Tide Anchor Admirals 125-117
Markham, IL- Cedric Ridle's 42-point performance Friday night paved the way for the Chicago Tide (2-13) to pick up their second win of the the season by defeating the Lake Michigan Admirals 125-117 at Markham Fieldhouse.
The Tide had lost their two early season matchups with the Admirals, in very close contests. With that said, they were eager to have the opportunity to take the Admirals on their home court and hopefully spoil their chances of making the playoffs.
The first quarter was back-an-forth as teams seemed to be finding their rhythm, nevertheless the Tide were able to take a three-point lead going into the second quarter. The second continued to be a see-saw battle, until late in the quarter the Tide were able to use a 21-10 run to jump out to 16-point lead before eventually leaving the Admirals with a 14-point deficit at half time.
At the start of the half with the score 68-54, the Admirals would start the third on a 21-8 run and having a three-point lead late in the third. The Tide however remained poised and was able to regain the lead going into the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter was a battle and the Admirals were able to tie the game, but the Tide were able to use a 12-4 run to seal their fate.
The Admirals were led in scoring by Corvonn Gaines, who finished the game with 23 points, and Shane Rose who finished with 22.
The Tide now move to 2-13 and are back in action this Sunday when they travel to Lima, Ohio for their first meeting of the season to take on the Lima Express. Tip off is scheduled for 3:00pm EST.
Buffalo Continues their Winning Way with 127-90 Over Erie
By Andrew Serrano
Buffalo, NY- The Buffalo 716ers extend their winning streak to five in a row with a 127-90 victory over the Erie Hurricane. This victory evens their season record to 7-7.
The Hurricane took an early time out after Buffalo scored the first six points of the game. Buffalo continued their dominance through out the game, never giving up the lead.
Buffalo's Kelvin Agee was the MVP of the game. At one point in the third quarter Agee hit a hot streak, sinking five three-pointers in a row. Agee finished the game with 25 points. Travonta Gatewood (16), Devon Dawson (15), Glenroy Carr (14), Marcus Hall (14), Terrill Williams (14) and Joshua Parker (10) all scored in double-digit figures for the 716ers. Williams led the team with 14 rebounds.
The 716ers have two games left this season. On Sunday, March 22nd they travel to play the Hurricane, and then on Saturday, April 5th they host the Lynchburg Titans at 7 p.m. at the Thunderdome. Tickets for the final home game are available at buffalo716ers.net.
Pee Dee Falls in Series Finale Against Rochester
Florence, SC- Ryan Anderson said he was just doing his job tonight. Everyone else in attendance at the Florence Civic Center watching the first place Rochester Razorsharks take on the second place Carolina Pee-Dee Vipers would kindly disagree with him
In a game that was everything it was hyped up to be, the intense physical play and the nail-biting fourth quarter were not the story tonight. That pleasure belonged to Anderson who hit a Rochester franchise record 10 three pointers on his way to a team season-high 35 points.
“Ryan Anderson was unbelievable. He hit ten three-point field goals and it seemed about seven were contested. We didn’t have much film on him with him being a new addition to Rochester, but we know coming in that he was a shooter”, said Vipers head coach Andre Bovain.
In the end, Rochester got a double-digit victory, 93-83, over the Vipers. But the game was much closer than final score and it took everything the Razorsharks and Anderson had.
“Defensively we were outstanding, except a few missed assignments. Defensively it was one of our best games of the year. Anderson was the difference plain and simple”, said coach Bovain.
“My job as a shooter is to spread the defense. It’s hard against a talented zone like that to get into rhythm. They did a good job of taking away our excellent inside game. My goal was to knock my shots down so that could open up the inside for us. When I hit shots, Beast (Darren Moore) hit shots, Dane Miller got some crazy dunks. I made a conscious effort to make them honor me out there to open the floor up”, Anderson said of his record setting night.
“I was more worried about getting the win than setting any records. I was more concerned about the win and I was more excited about the win. If I have a game like tonight and we lose, it means nothing. All that was good for me as an individual but my team’s left to dry.”
Anderson did anything but leave his team to dry. He carried them to their 14th straight win and a helped Rochester clinch the first seed in the East Division for a third consecutive year.
Aaron Williams chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds for Rochester who had their second lowest scoring output of the season.
Thompson had 26 points on 8-12 shooting for Carolina. Helton added 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists for Carolina.
Rochester’s next game is March 22 in Virginia, as they take on the Lynchburg Titans. Carolina is on the road for their next three games as their first stop is against the Indianapolis Diesels on March 23.
Lynchburg Kept it Close With the East Leading Razorsharks
Lynchburg, VA- With a tough defensive battle from last night behind them, the Rochester RazorSharks decided to showcase their offense tonight in a match-up with the Lynchburg Titans.
The ‘Sharks (16-1) were coming off their second lowest scoring output of the season from last night’s 93-83 Division clinching victory over the Carolina Pee-Dee Vipers. Razorsharks head coach Lawrence Moten told his team before tonight’s game to run up and down the court and showcase their athleticism.
Coach Moten’s team heeded the advice of their leader and opened the game on a 23-7 run led by Reggie Stallings seven first quarter points. Rochester approached a season high for points in the first quarter, when it was all said and done Rochester found themselves up 49-16 at the end of the first quarter and the team never looked back.
The second quarter saw more of the same from Rochester’s hot offense as last night’s hero Ryan Anderson checked in and hit his first 3-point field goal. His teammates were telling him he was still hot from setting a franchise record 10 3-point field goals made the day before. Anderson started the game 4-4 and had 9 quick points.
Rochester did indeed run up and down the floor, led by reserve point guard Scott Rodgers, who had seven assists in the first half alone to go along with 10 points. Darren Moore chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds for Rochester.
Rochester was up 88-49 at the half.
Jamal Francis for Lynchburg had 20 points in what was otherwise a forgettable opening to the game for Lynchburg.
The second half saw the Titans never get within 30 points of Rochester. The ‘Sharks outperformed an under manned and under sized Lynchburg team. Scott Rodgers continued his excellent play from the first half and ended up recording the third triple double in Razorsharks history with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists.
“I just played the game like I know how to. Do a little of everything, whatever the team needs, I try to bring to any certain game. Tonight we had a large lead and I was just out there having fun with my teammates and ended up putting up some impressive individual numbers,” said Rodgers on his outstanding game.
Rochester put up 44 points in the fourth quarter to extend the lead into blowout territory. The Titans scored a respectable 120 but that was mostly in the fourth quarter when Rochester was almost letting them score to get the game over with.
Francis ended up with an outstanding 46 points, including 19-22 from the free throw line. It ended up being a wasted performance as his team was way behind the whole game.
Also having a strong game for Rochester besides Rodgers was guard Reggie Stallings who had a season high 29 points. Moore finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Rochester.
The win made it 15 in a row for the red-hot Razorsharks who will next play on March 30, when they will host these Titans in Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena.
Flex Derail Express to Stay Perfect 16-0
By Craig Fata
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Lima Express nearly upset the undefeated Bloomington Flex in Lima on March 9, and for a time Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, it looked like it might be another close game as the Express marched out to a six-point lead early in the first quarter.
But the Flex flipped the switch and used a 15-1 on the strength of a Chris McClellan three-pointer with 4:33 to play in the period to first catch, and then run away from the Express, blowing out the visitors 125-91 in front of 1,017 fans at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Lima fell to 5-8.
The Flex stretched the lead to 16 in the second period after ending the first up six at 27-21. Lima drew to within ten at halftime, 55-43.
The Flex offense exploded in the third quarter for 36 points, opening up a 91-67 lead headed into the fourth. The offense continued the assault in the fourth, putting up another 34 on 54% shooting as a team for the game.
Latrell Alford led the Flex with 23 points, one of three Flex players to score 20 or more points. Brandon McGee and Gary Redus each added 21. McClellan added 18, hitting on three of four three-point attempts. Terrence Green led the Flex with eight rebounds.
Bryant Austin tallied 37 for Lima, which, already having lost three players for the season due to injury, was left further shorthanded when one player missed the team bus to Bloomington. Kyle Meyer added 21 for the Express. The Express shot 43% from the floor for the game, and hit on just three of 23 three-point attempts.
The Flex are back in action Thursday against the Lake Michigan Admirals at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. C.D.T. Tickets are available by calling the Coliseum box office at (309) 434- 2679 or by visiting Ticketmaster.com.
Indianapolis Wrapping Up a Hot Weekend
By Nathan Pace
Indianapolis, IN- In a game between two playoff teams, the Indianapolis Diesels defended their home court against the Carolina Pee Dee Vipers 104-101 Sunday night.
Indianapolis guard John Hart scored a go-ahead basket while being fouled with 6.4 seconds to go. Hart connected at the line to put the Diesels up by three. The Vipers failed to get a shot off on its final possession as they lost control of the ball mid-court.
The game was not close at first thanks to seven three-pointers from Diesels forward David Inabnit. Indianapolis took a 58-37 advantage into the locker room and led by as many as 25 in the second quarter.
Carolina responded with a full-court press in the third quarter and forced several turnovers. The Vipers reduced the deficit to 84-73 at the start of the fourth quarter. The comeback continued as Carolina took the lead 89-88 with six minutes to go.
Diesel guard Harry Marshall, put his team up 99-96 with 1:17 to play as he was fouled on a dunk for a three-point play. The Vipers hit a three to tie the game at 101 with 10.8 seconds remaining.
Inabnit had a game-high 28 points. Forward Jermaine Dearman chipped in 20 and Marhsall added 14.
Indianapolis improved to 9-5 on the season as Carolina was its first opponent from the East division of the year. Indianapolis will play Carolina Pee Dee Vipers on Saturday at home 7:05 p.m.
Carolina fell to 10-5 and will play at Lima on Friday before meeting Indianapolis for a rematch on Saturday.
Lima Not Having the Best Weekend They Hoped For
Lima, OH- The Lima Express hosted the Chicago Tide on Sunday night in the team's first ever matchup with the club from the windy city. The Express, fresh off a loss in Bloomington the day before, were hoping to come into yesterday's game with an edge to get a home victory.
Lima controlled the game much of the first half, but were outplayed in the second half. Chicago took control of the game in fourth quarter with a scoring outburst over Lima of 47-31 in the last 12 minutes of the game.
Chicago was led by guard Cedric Ridle, who was the star of the show Sunday with 45 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and two assists. Kyle Meyer also added 20 points, while Bryant Austin added a near triple-double performance with 19 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
Lima is back in action this Friday as they take on the Pee Dee Vipers of South Carolina at home! Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. For tickets or for more information, please visit www.thelimaexpress.com
Erie Loses Last Home Game of the Season
By AnneMarie Wapshare
Erie, PA- The Erie Hurricane had a tough loss this past Sunday against the Buffalo 716ers 117-86.
The Hurricane have improved over the course of the season and played as a more all-around game as a team. Lester Jones led the Hurricane with 25 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and two steals. Also, leading on the scoring front was Kiev Williams, with 19 points, along with five rebounds and three assists. Other key contributors include Glen Conner and Alex Butcher.
The team is planning to finish out the rest of the season strong. The final game will be on March 30th in Ohio versus the Lima Express. The Hurricane are looking to end the season on a win.