scoring with 18 points while adding nine rebounds.
Early in the fourth quarter Rochester led by 19 points, 91-72, but former Razorshark guard Ajay Rutledge now playing for the 716ers kept Buffalo in the game starting a 10-2 run with a break-away dunk followed by a three point play. Rutledge scored 16 of his game high 24 in the second half.
““It was great to be able to come back and play in my city of Rochester,” Rutledge said. “My mentality has always been to get to the rim and I was able to do that today.”
After the 10-2 run, Buffalo cut the lead to just eleven with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Down the stretch Rochester was too strong inside both on the offensive end and on the defensive end. The ‘Sharks dominated on the boards, out rebounding Buffalo 63-38.
Chaz Crawford pulled down 15 rebounds and added a franchise record nine blocks. The previous record of seven was set back in 2008 by Ron Rollerson.
“Every time they were trying to come into the paint I was just trying to get another block,” Crawford said. “A key to our win was on the defensive end as we had to limit them to only one shot opportunities.” 
Rochester had another balanced attack having seven guys score in double digits. Coker added 16 to go along with 13 rebounds, Scott Rodgers, Rob Diggs, and Aaron Williams chipped in 12 apiece.
Kelvin Agee added 15 points and Travonta Gatewood put in 12 and eight rebounds for the 716ers.
After the game Rutledge added that the ‘Sharks size was too much for Buffalo. “We struggled with size down low, we don’t have the size to box out and get rebounds so with guys like Coker and Crawford there really wasn’t much we could do about it.”
With under a minute to go Rodgers made an alley-oop pass to Gland who put the exclamation point on the victory with a monster two-handed slam.
With the loss Buffalo falls to 1-6 and they play at home in Buffalo on Feb. 22 against the Carolina Vipers.
The RazorSharks will have a week off from practice and get back to game action on March 2 at Lynchburg against the Titans.

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.