In exactly one month the Premier Basketball League will kick off their season opener with the defending champions, the Rochester RazorSharks hosting the Carolina Pee Dee Vipers.
On December 6th, numerous games will be played to kick off the league's opening day, but the RazorSharks and Vipers will be the first game, starting at 1:00pm.
Last season the RazorSharks won the three-game series between the East division leaders, winning two games to one and outscoring the Vipers 279-264.The RazorSharks only loss during last year's regular season was in game two against the Vipers with a final score of 91-86.
The Vipers look to redeem themselves after last season's results and are very confident in their new team. They recently released their final roster which includes some international champions, NBA experienced players and last year's PBL Rookie of the Year; Jamal Francis. This could be a real test of an East conference powerhouse.
The RazorSharks, who are about to enter training camp, currently have resigned last year's playoff MVP, Jerice Crouch, added some NBA D-League talent, and former Vipers player, James Helton.
The game will be nationally televised on the Soul of the South network, so check your local listings for national coverage, otherwise the game will also be streamed online. For single ticket information or season tickets, click here.
PBL OVERSEAS UPDATE
It's not too often that former teammates in the Premier Basketball League will become head-to-head competitors in their next level of professional basketball.
"Downtown" Kenny Brown, formerly of the Lake Michigan Admirals has recently signed with Al Hilla of the Iraq professional basketball league. He will be competing against his former teammate, Odgra Bobo, also formerly of the Admirals.
Bobo first played in the Iraq professional league last season with the Al Karkh organization and helped lead his team into the post-season.Bobo will be competing for Al Karkh again this year.
The 23-year old and his new team, Al Hilla (0-1), dropped their first game of the season 71-89 to Al-Tadamoun. They will look to rebound their disappointing season opener against Al Nift on Saturday, October 8th.
Having Fun in London
The Lake Michigan Admirals are currently touring England where they are trying to raise money and awareness for the Karis May Darling Foundation. A charity based in the United Kingdom, the Karis May Darling Foundation is run by volunteers who want to continue a young woman's dream who donated her organs, saving numerous lives.
While in England fundraising, the Admirals will also play some competitive basketball to help some of their players get better recognized and perhaps signed on a major contract to the next level of professional basketball.
"My hope is that the players on this tour get signed to play in England while doing good for others," stated Admirals owner, Chris Glisson. "It's a win for everyone."
Two of the players Glisson brought along with him were offered professional contracts after their exhibition game with the EBL D1 Essex Leopards.