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Jerice Crouch Joins Rochester Razorsharks

Rochester, NY- The Rochester Razorsharks are happy to announce the return of longtime Razorsharks great Jerice Crouch to the team.

Jerice joins Rochester after playing for the Ottawa SkyHawks earlier this season in the NBL of Canada.  Crouch averaged 13.4 points per game and 5.8 assists per game for the SkyHawks this season.

Razorsharks fans will be happy to have a fan favorite back running the point guard position. ‘Reece as he is affectionately called, is a great team player and is always looking to get his teammates involved.

Crouch’s resume with Rochester speaks for itself and has earned him a place in Razorsharks team history:  member of 3 PBL Championship teams with Rochester, the ‘Sharks all time assist leader (521), second in games played in franchise history (127), second in franchise history in points scored (1,673), second in franchise history in steals (160), and holds the franchise record for consecutive games played (90).

Jerice was a member of the PBL 2009-2010 All-League 2nd team, 2009-2010 All-Playoff Team, 2009-2010 All-Star selection, and made the PBL 2010-2011 All-Playoff Team.

With career averages of 13.1 points and 4.1 assists per game for the Razorsharks, Crouch brings both scoring and passing to a team that is already in first place in their division this season.

Crouch will officially be introduced to Razorsharks fans this Saturday, March 15, as the ‘Sharks have a home game against the visiting Lake Michigan Admirals, at 2:00 p.m. at the Blue Cross Arena.

Indianapolis Looking to Stay Unbeaten Against Rival Express
Indianapolis, IN- The Indianapolis Diesels may be 6-4 but their four losses this year have only come to the Bloomington Flex. The Flex finished off the series sweep last Saturday when the beat the Diesels in Indianapolis 105-87.
However, Indianapolis is in a similar situation. The Diesels are in a battle for second place in the Midwest with the Lima Express.  They are a perfect 2-0 so far against the Express this season, and will be looking to polish them off if they can win Friday at home and then Sunday on the road in Ohio.
Hometown favorite David Inabnit and Greg Foster lead the team in total points scored with 139 points in nine games played this year. 
Between Inabnit, Foster and Jermaine Dearman who leads the team in points per game (19) the Diesels bring a consistent and well-balanced offense to the table.
Dearman has also been a critical point on the team when it comes to second-chance scoring opportunities. He leads the team in both defensive rebounds (45) and offensive rebounds (17).
This game was named the PBL Game of the Week to watch in their recent newsletter. The winner of this game could be a critical decision maker in who takes the edge in this five-game series and possibly advancing to the playoffs.
Tip-off for the game will be at 7:05 p.m.

Lynchburg Happy to be Back Home

Lynchburg, VA- The Lynchburg Titans will face the Pee Dee Vipers from South Carolina tonight at 7 p.m., in what will be their last series meeting of the season.

The Titans have yet to defeat the Vipers and are faced with a tough double-header tonight and tomorrow in Lynchburg. This will be the sixth meeting between the two teams, and the the Titans are hoping to finally pull out a victory, not just against Pee Dee, but also in general. The Titans are currently last in the PBL at 0-8.

Saturday night will feature a few new faces for the Titans. They have signed three new players who are looking to make their debut with the team in hopes to change Lynchburg's season around with some added size.


Flex, Express Eye Rematch after Close Call

By Craig Fata

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Less than a week ago, the expansion Lima Express were up eleven points at home in the fourth quarter on the Bloomington Flex, with a chance to become only the third team in history to notch a victory over the two-time defending Premier Basketball League champions.

The Flex clawed back for a 101-99 victory, but not before the Express had a chance for a game-tying or game-winning shot with a few seconds left. Lima’s shooter jumped into a Flex defender hoping for a foul, but none was called, and the Flex held on for the win as the ball trickled out of bounds.

The Express (4-5) hope to finish the job Saturday at 1:05 p.m. C.D.T. at U.S. Cellular Coliseum and hand the Flex (13-0) their first loss of the season.

Lima, playing with a ten-man roster and hampered with injuries, will bring nine to Bloomington Saturday—and six of those players average in double figures in scoring, led by Bryant Austin at 22.4 points per game. Bryant also leads the team in rebounding at 9.6 per game.

Chris Singletary leads the Flex at 23.1 points per game, one of five Flex players averaging in double figures. Terrence Green leads the Flex in rebounding at 7.8 per game.

Saturday’s game is “Flex Time For Kids” day, with doors opening at 11:00 a.m. There will be inflatables and bounce houses on the floor of the Coliseum, as well as face painting and many other activities. The first 1,000 kids in attendance will also receive free string backpacks courtesy of OSF.



Rochester Ready to Host Admirals with New Additions

The Rochester RazorSharks (13-1) will host the Lake Michigan Admirals (5-7) in a cross divisional matchup in the Premier Basketball League. Rochester leads the East Division by 2.5 games over the Carolina Pee-Dee Vipers. The Admirals find themselves just two games back from the final playoff spot in the Mid-West Division.

Rochester is coming off a historic victory over the Erie Hurricane. Rochester won the March 8 match-up 170-87. The 83 point margin of victory is the second largest in Rochester’s history, with the largest victory ever also coming against Erie earlier this year. The ‘Sharks also set a team record with 73 field goals made in the blowout.

Lake Michigan has lost five of its last six games after starting the season 3-2. Most recently the Admirals lost to the Ohio Lima Express on March 8, 110-119.

Lake Michigan has been fine on the offensive end, where they average 112.8 points per game, which would put them in the middle of the PBL in offensive statistics. But their defensive has been below-average allowing 114.5 points per game.  The Admirals actually have six players averaging at least 13 points per game, led by Kwan Waller (18.6), Courtney Blackmore (16.9), and Terrance Shaw (16.0, with 50% shooting from three-point range).

These two teams met early in the season on January 18 in Rochester. That night saw the RazorSharks squeak out their smallest margin of victory this season, 112-106.

Leading the way for Rochester that night was: Dane Miller with 21 points and 7 rebounds, Aaron Williams with 18 points and 9 rebounds, and Louie McCroskey with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Rochester has made some roster moves as of late, adding two new players in Jerice Crouch and Ryan Anderson. Crouch has won three championships with Rochester in the past and is on most of the franchises all time records list.

Anderson is a former Nebraska University stand-out and holds numerous records for the Cornhuskers. Anderson won a championship last year with the Bloomington Flex at the expense of the RazorSharks.
Rochester head coach Lawrence Moten is not worried about the different line-up this time around, “I’ve known Jerice for many years, he’s a very solid player who does everything you ask of him. He’s a professional; I know what I’m getting out of Jerice.  I’ve seen Ryan in college where he performed extremely well.  This is the first time I’ve seen him play live and everything they say about him is true; he moves well without the ball and is a knock-down shooter.  These two guys are great additions to help us reach our goal of winning a championship.”

Rochester’s next game after this weekend is March 21, when they will head down to Carolina to take on the Carolina Pee-Dee Vipers. The Admirals will travel to Erie the next day to take on the Erie Hurricane.


Buffalo Ready To Attempt Winning Streak To Claim PBL Playoff Spot

By Tawan Slaughter

Buffalo, NY- The Buffalo 716ers (5-7) host the visiting Erie Hurricane (1-8) on Saturday, March 16th.  The game is set for 7 p.m. at Tapestry Charter School. Admission for all home games is $5.00. Children three and under are free.
The Buffalo 716ers are coming off three wins this past weekend. The 716ers swept the Chicago Tide in a two game series, and finally closed the weekend with a win against the Erie Hurricane, on March 9th. 
On March 9th, the 716ers were led in scoring by Glenroy Carr with 22 points, Ajay Rutledge (14), and Joshua Parker (12). "We have turned this season around and are making a statement wining the last 4 out of 5 games in the PBL,” said 716ers head coach Tawan Slaughter.
Saturday night at Tapestry Charter School is Sponsor Appreciation Night. We are recognizing all the sponsors who have helped and supported the 716ers this season.
Doors open at 6:30, with tip-off at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live at Buffalo716ers.net, with the pre-game show starting at 6:45 pm


Erie Hurricane Hope to Bounce Back Against Lake Michigan at Home

By Anne Wapshare

Erie, PA- The Erie Hurricane will take on the Lake Michigan Admirals for the second time this season on Sunday, March 16th.

The Hurricane will be looking to bounce back with a vengeance after two losses last weekend including an agonizing beating from the Rochester Razorsharks.
The Hurricane were led last weekend in scoring against the Buffalo 716ers by Lester Jones, who had 30pts, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. Joe Jones also contributed with 14 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists on March 9th.

Admission for the game is $5.00 at the door and children under three are free. Doors open at 3:30pm. Tickets can also be purchased online at the Erie Hurricane website at www.eriehurricane.net.



Nebraska Graduate Excited to Join Rochester for Championship Run

Rochester, NY- The Rochester Razorsharks are pleased to announce the addition of Ryan Anderson to their 2014 roster.

Anderson, a former Nebraska Cornhusker, will add long range shooting to the already deep Razorsharks team.

The 6’5” guard is in Nebraska’s all-time top 10 in several categories: 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goal percentage, steals and games started. Anderson is one of only eight players in the history of the Big 12 Conference to have 1,000 career points scored, 500 total rebounds and at least 150 3-point field goals made.

It is not just shooting Anderson will add, he was voted to the 2009 Big 12 Conference All-Defensive team, while adding 1.7 steals per game his senior season.

Rochester fans will recognize Anderson, a former member of the Bloomington Flex. Anderson helped the Flex defeat the Razorsharks in the Premier Basketball League championship last season. Anderson averaged 17.1 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Flex.

Anderson has also played in the NBA D-League for the Sioux Falls Skyforce during the 2011-2012 season, averaging 7.8 points per game.

Most recently, Anderson played for the Ottawa SkyHawks of the Canadian NBL. Anderson averaged 18.1 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game, 4.1 assists per game, and shot 37% from 3 point range this past season.

Anderson is happy to be back in the PBL and is looking to win his second championship in as many seasons. Anderson was asked about joining Rochester for their 2014 playoff push, “I am truly excited to join this outstanding organization. I am looking to bring another championship to the city of Rochester. I can’t wait to showcase my talents to these fans”.

Razorsharks fans will get their first chance to watch Ryan play, this Saturday, March 15, as the Razorsharks host the Lake Michigan Admirals at 2:00 p.m. at the Blue Cross Arena.