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The undefeated Rochester RazorSharks (15-0) will look to defend their 2014 PBL Championship title when they head west to take on the Lake Michigan Admirals (12-4), who are making their first appearance in the PBL Finals in their fourth year in the league.

The Admirals are coming off their best regular season performance since joining the PBL. Not only is it their first season above .500 (their previous best was last season at 6-12) but with a strong 12-4 record, they were able to claim their first ever PBL Midwest division championship.

The four-time defending PBL champion RazorSharks have a perfect 11-0 record against the Admirals in the three seasons previous to this year (they did not meet in the regular season this year for the first time), however, this is the strongest team that the Admirals have ever had.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:  

Lake Michigan
Courtney BlackmoreThe 2014 PBL Defensive Player of the Year leads the team with 21.9-points per game, 2nd on the team in 3-pts made (42), 3rd in assists (57), 3rd in blocks (10), and 2nd in steals (53).
Nicholas Waddell- leads the team in total points scored (336), 3rd in points per game (21), and leads the team in total rebounds (188).
Troy Franklin Jr.- leads the team in 3-pts made (45), assists (86), steals (62), and 2nd in points per game (20.56). 
Bob Wegnerknown as "Big" Bob Wegner, stands as the world's tallest professional athlete at 7'8" and is also the world's tallest American born person in the world.

Rochester

Corey Allmond- leads the team's offensive drive in points per game (20) and total points (300), first in three-pts made (72), and third in assists (46).
Darren Moore- leads the team in field-goal percentage (62.7) and third in total rebounds (100).
Jerice Crouch- the PBL 2014 Playoff MVP leads the team in assists (108) and steals (26). 
Anthony Stover- leads the team in blocks (57) and is 2nd in total rebounds (108).

 

A Word From:
Jerice Crouch; A Rochester Fan Favorite-Gives His Side on How the RazorSharks Will Prepare for Lake Michigan

In his eighth season with the Rochester RazorSharks, Jerice Crouch brings the most experience and knowledge to the team during their preparations for the 2015 PBL Championship series against the Lake Michigan Admirals. 

Crouch currently sits in fourth on the team in scoring with 189 points in 15 games. However, Jerice’s on-court star play comes primarily with his ability to spread the ball around the team, catch his opponents out of position and set up a teammate with a great shot opportunity. He currently leads the team and the league with 108 assists, nearly 20 assists ahead of second place in the league, fellow teammate Kyle Randall.

As a long-time member of the RazorSharks, Crouch has become a fan favorite in the city of Rochester and people in the city have submitted a couple questions for him:

You have faced the Admirals nearly a dozen times over your eight years with the RazorSharks. What makes them different this year than in years past?

Crouch: What makes this team different is that they are competing at a high level and playing championship ball.

The Admirals are amongst the best in the league in steals, blocks, and rebounds. How are you and the rest of the ‘Sharks going to approach the Admirals tough defense?

JC: We feel like we also are one of the league’s best defensive teams and we are going to keep that mindset going into this championship series.

This is the RazorSharks first undefeated season. What separates this team from others that you played for over the years?

JC: I just think this team loves to compete. I know the man next to me hates to lose just as much as me and it goes down to the next player, and etc. We are one.

JC: I just want to let Shark nation know that we will continue to display the hard work and respect for the game that they have grown to love about us. Our goal is to be a championship team and this is our last obstacle in our quest for that goal. We love you Shark nation!

Jerice Crouch and RazorSharks travel to Lake Michigan for game one on Saturday, March 21st at 6:06pm.

 
 


Admirals Owner Excited for First Championship Game
Chicago, IL- Chris Glisson and his Lake Michigan Admirals are preparing for their first Premier Basketball League championship series since they joined the league.
 
“After seven years of owning a professional basketball team, I am blessed to be in the PBL Finals,” stated team owner Chris Glisson. “From the beginning of the season, we have put in a lot of hours to prepare for this moment.”
 
Glisson, who is a life-long resident of southwestern Michigan, graduated from Olivet College in 1992 with a degree in health, physical education and recreation. Since joining the PBL in 2012, he and the Admirals have raised almost $200,000 for numerous charities and has visited over 185 schools and 75 churches.
 
Some of their community visits included a fundraiser game against the Special Olympians at Western University, a visit to Blossomland Learning Center-a school for disabled children and adults- and numerous other fundraisers where they raised thousands of dollars to help local children in their community who are battling cancer.
 
“That is what the Admirals are all about,” said Glisson proudly.
 
Though this will be the Admirals first season with an above .500 record, they are historically one of the, if not the most successful team in helping players advance to the next level of professional basketball.
 
Owner Chris Glisson has also helped over 47 players sign major contracts to 26 different countries. He has an eye for talent, but his roster changes that occur with having some of his big name players go overseas has been a downfall in the past for his team to make a run at the post-season.
 
“We have had some absolutely incredible players here in Lake Michigan,” said Glisson. “Our job is to help advance their careers though. We’ve had a couple players sign overseas this year, but in general we were able to keep a strong core, and with them all living in the same house, bonding together and in the community together, we feel that is the reason for our success this year.”
 
 
 
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