Troublesome Weather Brings Cautious Decisions in the PBL
Chicago, IL- Mother nature has not been the most cooperative this year. The weather seemed to be clearing up throughout most of the country, but then again not everything is as it seems.
Two games on Sunday, March 2nd will be postponed until further notice due to severe weather.
Sunday’s matchup in Indiana between the Indianapolis Diesels and the Lima Express will be postponed until further notice, as well as the second game in the home-and-home series in Erie between the Erie Hurricane and the Buffalo 716ers.
â€‹PBL to Keep a Close Eye on Weekend Weather Front
Chicago, IL- Mother nature is at it again. Throughout many parts of the U.S. a severe winter storm is expected to come through on Saturday, March 1st and go late into that following Sunday.
This could possibly affect games in the Premier Basketball League since one division is based primarily in the northeast, and the other is in the Midwest. These are two of the areas in which the storm is looking be to at its worst.
The safety of the teams, players, staff and fans are a number one priority and a decision to cancel any games will be made if need be. In order to make the appropriate decisions, the league will be keeping a constant eye on the weather radar.
Any game cancellations will be announced on the league website.
Championship Caliber Basketball Coming to Lynchburg this Weekend
Lynchburg, VA- The Lynchburg Titans will be facing what could be their toughest weekend of the season. They will be hosting the championship winners of the league's past three seasons.
On Saturday the Titans will host the defending back-to-back PBL champions, the Bloomington Flex (Illinois). With a record of 8-0, the Flex boast the best record in the Midwest Division. They are coached by former Indiana Hoosier, Chicago Bull and Golden State Warrior, AJ Guyton. The game will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1st at the Lynchburg City Armory.
Lynchburg's Jamal Francis has been the league leader in points per game (34) for weeks now, but Bloomington's Chris Singletary leads the league in total points with 230.
Then on Sunday afternoon the Titans have the boys from Rochester, New York in town. The Rochester Razorsharks (11-1) went to the PBL finals last season and were defeated by the Bloomington Flex. Their one loss came to the Pee Dee Vipers early in the season, but have been perfect in the month of February. Sunday afternoon's game will begin at 4pm at the City Armory
Lake Michigan Looking for a Rebound Against Lima
St. Joseph, MI- Lake Michigan is on a current four-game losing streak dating back to a 76-80 loss against the Indianapolis Diesels on February 15th.
The Admirals have since lost to Bloomington twice in a home-and-home series and then on Thursday, February 27th they lost by only six to the Pee Dee Vipers in South Carolina.
A key reason for Lake Michigan’s recent downfalls has been their change in roster. They recently have had numerous players leave the team for overseas contracts.
Luckily for the Admirals, their next opponent is the Lima Express who they defeated back on February 2nd with a final score of 136-114.
Lake Michigan will be looking for one of their key players to help bring the team back to winning form. Courtney Blackmore only had 15 points in the Admirals’ loss to the Pee Dee Vipers, but he currently leads the league in three-point shots completed (27) and in steals (30).
Tip-off will be at 6:00 p.m. in St. Joseph, Michigan.
Rochester Looking to Stay Perfect in February
Rochester, NY- The Rochester RazorSharks (11-1) will travel to Lynchburg, Virginia this weekend to take on the Lynchburg Titans (0-5), in a battle of Eastern Division teams in the Premier Basketball League.
The RazorSharks have won ten straight games and are clicking on all cylinders as of late. The ‘Sharks have won eight games by double digits and have out rebounded their opponents in every game except one this season. The ‘Sharks are averaging 55.9 rebounds per game and an incredible 17.1 offensive rebounds per game.
Rochester are averaging a PBL leading 127.9 points per game this season led by point guard Terrance Whiters who is second in the PBL scoring with 220. It’s not just on the offensive end where the ‘Sharks are making their mark, the team is fourth in the PBL in defensive points allowed per game with 104.8.
On the flip side the Titans, are still looking for their first PBL victory. The Titans have the second worst defensive points per game ranking in the PBL with 128.2. The Titans have not scored over 118 points this season, which is ten points less than the RazorSharks average.
The Titans bright spot so far is Jamal Francis, who is averaging a PBL leading 34.0 per game, while shooting an incredible 64.2% from the field. Another strong performer for Lynchburg has been guard Damien Hubbard who is averaging 23.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game to have a strong overall start to the 2014 season.
Rochester’s head coach Lawrence Moten was asked to assess his teams play after the half-way point of the season, “I really appreciate the effort my guys are putting out on nightly basis, they are trusting each other more, I think we have settled into our roles. I can ask all 14 guys to come into the game at any time and I think that has attributed to us winning ten straight games. Now is the championship run, in order for us to win the championship it’s all on us, we have no one else to blame but ourselves if we don’t win it all. If we do what we have to do on the defensive end of the court and trust in each other and play team ball, we will be fine.”
Coach Moten was asked a follow up question if he feared his team had peeked to early in the season or if he senses the team can push their play to another level heading forward, “I definitely feel there is another level we can get to, I evaluated the guys for the first half and while I’m happy with our performance there is always room for potential and improvement. Just improving on the little things like our defensive rotation and moving the ball more, everyone can always get better at this game”.
Rochester and Lynchburg will play Sunday, March 2, at 4:00 p.m. at the Lynchburg Armory. Rochester will play their next home game Saturday March 8 against the Erie Hurricane at the Blue Cross Arena with a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.
Buffalo and Erie Meet for Back to Back Games
By Tawan Slaughter
Buffalo, NY- The Buffalo 716ers will play a home-and-home series with the Erie Hurricane this weekend. On Saturday, March 1st the 716ers will host the Hurricane at 7 p.m., and then they travel to Erie for a 4 p.m. showdown in Erie.
Buffalo (2-6) is coming off a 118-112 home win over the Chicago Tide (1-9) who won their first game of the season against Erie.
Buffalo's offense was led by Ajay Rutledge who scored 38 points, and Marcus Hall with 34 points. Together, Rutledge and Hall were named co-MVP's of the game. Kelvin Agee and Terrell Williams also scored in double-digit figures. Agee scored 15 points and Williams put up 13.
716ers owner and head coach, Tawan Slaughter is looking for her team to deliver back to back wins in front of the home fans. "The team is really coming together now and playing strong basketball. The defense has stepped up their game, and the offense is getting open to make plays happen. We started the season with one goal, and that goal remains to bring the PBL championship trophy to Buffalo," stated Slaughter.
Saturday's game in Buffalo is college night, and any college student who brings their ID will receive $1 off at the door.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tip-off is at 7 p.m. The game will also be streamed live at buffalo716ers.net.
Flex Prepping for Busy Weekend, Long Road Trip
By Craig Fata
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Bloomington Flex are getting ready to play a three-games-in-four-days swing that includes the team’s longest road trip of the season, starting Thursday against the Chicago Tide.
The Flex are coming off a series of strong individual performances of late, including a 30-point effort by Chris McClellan, an 18-rebound night by Terrence Green, and a club-record 46-point outburst Saturday by Chris Singletary against Lake Michigan. Singletary has raised his scoring average to 27.1 points per game, which ranks third in the Premier Basketball League.
The Flex (8-0) will host the Tide (1-9) at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum to start off the grueling stretch. The Flex have beaten the Tide in all three previous meetings this season.
The team will then hit the road Friday and head to Lynchburg, Va., to take on the expansion Lynchburg Titans (0-5) Saturday at 6:00 p.m. C.S.T. The Titans’ Jamal Francis leads the PBL in scoring at 34.0 points per game, while the team’s second-leading scorer, Damien Hubbard, is sixth in the league at 23.5 points per game.
On Sunday, the Flex head to Florence, S.C. to take on the Pee Dee Vipers (7-1) at 3:00 p.m. C.S.T. James Helton leads the Vipers at 23.6 points per game, which is good for fifth in the league. Alan Thompson also averages 20.0 points per game for Pee Dee.
Thursday’s game at U.S. Cellular Coliseum is McDonald’s cap night, when the first 500 fans will receive free Flex baseball caps courtesy of McDonald’s of Bloomington-Normal, McLean and Gibson City, as well as McDonald’s coupon giveaways. Also Thursday, the all-inclusive VIP floor seats will be buy-one-get-one-free. All three games will be live streamed on WJBC.com.
Grand Rapids Show They Belong in the PBL
Chicago, IL- On Tuesday, February 26th the Grand Rapids Cyclones opened the doors to a successful future in the Premier Basketball League.
1,400 fans fought through the freezing temperatures and blizzard like snow storm to see the Cyclones compete in their first exhibition game as a member of the Premier Basketball League, and it was an event that those fans will never forget.
As people would head to their seats before tip-off, there was a “for fun” basketball game played between two local elementary school teams as well as a disc-jockey that played some of today’s hottest music for fans to listen to and sing along with their friends and family.
Mascots and cheerleaders brought entertainment that fans could associate with at an NBA event, but what stole the hearts of the crowd was the group of grade-school break-dancers at halftime.
The Cyclones were tied at 96 points each with the Lake Michigan Admirals and the game seemed like it was going to head into overtime. Then with one second remaining the Cyclones committed a foul, and the Admirals pulled out the victory after notching both free throws to make the final score 98-96.
The Cyclones will be playing numerous exhibition games this year to better prepare themselves for their 2015 inaugural season in the PBL.
Jump Up For Red
The Rochester RazorSharks, Glow Sunless Tanning, and Rochester Woman Magazine partnered with the American Heart Association to help raise awareness for heart disease in women
On Saturday, Feb. 8 the Rochester RazorSharks, Glow Sunless Tanning, and Rochester Woman Magazine went red for women for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. Throughout the game Glow Sunless Tanning sold scarves to help support the American Heart Association and raise awareness for heart disease in women.
Anne Marie Marshall and Rebecca Dodge from Glow Sunless Tanning were very honored to share Saturday’s event with the RazorSharks. They said the event went very well and are excited to continue to help the American Heart Association.
Glow Sunless Tanning will continue to sell scarves throughout the month of February. Anyone interested in purchasing a scarf can visit Glow Sunless Tanning at 2229 Monroe Ave. Rochester, NY. Scarves are $20 a piece and a portion of all proceeds will being donated to the American Heart Association.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women, beating all forms of cancer combined. Go Red for Women was created by women, for women to help band together and wipe out heart disease.
The American Heart Association was founded in 1924, and is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization. The American Heart Association is dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.
For more information on Glow Sunless Tanning, Rochester Woman Magazine, and the American Heart
Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign please call the RazorSharks’ office at 585-232-9190.