The Premier Basketball League (PBL) announced the dates for the upcoming 2016 Playoffs. Playoff opening round games will start on Saturday, April 9th and the playoffs will conclude at the latest on April 24 with the crowning of the PBL Champion.
The Northeast Division Regular Season Champion Rochester RazorSharks will will receive a bye due to their division leading record of 17-2 so far this season. The RazorSharks will look to continue their hot streak of 15 wins in a row against the WNY Thundersnow in the last regular season game. In the first round of the Northeast Division semifinal contest, the Jamestown Jackals travel to Buffalo to take on the 716ers on Saturday, April 9. The winners of the Northeast semifinals will meet the RazorSharks on Sunday, April 17.
The Midwest Division Champion Kentucky Mavericks will receive a bye due to their league leading record of 18-1 on the season. While the Mavericks have the bye for the first round of the post-season, Kentucky will have one more regular season contest to keep them sharp. The Danville Riverhawks will play their final game on the road against the Kentucky Mavericks this Friday evening at 7 PM. The Mavericks will then host the winner of the Saturday, April 9 contest pitting the visiting Indianapolis Diesels against the host Lake Michigan Admirals. The winner of this contest will travel to Kentucky to take on the Mavericks on Saturday, April 16.
The PBL Finals will be contested in a best 2 out of 3 series. The first contest will be held at the lower seeded arena. The higher seed will host game two on Saturday, April 23 with the deciding game three to be held on Sunday, April 24 if needed.
“The level of play this season has been outstanding,” stated PBL Commissioner Dennis Truax. “Each of the seven teams that have qualified for the playoffs has a chance to take home the PBL Championship. It should be a great three weeks of basketball.”
PBL March Awards Announced!
The Premier Basketball League (PBL) announced the monthly award winners for March. Capturing the Coach of the Month honors was Chris Iverson of the Rochester Razorsharks. The Northeast Division Player of the Month is Darrell Miller of the Jamestown Jackals, with Nick Waddell capturing Midwest Player of the Month honors from the Lake Michigan Admirals.
Coach Chris Iverson led the division leading Razorsharks to a 7-0 record in the month of March. The month started off with a 96-88 victory over Buffalo and ended with a 110-92 victory over New England. The Razorsharks won by an average of almost 22 points a game during the seven game stretch.
Darrell Miller of the Jamestown Jackals had an outstanding month, averaging 32 points and 11 rebounds for the month. Miller exploded for 41 points and a league high 54 points in back to back games. Miller had another 41-point outburst as his efforts helped propel the Jackals into the PBL playoffs in their inaugural season of play.
Waddell has been a force since returning to the Admirals. He averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds this month. Waddell had a 34-point, 18 rebound effort against Grand Rapids and a 30-point and 15 rebound game on the road against Kentucky.
All three of our March Award Winners will be participating in the 2016 PBL Playoffs starting this weekend, which is only fitting as we see some of our most talented players and coaches square off for the most coveted award in the PBL.
Kentucky Mavericks Announce Camp of Champions
The Kentucky Mavericks announce their 2016 Summer Camps and Training and sessions.
The Mavericks will kick their camps off with a tradition, Camp of Champions, during Championship week! The camp will be held Sunday, April 17th at the Kentucky Mavericks Training Center from 4p-6p!
See information on the flyer about registration! ALL REGISTRATION FOR CAMPS AND TRAINING WILL BE OPEN ONLINE ON 4/8 AT NOON!
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Rochester RazorSharks to Retire PBL Legend Keith Friel's Jersey in Home-Closer This Weekend!
The RazorSharks' final game of the regular season will take place this Sunday, April 10th at 2:05pm at the Blue Cross Arena. The RazorSharks will host the Western NY Thundersnow, who the Sharks have defeated twice already in 2016.
Rochester is going into Sunday's game with just two losses and a total record of 15-2. With a win against the Thundersnow, Rochester will complete a two year undefeated streak at home. First year Head Coach Chris Iversen will be looking to enter his first postseason in charge with as much momentum as possible, so expect the RazorSharks to come out with plenty of intensity.
After the game on Sunday, the RazorSharks will enter the semifinals of PBL Playoffs against the winner of the matchup between the Buffalo 716ers and Jamestown Jackals. On the other side of the playoff bracket, the Lake Michigan Admirals will take on the Indianapolis Diesels, with the winner of that game set to play the Kentucky Mavericks in the semis.
Rochester and Kentucky enter the postseason as the top two seeds, therefore receiving a first round bye. After sitting last game, league leading scorer Corey Allmond expects to be ready to get back at it on Sunday to lead the Sharks as they start to think about a 2016 playoff run.
Sitting in as an honorary player this Sunday will be Greece Athena HS legend Jason McElwain, also known as J-Mac. J-Mac was the young man with autism who touched everyone’s hearts back in 2006 by scoring 20 points, including 6 three pointers, in the last three minutes of a varsity game. Coach Jim Johnson was the man who gave him a chance, and will also be in attendance, promoting his new book about how that one day inspired him to live life to the fullest and give generously to others. Proceeds from this Sunday’s 50/50 raffle will go directly to autism awareness in honor of Jason and Coach Johnson.
Also happening at Sunday’s game, the RazorSharks will honor legend Keith Friel at halftime by retiring his number and remembering his nine spectacular seasons with the team. Keith Friel spent eight seasons as a player with the Sharks, winning four PBL Championships and basically writing the team record book. Friel still holds records for games, points, three pointers, and steals just to name a few. Once his playing career came to an end, he was fortunate enough to lead the Sharks to another championship as a coach. Coach Iversen still remembers Friel as a great teammate, incredible basketball mind, and all around great person to be around. Friel was nominated this year for the Frontier Field Walk of Fame, which is an honor given to Rochester area sports legends that have made a monumental impact on the local sports scene. Fans can vote for Friel here, and voting ends May 6th, with the winners set to be announced at the end of that month.