Kicking off week eight of the PBL season will start with the Midwest division's leading scorer Cedric Ridle, who's Danville Riverhawks will travel to Michigan on Friday to take on the Grand Rapids Cyclones. Tied for fifth place at 2-5 in the Midwest, the loser of this game will solely hold last place position. The Riverhawks will have a chance for redemption on Sunday against the recently struggling Lima Express.
Also, the Carolina Pee Dee Vipers will travel to their closest rival, the Lynchburg Titans, who are yet to post a win on the season after falling by 13 to the previously winless Philadelphia Flight.
Friday, January 23rd Danville Riverhawks (2-5) @ Grand Rapids Cyclones (2-5), 7:00pm
Grand Rapids Cyclones (2-5) @ Lake Michigan Admirals (6-2), 6:06pm
Sunday, January 25th Grand Rapids Cyclones (1-5) @ Lima Express (3-2), 3:00pm
Racine Storm (4-2) @ Indianapolis Diesels (4-3), 3:00pm
PBL Player of the Week Harry Marshall, Indianapolis Diesels
Harry Marshall of the Indianapolis Diesels is one of the players that has been around the team longer than others and he understands their system to put up points.
This past weekend in a sweep over the neighboring rival, Danville Riverhawks, he showed that knowledge and became this week's PBL Player of the Week.
Two games made Marshall eligible for this award, however, his production on Friday, January 16th we found to be even more impressive. Marshall scored a season-high 34 points, had seven assists and three rebounds in a 112-98 victory over the Riverhawks. Making these stats even more impressive was that the Diesels were on the road in this game against a Danville team who proved already to be very strong at home.
However, two days later Marshall did score 30 points, eight assists and have four steals when they defeated the Riverhawks in a tight 101-95 victory.
Between the two games Marshall went to the free-throw line 12 times and sunk 22 out of 24 shots to help his team take advantage of an aggressive Danville defense.
Marshall and the Diesels will host the Racine Storm, who are second place in the PBL Midwest and have the league's second highest scorer, Anthony Spencer.
PBL Game of the Week Racine Storm @ Indianapolis Diesels
Sunday, January 23rd, 3:00pm
After the defending Midwest division championIndianapolis Diesels (4-3) started the season off cold, winning only one of their first four games, they have bounced back and are currently on a three-game winning streak including a home-and-home sweep over the Danville Riverhawks.
The Racine Storm (4-2) came into their inaugural PBL season with a similar start as the Diesels. They won only one of their first three games of the season, but are also now on a three-game winning streak.
This is a battle for second place in the Midwest division with the Storm currently sitting half a game ahead of the Diesels.
Player to Watch:
Anthony Spencer, of the Racine Storm, currently sits second in scoring on the PBL leader board after averaging 25.3 points per game, has 14 assist and leads the team with 58 rebounds.
Harry Marshall, of the Indianapolis Diesels, was recently awarded the PBL Player of the Week for his 34 point, seven assists and three rebound performance in a 112-98 victory over the Riverhawks. Marshall is also the leading scorer for the Diesels, averaging 24.6 points per game, and has four times scorer 29 points or higher. He also leads his team in assists (25) and in steals (11).
A Rochester, New York native and Buffalo State College graduate, Jake Simmons has signed a one-year contract to play for the Buffalo 716ers.
With 17 games remaining in his senior season, Simmons only needed 33 points to tie the scoring record that former NBA player, Randy Smith, set in 1971, that stood for 41 years.
Simmons went on to score 43 points in a game against Central Penn College on December 14, 2012. Ultimately, he would go on to break Smith's record by nearly 400 points. He would graduate as the all-time leading scorer for the Bengals with 2,079 points.