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Grand Rapids To Kick Off PBL Preview Against Lake Michigan
February 20, 2014

Chicago, IL- Michigan’s newest addition to the Premier Basketball League will be kick-starting their 2015 inaugural season a little early with a few select exhibition games to give the fans a sneak preview of what is coming.
 
“A storm is coming, and the Cyclones are excited about putting a product on the court that the people of Grand Rapids can get behind,” said Owner and CEO of the Cyclones, Adam Chrisco.
 
The Grand Rapids Cyclones will be hosting the Lake Michigan Admirals on February 25th at the Delptaplex Arena. The Admirals have been in the PBL since 2012 and are currently third place in the Midwest division with a 4-3 record.
 
“Not to make too big of a deal about this upcoming game, but it’s truly historic. We have the opportunity to create memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. It’s not only what it means for us personally, but what this teams for the city of Grand Rapids,” Chrisco said.
 
One of the many professional teams Chrisco played for during his career was the Lake Michigan Admirals, so fans can expect a highly competitive game.
 
Tickets went on sale for the game dating back to January 16th so the number of empty seats is expecting to be minimal. To purchase tickets online for the Cyclones game go to www.deltaplex.com, or call the Deltaplex Arena at (616) 364-9400.





Soul of the South Features PBL President's Day Matinee

Chicago, IL- Today’s matinee game between the Rochester Razorsharks and the Buffalo 716ers will be aired at 8pm Central Time on the Soul of the South network.
 
The Soul of the South network and the Premier Basketball League are in their first year of what looks to be a long and successful partnership.
 
Soul of the South currently airs many of the Premier Basketball League’s biggest games including the ever so popular PBL “Game of the Week.” Soul of the South and the PBL broadcast to 11 markets reaching almost 100 million Americans.
 
“It’s an honor to be the first professional sports league to be featured with live footage on the Soul of the South Network,” said Dr. Severko Hrywnak, Chairman of the Board of the Premier Basketball League.





Buffalo Looking To Take Control At Home

By Andrew Serrano

Buffalo, NY- The Buffalo 716ers next home game is this Saturday, February 22nd when they host the Chicago Tide. This will be the third game in the last seven days for the 716ers, after two previous losses to the East division leading Rochester Razorsharks.

This is the first ever meeting between the Buffalo 716ers (1-7) and the Chicago Tide (0-8). Head coach Tawan Slaughter remains optimistic about the team's outlook for this game, and the rest of the season.

"Our record doesn't show all the hard work these players are putting in. We've been competitive in each game we've played, each keeping the score close right until the end. Our plan is to bring home a win in front of our home fans," stated Slaughter.

The game on Saturday will also be "Family Day," with the 716ers offering fans an opportunity to get four tickets when they purchase three. Discounted tickets are only available online using the code word "family."

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with all the action starting at 7 p.m. The game will also be streamed live at www.buffalo716ers.net with pre-game coverage starting at 6:45 p.m.



Erie Looking For First Win At Home Over The Winless Tide

By Tawan Slaughter

Erie, PA- The Erie Hurricane have their next home game on Sunday, February 23rd at 4 p.m. The Hurricane have been practicing hard to prepare for their game against the Chicago Tide, looking to capture their first win at home.

The Chicago will be in Buffalo to face the Buffalo 716ers on Saturday night, but the Hurricane will be off until Sunday and hope that some well needed rest will work in their favor.

Big things are expected from the dynamic duo of Lester and Joe Jones. The Jones brothers are currently on a scoring rampage, and the Hurricane will need them to continue this offensive drive in order to bring them their first victory of the year.

"We are excited and looking forward to hopefully getting our first win against Chicago on Sunday," stated team owner Tawan Slaughter.

Tip off will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday.





Flex Look To Stay Perfect Thursday Against Admirals

By Craig Fata

Bloomington, IL- The Midwest Division-leading Bloomington Flex will be putting their perfect 6-0 record on the line against the Lake Michigan Admirals (4-3) Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Coliseum, as the Admirals look for their first-ever win against Bloomington in the first meeting between the two teams this season. The Flex swept the 2013 season series 3-0.

The Flex are coming off an impressive 133-95 road win against the Chicago Tide on Saturday. Chris Singletary leads the Flex in scoring, averaging 24.3 points per game. Six Flex players average in double figures in scoring. Terrence Green leads the Flex in rebounding at 6.8 rebounds per game, and leads the Midwest Division in both field goal percentage (.947) and blocks (14).

Lake Michigan will be without its leading scorer, Odgra Bobo, who has signed a contract to play professionally in Iraq. Bobo was averaging 20 points per game for the Admirals. Bobo was also leading the Admirals in rebounds and assists. The Admirals will be led Thursday by Courtney Blackmore, who averages 16.4 points per game. Eladio Espinosa comes in as the leading rebounder at 8.4 per game, while Khalil McDonald averages 3.6 assists per game.

All seats Thursday will be buy-one-get-one-free, including the all-inclusive VIP floor seats. Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office at (309) 434-2679.

Thursday's game will be streamed live online at WJBC.com.




Vipers Sign Former NBA D-League Guard

By Kathryn Robinson
February 19, 2014


Florence, SC- The Pee Dee Vipers have signed former Springfield Armor player and 6'4" guard, Tahj Tate. Tate played at Delaware State University before being drafted by the NBA Development-League for the 2013-14 season. He trained with the NBA's Washington Wizards before being traded. Tate's season with the Armor ended after a minor injury.

Tate will be another lethal-scoring combo guard for the Vipers and will play this weekend on the road against Lynchburg. He is originally from Easley, SC.

Vipers General Manager, Sharone Wright said, "Tajh is a player that we targeted before training camp started, but he was drafted by the D-league after impressive workouts with the Wizards. He's a big guard that we really need in the second half of our season, which is the toughest. And we'll need him in the playoffs. He can defend bigger guards and he can post smaller guards."