This week's PBL Game of the Week between the Carolina Pee Dee Vipers (9-2) and the Buffalo 716ers (6-7) will be game two of the series between the East division rivals. In their only meeting this year, the Vipers defeated the 716ers in Buffalo 107-90.
Buffalo, who is coming off back-to-back wins last weekend, needs to continue their hot streak to try and lock in the third place playoff spot. After their Thursday night game, Buffalo travels to Lynchburg to face the Titans on Saturday and returns to South Carolina to play the Vipers on Sunday for their third and final time of the season.
The Rochester RazorSharks host the first Saturday day-time game when they host visiting the Philadelphia Flight. This is currently the most talked about game throughout the nation in minor league sports. The RazorSharks announced that they will sign 17-year old Courtney Wagner to a one-day contract with the RazorSharks where she will be a member of the team's starting lineup and honorary team captain.
In the Midwest, the Racine Storm (9-3) have not given up chasing down the division-leading Lake Michigan Admirals (11-3), who are on a two-game winning streak after falling short by one-point to the Danville Riverhawks for their first loss since January 3rd. The Storm are on a similar two-game winning streak after they lost to the Lima Express for their first defeat since December 20th.
Saturday, February 21st Philadelphia Flight (2-5) @ Rochester RazorSharks (11-0), 1:00pm
Racine Storm (9-3) @ Lake Michigan Admirals (11-3), 6:06pm Buffalo 716ers (6-7) @ Lynchburg Titans (0-9), 2:00pm
Sunday, February 22nd Lima Express (6-7) @ Indianapolis Diesels (5-7), 3:00pm
Buffalo 716ers (6-7) @ Carolina Vipers (9-2), 3:00pm
PLAYER OF THE WEEK Jody Hill, Grand Rapids Cyclones
Though the Grand Rapids Cyclones (2-10) fell 137-130 to the Midwest division's second place Racine Storm (9-3), there was a bright spot heard round the league for the losing team.
23-year old guard, Jody Hill, set a league record for the season after scoring a whopping 57-points. After scoring that many points, normally a person would think that Hill just pummeled the basket with an unrealistically high number of quality shots, however, Hill was 18-26 from the field, including 5-6 from three-point territory, and was 16-17 from the free-throw line.
He made every shot a worthy one, completing well over 60-percent of his shots taken and his pin-point precision paid off for him.
After 11 games played this season, Hill is sixth in the league in scoring with 280 points and only 18 points behind second place, Nicholas Waddell, who has played in 14 games this season. Hill also has 27 assists, 15 steals and 52 total rebounds on the season.
The Cyclones are off this week before they return to action next Friday, March 6th when they host their in-state rival, the first place Lake Michigan Admirals.
Fans Help #GetCourtneyToEllen
Courtney Wagner, a 17-year old Canandiagua High School senior who has been battling stage-four brain cancer for the last three and a half years, will sign a one-day professional basketball contract with the RazorSharks on Friday at 3pm. The signing of her contract at the RazorSharks front office, will officially make her the honorary captain and part of the team’s starting lineup for the 1pm tipoff against the Philadelphia Flight on Saturday.
The opportunity to make a young girl’s dream come true doesn’t stop there for the four-time PBL Champion RazorSharks. Courtney has always dreamed of meeting talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, and the RazorSharks want to help make her dream come true.
Every fan who mentions #GetCourtneyToEllen to the box office will be given free admittance to Saturday’s game and become a part of helping Courtney meet her long-time idol.
To view the NBC coverage of the RazorSharks Saturday game to raise awareness for Courtney Wagner, click the link below.