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Durbansandshark
01-05-2010, 02:34 AM
The two best teams in the Premier Basketball League record-wise, Lawton-Ft. Sill (18-2) and Rochester (16-4) squared off in the 2010 PBL Finals. And now we got a new champion in the PBL with the Calvary defeating the RazorSharks 126-108 at their Lawton-Ft. Sill home (www.thepbl.com/article.cfm?id=298) to win the PBL championship, becoming the second champs in the PBL's short history with PBL Playoff MVP Elvin Mills (www.thepbl.com/article.cfm?id=299) leading the way.

Rochester's side of the story: www.razorsharks.com/news/index.html?article_id=241

Game 1 recap from Rochester that the RazorSharks won at the Blue Cross Arena:
www.razorsharks.com/news/index.html?article_id=236

Durbansandshark
27-05-2010, 05:54 AM
Buffalo Stampede goes to the scrap heap of all those failed pro sports franchises, major and minor, as the team pulls out of the Premier Basketball League.

Don't worry about the ABA. It'll come back to bring with all the wackiness and expansion with it soon.

Durbansandshark
27-06-2010, 06:50 AM
One of the more successful lower-tiered minor pro basketball teams, the Manchester Millrats, announced earlier this month the franchise will leave Manchester, New Hampshire and move to Saint John, New Brunswick for the 2011 season, making it three teams for Canada in the PBL. The Millrats cited the need for a better facility and concession sales as the reasons for the move.

Durbansandshark
01-07-2010, 08:55 AM
Philippines National team defeats the San Diego Surf - Apr 28, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
In a historic international faceoff, the Philippine National Basketball Team, Smart Gilas, pulled off a narrow win Sunday over the San Diego Surf in the first of a three-game ABA Friendship Game series to play out in Los Angeles and Riverside counties through April 27. From the HourGlass Arena at Miramar College, the first two quarters ended with no more than an eight-point spread favoring Smart Gilas. Smart Gilas led by 12 points in the final half but their 18 turnovers fueled a rally by San Diego Surf. In what looked to be a certain two-point win by the Surf, Smart Gilas Mark Barroca (6'6''-F/C-88) launched the game-clinching shot with 4.3 seconds remaining. The Surfs Matt Vaughn (6'0''-G-83, college: Colorado Christian) had 22 points and six rebounds and Cameron Koford added 19 points and 5 rebounds and Greg Clark (6'7''-F-78, college: Washington) added 15. Continuing as the teams assist leader, Willie Hall (6'0''-G) offered up seven assists and 18 total points. The game ended 94-93 for the Smart Gilas team

ABA returns to Indianapolis - Apr 29, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced that it will return next season to Indianapolis, Indiana, the birthplace of the original ABA and the Indiana Pacers. According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'This is long overdue. We did have a team in Indianapolis during the first two years of the new ABA and it was one of the most successful teams in terms of attendance. The team had a huge following. Unfortunately, the business model of the league at that time did not justify continuing the operations. With the new ABA business model, if the new owners can duplicate the success of that team, and there is no reason they cannot do that, Indianapolis will again be one of the great ABA cities. We are very excited about the return of the ABA to Indianapolis and are very excited about this ownership group. Talk about experience - they are outstanding in every way.'
The ownership group of the Indianapolis Drive will be led by Speedway, Indiana native Tim Hicks, a graduate of Ben Davis High School. Tim is the owner of VIP Management and Talent Agency, a company he founded in 1990 with his first client being NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. His firm also manages fan clubs for former Indiana Pacer Rik Smits and Indianapolis 500 Mile race winner Al Unser. Tim has worked with Penske Racing, the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Ice, Indiana Twister professional soccer, Racing Professionals Indy car racing team and owns GodSpeed Co Marketing, Hicks Management Company, Public Relations Professional and WIN West Indy Network. 'Joe and I have known one another for many years,' stated Hicks. 'I worked closely with him in the early days of the ABA and the Indiana team. I know the league and what it takes to be successful. The time is right. There is no other professional sports league like the ABA. The history of the league is second to none, and now, with all of the new teams and ease of travel, unique rules, plus ABA Global, I cannot see why we will be anything but very successful.' 'Our goal is to load the team with players from Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Ball State, IUPUI, Marian, Indiana State, Manchester, Hanover, Evansville, Notre Dame and other great area schools,' continued Hicks. 'We will be local, we will be competitive, you can bank on that. And, one other thing, we are not going to charge the city of Indianapolis $15 million dollars a year for the right to see exciting, fun-filled, high scoring professional basketball at affordable prices. Like Tony George at the Indianapolis Speedway, we will not be a burden to the taxpayers.'
For more information, call 317 294 0909, email vipmanage@aol.com or visit www.abalive.com. (Team website will be up shortly).

ABA INTRODUCES PLAYERS CLEARING HOUSE - May 15, 2010 (by Bruno Baltazar)
'There are thousands of great players worldwide, both college and professional, looking for that next gret opportunity to move up,' stated ABA President/COO Dick Packer. 'Everyday we receive calls from teams domestically and globally looking for players to fill slots on their rosters. They know that the ABA has many great players and that there are other quality players available. So, we decided to create a Players Clearing House, a one-stop place to find the best available basketball talent in the world featuring players from throughout the world.'

'Here's the way it works,' added Packer. 'A player simply registers all of his information on the ABA Players Clearing House site (www.abalive.com). This information would include name, height, weight, position, college, pro experience, stats, etc., everything the player would like coaches and scouts to know about him. He can also add video. The players will be listed by position. Coaches, owners and scouts interested in talking with the players contact the ABA and the player and interested team will be put together. For the first time, coaches and scouts will have a single place to find the players they seek. For the first time, players will get the national and international exposure they seek.'

'Since we announced ABA Global in December, hardly a day goes by that we do not hear from an international player looking for an opportunity to play in the US or in another country,' stated Paul Monocza, CEO of ABA Global, the ABA international initiative. 'With the ABA Players Clearing House, players from across the world can register and get the exposure they want and need. It is a wonderful concept.'

For complete details, visit www.abalive.com or contact Dick Packer at 352 455 7657 or email dick.packer@gmail.com.

ABA ADDS SAVANNAH GA TO EXPANSION TEAMS - May 15, 2010 (by Bruno Baltazar)
The American Basketball Association (ABA) www.abalive.com today announced that it has added the SAVANNAH STORM to its growing group of expansion teams for next season. 'According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'The Southeast Division was a problem last season and we have worked very hard to develop a strong division. The addition of Coach Anthony Bryan and his SAVANNAH STORM should be very good. With at least four teams in Georgia plus another four in Florida plus the Bahamas - it will make for great competition and also very comfortable travel.'

The team will be owned by Coach Anthony Bryan, who began his sports career at the Robert W. Grove High School in Savannah where the school won its first city football championship in ten years. Bryan led the team in tackles, sacks and interceptions and broke the school's tackling record with 173, was named Defensive Player of the Year and made the All City team. He played college football at Ellsworth Jr. College in Iowa, and played in the 1990 RC Cola Bowl when the Panthers finished third in the nation. After his college career, he played semi-pro football for the Savannah Chiefs before moving on to become the owner and coach of the Seaport Sharks that posted a 49-3 record in the last four years and has won numerous awards for coaching.

'Basketball has also been one of my passions,' stated Bryan. 'It is something that I've thought about for a long time and believe that the ABA is the perfect fit for me. I understand what is required on the court and off the court, I understand the business of basketball - the need for community support, ticket sales, sponsorships and the other elements that go into developing a winning organization. And I'm going to help players move to the next level also - and will continue to work with my football team too - the Port City Sharks. We're very busy.' For more information, email coachdooley@hotmail.com, call 912 341 4127 or visit www.abalive.com . (The website, www.savstorm.com will be up shortly).

ABA EXPANDS TO WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA - May 15, 2010 (by Bruno Baltazar)
The American Basketball Association (ABA) www.abalive.com today announced that it has added a team to its new Mid-Atlantic Division to be located in Williamsburg, Virginia. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, 'This is truly a 'feel good' story. What a wonderful owner we have in Lawrence Taylor, a career US Army soldier. Born in Washington, DC, Lawrence stated playing basketball at the age of four for the local Allentown Boys & Girls Club and played through high school and college until he was injured.
He joined the army in 1994, tried out and made the All-Army team while in Korea. Since then, he has deployed to places like Korea, Guam, Italy, Spain and Egypt and continued to play basketball in all of these countries. His passion for basketball grew. While on active duty he tried out and played professionally until injured - and then, deployed several more times and was injured in Iraq while serving in the Army in 2006.'

'Owning a professional basketball team has always been something I've dreamed about,' stated Taylor. 'And I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the ABA. I've played basketball worldwide and have played with several different cultures and several different styles of play. I believe I know what it will take to have a winning team in the ABA as well as a winning organization. My passion in life is the game of basketball.'

'I am also very pleased that Cherie L. Taylor is co-owner of the team and that Aaron Glenn has joined us as General Manager,' added Lawrence. 'They are doing some great things already and the ABA is providing us with a lot of guidance and leadership. This will be fun and we will be ready.'

The team's name will be announced shortly, the website is under construction. You can reach Lawrence at Lawrence.Taylor2@us.army.mil or reeyaku@cox.net or call 757 236 5218 or 757 369 8792 or visit www.abalive.com.

Durbansandshark
01-07-2010, 09:00 AM
Other Tryout camps announced - May 15, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The ABA East Kentucky Energy professional basketball team that begins play in December announced its first tryout camp for Saturday, May 22nd. 'There's no doubt that the Kentucky teams are tough,' stated Energy co-founder Tom Hamilton. 'Just look at the records of the Kentucky Bisons and the Bluegrass Stallions, and you know that some of the best players in the ABA are right here in Kentucky. We think that there are many more great players and hope to put together a very strong team.' The tryouts will be at 5pm on Saturday, May 22nd at Pikeville High School in Pikeville, Kentucky. For complete details and more information, email Tom Hamilton at jthamilton1@hotmail.com or call Jerry Boggs at 606 213 2452 or Tom Hamilton at 606 213 2461 or visit www.eastkyenergy.com

The North Texas Fresh of the ABA have announced they will be holding the first set of open tryouts for the upcoming 2010-2011 season. Open to all players 18 years of age and older, the 2-day pro basketball tryout camp will take place Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th. Players attending will be evaluated in a multitude of basketball skills including decision making, athletic conditioning and court leadership. The location of the tryouts will be announced online in coming days. Last years pro tryout camps for the inaugural season of the franchise produced numerous solid contributors, helping the Fresh to an 183 record and the first round of the playoffs.For more information on the North Texas Fresh 2-day basketball pro tryout camp, please contact the Fresh by email at northtexasfresh@yahoo.com and/or register online at www.northtexasfresh.com

Honolulu Pegasus relocated to Cypress, Texas - May 18, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Immobillari Basketball Management LLC is an international group that has been involved in professional international basketball for over 15 years conducting the business of basketball throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America for American players to receive contracts for international basketball clubs. IBM's staff consists of personnel from Paris, France; Rome, Italy and Houston, TX in which their goal is to give players an opportunity to maximize their professional basketball career. The group owned the ABA Honolulu Pegasus and hase made the decision to relocate them to Cypress, TX to play in the 2010-11 season. 'Our group is very excited to be involved with the ABA,' stated IBM CEO LaShun McDaniel . 'It was difficult getting things together in Hawaii because of the travel; Honolulu was a great place and we enjoyed working there. But we are very enthusiastic about competing in the terrific Southwest Division,.' 'Currently we have begun a national search for a staff including GM, Head Coach and Director of Marketing,' added McDaniel. 'Our goal is to provide family fun at all our games and special events and to field a strong team.'
For more information, please call 832 330 7782 or email mcdanielgroup21@gmail.com or visit www.cypress-pegasus.com (under construction) soon.

Savannah Storm names new Head Coach - May 18, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The expansion ABA Savannah Storm that begins play in December today announced that Donta Humphries has been named Head Coach. 'Donta is no stranger to the game of basketball,' stated team owner Anthony Dooley. 'He was a four year starter at Statesboro High School and led the team to the state playoffs four consecutive years. He earned second-team All State and first team All Region before moving onto Georgia Southern University with an academic scholarship and was a two year starter.' 'For his junior and senior years, he attended Armstrong Allantic State University where he started both years and as a point guard, helped the Pirates to a 25-8 recrecord and 15-1 in the conference. He has coached at Windsor Forest High School (girl's basketball) and is currently involved with the AAU where he helps young students refine basketball skills in the hopes of ultimately pursuing a college degree,' added Dooley. 'We believe he is the perfect fit for our organization and will help us to be very competitive in a very tough division.' For more information, visit www.savstorm.com

ABA revamps strategy with ABA Global Development - May 20, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association has announced a major revamp of strategy as part of its initiative to go global with the recently announced ABA Global operation. All aspects encompassing branding, marketing, infrastructure, media and operations will be reviewed by Joe Newman , ABA CEO, Dick Packer , President/COO of the ABA, Dick Tinkham, co-founder of the ABA and Paul Monozca, Vice-Chairman of ABA Global. A 6-month long process of creating a new blueprint for the ABA and ABA Global is in process after the recent entry of Chinese and Philippine national teams in the ABA. 'There is definitely a revamp going on and it will be good for everyone as we have international partners now,'stated Joe Newman . 'The result of the revamp will be a stronger ABA in the US and ABA Global will make a worldwide impact also.'
'We are very pleased to be working with the ABA on this new world view of professional basketball,' stated Paul Monozca. 'We believe the ABA/ABA Global will be the most sought after league globally. The ABA brand will be given a new meaning moving forward.'
A total of eight countries are expected to join the ABA in the next three years with a team of sports marketing professionals on the ground to ensure the quality of the ABA is brought to a whole new level. This includes a player exchange program dubbed 'ABA Clearing House' which will see up to 200 players exchange playing slots from the USA, Europe, Russia and Asia. Selected US ABA teams that have performed well will be opened to foreign investment to beef up their financial capabilities,' added Monozca. 'Los Angeles, based on the excellent handling of the recent Friendship Games with the Philippine National team, has been chosen as the first key city to host more international games.'

'The ABA has over 50 teams and is expanding rapidly,' stated Packer. Our global initiative is timely due to numerous countries seeking a strong professional platform in the United States. It is about time that we do some revamping to take advantage of these extraordinary opportunities.' The ABA Global funding is a $200 million dollar drive to improve all key operational aspects which will help bring ABA/ABA Global to the next level. It is jointly funded by the Monaco-based SPIRIT fund led by Paul Monozca and a group of international investors. Plans will be presented at the ABA League Meeting and Global Summit to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on Friday, June 11th. For more information, visit www.abaglobal.com or www.abalive.com

ABA EXPANDS TO LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA - May 21, 2010 (by Bruno Baltazar)
(ABA) www.abalive.com today announced it would expand next season to Lafayette, Louisiana with the addition of the Louisiana United basketball team owned by Kevin Williams. 'This is truly a family affair and a terrific organiation,' stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. 'In an email to me, Kevin said 'I would like to thank my beautiful wife Tiffany Williams, my parents Roosevelt and Lillian Countee and Stuart Williams, and my brother Christopher Williams for their continued support. I would also like to thank my sfaff Vera Bessard, Henry Curtis, Shayla Woods, Traci Bessard, Tamina Chenier, Mallory Woods, Brennan Dunn, Tanisha Green, Roosevelt Countee Jr, Philip Petry, Brit Grays and Erica Campbell for making it possible for me to bring the first professional basketball team to Southwest Louisiana.' With that kind of backing, how can this team be anything but a great success?

Kevin Williams is a native of Houston, Texas who has always had a passion for basketball. In his early years, he played at local YMCAs, recreation centers and AAU prior to attending Forest Brook High School where he lettered in both basketball and baseball. He attended Tillotson College in Austin TX on scholarship and began work in the community coaching YMCA basketball. He is currently a coach of an under 17 team.

'I have always wanted to own a professional basketball team and am very thankful the ABA has given me this wonderful opportunity,' stated Williams. 'I can now pursue and achieve my dreams. I'm excited about joining the ABA and looking forward to being very competitive in the Southwest Division. Our team, because of the great support I have from family and friends, is called the Louisiana United.' For more information,
call 832 969 1689, email louisianaunited@yahoo.com. Tryouts will be announced shortly.

Durbansandshark
01-07-2010, 09:01 AM
American Imports Taking Part in 2010 Asian Clubs Championships - May 23, 2010 (by Surujh Roopnarine)
The 21st Asian Clubs Championships began this weekend with top clubs from 10 nations vying for the coveted crown. The best of the best from countries like Iran, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria have converged in Qatar with American imports in tow hoping to bring the title back home. Here are the most notable names of imports that have experience ranging from the NBA level (DerMarr Johnson (6'9''-G-80, college: Cincinnati), Loren Woods (7'2''-C-78, college: Arizona)) to D-League veterans (Michael Fey (7'0''-F/C-83, college: UCLA), Chester Jarell Giles (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.)).

Al Rayan (Qatar)
Craig Winder (6'2''-G-84, college: Texas) (Rio Grande Valley D-League): No player in the tournament is coming off a greater past season that Winder who hitthe game winning three-pointer at the buzzer which won the D-League Title for the Vipers last month. The third-year pro out of Texas has spent the majority of his career in the D-league, averaging a career best 14.7 points this past season as a sensation 6th man off the bench.

Michael Fey (Los Angeles D-League): The 7-0 center out of UCLA appeared in 50 games for the D-Fenders this season, averaging 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 56.6% from the field. Fey has experience internationally, playing in China and the UAE previously.

Mahram (Iran)
Jackson Vroman (6'10''-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) (Phoenix, New Orleans NBA): Former Iowa State big man has spent the last few seasons in Iran after receiving Lebanese citizenship last May. He has led Mahram to back-to-back domestic league titles and the Arab Nations Cup last season. Teaming with Loren Toods, they combine for the most NBA experience of any club in the tournament.

Loren Woods (Minnesota, Miami, Toronto, Houston NBA / Austin D-League): Veteran center has played all across the globe since his last full season in the NBA during the 05-06 campaign. Lithuania, Turkey, Spain and now in Iran, he forms an intimidating front-line with fellow NBA alum Vroman.

Duhok (Iraq)
Calvin Cage (6'0''-G-84, college: Buffalo) (Buffalo NCAA): Scoring point guard who finished career as eighth leading scorer in school history. Has moved around quite a bit since college; playing in Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Lebanon, Philippines and Mexico before ending up with Duhok in Iraq.

Priest Lauderdale (7'3''-C-73, college: Central State) (Atlanta, Denver NBA): At 36 years old, he is still going strong. Former first round (#28) pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, Lauderdale had a brief two-year NBA career, but has made a name for him self in Asia and the Middle East. In the early 2000s he dominated in Bulgaria before lately leading teams in Iran and Saudi Arabia to club glory. Has played for three of the 10 clubs in the tournament (An nasr, Al Hilal and Mahram).

Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia)
Brandon Crump (6'10''-C-82, college: Tennessee) (NCAA Tennessee): A four-year starter at Tennessee, Crump has carved out a fine career in China and South Korea. At 6-10, he provides excellent rebounding and shot-blocking ability in the paint.

DerMarr Johnson (Atlanta, New York, Denver, San Antonio NBA / Austin D-League): Maybe the most talented import taking part in these championships, Johnson was the sixth overall selection by Atlanta in the 2000 NBA Draft. A near life-ending car accident derailed his career, but he came back to serve as a valuable member of the Nuggets as well as dominant performer in the D-league. This is his first action in Asian Club competition, with his only other experience in the far east coming last season in China.

Al Riyadi (Lebanon)
Nate Johnson (6'7''-F-77, college: Louisville) (Columbus D-League): One of the most successful players in recent history of Middle East / Asian basketball. The former Louisville swingman has been a model of excellence on this stage. A 2006 Asian Club Championships winner, 2008 Jordan League Champion, 2009 Lebanese League Champion, three-time Arab Club Championships winner.the list goes on and on and on with Johnson.

Chester Jarell Giles (Los Angeles, Sioux Falls D-League): The mercurial talent who bounced around from Kansas, to Oregon State to eventually out of college, split the 2008-09 D-League season with LA and Sioux Falls before heading to the Philippines to play in the 2009 Asian Club Championships. In his second go-around, he will have a much better team on his side, as Johnson, Fadi El-Khatib, Brian Beshara-Feghali and company will match up well against any other team in the competition.

Al Jalaa Aleppo (Syria)
Garnett Thompson (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Providence) (Long Island ABA / Brooklyn USBL): Though he may not bring the name recognition as some of the other big men in this tournament, Thompson is definitely paying on their level. He helped lead Al Jalaa to the finals of their domestic league championship where they were stunned in the finals, however, he now has reinforcements for the Asian Club Championships as former St. Johns point guard Chudney Gray (6'2''-G-78, college: St.John's) will help facilitate the offense and get easier opportunities for Garnett. This season he has also taken Al Jalaa to the WABA Club Championships and scored 21 points while pulling down 12 rebounds in an opening game loss to favorites Al Riyadi.

Chudney Gray (Fayetteville D-League / Brooklyn USBL): Competing on the largest stages the last few years in Kuwait, South Korea, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt has earned Gray the reputation f being one of the most complete point guards in this competition. Experience with the Asian Club Championships (2007 Bronze Medal) plus a familiarity with Garnett Thompson should serve the duo well as they try to move past the preliminary round and further in the tournament.

An Nasr (United Arab Emirates)
Vincent Jones (6'11''-C-77, college: Jackson St.) (Jackson State NCAA): A 6-11 veteran center out of Jackson State, Jones has played in multiple seasons in Russia and Turkey in addition to more recent campaigns in Iran, Syria and the UAE.

Durbansandshark
01-07-2010, 09:04 AM
Two new teams added to ABA line-up - Jun 2, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced two new teams over the past week.
One is located in California, and will be named South Valley Fever, owned and coached by Marco Vazquez. 'Marco is a person well known to the area having coached top local high school players in the AAU circuit for the past five years' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman 'He is a very capable young man and I know he will make a great owner.' 'Our goal is to make up a team of athletes who have played college basketball at Fresno State, Arizona State, Univeristy of Missouri, Middle Tennessee State, San Diego State, UC Riverside, Avila University, Rocky Mountain College, the Mexican pro league, Fresno City College and College of the Sequoias - the majority of whom live in the area and have played and graduated from high schools in Lemoore, Hanford, Tulare, Visalia, Fresno, Sanger and Latori,' stated Vazquez. 'We have a tremendous amount of great talent right here and I know we will be very competitive.' 'We ar excited to be part of this great league, a part of this dynamic community and look forward to developing relationships with local businesses as well as becoming an integral part of family-friendly sports entertainment here in the South Valley area,' added Vazquez. Home games will be held at the Santa Rosa Rancheria Coyote Corner Gymnasium. Myron Epps (6'6''-F-79, college: San Diego St.) will serve as the team's General Manager; Jess Thompson as the team's Director of Basketball Operations. For more information, visit www.southvalleyfever.com or email marco@southvalleyfever.com or jesthmsn@yahoo.com or call 559 707 8939

Another new ABA team will be playing in Corbin, Kentucky starting in December. 'We are very pleased to add this team to the South Central Division, a perfect fit,' stated Joe Newman . 'And we are also very excited about the ownership group being led by Bob Siler, a prominent Realtor, whose son Joe Siler is a professional basketball player and will likely be playing for the team. They are very far along in their development and we have no doubt that they will make an early impact. Kentucky is loaded with great players and they seem to have attrracted a good group already and anticipate more at their first tryout on June 26th.' Team Gold, LLC is led by Bob Siler who retired from the US Air Force after a 20-year stint in 1982. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and a former college business teacher, he now owns U.S. Gold Realty, one of the Kentucky's premiere real estate companies. 'I know business and marketing,' stated Siler. 'And I have a great love for basketball. Corbin is a wonderful city, we have excellent local support, and no doubt that we can put together a formidable team. My wife Ursula and my three sons are solidly behind this effort and we look forward to seeing Joe play regularly. This will be fun.' For more information, email joedashow133@yahoo.com or call 606 521 6055. The website is under construction.

Seattle Mountaineers signs Kris Groce - Jun 10, 2010 (by Eurobasket )
The Seattle Mountaineers of the ABA announced today, they have signed standout point guard Kris Groce (5'11''-G) to a letter of Intent. Kris, a West Richland, WA native comes to the Mountaineers with plenty of journeyman experience. Kris was the NWAAC East region Player of the Year at Columbia Basin Junior College, 21 points, 7 assists, which earned him a D-I scholarship at University of Hawaii, he later transferred to D-I Sacramento State,10 points,5 assists and ended his college playing career at Eastern Oregon University. Kris led Eastern to the NAIA National Tournament, averaging 15 points and 4 assists and was named to the 2008-2009 NAIA All American team Honorable Mention.
Kris was a key recruit in preparation for our upcoming ABA season, we needed a take charge player that is athletic and has a high basketball IQ, commented Coach Sims.
The Mountaineers open the 2010-2011 season with a road trip to the Midwest taking on ABA Nationally ranked opponents Chicago Steam and Lake Michigan Admirals.
courtesy of: The Seattle Mountaineers

Other new ABA teams announced - Jun 14, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced the addition of four other new teams to 2009-10 line-up.
The first one is a team in Mid-Valley California. 'With the addition of both South Valley and Mid-Valley, located in Central California, we have teams that will play in both the SoCal and NoCal Divisions,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'And like South Valley, this is a very capable group with experience both on and off the court and we have no doubt that they will represent themselves very well.' The co-owners of the Mid-Valley Titans are Joshua Glenn England and Dennis Johnson. For more information, email johnson1888@sbcglobal.net or jlx3@netzero.net

The second new team will be a return to Alabama, with the addition of the Mobile Bay Hurricanes startin in the new season in December. 'We have always wanted to fuse music with sports,' said Joe Newman 'And with Roland Turner and Mike Wilson, that will certainly happen. And their entertainment company will have an impact on the entire ABA.when we unfold the entertainment part of this relationship. We are excited.'The team will be owned by Global Music Group, the record label founded by Roland Turner who now partners with Mike Wilson. For more information, call 251 391 8896 or email rolandturner@globalmusicgroup.net or mikewilson@globalmusicgroup.net The website is under construction - but you can learn more about Global Music Group by visiting www.globalmusicgroup.net.

With the annoucement of the return to St. Louis, MO this season, the ABA adds a third new team. The St. Louis Pioneers will be owned by James Graham, a young man 'with a very strong passion for basketball,' stated Joe Newman . For more information, email samej839@ymail.com or call 314 681 2061

The fourth team team of this last 'burst' is a further expansion of the Pacific Northwest Division. The ABA announced that it has expanded with the King County Rampage under the leadership of 13-year US Army veteran Kinshasa Martin following two tours in Iraq. For more information, call 253 446 6703 or 253 666 3487 or email everettbasketball@gmail.com. The website will be completed shortly; tryouts will be announced shortly.

Last ABA transactions - Jun 19, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Columbus Life announced the agreement with towering center Demario Williams (7'1''-C) to make inside game stronger and ready for 2010-2011 season.
Newly added ABA Mobile Bay Hurricanes announced that former NBA player Jason Caffey (6'8''-F-73, college: Alabama) has been named Head Coach. Caffey was born in Mobile and attended the University of Alabama before being selected by the Chicago Bulls in the first round as the 20th overall pick of the 1995 NBA draft. He had a wonderful career in Chicago winning two championship rings and averaging 7.3 points per game. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors in 1997 where he averaged 12.0 points before moving on to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2000. He played three seasons with the Bucks before his career was cut short due to an injury.

Durbansandshark
01-07-2010, 09:06 AM
Four other ABA teams announced - Jun 22, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced the addition of four other new franchises to the fast-growing 2010-2011 team line-up.

The first one is a team named Dallas Impact, that will join the Southwest Division 'The Southwest Division is really strong,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO 'Right now, it appears that we'll have 10-12 teams and everyone of them could be a contender trying to unseat the SETX Mavericks as ABA Champions. 'The idea behind the name IMPACT is that we are looking to make a huge impact in our community through community service and the sports of basketball,' said co-owner Brady Cooper 'Community service is at the heart of all that we do in our lives and this can be seen as my partners and I have all met through a common passion: teaching and coaching students in low-income neighborhoods.' The other owners are Don R. Carter, Jr., a native of Dallas who played on AAU teams until the age of seventeen, Korey Mack, currently the AD for Williams Preparatory in Dallas and David R. Washington Sr., a native of Dayton, OH, a graduate of Meadow Dale High School, where he played varsityh basketball 2 years, tennis and ran cross country. For more information, visit www.dallasimpact.comn or email brady.j.cooper@gmail.com

The second new team of the last outburst is named Georgia Knights and will play in Southeast Division. The team will be located in Stonebridge, Georgia. 'This is an exciting team because one of the owners, team CEO/President Will Campbell (6'8''-F-78, college: UAB) is a former ABA player who played several years ago with the Nashville Rhythm,' said Joe Newman 'We have always felt that ABA players could and should go into management and ownership after their careers, and Will is the perfect example of that happening. How good is that?' For more information about the Knights, email ingssportsmanagement@gmail.com or call 678 561 0313

The third team of the list is named Modesto Hawks, and will be added to Northern California Division for the upcoming season. 'This is becoming one of our strongest divisions with the addition of several new teams complementing the veteran teams there. Rick Coelho is one of a group of bright young owners with a true passion for business, entertainment and of course, basketball,' stated Joe Newman 'We have no doubt that he will be a force to reckon with.' Rick Coelho will serve as both owner and coach of the team. For more information, contact Rick Coelho at rickcoelho@rocketmail.com

The last team announced will play in Gainesville, Florida. 'The Southeast Division is shaping up to be one of our best divisions,' stated Joe Newman about Gainesville. 'And Patrick Grayson (6'0''-G-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) and his team is a great addition to the division which includes five teams in Georgia and five in Florida. It is going to be very competitive to say the least.' Patrick Grayson grew up in a small town in the mountains of Tennessee and started his basketball playing w four years at Johnson County high school. From 2007-2009, he played for Riga in the Euro Basket Summer League and was selected to the USA Select team. However, owning a professional basketball team was his passion and goal and last year, purchased a team and went on to win the league championship. Grayson owns On Point Basketball, a company that helps in character development and basketball skills nationwide. 'We know the importance of doing things right - on and off the court - and we will be one of the best organizations in the ABA,' stated Grayson. 'You can count on that.' For more information, email onpointbasketballdevelopment@gmail.com or call 423 948 9025.

Syracuse looking for a coach - Jun 22, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The ABA Syracuse ShockWave professional basketball team which begins play in its inaugural season in December is seeking candidates for their head coaching position. 'We have a few candidates that have submitted resumes,' stated team owner Charles Iavarone . 'However, we want to be sure that we are choosing the right person for the job. Applicants should be highly motivated, good teachers and looking to bring an exciting product to Syracuse. We want someone who loves the community as much as basketball, someone who will be a good ambassador for the Syracuse area - and someone who can put together a competitive championship caliber team; we certainly have the talent in the area.' Local area candidates are preferred, but all applicants willbe considered. Interested applicants should email their resumes to syracuseshockwave@gmail.com asap. 'We're ready to put our team together and need a great head coach,' added Iavarone.

East Kentucky Energy sign fifth player to roster - Jun 29, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Neil Rasnake (6'3''-G-77, college: W.Carolina) signed on with the East Kentucky Energy on Wednesday. The signing marks the fifth player that the Energy have signed so far. Rasnake joins J.R. Vanhoose (6'10''-F/C-79, college: Marshall), Daniel Price (6'3''-G-82, college: Pikeville) (ABA All-Star and owner of the Mississippi Blues), Jarell Jones (6'0''-G-82, college: Pikeville) and Sandrell Spann (6'7''-F-83, college: Delta St.) on the Energy's player roster.
'He's going to bring a lot of hustle and he's a flat-out knock down shooter from the perimeter,' stated Energy co-founder Tom Hamilton. 'Players love to have him on the floor because he's a very smart basketball player. He can handle the break, run the floor, finish at the rim and make some great passes. He's going to be a lot of fun to watch and he's going to be another piece of the puzzle which makes the Energy a success in the community, and we believe, a contender in the ABA.' For more information and the complete story, visit www.eastkyenergy.com or email eastkyenergy@gmail.com

Durbansandshark
08-07-2010, 08:51 AM
Trouble brews again in the Premier Basketball League. PBL President and Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Livingston is mandating the Alexander Wolff-owned Vermont Frost Heaves to come up with $100,000 by the July 15 deadline to play in the 2011 season. It would be an immense shame for Vermont to go down for they are among the best-operated and playing minor pro basketball teams around not in the NBDL with all the cred Wolff has.

Meanwhile, Livingstone has given the boot to an expansion squad from Fall River, Massachusetts with the soccer-sounding name called the SouthCoast United. Right now, only five teams are confirmed for next season--Rochester, St. John (moved from Manchester), Halifax, Quebec, and Lawton-Ft. Sill

Livingstone made a trip to Puerto Rico on Monday, his second in a month, in the hopes of bringing more teams on the grounds of having at least seven teams to run an effective basketball league, preferably four from that island. He is also looking at prospective PBL owners statesside.

Durbansandshark
29-07-2010, 06:25 AM
2010 Latin America Showcase - Jun 29, 2010 (by Chris Terrell)
2010 Latin America Showcase coming to U.S.
Pro exposure camp for 5 leagues to be held in July

Chantilly, VA The 2010 Latin America Showcase is coming to the the Washington, DC area July 23-25th.

Designed to showcase players interested in playing in Latin America, the exposure camp will have representatives from 5 different Latin America leagues looking to sign U.S. players. The biggest Latin America showcase ever held in the U.S. will have representatives from the following leagues: DIMAYOR (Chile), LPB (Venezuela), LNB (Venezuela), LNBP (Mexico) and CIBACOPA (Mexico). Organizers have also invited the various minor league teams including the ABA and PBL. The showcase will be held at Hoop Magic - the same facility where the NBA recently held its Developmental League (NBDL) exposure camp.

This is a unique opportunity for U.S. players to be seen by teams from all the major leagues in Latin America. Coaches and GM's will be present and will be ready to sign players for their teams. 'We are very excited to be holding this showcase,' said Hoop Magic owner, Curtis Symonds. 'We recently held the NBDL showcase here and we think this camp will be even bigger and better. It gives U.S. players a great opportunity to show their game to decision-makers outside the U.S. and a legitimate shot at getting a contract with teams in Latin America leagues.'

For more information, contact Hoop Magic at (703) 268-5780 or visit the Hoop Magic website at www.HoopMagicSA.com to read all about the camp, the leagues and teams who will be present and to register.

ABA adds Colorado Kings to 2010-11 line-up - Jun 30, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that it has added the Colorado Kings out of Denver, Colorado to this year's expansion teams. 'We are very excited about adding a team in the Rocky Mountain area,' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . 'Our goal is to create a complete Rocky Mountain Division shortly. For now, the Colorado Kings will be an at-large team competing with teams in the Southwest, South Central and California teams. And in Durrell Middleton, we have the perfect person to help develop the region.'
'We feel that we are ready to take a major step forward with our basketball team,' stated Middleton. 'And we believe the ABA is the perfect league to do it. While we know that travel will be a little difficult this season, we also know that very soon there will be several additional teams in the region and that will make things easier. We have a lot to do to get ready for the season, but we have met with great support thus far and are confident that we can make a great impact here. Having the ABA back in the Rockies is long overdue, but here we are. And we are going to be good.'
For more information, visit www.coloradokings.com email durrell@coloradotelenet.net or call 303 524 3389

Mississippi had Miracles and the Blues. Now the state gets that in-state ABA rival supposedly located at the Gulf Coast:
A new team from Mississippi joins the ABA - Jul 5, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced that it has added the Gulf Coast Flash to its list of expansion teams for the upcoming season. 'We are very pleased to have Jeremi Washington and his group as part of the ABA,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'He has an excellent feel for business and marketing, a terrific background in entertainment which is important as well as a passion for basketball. And the team certainly fits beautifully into our Southeast division with a touch of Southwest too. It should be terrific.' Jeremi Washington is a native of Brookhaven, MS but was raised in Gulfport, MS which is where the team will be located. He is the owner of Flash Financial, a chain of six tas offices in three states as well as Underground Sounds Entertainment, a thriving independent record label. For more information, call 615 499 0755 or email jeremyanderson1@hotmail.com or theonyx09@gmail.com or visit www.abalive.com

Arkansas returns to the ABA. Remember the RimRockers, the franchise that had former NBA All-Star Otis Birdsong (Kansas City Kings, New Jersey Nets) running things as GM and was one of the more successful ABA teams with a 2005 ABA title and a record crowd for that game with 15,00 at the Alltell Arena before moving up to the NBDL and then folding after a failed attempt to move to LaCrosse, Wisconsin? The state's back but will it be as well-run?
Little Rock, Arkansas joins back the ABA - Jul 23, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced that it will return to Little Rock, Arkansas for the 2011 season. According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'We have been looking for exactly the right owner for Little Rock, and in Bernard Brown, we've found that person. The Arkansas Rimrockers, 2005 champions, hold the record ABA attendance with nearly 15,000 fans turning out for the championship game. We were sorry the team moved to the NBDL and then folded. The fan base there was huge; they loved their ABA team, and now they'll have it back.'

The new team will be run by Bernard D. Brown, an agent advisor with sports management worldwide. A native of Sweet Home, AR, he grew up passionate about sports, especially basketball and worked as a paralegal for several law firms for fourteen years. 'I believe that my legal expertise and desire to help young people achieve their dreams allows me to assist my clients to get the most out of their athletic ability,' stated Brown. 'My love for the game has motivated me to go a step further in the pursuit of achieving my lifelong dream, owning my own professional basketball team. That dream has come to fruition with me becoming the proud owner of an ABA team in Little Rock - and you can be sure we will be doing some very special things here. This was one of the most successful ABA cities ever - and it will be again.'

Last ABA transactions - Jul 8, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The East Kentucky Energy announced the ageement with the 2009-2010 ABA Defensive Player of the year as an advisor/shooting guard. Daniel Price (6'3''-G-82, college: Pikeville), owner of the Mississippi Blues, racked up awards last season being named a Western Conference All-Star, All-ABA Honorable Mention, Southeast Division Player of the Month (Jan) and Defensive Player of the Year. 'DP looks to repeat as the ABA's Defensive Player of the Year,' added Tom Hamilton, co-owner of the East Kentucky Energy. 'He has set a goal to have 100+ steals on the season, something he has done before in college and the pros. I've never seen it done and I look forward to it.'
The Seattle Mountaineers announced the signing of outstanding center, 6-7, 250 lbs, Juan Paulino. Juan, a Bronx, NY native comes to the Mountaineers from Wells College (NY), where he was the 2009-2010 Division III Nations leading rebounder 16.5 a game and scored 17.9 points a game. We are extremely pleased to sign a player of Juan ability and he will help sure up our rebounding concerns, stated Coach Don Sims.
For more information, email douglaspr1@yahoo.com or call 501 612 2197

Jacksonville returns to minor league basketball following a few years off. Jax's most recent entry, the Jam, originally played in the ABA before defecting to the then-nascent Premier Basketball League as one of the charter franchises playing at North Florida Ospreys' home court. Even having the legendary Jacksonville Dolphin, Artis Gilmore playing for them. All the while the Jam's owner had financial problems he hoped to correct with the transition. Didn't happen and the league took over, renaming them the Slam for the duration of the season. But never returned, starting the drought. Enter the Bluewaves for 2011-12.
ABA returns to Jacksonville in 2011 - Jul 16, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Some days ago the American Basketball Association announced that it will be returning to Jacksonville, Florida for the 2011-2012 season with the addition of the Jacksonville Bluewaves to its list of expansion teams. According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'Jacksonville is a great city and deserving of a quality ABA organization. In Kevin Waters , we've found the right owner to maximize the potential. I've known Kevin for several years and am very impressed with his abiliites both on and off the court. Another great addition to the fast growing Southeast Division.'

Kevin Waters, who will serve both as team owner and general manager, led the Bluewaves to an undefeated season in the WBA prior to moving to the ABA. 'One of the things I am most proud of,' stated Waters, 'is that 10 or my 12 players have gone to play internationally. Our goal is to help players with their careers, on and off the court. Joe Newman and I have talked about my having a team in the ABA for several years and I am really excited about the great opportunity for our players and everyone involved with this team. The ABA has a lot of history and we're looking forward to adding our own chapter to a league that spawned such names as Julius 'Dr. J' Erving, George 'Iceman' Gervin, Moses Malone, and of course, our own Artis Gilmore. Who could ask for more?'
For more information, contact kevin.waters@jacksonvillebluewaves.com or visit www.jacksonvillebluewaves.com or call 904 347 1459

Durbansandshark
29-07-2010, 06:49 AM
Here was how the Rogers Media, in this case its wireless division, and the transplanted Manchester-cum-Saint John Millrats (for now) got their fans to actually chose a nickname for their new team. Millrats was in the running:

Rogers and New Pbl Team Bring Their 'Game' to Saint John - Jul 27, 2010 (by Allen White)
Saint John, NB, July 15, 2010 - Rogers Wireless and Saint John's new Premier Basketball League (PBL)team are teaming up to create an exciting experience for sports fans in the Port City.
Rogers and the new team announced today a two-year, title sponsorship agreement that will enable Rogers to support the team's community involvement, in addition to game execution opportunities including Rogers contesting, Rogers Zone and brand recognition resulting in more excitement at home games for fans and players of the PBL.

'This is the type of excitement Rogers wants to be a part of right here in Saint John! We are thrilled to help support the team's community involvement, in addition to creating a better fan experience and an exciting Rogers section at Harbour Station during home games. Giving back to the community in which we live and work is a priority,' says Susan Gordon, Vice President, Marketing Services, Rogers.

At the announcement, Rogers Street Team and youth basketball players from East Saint John Minor Basketball brought the audience to their feet by repeatedly and enthusiastically chanting 'Saint John, Saint John, Saint John' before a PBL highlight reel showed what fans can expect to see on the court.

'By teaming up with Rogers we truly are bringing our 'game' to the Port City, and it's going to be an exciting and memorable fan experience,' said Ian McCarthy, president of Saint John's new PBL team. 'We are thankful for the support Rogers is providing our team and are eager to get on the court, entertain our fans and bring a PBL championship to Saint John.'

The team and Rogers also announced a Got Name? contest for the community to vote on the team name.

'We can't truly bring our game without a Saint John name,' said McCarthy.

To enter, participants must send a text message to 667242 and enter A, B, C, D, E or F for their

choice, as follows:

A - Saint John Millrats

B - Saint John Fog

C - Saint John Riptide

D - Saint John Fire

E - Saint John Shamrocks

F - Participant must enter suggested name

With the community's input, members of the team will select the new name and randomly select the winner of a Rogers prize package and a pair of season tickets to the new Saint John team's first season.

The naming contest will run from July 15th until midnight July 22nd and is open to basketball fans above the age of 13.

Just yesterday, Saint John's name and logo were unvieled (www.thepbl.com/article.cfm?id=311).

Over in Chicago, the site of the annual PBL Draft, the refs get their turn to be evaluated (www.thepbl.com/article.cfm?id=309) along with that of the players (www.thepbl.com/article.cfm?id=306) in August for the 2010-11 season.

2009-10 PBL Media Guide (www.thepbl.com/pdf/PBL09-10draft.pdf)

Maryland Greenhawks will not return to the PBL for the 2010-11 season.

Durbansandshark
24-09-2010, 07:48 AM
Little Rock, Arkansas joins back the ABA - Jul 23, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced that it will return to Little Rock, Arkansas for the 2011 season. According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'We have been looking for exactly the right owner for Little Rock, and in Bernard Brown, we've found that person. The Arkansas Rimrockers, 2005 champions, hold the record ABA attendance with nearly 15,000 fans turning out for the championship game. We were sorry the team moved to the NBDL and then folded. The fan base there was huge; they loved their ABA team, and now they'll have it back.'

The new team will be run by Bernard D. Brown, an agent advisor with sports management worldwide. A native of Sweet Home, AR, he grew up passionate about sports, especially basketball and worked as a paralegal for several law firms for fourteen years. 'I believe that my legal expertise and desire to help young people achieve their dreams allows me to assist my clients to get the most out of their athletic ability,' stated Brown. 'My love for the game has motivated me to go a step further in the pursuit of achieving my lifelong dream, owning my own professional basketball team. That dream has come to fruition with me becoming the proud owner of an ABA team in Little Rock - and you can be sure we will be doing some very special things here. This was one of the most successful ABA cities ever - and it will be again.'
For more information, email douglaspr1@yahoo.com or call 501 612 2197

Butler joins the South Valley Fever - Aug 3, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The ABA's South Valley Fever which plays its home games at the Coyote Corner at the Santa Rosa Rancheria in Lemoore announced the first signing in its inagural season of play for the 2010-11 season.n The new player is Cardell Butler (6'4''-F-81, college: Utah St.). Butler is mostly known for playing for And1, appearing on And1 Mixtape Tour which is aired on ESPN2, NCAA Slam Dunk Champion while playing for Utah St. His streetball nickname is 'Ballaholic'.This is the first announcement of many talented players to be brought to the Central Valley. This season will bring some former well known players to the valley from Fresno St, Charlotte Bobcats, and Sacramento Kings. The team will be starting training camp at the Coyote Corner in Lemoore, CA @ Santa Rosa Rancheria in early Sep. Tickets go on sale in October. For more info about South Valley Fever contact marco@southvalleyfever.com or call 559-707-8939.

Last ABA expansion moves - Aug 6, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced that it will add a team in Roanoke, Virginia for the 2011 season. According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'This is a very unusual story. Our new Director of Market Development Dave Senor and new Director of Corporate Development Roger Nevard really became enamoured with the ABA story and with the tremendous potential of team ownership. And they asked me, would it be possible for us to own a team? My response was absolutely; I can't think of two better people to own and operate a team. Your backgrounds in marketing and sports are excellent and it would be a good way to show that all of these things we recommend do work when the business plan is executed. Roanoke VA is a great city that will fit beautifully into our Mid Atlantic Division, especially with a new team in nearby Lynchburg VA next season also.'
Complete details about the team will be forthcoming. For more information, e-mail davesenor@gmail.com , rbnevard@gmail.com or call 434 385 0066 or 321 331 1555

The ABA also announced the comeback of the league to Canada with the addition of a team in the Toronto area in 2011. Joe Newman stated: 'We've been waiting for the right time and the right man to lead the re-entry into Canada and we have found the perfect person in Bill Crowdis (6'7''-F). This particular team is the first of a group of Canadian teams that will be playing next season in a newly established Canadian Division. Bill will be the Director of ABA Canada as well as a team owner. We couldn't be more pleased.'
'I am extremely pleased to have been chosen to lead the ABA back to Canada. It is a great league with a tremendous heritage. The ABA brand of basketball is exciting and definitely enjoyed by the fans with its emphasis on both defense and offense and high scoring,' stated Crowdis. 'Our goal is to put 4-6 teams in Ontario and Quebec and then expand from there. Most of our games will be within our Canadian Division but we'll also be playing games in the US and bringing US teams here to play. And knowing the caliber of players we have in Canada, we will be competitive.' For more information, email bcrowdis@hotmail.com, call 705 927 6807, or visit www.ltdsports.org

he ABA Bahamanian team comes back in 2011 - Aug 6, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Ricardo B. Smith , Owner of the ABA team named Bahama All-Pro Show recently wrote to Usbasket.com that his Bahamanian team is still apart of the American Basketball Association and it will be playing in the ABA again in the upcoming 2010-2011 season. Mr. Smith stated he will be making some exciting announcements in short order about the Bahama All-Pro Show plans for this 2010 season. We are very happy to make this news release, and look forward to receive new informations from Mr. Smith.

ABA Houston team changes name - Aug 9, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Houston Takers team owner Larry Leonard III announced that his team changed its name and attitude. According with Mr.Leonard 'We are determined to be one of the premiere teams in the ABA on and off the court.' The Houston Takers will now be known as the Houston Red Storm. 'Last season I put my trust in a group of people on the business side and was very disappointed in their results,' added Leonard. 'That will never happen again as long as I am in the ABA. We have a new look and a new name to justify the new direction we are heading. I think everyone will like our new colors - red, white and grey - and especially our new attitude.' The head coach of the Red Storm will be Kevin Franklin. 'I chose him because he's off the radar and he also has a great knowledge of the game,' stated Leonard.'This is going to be a special season, just watch.'
For more information, email houstonredstorm@yahoo.com or call 832-724-8937

ABA adds Orlando, Florida to its expansion teams - Aug 11, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced that the Orlando Kings have been added to its growing list of expansion teams. 'We are very pleased to have Marcus Manuel and the entire Elite Sports organization as part of the ABA,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. Orlando is a wonderful city and this organization has been deeply involved in basketbal for quite sometime. They'll be a great addition to the league. This year, they will play an abbreviated schedule of home and away games and will play the full season starting in 2011.' 'The purpose of the team is to help prepare players for the next level,' stated Manuel. 'The team has helped train players who were looking to play in college while also helping those just out of college prepare for the pro level. We have also been a training ground for some professional players while away from their teams during the off season. The ABA is a natural fit and progression for us and we are proud to be a part of the league.' The Orlando Kings and their parent company, Elite Sports, also believe in giving back to the community. Some of the players and staff have given their time to different communities such as Tangelo Park YMCA, the Smith Center and the Bridge of Independence private scool. 'We are still a fairly new company with a bright future and will continue to grow and establish strong relationships in the city of Orlando,' added Manuel. For more information, please contact Marcus Manuel at 407 590 2954 or email teamelite-orlandokings@live.com The Orlando Kings website is under development.

St.Louis Pioneers on the move - Aug 11, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The ABA St. Louis Pioneers are quickly putting together a great organization from top to bottom for the City of St. Louis. Team owner James Graham and the Pioneer ownership wasted no time in generating a buzz around town. The head coach will be Jamaal Davis (6'10''-F-79, college: Cincinnati), who was an outstanding post player and win for the Cincinnati Bearcats. Davis said he is excited to be a part of the organization and has a lot of surprises in store for the upcoming season. Jamaal has also played in the ABA as well as enjoying a very productive stint overseas. The team also announced Marcus Collins will oversee operations as the team's General Manager. Collins has a great hold on basketball in St. Louis as he ran, created and organized some of the top high school events and exposure workouts in the city for the past nine years. He has also secured partnerships and sponsorship deals with corporate giants as McDonalds, Dr. Pepper, NIKE, US Navy and Radio One. The Pioneers will be hosting their second tryout in St. Louis on August 28th at STL Sports Center located at 6727 Langley Avenue from 1230-430pm.
For more information, email james_e_graham@stlpioneers.com or collinsm@stlppioneers.com or visit www.stlpioneers.com or call 404 798 9941.

Durbansandshark
24-09-2010, 08:01 AM
South Valley Fever announces roster additions - Aug 17, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The ABA South Valley Fever announced yesterday the newest members to join the organization. They are:
Justin Lott (6'2'-G) from Lemoore, Ca. Justin is a local player who played High School ball at Kings Christian High. He is a graduate of Avila University.
Otis Black (6'5'-G) a SG from Vallejo, Ca but now resides in Hanford, Ca. He played at West Hills College and attended the University of Missouri. Otis is an excellant 3pt shooter who can get to the basket well.
Tyrone Jackson (6'2''-G, college: Arizona St.) a graduate of Clovis West HS and Fresno City College were he played for Coach Vance Wahlberg and then went on to play at Arizona St. Tyrone is going to possibly be one of the ABA's top 3pt shooter and defensive specialist.
Mark Alvarado (6'6''-F-81, college: Reedley JC) a graduate of Sanger HS. Marc is an excellant wing man who can shoot the ball well get position in the post and run the floor. He showed a lot of his skills of the last couple years for Los Santos in the leagues in Mexico.
Jess Thomson (6'6'-F) another local from Riverdale, Ca. He attended College of the Seqouias where he played for George Tarkanian, son of coaching great Jerry Tarkanian.

Georgia Knights name new head coach - Aug 17, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Georgia Knights of Stockbridge, Ga.., an ABA professional basketball team that begins play in December announced that Sean Rutherford has been named Head Coach.
Coach Sean was an AAU coach and the Athletic Director of Life Christian Center, a private school in the greater Atlanta area. He also coached players like Dwight Howard and Derrick Flowers when they played AAU ball. Coach Sean has scheduled a tryout camp for the team for September 18th. For more details about the Georgia Knights, call team owner Will Campbell at 678 561 0313 or email ingssportsmanagement@gmail.com or visit www.georgiaknights.com

Olden Polynice, PSW and the ABA launch Haitian Relief, the first professional Haitian basketball team in the USA - Aug 18, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
In light of the devastation of the Gulf Coast oil spill and its understandable diversion of attention from the needs of the people of Haiti post the earthquake, Platinum Spyder Whale (PSW) through its owners reached out to NBA All Star Olden Polynice (7'0''-F/C-64, college: Virginia) to partner on the unprecedented creation of the first Haitian basketball team in America to make a difference in Haiti.
Joe Newman , the CEO of the American Basketball Association (ABA) , granted Polynice and PSW the go ahead by donating the team on behalf of the league. The premiere Haitian basketball team of the USA, Haitian Relief, is set to launch with team owners Polynice and PSW at the helm. 'The team will be based in south Florida and will raise hope, awareness, aid and national pride in all persons of Haitian descent and beyond', says Polynice. 'On behalf of the league, we of the ABA plan to have a Haiti Relief night at every single ABA arena throughout their 2010-11 season', says Harold Whaley, VP of Special Projects of the ABA.
Polynice has appeared in top media outlets throughout the year of 2010 starting with his plea to locate his dad and other family post the January quake in Port Au Prince. Polynice was successfully reunited with his Dad initially via sattellite on MSNBC post the rescue of his father and subsequently live in person on a heart wrenching interview on the Dr. Phil TV show. Polynice who has long been vocal and proactive on behalf of his native land, has remained as active as ever in bringing aid to Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating quake. Executives of PSW, Harold Whaley, Duane 'Spyder' Hughes,and Belinda Foster, will manage the day to day affairs for the team .PSW has petitioned former NBA star and current Florida resident Kenny Anderson (6'1''-G-70, college: Georgia Tech) to come on board as VP of Basketball Operations. Another Florida resident, Miami Heat legend Tim Hardaway (6'0''-G-66, college: UTEP), who has been to Haiti since the devestation, told his friend Polynice that he would help him 'in any way he can', because he saw firsthand that the job was yet to be finished in rebuilding Haiti.
Plans are in the works for TEAM HAITI to travel to Haiti to play its first professional basketball game there in the motherland as an official ABA team.
Media contact: Belinda Foster Belinda@awjplatinum.com

Conway, Arkansas, and Flint, Michigan, added to 2011 Expansion Teams - Aug 20, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced the addition of a team in Conway, Arkansas for the 2011 season. 'We are very pleased to add a second team in Arkansas,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'It fits beautifully into our newly developing Central States division and we have a terrific new owner in Brandon Kimbrough. Conway is a great city, the second fastest growing city in Arkansas and home to three post secondary educational institutions, earning it the nickname, 'The City of Colleges.' The team will be named Conway Cyclones.For more information, contact Brandon at conwaycyclones@yahoo.com or call 501 240 4388. The team website will be available shortly.

The ABA also welcomes Sean Woodruff to the league. Mr. Woodruff will have a team in Flint, Michigan next season, and Joe Newman tells about 'a great addition to the North Central Diviison. Both a knowledge basketball person and a solid businessman, we have no doubt that Sean will put together a great organization'. The Flint team, named Flint Fire, will begin play in 2011. For more information, call 810 962 0219 or email stw@flintfirebasketball.com or visit www.flintfirebasketball.com

NBA player to assist Colorado Kings - Aug 24, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The ABA Colorado Kings professional basketball team that begins play in December announced that NBA player Michael Ruffin (6'8''-F-77, college: Tulsa) has agreed to help evaluate players at the team's upcoming pro basketball tryout camp. 'This is going to be an incredible camp for our local athletes,' stated team owner Durrell Middleton . 'Not only will we have coaches from all levels of basketball running our camp, but we can now count on the assistance of Mr. Ruffin, a current NBA player, to assist in evaluating these talented ballplayers. We are truly blessed.' If you'd like more information about the upcoming camp, email durrell@coloradokings.com or visit www.coloradokings.com

ABA adds two other teams - Aug 24, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Bay Area Matrix will be playing for the first time this season in the ABA replacing the Clayton Showtime out of Clayton, California. The Matrix have been playing at the Pro-Am level for the past 10 years with a team comprised of college and international players. 'We take pride in playing with integrity and have a never give up attitude,' stated owners/coaches Gordon Beresford (6'3''-F-71) and Jim Beresford. 'We are very pleased to be part of the ABA and are looking forward to competing with some great teams in the Northern California Division.' For more information, contact james@bayareamatrixbasketball.com or visit www.bayareamatrixbasketball.com

The American Basketball Association also announved that it has added Lima, Ohio to its fast-growing list of expansion teams for the 2011 season. 'Ohio is great basketball country,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'but we have been slow to expand there. Having a team in Lima is tremendous and we'll be announcing one in Dayton too later this week. We're pleased and especially pleased to have a terrific group of people led by Mike Jenkins and Travis Leppla, both basketball and business oriented. A great fit.'
The team will be named Lima Explosion and Mike Jenkins will lead the Ownership group. For more information, emaill to GM Travis Leppla, at travisleppla@yahoo.com

Paulino joins the Express - Aug 26, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Jersey Express of the American Basketball Association have performed the first trade in franchise history, acquiring center Juan Paulino (201-C-87, college: Wells) from the Seattle Mountaineers in exchange for future considerations. The Bronx native wrapped up his college basketball career at Wells College in New York this past year, a team which also goes by the name of the Express.
We are glad to add a player of Juan's size and skill set, Jersey Express head coach Casaundra Smith stated. He should allow us to establish an inside presence, which will help open the floor for others. With his addition, we can also expand on our offensive attack. Our half court game needed improving from last year, and we anticipate that Juan's trade will bring that to us.
I'm happy to welcome Juan to the Express family, owner Marsha Blount said. (Mountaineers) Coach Sims reached out to me, and we worked quickly on completing the trade. It's a great situation for both Juan and us. We hope that Juan can be the inside presence and rebounding force that we've lacked in past seasons. He'll definitely get his opportunity to do what he does best - rebound. The Express needed some inside players, and we have an abundance of inside players, Seattle head coach Don Sims remarked. This trade will give Juan an opportunity to play before his family and friends in the NYC area. Juan, a Bronx native, will become part of the Jersey Express, one of the best franchises in the ABA. The Jersey Express will be holding open tryouts for its 2010-11 roster this Saturday at 3:00 p.m., the address for the host site of East Orange Campus High School is 344 Prospect Street in East Orange, New Jersey, and anyone interested in pre-registering can do so online at www.jerseyexpress.net

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24-09-2010, 08:04 AM
Aces add two players to roster - Aug 30, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Todd Triplett , Owner of the ABA Las Vegas Aces, informed Usbasket.com that the Aces have re-signed players Carl Mitchell (6'9''-F-79, college: N.Kentucky) and Brian Lang (6'3''-G-81, college: S.Nevada CC) for the 2010-2011 basketball season.

Dayton, Ohio added to 2010-11 teams line-up - Aug 30, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced that it has added a team from Dayton, Ohio to this year's roster of teams that begins play in December. According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'We originally had planned for Dayton to enter in the 2011 season, but Clarence Razor and his wife Tralena has been able to accelerate their program to the point that they will be ready to play this season and Dayton certainly fits beautifully into both or North Central and South Central Divisions. So, we're excited.' The Dayton team will be owned by Clarence T. Razor, a native of Dayton. Working closely with his wife Tralena on an independent record label and other entertainment ventures, both feel that having a professional basketball team in a league that emphasizes entertainment is perfect for them. 'I have been playing and coaching sports all my life, particularly basketball,' stated Razor. 'My love for the game has motivated me to go a step further in the pursuit of achieving my lifelong dream of owning my own professional basketball team. That dream has come true with me becoming the proud owner of an ABA team and you can be sure that we'll be doing some very special things here. This has been and is a great basketball city and I want to continue to build on that.'
'Our goal is to bring an exciting brand of professional basketball combined with unique musical entertainment at affordable prices to the fans of Dayton and surrounding areas,' added Razor. 'With the economy the way it is, this is really much needed and we believe can can also use this to help the community with a variety of fund raising activities. We have a lot of work to do before the season begins, but we believe our background in business, entertainment and sports will help get the job done, and we're pleased to be a part of the ABA.' For more information, call 937 389 2339 or email kinfokeentertainmentgroup@gmail.com The Dayton website will re available shortly.

Whirlwinds sign two new players - Sep 2, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Cleveland Phelps , Owner of the ABA West Texas Whirlwinds, informed Usbasket.com that the Whirlwinds agreed to terms with towering center Garrett Carter (7'0''-C) (aka Big County) and guard/forward Frankie Wheeler (6'8''-F, college: Harris-Stowe St.).

Rockford, Illinois added to ABA 2011 Expansion Teams - Sep 8, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that the league will expand to Rockford, IL in 2011-12 season with the addtion of a team owned by local businessman, Leon Smith. 'Rockford was one of the most successful cities in the former CBA,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'The support from the fans, sponsors, media, and community at large made Rockford one of the shining lights of that league. We are very excited that the ABA brand of exciting and affordable basketball and entertainment will be there next season. And we are very pleased that Leon Smith is at the helm; the perfect combination of businessman/sportsman. He should be very successful.'
'We have really missed exciting and affordable professional basketball here in Rockford,' stated Leon Smith. 'We are so excited about being a part of the ABA and the North Central Division and we are going to make our city proud.' For more information, email rockford_20@hotmail.com or call 815 319 2942. The team website should be ready shortly.

Shizuoka Gymrats to play in ABA this season - Sep 17, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced the addition of the Shizuoka Gymrats traveling team for the 2010-2011 season. The Gymrats will travel to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Nevada to challenge the best ABA teams and in addition will compete in both the Northern Californida and Southern California Divisions. 'We are very pleased to be able to make this announcement,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'It will make every game the Gymrats play a very special event for the current ABA teams and strengthens our development of ABA Global and a truly international presence. We're excited.'

The Gymrats Traveling Team is operated by the San Francisco Rumble owner and CEO, Damone Hale , Esq. 'We are also excited about the Shizuoka Gymrats playing this coming season. As Joe said, it adds to the league's ABA Global initiative,' added Hale.
This summer and last, the Gymrats traveled to San Francisco with 6 Japanese players and competed in several exhibition games. The SF Rumble added several American players to the Japanese roster to fill out their team. Rumble's big man, Chris Adams (6'10''-C-83, college: Fresno St.) provided the Gymrats with a formidable inside game. With an overtime loss this summer to the SF Rumble, the Gymrats ended their 2-year record at 3-3. 'The young people had a great time at the game and the Japanese players provided some excitement with their amazing ball passing and handling skills,' said Hale.
The Shizuoka Gymrats are led by Founder and 6th year ABA player, Takuya Okada (5'11''-G-77), who grew up in the city of Shizuoka, Japan. He will be joined by several Japanese players with both ABA and Japanese experience. The Gymrats front office will be headed by Yoshiteru Takizawa, GM.

To learn more about the Gymrats, you can contact Damone Hale , Esq, CEO at damone@GoRumble.net , Derek Foster, Asst GM at Derek@GoRumble.net or vist www.gymrats-japan.com or call 415 368 8702

Colorado Kings and Michael Rufffn get together - Sep 19, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Durrell Middleton , owner of the Colorado Kings ABA team, announced Michael Ruffin (6'8''-F-77, college: Tulsa), former NBA player, as the new addition to their coaching staff. Ruffin had previosly agreed to serve as Technical Consultant at the Kings free agent/tryout camp, held last month. 'This is a slam dunk for our organization and for Colorado,' stated Durrell Middleton . 'His athletic experience, leadership ability, and keen acumen of the game will prove invaluable in evaluating new talent at our tryout camp. We are truly blessed to have him and we are excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunityh for our local talent.'
For more information, call 720 274 4644, email durrell@coloradokings.com , or visit www.coloradokings.com

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14-10-2010, 07:21 AM
Conway, Arkansas, and Flint, Michigan, added to 2011 Expansion Teams - Aug 20, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced the addition of a team in Conway, Arkansas for the 2011 season. 'We are very pleased to add a second team in Arkansas,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'It fits beautifully into our newly developing Central States division and we have a terrific new owner in Brandon Kimbrough. Conway is a great city, the second fastest growing city in Arkansas and home to three post secondary educational institutions, earning it the nickname, 'The City of Colleges.' The team will be named Conway Cyclones. For more information, contact Brandon at conwaycyclones@yahoo.com or call 501 240 4388. The team website will be available shortly.

The ABA also welcomes Sean Woodruff to the league. Mr. Woodruff will have a team in Flint, Michigan next season, and Joe Newman tells about 'a great addition to the North Central Diviison. Both a knowledge basketball person and a solid businessman, we have no doubt that Sean will put together a great organization'. The Flint team, named Flint Fire, will begin play in 2011. For more information, call 810 962 0219 or email stw@flintfirebasketball.com or visit www.flintfirebasketball.com (But will Flint's economic status right now be ready to absorb pro basketball? The Flint Stones in the CBA tried to do it almost a decade ago. But it never got a chance to play a game.)

ABA to return to Memphis in 2011 season - Oct 1, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Last week, the American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that it will return to Memphis, Tennessee for the 2011 season.
'In the first years of the rebirth of the ABA, we had a great team there under the direction of Head Coach Gene Bartow,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'The support from the city was tremendous; the ABA business model at that time wasn't right. With the new ABA business model, we believe that Memphis will again be a great ABA city, really great, under the direction of Memphis well-known basketball operator Reginald Golden. We are very pleased and excited.'
'This is the culmination of a dream come true,' stated Golden. 'Having an ABA team is very exciting and now I want to give back to Memphis the one thing they love the most - Winning Quality Basketball. And through the leadership of Christ, I feel that success is on the horizon. I'm one hundred per cent set for the challenge and really appreciate this opportunity.' For more information, contact Reginald Golden at 901 299 4295 or email ijustdogolden@gmail.com

ABA adds Northwest Indiana to 2011 expansion teams - Oct 1, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced that it has added the NWI Magical Stars to its fast-growing list of expansion teams for the 2011 season. 'I had an opportunity meet with Kenny Miller (6'9''-F/C-67, college: Loyola (IL)) here in Indianapolis last week and was very impressed with both his business and basketball background,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'He and his partner Derrick Smith have all of the skills necessary to have a great operation on and off the court. They are so ahead of the curve that they might even play some games as an ABA traveling teams this season. Having another Indiana team is great.'
Kenny Miller is a former professional basketball player who played his college career at Loyola University, and then became a star in Europe, above all in Spanish league. He is now the CEO of Solidrock Exposure Inc.

Derrick Smith is an insurance consultant and also an assistant high school coach at Morgan Park HS in Chicago where he was born and now resides. 'We are very excited and pleased to be a part of the ABA,' stated Miller. 'Derrick and I know Ron Hicks of the Chicago Steam well, we are impressed with what he has done and are looking forward to competing with him and the other area teams. This should be fun.' For more information, email kenmiller44@mac.com or call 312 813 1475

East Bay Pitbulls to play in ABA this season - Oct 1, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association also announced last week that the East Bay Pitbulls will be playing in the ABA this season, 'and will be a great addition to the very strong Northern California Division,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'We have been working with Debra Tenenbaum, Managing Partner of Full Circle Ventures, LLC for nearly two years as they put things together on and off the court. They've done a tremendous job...and we couldn't be more pleased.' Full Circle Ventures, LLC is a corporation with owners that have combined executive business skills of over 20 years in both the sports and fitness industries along weith technology and media industries.
'We are pleased to offer the East Bay residents quality, professional basketball that will be both entertaining and affordable,' stated Ms. Tenenbaum. We have been working very hard to make sure that we had everything in place prior to making the official announcement. And we do.' Las Positas College in Livermore, CA, with its new state-of-the-art basketball facility will be home to the East Bay Pitbulls. On October 2nd and October 9th, the Pitbulls will be conducting tryouts at Las Positas College from 10am to 1pm. The team's Head Coach will be Ben Darling.

For more information about tryouts, the organization and sponsorships, visit www.eastbaypitbulls.com, contact pitbullaccountrep@yahoo.com or call 925-209-8704.

SETX Mavericks announce MVPs come back and new Arena - Oct 1, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Star players Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) and DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) return this season to lead the defending ABA Champions Southeast Texas Mavericks as they look to defend their 2009-2010 National Championship !
Pace, who won an NCAA National Championship at Syracuse University with Carmelo Anthony in 2003 will return to the Mavericks as the reigning ABA MVP this season. Pace averaged 21.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 1.7 steals during a stellar season last season in the ABA.
Veteran Power Forward Rutledge has had a legendary professional career and will return for another season with the Mavericks. Rutledge was the ABA MVP during the '08-'09 season and is the Mavericks all-time leading scorer. No ABA team has ever had Back to Back MVPs!

The Southeast Texas Mavericks have clearly been the most dominant team in the ABA over the course of the last two seasons having compiled a 54-6 record while winning back-to-back Southwest Division Championships. SETX won an amazing 30 consecutive regular season games over a two-year period and was ranked #1 in the ABA Power Rankings for a record 14 consecutive weeks. This past season's National Championship was the crowning jewel thus far on the Mavericks' impressive resume of accomplishments as a pro basketball team.T he Mavericks tip-off play on Thursday, November 11th as they will host the Texas Hurricanes. Tip-off is scheduled for 730pm. The Mavericks will open up play in a new arena this upcoming season. The Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Center (NJEC) will be the new home of the Mavericks. The NJEC is located at 18291 Englin Road in Winnie TX 77665 off Highway 73. For more Southeast Texas Mavericks pro basketball information and ticket sales, call 877 643 7508 or visit www.nuttyjerrys.com

Houston Red Storm still looking impressive - Oct 5, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The ABA Houston Red Storm still looked very good with their second exhibition game in the Houston Pro Am league. While still pressuring the ball throughout the game, the Red Storm was still able to bring home a 57-45 victory. The team was led by rookies Brandon Martin (6'1''-G), Todd Burton (6'0''-G-86, college: Endicott) and Brandon Andrews (6'3''-G-81). 45-year old veteran Reginald Craver made his mark on the team as well. You can follow the Red Storm at www.leaguelineup.com/proam or on www.theredstorm.com
Tickets and schedule will be available on October 15th for the beginning of the season that starts with a home game vs the Louisiana United on November 20th.
For more information, call 877 754 7010 x 103 or email info@theredstorm.com

Baker will coach the Aces - Oct 6, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Las Vegas Aces owner Todd Triplett communicated to Usbasket.com to have reached a 2-year agreement with former European Basketball Star Kirk Baker (6'9''-F/C-68, college: Morris Brown). He will serve as the team Associate Head Coach. Coach Baker played 13 years in Europe and 5 years of coaching experiences.

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14-10-2010, 07:56 AM
ABA adds a travel team from Nicaragua - Oct 7, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced to have added a Travel Team from Nicaragua based out of Atlanta, GA and under the supervision of Georgia Gwizzlies owner, Embry Malone. The team will play a limited number of games with ABA teams and also will travel to Nicaragua to play this season. 'I have been working with Marlon Moraga for the past year to make this a reality,' stated Malone. 'We are building, developing and training Nicaraguans to play professional basketball. Our long term goal is to build a basketball venue in Nicaragua as we keep our eyes on the prize, to reach the 2016 Olympics qualifications for Nicaragua.'

'Atlanta has a large international community in the Doraville, Chamblee and Gwinnett County. Players from Central and South America - and the US - are invited to Open Tryouts on November 26th at the South Cobb Rec Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell GA from 9-12 noon,' added Malone. For more information about the Nicaragua N.A. team, contact Embry Malone at 678 508 0467 or email gwizzlies@msn.com

Colorado Kings sign first players - Oct 7, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
After grueling tryout camps and intense levels of basketball competition not seen in Colorado for years, the ABA Colorado Kings invites the public to witness their first player signings. The event is open to all and will take place on Friday, October 8th at 7pm at the Red & Jerry's at 1840 W. Oxford Ave in Sheridan, CO.

New players include:
Willison Price (6'7''-F), e power forward from Metro State College in Denver
Brendan Puckett (6'4''-G), a shooting guard from Eastern Wyoming College and Colorado Christian U.
Jason Davis, (5'11'-G-83), an unstoppable combo guard from Colorado Northwestern and Johnson and Wales U.
Reggie York (6'6''-F), power forward, a Denver native from University of South Alabama
Jermaine Mason (6'0''-G-79, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo), a point guard
Robert Frazier (6'7''-F), a small forward, local from Denver Manual and New Mexico State and Tuskegee.

'These professionals will propel our success on and off the court,' stated team owner Durrell Middleton . 10 year NBA player and current Kings coach Michael Ruffin (6'8''-F-77, college: Tulsa) added, 'These are some of the best athletes and most talented players in Colorado. They all have the ability to play at the next level in the ABA. Everyone understands there is a lot of work ahead of us, but with the commitment and dedication that these athletes have shown so far, we will get it done.'
For more information, call 720 274 4644 or email durrell@coloradokings.com or visit www.coloradokings.com

Las Vegas Aces to host a team from China - Oct 8, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The ABA Las Vegas Aces announced that the team will be scrimmaging the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing professional basketball team from China nine times during the month of October - October 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 25, 27 and 29. All of the games will be held at the Sports Center of Las Vegas and will start at 6pm.
'We're very excited about this,' stated team co-owner and GM Mark Marinelli . 'The Brave Dragons are very good and it will give us a very good indication of how good we are and how competitive we will be during the upcoming season. The scrimmages (games) will be open to the public of course.'
For more information, email lvaces@live.com, call 702 756 7998 or visit www.acesbasketball.com

First players signings in Chicago - Oct 12, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Ron Hicks, the Owner of the Chicago Steam ABA professional team, communicated to Usbasket.com to have reached an agreement for the upcoming 2010-22 season with the following players:
Ronny Caldwell (6'10''-C-84)
Keith Chamberlain (6'8''-F/C-87, college: Grinnell)
Michael Harrington (6'8''-F, college: Detroit Mercy)
Sam Mack (6'7''-G/F-70, college: Houston)
Deandre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris)

After unsuccessful attempts to expand the PBL out of the northeast US and Canada to Puerto Rico and other areas outside of the Manchester Millrats move to St. John's, New Brunswick and citing professional differences with league officials over its course, Halifax Rainmen chairman Andre Levingstone resigned from his post as PBL President and Canadian Expansion. He will stay on with Halifax to further cultivate the fan base for what has become the most successful basketball team Halifax has ever has and recruiting quality talent for the Rainmen in the hopes of a PBL title.

Anthony Chase named PBL CEO - Aug 4, 2010 (by Eurobasket News)
The Premier Basketball League (PBL) is pleased to announce that Anthony Chase has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of the PBL, effective immediately. In addition, Mr. Chase has become part owner of the League with Dr. Severko Hrywnak, Chairman and Founder.

'The PBL has had three great years and now that we are an established League I felt it was time to bring on a seasoned businessman who will not only continue the initiatives we have in place, but take us to the next level,' said Severko Hrywnak, M.D., Chairman of the Premier Basketball League. 'Tony's business experience will drive the league toward continued growth, new opportunities and a brighter future.'

Chase established Kentucky's Bluegrass Stallions in January of 2009, and the professional basketball team enjoyed great success in its first year. Chase has sold his interest in the Stallions to his partners, so that he could step into the League's leadership role. 'I am excited about the opportunity to get involved with such a well run League and apply my business experiences to create a strong future for the PBL. Dr. Hrywnak and I both feel that mid market basketball has a place and a great following in North America.' says Chase. 'I look forward to working diligently with the rest of the executive team, and especially League President Andre Levingston, to ensure the success of the League and to grow the League in a smart way.'

But there is a new team coming to the PBL. And that is the Dayton Air Strikers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayton_Air_Strikers). The Air Strikers' arrival surely lessens to burden for the Lawton-Ft. Sill Calvary and the Kentucky Stallions in terms of travel and for the opponents. Let's sincerely hope Dayton doesn't suffer the fate of the Montreal Sasquatch, Mid-Michigan Destroyers, Buffalo Stampede, Rockford Fury, Reading Railers, and the Maryland Greenhawks. No players have been signed, but that will come in due time of course.

PBL Welcomes New Team - Sep 17, 2010 (by Allen White)
Chicago, IL)... The Premier Basketball League is pleased to announce that the Dayton Air Strikers have been accepted into the league for the upcoming 2011 season. The Air Strikers will be an expansion team for the upcoming season.
'We looked at several leagues and it was an easy decision to apply for membership into the PBL,' said Anthony Byrd, President of the Dayton Air Strikers Sports Group LLC. 'We feel that we will be competitive in our inaugural year due to the great talent in the Southwest Ohio area. 'We our excited that we are able to bring professional basketball to the Dayton, Ohio region, creating quality sports entertainment for the community', stated Byrd. The team has also contracted a deal with WWRD-TV the local AT Sports TV Network affiliate to telecast the home games, throughout the season.'With the addition of Dayton, we can continue our growth in the Midwest. ' stated Premier Basketball League Chief Executive Officer Tony Chase. 'We will have additional expansion announcements for the 2012 season and are getting ready to release our schedule for the upcoming season.'

New Owner Joins Rochester - Sep 3, 2010 (by Allen White)
(Rochester, NY)...The Rochester RazorSharks of the Premier Basketball League announced this morning that Head Coach Rod Baker will be adding Co-Owner to his job title. The only Head Coach in the five and a half year old franchise's existence, Baker now has stake as a minority owner to go along with his coaching duties.
Since the RazorSharks first took the court in Rochester, Baker has amassed over 100 victories; won 3 League Championships (2006, 2008, & 2009), has received 3 Coach of the Year honors, and is the PBL's all-time winningest coach. Baker says, 'I consider it an honor to be further vested in this organization. I hope by becoming more involved in the business side of things I can continue our successful run in the PBL.' The team's Co-Owner and President, Orest Hrywnak adds, 'Rod's addition to the RazorSharks ownership group with my brothers makes this organization just that much stronger business-wise and in the community.' Season tickets are now on sale for the upcoming 2011 season set to begin in January. For more news and information on the team visit www.razorsharks.com and also be sure to follow the RazorSharks on Facebook and Twitter.

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14-10-2010, 08:11 AM
Press release announcing Levingstone's resignation:

Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Levingston has resigned as President of The Premier Basketball League, and Director of Canadian Expansions - effective immediately. Levingston cites professional differences for the change.'It has become clear to me that my vision for the league and that of the League owner were very different. I felt I was not given the proper tools in which to conduct business in the way I felt was best,' said Levingston.
Levingston will focus his efforts on building the fan-base of the Halifax Rainmen and scouting skilled players that can bring the team to a championship level.
'The PBL is still a great league with lots of potential and the Rainmen are proud to be part of that organization,' Levingston added.

Levingston wants to extend his best wishes to League officials in their efforts to expand the league and improve the PBL. 'I have no hard feelings, I am just ready to move on.'

Premier League debuts in Port City on December 9 - Sep 23, 2010 (by Eurobasket News)
New Brunswick's first professional basketball franchise will open its exhibition schedule Dec. 9 at Harbour Station against the Quebec Kebs.

Saint John Mill Rats general manager Ian McCarthy said Tuesday the Premier Basketball League club will play exhibition games on three consecutive nights before hitting the road for three more prior to the start of the regular season in January. The Mill Rats will play the Halifax Rainmen Dec. 10 at Harbour Station before hosting the Vermont Frost Heaves the following night. The exhibition schedule also include games in Halifax, Dec. 16, Vermont, Dec. 19, and Quebec City, Dec. 20. The regular season schedule has yet to be finalized.

'The exhibition games at home three weeks prior to the start of the season will be a good opportunity to showcase our product and show people how exciting our game is,' said McCarthy, whose team has sold between 500-700 season's tickets to date. The team will be involved in the New Hampshire Pro Exposure Basketball Combine this weekend in Derry, N.H. The trip will enable the club to scout players to fill out its 10-man roster prior to training camp opening in Saint John Dec. 1. The team signed a sponsorship deal this week with the Canada Games Aquatic Centre to allow its players to swim and train there. It will conduct practices at the University of New Brunswick Saint John as well as area high schools.

David Cooper (6'8''-F-83, college: JMU) is the lone player signed to a Mill Rats contract. The 6-8 forward played his college ball at Southern New Hampshire University before transferring to Division I James Madison. He was also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Team, playing in 2006 and 2009. Cooper, who is also a co-owner and vice-president of marketing for the franchise, said he's excited about how sponsors and fans have embraced the team since it relocated to the Port City. 'You want to find a way to get everybody in the city involved,' Cooper said.

'Even though this is a big walk-up city (in terms of ticket sales), we would love to sell 3,000, 4,000 season's tickets, not so much for us?...?it's about supporting something that's in the city, that's going to be a part of Saint John.' Premier Basketball League executives are to hold a conference call today to talk about possible expansion and to work out regular season scheduling.

The eight-team league includes the Dayton Air Strikers, Kentucky's Bluegrass Stallions, the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry and the Rochester RazorSharks.

Courtesy of http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com

Cavs make the first cut for the 2011 season - Sep 27, 2010 (by Eurobasket News)

The Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry held their 2011 Open Tryouts yesterday at the First Baptist Church gym in Lawton. The candidates were observed by Head Coach Michael Ray Richardson (agency: Union Sports ) throughout the day as he ran them through drills and practice games. 'It's good to have an open camp because there are a lot of guys who think they can play at this level,' Coach Richardson said. 'But once they get here they find out how hard it is to be at this level and it shows them how talented the players are on our team and in the league.'

Nine candidates from across the country attended the tryouts in the hopes of joining the 2010 PBL Championship team. The candidates who impressed Coach Richardson the most will be invited to the Cavs Veteran Tryouts on Dec 26. This is the final stage of the tryout process. After Coach Richardson observes how the players work together and sees who would be an asset to the team he will make his final selections. Coach Richardson has chosen Rafael Johnson from Dallas, Texas, Dewones Smith from Longview, Texas, Antonio Odom from Tyler, Texas, Jerrell Emory from Gordon, Georgia and former Cavs player Curtis Haywood from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 'Of all the candidates that showed up Curtis was in top form,' Coach Richardson said. 'He knows what it takes to be a champion and the other candidates should follow his lead.'

PBL going to unbalanced schedule - Sep 27, 2010 (by Eurobasket News)

The Halifax Rainmen will be very familiar with the Saint John Mill Rats, Quebec Kebs and Vermont Frost Heaves by the end of the 2010-11 campaign. Rainmen owner Andre Levingston confirmed Thursday that the Premier Basketball League is adopting a two-division format and an unbalanced schedule this season. Halifax, Saint John, Quebec and Vermont are grouped in one division based on geographic proximity. The other division is made up of the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry, Rochester RazorSharks and two expansion teams, Kentuckys Bluegrass Stallions and the Dayton Air Strikers.

Teams will play divisional foes four times and those outside their division twice - once at home and once on the road - to make up a 20-game schedule. A playoff format has yet to be finalized but is expected to be in place by the time the league releases its official schedule within the next week or so. The divisional setup will lessen travel costs for PBL teams, some of which had in previous seasons received a travel subsidy to offset those expenses.

Courtesy of www.thechronicleherald.ca

Durbansandshark
29-10-2010, 07:13 AM
Sad news rocked the PBL world recently when the popular Halifax Rainmen John Strickland died in his sleep this month in his New York home at the age of 38. He played for the Rainmen for two seasons before moving into the Director of Basketball Development post this year. After playing for Hawaii-Pacific in his college days, he played fifteen years professionally in both the minor and overseas leagues. He was also a streetball legend--a notable member of the Harlem Rucker League's "Terror Squad" basketball team--that got a Jay-Z salute with his line "My homie Strick told me to 'Dude finish your breakfast' so that's what I'ma do" It was in Halifax where he got the biggest love with a legion of fans at the Halifax Metro Centre's Section 22 called "Heckler's Row" donning custom-made Rainmen jerseys sporting Strickland's #45 cheering him every time he touched the ball. Rochester RazorSharks coach Rod Baker knew Strickland when the former coached him in their days as Globetrotters and was devastated upon hearing the news. PBL photographer and media specialist Chuck Miller says that Strickland brought joy and enthusiasm to every game he played and got the crowd involved. Stickland will definitely be missed by many who knew him and help built Halifax a fun and well-operated professional place to play basketball with its strong fan support. If you visit the Halifax Rainmen website (www.rainmenbasketball.ca), Strick's likeness is all over it, with the their season in his memory.
www.razorsharks.com/news/index.html?article_id=254

Meanwhile Halifax finally signed former UCONN champ 6'1" G Taliek Brown, who was supposed to play last season but an unforseen family emergency delayed his premiere with them. The Rainmen also resigned Eric Crookshank and Desmond Brown.

Today's the day of the 2010 PBL Draft again held in Chicago's Sox Park. Halifax hopes to draft "big" and long to compete with Rochester and Lawton-Ft. Sill starting at 7:00PM US CST. Live streaming is at http://atsportstv.com

Former San Antonio Spur and former coach of the CBA's Gary Steelheads Jaren Jackson is the new head coach of the St. John Millrats (formerly the Manchester Millrats). He's actually familiar with Atlantic Canada pro basketball: in the early part of the 90s Jackson played against the old WBL's Halifax Windjammers and the Cape Breton Breakers in the summertime after securing a CBA championship with the LaCrosse Catbirds. In 2009 he finished his fifth year as head coach of the NBDL's Ft. Wayne Mad Ants and was a Georgetown assistant in 2003 to begin his coaching career before taking the Steelheads from worst to first two year later with a CBA title.

NBA World Champion to Coach Mill Rats - Oct 14, 2010 (by Allen White)
The Saint John Mill Rats are pleased to reveal that former NBA World Champion Jaren Jackson (6'6''-G-67, college: Georgetown) has agreed to serve as Head Coach for their inaugural season in Saint John.

Jackson was a key member of the 1999 San Antonio Spurs title quest as they won the NBA Championship. Throughout the 90's Jackson played both in the NBA and in the minor leagues. In 1991, he won a championship in the CBA and then later that summer in the WBL. The WBL, or World Basketball League, also fielded teams in Halifax (the Windjammers) and Cape Breton (the Breakers).

He later went on to win another championship in the CBA with the LaCrosse Catbirds under future NBA Head Coach Flip Saunders. In the NBA, Jackson played under notable coaches such as Bill Fitch, Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Rick Adelman, John Lucas, and Rudy Tomjanovich. During his years in San Antonio he played alongside future Hall of Famers David Robinson and Tim Duncan, and under the tutelage of Gregg Popovich. In college Jackson played under the strong mentorship of John Thompson at Georgetown University.

He began his coaching career in 2003 as an assistant coach at Georgetown. In 2005 he was named Head Coach of the Gary Steelheads of the CBA. He took his team from worst to first and was named the 2005 CBA Coach of the Year. In 2009, he finished his fifth year as Head Coach, leading the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

'I believe we can a PBL Championship this season and establish an atmosphere of excitement in Harbour Station that all basketball franchises will take notice of' stated Jackson moments after being hired.

'Coach Jackson will bring great poise and presence to our organization, on the court, in the lockeroom, and out in the community,' explained Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy. 'He brings a wealth of experience to our franchise in recruiting, in discipline, and most notably, in winning.'

The Mill Rats also introduced a new FLEX ticket plan called Bogo Packs. The Bogo Packs are essentially 3 lower bowl tickets for $40.68 (including HST), the buyer then gets an additional 4 lower bowl coupons that are also buy-one-get-one free, along with a 15% discount card for Mill Rats merchandise. The Bogo Pack coupons are redeemable at the Harbour Station box office at any game, and tickets are issued on a best available, first-come first serve basis.

The Mill Rats are a fourth year professional basketball franchise based in Saint John, New Brunswick (Canada). This season will be their first in Saint John where they will play their home games at the 6,600 seat Harbour Station arena. The Mill Rats are a member of the Premier Basketball League.

Lifelong resident of St. John, Carl White joins the Millrats staff as VP of Public Relations.

Durbansandshark
16-11-2010, 10:05 AM
Even the Dallas Impact discloses the roster - Oct 27, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Dallas Impact GM, Tyler Gatlin , contacted Usbasket today, introducing the team 2O1O-11 team roster,
as follows:
Chase ADAMS 1988 5-1O 19O Pittsburgh '1O
Michael ADAMS 1982 6-11 245 Youngstown St 'O6 (see photo)
Alonzo BUTLER 1984 6-4 21O Paul Quinn 'O6
Antwan HABERSHAM 6-5 25O
Darius HOWARD 1983 6-4 17O S.W.Assemblies of God 'O6
Habib KAREEM 1985 6-5 235 Ozarks 'O8
Kreston MARTIN 1984 6-O 165 Michigan 'O6
Gerald SIMMONS 1985 6-2 17O N.Crowley HS (TX) 'O3
Cranston THOMAS 1991 5-6 157 Conrad HS (TX) 'O9
Al THOMPSON 1984 6-6 21O S.W.Assembiles of God 'O7
Alonzo WASHINGTON 1984 5-1O 19O Texas College 'O7

Marines fall to the Surf in a repeat match-up - Oct 31, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Last week, the San Diego Surf met again the Pendleton Marines, this time at Camp Pendleton, and the Surf overwhelmed the tought playing Marines by almost 30 points. The Surf, led by Coach Ray Johnson, pressed the Marines with outstanding defense including 14 steals. John Clark (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) led all Surf scorers with 20 points, Aaron Hands (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Cal-Riverside) 14, Tim Denson (6'1''-G-86, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Kalonji Kono Kadima (6'3''-G-78, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) with 12 each. John Browner (6'6''-F, college: Benedictine) had 6-blocks. Anthony Bruner (6'2''-G-77) sparked the Surf off the bench with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals all in the 4th quarter alone. Ward was high scorer for Marines with 17 points. The Marines with Coach Chris Crawford, who played the Surf in two pre-season games last season, noticed the faster, much improved play of this seasons new Surf team.

Seattle Mountaineers opens season at Idaho Stampede - Oct 31, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
An interesting inter-league game was announced some days ago by the #11 ranked Seattle Mountaineers of the American Basketball Association. They will open the 2010-2011 season against the NBA Development League team, the Idaho Stampede in a pre-season game. The November 18th game will be in Boise, Idaho at Qwest arena, 7:00pm. The remainder of the Mountaineers schedule has the team travelling to Michigan, Indiana, Las Vegas, Canada and California. The Mountaineers will play 14 of its 23 games against teams ranked in the ABA Pre-season top 24. We have put together a schedule that will prepare us for a run at the ABA Championship, stated Coach Don Sims . The Mountaineers are led by returning starters Rashad Powell (6'6''-G-81, college: Idaho) and Brian Spielman (6'9''-F/C-83, college: Chapman).

Aces final camp announced - Nov 2, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The ABA Las Vegas Aces scheduled their last, open to the public tryout camp, on Nov. 12th and 13th from 2pm4pm. The camp wil be held at the Dula Gymnasium, 441 E. Bonanza Rd., Las Vegas, Nevada. Head Coach Kirk Baker and his Assistant Cedric D. Murphy will run the camp. The Aces will raffle off a 25inch flat screen TV at the Aces inter squad scrimmage. For more info log on to www.acesbasketball.net

Dallas Impact defeated the Texas RimRockers in a scrimmage - Nov 2, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)
November 1, 2010 - Dallas, TX The Dallas Impact defeated the Texas RimRockers, 99-94 in an exciting basketball scrimmage at the Lakewest Family YMCA in Dallas, Texas.

The Texas RimRockers started the game with an 10-0 run however couldn't maintain the lead after the first quarter. The basketball scrimmage became a see-saw affair as both teams were evenly matched through the contest. However, the Dallas Impact seized the lead with 3:36 to go and won the contest.

The Dallas Impact were led by the balance attack of Darius Howard (6'4''-G-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: SW Assemblies of God) and Habeem Kareem and leading the way for the Texas RimRockers by TJ Tate, Reggie Jacquett, Blake Armelin, and Nick Tyler. The Impact's next scheduled event is the ABA Tri-State Showcase in Dallas, Texas from November 12-14, 2010.

Before the scrimmage, the Impact took time to work with Habitat for Humanity on a housing project in South Dallas. The coaches and players spent several hours helping to build a house for a deserving family. This was the first of many scheduled service events for the Dallas Impact.

Medical student to pursue dream with ABA's East Kentucky Energy - Nov 3, 2010 (by Eurobasket )
The ABA is very familiar with doctors playing basketball.
In the leagues heyday Dr. J and Darnell The Dr. of Dunk Hillman were household names.
Now in 2010, the upstart ABA franchise the East Kentucky Energy are about to introduce a new doctor to the league. Dr. Energy (Philip Myers).
The difference this time around is that Myers is a medical student studying to become a doctor at the Pikeville Colleges School of Osteopathic Medicine. He will be attempting to balance his studies to become a doctor while playing professional basketball.
"Probably my biggest concern going into this is can I balance this with my studying for med school, but life is all about juggling" Myers said. "But it is like everything else, you have to balance time with friends and family and everything else in life. This is a good way to offset the stress of school because med school is academic grind. Exercise and wellness is a big part is just as important as anything else and I really appreciate the East Kentucky Energy for having this outlet. It is just a way to keep growing and learning new things about myself."

Myers is a second year student in Pikeville Colleges School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Myers route to the Energy is the most unique of any other player the Energy have signed.
His story is amazing, said Energy co-owner Jerry Boggs. He is a basketball junkie, one of those really competitive guys who take intramural basketball very seriously. He didn't come to our tryouts, but when our players started playing pickup games, he came out and played and really turned our heads and grabbed the attention of some veteran professional players.Myers started playing just to ensure the veteran players could get some work in before training camp began.

"First off, I have a profound respect for the guys that I am playing with," Myers said. "They are professionals through and through. They have dedicated their lives to the game of basketball. I played pickup ball with some of the guys and they were looking for guys to play against. I just started coming along for exercise, and because I like to play."
Myers was born in Texas and raised in Ohio and made his way to Pikeville to attend medical school.

Myers didn't attend either of the Energy's tryouts and just played some pickup games with the rest of the team for fun. But he never thought it would lead to a spot on the Energy.
"Considering I am an unknown athlete, I am really grateful for the opportunity that Tommy and Jerry have given me. I was just humbled when Tommy approached me about playing for the team," Myers said. "I have nothing but respect for the guys on the Energy roster. I just want to contribute to the team any way possible. Im going to be looking at the veterans on the team to help me learn how to play at this level. I know we have a lot of good leadership and I am going to be looking to their guidance to help me learn how to improve my game." The CBAs East Kentucky Miners were still playing when Myers enrolled in PCSOM, but he didn't get a chance to attend any of the games.
"I heard of the Miners when I first got here," Myers said. "That peaked my interest because I just love the game of basketball. Then I heard that the new franchise the East Kentucky Energy would be playing and I thought it would be great for the area. I love watching the sport. I was excited just to go see them play. I was thrilled to get to go play pick up ball with the guys on the team I think this team is going to be really good."
There has been some excitement from the Energy's organization as the ABAs preseason power rankings came out and had East Kentucky ranked 10th. The guys are definitely excited to start playing and the rankings just shows respect for the guys on the roster that have been playing for years, Myers said. There is definite excitement from the team. Myers is also looking forward to becoming more involved with the community and sees the Energy as a way to do that.

"I'm really looking forward to getting involved in the community," Myers said. "I think I can do that along with my teammates with the Energy through various events and out reach things they have planned. This is something that both the community and the Pikeville College community can get behind and come out and enjoy." The Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine is made up of kids who are not from the area and getting involved with the community. Myers sees his spot on the Energy as a bridge for the medical school students to get involved with the community. Traditionally the med school students have had trouble getting involved in the community, Myers said. Hopefully, this will help expose the students to something different and help them experience something in Pikeville. Hopefully it can draw the med school students out.

By Randy White
Appalachian News-Express

Durbansandshark
16-11-2010, 10:08 AM
Chicago Steam meet the St.Louis Pioneers in early season game - Nov 3, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The ABA Chicago Steam will kick off its third season with early back-to-back games versus the St. Louis Pioneers on Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th.
The Steam has made the ABA Final Eight playoffs for two straight years while the Pioneers will be playing its inaugural games. The games will be played at South Surburban College in South Holland, IL. 'We think we have another playoff contending team,' stated Ron Hicks , Steam co-owner/Coach. 'These games will give us a good idea as we know that James Graham has put together a formidable squad. They should be very good ABA games.' For more information about the game and on-line tickets, visit www.chicagosteambasketball.com

Dallas Impact 2010-2011 ABA Schedule - Nov 3, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)
November 3, 2010-

The Dallas Impact released their schedule for the upcoming ABA season.

Texas Rim Rockers Novemebr 13 10:00 am Lakewest Family YMCA
North Texas Fresh November 13 7:00 Lakewest Family YMCA
Texas Fuel November 14 2:30 Lakewest Family YMCA
Dallas Vandals November 20 7:15 Lakewest Family YMCA
West Texas Whirlwinds November 27 7:15 Lakewest Family YMCA
North Texas Fresh December 1 8:00 Lakewest Family YMCA
SETX Mavericks December 4 7:30 NJEC Arena
Dallas Vandals December 5 7:00 Loos Athletic Complex
Texas Fuel December 12 6:30 St. George Gymnasium
North Texas Fresh December 15 8:00 Lakewest Family YMCA
Houston Red Storm December 18 7:15 Lakewest Family YMCA
Texas Rim Rockers December 19 3:00 Lakewest Family YMCA
Dallas Vandals December 22 7:30 Loos Athletic Complex
Arlington Bulldogs December 23 8:00 Lakewest Family YMCA
North Texas Fresh January 5 8:00 Lakewest Family YMCA
Shizuoka Gymrats January 8 7:15 Lakewest Family YMCA
Texas Fuel January 9 5:00 Lakewest Family YMCA
West Texas Whirlwinds January 15 7:15 Lakewest Family YMCA
Oklahoma Stallions January 16 3:00 Lakewest Family YMCA
Dallas Vandals January 22 7:15 Lakewest Family YMCA
West Texas Whirlwinds January 23 7:00 MLK Center
Texas Rim Rockers January 26 8:00 Lakewest Family YMCA
Lafayette United February 3 8:00 Lakewest Family YMCA
Oklahoma Stallions February 5 7:00 TBD
Dallas Vandals February 6 2:00 Loos Athletic Complex
North Texas Fresh February 9 8:00 Lakewest Family YMCA
SETX Mavericks February 12 7:15 Lakewest Family YMCA
Dallas Vandals February 19 7:15 Lakewest Family YMCA
Houston Red Storm February 25 TBA TBA
Lafayette United March 6 3:00 Shreveport

For ticket info please visit www.godallasimpact.com

GOLD DEFEATS RED 115-101 IN SETX MAVERICKS GOLD/RED GAME - Nov 5, 2010 (by Emiliano )
The Southeast Texas Mavericks played their annual Gold/Red Game last night at the LL Melton Center in Beaumont, TX. All proceeds from the game went to help with the development and operations of the Center.

Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) paced the winning Gold with 24 points. Former Lamar University standouts Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) added a 21 point/ 16 rebound effort and Kenny Dawkins (5'9''-G-87, college: Lamar) dished out 14 assist while scoring 12 points on the night. The Red team was led in scoring by Gus Chases 23 points. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) added 19 points for the Red.

Both teams played extremely hard! We have some difficult decisions to make on our roster. These are good problems to have, but they dont lessen the difficulty of cutting good players stated Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker.

The Defending ABA National Champions open up play next Thursday night as they host the Texas Hurricanes at their new home the NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

St.Louis defeats Chicago in ABA season opener - Nov 6, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The St. Louis Pioneers have put out a notice to the rest of the league as they kicked off the 2010-2011 ABA season in Chicago with a 93-73 victory over the always stacked Chicago Steam. The Pioneers were lead by Dwayne Polk (5'9''-G, college: St.Louis) 23pts and 7 assists and combo guard Jonathan Griffin (5'11''-G-83, college: Mo.-St.Louis) (6'0''-G) who finished with 20 points 4 assists. Pioneers' coach Mark Stricker said 'This is a good win for us, Chicago is an established team in the league and it was nice to pick up a win of this magnitude'. 'We played great defense and got the stops we needed, they are a good team but tonight we where the better team' said Dwayne Polk.

Whirlwinds transactions and updatings - Nov 6, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Cleveland Phelps , owner of the ABA West Texas Whirlwinds, has just sent to Usbasket.com this updating news about his team: 'We are excited to introduce our new Assistant Head Coach Isaac Greer. We'd also like to announce the return of our leading scorer, Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84, college: Texas-PB) and two-time ABA All-Star Charncy Ephriam (6'4''-G-81, college: Texas-PB). We have other new faces and talent joining our team for a fresh start to a new season'.

Pioneers win second game in a row - Nov 7, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The St. Louis Pioneers handled business in Chicago this weekend by sweeping a 2 game series with the Chicago Steam. Game 2, played on Saturday night, ended 91-81 for St.Louis. It was the hot shooting of guard LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (6'3''-G) that was simply too much for coach Ron Hicks and his Chicago Steam. Ellis finished with 23 points connecting on seven three pointers as the St. Louis Pioneers defeated the Steam winning 91-81 in the weekend finale. 'They played us pretty tough today, Phonso got hot and he opened up the game and we where able to finish strong' said Russell Pelly (6'2''-G, college: Mo.-St.Louis). This was a great weekend and a good measuring stick for us as a whole and we can't argue with the results.Laphonso is one of our best shooters and tonight he showed it. We are proud of the Coach Stricker and all the guys and next week we are right back to business' said Marcus Collins the teams GM..For additional info on the Pioneers visit www.stlpioneers.com

ABA Dallas Teams Represent in 3pt and Slam Dunk Contests - Nov 7, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)
Dallas, TX Players from the North Texas Fresh, Texas RimRockers, and Dallas Impact represented their respective squads in a 3pt Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest Saturday November 6 at the Lakewest Family YMCA in Dallas, Texas. The event was held to promote the upcoming 'Tri-State Showcase.'

North Texas Fresh sharpshooter Kyle Plath (6'4''-G-88, college: Wisc.Lutheran) put on a shooting display and took home the 3pt crown, defeating Dallas Impact guard Alonzo Washington (5'10''-G-84, college: Texas Coll.) in the final round.

The Slam Dunk competition excited the crowd and ended with Co-Champions when a winner could not be determined after the final round of dunks. Travoy Edwards (6'7''-F-88, college: Great Falls) and A'Daeron 'A.D.' Duncan, both from the North Texas Fresh, finished the show with a reverse, double cluth throwdown, and an off the backboard, tomahawk slam respectively. The consensus in the gym was 'too close to call.'

November 12,13,14 the Lakewest Y will host the 'Tri-State Showcase' featuring 9 ABA teams. The Colorado Kings, Oklahoma Stallions, North Texas Fresh, North Dallas Vandals, Houston Red Storm, Texas Fuel, Texas RimRockers, West Texas Whirlwinds, and the Dallas Impact will all be in attendance.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or by going to www.ticketleap.com search Dallas Impact.

Durbansandshark
16-11-2010, 10:13 AM
Aces win preseason game and sign a Japanese player - Nov 8, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Las Vegas Aces played the Sharod Zhongyu-Brave Dragons on 11/5/10 a won 88-52. This was the Dragons last preseason game before returning to China. The score was 88-52. The Aces were led by rookie Dane Cruz (5'10''-G-86, college: Doane) with 21pts, Aaron Perez (6'5''-F) 18 (all of his pts came in the 3rd period) Lou Kelly (6'5''-G/F-79, college: UNLV) chip in with 12pts. The Dragons were a very gifted and well organize team during their stay in the Sin City.

Also, the Aces announced the signing of their first Japanese & Asian player Yukinori Ueda (6'1'-G-84). He's a solid, defensive orientated player, hard worker and very coachable. Other players returning to the team are co-captian Lou Kelly (G/F), Michael Johnson (6'0''-G-76, college: Oklahoma) (G) and USA-Israel, Patrick Savoy (6'9''-F/C-72, college: UNLV). The Aces still have spots open & a reminder that the open tryouts will be held Nov 12-13 (2pm-4pm), for details: www.acesbasketball.net

Tr-State Showcase Press Release - Nov 11, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)
The Dallas Impact, an official American Basketball Association (ABA) franchise, announces that nine teams will be participating in the inaugural 2010-2011 Season Launch Tri-State Showcase.

Dallas, TX, November 12-14, 2010: The Dallas Impact, North Dallas Vandals, North Texas Fresh, Texas Rim Rockers, Texas Fuel, West Texas Whirlwinds, Oklahoma Stallions, Houston Red Storm, and Colorado Kings will compete in Dallas for a total of 13 games in 3 days. Saturday, November 13 is media day. All media outlets are welcomed. A hospitality room will be set up, and players will be available to the media during post-game press conferences.
Admission is free for all members of the media, as well as their families.

The event will be held at the Lakewest Family YMCA located at 3737 Goldman Street, Dallas, TX 75212.
For more information on the event, contact Tyler Gatlin at 214-803-0551 or tgat32@gmail.com

About the ABA

Established in 1967, the ABA was the new and exciting professional basketball league with the trademark red, white and blue basketball. Contrasting with the NBA because of the fast-paced game and enormously colorful characters, it is the league that brought you the first three point shot and the slam dunk contest. In addition to this, it is the league that first gave you such great players as Julius 'Dr. J' Erving, Moses Malone, Artis Gilmore, Larry Brown and George Gervin.

The ABA spirit was revived in the year 2000 with eight teams taking to the court around the nation for a new era of play. Since that time, the league has grown each year. Now over sixty teams a record number for the ABA- lace up to play for the 2010-2011 Season. Expansion for 2011-2012 is currently underway, which means the leagues growth continues to exceed previous projections. With the current number of teams, the ABA is the largest sports league in the world. ABA teams are unique from any other league because of the local ownership and expansive community involvement.

ABA basketball is high energy, slam dunking, non-stop, family entertainment at affordable prices. Come and see how nostalgia and modern hoop styles mix in a unique basketball environment that is the ABA!!!!!

Jacksonville announced new name and players signing. - Nov 11, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
On yesterday, November 10, the Jacksonville ABA owner Ron Sholes and Head Coach Kevin Waters announced the team name of their franchise at the City Hall Pub. The team will be named Jacksonville Giants, and today the Giants announces the first two players signed: Anthony Lumpkin (6'1''-G-78, college: SW Oklahoma St.) and Antonio Lawrence (6'5''-F-83, college: San Jose St.). Even this announcement will be made at City Hall Pub.
The Jacksonville ABA will be holding tryouts tomorrow, November 12, and coach Waters will announce the roster for the 2010-2011 season on Friday, November 19th.
The team is a member of the Southeast Division which features four other teams from Florida plus 2 from Georgia. The team will play 15 home games this season at Veterans Memorial Arena and all 15 home games will be aired live on CW 17 in the Jacksonville area.
For more information, contacxt John Weidner, Director of Communications at john@abajax.com or call 904 347 1459 or visit www.abajax.com

ABA announces major expansion in Canada - Nov 13, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association has just announced that it has added five teams to the recently created ABA CANADA initiative. The teams will begin playing in 2011 and will start with a series of basketball events starting next summer. 'We have been working very closely with Bill Crowdis of Long Term Development Sports and Director of ABA Canada to create something really special in Canada for professional basketball,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'And Bill has done an excellent job in developing an initial five markets with several others in the works. Basketball is very popular in Canada and the quality of players there is excellent. Now, they will have a place to play and a chance to develop their skills as well as get worldwide exposure. We are very excited.'

The first five teams will be located in Oshawa, Toronto, Mississaugua, Hamilton and Northwest Ontario.

'As stated previously when my team was first announced, we are very excited to be a part of the ABA. The ABA brand is well recognized, the quality of players in the ABA is excellent and the game is very exciting,' stated Bill Crowdis . 'We know that we can be very successful and create a great platform for all of the terrific basketball talent in Canada. And, as an added caveat, our players will be eligible for the ABA All Star team as well as our teams being eligible for the ABA playoffs. A win-win situation for sure.'
ABA Canada is interested in expansion throughout Canada,' added Crowdis. 'It you are interested in owning a professional basketball team, please contact me. It is easier to own and operation an ABA team than any other, and when the ABA business model is followed, it can be a fun and profitable experience.'

For more information, email Bill Crowdis at bcrowdis@hotmail.com or visit www.ltdsports.org

San Diego Surf win season opener - Nov 14, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The The San Diego Surf opened their 2010-11 ABA season with an impressive, 140-123 win over the San Francisco Rumble Thursday night. The Rumble were ranked third in the ABA power rankings prior to the game. Leading the way in scoring for the Surf was Tim Denson (6'1''-G-86, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) with 43 points. Other impressive perfomances included Anthony Danridge (6'5''-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico), who had 33, Cornel Williams (6'4''-F-84, college: Long Beach St.) added 23 and Kalonji Kadima (6'3''-G-78, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) had 17. San Francisco was led in scoring by DeVaughn Lamont (6'10''-F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) with 35, Derek Foster (6'0''-G-81, college: Cal-Santa Cruz) had 24. San Diego had a slim, two-point lead at halftime and only a four-point lead at the end of the third quarter, but an aggressive defense and transition game allowed the Surf to open the game up and finish with a 17 point margin of victory.

The Surf will continue their northern trip with a game Saturday November 13 against the Midland Titans in Exeter, CA, then another game Sunday November 14 in Sacramento to face the Heatwave. The Surf then return to HourGlass Arena for their home opener Saturday, November 20 at 7:00 PM against the Santa Barbara Breakers.

Durbansandshark
16-11-2010, 10:14 AM
Tri-State Showcase Scores and Standout Performers - Nov 15, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)
The ABA Tri-State Showcase in Dallas featured 3 days of basketball between some of the ABA highest ranked teams. Looks like the Southwest Division will be loaded with talent this year.

#5 Colorado Kings 111
#18 Texas Fuel 100

Colorado Kings
Rasean Dickey (6'10''-F/C-85)- 26pts 6rebs 2blks
Jermaine Mason (6'0''-G-79, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo)- 15pts 8rebs 5ast

Texas Fuel
Keith Sampson- 35pts 6rebs,
Kenny Wilson (6'4''-G-84, college: Boise St.)- 19pts 8st 9stl

#6 North Texas Fresh 118
West Texas Whirlwinds- 107

North Texas Fresh
Kyle Plath (6'4''-G-88, college: Wisc.Lutheran) 18pts 6-3ptFGs
TJ Gibson 18pts 7rebs

West Texas Whirlwinds
Jessie Banks Jr. 19pts 4ast 5stl
Mario Saunders 38pts 6-3ptFGs

#6 Oklahoma City Stallions 130
Houston Red Storm 103

Oklahoma City Stallions
Eddie Robinson (6'9''-F-76, college: Cent.Oklahoma) 17pts 8rebs 4ast

Houston Red Storm
Brandon Andrews (6'3''-G-81) 35pts 5-3ptFGs 7rebs

#17 Dallas Impact 128
Texas Rim Rockers 118

Dallas Impact
Habeeb Kareem (6'6''-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Ozarks) 22pts 11rebs
Darius Howard (6'4''-G-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: SW Assemblies of God) 23pts 4rebs, 4ast, 4stl

Texas Rim Rockers
Reggie Jacquett 40pts 6 3ptFG

#7 Oklahoma City Stallions 137
Houston Red Storm 99

Oklahoma City Stallions
Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) 25pts 5ast
Turk Dunn 20pts 12ast

Houston Red Storm
Brandon Martin 26pts 3stl

#5 Colorado Kings 115
#20 North Dallas Vandals 109

Colorado Kings
Donald Winfield 21pts 6reb 10ast
Keith Borgan (5'11''-G-83, college: Metro St.) 19pts 10ast

North Dallas Vandals
Jonathan Walker (6'3''-G-86, agency: Union Sports, college: McMurry) 33pts

#18 Texas Fuel 104
Texas RIm Rockers 97

Texas Fuel
Kenny Wilson 13pts
Keith Sampson 16pts 8ast

#6 North Texas Fresh 135
#17 Dallas Impact 131
(overtime)

North Texas Fresh
A.D. Duncan 40pts 16rebs
TJ Gibson 24pts 10rebs

Dallas Impact
Chase Adams 29pts 13rebs 7ast
Cole Ragland 14pts 4ast

#20 North Dallas Vandals 114
West Texas Whirlwinds 90

North Dallas Vandals
Martin Salinas (6'0''-G-84) 31pts 5-3ptFG
Devon Pearson (6'6''-F) 12pts 11rebs

West Texas Whirlwinds
Mario Saunders 23pts
Barry Whitner 14pts 6rebs

#18 Texas Fuel 140
#17 Dallas Impact 136

Special thanks to statiticians Drew Laughlin and Joseph Gonzalez for this data.

Durbansandshark
23-11-2010, 10:49 AM
ABA announces first week Power Rankings - Nov 16, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association has just released the Power Rankings for week number one of its 2011-2011 season. 'The rankings are a mixture of perenially ranked teams that have not yet played and teams that have played one or more games,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'And in the first week of action, we've had some interesting upsets with the pre-season ranked #3, #5, #7 teams losing. I really believe the league will be very competitive this year.'

1. SETX Mavericks (1-0) Defending ABA Champions
2. Kentucky Bisons (0-0) Last year's runner-up
3. St. Louis Pioneers (2-0)
4. Jersey Express (0-0)
5. Colorado Kings (3-0)
6. North Texas Fresh (2-0)
7. Oklahoma Stallions (2-0)
8. San Francisco Rumble (2-1)
9. San Diego SURF (2-1)
10. Modesto Hawks (2-1)
11. Bay Area Matrix (1-0)
12. Lake Michigan Admirals (0-0)
13. Los Angeles SLAM (0-0)
14. 7-City Knights (1-0)
15. Sacramento Heatwave (1-1)
16. Mobile Bay Hurricanes (0-1)
17. Dallas Impact (1-2)
18. Texas FUEL (2-1)
19. Seattle Mountaineers (0-0)
20. North Dallas Vandals (1-1)
21. West Virginia Blazers (0-0)
22. East Kentucky Energy (0-0)
23. West Texas Whirlwind (0-2)
24. Mid Valley Titans (0-1)

'This week there are many key games scheduled and I have no doubt that you will see some significant changes next week,' added Newman. 'It should be a very exciting week and a very exciting season.'
For more information, visit the various teams' websites and www.abalive.com On-line tickets are available through TicketLeap. Check out the team websites or visit www.ticketleap.com

Jersey Express announces new signings and launches Mobile App - Nov 16, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
With its season opener on November 20th quickly approaching, the Jersey Express of the American Basketball Association (ABA) announced today the addition of five new players. The Express also confirmed on Friday the launch of its own mobile application, which is now available through iTunes.
I cant wait to start the season, Express head coach Casaundra Smith stated. These new gentlemen should keep us on track to what were looking to accomplish as a franchise. We now have versatility and depth at various positions, as well as an inside presence. Their coming aboard keeps us in the hunt for that elusive ABA title, and this upcoming season for the Jersey Express may be the best one yet. Hope to see you at our home games, so you can partake in our exceptional success!
Keeping in line with their commitment to developing local talent, all five of the new players aboard the Express roster come from New Jersey or New York. The additions include Jan Cocozziello (6'1''-G-85, from Westfield, NJ), John King (6'0''-G, from Brooklyn, NY), Dexter Gray (6'7''-F-85, college: St.John's, from Mount Vernon, NY), Collin Watson (F, 6-8, from Mount Vernon, NY) as well as Hensley Charles (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Virginia St., frpm Newark, NJ).

In other developing news with the Express, the team has officially created its own mobile application, which is now available for free on iTunes. With the app, fans can keep up with all of the latest information regarding the Express, as well as participate in exclusive team promotions.
We are excited to be the first ever ABA Team to introduce an iPhone and VIP Mobile Application, Express owner Marsha Blount remarked. With the collective talent that we have going into the season, this is a unique and innovative way to provide information on them. Fans and supporters will be able to follow the Jersey Express via the web, as well as on their mobile device or iPhone, all for free! You'll be able to get updates, information and promotions right to your cell phone with our mobile app.
Blount also showed her gratefulness to those who helped make the mobile application a reality.
I'd like to thank ABA CEO Joe Newman, ABA COO Dick Packer, IZIGG owner Craig Walker, Harold Whaley , ABA Director of Technology/Digital Media, and of course Apple, for having the vision and choosing the Express to begin this digital chapter for the league, she commented.
The Express is currently running an opening night promotion through its mobile platform, and all that fans need to do to participate is download the Express App at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jersey-express-basketball/id401216684?mt=8 or sign up thru our VIP Mobile app, by texting Jerseyexpress to 90210. The Express has also made the purchasing of tickets easier through a relationship with Ticket Leap, and opening night seats are available now at http://jerseyexpress-aba.ticketleap.com/season-opener/.
Version 1 of the Jersey Express IPHONE app was created in partnership with MobileApploader CEO Zvika Ashkenazi and The New CD CEO Harold Whaley

Wins for Mavericks and Fuel - Nov 21, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks (2-0) and Texas Fuel (2-1) earned spots in the Mavericks Tip-Off Classic Championship Game on Sunday afternoon with convincing victories Friday 19 night at the new Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center (NJEC) in Winnie, TX.
The Fuel battled a feisty team from Gainesville, FL, the Florida Makos (0-1) to cruise to the Championship Game vs their arch rivals the Mavericks of Southeast Texas on Sunday afternoon. Lamar Wright (6'10''-C-78, college: Porterville JC) had a dominating game for the Fuel with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kenny Wilson (6'4''-G-84, college: Boise St.) followed up with 22 points and hit 5 long range three pointers in the game. Keith Simpson (6'9''-F/C-83, agency: GSM, college: Texas A&M Int.) recorded a double/double with 18 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Isaiah Allen (6'3''-G-85, college: UTSA) followed with 15 points for the Fuel. The Makos were led by Ricky Jackson (6'7''-F-87, college: Walsh (OH)) 's game high 24 points and Eric Lorenzi (6'5''-F-87, college: Embry Riddle) 22 points.
The Mavericks used a dominating first quarter to take total control of their game against the Gulf Coast Flash (0-1). The Mavs led 31-12 at the end of the first period of play. Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) led six Mavericks in double figure scoring with 19 points. Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) and Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) scored 12 points each. DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.), Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI), and Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) followed up with 11 points each respectively. Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris) scored 17 points for the Flash and Dexter Cheairs (6'1''-G) followed up with 10 points.The Mavericks and Fuel renew one of the longest running rivalries in the ABA on tuday, Sunday 21 afternoon when they meet for the Tip-Off Classic Championship at 5:00 PM at the NJEC.

SETX Mavericks 128 Texas Fuel 83 - Nov 22, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks (3-0) defeated the Texas Fuel (2-2) in the 2nd Annual Tip-Off Classic to win Back to Back Classic Championships Sunday night at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. The Mavs used a furious paced first quarter to take total control of the game verses their arch rivals from San Antonio, TX. Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) and Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) set the tone early with early baskets. But Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI)' s 11 straight points midway the first quarter put the Mavericks in total control of the game. The SETX bench led by Bradley, Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M), Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.), and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) dominated the Fuel throughout the first period of play and the Mavs found themselves up 43-13 as the horn sounded to end the first period of play. The Mavericks led 63-36 at halftime. The second half was much the same as the Mavericks entire line-up got into the act as the Mavericks pushed their lead to over 40 points halfway through the 3rd period of play. In the second half the Mavericks were never challenged and cruised to a dominating victory 128-83. Bradley led the Mavericks in scoring off the bench with 23 points. Blackburn added 20 points on 9 for 9 shooting from the floor. DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) recorded a double/double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Crain and Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) each contributed 12 points. Thrash and Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) each put in 10 points respectively. Keith Simpson (6'9''-F/C-83, agency: GSM, college: Texas A&M Int.) led the Fuel in scoring with 21 points. Odell Bradley was selected as the MVP of the Tip-Off Classic. Blackburn and Alex Sanders were chosen on the All-Classic Team. Simpson from the Texas Fuel and Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris) from the Gulf Coast Flash rounded out the All-Classic Team.
The Mavericks will travel to Houston, TX next Saturday to face the Houston Red Storm. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Durbansandshark
23-11-2010, 10:53 AM
North Dallas Vandals defeat Dallas Impact 125-124 - Nov 22, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)
The North Dallas Vandals left the Lakewest Family YMCA with a hard fought victory over the Dallas Impact Saturday night. This newly established rivalry will definitely produce some excellent basketball this season, as the teams are set to square off 5 more times. The Vandals took an early lead, but Impact quickly caught up and evened the score 27-27 at the end of the first quarter. Aggressive backcourt play from Cole Ragland (6'0''-G) and Chase Adams (5'10''-G-88, college: Pittsburgh) set the tone in the second as the Impact extended the lead to 6 at half. Jonathan Walker (6'3''-G-86, agency: Union Sports, college: McMurry) (6'8''-F/C-84, college: SE Louisiana) of the North Dallas Vandals took over in the third, scoring the majority of his 29 points in a 10 minute span. The Vandals took a double-digit lead in the fourth, but the Impact would not go away. In the end Will Haynes (6'9''-F, college: Manhattan) and the Vandals were too much for the Impact this night.

Top Performers

Vandals
- Brandon Lee (5'11''-G-85)- 13pts 8ast
- Will Haynes- 32pts 14rebs
- Jonathan Walker- 29pts 2ast

Impact
- Cole Ragland- 22pts 6ast 6stl
- Chase Adams- 23pts 7ast 5reb
- Darius Howard (6'4''-G-83)- 17pts 8reb

Mill Rats ink league's top rookie - Nov 19, 2010 (by Eurobasket News)
The Saint John Mill Rats have signed the Premier Basketball League's 2010 rookie of the year to a one-year contract. Eric Gilchrese (6'0''-G-87, college: New Hampshire), a 6-foot point guard, agreed to the one-year deal Wednesday. Gilchrese averaged 13.9 points and 2.9 assists per game last season while splitting time between the Mill Rats and the Halifax Rainmen. 'We are thrilled to have Eric decide to return to the Mill Rats. He was a fan favourite last season with his hustle and exciting play,' Mill Rats general manager and president Ian McCarthy said. 'He was the PBL rookie of the year and an all star and we are looking for great things out of him this season.'

Gilchrese played collegiately at Division 1 New Hampshire. He joins first-round draft choice Marc Egerson as the players the Mill Rats have inked to one-year deals. Both players are expected to attend a public meet-and-greet session today at noon at Scores Grill on Princess Street. The team will unveil its 2011 uniforms at the event. Also attending will be two members of the 2010 Mill Rats, forwards Steve DeLuca and David Cooper. Egerson played two seasons at Georgetown University before transferring to the University of Delaware. In his final season with the Blue Hens, the 235-pound Egerson averaged 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Saint John selected him with the fourth-overall pick during the PBL draft Oct. 28 in Chicago.
The Mill Rats' second-round selection, former University of Toledo guard Ridley Johnson, will attempt to earn a roster spot during an invitation-only tryout camp in Derry, N.H., Nov. 29. The 15 players selected following the tryout will jump on a team bus the next day and travel to Saint John for the opening of training camp Dec. 1. The Mill Rats still have seven contract offers outstanding. Those offered deals are: forwards DeLuca and Cooper, centres Jeffrey Ferguson, Stanley Ocitti, Charles Bronson, and Toree Morris and guard Anthony Anderson.

Wednesday, guard Kevin Reed declined his contract offer after accepting a high school coaching and athletic director's position in Bangor, Maine. Reed played his college ball at the University of Maine from 2002-07 before turning pro. The Mill Rats are likely to carry 12 players for their six-game exhibition schedule before trimming the active roster to 10 for the 20-game regular season. McCarthy spent Monday night scouting an exhibition game between the NBA Development League's Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. The Mill Rats were interested in the availability of Red Claws forward Eugene Spates and Armor centre Mike Williams. However, Williams has made the Armor's 10-man roster while Spates is likely to stick with the Red Claws following a foot injury to forward Stephane Lazme.
'We talked with Jon Jennings, who's the president and the general manager of the Maine Red Claws, and he let us know about a couple of guys that he liked that he thought might be coming available,' McCarthy said Wednesday.

'He knew why we were there - because they're cutting five to seven guys this week - so it was a positive experience.' The Mill Rats open their exhibition schedule Dec. 9 at Harbour Station versus the Quebec Kebs. They open the regular season at home against the Kebs Jan. 2. Courtesy of http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com

Watch the 2010 PBL Draft:
http://www.atsportstv.com/

Durbansandshark
01-12-2010, 08:54 AM
SETX Mavericks 128 Texas Fuel 83 - Nov 22, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks (3-0) defeated the Texas Fuel (2-2) in the 2nd Annual Tip-Off Classic to win Back to Back Classic Championships Sunday night at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. The Mavs used a furious paced first quarter to take total control of the game verses their arch rivals from San Antonio, TX. Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) and Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) set the tone early with early baskets. But Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI)' s 11 straight points midway the first quarter put the Mavericks in total control of the game. The SETX bench led by Bradley, Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M), Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.), and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) dominated the Fuel throughout the first period of play and the Mavs found themselves up 43-13 as the horn sounded to end the first period of play. The Mavericks led 63-36 at halftime. The second half was much the same as the Mavericks entire line-up got into the act as the Mavericks pushed their lead to over 40 points halfway through the 3rd period of play. In the second half the Mavericks were never challenged and cruised to a dominating victory 128-83. Bradley led the Mavericks in scoring off the bench with 23 points. Blackburn added 20 points on 9 for 9 shooting from the floor. DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) recorded a double/double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Crain and Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) each contributed 12 points. Thrash and Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) each put in 10 points respectively. Keith Simpson (6'9''-F/C-83, agency: GSM, college: Texas A&M Int.) led the Fuel in scoring with 21 points. Odell Bradley was selected as the MVP of the Tip-Off Classic. Blackburn and Alex Sanders were chosen on the All-Classic Team. Simpson from the Texas Fuel and Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris) from the Gulf Coast Flash rounded out the All-Classic Team.
The Mavericks will travel to Houston, TX next Saturday to face the Houston Red Storm. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

North Dallas Vandals defeat Dallas Impact 125-124 - Nov 22, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)
The North Dallas Vandals left the Lakewest Family YMCA with a hard fought victory over the Dallas Impact Saturday night. This newly established rivalry will definitely produce some excellent basketball this season, as the teams are set to square off 5 more times. The Vandals took an early lead, but Impact quickly caught up and evened the score 27-27 at the end of the first quarter. Aggressive backcourt play from Cole Ragland (6'0''-G) and Chase Adams (5'10''-G-88, college: Pittsburgh) set the tone in the second as the Impact extended the lead to 6 at half. Jonathan Walker (6'3''-G-86, agency: Union Sports, college: McMurry) (6'8''-F/C-84, college: SE Louisiana) of the North Dallas Vandals took over in the third, scoring the majority of his 29 points in a 10 minute span. The Vandals took a double-digit lead in the fourth, but the Impact would not go away. In the end Will Haynes (6'9''-F, college: Manhattan) and the Vandals were too much for the Impact this night.

Top Performers

Vandals
- Brandon Lee (5'11''-G-85)- 13pts 8ast
- Will Haynes- 32pts 14rebs
- Jonathan Walker- 29pts 2ast

Impact
- Cole Ragland- 22pts 6ast 6stl
- Chase Adams- 23pts 7ast 5reb
- Darius Howard (6'4''-G-83)- 17pts 8reb

Gray powers Express to defeat 97-76 Team Haiti - Nov 23, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
courtesy of plainfieldsportsnews.com
Behind the strong game of forward Dexter Gray (6'7''-F-85, college: St.John's), the Jersey Express opened their season with a 97-76 victory over Florida Haitian Relief Saturday night in American Basketball Association play. The variety of ways in which Dex can score made it difficult for him to be contained, Express head Coach Sandy Smith said. The unselfishness he displayed when others got open will lead to others standing out as well. Gray led all scorers with 27 points and patrolled the paint, collecting 14 rebounds. Dwayne Howell (6'9''-F-83) contributed down on the blocks with 20 points, including three rim-shaking dunks and a defensive post presence in what is his only game with the Express (1-0) for a while (under contract with the Washington Generals). We have a good number of guys that can score, I am looking for a guy who will help anchor the defense for us, Smith said about replacing Howell in the middle. I explained to Stanley Harris that I am looking for him to fill those shoes. He has accepted the challenge. Florida Haitian Relief (0-1) kept the game close behind the scoring of Mel Melvin Creddle (6'1''-G-82, college: Mount Olive) and Johnny Blue (18 points each), as they shrank the Express nine-point halftime lead to three points at the end of the third quarter. Melvin Creddle and Blue capitalize on defensive lapses by the Express to get inside the defense and score. I blame that on the lack of practice time, we only had two days of practice as a team, Smith said. During that time, we worked on the offense which Coach Joseph Amador, my wonderful assistant, installed. This upcoming week will allow us to cover defensive schemes. Smith was also trying to figure out what she has in her new players (only five returning players) and with tonights performances out of some of the new players the depth can be a positive in a long ABA season. The rotation will possibly never be settled we have a good number of guys who can play multiple positions, Smith said. If a player is struggling, I have the ability and confidence in the other players to step in and do a solid job. The Express held Florida Haitian Relief to 14 fourth quarter points as they pulled away closing the game with a 27-5 run.

2010-2011 ABA All-Star Game awarded to Jacksonville, Florida - Nov 23, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced that the location for the 2010-2011 ABA All-Star Game has been awarded to Jacksonville, Florida. The game will be played on Saturday, February 26, 2011.
According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, ' Jacksonville Giants owner Ron Sholes presented the ABA with a wonderful proposal for the event that showed Jacksonville, a former host of the NFL Super Bowl and recent host of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, to be an extraordinary city to host a gale event like our All Star Game.'
As for the All Star weekend itself, the ABA All-Star Game and other activities will take place at the Veterans Memorial Arena which is located in the city's Sports Complex. There will also be a wide variety of entertainment taking place throughout the weekend in downtown Jackonville, so there will be plenty to do for everyone. Directly on the steps of the Veteran's Memorial Arena is the well-known and popular City Hall Pub, owned by Sholes, which will host several parties and game-associated events with live entertainment all weekend long as well.

'Our team and city is very proud to have been selected as the hosts for this year's All-Star Game,' stated Sholes. 'The league has grown dramatically and we have some really great players. I think the fans will be amazed at the high level of talent in the league and the excitement of the ABA game. We'll do everything we can as an organization and a city to justify the confidence placed in us by the ABA and we firmly believe that hosting this special event is just another piece of the Jacksonville basketball puzzle and a sign of greater things ahead.'

Additional details about the ABA All-Star Game will be posted on the team's website at www.jacksonvillegiants.com and on the league's website at www.abalive.com For more information, fans can also call 904 355 6531 or email events@abalallstargame.com

ABA announces week #2 Power Rankings - Nov 23, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association has just announced its Power Rankings for week #2 and once again, based on its opening 3-0 record and its defending ABA Champion status, the Southeast Texas Mavericks remain the #1 team followed by last year's runner-up, the Kentucky Bisons, who open their season in December. The Jersey Express moved into the #3 position with an opening win over Team Haiti while the Colorado Kings jumped to #4 with its 3 game winning streak to open the season.

1. SETX Mavericks
2. Kentucky Bisons
3. Jersey Express
4. Colorado Kings
5. Bay Area Matrix
6. St. Louis Pioneers
7. North Texas Fresh
8. Oklahoma Stallions
9. San Diego Surf
10. San Francisco Rumble
11. Modesto Hawks
12..Gulf Coast Flash
13. Louisiana United
14. Sacramento Heatwave
15. Los Angeles Slam
16. North Dallas Vandals
17. 7-City Knights
18. Chicago Steam
19. Lake Michigan Admirals
20. West Virginia Blazers
21. Seattle Mountaineers
22. East Kentucky Energy
23. Texas FUEL
24. Mid-Valley Titans

Look for the East Bay Pitbulls, West Texas Whirlwind, Detroit Hoops, Mobile Bay Hurricanes and Dallas Impact to move up quickly. For more information, visit www.abalive.com

Durbansandshark
01-12-2010, 09:03 AM
San Diego Surf hold off Santa Barbaras late surge, hang on for 101-92 win in home opener - Nov 23, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)
By Darren Feeney and Chris Mohr

The Santa Barbara Breakers staged a late comeback in the fourth quarter, but the Surf hung on for the 101-92 victorya final score that doesnt quite tell the tale of the tape.
The Surf (3-1) were up by as much as 28 before seeing their lead evaporate and allowing the Breakers to pull to within seven points in the final quarter. San Diego was ahead 73-53 to start the fourth before Santa Barbara put together a 39 point quarter. Glen Dandridge (6'6''-F-85, college: Lambuth) led the Surf in scoring for the third consecutive game with 32 points, including five three-pointers. Dandridge has now knocked down 22 from three-point range through the first four games. I'm kind of disappointed really, Dandridge said. We were up by almost 30 but then our intensity dropped and we let them get within 10 points. Dandridge, a former D-I player from the University of Missouri, stumbled upon the Surf in his recent move to San Diego to take on a coaching job at San Dieguito High School Academy for the boys freshman team.

It's safe to say the Surf are glad to have him.

After three years at Missouri, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound swing mans professional career started in the Premier Basketball League (PBL) with the Halifax Rainmen, one of a handful of Canadian teams in the league. This past summer he played for the PBLs Rochester Razorsharks. We need to work on picking up the intensity for the entire game always talking to each other and keeping each other motivated, Dandridge said. Its the same when Im coaching. I try to keep everybody motivated and talking every time down the court. Cornell Williams came up big for the Surf with 19 points and 8 rebounds to go along with five three-pointers. Other notable contributions came from Aaron Hands 14 points and eight rebounds, Kona Kadinas 12 points and three steals, and Mo Cladys eight points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

The Breakers play in the West Coast Pro Basketball League (WCBL) and are solely a traveling team under the ABA banner without a home arena. It was the first of four games that the Breakers will play against the ABA during the 2010-11 campaign.
The Breakers are coached and owned by Curt Pickering, who noted some of the adversity a traveling team with new faces is subject to. Some of these guys don't know each others names, said Pickering. We never had a practice, so we tried to put a group together that could 'learn on the hoof' as far as cohesiveness and playing together as a team. That's not easy to do. That's not an excuse, that's the greatest challenge. I didn't even know two of the guys.' Santa Barbara was led in scoring by Austin Okuson and Mark Peters with 19 points apiece. Okuson had 12 rebounds while Joe Udeoji pulled down 14 rebounds to go along with his 15 points. Peters also filled the stat sheet with three three-pointers and five steals. San Diego head coach Terry Mason, who has an impressive 31-year high school coaching resume, was pleased with the effort his team put forth Saturday night.
Im most impressed about the effort from the entire team tonight, Mason said. I wanted to see how deep I could go in my bench and some of the young guys really stepped up and played well.

That said, Mason did take notice when the team got away from what they had been doing well. "We're giving up some size out there but were very athletic and very quick. I always preach to the guys to be quick, but don't hurry", said Mason. "Toward the end of the game we got in a hurry and that took away from our quickness." In the American Basketball Association (ABA) power rankings, which are released every Monday, the Surf remained ranked at ninth for the second consecutive week. The defending ABA champions, the Southeast Texas (SETX) Mavericks (3-0), are ranked first. The Mavericks went 27-2 last season. "I try not to say too much about the ranking," said Mason. "We have a lot of room for improvement, so we just have to continue working. As long as were healthy and winning games, the ranking will come."

The Surf will host the Riverside Rainmakers this Saturday, November 27, for a 7 p.m. tip-off before a stretch of four consecutive road games. Visit the SURF's website at www.SDSurfHoops.com

Mavericks blast off in Houston to go to 4-0 - Nov 28, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The #1 Ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks (4-0) used all of its weapons on Saturday night at the League America Complex in Houston, TX to defeat the Houston Red Storm (0-2), 128-84. The Mavericks again used a dominating first quarter to get control of the game. Reigning ABA MVP Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) was back in form by scoring 8 early points to lead the Mavs to a 34-19 first period lead. Paces sidekick Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) got into the act in the second quarter of play. Blackburn along with Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) and Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) continued the Mavs onslaught as the Mavericks went into halftime with 55-37 lead. In the second half the entire Mavericks bench contributed as the Mavericks pushed their lead to 40 points. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) played a complete all-around game for the Mavericks as the Mavs pulled away to an impressive win on the road 128-84. Pace led the Mavericks in scoring with 30 points. Former ABA MVP DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) scored 18 points while pulling down 5 rebounds. Blackburn added 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the floor. Todd chipped in 14 points. Steven Thomas (6'6''-F-83, college: Texas Arlington) followed up with 12 points and 6 rebounds in his first appearance in a Mavericks uniform. Cambridge led the Mavs in rebounding with 9 and also had 3 steals. Sam Stelly led the Red Storm with 17 points and former Mavericks player Brandon Andrews (6'3''-G-81, college: Gannon) chipped in 16 points respectively. The Mavericks will host the Texas Fuel at the Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center this upcoming Thursday night, December 2nd. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

Admirals ready to start season - Nov 28, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Lake Michigan Admirals have just added to their roster Shane Thorson (6'6''-F-83, college: Tampa) and Daniel Payne (6'7'-F, college: Coffeyville CC) and are ready to get this party started. This Saturday, December 4th, 2010 at Lake Michigan Catholic at 7:00pm is the season opener for the Admirals. The season will be filled with fast paced, high flying, fan friendly entertainment and will provide an NBA like atmosphere right here in southwest Michigan. 'The team has changed for the better by adding key players in key positions so that we can bring home a championship,' stated team owner Chris Glisson . The second game, in a two game series against Seattle, will be played on Sunday, December 5th at Coloma High School at 3:00pm. For more information go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com

2010-2011 Seattle Mountaineers ABA Season Preview - Nov 28, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The 21st ranked Seattle Mountaineers open a very challenging 22 game schedule on Dec 3rd with a road trip to the Midwest playing #12 ranked Lake Michigan Admirals. This seasons schedule will see the Mountaineers play 14 games against teams ranked in the ABA top 24, in addition the Mountaineers will travel to Indiana, Michigan, Las Vegas, California and Canada. Returnees: Heading the list of returnees is ABA All Star and 2009 NBDL 7th round draft choice, Rashad Powell (6'6''-G-81, college: Idaho). Rashaad's ability to score and create makes him a legitimate ABA Player of the Year candidate; Brian Johnson (5'10''-G-78, college: Seattle), Tyler Amaya (6'7''-F-82, college: W.Washington), 6-6, Marcus Bradford (6'4''-G-85, college: Columbia (MO)) and Jacob Manning (6'7''-F-84, college: New Orleans), all have valuable playing experience. Arrivals: Top newcomers are Lemar Gayle (6'6''-F-79, college: CSU Bakersfield), former D-league draft choice and ABA All Star, Jeff Sullivan (6'9''-C-83, college: St.Augustine), Reggie Guyton (6'0''-G-87, college: ORU), Craig McGee, 6-8 and Billy McNutt (6'8''-F-85) (Canadian College-Player of the Year)We have a nice mix of experience and youth, our season will be determined by how well we play together, stated Coach Don Sims , who is now 111-47 in five seasons.
The Mountaineers Home Opener will be on Saturday, December 11 vs. the Chico Rage, 7:00pm, at Green River Community College

West Texas Whirlwinds Travel to Dallas and Leave with a Win - Nov 28, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)
The West Texas Whirlwinds, led by Barry Whitley (27pts 12ast) and Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84, college: Texas-PB) (34pts 9rebs), were able to erase a 13 point deficit to beat the Dallas Impact Saturday night. The Impact were in control most of the contest, leading by 12 at half and 7 after 3 quarters, but West Texas continued to battle and went ahead by 7 late in the fourth. Whirlwinds' big man Tim Carter (7'0''-C) established an inside presence contributing 18pts and 9rebs in 25 minutes of action. Habeeb Kareem (6'6''-F-85, college: Ozarks) (27pts and 11rebs) and Chase Adams (5'10''-G-88, college: Pittsburgh) (19pts 10ast 9 rebs) both helped set the tone for the Impact, and Darius Howard (6'4''-G-83, college: SW Assemblies of God) and Alonzo Butler (6'4''-G/F-84, college: Paul Quinn) also had big games; however, the Whirlwinds were able to exploit the Dallas full-court pressure in the second half, which resulted in easy baskets. The game was within reach all the way to the end, but Dallas was unable to convert on several 3D opportunities and West Texas notched their first win of the season.

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01-12-2010, 09:06 AM
West Texas Whirlwinds updatings and team roster - Nov 29, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Whirlwinds organization communicated to Usbasket.com that Berry Whitley (5'9''-G-81, college: SUNO) made an impressive start of season. In three games and three days vs Odessa College, Northern AZ and The Dallas Impact, Berry averaged 23 point, 11 assist and 7 steals. On November 27, the Whirlwinds defeated the Dallas Impact at the end of a close game, as you can read down, see here the team's top performers:
Leading Scorers: Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84, college: Texas-PB) 34 pts, Berry Whitley 27 pts, Tim Carter (7'0''-C) 18 pts, Albert Strickland (6'8''-C-81) 15 pts
Leading Rebounds: Albert Strickland 11 rebs, Tim Carter 9 rebs, Marlo Saunders 9 rebs, and Marcus Saunders (6'10''-C-84, college: Texas-PB) 7 rebs
Assists: Berry Whitley 12, Jessie Banks 4, Marlo Saunders 2
The current Team Record is 2-2
The Whirlwinds 2010-2011 complete Team Roster is as follows:
Name ........ pos ......Ht .....Hometown
Berry Whitley G 510 Louisiana
Frankie Wheeler F/G 67 Orlando Fl
Wayemon Powell G 60 Compton,Ca
Tyreek Graves G 60 Philadelphia
Brian Campbell G 61 Houston TX
Wyshawn Wade G 63 Compton, CA
Charncy Ephriam F/G 65 Midland, TX
Tim Carter C 71 Kermit, TX
Desi Crisp F 65 North Carolina
Ira Cross F 68 Alabama
Chris Jones SF 65 Utah
Albert Strickland F 68 Detroit
Marcus Saunders F 610 Killeen, TX
Marlo Saunders G 65 Killeen, TX
Jessie Banks Jr G 62 Louisiana

ABA Power Rankings - Week #3 - Nov 30, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced its Power Rankings for week #3 and the SETX Mavericks and Kentucky Bisons continue to hold the #1 & #2 spots. 'The season officially begins this week, but we've had about 50 games in November and have used those games along with last year's performances to rank the teams,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'It really is difficult to determine the true strengths of the teams until all have played and we anticipate some major adjustments and new faces in the Top 24 next week.

1. SETX Mavericks
2. Kentucky Bisons
3. Jersey Express
4. Colorado Kings
5. San Diego SURF
6. Sacramento Heatwave
7. Bay Area Matrix
8. St. Louis Pioneers
9. San Francisco RUMBLE
10. North Texas Fresh
11. Chicago Steam
12. Oklahoma Stallions
13. 7-City Knights
14. Modesto Hawks
15. Mobile Bay Hurricanes
16. North Dallas Vandals
17. Seattle Mountaineers
18. Los Angeles SLAM
19. Lake Michigan Admirals
20. East Bay Pitbulls
22. West Virginia Blazers
22. Texas Fuel
23. East Kentucky Energy
24. Louisiana United

San Diego Sol added to this year's teams - Nov 30, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The American Basketball Association announced that the San Diego Sol has been added to the teams that will play this season. 'We're very excited about adding the Sol organization to the ABA,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'San Diego Sol, Inc. is the largest basketball program in San Diego and they are 100% ready to go. This certainly adds much to our SoCal Division and the competition between the highly ranked San Diego SURF and the Sol should be great for the city.' Tony Allen-Cooksey is the co-owner and CEO of San Diego Sol, Inc., and is co-owner ofo Sol City, Inc, a facility management company. He is also co-owner and president of the San Diego Sol women's professional basketball team and of the San Diego Sol men's professional basketball team. Amy Cleveland is co-owner and president of San Diego Sol, Inc and was a member of the original San Diego Sol women's basketball team. Receiving a double major in Government and Legal Studies, Ms.Cleveland earned her BA from Claremont McKenna College of Claremont, California where she set 21 individual records, including all-time leading scorer, and All-American honors. She is prmarily responsible for the Sol's reputation as host of some of the most well run basketball youth tournaments in California, drawing teams from the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Also affiliated with the ABA San Diego Sol is Anthony Lacey, former owner of the San Diego Wildcats which had three successful seasons in the ABA. Anthony has been involved in the automobile, housing and investment industry for many years and deeply involved in the San Diego community. With the decline in both the housing and auto industry, he was forced to step down as owner, but is extremely excited about being a part of an organization with unlimited potential for growth. Former ABA coach and general manager Zack Jones will coach the San Diego Sol which will play its games at the SportCenter at Alliant International University. 'Our concept,' said Allen-Cooksey,' is to provide a positive program where a player can start with Sol at any level and improve his or her skills - from elementary school, through high school and eventually on to college - getting quality instructions from knowledgeable and qualitied coaches.' According to Ms. Cleveland, 'We are now able to do the same for post-collegiate players who want opportunities to play at a professional level here in the US and overseas. We're proud to be a part of the ABA.'
For more information, email sandiegosol@gmail.com, phone 858 997 5635 or visit www.sandiegosol.com

The Georgia Gwizzlies opened Vet camp - Nov 30, 2010 (by Emiliano )
Atlanta,Georgia. The Georgia Gwizzlies opened Vet camp this past Friday November 26th at South Cobb Recreation center for the upcoming 2010-11 ABA season.Gwizzlies staff think that former University of Tennessee standout 6'2 Ramar Smith (6'2''-G-87, college: Tennessee) will be the league next MVP.Smith was projected to be the 34th player selected in the 2008 NBA draft. Joining Smith in the backcourt will be 6'4 Raymond Davis (6'4''-G),Winthrop and 6'5 De'Andre Cannon (6'6''-F-89, college: Gordon),,Gordon College with a 48 inch vertical leap. S.E. Oklahoma 6'7 Brooke Adams (6'1''-C),6'8 Sylvania Watkins (6'9''-F, college: Crichton),6'8 Demetrious McCray,6'11 Desmond Blue (6'11''-C-88),6'8 Marcus Johnson,6'5 Tim Parker and 6'5 Mario Jordan round out the rotation.

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02-12-2010, 11:04 AM
The Premier Basketball League strikes a deal with the new TV network R&R TV that will show weekly games that can be shown on DIRECTV, an American digital satelitte company. Keep in mind it'll likely show games from arenas that already have built-in media studios like Rochester, Quebec City, St. John, and Halifax. First PBL game on R&R TV will come on New Year's Eve when the new Dayton Air Strikers visit the two-time PBL champs Rochester RazorSharks at the downtown Blue Cross Arena to kick off the fourth PBL season.
www.thepbl.com/article.cfm?id=330

With new Kebs coach Rob Spon, the Quebec City Kebs sign star players Samuel Audet Sow and Jonas Pierre, who will also be the assistant coach. They will be surrounded by three athletic newcomers from the draft: Emanuel Willis, Sebastien Solais, and Romauld Augustin, the latter two are native Quebec residents.
www.thepbl.com/article.cfm?id=332

Toronto native and former Mizzou player Jeffrey Ferguson, a former member of the Canadian national team, returns home to Canada as he joins the Saint John Millrats to provide frontcourt beef.
www.thepbl.com/article.cfm?id=337

Vermont signs three additional players: returnee Markus Austin, Brian Kortovich, and Casaan Bredeen.
www.thepbl.com/article.cfm?id=333

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11-12-2010, 06:48 AM
The Georgia Gwizzlies opened Vet camp - Nov 30, 2010 (by Emiliano )
Atlanta,Georgia. The Georgia Gwizzlies opened Vet camp this past Friday November 26th at South Cobb Recreation center for the upcoming 2010-11 ABA season.Gwizzlies staff think that former University of Tennessee standout 6'2 Ramar Smith (6'2''-G-87, college: Tennessee) will be the league next MVP.Smith was projected to be the 34th player selected in the 2008 NBA draft. Joining Smith in the backcourt will be 6'4 Raymond Davis (6'4''-G),Winthrop and 6'5 De'Andre Cannon (6'6''-F-89, college: Gordon),,Gordon College with a 48 inch vertical leap. S.E. Oklahoma 6'7 Brooke Adams (6'1''-C),6'8 Sylvania Watkins (6'9''-F, college: Crichton),6'8 Demetrus McCray,6'11 Desmond Blue (6'11''-C-88),6'8 Marcus Johnson,6'5 Tim Parker and 6'5 Mario Jordan round out the rotation.

Dallas Impact roster changes - Dec 1, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The players Michael Adams (6'11''-C-82, college: Youngstown St.), Kreston Martin (6'1''-G-84, college: Michigan), Gerald Simmons (6'2''-G-85), Cranston Thomas (5'6''-G-91) and Alonzo Washington (5'10''-G-84, college: Texas Coll.) aren' t anymore in the Impact roster. Reggie Jacquett (6'3''-G, college: Texas Southern) has just moved from Texas RimRockers to Dallas Impact. The other new players in the Impact roster are Phillip Lockhart (6'1''-G-85, college: Jackson St.), JJ Jefferson, Malcolm Thomas (6'6''-F-88) and Blake Armelin

Balanced Scoring, Huge 3rd Quarter Lift Impact to 2nd win - Dec 2, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)
By Drew Laughlin

The Dallas Impact used a 48 point 3rd quarter to pull away from the North Texas Fresh in an extremely entertaining game Wednesday night at Lakewest Family YMCA.

Coming off a revamping of their roster, the Impact (2-4) used their aggressive full court press to record 18 steals and turn the Fresh over 29 times en route to a 140-119 victory on their home court. The Fresh started off strong behind 17 first half points from their big man, TJ Gibson, and a couple of early 3 balls from Kyle Plath (6'4''-G-88, college: Wisc.Lutheran) but never showed signs of pulling away. The Impact hung in there with balanced scoring from their starters and a solid performance by the bench. One of the bright spots for the Impact in the first half was the strong showing from the newly acquired Blake Armelin. Armelin came off the bench to put up 12 points and grab 4 boards in a tight first half which ended with the Impact leading 59-57.

Whatever head Coach Dave Washington and the Impact coaching staff told their team at halftime worked wonders in the third quarter as the Impact came out on fire. Led by the inspiring play of Darius Howard (6'4''-G-83, college: SW Assemblies of God) (15pts in 3rd) and Habeeb Kareem (6'6''-F-85, college: Ozarks) (6pts 5rbs in 3rd), the Impact upped the intensity on the full court press and utilized the 3-D rule to extend their lead to 29 before the Fresh even knew what hit them. The Impact really put their stamp on their 3rd quarter when Malcolm Thomas (6'6''-F-88), another new acquisition for the Impact, followed up an Ed Robinson miss with a thunderous one-handed putback dunk that brought the house down and brought everyone in the gym to their feet. The Fresh were paced by 9 points apiece in the quarter from Troy Edward and AD Duncan as the Impact took a commanding 107-78 lead into the 4th.

The Fresh made a run in the 4th quarter led by Roy Gines who showed his vertical with several rim rocking dunks of his own. After having their lead cut down to 15 in the final interval thanks in part to superb free throw shooting from the Fresh, the Impact looked towards their fearless point guard Chase Adams (5'10''-G-88, college: Pittsburgh). After a quiet first half, Adams attacked the rim several possessions in a row in the 4th quarter and came away with points each time to keep the Fresh at bay. In the end the Impacts depth proved too much for the Fresh to overcome, especially after their inspirational head coach and former ABA star Jay Bowdy (6'5''-F-83, college: W.Georgia) was ejected late in the 3rd quarter with back to back technical fouls.


The Impact hit the road for 4 tough games starting with the defending ABA champions Southeast Texas Mavericks on Saturday December 4 at 7:30pm at NJEC Arena

Top Performers

Impact
Darius Howard 21pts 8ast 4rb 4stl
Chase Adams 20pts (8/9) 3ast
Blake Armelin 16pts 6rb
Habeeb Kareem 14pts 9rb

Fresh
TJ Gibson 23pts 9rb
AD Duncan 22pts 10rb
Roy Gines 20pts 4rb

Admirals ready for first games - Dec 3, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Lake Michigan Admirals are ready to get the season started. This Saturday, December 4th, at Lake Michigan Catholic at 7:00pm is the season opener for the Admirals. If its anything like last year, the season will be filled with fast-paced, high-flying, fan-friendly entertainment and will provide an NBA like atmosphere right here in southwest Michigan. Last years inaugural team made it to the ABA playoffs, a rare feat for a first year team. This weekend is a double-game matchup against the Seattle Mountaineers. The second game in the series will be played on Sunday, December 5th at Coloma High School at 3:00pm. This will be a tough series, but a good barometer for our teams chemistry and areas for us to improve, General Manager, Chris Glisson explained. 'The Mountaineers are very similar to our Admirals squad....explosive on offense and tenacious on defense'. Tickets are still available at the door for both games.

Mavericks romp over Fuel in 84 point victory - Dec 3, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks (5-0) defeated the Texas Fuel (2-4) in dominating fashion on Thursday night 147-63 (!!) at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. The Fuel scored the first two points of the game and led twice in the opening moments of the first quarter. But with the score at 13-11 with the Mavericks back in front the Mavs went on an 18-0 run led by DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman), who came off the SETX bench. The Mavericks went on the lead big after one period of play 35-13. The second quarter led too much of the same as the Mavericks bench continued to wear down the Fuel. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) got act as did Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) and Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M). The Mavericks continued to score in bunches and led at the half 71-29. The third quarter was led by bookend wing players Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) and Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) as the Mavericks played their most dominating quarter of the season by scoring 42 points in the quarter and as the quarter ended the Mavs found themselves ahead 113-46. In the last period of play the Mavericks cleared their bench and cruised on to their 5th victory of the season.
Nine Mavericks Players scored in double figures in the game! Todd led the Mavs in scoring with 22 points. White and Blackburn each scored 16 points. Alex Sanders, Pace, and Thrash scored 14 points apiece. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI) added 13 points and Kenny Dawkins (5'9''-G-87, college: Lamar) rounded out the double figure scorers with 12 points respectively. Julius Allgood (6'6''-F, college: Southern St. CC) led the TX Fuel with 18 points and Lamar Wright (6'10''-C-78, college: Porterville JC) added 17 points. The Mavericks will be back in action on Saturday night at home vs the Dallas Impact. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

San Diego Surf defeat Compton, improve to 5-1 on season. - Dec 4, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
After defeating 119-110 the Riverside Rainmakers on the past saturday night, the ABA Fifth-ranked The San Diego Surf continued their winning ways wednesday night with a 90-85 victory over the Compton Cobras. Playing without their leading scorer, Glen Dandridge (6'6''-F-85, college: Lambuth), guards Tim Denson (6'1''-G-86, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Maurice Clady (5'8''-G, college: Long Beach St.) stole the show and paced the Surf. Denson scored a game-high 29 points, to go along with nine rebounds and 5 assists. Clady put together 25 points and also dished out nine assists. The Surf trailed the Cobras 36-41 at halftime, but outscored Compton by nine in the third quarter to take the 63-59 heading into the final quarter and never looked back. The team has been working real hard in practice and it showed against the Cobras, said San Diego head coach Terry Mason . Im really proud of these guys as a team, and were just going to keep working hard every day to get better. The Surf led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, as the Cobras continued to foul in the final minutes in an effort to extend the game and stop the clock. Only seven players suited up for the Surf with no one larger than 6-foot-7. San Diego had their hands full with two seven-footers for the Cobras. Cornel Williams (6'4''-F-84, college: Long Beach St.) also added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Visit the SURF's website at www.SDSurfHoops.com

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11-12-2010, 06:53 AM
W.Texas Whirlwinds defeat C.Texas Stars - Dec 5, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
In front of 400 people, the West Texas Whirlwinds prevailed over the Central Texas Stars, 121-97, increasing their records to 3-2. Scoring 24 pts and grabbing 17 rebs by himself, Tim Carter (7'0''-C) was the man of the game. The other best performers were Berry Whitley (5'9''-G-81, college: SUNO) with 18 pts and 14 assits, Jessie Banks (6'2''-G) with 18 pts and 7 assists and Albert Strickland, who had 13 rebs. The new, great addition to the whirlwinds Chris Gatlin (6'6'- F) chipped in 15 points. At the Stars side, Charles Tatum (5'11''-G, college: Arkansas) was the top scorer with 29 points and Larry Adam added 22 points

Admirals defeat Mountaineers - Dec 5, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Lake Michigan Admirals defeated the Seattle Mountaineers, 107-105 yesterday night in front of 500 fans on Saturday night at the 'House of Noise'. The game started with Seattle going on an 11-0 run to start the game. The Admirals answered with a run themselves. At the end of the first quarter Admirals led 26-25. When the teams started play in the second quarter the Admirals decided to take control while going into the half with a 50-46 lead. 'The teams were evenly matched and the crowd got their monies worth tonight,' stated owner, Chris Glisson . When the teams came out of the locker room you could see Seattle came out with a mission. The Mountaineers went on a 33-19 run to go ahead 79-69. Again the crowd seemed worried but the Admirals stayed calm with in the storm. With the play of veteran leadership, the Admirals went on a 38-26 fourth quarter run and won the game 107-105. Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) and Dominick Melton (6'6''-F-81, college: Wisc.-Parkside) led the Admirals with 23 points each and Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) had 21 points and scored the winning basket. Mountaineers' guard Rashad Powell (6'6''-G-81, college: Idaho) led all scores with 26 points in losing effort. Tyler Amaya (6'7''-F-82, college: W.Washington) and Jeff Sullivan (6'9''-C-83, college: St.Augustine) adde 20 points each.

The Admirals next game is Sunday, December 5th at Coloma High School at 3:00pm

Mavericks defeat the Impact - Dec 5, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks (6-0) defeated the Dallas Impact on Saturday night at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. The game ended 147-107. The Mavericks controlled the first quarter to take complete control of the game. Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) scored early and often to set the tone for Mavericks who came out in attack mode and with stifling defense. DeSean White proved to be a load inside for the Mavericks. Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) and Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI) came off the Mavs bench to lead the Mavericks to a 43-17 advantage after the first period of play. In the second quarter Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman), Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar), and Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) set a fast pace to keep the Mavericks in control and SETX went in up 74-40 at halftime. In the third period the Mavericks bench, which has been dominating all season long extended the lead! Alex Sanders led the Mavericks with his powerful play in the paint. Sanders, Bradley, and White were just too much for the Impact to handle in the paint. With the game in hand and out of reach the Impact kept fighting and pressured the Mavericks late. But even with that fight and effort the Mavericks could not be contained as both teams scored big numbers in the last period of play. The SETX Mavericks again placed six players in double figure scoring. Bradley led the Mavs with 26 points. Pace and Sanders both scored 20 (Sanders went 10 for 10 from the floor). White had a double/double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Mavericks point guards Myles Thrash and Kenny Dawkins (5'9''-G-87, college: Lamar) each scored 18 point apiece respectively. The Impact was led in scoring with Chase Adams (5'10''-G-88, college: Pittsburgh) game high 28 points. Habeeb Kareem (6'6''-F-85, college: Ozarks) scored 16 points and Al Thompson (6'6''-F-84) followed up with 15 points.

Hoops defeat Gem City Hall of Famers - Dec 6, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The ABA Detroit Hoops beat the Dayton Gem City Hall of Famers 143 - 97 on this past weekend, with 24 pts. and 10 reb. from 2010 ABA All Star Center Eric Parker (6'8''-F/C, college: Wayne St., MI). The Hoops also got 23 pts. and from their new rookie sensation Marvin Walker (Schoolcraft CC), The New 'Sky Walker' of the ABA. 'This kid is 21 years old and truely walks above the rim!' said President/CEO Gerald Watson II . DeMarcus Berry (6'4''-F-84, college: Siena Heights), shooting guard (Siena Heights University) was third in scoring with 21 pts.

SETX Mavericks hold #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - Dec 6, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association has just released its Power Rankings for Week #4 and the SETX Mavericks held onto the #1 ranking followed closely by the new 7 City Knights playing in Williamsburg, VA. 'While this is week #4, actually it's the first week of the regular season with the previous games in November being 'early start' games,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'We've made a major change this week in that only teams that have played at least one game have been ranked, though we know that the rankings will change once the last few teams get started this week.'

1. SETX Mavericks
2. 7 City Knights
3. Jersey Express
4. Colorado Kings
5. Oklahoma Stallions
6. San Diego SURF
7. Modesto Hawks
8. Seattle Mountaineeers
9. Mobile Bay Hurricanes
10. East Bay Pitbulls
11. Nortrh Dallas Vandals
12. Bay Area Matrix
13. Sacramento Heatwave
14. Gulf Coast Flash
15. North Texas Fresh
16. West Virginia Blazers
17. Los Angeles Slam
18. Jacksonville Giants
19. Las Vegas Aces
20. Heartland Prowl
21. San Diego Sol
22. Chicago Steam
23. San Francisco Rumble
24. T- Detroit Hoops, Lake Michigan Admirals. Columbus Diesel

And we know that Kentucky, East Kentucky, Lafayette, and several others are very tough teams so we anticipate lots of changes every week,' added Newman. For more information, visit www.abalive.com

Bill Walton Camp a success for Inter Tribal Sports and San Diego Surf - Dec 9, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)
By Darren Feeney / KFMB Interactive

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - Nearly 200 kids participated in a youth basketball camp this past weekend at the Pechanga Recreation Center in Temecula, hosted by Inter Tribal Sports (ITS). It's safe to say it wasn't difficult to distinguish the camp's speaker amongst the youth.

Bill Walton, NBA Hall of Famer and three-time College Player of the Year at UCLA, helped inspire and motivate the youth from 12 tribes across Southern California at the inaugural Bill Walton Basketball Camp at Pechanga. Walton was joined by ABA The San Diego Surf head coach Terry Mason and players Aaron Hands (6'8''-F/C-80, agency: Promotex, college: Cal-Riverside) and Glen Dandridge (6'6''-F-85, college: Lambuth), along with several players from the UCSD Men's basketball team.

The theme and take away from this year's camp: There is much more to basketball than competition. 'The game of basketball is so much more than just putting the ball in the hoop,' said Walton, who led Helix High School in San Diego to CIF Section titles in 1969 and 1970. 'It is more about learning how basketball can be lifestyle, how to compete and make choices, and realizing it's not how good you are; it's how good your team is.' The kids couldn't ask for a better venue to learn in than the Pechanga Recreation Center. The state-of-the art facility built in 2009 is also a site the Los Angeles Lakers have been known to practice.

As much fun as the camp was for the kids, it was equally as joyful for the big guys.
'It's good to get down to this level working with kids who are learning the game of basketball,' said Surf coach Terry Mason. 'When you got these young minds out here, it's pure basketball.' Both Dandridge and Hands sat in on the morning meeting held by Walton, where he went over Coach John Wooden's philosophies and the Pyramid of Success.
'Bill had the pyramid memorized, hands down,' said Dandridge. 'He inspired and motivated me. I was ready to get out there and do some drills.'

Hands mentioned the benefits he has noticed from teaching the game of basketball.
'The whole mental part of the game came full circle for me after teaching what I had been taught my whole life,' Hands said. 'After teaching the footwork and teaching the fundamentals, it makes you a much better basketball player.' Bill's son, Luke, a player for the Lakers, is a perfect example.

'Bill used to teach him everything and Luke would come and teach me how to play. Luke is the great mental basketball player that is because he knows the game from both aspects.'
The camp is a sign of many great things to come for ITS Program Manager Gene Dixon, Director Ben Foster, and Walton. On February 13, ITS and Walton will be sending kids to Pauley Pavilion to watch Oregon State take on UCLA. On the Beavers Roster is Joe Burton, the first Native American to receive a men's basketball scholarship in Pac-10 history.
' I know very well how many people have sacrificed for me, and now it is my turn,' said Walton 'When people are generous and sacrifice so much for you, your life is never the same. To see these children having the time of their life, with all of the great sponsors and people who are donating their time. It truly is a team coming together. We're the lucky ones.'

Durbansandshark
15-12-2010, 08:27 AM
Mavericks stampede over Stallions - Dec 13, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks (7-0) defeated the #5 ranked Oklahoma City Stallions (3-1) in dominating fashion on Saturday night in front of a loud crowd at their Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center (NJEC) 133-72. The Mavericks trailed once in the game 3-2 and when Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) put the Mavericks ahead on a 3 point field goal SETX never looked back as they rolled to their 7th victory on the season thus far. Oklahoma came into the game with an undefeated record and was coming off a big victory over St. Louis that had vaulted them up the National Power Rankings. But the Mavericks depth and experience hurt the Stallions! The Mavericks defensive pressure bothered them all night.

DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) led five players in double figures for the Mavericks with 21 points. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar), Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI), and Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) followed up with 16 points. Kenny Dawkins (5'9''-G-87, college: Lamar) chipped in 13 points and 7 assist respectively. Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) scored 18 to lead the Stallions in scoring. Andre Valentine (6'5''-F-80) followed up with 13 points.
The Mavericks will play their first back to back games this season as they travel to Lafayette, LA on Sunday to play Louisiana United. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
For more SETX Mavericks Pro Basketball information and ticket sales call 877-643-7508 or go to www.nuttyjerrys.com

Admirals split against the West Virginia Blazers - Dec 13, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Lake Michigan Admirals rebounded after losing to the West Virginia Blazers the night before (129-131) beating the Blazers 115-103 on Sunday night at Coloma High School in front of a small crowd but the fans got their monies worth. Admirals are now 2-2 for the season.The Admirals led 31-22 after the first quarter and it looked like Tyrone Anderson (6'4''-G-84, college: Concord), from the Blazers, was catching on fire again scoring 35 points leading all scores, but Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC), from the Admirals, put the fire out for the Blazers. Bobo had a season high 31 points to lead his team to victory. The next game is against division rivals, Detroit Hoops, on Saturday, December 18th at Lake Michigan Catholic at 7:00pm. In attendance will be USA Olympic Softball players Monica Abbott and Natasha Watley. For more information go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com

Mavericks roll over Pelicans - Dec 14, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 Ranked SETX Mavericks (8-0) continued their dominance that theyve displayed thus far this season in Lafayette, LA on Sunday night as they rolled over the LA United Pelicans (1-3) in an ABA Gulf Coast Division game, that ended 134-63.
The Mavericks and Pelicans traded baskets early on in the first quarter as the Mavs showed some effects from playing the night before and were playing their first back to back game of the season. But when former ABA MVP DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) scored on his patented Jump Hook at the nine minute mark that started a 16-0 Mavericks run that would give the Mavs separation and total control of the game. SETX went on to a 36-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. The SETX Mavericks as they've done all season continued to pour it on in the second period and took a commanding 72-30 lead into the locker-room at half-time. The Pelicans fought hard in the third period and played their best basketball of the game. The Mavericks won the third quarter 29-20. In the final period of play the Mavericks bench took over led by Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M), Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar), and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman). The Mavs held Louisiana United to just 13 points while scoring 33 points and finish the game on a strong note, which gave the Mavs their 8th victory of the season and their 19th consecutive regular season win dating back to last season when the Mavericks finished the ABA Regular Season with 11 straight victories. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI) and Rutledge led a balanced scoring attack for the Mavs with each scoring 22 points. Bradley also led the Mavericks with 12 rebounds. Reigning ABA MVP Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) scored 16 points. Cambridge followed up with 15 points. Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) and Thrash each chipped in 10 points apiece respectively. The Mavericks will be back in action this Thursday night at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX as they will host the Houston Red Storm. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

SETX Mavericks hold #1 spot in ABA Power Rankings - Dec 14, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association released its Power Rankings for week #5 and the SETX Mavericks held onto the top spot with two convincing wins bringing their record to 8-0. Close behind is the surprising 7 City Knights playing in the Tidewater Virignia area with a 7-0 record. 'Lots of movement in the rankings this week,' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . 'And quite a few of the new teams are playing excellent basketball. This will be a very competitive season with the Top 24 teams qualifying for the playoffs.'

1. SETX Mavericks
2. 7 City Knights
3. Colorado Kings
4. North Dallas Vandals
5. Bay Area Matrix
6. Seattle Mountaineers
7. Sacramento Heatwave
8. East Bay Pitbulls
9. San Diego Surf
10. Los Angeles SLAM
11. Jacksonville Giants
12. Las Vegas Aces
13. Heartland Prowl
14. Oklahoma Stallions
15. Jersey Express
16. Mobile Bay Hurricanes
17. Gulf Coast Flash
18. Lake Michigan Admirals
19. San Diego Sol
20. Chicago Steam
21. East Kentucky Energy
22. Savannah Storm
23. Texas Fuel
24. Indiana Diesel

'Very close behind are the California Seakings, Modesto Hawks, West Texas Whirlwind, San Francisco Rumble, Fayetteville Flight and several others,' added Newman. 'The battle for a playoff spot is going to be very intense for the entire season.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com

Durbansandshark
28-12-2010, 08:30 AM
Mavericks win 20th straight regular season game - Dec 17, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The ABA #1 Ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks (9-0) won their 20th straight ABA Regular Season game on Thursday night at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX as they decisively defeated the Houston Red Storm 155-79.

The Red Storms started well first led by guards Christian Sonier (6'0''-G, college: Prairie View A&M) and Demetrius Blair (6'1''-G-80, college: Texas Tyler), but it was all downhill from there. The Mavericks regained the lead at 4-3 and never looked back. The Mavs cruised to 36-24 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Red Storm tried valiantly to stay in the game, but a 35-19 second quarter put the Mavericks clearly in control of the game as SETX led 71-43 at half-time. The Mavericks came out blazing in the third quarter and scored 51 points in the period to blow the game completely open. In the final period the Mavs played with consistency and controlled the final quarter with efficiency to go on to win their 9th game of the season.

The Mavericks placed eight players in double figures: DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) collected another double/double with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI) also had a double/double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) scored 23 points on 11 for 11 shooting from the floor. Sharp shooting Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) scored 18 points. Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) and Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) added 17 points each. Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) and DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) both chipped in 15 points each respectively.

This is the second time in three seasons that the Mavericks have won 20 straight regular season games. Last season the Mavericks set the ABA record for consecutive regular season game victories at 30 only trailing the Los Angeles Lakers 33 game regular season win streak from the 1971-72 season. The Mavericks will look to continue their streak as they travel to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to take on the Gulf Coast Flash next Tuesday night at Harrison Central High School. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM

Impact Hold on After 2nd Half Rally from Whirlwinds - Dec 20, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)
The Dallas Impact (3-7) withstood a 47 point 3rd quarter from the West Texas Whirlwinds (3-4) to hang on and win 124-115 Saturday night at Lakewest YMCA in Dallas.

The pace of the game was set early with both teams pushing the ball and looking to score on the break. The Impact were coming off a disappointing late loss to the Texas Fuel in San Antonio last weekend and knew they needed a win going into their rematch with the North Dallas Vandals on Wednesday. Both teams started off hot, matching each other shot for shot for most of the first quarter until the Impact started to pull away in the 2nd quarter thanks to their outside shooting and pressure defense. Zoderick Green (6'3''-G-73, college: Cent.Oklahoma) (14pts) and Malcolm Thomas (6'6''-F-88) (22pts) came off the bench and put up points in a hurry while starting forward Darius Howard (6'4''-G-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: SW Assemblies of God) (18pts) continued to knock down his jumper leading to a 29 point lead. The Impact took a comfortable 24 point lead to the lockeroom at halftime but the Whirlwind never seemed like a team that would go away.

In the 3rd quarter the Whirlwinds came out fired up and turned up the full court pressure on the home team, turning them over and catching them on the break to cut the deficit down to just 5 at one point in the quarter. The Whirlwinds were led by Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84, college: Texas-PB) (39pts) who scored 15 in the quarter and was the spark his team was looking for the get back in the game. The Impact led 97-90 heading into the 4th quarter and never looked back as starting point guard Chase Adams (5'10''-G-88, college: Pittsburgh) (22pts 6ast 6rb) did well to keep the team under control and finish the game out strong.

The Impact were anchored in the middle by newly acquired big man Ryan Randle (6'9''-F-81, college: Maryland) (13pts 7rb) who came off the bench to provide low post offense and rebounding against big Tim Carter (7'0''-C-86) (10pts 3rb) of the Whirlwind. Jesse Banks (19pts 5ast) and Albert Strickland (6'8''-C-81) (14pts 4rb) also played well for the Whirlwinds.

The Impacts next game is Wednesday night at 7:30 at Loos Fieldhouse against the North Dallas Vandals.

SETX Mavericks mantain #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - Dec 21, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks continue to hold the #1 position in the ABA Power Rankings with a perfect 10-0 record. 'They are a very strong team,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'Possibly the strongest team ever in the ABA and it is going to take a great game to beat them though we do have eight undefeated teams right now led by the #2 ranked 7-City Knights. As they say, 'on any given night.....'

1. SETX Mavericks
2. 7-City Knights
3. Colorado Kings
4. Las Vegas Aces
5. East Kentucky Energy
6. North Dallas Vandals
7. Seattle Mountaineers
8. Los Angeles Slam
9. Columbus Life
10. Sacramento Heatwave
11. East Bay Pitbulls
12. Bay Area Matrix
13. Savannah Storm
14. Jacksonville Giants
15. Mobile Bay Hurricanes
16. Jersey Express
17. Heartland Prowl
18. Oklahoma Stallions
19. San Diego Surf
20. San Francisco Rumble
21. Gulf Coast Flash
22. Lake Michigan Admirals
23. San Diego Sol
24. Chicago Steam

'And there are quite a few other teams very close,' added Newman, 'including the St. Louis Pioneers, Indiana Diesels, Fayetteville Flight, Texas FUEL, Dallas Impact...and a win would move them right into the Top 24.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com

Durbansandshark
28-12-2010, 08:35 AM
Arlington Bulldogs defeat North Texas Fresh - Dec 23, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Arlington Bulldogs matched up with North Texas Fresh over the weekend and came out on top in a 74-73 thriller. The Bulldogs came out of the locker room in a defensive stance as they held the Fresh to 28 percent shooting from the field in the first half. The Bulldogs took a commanding 45-38 lead into the locker room. Richard Thomas (6'5''-G), Obi Ezem (6'6''-F-83), and Ralph Johnson (6'6''-F-82, college: Wiley) led the Bulldogs in the first half. Thomas put up 10 points and 3 rebounds. Ezem posted 10 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Johnson tallied 9 points and 5 rebounds.
The Second half began much like the first as the Bulldogs defense continued to suffocate the Fresh, while the Bulldogs post players dominated the paint on the offensive end. The third quarter came to a close as the crowd witnessed the Bulldogs explosive, talented rookie guard Kevin Ricard expose his talents as he went on a 7-0 run himself to give the Bulldogs a 60-53 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Fresh stormed back behind athletic swingman, A'Daeron Duncan (6'5''-F-87, college: N.Kentucky) to take a 69-64 lead with three minutes remaining in the game. The Bulldogs came out of a time-out with one focus, to execute the game plan. Roland McDougal (6'6''-F) ran the pick-n-roll with Obi Ezem for a quick basket resulting in an andone situation. Ezem knocked down the free throw to pull the bulldogs within two. The Bulldogs came up with a huge stop as McDougal took one of his three charges of the night giving the ball back to the Bulldogs who were only down two. The Bulldogs then ran a set play for Richard Thomas resulting into him knocking down a three point basket to put the Bulldogs up 68-67 with 1:58 remaining in the game. Both teams went back and forth on the offensive ends leaving the Bulldogs in the lead 74-73. With only 13 seconds left on the clock the Fresh came out of a time-out with a chance to win the game, but the overpowering defense of the Bulldogs proved to be too much as Duke Abalama got a monster block on a potential game winning three point attempt at the final buzzer. The Bulldogs are now off to a 1-0 start on the young season. Ezem led the Bulldogs in scoring with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Johnson put up 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds while Thomas finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Abalama had 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. Ricard finished with 7 points and 2 assists. McDougal had 5 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steels. The Bulldogs will travel to participate in defending ABA National Champions Southeast Texas Mavericks Holiday Shoot-out December 28-30, game times to be announced. They will take on ABAs Texas Fuel and Houston Red Storm. The games will be held in the new state-of-the-art Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Complex, the largest entertainment complex in Southeast Texas ( www.nuttyjerrys.com )

Mavericks defeated on the road in Mississippi - Dec 23, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
For the first time this season and for the first time in 20 straight regular season games the #1 ranked and defending ABA Champions Southeast Texas Mavericks (9-1) suffered defeat at the hands of the Gulf Coast Flash on the Mississippi Coast. The Mavericks found themselves in a tough and hard fought game on Tuesday night, December 21st as Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris) and the rest of the Flash battled the Champions from the opening tip. The Mavs found themselves down by 16 points early in the second quarter. Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) came off the Mavericks Bench to start a 21-2 run that put the Mavericks back up by 5 points 58-53 at half-time.

Taylor led a consistent effort in the third period of play and the Flash tied the game 80-80 heading into the fourth quarter. The teams battled shot for shot until SETX pulled ahead by 5 points with four minutes to play. The Mavericks took that lead into the final minute of play, but missed four of five free-throws down the stretch and the Flash converted to pull ahead by 2 with 4.4 seconds left in the game. When Odell Bradley missed on a 3 pointer set up off of a full-court play at the buzzer the Mavericks winning streak was over and the Flash had a hard earned 2 point win. Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) led the way for SETX with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Thrash scored 23 points. DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) chipped in 15 points. DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) followed up with 12 points. Taylor had a banner night with a game high 27 points and 13 rebounds. Courtney Brown (6'7''-F-71, college: SW Minnesota St.) and Carl Henderson (6'7''-F, college: S.Mississippi) each scored 14 points respectively.
The Mavericks are off until after Christmas and will host the SETX Mavericks Holiday Shoot-Out Classic at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. The Texas Fuel, Houston Red Storm, and Arlington Bulldogs will also participate in the Classic. Games will be at 6 PM and 8:30 PM on Tuesday, December 28th and Thursday, December 30th.

Beijing wins first of three-game series - Dec 27, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Lake Michigan Admirals played the Beijing Aoshen Olympians led by former L.A. Laker Yue Sun (6'9''-G/F-85), on Christmas Eve in front of a sold out crowd of 5,000 in Beijing, China. The arena was filled with excitement and the people of China love their basketball. The game started off by trading baskets and the first quarter ended with Beijing in the lead 24-20. Then things started to fall apart with the Admirals, with both big men going down to injuries. Garrett Schmidt (6'11''-F/C-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: Urbana) and former Boilermaker, Gary Ware (6'9''-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Purdue), both went down with turned ankles. The Admirals came back from 20 points down to bring it within 8 points because of hot shooting Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC), scoring at will. Odgra Bobo led all scores with 30 points. Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) had 23 points respectfully. Yue Sun had 17 points for the Beijing Aoshen Olympians. Final score was 112-89 for Beijing over the Admirals.

Dallas Impact defeat division rival North Dallas Vandals - Dec 27, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)

The Dallas Impact earned their second win in a row by beating the rival North Dallas Vandals 103-102 a few days before Christmas. This win put the team in position to crack the top 24 in the power rankings and be considered a serious contender for the division title.

The Impact came out of the gate fired up and led 23-13 after the 1st quarter. Sharp-shooting from Darius Howard (6'4''-G-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: SW Assemblies of God), and Chase Adams (5'10''-G-88, college: Pittsburgh), along with an established inside presence from Ryan Big Fly Randle had the team in control for the majority of the first half. The Vandals were without point guards Arvin Zenali, and Brandon Lee, as well as forward Bishop Wheatley, but fought hard to stay in the game, cutting the lead to 10 with a late second quarter run.

The Vandals seized momentum early in the 3rd quarter and went on an extended run that ended with an 11pt advantage with 3:51 to play in the game. Ed Robinson and JJ Jefferson checked in to the game, and provided the spark the Impact needed. Robinson's relentless backcourt pressure resulted in 3 late steals, and the last minute of the game turned into the JJ Jefferson Show. Jefferson knocked down 3 late 3s, including a go head basket with 6 seconds left. The Vandals failed to convert on a buzzer-beating layup and the Dallas Impact earned their first road win of the season.

Top Performers:
JJ Jefferson- 19pts
Chase Adams- 17pts 10ast
Devon Pearson (6'6''-F, college: SMU)- 31pts 15rebs

Durbansandshark
28-12-2010, 08:37 AM
Chase Adams signs with SVD Dortmund - Dec 27, 2010 (by Tyler Gatlin)
Dallas Impact guard, Chase Adams (5'10''-G-88, college: Pittsburgh), has signed a contract with German club- SVD Dortmund.

Chase led the Impact in points per game (21.8) as well as assists per game (6). He started every game, and did not back down from a challenge. He scored 28 against the #1 ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks, and also recorded 5 assists and 5 steals that game. On November 27, against the West Texas Whirlwinds, Chase was one rebound shy of a triple double (19 10 9). Throughout the season, Adams made 27 of 57 3 point field goals (47.7%) and he shot 76.1% from the free throw line. His all-around skill set should translate well to the international game, and Chase expects a lot from himself:

My game will suite well with overseas style of play because I am physical on both ends of the court, and Im definitely not afraid to take a challenge. I know it will get extremely rough at times but its nothing that I'm not used to already. Once I get in a game I can adapt to the different situations that may come my way. Chase Adams can help a team in a variety of ways, but leadership may be his best attribute:

Leadership on and off the court- Intensity on offense and defense, and a professional mind set about preparation for the games are what I can bring to the table. I believe these three aspects will certainly lead [SVD Dortmund] to win a championship.

Competing in the Big East with Pittsburg last season had Chase prepared to play at the professional level, but his experience with the Dallas Impact will be invaluable as he takes his talents overseas. My time with the Impact has prepared me well because first-hand I got to see the results of training hard, dedicating my time and effort to working with the coach and players so that we are all on the same page, improving my professionalism, and last but not least strengthening my mental toughness. Playing with the Impact taught me a lot and I will take what I've learned to my next team to help guide our journey.
The Dallas Impact wishes Chase the best of luck in Germany, and we will continue to update our fans on how he is doing.

Mill Rats Training Camp Roster Announced - Nov 30, 2010 (by Allen White)
The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, are pleased to name the 15 man training camp roster:

1. Eric Gilchrese (6'0''-G-87, college: New Hampshire) 6'0 PG
2. Tristan Martin (6'2''-G-82, college: Houston) 6'2 G
3. Ridley Johnson (6'4''-G-86) 6'4 SG
4. Corey Hassan (6'4''-G-87, college: Boston U.) 6'5 SG
5. Eric Downie (6'6''-G/F-84, college: Salem St.) 6'5 G-F
6. Josh Robinson (6'4''-G) 6'4 G
7. Brady Bolan (6'2''-G) 6'6 G-F
8. Marc Egerson (6'6''-G-86, college: Delaware) 6'7 G-F
9. Steve DeLuca (6'6''-F, college: Brandeis) 6'7 F
10. PJ Young 6'7 F
11. David Cooper (6'8''-F-83, college: JMU) 6'8 F
12. Stanley Ocitti (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Binghamton) 6'9 PF
13. Charles Bronson (6'9''-C-83, college: Pikeville) 6'10 C
14. Jeffrey Ferguson (6'11''-F/C-81, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Wayne St., MI) 6'11 C-F
15. Toree Morris (6'11''-C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) 6'11 C

Mill Rats Sign Former Toronto Raptors

The Mill Rats are pleased to announce the signing of 6'11 280lb centre Toree Morris.
Morris played briefly with the Toronto Raptorss in 2005 and has had stints in Portugal, Korea, and South America. He also played in the NBA Developmental League in 2008-2009 under Mill Rats Head Coach Jaren Jackson , then with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He missed all of 2009-2010 rehabbing from a wrist injury.

Collegiately Morris played in the Big East with Pittsburgh.

Vermont Frost Heaves sign Brewington, Davis and Benn - Dec 1, 2010 (by Eurobasket News)
With players reporting to camp just in just a few days, the Vermont Frost Heaves are pleased to announce the addition of three more players to their training camp roster. Dwight Brewington (6'5''-G-84, college: Liberty), Bilal Benn (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Niagara), and Lorenzo Davis (6'10''-C-82, college: Mountain St.) have all signed with the team.

Brewington, a 6'5' small forward originally from Providence, RI, is no stranger to the Heaves or the Barre Auditorium. Last season, Brewington played for the Frost Heaves arch-rival Manchester, averaging just under 17 points per game for the Mill Rats. Originally starting out his college career at Providence in the Big East, Brewington averaged 14 points and 4 rebounds per game during his sophomore season for the Friars, before transferring and finishing his collegiate career at Liberty University. In 2007, he was selected in the 3rd round of the NBA D-league draft by the Tulsa 66'ers where he averaged 7 points and 3 rebounds per game. Brewington has also played professionally in Mexico, Israel, and Slovakia.

'Dwight will bring a lot of pro experience and scoring to our backcourt. He hurt us a few times last year while playing for Manchester so I'm glad he will be in a Heaves uniform this season' commented Head Coach Joe Salerno.

The Heaves have also signed 6'5' shooting guard Bilal Benn. Benn, who is from Philadelphia, played 2 seasons for Villanova (also in the Big East) before transferring and finishing his college ball at Niagara University. In 2008-2009 while playing for the Purple Eagles, Benn averaged close to a double-double at 13.8 points, and 9.3 rebounds per game, earning him 1st team All-MAAC honors, as well as tops in the league in rebounding. Last season Benn was a late addition to Overense, a team in Portugal's top division, where he averaged 7.8 points and 6 rebounds per game for the teams last 7 games of the season.

'I just want to thank the Frost Heaves organization for accepting me into their basketball family and hopefully I can help them win ball games' stated Benn. 'Bilal, is a true competitor. Anyone who is 6'5' and can lead the MAAC in rebounding is as tough as they come. He will be a great addition to this team as well as the community' commented Salerno.

The Frost Heaves have also added another big man to their training camp roster in Lorenzo Davis. Davis, a 6'10' 240 lbs center from Los Angeles, CA, has been playing at the pro level for the last 5 years. He has had NBA workouts with the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzles, as well as spending time in the NBA D-league with the Bakersfield Jam and Albuquerque Thunderbirds. Davis, who played his collegiate ball at Mountain State, has also played in the IBL and the CBA. Most recently he played with the Dallas Star of the UBA, where he averaged 20 points, and 10 rebounds per game.

'Lorenzo is blue collar type player. Someone who will come to work every day with his hard hat on, looking to be physical, play defense, and rebound the ball, all things that are necessary to win games in this league. We are excited to have Lorenzo in camp' stated Salerno.

The Frost Heaves official training camp kicks off Monday, December 6th, with players arriving in Barre this weekend. Look for the Heaves official training camp roster on Friday of this week. The Heaves open their season with an exhibition game in Saint John on Saturday, December 11th.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Durbansandshark
28-12-2010, 08:42 AM
Rainmen waive O'Neill Gordon - Dec 1, 2010 (by Eurobasket News)
The Halifax Rainmen have released their fourth player from the pre- season roster.
On Monday, the franchise waived 6'5, 210 pound two guard, O'Neill Gordon (6'4''-F/G-80).. Before playing professionally overseas, Gordon played at the University of Brandon for Head Coach Les Berry. The Rainmen will kick off their fourth season with the Rogers Slam Dunk Fan Night at the Halifax Metro Centre on Thursday, December 16 at 7 pm.

Halifax Rainmen sign Josh Dollard - Dec 3, 2010 (by Eurobasket News)
Today, the Halifax Rainmen signed a contract with forward Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken). Last season, Dollard played in the Premier Basketball League with the Vermont Frost Heaves. Prior to his PBL debut, Dollard played at the Auburn University and at South Carolina-Aiken. 'Josh will bring some added toughness and scoring in the paint,' said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston.

Dollard is the sixth player to earn a contract with the Rainmen for the 2010/11 season.
The Rainmen will kick off their fourth season with the Rogers Slam Dunk Fan Night at the Halifax Metro Centre on Thursday, December 16 at 7 pm. For the latest Halifax Rainmen news, please visit www.rainmenbasketball.ca.

Rainmen release Aaron Spears - Dec 15, 2010 (by Eurobasket News)
This weekend the Halifax Rainmen released 6'9 centre Aaron Spears (6'10''-C-84, college: St.John's) from their preseason roster. 'We didn't feel Aaron would give us the consistency needed to be successful in the position we were looking for him to fill,' said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston. The release of Spears brings the Rainmen's preseason roster down to 12 players vying for a spot on a 10-man team.

The Rainmen will kick off their fourth season with the sold out Rogers Slam Dunk Fan Night at the Halifax Metro Centre on Thursday, December 16 at 7 pm. Tickets for the Rainmen's December 17 home game against the Quebec Kebs are now on sale for the preseason rate of $10. Tickets can be purchased at any Ticket Atlantic location or at the Metro Centre Box Office. For the latest Halifax Rainmen news, please visit www.rainmenbasketball.ca.

Rochester RazorSharks eager to start fresh - Dec 15, 2010 (by Eurobasket News)
Entering his sixth training camp with the Rochester RazorSharks basketball team, one might figure Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia) wouldn't be looking forward to it again.
That couldn't be further from the truth, however, as Friel, a core of five other returning players, and 12 newcomers opened camp for the 2010-2011 Premier Basketball League season.

'Obviously the offseason was a little too long for my liking, especially coming off a loss,' Friel said following the team's second two-hour training session Monday at Penfield's Eastside YMCA. 'Maybe last year we got a little bit complacent and resting on our laurels. It just seemed that the effort wasn't there night in and night out. Also the effort wasn't there in practice.

'I am hungry and it's crazy now to think that this is my sixth camp. You think it would be old, but we've got so many new guys in and it's refreshing to get that going again.'

Rochester enters the new season with a renewed outlook after losing in the three-game championship series against Lawton-Fort Sill.

'There are certain tenets of RazorSharks basketball,' said coach Rod Baker. 'You've got to be able to guard, be able to talk, be able to run. Winning has to matter for something. We are trying to instill that thought process. If we can do those things, the details of basketball will take care of themselves.'

The RazorSharks entered the offseason with a desire to find longer, more athletic players who would allow the team to thrive in a fast-break offense.

'The years that we've won, we've been more up-and-down,' said Friel, the only original player still with the team. 'Quite frankly, we've been in better shape than most teams and we've out-executed them. Let's get back to what we do best. Let's get out there and get them easy shots as opposed to letting the defense get set and forcing a bad shot late in the shot clock.'

The new faces include former University of Kentucky forward Perry Stevenson and first-round pick Steffon Farley, a 6-foot-8 power forward out of Division II Adelphi University.
Baker is expected to keep 12 players when Rochester opens the season New Year's Eve against Dayton. Marlin Johnson, Rochester's leading rebounder from last season, expects the returning players to lead the newcomers by example.

'I think it's changed, the way some of the veterans approach things,' said Johnson, a former standout at Monroe Community College and Franklin High. 'We know what it takes to get back there and we are trying to mold some of these young guys to show them how to get back to that point. Based on whatever we assemble here, we'll be able to conquer what we didn't do last year.'

Courtesy of www.democratandchronicle.com

Jones steps up for Rainmen - Dec 18, 2010 (by Eurobasket News)
Kavon Jones was embarrassed by his team's performance in its first pre-season game in front of Metro Centre fans. The rookie forward from Brooklyn, N.Y., helped atone for that effort by scoring 11 points in the last period Friday night as the Halifax Rainmen used a fourth-quarter barrage to dump the Quebec Kebs 114-104. Theyd squandered a late lead in a 91-88 loss to the Saint John Mill Rats the previous evening.

'We had to get this W,' said Jones, 23, who finished with 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in his third Premier Basketball League pre-season game, played before a sparse but spirited crowd of 1,978. 'We felt like we could have played better yesterday and won the game and we didnt and everybody went home with a (bad) taste in their mouth and we had to make up for that.'

Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken) scored 21 to top the Rainmen, who connected on 13 of 22 shots in the fourth quarter, reversing a Thursday night slide in which they made only five of 22 in the final dozen minutes. Tajuan Porter (5'6''-G-88) added 19 points, Tommy Mitchell and Mike Mercer chipped in with 14 each and Terrance Roberson netted 12. Cordell Jeanty (6'5''-F-79, college: John A.Logan CC), who played with Halifax in 2008-09, paced the Kebs with 17 points and Maurice Acker scored 16. Quebec has split two exhibition games, while Halifax has won two of three.

The two clubs hook up again Sunday on the Kebs home court. After the Mill Rats and Rainmen played in front of 7,127 on Rogers Slam Dunk Night, both Quebec and Halifax appeared to lack cohesion at times Friday as the teams substituted freely, using a total of 25 players, nearly all of them seeing significant minutes. The Rainmen led 23-18 after the first quarter and went up by as many as 14 in the second. But Quebec chipped away at its deficit and Yannick Anzulunis long-range trey to beat the buzzer sent them into halftime down only 52-49.

In the third quarter, the Kebs took the lead about 5 minutes in as Quinnell Brown scored the first of two straight Quebec lay-ups off Halifax turnovers. The teams traded baskets most of the remainder of the period, with the Kebs holding an 82-80 advantage at the end.
But the Rainmen took control by scoring the first seven points of the fourth quarter, including five by Jones and the hoop of the game, an emphatic dunk by Mercer off an alley-oop pass from Porter two minutes in.

'We were struggling the first three: execution, turnovers, just playing too fast, not having control of the ball,' Jones said. 'In the fourth quarter, we took control, slowed down and let the offence come to us and we executed and we won.'

Porter, the backup point guard who played a game-high 32 minutes, said the Rainmen will get better as the roster is settled for the regular season. The team had 14 players on its roster heading into Friday nights contest and has to cut that group down to 10 before its opener Jan. 2 at the Metro Centre against the Vermont Frost Heaves. 'Once pre-season is over and we get our team, I think this could be a special group,' said Porter, noting Halifaxs 34-point fourth quarter came as coach Les Berry shortened his rotation for the final dozen minutes.

'But theres still room for improvement,' he said. 'We got off to a slow start, weve still gotta get better.'

RAINDROPS: Small forward Desmond Ferguson remains sidelined by a calf injury suffered early in training camp. Ferguson said he hopes to be ready to return for the regular-season opener . . . Starting point guard Taliek Brown was held out of the lineup to free up minutes for other Halifax hopefuls . . . Centre Aaron Spears, released by Halifax last weekend and just signed by Quebec, didnt dress for the Kebs.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca

Durbansandshark
05-01-2011, 07:49 AM
Mike Anderson to Sign First Pro Contract - Dec 27, 2010 (by Allen White)
The Saint John Mill Rats are pleased to invite members of the media and the general public to attend a presser to view Michael Anderson (6'3''-G) signing his first professional basketball contract with the Mill Rats. The event will be held at halftime of the Harbour View High School boys varsity game against St. Stephen which tips off Wednesday December 22nd at 5:30pm.

After the signing, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Anderson, from Grand Bay, is a 2005 graduate of Harbour View High School and played his college ball at the University of New Brunswick - Fredericton. He made the Varsity Reds as a walk on five years ago playing under 5 minutes per game, but emerged as a leader of the team in his last two years, averaging 13.5 and 16.5 points per game.

It appears his resolve and fearlessness has helped him earn a spot on his hometown Mill Rats.

'Mike has worked extremely hard during training camp and he took advantage of the opportunity to play and produce when his name was called,' stated Mill Rats Head Coach Jaren Jackson, 'I am happy for him that he truly earned a roster spot.'

Anderson got his chance after an injury to starting point guard Eric Gilchrese (6'0''-G-87, college: New Hampshire) in the preseason opening weekend. After playing solidly against Halifax, Anderson got the starting nod against Vermont and produced with 14 points including a key out of bounds save and a 3-pointer during a the comeback third quarter that led to a Mill Rats victory. His two 3-pointers last night in Quebec City enabled the Mill Rats to jump out to a double digit halftime lead, in a game in which Saint John prevailed by just 93-91.

The regular season home opener for the Mill Rats is January 2nd at 4:00pm versus the Quebec Kebs at Harbour Station.

New faces in new roster for the Kebs - Dec 27, 2010 (by Allen White)
Quebec-Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010: The Quebec Kebs are offering themselves and all their supporters a gift a few days before Christmas. With a cool winter breeze breaking on the team, the new starting lineup including 10 regular players and red shirts was officially introduced today in Quebec.

Several players were on hand around Coach Rob Spon and VP, Vincent Bernier at the official announcement of the new Kebs squad. From the onset, Coach Spon did not hide the fact that he had promised an eclectic roster full of talent from Quebec, USA and English Canada, by selecting the best players at his disposal.

'We chose the best athletes that will allow us to reach our goal, which is the PBL championship. The beautiful city of Quebec has produced many winning teams, and the KEBS will be added to that selective list,' he said.

'It's important to win big this year as part of the team's 5th anniversary, responded Vice-President, Vincent Bernier. We're bringing a whole new level of energy and new faces, while keeping around a few familiar faces, such as Samuel Audet-Sow.'

Among the new faces, there is Erick Barkley, 32, a former first-round pick of the Portland Trailblazers in the NBA in 2000, he is well known to Coach Spon, and he has extensive experience by playing in Europe as well. He was supposed to blend in with the roster of full-time players, but instead he becomes player/assistant coach to Spon, helping him with strategy in the office.

Starting Line-up :
Bilal Abdullah (6'5''-G-84, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Lafayette) 6'5' 200 Forward/Guard 26 yrs/ Anchorage,AK/ Lafayette
Maurice Acker (5'8''-G-87, college: Marquette) 5'8' 165 Guard 23 yrs Chicago/ Marquette
Samuel Audet-Sow (6'6''-F-80)\\6'6' 215 Forward 30 yrs\\Qubec/ Universit Laval
Charles Bronson (6'9''-C-83, college: Pikeville) 6'10' 225 Centre 26 yrs Philadelphia/ Pikeville Coll.
Quinnell BROWN\\6'6'210 Forward 27 yrs Chicago / Auburn
Benson Callier (6'6''-G-84, college: W.Kentucky) 6'6' 200 Guard 27 yrs St-Petes,Fl./ Flor.St+W.Kent.
Cordell Jeanty (6'5''-F-79, college: John A.Logan CC) 6'7' 225 Forward 31 yrs Toronto / Southern Illinois
Louie McCroskey (6'5''-G-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: Marist) 6'5' 210 Forward/Guard 25 yrs NY City/ Syracuse
Royce Parran (5'9''-G-85, college: Chicago St.) 5 '8' 165 Guard\\\\\\25 yrs Chicago/ Chicago State, Ill.
Aaron Spears (6'10''-C-84, college: St.John's) 6'10' 260 Centre 25 yrs Chicago/ St-John's Univ.NY
Jonas Pierre (6'10''-C-80, college: Lincoln (MO)) 6'11' 245 Centre\\\\\\30 yrs Montral/Lincoln (IR list)

Red Shirts :
Yannick Anzuluni (6'9''-G/F)\\ 6'8' 205 Forward 22 yrs Montreal/Ott./ Houghton Coll
Sebastien Salois (6'5''-F)\\ 6'5' 200 Forward 25 yrs Trois-Rivires/N.Michigan
Colson SNAT 6'7' 215 Forward 26 yrs Montral/ American Int.Coll
Erick Barkley (6'1''-G-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: St.John's) 6'1' 177 Guard\\\\ 32 yrs NY City /St-John's Univ.NY (player/assistant coach)

Four players were cut last night: Manix Auriental, Louis-Philippe Levros, Mike Evanovich (6'8''-F, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Terrence Watson (6'5''-F-87). Jonas Pierre is placed on the injured list.
The Kebs will play their first regular season game in St. John, Sunday, January 2nd. They will face Halifax, at the Peps on Thursday, January 6th, 2011.

Rochester RazorSharks home opener team roster - Jan 1, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
This down is the Rochester RazorSharks roster for yesterday night's Premier Basketball League season opener at the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial against the Dayton Air Strikers.
Sixth-year coach Rod Baker's team added six new players, including former University of Kentucky standouts Jared Carter and Perry Stevenson.

No. Name..........Age Pos. Ht. Wt.
33 Jared Carter 24 C 7-2 255
11 Melvin Council 28 G 6-4 235
4 Jerice Crouch 26 G 6-0 185
23 Fred Durr 25 G 6-7 220
12 Steffon Farley 22 F 6-8 215
13 Keith Friel 33 G 6-4 195
20 Demetrius Howard 25 G 6-6 202
2 Marlin Johnson 35 F 6-3 225
10 Todd McCoy 26 F 6-4 200
5 Lonnell Shuler-Jones 25 G 6-2 196
25 Perry Stevenson 23 F 6-9 210
34 Eric Walton 31 F 6-8 235
Head coach: Rod Baker

Durbansandshark
05-01-2011, 07:54 AM
Ellis goes, Cavarly set for the PBL start - Jan 1, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Just when coach Michael Ray Richardson (agency: Union Sports ) was looking to make one more cut to get his Cavalry down the 10 man maximum, Tim Ellis left for another team, making it all easier. It seems that Ellis agreed to a pro contract with a team in Iran and would not be returning to the Cavs for a third season.
Ellis' decision left Richardson with the 10 man roster he needs before Sunday's season opener against the expansion Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions.
ABA star Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) is the top addition in the PBL defending champions line-up, that is as follows:

Name SURNAME............. YoB..Hgt...Wgt....College
Jermaine BLACKBURN 1983 6-7 210 Boise State
DeAnthony BOWDEN 1981 6-1 180 Creighton
Steve 'Shawn' DANIELS 1979 6-6 250 Utah State
Jamaal DAVIS 1979 6-9 230 Cincinnati
Brandon DEAN 1979 6-1 200 Arkansas
Shaun FOUNTAIN 1977 5-10 175 UW-Milawaukee
Curtis HAYWOOD 1975 6-6 190 Oklahoma City
Elvin MIMS 1979 6-5 205 Southern Mississippi
Eddie SMITH 1976 6-0 170 U M K C 99
DeAndre THOMAS 1986 6-8 300 Robert Morris (IL)

Sharks Shocked in Opener - Jan 1, 2011 (by Allen White)
Not a bad way to start. As an expansion team playing its first game in the Premier Basketball League, Dayton scored a shocking upset to begin the 2011 season, with a 115-108 overtime victory over the Rochester RazorSharks. The victory by the Air Strikers was even more impressive coming on the Sharks home court where they once won 48 straight.

Rochester was in trouble right from the start. Dayton scored the first six points of the game. Except for a 9-8 lead early, the RazorSharks trailed all the way to the start of the fourth quarter. They trailed by as many as 13, by nine at the quarter, 11 at the half and by eight through three.

The Sharks then scored the first 16 points of the fourth quarter and moved out to a ten point lead of their own. They accomplished that largely through three point shooting. For the game, Rochester was 12 for 29 from long range.\\Veteran guard Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia) was 6 for 8 and became the PBL's first 1000 point career scorer with a 30 point night.

Give Dayton credit. The Strikers didn't quit and rallied back behind a team high 28 from Paul Hill and owned a two point lead into the final 30 seconds. Jerice Crouch scored on a driving layup for Rochester to tie the game and send it to overtime.

The Strikers owned the extra period outscoring Rochester 14-7 to claim the contest. Friel's 30 led the game. Crouch added 23 for Rochester. Dayton had three 20 point scorers. Hill had 28, Darrion Griffin (6'3''-G-87, college: Jackson St.) and Nate Miles (6'7''-G/F) had 20 each. The New Years' Eve event was well attended. There were 9,128 basketball fans at the Blue Cross Arena. That was Rochester's second largest crowd for a RazorShark game.

Rainmen sign NBA veteran - Jan 4, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The Halifax Rainmen are pleased to announce the arrival of 6'9 245 pound Fresno California native, Torraye Braggs (6'8''-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Xavier). Since his college career at Xavier University, the Forward/Centre star has enjoyed a seasoned career playing in the top leagues across the globe. In 1998, Braggs was selected in the second round of the NBA draft by the Utah Jazz, and later went on to play for the Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards and the Detroit Pistons.

More recently, Braggs played for Malvin in Uruguay and for the ASK Riga in the Latvian Basketball League, where he averaged 13 points a game. 'Torraye is a highly skilled basketball player and is a beast in the paint,' said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston. 'He is our missing piece, and with him I like our chances with any team in the league.' Braggs will join the Rainmen's winning roster before the team travels to Quebec for a January 6 match up against the Kebs. Levingston expects Braggs to make his Metro Centre debut against the Lawton-Fort Sill Calvary on Sunday, January 9.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Millrats drop opener to the Kebs - Jan 4, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The Saint John Mill Rats opened the season with a narrowly fought loss against the Quebec Kebs 100-93 on their home court at Harbour Station before a packed house.After leading 46-44 at the half, the Mill Rats found the Kebs a worthy adversary in a grueling back and forth towards the end of the 4th quarter, with the Kebs prevailing down the stretch.

Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts) led the way with 20 points, Marc Egerson (6'6''-G-86, college: Delaware) had 19 and 2 rebounds and Terry Martin scored 18 . Local boy Mike Anderson scored his first 2 points in the PBL in the 3rd quarter. Quinnel Brown (6'6''-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) led Quebec with 28.The next game for the Mill Rats is January 6th at 7:00pm versus the Dayton Airstrikers at Harbour Station.

Courtesy of www.millratsbasketball.ca

Yes, PBL basketball is in full swing in this very young year.

Durbansandshark
05-01-2011, 08:02 AM
SETX Mavericks retain #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - Dec 28, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
In spite of suffering its first loss of the season, a two point road loss to the Gulf Coast Slam, the Southeast Texas Mavericks are the #1 team in the ABA for the 7th straight wee closely followed by the undefeated Seven Cities Knights from Hampton Roads, Virginia. With only a few games being played during the Christmas/New Years period, there were few changes. The Jacksonville Giants did move to #4 in the rankings.

1. SETX Mavericks (10-1)
2. 7-City Knights (7-0)
3. Colorado Kingds (5-0)
4. Jacksonville Giants (4-0)
5. Las Vegas Aces (4-0)
6. East Kentucky Energy (4-0)
7. Columbus Life (4-0)
8. Gulf Coast Flash (4-1)
9. Seattle Mountaineers (5-1)
10. North Dallas Vandals (6-2)
11. San Francisco Rumble (5-2)
12. Bay Area Matrix (6-2)
13. Mobile Bay Hurricanes (4-2)
14. Los Angeles SLAM (3-0)
15. Sacramento Heatwave (6-3)
16. East Bay Pitbulls (6-3)
17. Texas FUEL (6-3)
18. Savannah Storm (4-1)
19. Chicago Steam (5-2)
20. San Diego SURF (5-3)
21. Lake Michigan Admirals (3-2)
22. San Diego Sol (2-1)
23. Jersey Express (3-1)
24. Oklahoma Stallions (3-2)

'There are several other teams very close to breaking into the Top 24,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'The rankings are based on many factors in addition to the won-lost records, including number of games played, closeness of scores, strength of opponent, etc. The Top 24 teams will compete in the ABA playoffs.'

Beijing takes also Game 2 - Dec 28, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Lake Michigan Admirals were playing on all cylinders Monday night in Cangzhou, China, in front of a sold out crowd of 7,500 against the Beijing Aoshen Olympians but unfortunately, they came a little short. The Admirals were ahead at the end of the first quarter 31-25 and went into the half down 57-51. Lake Michigan came out with a new look with Pete Trammell (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Grand Valley St.) running the point and Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) moving to shooting guard. That allowed Eddie Spencer (6'6''-G-85, college: Cent.Michigan), Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC), and Larry Logan (6'7''-F-85, college: Centenary) on the court at the same time. 'I was pleased with our guys tonight. We moved the ball well and we played defense with intensity.' quoted Coach Chris Glisson . The Lake Michigan Admirals were led by Odgra Bobo with 25 points and Eddie Spencer with a double double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. The Beijing Olympians were led by Jamel Staten (6'6''-G-83, college: Minnesota St.) and Yue Sun (6'9''-G/F-85) both scoring 18. Final score was 96-93 in favor of Beijing. The final match of a three game series will be on December 30th in Qinghuangdau.

Mavericks win 10th Game of Season - Dec 29, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 Ranked SETX Mavericks (10-1) defeated the Arlington Bulldogs 134-83 in their Mavericks Holiday Shoot-Out Classic on Tuesday night at Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center in Winnie, TX. The Bulldogs came out tough against the Mavericks in the first quarter. The score was tied several times early and was tied 13-13 at the five minute mark of the opening period. A Mavericks 14-2 run spearheaded by new Mavs point guard Hollis Giles (6'3''-G) allowed SETX to get some separation and gain control of the game. The Mavericks pulled ahead 33-17 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the Mavericks bench led by Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville), Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.), Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M), and Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) allowed the Mavs to gain complete control of the game as the Mavericks cruised to a 73-35 half-time lead. The Bulldogs had no quit in them as they came out of the locker-room at half-time to score 31 third quarter points. Nathan Walker, Maurice Williams, and Antonio Odom kept Arlington fighting and trying to get back into the game. The Mavericks answered with 38 points of their own in the period.
With the game in hand heading into the final period of play the Mavericks controlled tempo and earned another victory at home at the NJEC The final score was Mavs 134 - Bulldogs 83.
The Mavericks had eight players score in double figures with a balanced scoring attack. Alex Sanders led the way with 23 points. Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) added 22 points while playing his best game of the season at the point guard position. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI) scored 16 points. Todd and Cambridge chipped 15 points each respectively. DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) followed up with 14 points and Josh Pace scored 10 points. First team All-ABA Center Jon Rogers had 11 points and 7 rebounds in his first game back with the Mavericks after finishing his season in Uruguay. Kevin Ricard led the way for Arlington with 17 points. Antonio Odom followed up with a 14 point and 10 rebound performance.

The second night of the Holiday Shoot Out Classic will be played on Thursday night at the NJEC in Winnie, TX. The Arlington Bulldogs will face the Texas Fuel in the 6 PM game and at 8:30 PM the Houston Red Storm will face the SETX Mavericks. In the first game of the Classic on Tuesday night, the Texas Fuel (7-3) defeated the Houston Red Storm (0-4) 124-101. Lamar Wright (6'10''-C-78, college: Porterville JC) scored 32 points and pulled down 17 rebounds and veteran center Johnny Tyson (6'11''-F/C-71, college: Cent.Oklahoma) followed up with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Kenny Wilson (6'4''-G-84, college: Boise St.) and Mike Gayle followed up 17 and 15 points respectively.

Seattle defeats Detroit - Dec 31, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Some days ago, the Indianapolis Drive met the Seattle Mountaineers in a regular season ABA game. The Mountainers esacepd with a clear win, 117-86. Rashaad Powell (6'6''-G-81, college: Idaho) was the Seattle's top performer at 24 points, the best in Indy Drive were Daniel Artest (6'6''-F-82, agency: GOTathletes, college: Westchester CC) at 19 points and USA-PHI Nicholas Hailey (5'10''-G-88) who scored 8 points

Durbansandshark
05-01-2011, 08:09 AM
Jersey Express moving to China too - Dec 31, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
(courtesy of Plainfiled Sport News - Augustine Dashiell)
The Jersey Express begin their second trip to China for a three-game showcase against Beijing Aoshen Olympians. Presently, the Express stand with a 3-1 record during their American Basketball Association (ABA) season, General Manager Marsha Blount sees this as a showcase for her team to an international audience. Every season I make every effort to gain additional exposure, for not only the organization, but more so for the players, and coaches, Blount said. Last season when the Beijing Aoshen Olympians invited several teams to play home games in China, I lobbied hard for us to get the invite. This season, they again chose to host home games, and thanks to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, Aoshen offered us the opportunity again. Some ABA players seek a chance like this to display their talents on an international level in search of an overseas contract. Teams in the Chinese leagues play with two Americans on the roster, so the opportunity is there. Playing in China, with the level of exposure and interest in professional basketball at such a high level, and growing is a big thing, all of the players know that this will do wonders for their basketball resumes, Blount said. I see possible offers for two or three players.
With all the traveling and sightseeing, Coach Sandy Smith does not feel lack of focus will present a problem for her young team.
I believe they will view it as just another competitive game, Smith said. The people of China were so nice and kind when we went before that each player felt at home.
Last year the Express did not know what to expect on the court (only that former Laker Yue Sun (6'9''-G/F-85) was on the team), but after last year experience a game plan is in place. I believe we're definitely more prepared than last year, simply because Coach Smith is a tactician, Blount said. The game plan centers around our use of speed, Smith started. They are the taller team. Defensively we must gamble, trap, and recover. This has to be a complete team effort if we want to be successful.

Smith is confident in her team accepting the challenge, but warns them: This should be the most talented team we will face this season. Hopefully, it will open our eyes as to how hard we must work to be able to defeat teams of this caliber, Smith said. Sometimes words are not enough, actually playing against a heavily talented team can change one's personal perception when evaluating their game. The Express fly out December 30, and return January 9, with a game January 2 (in Hebei Province) and two in Cangzhou City (January 5 and 8) the Express will have plenty of time to take in the culture. We will post photos, highlights, and scores on our facebook page Blount said. We look forward to a rousing welcome when we return home to face the New York Red Riders January 15 at East Orange Campus High School Gymnasium.

SETX Mavericks win Holiday Shoot-Out Classin in dominating fashion ! - Dec 31, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 Ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks (11-1) defeated the Houston Red Storm (0-5) to win the Holiday Shoot-Out Classic on Thursday night at Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center in Winnie, TX. The game ended 149-72.
Houston started well the game taking a six point lead early in the first quarter led by Demetrius Blair (6'1''-G-83, college: Texas Tyler), who scored 5 straight points and dished 3 assist in the first 5 possessions. After a Mavericks time-out and a little fire side chat from coach Steve Tucker the Mavericks came back out and did what they have done so often thus far this season and that is play dynamic dominating basketball. The Mavs quickly went on a 16-2 run to gain control of the game and went on to a 36-22 lead at the end of one period of play. In the second quarter SETX used suffocating defense the a lot Houston to only 15 points in the entire quarter while the Mavericks scored 33 points in the quarter. At the half SETX led 69-37.
In the third quarter the SETX Mavericks blew the roof off of their NJEC Arena by scoring 42 points while allowing the Red Storm to only 14 points. Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville), Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI), Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.), Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar), and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) set the tone and the Mavericks rolled out to a huge lead. With the game in hand the fourth quarter saw the Mavs put things in cruise control and go on to another dominating victory!
The Mavericks put nine players in double figured led by Odell Bradley with 20 points. Alex Sanders followed up with 19 points and Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) chipped 18 points. Former Maverick Brandon Andrews (6'3''-G-81, college: Gannon) scored a game high 27 points for the Red Storm. In the first game of the evening the Texas Fuel (8-3) defeated a hard playing Arlington Bulldogs 123-116. Kenny Wilson (6'4''-G-84, college: Boise St.) recorded a triple double with 35 points, 15 rebounds, and 12 assist. Michael Gale (6'4''-G-82, college: Centenary) added 27 points respectively for the Fuel. Ralph Johnson (6'6''-F-82, college: Wiley) led the Bulldogs with 35 points, while Antonio Odom (6'4''-G/F-85, college: Texas Coll.) followed up with 27 points. Both the SETX Mavericks and the Texas Fuel went 2-0 in the Holiday Classic. The Mavericks were declared the Champions of the Classic by margin of victory in two games. The Fuel won two games by a total of 30 points while the Mavericks won two games by a winning margin of 127 points.

The All-Holiday Classic Team consisted of Kenny Wilson TX Fuel, Antonio Odom Arlington Bulldogs Myles Thrash SETX Mavericks Odell Bradley SETX Mavericks Josh Pace SETX Mavericks. The MVP of the Holiday Shoot-Out Classic was Alex Sanders SETX Mavericks.
The Mavericks and Fuel will face off this Sunday in San Antonio, TX. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

Blackburn has left the Mavs - Dec 31, 2010 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks earlier this week had released Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.). Blackburn helped lead the Mavericks to the 2010 ABA National Championship and was a First Team All-ABA player. 'First of all we want to thank Jermaine for his contributions to our team and organization. With that said, it is in the best interest of this year's team and our entire organization that we part ways. We wish Jermaine the best of luck in the future.' States SETX Mavericks General Manager/Head Coach Steve Tucker . With the departure of Blackburn, the Mavericks filled the open roster spot with Houston, TX native and former Georgetown College (KY) point guard Hollis Giles (6'3''-G, college: Georgetown, KY). Giles was a first team NAIA All-American last season while averaging 17.4 ppg and 8.1 assist. Giles was an All-State High School player at Yates High School in Houston.

Saunders passes the 1,000 points scored - Jan 1, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Coach Cleveland Phelps has just signalled to Usbasket.com an amazing accomplishment for West Texas Whirlwind Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84, college: Texas-PB). Marlo has scored 1082 points and 555 rebounds in less than two years in the American Basketball Association. In the 2009-10 season,he averaged 33.2 points per game, and in the current season is averaging 35.4 points per game. He joins Ray Williams (6'0''-G-85, college: Salisbury St.) and Charncy Ephriam (6'4''-G-81, college: Texas-PB) in scoring over 1000 points and grabbing over 500 rebounds for the Whirwinds.
Next game for the 3-4 West Texas Whirlwinds is vs Japan Gymrats Jan 8th at Odessa college at 6pm.

Durbansandshark
05-01-2011, 08:11 AM
Another win for the SETX Mavericks - Jan 3, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks (12-1) defeated the SW Division leading Texas Fuel (8-4) sunday night in San Antonio, TX, 113-80. The Fuel came out blazing as they took at 9-2 lead to open the game and led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter. The Mavericks led by Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) and Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) finished the first quarter on a 14-2 run to only be down 27-25 after one period of play. In the second period the two division leading teams exchanged leads and battled in a physical and emotional game. No team led by more than a basket and the Fuel led at half-time 48-47.

After the half-time break the Mavericks came out with its pressure defense in full force and the Fuel wilted from the defensive heat. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) led the way and set a Mavericks record with 9 steals in the game. SETX only allowed 13 third quarter points by the Fuel and scored 37 to blow the game open heading into the final period of play. In the fourth quarter the Mavericks continued their full court pressure and just seemed to get stronger the longer the second half went on. Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) directed the show on court for the Mavericks as the Mavs extended its lead to thirty points.

SETX was led in scoring by Pace, Cambridge, and Rogers who each scored 21 points. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI) and Thrash scored 13 and 11 points respectively. The Fuel was led in scoring by Kenny Wilson (6'4''-G-84, college: Boise St.), Keith Simpson (6'9''-F/C-83, agency: GSM, college: Texas A&M Int.), and Leonard Brown (5'9''-G-83, college: Stephen F. Austin) who each scored 15 points. The Mavericks will be back on the road Wednesday night as they travel to Dallas, TX to take on the North Dallas Vandals (6-2).

Mavericks still #1 in ABA Power Rankings - week #8 - Jan 3, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks maintained their hold on the #1 ranking with two convincing wins this week to bring their season record to 12-1. The Jacksonville Giants jumped to the #2 position with its 7-0 record having won a game with an ABA record-setting 206 points over the Georgia Gwizzlies. With the same 7-0 record, the Seven Cities Knights dropped to #3 while the East Kentucky Energy improved to 6-0 and took the #4 spot. The rankings:

1. SETX Mavericks (12-1)
2. Jacksonville Giantes (7-0)
3. 7-City Knightes (7-0)
4. East Kentucky Energy (6-0)
5. Colorado Kings (5-0)
6. Columbus Riverballers (4-0)
7. Las Vegas Aces (4-0)
8. Seattle Mountaineers (5-1)
9. North Dallas Vandals (6-2)
10. Bay Area Matrix (6-2)
11. Savannah Storm (6-2)
12. San Francisco Rumble (5-2)
13. Mobile Bay Hurricanes (4-2)
14. Gulf Coast Flash (4-2)
15. Sacramento Heatwave (6-3)
16. East Bay Pitbulls (6-3)
17. Texas FUEL (8-4)
18. Chicago Steam (5-2)
19. San Diego SURF (5-3)
20. Los Angeles SLAM (3-0)
21. Lake Michigan Admirals (3-2)
22. San Diego Sol (2-1)
23. Jersey Express (3-1)
24. Oklahoma Stallions (3-2)

'This week, there is a heavy schedule of games and there should be a considerable shakeup in the rankings next week as quite a few teams are very close to breaking into the rankings as they play more games,' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . 'The Top 24 at the end of the season will compete in the ABA playoffs so every game counts.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com

Durbansandshark
14-01-2011, 08:47 AM
Whirlwinds roster changes - Jan 6, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The West Texas Whirlwinds staff has just communicated the following roster changes: four players have been released: Chris Jones (6'5''-F), Chris Gatlin (6'6''-F-87), Jessie Banks (6'2''-G), and Desi Crisp (6'4''-G/F-80, college: UNC Pembroke). Berry Whitley (5'9''-G-81, college: SUNO) will leave the tewm he too, moving on to play overseas. The newcomers are three former team players, Nathaniel Jones (6'7''-F/C-77, college: Langston), Ray Williams (6'0''-G-85, college: Salisbury St.) and John Hollman (6'3''-G-84, college: Langston), who will give the team the much needed experience that was lacking plus inside operator Ibrahima Thioune (6'9''-C-75) (aka Ebu)

San Diego Sol Press Conference Scheduled - Jan 6, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Dr. Marty Glisson, aka 'Doc' Glisson, in charge as the Executive Director of Operations of the new ABA team San Diego Sol has just announced the 'Meet the San Diego Sol Team Night' The team will be introduced to the media at a press conference and meet the team night to announce and answer questions about the SD Sol inaugural season. The event is scheduled for January 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm. Location will be the Sport Center at Alliant /San Diego Sol 10455 Pomerado Rd. San Diego, CA 92131
The team is coached by Zack Jones with a current records is 2-1 and according with official website sandiegosol.com the team roster is as follows:

Allen BAUGH G, 1980, 6-4 Sonoma State '02
John BROWNER F, 1986, 6-6 Benedictine '08
Greg CLARK F, 1978, 6-7 Washington '01
John CLARK F, 1981, 6-5 St.Mary's (KS) '04
Chad FERGUSON F/C, 1984, 6-8 Coastal Carolina '08
Spatticus HARRIS F, 1975, 6-4 Christian Heritage '99
Cameron KOFORD C, 1977, 7-0 Utah '03
Kesuke 'Kay' ONODERA G, 1989, 5-8 JAPAN
Matthew VAUGHN G, 1983, 6-0 Colorado Christian '05
Robert WALTON G, 1987, 6-2 Warner Pacific '08
Keoni WATSON G, 1984, 5-11 Idaho '07
Richie WILLIAMS G, 1987, 5-9 San Diego State '09

Humphrey joins the Pioneers - Jan 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The St. Louis Pioneers announced the signing of former AND1Mixtape player John 'Helicopter' Humphrey (6'2''-G/F-80, college: Middle Tenn.St.).. Humphrey has arrived in St.Louis and has began to practice with the team. He is scheduled to suit up and play in the home opener on Saturday, Jan.8 night at Meremac College. Hump will be a huge addition to the squad as he brings great experience, athleticism and leadership to the organization. Negotiations have been in the works for the last week or so and we are happy to finally have him on board. The Pioneers are currently 2-1 on the season. Additional information can be found on their website at www.stlpioneers.com

Mavericks win on the road - Jan 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks (13-1) won their 5th game on the road this season with a 122-98 hard fought victory against North Dallas Vandals, improving their road record this season to 5-1.
SETX came out hot early with perimeter bombs from Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar), who started in place of injured Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse). Todd hit two 3s in the early going to give the Mavs the early lead. North Dallas battled back with Jonathan Walker (6'3''-G-86, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: McMurry) taking center stage. Walker leveled the score at 15 with a basket at the seven minute mark. From there the Mavericks gained control led by rookie point guard Hollis Giles (6'3''-G, college: Georgetown, KY). The Mavs led 31-19 after one period of play.
In the second quarter Walker continued his onslaught from both the inside and outside on the Mavericks. Devon Pearson (6'6''-F, college: SMU) also got into the mix with key baskets and rebounds. But the Mavericks bench came up big and the SETX took at 57-40 half-time lead into the locker-room.
The Vandals came out of the locker-room at half-time blazing and cut a 21 point Mavericks lead to just 6 with two minutes to go in the 3rd period. Walker and Pearson led the way for North Dallas as they trailed only 79-75 after three periods of play.
The 4th quarter belonged totally to the Mavericks as Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) hit key baskets! Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) and Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) controlled the paint as the Mavs opened the game up and regained it twenty point lead. SETX finished strong and went on to gain the road win 122-98.
SETX was led in scoring by Cambridge with 31 points. Thrash added 24 points and Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) chipped in 22 points. Walker scored a game high 41 points for North Dallas. Pearson followed up with 25 points and a game high 12 rebounds.
The SETX Mavericks will host the Texas Rimrockers on Saturday night, January 8th at Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center in Winnie, TX. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM

Aces defeat the SLAM - Jan 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The game was between the two top teams in the So Cal Division, the #7 Las Vegas Aces and #20 Los Angeles Slam squared off for what turned out to be an exciting and rememberable match so far this season. The LA Slam jump out to a 39-26 lead after the 1st qt, led by veterans Tony Farmer (6'10''-F/C-70, college: Nebraska) and Tracy Murray (6'8''-F-71, college: UCLA). The lead continue to grow after the second intermission and at half time #20 Slam led 71-55.
The 3rd qt was still the same as the two teams traded baskets and after the end of the 3rd quarter the score was 101-85. The 4th quarter was a different story: led by Lou Kelly (6'5''-G/F-79, college: UNLV), Patrick Savoy (6'9''-F/C-72, college: UNLV) and Michael Johnson (6'0''-G-76, college: Oklahoma), the Aces, outscored the Slam 37-19, coming back well and finally claiming a 122-120 victory.
The Slam was led by Tony Farmer who scored 23 pts and Tracy Murray, who added 18. The Aces were led in scoring by Michael Johnson with 30 points, Patrick Savoy added 24 pts and Lou Kelly chipped in win 20 pts, 10 of them in the 4th quarter.

DeRon Rutledge annunces retirement - Jan 8, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Southeast Texas Mavericks power forward DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) will play his farewell game on Saturday night at Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center in Winnie, TX vs the Texas Rimrockers. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.
The 66-245 power forward has been with the Mavericks since the pro basketball started in the Golden Triangle three years ago. Rutledge has played professional basketball now for fifteen years both in the USA and abroad. He is one of the most celebrated and honored players to have ever played professional basketball on this level. Rutledge has been All-ABA four times in his career and has been selected to play in three ABA All-Star Games. He was the 2008-09 MVP of the American Basketball Association. DeRon has decided to step away from pro basketball to pursue a career opportunity with Union Pacific Railroad. Known for his patented jump hook, DeRon Rutledge will be remembered for his professionalism, class and for his great passion for the game of basketball.

Durbansandshark
19-01-2011, 06:29 AM
Champs tip off vs. Rainmen - Jan 8, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
In an early-season litmus test, the Halifax Rainmen will find out this weekend how they stack up against the defending champions of the Premier Basketball League. The Rainmen and Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry tip off Sunday at 3 p.m. on the Metro Centre hardwood in a clash of division leaders who just a week into the season found themselves the only unbeaten teams in the PBL.

Halifax (2-0) is coming off an impressive 106-98 road conquest of the Quebec Kebs on Thursday while the Cavalry are also 2-0 after beating the Frost Heaves 111-99 in Vermont on Friday night. 'I think weve played pretty good basketball and at this point I think it is time to really test ourselves against what I think is one of the best teams in the league,' Rainmen coach Les Berry said Friday.

A year ago, the Cavalry took two of three starts in Halifax, ending the Rainmens nine-game regular-season win streak at the Metro Centre on March 27 and then dumping the hosts in their semifinal playoff opener in mid-April. Lawton-Fort Sill went on to sweep the Rainmen in their best-of-three series en route to the PBL title. The Cavalry return seven players from last years championship squad and have added three talented newcomers, including centre DeAndre Thomas, who played sparingly in 10 games with the Rainmen last season before he joined the Albany Legends in time to lead them to the International League crown. 'I think theyve gotten a lot better,' Berry said. 'This is going to be a good test to see where our guys have come at this stage and see where our weaknesses are and what we have to build on to move forward to compete with these guys.'

The Rainmen plan to have a new centre in the lineup for Sundays game, though it wont be Torraye Braggs, the 34-year-old who played 22 NBA games for Houston and Washington from 2003 to 2005. Braggs was signed Monday but Rainmen owner/GM Andre Levingston said Friday hes still in the U.S. due to an undisclosed past issue that needs to be resolved before he can cross the border into Canada. In his place, the team has brought in another 34-year-old pivot, Marquise Gainous. The six-foot-nine Gainous, who played collegiately at Texas Christian, most recently suited up with Cangrejeros de Santurce, a team in the Puerto Rican national league, averaging 12.4 points in seven games.

Rookie power forward Kavon Jones started at centre against Quebec and topped Halifax with 19 points, hitting nine of 11 shots from the floor in the first half before foul trouble kept him glued to the bench for much of the second. A victory on Sunday would help the Rainmen equal the franchise-best 3-0 start they fashioned in the 2008-09 campaign, their first in the PBL. In order to accomplish that, Berry said, the Rainmen have to turn in a gritty showing in the paint against Lawton-Fort Sills interior players and hold the Cavalrys explosive offence in check.

'This is a team that lives to get out in transition and push the ball down the floor and if we cant contain that, then were gonna have a lot of problems on the scoreboard.' Courtesy of www.thechronicleherald.ca

Rainmen release Voskuil - Jan 11, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The Halifax Rainmen have released 6'3, 181 pound guard, Alan Voskuil (6'3''-G-86, college: Texas Tech). Voskuil's release leaves the Rainmen with a roster of ten players, including 6'9, 231 pound forward-centre Marquise Gainous, who joined the team late last week.
The Rainmen will return to the Metro Centre to match up against Premier Basketball League reigning champions, the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry, today at 7 pm.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Durbansandshark
19-01-2011, 06:33 AM
Cavalry charges past Rainmen - Jan 13, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry brought their A game to the Metro Centre on Tuesday night.
The Halifax Rainmen, in their first big test of the young season, could muster only a middling grade as the defending Premier Basketball League champs rode a big second quarter to a 105-94 victory in a matchup of two unbeaten clubs. A disappointed Eric Crookshank said he and his teammates may have been guilty of making too much of the early-season showdown against the squad that swept them from the PBL playoffs a year ago.

'I think we should have come in here and played like a normal game,' said the veteran power forward, who netted 12 points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds in 35 minutes. We were looking at them like the league champions. We put em high on a pedestal we got a good team, you know, but they came in and they kicked our bums.'

The Cavalry, now 3-0, held a two-point lead after a fast-paced first quarter but took control with a 10-0 run to start a second period in which the Rainmen went ice-cold. Halifax hit only four of 18 shots, missing all seven attempts from three-point range, and trailed by as many as 20 points before reaching halftime looking up at a 52-37 deficit.
'With a team like that, you cant let them get that big of a lead that early in the game, theyre just too good,' said Rainmen small forward Marshall Brown, who scored 11 points. 'Youre constantly digging yourself out of a hole for the rest of the game.'

Thats how the Rainmen spent the third and fourth quarters. Behind by 23 points at one point, they mounted several runs to try to fight back but the Cavalry always had an answer. Midway through the fourth, a 9-1 stretch got Halifax to within 89-80, igniting the 2,100 Metro Centre fans whod been silenced by Lawton-Fort Sills big second period. After the Cavalry responded, the Rainmen completed a 9-0 run on a Mike Mercer hoop with about a minute left to cut the gap to 100-92. But that was as close as they got.

Elvin Mims (6'5''-G/F-79, college: S.Mississippi) topped Lawton-Fort Sill with a game-best 24 points while Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) had 16 and Jamaal Davis 15 for the Cavalry, who scored 26 points in each of the first three quarters and had 27 in the fourth. Halifax, trying to equal the 3-0 start of the 2008-09 Rainmen, was led by Taliek Brown's (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) 18 points. Kavon Jones added 16, Mercer chipped in with 15 and Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken) had 13.

The Rainmen ended up outscoring the Cavalry by two points in both the third and fourth quarters but werent able to overcome their tepid second period. 'At times, when a team scores a few buckets in a row, you feel the pressure and you start trying to do it yourself and I felt like we just didnt come together when we needed to,' Marshall Brown said.
Crookshank, who gave his team a C minus for Tuesday nights performance, agreed with that assessment. 'Veteran teams, when they get down, . . . they stay together. Were a young team and weve gotta work on that.'

The loss was the third in a row for the Rainmen at home against the Cavalry, the only PBL team with a regular-season or playoff win at the Metro Centre the past two seasons. The Rainmen will try to reassert their home-court dominance Saturday night when they entertain the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions, making their first visit to the Metro Centre.
The Stallions, one of two new PBL teams this season, are 1-2 going into tonights showdown with their expansion cousins, the Dayton Air Strikers.

Courtesy of www.thechronicleherald.ca

Razorsharks rally for second straight win - Jan 16, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The Rochester Razorsharks came back for a 107-101 victory over the visiting Quebec Kebs. Rochester overcame deficits of nine points at the half and seven points in the fourth quarter. Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) led all Sharks' scorers with 18 points. Wilson grad Melvin Council (6'3''-G, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 14 points.
The win is the Razorsharks' second in a row. Rochester is at the Saint John Mill Rats on Friday.

Courtesy of http://rochester.ynn.com

Rainmen make statement in 66-point half - Jan 16, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
A vengeful Halifax Rainmen squad made sure the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions first visit to the Metro Centre wasn't a pleasant one. The Rainmen, coming off their first loss of the season, trampled their guests for 66 first-half points en route to a 115-83 victory over one of the Premier Basketball Leagues two newest teams on Saturday night in front of 3,202 fans who were treated to one of the most dominant halves in franchise history. 'We wanted to come out and make a statement and we did a good job of that,' shooting guard Mike Mercer said after scoring 18 points in Halifaxs first outing since a 105-94 setback to the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry on Tuesday.

Tommy Mitchell (6'3''-G-82, college: Siena), making his Rainmen debut, led the way with 19 points. Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) also netted 18, Kavon Jones and Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken) counted 13 and Desmond Ferguson had 12. 'It was important to have a game like this, especially coming off a tough loss,' said Mitchell, activated earlier this week after missing the first three games of the season with an ankle injury. Kenny Jones (6'6''-F-84, college: Kentucky St.) led Kentucky with 17 and Jason McLeish, who tried out with the Rainmen last season, had 15.

The final score - at least on the home side - didnt reflect the fact that both squads got off to tentative starts, combining for only four field goals in the first 4 minutes. But after McLeish knocked down a pair of free throws to put Kentucky up 8-6, Halifax suddenly found its rhythm and left the Stallions in a cloud of dust. Going on the attack and showing off their athleticism, the Rainmen torched Kentucky with a 24-4 run to finish the quarter with a commanding 30-12 lead. It didnt get any better for the visitors in the second period. The Rainmen continued to force the issue and put up 36 more points to go into the locker-room with a 66-29 lead. The offensive outburst fell just short of Halifaxs 68-point first half last February in a 147-105 thrashing of the Maryland GreenHawks at the Metro Centre.

Halifax led 95-55 after the third quarter and hit the century mark on Mercers trey 2:04 into the fourth. 'Everybody came into the game wanting to be more aggressive and it translated into a lot of points,' Mercer said. 'I feel like were more athletic and were quicker than a lot of teams in the PBL and thats something that we need to do. We need to get out in transition and use our quickness.' Centre James (Boo) Jackson, brought in Friday as the latest to audition for Halifaxs opening for a big man in the middle, scored 11 points in 20 minutes of action.

For the third straight game, Halifax started two guards and three forwards, with six-foot-eight power forward Eric Crookshank the tallest Rainman on the floor for the tipoff.
But size didnt matter as Halifax outraced the Stallions on offence and occasionally employed a trapping defence that created a handful of turnovers during the big first-quarter run. Seven-foot-two Kentucky centre Reo Logan didnt hit his first field goal until late in the third quarter, when both teams had all but settled into garbage time.

Halifax, now 3-1, holds a half-game lead on Quebec (3-2) in the East Division after the Kebs lost 107-101 to Rochester on Saturday afternoon. Kentucky fell to 2-3. 'Its a good confidence-builder,' Mitchell said of Saturdays victory, in which Halifax set a season high for points and turned in its stingiest defensive effort. 'It was good to get this win and get out on the road and take care of business.' The Rainmen are travelling this week for a two-game stretch against the leagues expansion cousins. Theyre in Dayton on Wednesday to meet the Air Strikers and play a rematch against the Stallions next Sunday night in Georgetown.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca

Durbansandshark
19-01-2011, 07:44 AM
Two wins for the Sol - Jan 9, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The San Diego Sol largely defeated, 121-87 the Riverside Rainmakers at home, led by Keoni Watson (5'10''-G-84, college: Idaho), who scored 27 pts, grabbed 4 rebs and dished 7 assist. Greg Clark (6'7''-F-78, college: Washington) added 16 pts and Cameron Koford (7'2''-C-77, college: Utah) 14 pts and 8 rebs at the winning side, Chet Johnson (6'4''-F/G-81, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) was the top performer for the Rainmakers with 21 pts, 2 rebs and 2 assists in losing effort.

Two nigths after, the San Diego Sol triumphed again, this time defeating 83-73 the SoCal Swish at the Alliant University Arena, San Diego. This time the best performer was Richard Williams (5'10''-G-87, college: San Diego St.), who led the Sol with 25 points, followed by John Clark (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) with 10 pts and 12 rebounds. With 20 points and 5 rebs, Jerren Shipp (6'3''-G-88) was the best at the losing side, and Tracie Cathey (6'1''-G-89) added 15 pts. Sol record is now 4-1. Next game is Thursday 13 at Las Vegas.

Whirlwinds destroy the Gymrats - Jan 10, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
West Texas Whirlwinds had a big game for coming back Ray Williams (6'0''-G-85, college: Salisbury St.): 15 Points and 10 assist. Nedrie Simmons (5'9''-G, college: Texas-PB) matched Ray with 10 assist. Shape shooting for Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84, college: Texas-PB) with an amazing 11/12 from the three point line ending with game high 37 point and 5 reb. Twin brother Marcus Saunders (6'10''-C-84, college: Texas-PB) performed for 13 pts and 8 rebs and Frankie Wheeler (6'8''-G/F, college: Harris-Stowe St.) scored 13 pts. For Shizuoka Gymrats, Yosuke Sugawara (6'2''-G-83) scored 39 points and Jun Iwasa (6'2''-G-80) 33 pts. The game ended West Texas Whirlwinds 133 - Shizuoka Gymrats 94

Mavericks send Rutledge into retirement with another big win - Jan 11, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks (14-1) sent power forward DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) into retirement with a dominating 162-75 victory Saturday night at their Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Center (NJEC) in Winnie, TX. The Mavs displayed stifling defense again and just did not let the Rimrockers do much of anything on offense. It was just another impressive display of team defense by the Mavericks. DeRon Rutledge hit on 13 of 18 shots to tally 28 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assist, and 1 steal on this his farewell night. It was the perfect way for this power forward to end his stellar career that has spanned over 15 years. He is the best that Ive ever seen play on this level of pro basketball and it was my privilege to have coached him all of these years that weve been together as player and coach! With all of that said, I will remember DeRon as a better person that he was a player! He was special in every way! stated Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker.

In a stirring ceremony at half-time Mavericks Owner Jerry Nelson honored Rutledge and his Family who were in attendance at the game. Rutledge's #22 is the second number retired by the Mavericks and is the first Players Number retired. The #1 was retired two seasons ago in honor of Jerry Nelson. Rutledge led seven Mavericks in double figures for the game! Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) scored 22 points in his most impressive performance of the season. Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse), Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI), and Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) each scored 20 points respectively. Sanders also added 17 rebounds and 5 assist in his best game as a pro over the last three seasons with the SETX. The Texas Rimrockers were led in scoring by Calvin Crosby with 21 points. The SETX Mavericks will be back in action this Thursday night at home. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.

Chicago defeats Lake Michigan - Jan 11, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Lake Michigan Admirals finally got their chance to revenge last years divisional championship lose to Chicago Steam Sunday night at South Suburban College. Unfortunately they were a little short handed. Zane Gay (6'5''-G-87, college: E.Michigan), Eddie Spencer (6'6''-G-85, college: Cent.Michigan), and Larry Logan (6'7''-F-85, college: Centenary) could not make the trip and their absence was felt. The first quarter was owned by the Chicago Steam and they led 30-21. Then the Admirals woke up and outscored their opponent 38-14 and went into the half with a 59-44 halftime lead. The Steam came out of the locker room charged and cut the lead down to 4 with the score 87-83 Admirals. Then Sam Mack (6'7''-G/F-70, college: Houston), former Houston Rockets took over and scored 17 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter. The Admirals were led by Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) with 28 points. The Chicago Steam won the game 117-112. The Steam are 8-3 on the season and the Admirals are 3-3.

Mavericks trap GymRats to win 15th game - Jan 14, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 ranked SETX Mavericks (15-1) defeated the Shizuoka Gymrats 119-65 at their Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center on Thursday night.
Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) led the way in scoring for the Mavericks with 21 points. Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) added 17 points. Brandon Davis (6'6''-G) scored 16 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, and blocked 5 shots in his first game in a Mavericks uniform. Joe Rogers (6'1''-G) ended the game with a 14 point, 8 rebound performance. Josh Pace nearly had a triple double with 10 points, 10 assist, and 8 rebounds. Silvester Simple (6'8''-F/C-81, college: Wiley) led Shizuoka with 25 points and 18 rebounds. Joe Vdeoji followed up with 20 points.

The Mavericks will travel back to Gulfport, MS next Wednesday night where they lost their only game of the season just before the Christmas Break to the Gulf Coast Flash (4-2). The Flash and Mavericks will get together for their third match-up this season. The game will be at Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, MS. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.
Just before the game, coach Steve Tucker had stated this down to Usbasket.com:
'We have been ranked #1 in ABA Power Rankings for 23 consecutive weeks (9 straight weeks this season & 14 straight the last 14 regular season weeks of last season). In other words we have been ranked #1 in the Power Rankings since the second Monday of December 2009. At any time or any given game could end this streak and it is one of those Amazing Streaks that I doubt will ever be matched or broken. This is unheard of and our players deserve all of the credit for this streak. They have kept things in perspective and have just gone out and won games. The sad thing is that not one word has been mentioned or written about this. That is unfortunate for this is just an Amazing Streak.'
We can only add that for sure the Mavericks are stably one of the best minor league teams in the USA and their last seasons records tells by the same.

Chicago adds back Smith, Carter - Jan 15, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Usbasket.com has just discovered that the ABA North Central Division table header Chicago Steam has just reached the agreement with PG Eric Smith (6'1''-G-83, college: Campbell) and veteran scorer Maurice Carter (6'3''-G-74, college: Brandon) to strengthen the roster. Both Smith and Carter are comebacks, because they played all the past season with the Steam

Durbansandshark
26-01-2011, 06:46 AM
SETX Mavericks and Jacksonville Giants hold first spots in ABA Power Rankings - Jan 17, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association today released its Power Rankings for week #10 of the season and the Southeast Texas Mavericks and Jacksonville Giants held onto the top two spots. 'If they're not able to arrange a game during the season, it's very likely that these two teams will be meeting in the ABA Playoffs,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'And Seven Cities Knights, East Kentucky Energy, Las Vegas Aces and Colorado Kings, all undefeated, would love to play either or both. We have some tough teams in the ABA.' The rankings:

1. SETX Mavericks (15-1)
2. Jacksonville Giants (12-0)
3. 7-City Knights (9-0)
4. East Kentucky Energy (8-0)
5. Colorado Kings (7-0)
6. Las Vegas Aces (6-0)
7. Seattle Mountaineers (7-1)
8. Savannah Storm (8-2)
9. Oklahoma Stallions (7-2)
10. East Bay Pitbulls (8-3)
11. Chicago Steam (8-3)
12. Bay Area Matrix (7-3)
13. Sacramento Heatwave (7-3)
14. San Diego SOL (5-1)
15. Los Angeles SLAM (5-2)
16. Texas Fuel (10-4)
17. Columbus Riverballers (4-1)
18. Mobile Bay Hurricanes (4-2)
19. San Francisco Rumble (5-3)
20. Gulf Coast Flash (4-2)
21. North Dallas Vandals (7-5)
22. Lake Michigan Admirals (4-2)
23. Columbus Diesel (4-2)
24. Modesto Hawks (6-6)

'For the first time, the Modesto Hawks have jumped into the top 24,' added Newman, 'winning games and playing others very close. And we have several other teams right on the cusp. Every game really counts.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com

San Diego Sol defeats the Slam - Jan 17, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Yesterday night at the Alliance University Arena in San Diego the San Diego Sol ABA team defeated the Los Angeles Slam, 115-86 with Greg Clark (6'7''-F-78, college: Washington) leading the way at 25 points, 5 rebs, 2 assist. Matt Vaughn (6'0''-G-83, college: Colorado Christian) added 22 points and Richard Williams (5'10''-G-87, college: San Diego St.) 21 at the winning side, John Browner (6'6''-F-81, college: Benedictine) was the Sol's best rebounder at 12. JoShey Rockett (6'6''-F-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) and Marcus Palmer (6'6''-F) were the best performers at the Slam side, with 20 and 24 points, respectively, and veteran Tony Farmer (6'10''-F/C-70, college: Nebraska) was the game top rebounder with 13.

Energy is Building !! - Jan 19, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The East Kentucky Energy have been living up to it's name. The Energy is 8-0 on the season and ranked #4 in the ABA Power Rankings. They are being lead by veteran Daniel Price (6'3''-G-82, college: Pikeville) averaging 24.2 ppg, 9.4 apg, 4.3 spg. Price, who is also the ABA reigning Defensive Player of Year, is getting major help from former teammates and new teammates as well. Jarell Jones (6'0''-G-82, college: Pikeville), Sandrell Spann (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Delta St.), and Roderick Smith (6'8''-C-83, college: Jackson St.) all played for the Mississippi Blues and now play for the Energy. Jones a veteran point guard is having a wonderful year averaging 10.5 ppg and 11.3 apg. The big man Sandrell Spann is contributing with 15.4 ppg and 16.4 rpg. Roderick Smith a former all-star his rookie season in 2008-2009 is averaging 12.7 ppg and 8.5 rpg. 'We are very familiar with each other, stated Jones. We have grew playing ball together and I know where each of them like to score. It's my job as the floor general to make sure I get the ball to them were they like to score.' the East KY Energy also has help from J.R. Vanhoose (6'10''-F/C-79, college: Marshall) a Marshall University Hall of Famer. Vanhoose is a 6'11' veteran basketball player having a stellar season averaging 23.2 ppg and 18 rpg. The Energy have held there last 4 opponents under 100 points. 'We have set a goal to not let teams get 100 so we really have to play really good team defense. We know defense wins championships and that's our goal,' Price said. The Energy also have a player-coach in Galen Young (6'7''-F/G-75, college: Charlotte) that has NBA experience. His knowledge of the game is helping in so many ways to get the rookies on the team ready and developing the teams bench. Young was drafted to the NBA because of his defense. 'Adding Galen who playing in the NBA because of defense along with the reigning ABA Defensive Player of the year in Price and that makes for a good defensive minded team,' stated team owner Tom Hamilton . Rookie guard Scottie Samarco (6'0''-G, college: Pikeville) is looking to take home the Rookie of the Year award averaging 18.4 off the bench. The sharp shooter is shooting .48% from beyond the arch.

Aces ink Lawrence - Jan 19, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
According with an official release from the team, after having released starting five member Michael Brice (6'7''-F/C) (conduct detrimental to the team and team violations) and Matt Thomas (6'1''-G-83, college: NW Oklahoma St.), the Las Vegas Aces have signed experienced big man Trevor Lawrence (7'0''-C-82, college: N.Mexico St.)

Another win for the Sol - Jan 19, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The San Diego Sol defeated a second, consecutive time Los Angeles Slam, 95-89, the night after their first meeting. Matt Vaughn (6'0''-G-83, college: Colorado Christian) was this time the game top scorer at 22 points, with Greg Clark (6'7''-F-78, college: Washington) adding 20 points, 5 rebs, 4 assist. and Richard Williams (5'10''-G-87, college: San Diego St.) 17 at the winning side. Veteran Cameron Koford (7'2''-C-77, college: Utah) grabbed 4 rebs and scored 12 at the San Diego side. JoShey Rockett (6'6''-F-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) was the top performer in the SLAM, with 18 pts, 12 rebs and 2 assists. Justin Johnson (6'0''-G-83, college: Mississippi) added 15 pts in losing effort

Dallas Impact roster Changes - Jan 20, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
(courtesy of team GM Tyler Gatlin) Forward Ryan Randle (6'9''-F-81, college: Maryland) has left the team and is now playing in France. The Impact has added three new, talented players: Dwight Coleman (6'8''-F-85, college: Dallas Baptist), Terrance Johnson (6'5''-G-82, college: Cal.Baptist) and C.J. Carter (6'3''-G).

Tryout for the Carolina Jaguars - Jan 20, 2011 (by Bruno Baltazar)
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Durbansandshark
26-01-2011, 06:49 AM
Two wins for the Aces - Jan 21, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The ABA # 6 ranked Las Vegas Aces had two very tough 'come from behind' wins versus the #14 ranked San Diego Sol on January 19 and 20. The Aces won the first game on Wednesday 102-92. The Sol was in control for the first 3 periods led by John Clark (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) and Richard Williams (5'10''-G-87, college: San Diego St.) sharp shooting and penetrations. The fourth period was a different ball game and the Aces outscored the Sol 32-19.

The leading scorers for both team was for the Sol John Clark with 25 points and Richard Williams with 18. For the Aces Michael Johnson (6'0''-G-76, college: Oklahoma) led the way at 30 pts, Lou Kelly (6'5''-G/F-79, college: UNLV) added 17. The second game on Thursday was much more the same. The San Diego Sol continued their quick burst on out scoring the Aces in the 1st period 35-23. The 2nd and 3rd period were much the same, and the Sol continued to control the ball game. But just like the first game, the Las Vegas Aces took over the fourth period and out scored the Sol 40-22 in the last partial. The final score was 119-111 and leading scorers for the Aces were Lou Kelly, who ended tha game at 50 points (!!) and Michael Johnson, who added 34 points. At the Sol side, Richard Williams scored 26 pts and Matt Vaughn (6'0''-G-83, college: Colorado Christian) 25.

Mavericks defeat Gulf Coast on the road - Jan 21, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the #20 Gulf Coast Flash in Gulfport, MS on Wednesday night, 103-85. The Flash were undefeated heading into the game at home and that included a home victory over the Mavericks back in December, which is the only loss of the season for SETX.
The Mavs came out firing on all cylinders and opened up a 9-2 lead as Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) got things going with early baskets. SETX maintained control of the game throughout the early going to take a 21-16 lead after one period of play. The second quarter belonged to the Flash as their physical play allowed them to score easy baskets. Luther Suggs (F/G) and Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris) led the way for Gulf Coast and the Flash led 41-38 at the half. The Mavericks came out of the locker-room at halftime and blew the game open. The Mavs full-court pressure proved to be too much for the Flash as Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) and the other SETX players seized control of the game. The Mavericks took a 73-57 lead into the final period of play.
In the last quarter the teams exchanged baskets and Southeast Texas fought off two Gulf Coast Flash runs (one run cutting the lead to just 8 points with 3:56 left to play). But key baskets by Rogers, Davis, Bradley, and newcomer P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) sealed the Mavericks' 16th win of the season and avenged their only defeat.

The Mavericks were led in scoring by Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 25 points. Bradley, who is establishing himself as a legitimate ABA MVP Candidate added 22 points. Newcomer Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) chipped 12 points and 9 rebounds. Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) was the game's leading rebounder with10 rebounds. The Flash were led by Luther Suggs 16 and Freeman Taylor 's 12 points respectively.

The Mavericks return home to their Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Center (NJEC) next week when they host a home stand on Thursday and Saturday. They will play the North Dallas Vandals on Thursday and the Gulf Coast Flash on Saturday. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 PM.

Two other wins for the Sol - Jan 23, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
After defeating the SoCal Swish, 107-83 on Friday, January 21, led by newly acquired Glen Dandridge (6'6''-F-85, college: Lambuth), with 23 points and 5 rebounds, the San Diego Sol met again the SoCal Swish at Alliant University on Saturday 22, and they won again, this time 100-79. Glen Dandrige scored 30 points to lead again the Sol, Mezhron Evans (6'7''-F/C, college: Wisc.-Parkside) added 15 pts and Greg Clark (6'7''-F-78, college: Washington) 11 at the winning side, Terrence Worthy (5'9''-G-88) scored 24 pts in losing effort for the Swish, and Matt Shaw (6'8''-F-88, college: UNLV) added 14 pts and 6 rebs.
The San Diego Sol record is now 8-3

Admirals defeat NWI Magical Stars - Jan 23, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Lake Michigan Admirals defeated 131-106 the North West Indiana Magic Stars on saturday night. The NWI team out of Merrillville, Indiana had replaced at last time the Gem City Hall O' Famers, who were not able to make the trip to Lake Michigan due to weather. The Admirals ted the score almost all game long, going into halftime 59-49 and ending the game 131-106. Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) was the game leading scorer with 25 points and 22 points coming in the second half. Gordon 'Gus' Chase (6'2''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) added 21 points, Zane Gay (6'5''-G-87, college: E.Michigan) 20 points, and Allen White (6'3''-G-84, college: Huntingdon) scored 19. Marcus Hammonds (6'5''-F, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) was the best at the losing side, with 24 points for the Stars. The Admirals next game is against North West Indiana Magic Stars on Sunday at Bangor High School at 3:00pm.

The Whirlwinds defeat the Fresh - Jan 24, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
At the end of a battled ABA game, the West Texas Whirlwinds claimed the win, 121-109, over the North Texas Fresh. Ray Williams (6'0''-G-85, college: Salisbury St.) led the way in W.Texas scoring 31 points abnd dishing 14 assists, Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84, college: Texas-PB) added 31 points and 7 rebs. The other best performers at the winning side were Big Tim Carter (7'0''-C-86) with 21 points and 15 rebs and John Hollman (6'3''-G-84, college: Langston) with 16 pts. In North Texas Fresh, Travoy 'Trog' Edwards (6'7''-F-88, college: Great Falls) scored 33 points and Jay Bowdy (6'5''-F-83, college: W.Georgia) 20 points. Whirlwinds record is now 8-5

Admirals take another win - Jan 24, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Lake Michigan Admirals met the the North West Indiana Magic Stars for the second time in a row at Bangor High School, Sunday afternoon in front of 200 fans. Earlier in the season the Stars beat the Chicago Steam and the Admirals knew they were going to have to play the way they have been playing over the last two games to beat them. The Admirals went on a 18-2 run to start the game and it looked like they were going to blow their opponent out, but Marcus Hammonds (6'5''-F, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) and Rob Broughton (6'5''-F, college: St.Xavier) of the Stars caught on fire. Both players scored 23 points a piece to lead their team respectively. Going into the half the Stars were up 50-45. After three quarters the Stars were up 82-78. The Lake Michigan Admirals did not look like the same team as the night before. Then Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half to lead the Admirals to victory, 111-106 thenkd to a 33-24 partian score il last qtr. Gordon Chase (6'2''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) had 24 points and Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) had 19 for the victors. The Admirals are 6-3 for the season and #1 in the division. Next home game is February 5th at Lake Michigan Catholic at 7:00pm

Durbansandshark
26-01-2011, 06:51 AM
SETX mantains hold on #1 spot in ABA Power Rankings - Jan 24, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association today released the Power Rankings for Week #11 and the Southeast Texas Mavericks held onto the #1 position sporting their 16-1 record, followed closely by five undefeated teams - the Jacksonville Giants, Seven Cities Knights, East Kentucky Energy, Colorado Kings and the Las Vegas Aces. 'Something's gotta give soon,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'hopefully some of these undefeated teams will play one another before the playoffs.' The rankings:

1. SETX Mavericks (16-1)
2. Jacksonville Giants (13-0)
3. 7 City Knights (11-0)
4. East Kentuckly Energy (11-0)
5. Colorado Kings (9-0)
6. Las Vegas Aces (8-0)
7. Seattle Mountaineers (9-1)
8. Savannah Storm (9-3)
9. East Bay Pitbulls (9-3)
10. Oklahoma Stallions (8-2)
11. Chicago Steam (9-3)
12. Texas Fuel (12-4)
13. Bay Area Matrix (9-4)
14. North Dallas Vandals (9-5)
15. Columbus Riverballers (8-3)
16. San Diego Sol (7-3)
17. Sacramento Heatwave (7-4)
18. West Texas Whirlwind (8-5)
19. Lake Michigan Admirals (6-3)
20. San Diego Surf (6-5)
21. Columbus Diesels (5-2)
22. LA Slam (5-3)
23. Gulf Coast Flash (5-3)
24. Modesto Hawks (7-6)

'There are five teams that could well be ranked and are a win or two away from moving into the Top 24,' added Newman. 'Every game is very important.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com

San Diego Surf defeat Los Angeles Slam - Jan 25, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
After dropping last month's contest to the Los Angeles Slam, the The San Diego Surf returned the favor Saturday evening with a 111-108 victory over last year's SoCal Division Champions of the ABA. The Surf jumped out to a 12-point advantage in the first quarter and never looked back despite several efforts by the Slam to narrow the margin. 'I thought Aaron (Hands) got us started on the right foot,' said Surf head coach Terry Mason . 'He hit some shots early and the rest of the guys jumped on his back.' Hands finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Slam made a valiant effort in the 4th quarter to cut the deficit, but San Diego guards Tim Denson (6'1''-G-86, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Maurice Clady (5'8''-G, college: Long Beach St.) continued to push the ball and control the pace of the game. The Surf got a huge fourth quarter out of their newest edition, Gene Shipley (6'9''-C-79, agency: Elleby Sports, college: Brandon), who finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds and made several key free throws in the final minutes to secure the victory. Swingman Cornel Williams (6'4''-F-84, college: Long Beach St.) had arguably his best outing of the season, knocking down five three-pointers as part of his 23 points. Coach Mason was very pleased with the improved defensive effort and the contributions he got from the team as a whole, evidenced by the 45-point output from the bench. 'Everybody contributed and got a chance to be a part of the win,' said Mason. 'I'm very proud of the effort from our bench. The starters got a lot of support.' With the victory, the Surf moved to 20th in the ABA Power Rankings and the Slam dropped to 22nd.

The Surf (6-5) return to action this weekend with two home games at the HourGlass Arena at Miramar College. The Surf face off against the 24th ranked Modesto Hawks (7-6) this Saturday, January 29th at 7 p.m and follow-up with a contest with the California Swish from Hawthorne this Sunday, January 30th at 7 p.m.

Kings tame Gymrats, remain undefeated - Jan 25, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Colorado Kings (10-0) remain undefeated after a 106-91 victory over the Shizuoka Gymrats, at Bear Creek High School Sunday night. The Gymrats, led by Jun Iwasa (6'2''-G-80) who scored 21 of his 35 points in third quarter, took a 77-76 lead going into the fourth. The Kings proved to be too much and outscored the Gymrats 30-14 in the fourth quarter to close out the game. The Colorado Kings were led by Robert Frazier (6'7''-F, college: Tuskegee) who scored 23 points followed by Donald Whitfield (6'4''-G-82)'s 21 points and Jermaine Mason (6'0''-G-79, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who contributed 16 points 8 rebounds and 7 assists. The Kings shot a remarkable 54% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc.

The Colorado Kings, ranked fifth in the American Basketball Association, attempt to sweep the three game series against the Shizuoka Gymrats Tuesday night at Bear Creek High School. Tip-off is set at 7:15 PM.

Durbansandshark
29-01-2011, 06:46 AM
Berry resigns as Rainmen head coach - Jan 25, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Three jobs was one too many for Les Berry .

The Halifax native resigned on Monday as head coach of the Halifax Rainmen, almost two years after taking the job, to focus on his off-court employment and a new career opportunity.

Berry has worked in sales with GBS Communications for the past three years while coaching the Rainmen, but recently added to that by starting the training process to become a station attendant with Air Canada.

If I could work it out where I could keep coaching the Rainmen, I would, but doing what Im doing outside of basketball, its really taken precedent for my (job) security, to make sure Im doing the right thing for my family, Berry said. I like the Rainmen, I would keep doing it, but I just cant continue to do them all.

Berry, a long-time university coach who resigned at Acadia after taking the Axemen to a national final in 2008, replaced the Rainmens first head coach, Rick Lewis, in February 2009.

He went 22-11 over parts of three seasons and guided the team to its first ever playoff appearance in 2010. He had a 3-1 record this season before staying home from the clubs most recent road trip.

Berry said it came to the point where continuing to coach the Rainmen would mean giving up one of his off-court opportunities, and he wasnt willing to do that. The insecurity of minor-league basketball was part of it.

As much as Id like to coach basketball, I just cant risk it, Berry said. Because you know, at any point, you could lose three games and be out, or two teams could fold, and you just never know.

Even owner Andre Levingston recognized there are no guarantees at this level.

We discussed it and we thought it would be best for everybody, Levingston said. I told him, I totally respect you have to do whats best for your family and I have to make sure that our organization is your No. 1 focus. So we just kind of came to a mutual agreement.

Levingston said Berry actually made the decision before the teams recent two-game road trip, but a decision was made not to tell the players or announce it until Monday.

We were going on an important road trip and didnt want things to be in disarray, Levingston said. We thought it would be the best way to handle it.

A new head coach will be named on Wednesday morning, and Levingston said he is finalizing things with someone he has his eyes on.

We always want to raise the bar and get better as an organization and were looking for someone who can come in and provide that, Levingston said.

Berry said the Rainmen have the player personnel to make a really good run at a championship this year, saying they can compete with the defending champion Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry.

If I could physically and mentally find a way to keep doing it, I would have tried, Berry said. But I always have to do whats best for my family, and at this stage, continuing to coach the Rainmen and passing up these other opportunities, is not what would be best for my family.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca

Round 7: Halifax Rainmen loses to Kentucky Stallions - Jan 28, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The game between second ranked Halifax Rainmen (4-2) and fourth ranked Kentucky Stallions (4-4) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Halifax Rainmen was defeated by Kentucky Stallions in Lexington 89-99. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Halifax Rainmen. The game without a history. Kentucky Stallions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kentucky Stallions forced 25 Halifax Rainmen turnovers and had a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 34 personal fouls committed by Halifax Rainmen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Kenny Jones (6'6''-F-84, college: Kentucky St.) (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Aubrey White (191-85) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Kentucky Stallions' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kavon Jones (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Halifax Rainmen. Kentucky Stallions maintains fourth place with 4-4 record. Halifax Rainmen at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Kentucky Stallions are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dayton Air Strikers (#8) in Kettering in the next round. Halifax Rainmen will play at home against Rochester RazorSharks (#6) and is hoping to win this game.

PBL top team - Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (6-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Vermont Frost Heaves (2-5) 112-102. It was a great evening for guard DeAnthony Bowden (186-80, college: Creighton) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 assists. Shaun Fountain helped adding 16 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side guard Julian Allen (193-87, college: Georgia Southern) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds. Undefeated Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 6-0 record. Vermont Frost Heaves at the other side keep the seventh position with five games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play against league's second-placed Quebec Kebs in Quebec City in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vermont Frost Heaves will have a break next round.
The game between third ranked Quebec Kebs (5-2) and 6th ranked Rochester RazorSharks (2-4) in Quebec City on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Quebec Kebs beat guests from Rochester 114-102. It was a quality performance for Louie McCroskey who led the winners and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Jared Carter came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for Rochester RazorSharks in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Quebec Kebs moved-up to second place. Loser Rochester RazorSharks keep the sixth position with four games lost. Quebec Kebs will meet at home league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rochester RazorSharks will play against Halifax Rainmen (#3) and hope to secure a win.

Durbansandshark
29-01-2011, 06:47 AM
Quebec K. - Rochester R. 114-102

The game between third ranked Quebec Kebs (5-2) and 6th ranked Rochester RazorSharks (2-4) in Quebec City on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Quebec Kebs beat guests from Rochester 114-102. The game was mostly controlled by Quebec Kebs. Rochester RazorSharks managed to win third quarter 33-32. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quebec Kebs dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Rochester RazorSharks' 56 and made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Quebec Kebs forced 20 Rochester RazorSharks turnovers. It was a quality performance for American guard Louie McCroskey (196-85, college: Marist, agency: GOTathletes) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import center Aaron Spears (207-84, college: St.John's) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Center Jared Carter (216-87, college: Kentucky, agency: GOTathletes) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and guard Melvin Council (191, college: Robert Morris) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Rochester RazorSharks in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Quebec Kebs moved-up to second place. Loser Rochester RazorSharks keep the sixth position with four games lost. Quebec Kebs will meet at home league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rochester RazorSharks will play against Halifax Rainmen (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Quebec K.: L.McCroskey 21+6reb+2ast, R.Parran 19+2reb+4ast, Q.Brown 16+1reb+4ast, A.Spears 16+9reb+1ast, C.Jeanty 11+3reb+1ast, B.Callier 9+4reb+1ast
Rochester R.: K.Friel 18+2reb+1ast, M.Council 17+5reb+2ast, J.Crouch 16+3ast, J.Carter 13+11reb+1ast, T.McCoy 12+3reb, P.Stevenson 9+3reb+1ast
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Kentucky S. - Halifax R. 99-89

The game between second ranked Halifax Rainmen (4-2) and fourth ranked Kentucky Stallions (4-4) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Halifax Rainmen was defeated by Kentucky Stallions in Lexington 89-99. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Halifax Rainmen. The game without a history. Kentucky Stallions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kentucky Stallions forced 25 Halifax Rainmen turnovers and had a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 34 personal fouls committed by Halifax Rainmen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Aubrey White (191-85) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. White is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Kentucky Stallions' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kavon Jones (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Taliek Brown (186-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 20 points and 6 assists in the effort for Halifax Rainmen. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kentucky Stallions maintains fourth place with 4-4 record. Halifax Rainmen at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Kentucky Stallions are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dayton Air Strikers (#8) in Kettering in the next round. Halifax Rainmen will play at home against Rochester RazorSharks (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kentucky S.: K.Jones 20+14reb+1ast, J.McLeish 18+2reb+5ast, A.White 17+7reb+1ast, B.Harris 10+4reb+1ast, R.Delk 8, J.Taylor 6+2reb+1ast
Halifax R.: T.Brown 20+4reb+6ast, K.Jones 20+13reb+2ast, M.Brown 13+2reb, J.Dollard 13+3reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 8+4reb+1ast, J.Jackson 8+2reb
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Lawton Ft.SC - Vermont FH 112-102

PBL top team - Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (6-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Vermont Frost Heaves (2-5) 112-102. Vermont Frost Heaves were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 31-17 third quarter run of Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry forced 20 Vermont Frost Heaves turnovers. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Vermont Frost Heaves were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard DeAnthony Bowden (186-80, college: Creighton) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 assists. Guard Shaun Fountain (180-78, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Duran International) helped adding 16 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side guard Julian Allen (193-87, college: Georgia Southern) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and forward Mike Williams (201-85, college: Cincinnati) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 6-0 record. Vermont Frost Heaves at the other side keep the seventh position with five games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play against league's second-placed Quebec Kebs in Quebec City in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vermont Frost Heaves will have a break next round.

Top scorers:
Lawton Ft.SC: D.Bowden 21+4reb+6ast, S.Fountain 16+2reb+9ast, J.Davis 13+7reb+2ast, D.Thomas 13+2reb+1ast, E.Smith 11+4reb+3ast, E.Mims 10+9reb
Vermont FH: J.Allen 30+10reb+2ast, M.Williams 23+14reb, M.Austin 16+9reb+3ast, C.Breeden 12+3reb, D.Rice 10+6reb+8ast, A.Robinson 7+2ast
gschID: 116042

Durbansandshark
29-01-2011, 06:48 AM
Jones number one in PBL for round 7 - Jan 28, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Forward Kenny Jones (198-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kentucky S., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Halifax R. (#3, 4-2) 99-89. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kentucky S. maintains the 4th position in PBL PBL. Kentucky S. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. Jones just recently signed at Kentucky S., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Kentucky State University star has very solid stats this year. Jones is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.6ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 7.5rpg) and averages impressive 54.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Julian Allen (193-G-87) of Vermont FH. Allen had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Vermont FH lost that game 102-112 to league's leader Lawton Ft.SC (#1, 6-0). Vermont FH managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Vermont FH managed to get this year. Allen is one of the most experienced players at Vermont FH and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Vermont FH's star - forward Mike Williams (201-F-85). Williams scored 23 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Williams' great performance Vermont FH lost 102-112 to the league's current leader Lawton Ft.SC (#1, 6-0). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Vermont FH can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Williams he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Williams has individually a great season in PBL. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.9ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 10.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kavon Jones (201-F-87) of Halifax R. - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Louie McCroskey (196-G-85) of Quebec K. - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Melvin Council (191-G) of Rochester R. - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. DeAnthony Bowden (186-G-80) of Lawton Ft.SC - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Aubrey White (191-G-85) of Kentucky S. - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Jamaal Davis (208-F-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Taliek Brown (186-G-82) of Halifax R. - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)

Durbansandshark
29-01-2011, 07:02 AM
San Diego Surf defeat Los Angeles Slam, move to 20th in ABA Power Rankings - Jan 26, 2011 (by Tyler Gatlin)
San Diego Surf defeat Los Angeles Slam, move to 20th in ABA Power Rankings
By Darren Feeney

After dropping last month's contest to the Los Angeles Slam, the San Diego Surf returned the favor Saturday evening with a 111-108 victory over last year's SoCal Division Champions of the American Basketball Association (ABA).

The Surf jumped out to a 12-point advantage in the first quarter and never looked back despite several efforts by the Slam to narrow the margin.
'I thought Aaron (Hands) got us started on the right foot,' said Surf head coach Terry Mason. 'He hit some shots early and the rest of the guys jumped on his back.'
Hands finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Slam made a valiant effort in the 4th quarter to cut the deficit, but San Diego guards Tim Denson (6'1''-G-86, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Mo Clady continued to push the ball and control the pace of the game. The Surf got a huge fourth quarter out of their newest edition, 6-foot-9 center Gene Shipley, who finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds and made several key free throws in the final minutes to secure the victory.

Swingman Cornell Williams had arguably his best outing of the season, knocking down five three-pointers as part of his 23 points. Coach Mason was very pleased with the improved defensive effort and the contributions he got from the team as a whole, evidenced by the 45-point output from the bench. 'Everybody contributed and got a chance to be a part of the win,' said Mason. 'I'm very proud of the effort from our bench. The starters got a lot of support.' With the victory, the Surf moved to 20th in the ABA Power Rankings and the Slam dropped to 22nd.

The Surf (6-5) return to action this weekend with two home games at the HourGlass Arena at Miramar College. The Surf face off against the 24th ranked Modesto Hawks (7-6) this Saturday, January 29th at 7 p.m and follow-up with a contest with the California Swish from Hawthorne this Sunday, January 30th at 7 p.m.

For more information, please visit the Surf's website at: www.SDSurfHoops.com

#5 Colorado Kings update roster - Jan 26, 2011 (by Tyler Gatlin)
The #5 ranked Colorado Kings sent in an updated roster to USbasket. These 10 players join Jermaine Mason (6'0''-G-79, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo), Rasean Dickey (6'10''-F/C-85) and others.

#6 Corey Campbell (6'2''-G-83, college: Otero JC)
#5 Keith Borgan (5'11''-G-83, college: Metro St.)
#0 Kellen Lee (7'1''-C-85, college: Los Angeles CC)
#60 Derrick Lemuel (6'4''-F, college: Mesa St.)
#45 Phillip Hillstock (6'8''-F, college: Barber Scotia)
#11 Robert Frazier (6'7''-F, college: Tuskegee)
#50 Solomon Yearby (6'2''-G-80, college: Campbell)
#1 Donald Whitfield (6'4''-G-82)
#34 Michael Gordy (6'5''-F, college: N.Colorado)
#33 Jeff Boozer (6'1''-G-85, college: Laramie CC)

Head Coach: Eric Stoffel
Assistant Coach: John Gaines
Assistant Coach: Elzie Knight

Another win for the Kings - Jan 27, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Colorado Kings shot a blistering 63 percent from the field to sweep the Shizuoka Gymrats, 136-102 tuesday night at Bear Creek High School. The Kings led the entire game, including a 32 point lead at the half, to win all three games against the Gymrats. Sharp shooter Corey Campbell (6'2''-G-83, college: Otero JC) led the Kings with 28 points, hitting 68 percent from the field and 62 percent from beyond the arc. Keith Borgan (5'11''-G-83, college: Metro St.) added 18 points and dished out 6 assists, and Robert Frazier (6'7''-F, college: Tuskegee) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Jun Iwasa (6'2''-G-80) led the Gymrats with 34 points, followed by Joe Udeoji (6'4''-G/F-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: San Jose St.) 's 29 points and Yosuke Sugawara (6'2''-G/F-83) 's 22 points.

The Colorado Kings, ranked fifth in the American Basketball Association, take their unbeaten record on the road for the next five games starting Friday night. The Kings travel to Oklahoma City to face the Oklahoma Impact for two games before making a three game trip to California. The Kings face a difficult test against the San Francisco Rumble February 3rd, followed by the 17th ranked Sacramento Heatwave, and the 13th ranked Bay Area Matrix.

The Colorado Kings return home Saturday, February 12th against the Missouri Rhythm at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood. Tip-off is set at 7:15 PM.

Dwight Coleman joins the North Dallas Vandals - Jan 27, 2011 (by Tyler Gatlin)
After 2 games with the Dallas Impact, Dwight Coleman (6'8''-F-85, college: Dallas Baptist) has inked a deal with the North Dallas Vandals. Coleman, a versatile talent, averaged 24.5 points and 5rebs per game. He knocked down 11 3's and shot 72% from the floor. Dwight joints a deep Vandals roster. The team is positioning itself for a playoff run, and adding Coleman to the mix makes them even more dangerous.

Dwight Coleman Scouting Report

Dwight has the talent to play in a high level league. His size is a + for the 2guard position and his range makes defenses pay attention to him at all times. He can create for himself off the dribble and excels in pick and roll situations (with an above average post man). Being left-handed also puts him at an advantage on the offensive end. His creativity around the basket, and knack for finishing in the paint is comparable to Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) and Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances). Playing on an undersized team, he is forced to guard post players. His experience as primarily a post player in High School and College benefits him in these situations. His toughness is very apparent and his strength prevents posts from backing him down and taking advantage of the matchup. His most important attribute may well be his leadership and basketball IQ. He wants to win and have a successful career in basketball. At age 24 he most likely has a 4 year window to improve and make a roster on a top Euro league, or even the NBA.
-- Sport Management Worldwide Scout.

Mountaineers invited back to China - Jan 28, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #7 ranked Seattle Mountaineers have been chosen by the ABA league office to represent the ABA in a series of games against the Beijing Aoshen Olympian professional team. The Mountaineers leave for Beijing March 18 to March 24. It is an honor out of 60 teams in the ABA to be selected, the trip will give our players international exposure and also an opportunity to maybe earn an overseas contract. Stated Coach Don Sims
The Mountaineers (9-1) has four players scoring in double figures led by Rashaad Powell (6'6''-G-81, college: Idaho) 20.2pts, Tim Pierce (6'7''-G/F-85, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: San Jose St.) 17.2pts, Marcus Bradford (6'4''-G-85, college: Columbia (MO)) 15.4 pts, and Reggie Guyton (6'0''-G-87, college: ORU) 14.2 pts. Inside play is led by Rookie twin towers, Billy McNutt (6'8''-F-85) 6-9, Craig McGee (6'8''-F-87, college: Idaho Coll.) 6-9 and veteran Jacob Manning (6'7''-F-84, college: New Orleans) 6-8.
This weekend, the San Francisco Rumble travel to Seattle for a pair of games, Saturday and Sunday at Green River Community College Gym, better known as The Swamp. The Mountaineers have lost only one game at The Swamp in the last 2 years.

Durbansandshark
08-02-2011, 11:15 AM
Ralph Johnson to the North Dallas Vandals - Jan 28, 2011 (by Eurobasket )
Ralph Johnson (6'6''-F-82, college: Wiley) will suit up tonight for the North Dallas Vandals as they take on the Southeast Texas Mavericks. Johnson has caught the eye of overseas clubs after fans witnessed him dominate vs. the Houston Stallions led by former NBA clutch performer, Moochie Norris in December. He scored a unbelievable 45 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Through the first 5 games of the season he lead the Arlington Bulldogs in scoring & rebounds. ( Scorer-1 (26.2ppg), Rebs1- (12.6rpg), 1.0bpg, 1.2spg, FG- 56.2%).

SETX Mavericks defeat the N.Dallas Vandals - Jan 28, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the #14 North Dallas Vandals, 131-94 in a hard fought game on Thursday night at the Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center in Winnie, TX.
The Mavs came out slow and fell behind the hard charging Vandals 8-0 to open the game. But after a Mavericks time-out Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) scored off an offensive rebound and Myles Thrash hit two jumpers to pull the Mavericks back into the game, from there SETX starting rolling going on a 12-0 run to put them up by 10 at 24-14. The Mavs closed out the 1st period strongly and led 38-22 after one period of play.
The Mavericks controlled tempo in the fast paced contest in the 2nd period, but North Dallas got timely scoring from Ralph Johnson (6'6''-F-82, college: Wiley) and Dwight Coleman (6'8''-F-85, college: Dallas Baptist) to match the Mavericks point for point. At the half SETX led 70-50.
The Vandals opened the 3rd quarter on an 11-4 run to cut into the Mavericks lead. A quick time-out by the Mavs helped them to gain control of the game again and once again SETX won a closely played quarter 25-21 to put them up by 24 points heading into the final quarter of play.
The SETX bench and depth showed in the final period as the Mavs pulled ahead by thirty points mid-way the final quarter. The Mavericks controlled play to close out their 17th victory on the season thus far.
Reigning ABA MVP Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) led ten SETX Mavericks in double figures with 20 points. DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) scored 15 points. Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) scored 14 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in another strong performance for the Mavs. Brandon Davis had another double/double with 10 points and a game high 10 rebounds. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) had 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Ralph Johnson led the way for North Dallas with 27 points (20 in the first half) and long range shooter Dwight Coleman followed up with 25 points. Maurice Williams (6'5''-G/F) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mavericks will be back in action at home on Saturday night as they host the Gulf Coast Flash. The Flash is the only team to have defeated the Mavericks this season. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

Two other wins for the Sol - Jan 30, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The San Diego Sol prevailied, 102-100 over the Los Angeles Slam on January 27, at the end of a very battled game. With 28 points, 13 assists and 4 rebounds, Richard Williams (5'10''-G-87, college: San Diego St.) was the man of the game for the Sol. Cameron Koford (7'2''-C-77, college: Utah) and Allen Baugh (6'4''-G-80) added 15 points apiece at the winning side, while the SLAM top performers were Jason Harris (6'4''-G-83, college: Sacramento St.), the game top scorer at 32, Kenny Wright (6'1''-G-81) and Carlos Rivers (5'11''-G-84, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.), who scored 12 points each.
The night after, the Sol won again, this time 99-92 over the Modesto Hawks. Richard Williams scored 31 points to be again the top performer, Greg Clark (6'7''-F-78, college: Washington) added 17 pts and 6 rebs, John Browner (6'6''-F-81, college: Benedictine) performed for 16 pts and 7 rebs at the winning side. Scoring 22 points apiece, Don Moorman (6'2''-G-86) and Kyle Nunley (6'5''-F) were the best at the Hawks side

Admirals won 119-107 over Detroit Hoops - Jan 30, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Detroit Hoops were ready to revenge their previous loss to Lake Michigan Admirals earlier on in the season but came a little short. The Lake Michigan Admirals came out of the locker room with a look of determination to make sure they would keep their #1 ranking in their division and that's just what they did. Since Coach Che Eddie has taken over the reigns, the Lake Michigan Admirals have gone 4-0 and have had more players scoring in double digits than ever before. The Lake Michigan Admirals went in to halftime with a twenty point lead and never looked back. Tonights game featured ABA All-Star Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) leading the way with 25 pts., 8 assists, 5 blocks, and five monster dunks. Former 2009 All-Star Gordon 'Gus' Chase (6'2''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) had 24 pts, followed up by Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) with 21. 'The players are really gelling right now and they are playing unselfishly. Sharing the ball comes with trust and that's what our team is doing,' stated Coach Che Eddie . Tonight also had two other players in double digits with DeAngelo Johnson (6'7''-F-78, college: Lincoln Memorial) scoring 17 points and Zane Gay (6'5''-G-87, college: E.Michigan) scoring 13. The final score was Lake Michigan Admirals 119-107 over the Detroit Hoops. Lake Michigan Admirals are now 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the division. Next game is Feb. 5th at Lake Michigan Catholic at 7:00pm against the Chicago Steam.

Kings Remain Undefeated with 111-102 win over Oklahoma - Jan 30, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Colorado Kings travelled to the tiny city of Piedmont, Oklahoma and overcame a 22 point first quarter deficit to defeat the two-time United Basketball League champions, Oklahoma Impact. Facing a hostile and aggressive crowd and a barrage of 3-point baskets by the Impact, the Kings trailed 21-43 at the end of the first quarter. The Kings relied on the hot shooting from Keith Borgan (5'11''-G-83, college: Metro St.) and Donald Whitfield (6'4''-G-82, college: Mountain St.) to overcome the Impact lead and end the first half with a 52-51 lead. Both teams exchanged leads the rest of the way until the Kings were eventually able to pull away late in the fourth quarter and secure the 111-102 win. Keith Borgan led all Kings scorers with 30 points and 8 assists, followed by Donald Whitfield 's 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Rasean Dickey (6'10''-F/C-85) 's 18 points. Phillip Hillstock (6'8''-F, college: Barber Scotia) contributed to the win with 15 boards and 3 blocks. The Colorado Kings and Oklahoma Impact square off again Sunday afternoon at 1PM mst in Piedmont, Oklahoma. The Kings return home Saturday Feburary 12th when they host the Missouri Rhythm at Bear Creek High School. Tip-off is set at 7:15 PM

Durbansandshark
08-02-2011, 11:17 AM
SETX Mavericks defeat the Flash - Jan 30, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated Gulf Coast Division rival Gulf Coast Flash 115-89 at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX Saturday night and clinched their third straight Division Championship. The Mavs also won their 27th straight home game. The Mavericks came out with all guns blazing on Saturday night. Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman), Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse), and Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) scored early baskets to put the Mavs up 10-2 to open the game. Luther Suggs (6'5''-F/G-87, college: Missis.Gulf Coast CC) led the Flash back as they closed the lead to six points midway through the first period. Alex Sanders and Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) led a Mavericks run to end the first period and give SETX a 26-12 lead after one period of play. In the second quarter Suggs, Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris), and Carl Henderson (6'7''-F, college: S.Mississippi) matched the Mavericks basket for basket. Pace, Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI), P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) led the Mavericks as the Mavs led 52-34 at halftime.
The Flash came out of the locker-room to go on a 11-4 run to cut the Mavericks lead to 11 points four minutes into the second half. Thrash, Pace, and Davis scored key baskets to give the Mavs separation and control of the game once again. Heading into the final period of play SETX led by 19 points.
In the final period the Flash remained scrappy, but the Mavericks depth took over the game. Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) and Davis dominated the paint. Rogers blocked 4 of his 10 shots during a midway stretch of the fourth quarter. SETX went on to win its 18th victory of the season.
Thrash led six double figure scorers for the Mavericks with 21 points. Bradley added 14 points. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) chipped in 13 pts Brandon Davis recorded another Double/Double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Jon Rogers set a SETX Mavericks Shot Blocking record for a single game with 10 blocked shots. Suggs led Gulf Coast with 18 points and Freeman Taylor scored 17 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.
SETX will host the North Texas Fresh next Thursday night, February 3rd. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.

Energy prevails over the Diesel - Jan 31, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #4 East Kentucky Energy avoided the scare by the #21 Columbus Diesel over the weekend. From the beginning the Diesel took control of the game connecting from beyond the arch over and over to jump out to a 15-6 lead. The Diesel didn't stop there as they pushed the deficit to 20 points. For the first time all season the Energy found themselves trailing by 17 at the half. All-star Daniel Price (6'3''-G-82, college: Pikeville), Jarell Jones (6'0''-G-82, college: Pikeville), and the rest of the Energy came to play in the second half. After Jones and Scottie Samarco (6'0''-G, college: Pikeville) connected on three point baskets each. Energy's big man Sandrell Spann (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Delta St.) got a steal and dunk that seamed to give the Energy some life. Jones then found Price on an alley oop dunk in transition. 2009-10 Reigning Defensive player of the year Daniel Price then turned around and stole a pass and went down for a thunderous one handed dunk that sent the Diesel into a timeout. Energy found some life as they got the lead down to 11 before the Diesel stormed back with a barrage of three point baskets.
After the timeout the Diesels controlled the 3rd quarter as they pushed the lead to 27 entering the 4th quarter. Facing adversity for the first time all season, the Energy showed why they are the #4 team in the ABA and why the have a shot at the title. The Energy came out and dominated the 4th quarter and the Diesel, holding them to 2 field goals in the quarter. 'Team Defense played a key in this win as we were able to turn up the pressure and began to play our game,' stated player/coach Galen Young (6'7''-F/G-75, college: Charlotte). Galen Young scored back to back in the post before Samarco and Jarell Jones both knocked down another pair of threes. Daniel Price could not be stopped as he scored from everywhere on the court. Price scored 14 straight baskets to finish the game with 41 pts, 8 rebs, 6 ast and 2 stls. The Energy turned in a 45-6 fourth quarter to win by 16 points 109-93. They held the Diesel scoreless the last 8 minutes of the game. Energy scorers are as followed: Jarell Jones 14 pts and 10 asts, Scottie Samarco 15 pts, Sandrell Spann 13 pts and 13 rebs, Roderick Smith 14 pts and 11 rebs, and Galen Young 11 pts and 10 rebs. The Energy were without all-star J.R. Vanhoose (6'10''-F/C-79, college: Marshall) for the game because of his head coaching duties. His high school basketball team had a game.

Texas Fuel big win against Texas Fresh - Jan 31, 2011 (by Bruno Baltazar)
TEXAS FUEL DEFEATS NORTH TEXAS FRESH 144-120.
LEAD BY Kris Collins (6'2''-G-83, college: N.Mexico) WITH 31 POINTS AND 11 ASSISTS AND LEONARD BROWN ALSO WITH 31 POINTS AND 10 ASSISTS. MAURISCE STEEN HAD 24 POINTS AND 8 AST ON HIS FIRST GAME BACK SECOND WITH THE FUEL AND ALSO OUR BIGS CONTROL THE PAINT LEAD BY BEN CONWELL WITH A TRIPLE DOUBLE WITH 18 PONITS,14 REBOUNDS AND 10 BLOCKS AND ALSO JASON MCNEIL WITH 16 POINTS AND 12 REBOUNDS.

FUEL NEXT GAME IS THIS THURSDAY AGAINST THE HAITI NATIONAL TEAM AT HOME AT 6:30.WHICH WE WILL HAVE OUR ALLSTARS LAMAR WRIGHT AND KEITH SIMPSON AND ALSO OUR SHARP SHOOTER MIKE GALE BACK TO THE ROSTER,WHICH THEY LEFT THE TEAM TO MEXICO FOR THE WEEKEND FOR A TOURNEY.THE FUEL OTHER ALLSTAR KENNY WILSON AND ALSO SMALL FORWARD JOSEPH WORKS WILL RETURN LATE FEBUARY ON LEAVING TO GO PLAY IN AFRICA.

SETX Mavericks hold grip on #1 spot in ABA Power Rankings - Feb 1, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
With an 18-1 record, the Southeast Texas Mavericks held their grip on the number one ranking for the 12th straight week but are being pressed by undefeatede Jacksonville Giants (14-0), East Kentucky Energy (13-0), Colorado Kings (13-0), Seven Cities Knights (12-0). 'There's no doubt that we have some great teams in the ABA,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'Something has to give in the next couple of weeks as several of the undefeated teams will be playing one another. And the playoffs should really have a strong field this year.'
The rankings:

1. SETX Mavericks (18-1)
2. Jacksonville Giants (14-0)
3. East Kentucky Energy (12-0)
4. 7-City Knights (12-0)
5. Colorado Kings (13-0)
6. Seattle Mountaineers (11-1)
7. Las Vegas Aces (8-0)
8. Columbus Riverballers (11-3)
9. Savannah Storm (10-3)
10. East Bay Pitbulls (11-4)
11. Chicago Steam (10-3)
12. Texas Fuel (12-4)
13. San Diego Sol (9-3)
14. Oklahoma Stallions (8-3)
15. Bay Area Matrix (9-5)
16. North Dallas Vandals (10-6)
17. Sacramento Heatwave (8-4)
18. West Texas Whirlwind (8-5)
19. Lake Michigan Admirals (7-3)
20. California Seakings (8-5)
21. Columbus Diesels (5-3)
22. Gulf Coast Flash (5-4)
23. Los Angeles Slam (6-6)
24. Modesto Hawks (7-7)

For more information, visit www.abalive.com

Kings sweep Impact with 113-104 victory - Feb 2, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Colorado Kings completed a season sweep of the Oklahoma Impact with a 113-104 win sunday afternoon in Piedmont, Oklahoma. The Kings took the fourth and final game of the season series with an 18-0 run in the second quarter led by Brendan Puckett (6'4''-G, college: Colorado Christian), who drained three shots in a row from long distance. Puckett finished the game with 18 points. The Kings led the entire game and fended off several Oklahoma comeback attempts through the physical play of ABA all-star Rasean Dickey (6'10''-F/C-85), who scored 22 points, and center Kellen Lee (7'1''-C-85, college: Los Angeles CC) who grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked 6 shots. Robert Frazier (6'7''-F, college: Tuskegee) chipped in 18 points and guard Keith Borgan (5'11''-G-83, college: Metro St.) dished out 9 assists in the win. The Kings return home and hit the hardwood February 12th when they host the Missouri Rhythm at Bear Creek High School. Tip-off is set at 7:15 PM.

Durbansandshark
08-02-2011, 11:21 AM
First loss for the Aces - Feb 5, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The San Diego Sol prevailed, 111-86 over the Las Vegas Aces yesterday night in San Diego, in a 'battle for the supremacy' in SoCal Divison. Keoni Watson (5'10''-G-84, college: Idaho) scored 26 points and grabbed 2 rebounds to lead the way in Sol, Richard Williams (5'10''-G-87, college: San Diego St.) added 24 pts, 7 rebs and 5 assists and Greg Clark (6'7''-F-78, college: Washington) 21 pts, 6 rebs and 5 assists at the winning side. Lou Kelly (6'5''-G/F-79, college: UNLV) confirned his great scoring skills topping the Aces with 28 pts in losing effort, Ariece Perkins (5'10''-G) and Demario Butler (6'3''-G/F-85, college: Azusa Pacific) scored 15 points apiece in Las Vegas. This was the first loss in season for the Aces, but they can take their revenge tonight, in another meeting with the Sol at Alliant University Gym.

Admirals lose to the Chicago Steam - Feb 6, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Lake Michigan Admirals played the Chicago Steam yesterday night at Lake Michigan Catholic in front of about 500 fans. Unfortunately the Admirals came a little short. The Admirals gave it their all and didn't let up one second but the Steam had a little more luck, winning the game 104-100. Chicago's new player, Andre Muse (6'5''-G-86, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Quincy), literally led his team to victory tonight with a career high 53 points !. The Admirals were led by Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) with 25 pts and Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) with 23 pts, but they missed out on the one thing they wanted and that's a win. The Admirals' next game is Feb. 12th against the NWI Magical Starz at LMC at 7:00pm.

San Diego Surf and Los Angeles Slam advance to SoCal Classic championship - Feb 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Four ABA teams linked up for the SoCal ABA Classic the past weekend in San Diego. In the first game of tournment on friday night's doubleheader, the Los Angeles Slam overcame a ten point deficit against the Mid-Valley Titans to hang on for the 106-103 win. The Titans missed a game-tying three-pointer with four seconds remaining and will face off against the SoCal Swish in Saturdays 5:30 consolation game.
The The San Diego Surf met the SoCal Swish from Hawthorne, Ca. and played their best team effort of the season in the 111-88 victory. Gene Shipley (6'9''-C-79, agency: Elleby Sports, college: Brandon) led the wat at 19 points and 12 rebounds, Erwin Dunson (6'7''-F) added 16 points, while Aaron Hands (6'8''-F/C-80, agency: Promotex, college: Cal-Riverside) and Papa Samba Guisse (6'8''-F-85) had 11 rebounds each. Daniel Brady and Maurice Clady (5'8''-G, college: Long Beach St.) had 10 and 9 assists, respectfully.

Mavericks win 18th game of season with victory over Pelicans - Feb 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks had to come from behind on Saturday night at home to defeat the Louisiana Cajun Pelicans at the NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX.
The Mavs came out cold and fell behind the Pelicans by as many as 15 points in the 1st quarter. Joe Rogers (6'10''-C-79), Quinton Pratt, and Warren Fuselier (5'10''-G-88, college: La-Monroe) set the tone for the Pelicans. LA United led SETX 25-12 after one period of play. The Mavericks came back with a 15-2 run that tied the game at 27 mid-way through the 2nd period. Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama), Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI), Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse), and Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) led the charge for the Mavs. SETX went in at halftime leading 42-38 after a Davis tip-in at the buzzer to end the first half. The second half belonged to the SETX Mavericks. A 20 to 4 run to open the 3rd quarter put the Mavericks in control of the game. Former ABA Rookie of the Year Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) 's long range shooting and the Mavericks defensive pressure was just too much for LA United. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) led the Mavs defense. The Pelicans never quit playing but the Mavericks defensive pressure and depth was just too much to handle as SETX won their 19th game of the season. The game ended 110-72, Todd led the Mavericks in scoring with 18 points. Pace followed up with 15 points. Bradley, Sanders, and Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) all chipped in 11 points each respectively. Davis pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked 3 shots for the Mavs. Pratt led the Pelicans in scoring with 16 points. The Mavericks will be back home on Thursday night, February 10th. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.

SETX Mavericks hold #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - Week 14 - Feb 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks held the #1 position in the ABA Power Ranking by the slimmest of margins over the powerful Jacksonville Giants. 'When these two teams meet, it will be a clash of the titans,' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . 'Jacksonville scored over 200 points in a geme this week and are winning their games convincingly in an undefeated season. But SETX is the defending champion and also winning by substantial margins with a more difficult schedule. It is very exciting. And we still have two other undefeated teams knocking at the door. Every game counts as we head towards the playoffs.' The rankings:

1. SETX Mavericks (19-1)
2. Jacksonville Giantso (16-0)
3. 7-City Knights (13-0)
4. Colorado Kings (13-0)
5. East Kentucky Energy (12-1)
6. Seattle Mountaineers (11-1)
7. Las Vegas Aces (8-1)
8. East Bay Pitbulls (13-4)
9. Columbus Riverballers (11-3)
10. Savannah Storm (10-3)
11. Chicago Steam (12-3)
12. San Diego Sol (11-3)
13. Oklahoma Stallions (8-3)
14. Texas Fuel (12-4)
15. North Dallas Vandals (10-6)
16. Bay Area Matrix (10-6)
17. Sacramento Heatwave (8-5)
18. Lake Michigan Admirals (7-4)
19. West Texas Whirlwinds (8-5)
20. California Seakings (8-6)
21. Los Angeles Slam (8-6)
22. San Diego Surf (7-6)
23. Modesto Hawks (8-7
24. Gulf Coast Flash (5-4)

'And there are five teams knocking on the door of the rankings. The rankings could change dramatically in the next four weeks. 16 of the Top 24 teams are from the west; the road to the playoffs will be very interesting,' added Newman.

Durbansandshark
08-02-2011, 11:24 AM
Round 8: Quebec Kebs hand first defeat to Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry - Jan 31, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Undefeated Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (6-1) recorded its first loss in Quebec City on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Quebec Kebs (6-2) 97-88. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Quebec Kebs led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Quebec Kebs forced 24 Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Royce Parran (5'9''-G-85, college: Chicago St.) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 21 points. Quebec Kebs' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Quebec Kebs have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Halifax R. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Quebec Kebs is looking forward to face Saint John Mill Rats (#5) in Manchester in the next round. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play at home against Kentucky Stallions (#4) in Lexington and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Lexington. First ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry faced 4th ranked Kentucky Stallions. Guests from Lawton (6-1) defeated host Kentucky Stallions (4-5) 113-103. Guard Eddie Smith (188-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points. Jermaine Blackburn contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Bo Harris (201, college: Mountain St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for Kentucky Stallions. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive six-game winning streak. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 6-1 record. Kentucky Stallions at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kentucky Stallions will play again on the road against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was played in Lexington where Dayton Air Strikers (#8) won against host Kentucky Stallions (#4) 118-112 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Quade Milum who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Bo Harris responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Kentucky Stallions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dayton Air Strikers maintains eighth position with 2-6 record. Loser Kentucky Stallions keep the fourth place with five games lost. Dayton Air Strikers will meet league's second-placed Halifax Rainmen on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kentucky Stallions will play against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Halifax. Local Halifax Rainmen (6-2) beat 6th ranked Rochester RazorSharks (2-5) 111-97. The winners were led by Mike Mercer who scored that evening 22 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Halifax Rainmen maintains second position with 6-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Lawton Ft.SC, which they share with Quebec K. Rochester RazorSharks lost third consecutive game. Rochester RazorSharks at the other side keep the sixth place with five games lost. Halifax Rainmen's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Dayton Air Strikers (#8) in Kettering where they are favorite.

In the last game of round 8 Saint John M.R. were defeated by Halifax R. in a road game 97-84.

Kentucky S. - Lawton Ft.SC 103-113

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Lexington. First ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry faced 4th ranked Kentucky Stallions. Guests from Lawton (6-1) defeated host Kentucky Stallions (4-5) 113-103. The game was mostly controlled by Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Kentucky Stallions was better in fourth quarter 30-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry dominated down low during the game scoring 90 of its points in the paint compared to Kentucky Stallions' 60. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry forced 19 Kentucky Stallions turnovers. Guard Eddie Smith (188-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points. Swingman Jermaine Blackburn (200-83, college: Boise St.) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Bo Harris (201, college: Mountain St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and guard Jason McLeish (183-80, college: E.Kentucky) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kentucky Stallions. Four Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and five Kentucky Stallions players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive six-game winning streak. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 6-1 record. Kentucky Stallions at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kentucky Stallions will play again on the road against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lawton Ft.SC: E.Smith 30+4reb+2ast, E.Mims 18+7reb+1ast, J.Blackburn 14+7reb+5ast, D.Thomas 11+2reb+2ast, B.Dean 9+3reb, J.Davis 9+4reb+2ast
Kentucky S.: B.Harris 22+10reb+3ast, J.McLeish 17+5reb+3ast, D.Guions 15+4reb+1ast, R.Delk 12+6reb+3ast, J.Taylor 10+3reb+3ast, J.Taylor 6+2reb
gschID: 116043


Halifax R. - Saint John M.R. 97-84

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Saint John Mill Rats (2-4) were defeated on the road by second ranked Halifax Rainmen (6-2) 97-84. Saint John Mill Rats were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Saint John Mill Rats 61-43 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Halifax Rainmen players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The winners were led by American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) who scored that evening 20 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Even 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists by guard Anthony Anderson (180-81, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) did not help to save the game for Saint John Mill Rats. Guard Terry Martin (198-87, college: LSU, agency: The Black Agency, LLC) added 21 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Halifax Rainmen maintains second position with 6-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Lawton Ft.SC, which they share with Quebec K. Saint John Mill Rats at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. Halifax Rainmen's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Dayton Air Strikers (#8) in Kettering where they are favorite. Saint John Mill Rats will play at home against Vermont Frost Heaves in South Burlington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halifax R.: M.Brown 20+8reb+2ast, J.Dollard 16+7reb+2ast, T.Porter 14+2reb+3ast, T.Brown 13+2reb+8ast, K.Jones 12+8reb+3ast, E.Crookshank 9+13reb+2ast
Saint John M.R.: T.Martin 21+5reb+3ast, A.Anderson 14+7reb+9ast, R.Diggs 14+10reb+3ast, J.Ferguson 13+9reb, S.DeLuca 8+2reb, T.Blair 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 116044

Durbansandshark
08-02-2011, 11:25 AM
Kentucky S. - Dayton A. 112-118

An interesting game was played in Lexington where Dayton Air Strikers (#8) won against host Kentucky Stallions (#4) 118-112 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 63-49 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Dayton Air Strikers outrebounded Kentucky Stallions 42-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Quade Milum (201-86, college: Akron) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Forward Bo Harris (201, college: Mountain St.) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) scored 18 points. Five Dayton Air Strikers and four Kentucky Stallions players scored in double figures. Kentucky Stallions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dayton Air Strikers maintains eighth position with 2-6 record. Loser Kentucky Stallions keep the fourth place with five games lost. Dayton Air Strikers will meet league's second-placed Halifax Rainmen on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kentucky Stallions will play against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Dayton A.: Q.Milum 21+10reb, N.Miles 19+3reb+3ast, E.Spencer 18+6reb+3ast, T.Taylor 17+4reb+5ast, S.Ross 16+6reb+1ast, D.Grifin 12+3reb+1ast
Kentucky S.: K.Jones 18+4reb, M.Thompson 16+1reb+4ast, B.Harris 15+9reb+2ast, R.Delk 13+2reb+1ast, R.Logan 9+6reb+1ast, J.McLeish 9+2reb+5ast
gschID: 116046


Quebec K. - Lawton Ft.SC 97-88

Undefeated Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (6-1) recorded its first loss in Quebec City on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Quebec Kebs (6-2) 97-88. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Quebec Kebs led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Quebec Kebs forced 24 Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 21 points. Quebec Kebs' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Eddie Smith (188-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Quebec Kebs have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Halifax R. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Quebec Kebs is looking forward to face Saint John Mill Rats (#5) in Manchester in the next round. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play at home against Kentucky Stallions (#4) in Lexington and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Quebec K.: Q.Brown 21+3reb+3ast, R.Parran 19+6reb+7ast, A.Spears 18+7reb, L.McCroskey 14+8reb+3ast, S.Audet-Sow 11+4reb+1ast, C.Jeanty 7+2reb
Lawton Ft.SC: E.Smith 16+3reb+4ast, E.Mims 15+10reb+1ast, D.Thomas 13+4reb+2ast, J.Davis 13+4reb+1ast, B.Dean 11+3reb+3ast, S.Daniels 10+10reb+1ast
gschID: 116047


Eddie Smith gets MVP of the Week award - Feb 1, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Eddie Smith (188-G-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Lawton Ft.SC and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Lawton Ft.SC in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kentucky S. (#4, 4-5) 113-103. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Lawton Ft.SC to consolidate first place in the PBL PBL. Lawton Ft.SC have a solid 6-1 record. Smith turned to be Lawton Ft.SC's top player in his first season with the team. Eddie Smith averages this season 15.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old forward Quade Milum (201-F-86) of Dayton A.. Milum impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Dayton A. to edge the higher-ranked Kentucky S. (#4, 4-5) by 6 points 118-112. Despite this victory they still are the league outsider. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Dayton A. managed to get this year. Milum is one of the most experienced players at Dayton A. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Bo Harris (201-F) of Kentucky S. (#4). Harris scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Harris' great performance Kentucky S. lost 103-113 to #1 ranked Lawton Ft.SC. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Kentucky S. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harris could help Kentucky S. to bring them higher in the standings. Harris has a great season in PBL. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.9rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mike Mercer (193-G-86) of Halifax R. - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Taliek Brown (186-G-82) of Halifax R. - 15 points and 11 assists
6. Jermaine Blackburn (200-G/F-83) of Lawton Ft.SC - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Elvin Mims (196-G/F-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Ryan Diggs (188-G-83) of Saint John M.R. - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Eric Crookshank (201-F-80) of Halifax R. - 9 points and 12 rebounds
10. Taliek Brown (186-G-82) of Halifax R. - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)

Durbansandshark
08-02-2011, 11:32 AM
Snyder leaves Rainmen - Feb 1, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Kirk Snyder's (6'6''-F-83, college: Nevada) underwhelming stint with the Halifax Rainmen came to an end yesterday when the ex-NBA starter left the team to pursue another opportunity.

The six-foot-six small forward saw 28 minutes of floor time in three games with the Rainmen, recording six points and missing 14 of 16 shots. Snyder hadnt played pro basketball in almost two years because of legal problems.

Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said Snyder has drawn interest (from a team) in China for some substantial money and that the 27-year-old is headed to Houston to train for the opportunity.

In other news, the Rainmens opponent for Fridays home game will be the Quebec Kebs, 6-2, instead of the Dayton Air Strikers, 2-6. Levingston said the Premier Basketball League requested the change, but didnt give a reason.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca

Such a damn shame that Vermont has to go from pro basketball. When it was in the ABA, it was a model franchise in the midst of all the chaos and dysfunction. Alexander Wolff was building a good thing going there that included selecting the right people to run and promote it. Coach Will Voigt left for the Bakersfield Jam First sure sign of trouble was when the PBL mandated the Frost Heaves to raise $200,000 by July to stay in, which meant they would struggle to keep up with rising expenses.

Frost Heaves ceased operations - Feb 1, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
(communcation released on the Vermont Frost Heaves website on Jan. 27, 2011)
Go Heaves, Inc. announced on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 that it was ceasing operations immediately. The organization charged with managing the Vermont Frost Heaves has not been able to keep pace with expenses.

'We've worked hard to bring in revenue from a variety of sources, but have not been able to match expenses with revenue', stated Don Mandelkorn, general manager.
'This decision was not made lightly and was done so only after much effort to try to bring things in balance', added Mandelkorn. 'I know this decision will result in a lot of disappointment among our fans and supporters. We have appreciated the support from fans and local businesses, but with overall cash sponsorships down and ticket sales flat, we simply could not meet expenses and cannot function any longer'.
Players will be eligible for a special Premier Basketball League draft on Thursday, January 27, 2011.

Just after this communication, some of the Frost Heaves players joined other PBL teams - Mike Williams (6'7''-F-85, college: Cincinnati) went to Rochester, Julian Allen (6'4''-G-87, college: Georgia Southern) to Halifax, Casaan Breeden (6'8''-F-86, college: Charleston) to Dayton, and Ross DeMasi (6'8''-F-86, college: SW Minnesota St.) and Dwuan Rice (5'11''-G, college: CSU Bakersfield) to Saint John.


Two former Frost Heaves en route to Saint John - Feb 1, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Two former Vermont Frost Heaves players are en route to Saint John: 6'9 power forward Ross DeMasi (6'8''-F-86, college: SW Minnesota St.) and 5'11 point guard Dwuan Rice (5'11''-G, college: CSU Bakersfield).

Demasi was selected by Saint John in the Vermont Dispersal Draft which was held after the Vermont Frost Heaves announced that they had ceased operations. Rice, who was unselected in the draft although he was considered by many to be the best available player, became a free agent.

Both Demasi and Rice have yet to be added to the Saint John Mill Rats active PBL roster.

'Decisions will be made about our active roster just prior to the deadline for Thursday's game,' stated Mill Rats Head Coach Jaren Jackson. 'We wanted to get a look at these guys, see them compete in practice, and also review our health situation before we decide.'

Rice brings a championship pedigree with him. He was MVP of the ABA Finals in 2008 in leading Vermont to their second consecutive league championship. A month later he helped the Idaho Stampede win an NBA Development League title. He is currently the PBL's leader in assists and steals.

Demasi was a PBL All Star last season and should help shore up the Mill Rats rebounding concerns.

The Saint John Mill Rats (2-4) host the division leading Quebec Kebs (6-2) on Thursday night at 7:00pm at Harbour Station.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Durbansandshark
15-02-2011, 06:41 AM
Round 9: Halifax Rainmen defeats Quebec Kebs in overtime - Feb 8, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Coincidentally all hosts won their games, including even overtime victory of Halifax R. at home.

Quebec Kebs (#3) forced the game against Halifax Rainmen (#2) into an overtime, but lost by eight points 94-102 on Friday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Quebec Kebs won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Quebec Kebs used huge pressure winning it 28-18 to get a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 13-21. Halifax Rainmen made 31-of-41 free shots (75.6 percent) during the game, while Quebec Kebs only scored eleven points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Quebec Kebs helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Taliek Brown (186-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Carl Mitchell (205-79, college: N.Kentucky) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for Quebec Kebs. Quebec Kebs' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Halifax Rainmen have a solid series of three victories in a row. Halifax Rainmen maintains second place with 7-2 record behind leader Lawton Ft.SC. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. Halifax Rainmen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quebec Kebs will play at home against Kentucky Stallions in Lexington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Quebec Kebs (6-4) against fifth ranked Saint John Mill Rats (3-4) on Thursday night. Visiting Quebec Kebs were defeated by Saint John Mill Rats in Manchester 107-92. Guard Anthony Anderson (180-81, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and Ryan Diggs chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 assists. Quebec Kebs' coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saint John Mill Rats maintains fifth place with 3-4 record. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. Saint John Mill Rats will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quebec Kebs will play at home against Kentucky Stallions in Lexington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (8-1) which hosted in Lawton 4th placed Kentucky Stallions (4-6). First ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry had an easy win 104-89. Deandre Thomas nailed 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Kenny Jones came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for Kentucky Stallions in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 8-1 record. Kentucky Stallions lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kentucky Stallions will play against Vermont Frost Heaves (#6) in South Burlington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
PBL top team - Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Rochester RazorSharks (2-6) 99-86. The best player for the winners was DeAnthony Bowden who scored 27 points. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 8-1 record. Rochester RazorSharks lost their fourth game in a row. Rochester RazorSharks at the other side dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.


Halifax R. - Quebec K. 102-94 OT

Quebec Kebs (#3) forced the game against Halifax Rainmen (#2) into an overtime, but lost by eight points 94-102 on Friday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Quebec Kebs won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Quebec Kebs used huge pressure winning it 28-18 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 13-21. Halifax Rainmen made 31-of-41 free shots (75.6 percent) during the game, while Quebec Kebs only scored eleven points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Quebec Kebs helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Taliek Brown (186-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Carl Mitchell (205-79, college: N.Kentucky) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and guard Maurice Acker (173-87, college: Marquette) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Quebec Kebs. Five Halifax Rainmen and four Quebec Kebs players scored in double figures. Quebec Kebs' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Halifax Rainmen have a solid series of three victories in a row. Halifax Rainmen maintains second place with 7-2 record behind leader Lawton Ft.SC. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. Halifax Rainmen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quebec Kebs will play at home against Kentucky Stallions in Lexington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halifax R.: J.Dollard 20+11reb, M.Brown 18+6reb+1ast, T.Brown 17+7reb+4ast, M.Mercer 16+5reb+2ast, K.Jones 12+7reb+1ast, J.Jackson 10+5reb
Quebec K.: C.Mitchell 19+10reb+2ast, M.Acker 19+5reb+6ast, S.Audet-Sow 13+10reb+2ast, Q.Brown 13+12reb+2ast, A.Spears 10+4reb, B.Callier 8+5reb
gschID: 116049


Lawton Ft.SC - Rochester R. 99-86

PBL top team - Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Rochester RazorSharks (2-6) 99-86. The game was mostly controlled by Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Rochester RazorSharks was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry forced 23 Rochester RazorSharks turnovers. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Rochester RazorSharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard DeAnthony Bowden (186-80, college: Creighton) who scored 27 points. Center Deandre Thomas (203-86, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Thomas is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Eric Walton (204-79, college: San Jose St.) who recorded 20 points and 9 rebounds and forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 8-1 record. Rochester RazorSharks lost their fourth game in a row. Rochester RazorSharks at the other side dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lawton Ft.SC: D.Bowden 27+4reb+3ast, D.Thomas 18+6reb, C.Haywood 10+2reb+1ast, J.Blackburn 9+1reb+1ast, E.Mims 8+10reb+1ast, J.Davis 7+4reb+2ast
Rochester R.: E.Walton 20+9reb, S.Monroe 17+5reb+2ast, M.Council 13+3reb+1ast, J.Crouch 9+4reb+4ast, J.Carter 8+6reb, F.Durr 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 116050

Durbansandshark
15-02-2011, 06:42 AM
Lawton Ft.SC - Kentucky S. 104-89

An interesting game for Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (8-1) which hosted in Lawton 4th placed Kentucky Stallions (4-6). First ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry had an easy win 104-89. The game was mostly controlled by Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Kentucky Stallions managed to win third quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry shot 29 for 44 from the free-throw line, while Kentucky Stallions only scored ten points from the stripe. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry had a 45-34 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 7 blocks. Center Deandre Thomas (203-86, college: Robert Morris) nailed 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and guard Shaun Fountain (180-78, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Duran International) accounted for 20 points. Thomas is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and forward Bo Harris (201, college: Mountain St.) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Kentucky Stallions in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 8-1 record. Kentucky Stallions lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kentucky Stallions will play against Vermont Frost Heaves (#6) in South Burlington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lawton Ft.SC: D.Thomas 21+5reb+3ast, S.Fountain 20+2reb+1ast, J.Blackburn 14+4reb+1ast, E.Mims 10+9reb, D.Bowden 9+2reb+4ast, E.Smith 9+1reb+2ast
Kentucky S.: K.Jones 24+11reb+1ast, B.Harris 16+11reb+1ast, J.McLeish 10+6reb+3ast, A.White 10+4reb+2ast, G.Baker 7+6ast, R.Delk 6+2reb
gschID: 116051


Saint John M.R. - Quebec K. 107-92

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Quebec Kebs (6-4) against fifth ranked Saint John Mill Rats (3-4) on Thursday night. Visiting Quebec Kebs were defeated by Saint John Mill Rats in Manchester 107-92. The game without a history. Saint John Mill Rats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Quebec Kebs were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Anthony Anderson (180-81, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Ryan Diggs (188-83, college: W.Washington) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 assists and the other American import swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 23 points. Five Saint John Mill Rats and four Quebec Kebs players scored in double figures. Quebec Kebs' coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saint John Mill Rats maintains fifth place with 3-4 record. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. Saint John Mill Rats will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quebec Kebs will play at home against Kentucky Stallions in Lexington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saint John M.R.: A.Anderson 24+3reb+9ast, T.Martin 16+1reb+3ast, R.Diggs 14+6reb+2ast, R.DeMasi 14+6reb+2ast, M.Egerson 13+5reb+1ast, D.Rice 12+1reb+6ast
Quebec K.: Q.Brown 23+2reb+2ast, R.Parran 20+4reb+10ast, A.Spears 12+1reb, S.Audet-Sow 11+6reb+4ast, L.McCroskey 7+6reb+2ast, C.Mitchell 6+5reb+2ast

Bowden's 27 points give him Player of the Week award - Feb 8, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
30-year old guard DeAnthony Bowden (186-G-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Lawton Ft.SC and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 27 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Lawton Ft.SC in his team's victory, helping them to beat Rochester R. (#8, 2-6) 99-86. It allowed Lawton Ft.SC to consolidate first place in the PBL league. Lawton Ft.SC have a solid 8-1 record. In the team's last game Bowden had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Lawton Ft.SC, through which he has constantly improved. Creighton University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bowden is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.3apg) and averages solid 57.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Anthony Anderson (180-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Saint John M.R.. He is a guard in his first season at Saint John M.R.. In the last game Anderson recorded impressive 24 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he lead Saint John M.R. to another comfortable win 107-92 over slightly higher-ranked Quebec K. (#3, 6-4) being unquestionably team leader. Saint John M.R.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Anderson is one of the most experienced players at Saint John M.R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#3). He also recorded 6.1 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Royce Parran (175-G-85) of Quebec K. (#3). Parran scored 20 points and passed ten assists (!!!). Despite Parran's great performance Quebec K. lost 92-107 to slightly lower-ranked Saint John M.R. (#5, 3-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Quebec K. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Parran has a great season in PBL. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (8th best) and assists with 6.1apg (4th best). He also has 2.9spg and FGP: 51.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenny Jones (198-F-84) of Kentucky S. - 24 points and 11 rebounds
5. Joshua Dollard (203-F-86) of Halifax R. - 20 points and 11 rebounds
6. Bo Harris (201-F) of Kentucky S. - 16 points and 11 rebounds
7. Maurice Acker (173-G-87) of Quebec K. - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Taliek Brown (186-G-82) of Halifax R. - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Carl Mitchell (205-F-79) of Quebec K. - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Eric Walton (204-F/C-79) of Rochester R. - 20 points and 9 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)

Anthony Anderson Named PBL Player of the Week - Feb 10, 2011 (by Allen White)
The Premier Basketball League is pleased to announce that Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats has been named Player of the Week for the week ending February 6, 2011. This is the second time Anderson, a 5'11' guard from the University of Massachusetts, has earned this award; he won it last year as a member of the Manchester (N.H.) Millrats, the team that relocated to Saint John, N.B. this season. The Player of the Week award is voted on by a select PBL committee of owners, general managers and coaches.

In Thursday night's 108-92 victory over the Quebec Kebs, Anderson scored 24 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the floor, as well as a pair of 3-pointers. He also dished out nine team-high assists in the victory.

Other players receiving consideration for Player of the Week honors were Josh Dollard of the Halifax Rainmen, Kenny Jones of the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions, DeAndre Thomas of the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry, Carl Mitchell of the Quebec Kebs, and Eric Walton of the Rochester Razorsharks.

Durbansandshark
15-02-2011, 06:44 AM
Levingston may forfeit to Quebec - Feb 10, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said he is really disappointed with the PBL ruling and will take a couple of days to review his options. 'We might just tell Quebec they can have the win - well take the loss', he said. Levingston said the ruling has let the air out for him and that the fun is getting taken out of being an owner.

'It's just coming to a head - enough is enough', he said.

'When you get to the point where youre not having fun doing something, you take a step back and make some decisions.'
Courtesy of www.metronews.ca

Cavalry parts ways with Haywood - Feb 11, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry are making more changes, and that means a fan favorite is gone.

Curtis Haywood (6'6''-G-75, college: Oklahoma City) was cut from the Cavs on Wednesday night, making way for Ramon Dyer.

'I was looking for young legs and better defense,' said head coach Micheal Ray Richardson.

Haywood, who was a member of the Cavalry's first championship team, returned this year to make another run at a title.

That run ended eight games into the season.

'I just don't think he was doing a good job on defense,' Richardson said.

Haywood averaged 7.33 points a game in just over 20 minute per game average.

But it wasn't his scoring that did him in, it was the defense.

Haywood showed progress during the year, but more often then not a head fake and drive would put distance between an offensive player and the veteran.

And though Haywood was quickly becoming the fan favorite again with his antics to get the crowd and teammates involved, it was time to make the shift.

'He's a great guy,' Richardson said. 'He understood that it was professional. He took it well.'

Richardson said that if Dyer doesn't work out he will likely invite Haywood back to the team.

Dyer enters with NBA Developmental League experience, averaging 6.4 points a game with Albuquerque in the 2007-08 season.

Dyer, who played at the University of Houston, also averaged 4.8 rebounds a contest in the NBA Developmental League.

'He's a high jumper, and really active,' Richardson said.

Courtesy of http://swoknews.com

Quebec Kebs defeat Dayton Air Strikers - Feb 11, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

Quebec K. - Dayton A. 104-102

Seventh-ranked Dayton Air Strikers (2-7) gave a tough game to third ranked Quebec Kebs (7-4) in Quebec City on Thursday. Quebec Kebs managed to secure only two-point victory 104-102. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 35-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Louie McCroskey (196-85, college: Marist, agency: GOTathletes) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 22 points during the contest. At the losing side swingman Everett Spencer (198-85, college: S.Carolina St.) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Philip Mickey Perry (188, college: Dayton) scored 21 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Dayton Air Strikers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quebec Kebs maintains third position with 7-4 record behind leader Lawton Ft.SC. Dayton Air Strikers at the other side dropped to the bottom place with seven games lost. Quebec Kebs will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dayton Air Strikers will play at home against Saint John Mill Rats (#5) in Manchester and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Quebec K.: Q.Brown 22+1reb+2ast, L.McCroskey 20+8reb+1ast, R.Parran 16+1reb+7ast, M.Acker 16+1reb+2ast, C.Mitchell 13+7reb+3ast, B.Callier 7+4reb
Dayton A.: P.Mickey Perry 21+3reb+3ast, E.Spencer 17+6reb+4ast, S.Ross 13+4reb+3ast, T.Taylor 12+1reb+3ast, K.Langhorne 11+5reb+3ast, R.George 10+7reb
gschID: 116053

Erick Barkley Makes His Return to the Court with Quebec Kebs of Premier Basketball League - Feb 14, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)
Former NBA First Round Draft Pick Erick Barkley (6'1''-G-78, college: St.John's) made his return to the professional ranks this past week with the Quebec Kebs of the Premier Basketball League (PBL). The 28th selection of the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft by Portland was activated for the Kebs game against rival Halifax Rainmen, which they lost 94-102 in overtime. Barkley joined the Kebs in December, but had not suited up until this past weekend, rounding himself back into game condition and assisting Head Coach Rob Spon after not playing since the 08-09 season in Poland. The 32-year old former St. Johns star point guard appeared in 25 games with Banks BPS Basket Kwidzyn that season, averaging 11.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting 42.2% from the field. Barkleys NBA career never panned out after two uneventful seasons in Portland. In 27 career NBA games he averaged 2.9 points and 1.5 assists. Besides Poland, Barkely has experience playing in several European countries as well as stints in the CBA and NBA D-League domestically. He reached the D-League Finals during the 2003-04 season with the Huntsville Flight, averaging 12.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 42 games.
In his season debut in Halifax last week, Barkley went scoreless in 18 minutes, finishing 0-3 from the field while handing out one assist.

Durbansandshark
15-02-2011, 06:50 AM
Chicago defeats NW Indiana - Feb 9, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Another traditional ABA powerhouse is the Chicago Steam. This team improved its record to 12-3 over the past weekend by defeating the North West Indiana Magical Stars, 130-99. The Steam were led by veteran scorer Maurice Carter (6'3''-G-74, college: Brandon) with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Andre Muse (6'5''-G-86, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Quincy) added 25 points and 9 assist and Lavon Crawford (6'3''-G-85) 22 points

The ABA is preparing its All-Star Game - Feb 10, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association (ABA) scheduled its 2011 All-Star Game for Saturday, February 26th, with the action taking place in Jacksonville, Florida. The game and other activities will take place at the Veterans Memorial Arena which is located in the city's Sports Complex, home of the Jacksonville Giants.

Each All-Star team roster will be formed by only 12 players, ABA President/COO Dick Packer is very confident in the level of talent that will be on display in the game on February 26th. Ive been around basketball for many years, he said. There will be an outstanding group of players. In my estimation, either of these teams would be NBA playoff teams if given the opportunity. But thats another story. Fans will be treated to fast-paced, exciting basketball played by players with extraordinary talent and skills. It will be a great game.

The first players named for the 2011 All-Star squads are Jersey Express forward Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY), San Diego Sol point guard Richard Williams (5'10''-G-87, college: San Diego St.) and Colorado Kings Center Rasean Dickey (6'10''-F/C-85). The other players will be announced shortly.

20th win for the Mavericks - Feb 11, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the Houston Stallions 152-61 at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. The Mavericks won their 29th straight home victory with their dominating win on Thursday night. The Mavs opened the game on an 11-2 run led by early baskets by Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar), Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman), and Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville). SETX never looked back and led 29-10 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second period the Mavericks bench just wore down Houston. Frontline players Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) and DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) led a balanced Mavs attack to lead 68-26 at halftime.
In the second half the stifling Mavericks Defense continued led by Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) and Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.). Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.), Davis, White, and Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) controlled the paint and the Mavericks rolled to their 20th victory of the season.

Crain led eight Mavericks in double figure scoring with 23 points. White followed up with a near triple double with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assist. Davis had another double/double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Todd added 20 points. Lamar and Alex Sanders scored 12 points each. Cambridge and Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) chipped in 11 and 10 points respectively. Jonathan Simms (6'3''-G) led Houston with a game high 29 points. Jacobie Shivers (6'8''-F, college: Prairie View A&M) followed up with 15 points.

The Mavericks will be back at home next Thursday, February 17th against the Houston Red Storm. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM

Mavericks hold on to #1 ranking for week 15 - Feb 14, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
As the American Basketball Association moves into the final weeks of the regular season, the 20-1 SETX Mavericks held onto the #1 position over the Jacksonville Giants (17-0) by a slight margin. These two teams were followed closely by the still undefeated Colorado Kings (15-0). 'The playoffs are really going to be something else,' stated ABA COO Dick Packer . 'We have some remarkable talent in the ABA and fans will get a chance to see it both in the All Star Game and as the playoffs unfold.'
The rankings:

1. SETX Mavericks (20-1)
2. Jacksonville Giants (17-0)
3. Colorado Kings (15-0)
4. East Kentucky Energy (14-1)
5. 7-City Knights (13-2)
6. Seattle Mountaineers (11-1)
7. East Bay Pitbulls (14-4)
8. San Diego Sol (12-3)
9. Columbus Riverballers (11-2)
10. Chicago Steam (12-3)
11. Texas Fuel (13-4)
12. Savannah Storm (10-5)
13. Las Vegas Aces (8-1)
14. Oklahoma Stallions (8-3)
15. Lake Michigan Admirals (8-4)
16. North Dallas Vandals (10-6)
17. Bay Area Matrix (10-6)
18. Sacramento Heatwave (8-6)
19. California Seakings (8-6)
20. West Texas Whirlwinds (8-6)
21. Indiana Diesels (7-4)
22. Los Angeles Slam (8-6)
23. San Diego Surf (7-6)
24. Modesto Hawks (9-8)

'The power rankings are determined by multiple factors,' added Packer. 'Won-loss, number of games, quality of opponents, closeness of games, etc.' There are five teams on the cusp of breaking into the rankings. The last three weeks of the season should be really interesting.'
For more information, visit www.abalive.com

Durbansandshark
02-03-2011, 05:58 AM
N.W.Indiana Magical Stars defeat Admirals - Feb 17, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The North West Indiana Magical Stars returned to St. Josephs, Michigan the past weekend to avenge a January 22nd loss, and they did just that by defeating the Lake Michigan Admirals, 117-111. The Stars opened the game on a 28-11 run, but found themselves trailing 62-48 at halftime. They fought back in the 3rd quarter to close the gap to nine, and outscored the Admirals 44-29 in the 4th quarter to complete the amazing comeback.
The Stars were led by Elliot Engelmann (6'6''-F-87, college: Mercyhurst), whose 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists paced the squad. Newly acquired forward Andrew Zimmer (6'6''-F/C-85, college: Wabash) dominated the paint with 31 points and 9 rebounds. The Stars leading scorer on the season, Marcus Hammonds (6'5''-F, college: Texas A&M - C.C.), had a well-rounded game with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Rob Broughton (6'5''-F, college: St.Xavier) added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and former Villanova point guard Bobby Smith chipped in 14 points and 10 assists. 'We played with a lot of heart', stated Hammonds 'To come up here and beat a playoff-caliber team, this win feels good'

While the game was high scoring, it was the Stars second-half defense that got them the victory. 'We really picked up our defensive intensity in the second half', said Engelmann, 'and thats how we were able to get back into this game'.

The Stars road win was even more impressive, as they only dressed eight players. 'We came up here with only eight guys', said Associate Head Coach A.J. McLinn. 'But those eight showed a lot of heart and fought hard to get the win. Im very proud of them'.
The Stars will look to build on this performance next weekend as they travel to St. Louis to take on the Pioneers. 'St. Louis will be another tough road test for us', stated Co-Owner and General Manager Derrick Smith. 'Weve been traveling all over the Midwest this season, playing games in Chicago, Indianapolis, as well as many other cities. Our squad is getting stronger each day, and the future is looking bright'.

Mavericks defeat Red Storm - Feb 18, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the Houston Red Storm 135-103 at their NJEC Arena on Thursday night. The Mavericks came out slowly in the first quarter as the Red Storm led by Brandon Andrews (6'3''-G-81, college: Gannon), Mike Levy (6'5''-G-82, college: Lamar), and Sam Stelly (6'4''-F-87) built an early 12-2 lead. Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) and Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) came off the Mavericks bench to lead the Mavericks as Houston only led by a 29-27 score after one period of play.
SETX was dominant in the second quarter as DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.), Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.), and Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) took over the inside for the Mavericks. Cambridge and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) led the way will the Mavs full court pressure. The Mavs outscored the Red Storm 36-18 to gain control of the game and lead 63-47 at half-time.

The second half was a physical struggle. The Mavericks just proved to be too deep for the Red Storm as seven Mavericks scored in double figures. The Mavericks cruised to another victory 135-103. Alex Sanders led the way for the Mavericks with 22 points. White and P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) added 21 points each. Davis chipped in 12 points. Thrash and Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) each scored 11 points each respectively. Jon Rogers followed up with 10 points. Stelly led the way for the Red Storm with a game high 23 points. Andrews added 17 point and Levy chipped 16 points.

The SETX Mavericks will get together with the Houston Red Storm again on Saturday night in Houston. TX. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.

Another win for the Mavericks - Feb 20, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the Houston Red Storm for the second consecutive time yesterday night, 157-67 at the League of America Arena in Houston, TX.
The was no slow start for the Mavericks as they jumped out to an 11-0 lead. P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) set to tone early with baskets to put SETX out in front and in control. The Mavericks led after one period of play 38-15. The second quarter belonged to Couisnard as he scored 17 points with a wide arsenal of shots. Cousinard and the Mavs defense showed its full form as the Mavericks cruised to a 86-33 halftime lead.
In the second half the Mavericks played like a well oiled machine as they dominated every phase of the game. SETX dismantled Houston with a 157-67 win.

Couisnard led the way with 36 points and 12 rebounds. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) regained his form with 20 points. DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) recorded another double/double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) scored 17 points. Darrell Bogany (6'4''-G) led Houston with 25 points. Floyd Baats chipped in 14 points and Zo Nonso Ebede followed up with 13 points.

The Mavericks will be back in action at home Tuesday night vs the North Texas Fresh. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.

Admirals are back on winning track - Feb 20, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Lake Michigan Admirals got back on track with a 140-112 victory of the Michiana Monarchs of South Bend. Thanks to this win, Admirals are now 8-5 and have qualified for the playoffs. Five players scored over 20 points, including Gordon Chase (6'2''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) who led all scores with 31pts and 13 rebounds. Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) added 24 pts, Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) 23 and Brandon Ball (5'11''-G-86, college: Michigan Tech) 22 at the winning side. Associate Pastor Corey Kugle brought 120+ fans from The Chapel to see him play in his very first professional basketball game. 'I was so amazed at the speed of the game and I had a blast. The Admirals have brought so much to southwest Michigan and everyone in the community is better for it,' stated Pastor Corey. The Knezic family, members at The Chapel, have been through so much with their son Noah, who has gone through many operations and trips to Baltimore, MD. 'Tonight was a blessing to be able to help raise money to offset some of their expenses as they go through these tough times'' stated Chris Glisson. The Admirals next game is Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm at Michigan Lutheran against the Monarchs.

Durbansandshark
02-03-2011, 06:02 AM
North Dallas Vandals defeat Dallas Impact 113-98 - Feb 20, 2011 (by Tyler Gatlin)
The North Dallas Vandals outscored the Dallas Impact 70-48 in the second half and secured their 11th win this season. The Vandals were led by ABA All-Star Devon Pearson (6'6''-F-84, agency: Farris Sports, college: SMU), who scored 30pts on 10-20 shooting. Four other Vandals scored in double figures. Dallas Impact forward Tommy Moffitt (6'5''-F-86) broke out with 41pts and 12 rebounds, but the shorthanded Impact could not keep pace with their cross-town rivals.

Last weekend game results - Feb 21, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Las Vegas Aces got back in the win ways with a 155-111 victory vs the Gymrats. The Aces had six players in double digit scoring and all of the Aces players scored. Wink Adams (6'0''-G-85, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: UNLV) was leading scorer for Las Vegas with 30 points, Stanley Gill (6'7''-F-84, college: W.Alabama) added 23pts and 8rebs, Michael Johnson (6'0''-G-76, college: Oklahoma) 22points and 5 assists, Dane Cruz (5'10''-G-86, college: Doane) 18 points and 6asst. The Gymrats were led by Jun Iwasa (6'2''-G-80), who was the game top scorer at 33 points, Kenny Barnes (6'7''-F-82, college: USF) with 25 pts and Robbie Banks (6'11''-F/C-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) with 16 points.
The Lake Michigan Admirals got another easy win on Sunday night at Michigan Lutheran High School, by defeating Michiana Monarchs exhibition team in front of an estimated 600 fans. Gordon Chase (6'2''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) ended up with a double double with 31 points and 16 rebounds. Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) added 21pts, Brandon Ball (5'11''-G-86, college: Michigan Tech) had a double double he too, with 16 points and 10 assists. Will Wright (6'6''-F, college: Frank Phillips JC) had 22 points for the Monarchs respectively. The Admirals are now 9-5

SETX Mavericks stil leading the ABA Power Rankings - Feb 21, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association has just released its Power Rankings for week #16 of the regular season and once again, the defending ABA Champion SETX Mavericks are ranked #1 with its 22-1 record over two undefeated teams, the Jacksonville Giants (19-0) and the Colorado Kings (17-0). 'The playoffs begin in about two weeks,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'And it is inevitable that these teams along with powerhouses East Kentucky Energy and 7 City Knights will be meeting on their way to the 2011 championship. And I wouldn't be surprised at some upsets too as we do have some great teams in the ABA.' The rankings:

1. SETX Mavericks (22-1)
2. Jacksonville Giants (19-0)
3. Colorado Kings (17-0)
4. East Kentucky Energy (16-1)
5. 7 City Knights (15-2)
6. Seattle Mountaineers (13-1)
7. San Diego Sol (14-3)
8. Chicago Steam (13-3)
9. Texas Fuel (15-4)
10. East Bay Pitbulls (14-5)
11. Columbus Riverballers (11-2)
12. Las Vegas Aces (9-1)
13. Lake Michigan Admirals (9-4)
14. Savannah Storm (10-6)
15. Bay Area Matrix (13-7)
16. North Dallas Vandals (11-6)
17. Indiana Diesels (8-4)
18. Oklahoma Stallions (8-5)
19. St. Louis Pioneers (8-3)
20. Heartland Prowl (8-3)
21. California Seakings (8-7)
22. West Texas Whirlwind (8-6)
23. Los Angeles Slam (8-6)
24. Gulf Coast Flash (7-4)

'The playoff format this season will include about 35 teams this season,' added Newman, 'including teams that are not ranked in the Top 24. The playoffs will begin March 5th with five opening round tournaments. The top 5 teams will receive a bye in the first round. The Power Rankings will play a significant part in the pairings.'

Durbansandshark
02-03-2011, 06:04 AM
ABA All-Star Game team rosters - Feb 21, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Thanks to San Diego Surf GM Ross Kurland , Usbasket.com is now able to release the compelte team rosters of the upcoming ABA 2011 All-Star Game, scheduled for Saturday, February 26th, with the action taking place at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The rosters are as follows:

All-East Team
East:
Anthony Jackson (5'6''-G-85) of Columbus Riverballlers
Ramar Smith (6'3''-G-87) of Georgia Gwizzlies
Daniel Price (6'3''-G-82) of East Kentucky Energy
Jaleel Nelson (6'5''-G-87) of Seven Cities Knights
Andre Muse (6'5''-G-86) of Chicago Steam
Ed Horton (6'4''-G-85) of Jacksonville Giants
Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85) of Lake Michigan Admirals
Sherard Reddick (6'8''-F) of Savannah Seahawks
Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88) of Jersey Express
Aaron Hogg (6'6''-F/G-81) of Indiana Diesel
J.R. Vanhoose (6'10''-F/C-79) of East Kentucky Energy
Jermaine Bell (6'11''-F/C-84) of Jacksonville Giants


All-West Team
West:

Richie Williams (5'10''-G-87) of San Diego Sol
Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82) of Oklahoma Stallions
Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84) of West Texas Whirlwinds
Jordan Boreman (6'2''-G-80) of East Bay Pitbulls
Lou Kelly (6'5''-G/F-79) of Las Vegas Aces
Michael Dyson (6'6''-C-87) of Modesto Hawks
Rashaad Powell (6'6''-G-81) of West Coast Hotshots
Devon Pearson (6'6''-F-84) of North Dallas Vandals
Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81) of Gulf Coast Flash
Gene Shipley (6'9''-C-79) of The San Diego Surf
Lamar Wright (6'10''-C-78) of Texas Fuel
Rasean Dickey (6'10''-F/C-85) of Colorado Kings

Mavericks beat Fresh - Feb 23, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the North Texas Fresh on tuesday night, 131-74 at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. Rookie sensation P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) and point guard Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) got the Mavericks going early by jumping out on the Fresh 5-0. The Fresh battled back to take a 6-5 lead when Roy Whitley hit a Jumper at the 7:56 mark in the first quarter. SETX went on an 8-0 run to take control of the first period. The Mavs led 25-20 after one period of play. The second period belonged to the Mavericks as super sub Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) came off the Mavericks bench to heat up the Mavericks famed Defense! SETX led at halftime 59-37.
In the second half it was all Mavericks. Everyone got involved as SETX took total control of the game as the Mavericks went on to win by 57 points. P.J. Couisnard led six Mavericks in double figure scoring with 24 points. Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) and Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) each put in 16 points. Myles Thrash added 13 points. A'Daeron Duncan (6'5''-F-87, college: N.Kentucky) led North Texas with 22 points. Roy Whitley added 20 points. Tobias 'TJ' Gibson (6'5''-F) chipped in 17 points.

The Mavericks will be back in action at home Thursday night vs the Dallas Stars. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.

SETX Mavericks to host ABA Final Four - Feb 26, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced that the #1 ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks will host this season's ABA Championship Final Four at Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Center (NJEC) in Winnie, Texas on March 23-29.
Nutty Jerry's is a newly constructed facility that has hosted some of the top shows and events in the southeast Texas since it opened in September of 2010. The arena is owned by SEXT Mavericks owner Jerry Nelson who has been an owner in the ABA since the 2008-2009 season. His teams have dominated the ABA during that time frame compiling an amazing 78-7 record, winnuing 3 Division Championships and winning the 2009-10 National Championship.

This season's ABA championship format will be a double elimination format involving the Final Four teams in the ABA, two from the west and two from the east. 36 teams are playing in the qualifying rounds to determine which teams will be playing in Winnie, Texas. The Southeast Texas Mavericks (west) and the Jacksonville Giants (east) have byes into the Final Four as a result of their records during the regular season. The Championship Finals will be highlighted with a 3-game series between the final two teams to decide the 2010-11 ABA Champion. 'We're very excited to be hosting this year's ABA Championship Finals,' stated Nelson. 'There are some very strong teams in the ABA and we know that the competition for the championship will be very intense. I really wish we had twice the number of seats available because the quality of basketball and the competition will be tremendous. I would really suggest that fans get their seats early as we anticiipate a great demand for tickets and sold out games everyday.'

Sanders last secon tip-in lifts Mavericks over Stars - Feb 26, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 ranked SETX Mavericks defeated the Dallas Stars thursday night on a tip-in by veteran power forward Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) with 4.2 seconds to play at the NJEC Arena. With 13.8 seconds remaining center Marcellus Wright (6'9''-F/C-68, college: Akron) converted to tie the score at 108. SETX chose not to call a timeout. Instead Mavericks coach Steve Tucker instructed point guard Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) to attack the basket. Thrash did just that and put up a short jump shot in the lane area. Sanders came in to tip the ball in as it was coming off the front of the rim. Dallas had no timeouts, so they were forced to inbound the ball and go full-court to score. Donald Harris (6'5''-F-76, college: Texas Arlington)' last second desperation shot went wide left and the Mavericks had their 32nd straight home victory.
'This was by far the most talented team that we have played here in three years! They played us tough and it was a very beneficial game that will help prepare us for big games coming up later this season' stated Coach Tucker. DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) led SETX with 19 points. Thrash scored 18 points. Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) and Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) each put in 13 points each. Former Maverick Donald Harris scored a game high 29 points. Andre Johnson put in 22 points. Tommy Moffitt (6'5''-F-86, college: Texas Arlington) and Donny Calton (6'7''-F-81, college: Auburn) chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively.
The Mavericks will be back in action tonight in Oklahoma City, OK vs the Oklahoma Stallions. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 PM.

Durbansandshark
02-03-2011, 06:06 AM
East wins ABA All-Star Game - Ayeni named MVP - Feb 28, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
(courtesy of Jeff Elliott, http://jacksonville.com ) It took three hours to complete the first American Basketball Association All-Star Game held in Jacksonville, and it still came down to the final second to decide the outcome. West guard Devon Pearson (6'6''-F-84, college: SMU) (North Dallas Vandals) missed his first free-throw attempt and surprisingly made the second one with one second remaining, leaving the visiting West team a point short as the all stars from the East team prevailed by a 123-122 score Saturday afternoon in front of an enthusiastic announced crowd of 4,488 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The game featured the 12 top players from teams west of the Mississippi River against a dozen players from ABA teams from the East. The latter group included the Jacksonville Giants, who were represented by center Jermaine Bell (6'11''-F/C-84, college: Indian Hills CC) and Ed Horton (6'4''-G-85, college: Murray St.)..
Like any typical all-star game, individual play trumped the team concept. The West team managed 11-of-29 shots from 3-point range for 37.9 percent, and the East team needed 40 attempts from beyond the arc to make nine baskets, a meager 22.5 percent. But the East got its most important 3-pointer when it needed it the most. Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY) (Jersey Express) drilled one from 24 feet out with 45 seconds left to forge a 120-120 tie.

The West missed a chance to regain the lead and the East's Anthony Jackson (5'6''-G-85) (Columbus Riverballers) was fouled seconds later. He converted a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left to push the East in front 122-120. West guard Richie Williams (5'10''-G-87, college: San Diego St.) (San Diego Sol) was fouled with six seconds left but missed a chance to tie the game by making just 1 of 2. Ayeni duplicated that with four seconds left in the game to push the East back to a two-point lead, but Pearson missed a chance to send the game to overtime when he clanked the first attempt off the back of the rim.
'I didn't have to do much coaching in that first half as a lot of guys were out there exposing their talent,' said East and Jacksonville Giants coach Kevin Waters . 'But then in the fourth quarter, things got a little tight. We wanted to come out with a win, so I started doing some coaching there to help our guys. This was a good game for the players and the fans who came out to see it. Any time the game goes down to the final second, it's a good game for the fans.'

Ayeni, who played at St. Francis College in New York, was selected as the game's MVP. He said it was a perfect ending to his first-ever all-star game. 'I've been excited to be here ever since I stepped off the plane from New York where it was in the 30s and it was close to 80 here,' said Ayeni, a forward for New Jersey who finished with a game-high 25 points. 'I can't put into words my feelings right now. I've never played in an all-star game and I never thought I would reach this level a couple years ago. Now I'm looking to take it one more level [the NBA]'.

The game left a favorable impression on ABA president Dick Packer . He praised the work of Giants owner Ron Sholes and the team staff for their administration of the game 'Jacksonville took a big challenge here and performed great. I can't say anything but nice things about their staff and the way they performed here,' Packer said. 'For a team that is new to our league, for them to jump up and do what they did, that's an impressive showing.'

Mavericks saddle Stallions on the road - Feb 28, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Just after the All-Star Game, the Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma Stallions, 123-90 saturday night in Oklahoma City. The Mavericks came out fast and took control of the game early. The very athletic Stallions battled, but the Mavericks were just too big and had too much depth for the Stallions to sustain a winning effort over the course of an entire game.

SETX continued its balanced attack as seven Mavericks scored in double figures. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) led the way with 25 points. Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) followed up with 12 points. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M), P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.), Hollis Giles (6'3''-G, college: Georgetown, KY), and Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) all put in 11 points. Andre Valentine (6'5''-F-78, college: Connors State JC) led the Stallions with 22 points. Steven Dunn put in 20 points. Marchello Vealy (6'8''-F-86, college: ORU) scored 19 points respectively.
The Mavericks will be back in action tomorrow night as they will host the Arlington Bulldogs at the NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.

Admirals defeat Detroit - Feb 28, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Lake Michigan Admirals beat the Detroit Hoops, 143-111 sunday night at Benton Harbor High School in front of approximately 900 fans.
What was amazing about the game Sunday night was that all nine players that played were in double figures including Gordon Chase (6'5''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) with a game high 25pts. 'The players are really gelling with one another and we are starting to come together right in time for the playoffs,' stated Coach Che Eddie . Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) scored 19 pts and Allen White (6'3''-G-84, college: Huntingdon) 17. Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) played in the All-Star game on Saturday and flew back on an earlier flight Sunday morning just so he could contribute to the team. Bobo arrived at halftime and came in halfway through the 3rd quarter and ignited the crowd with monterous dunks and fast breaking action. Bobo scored 16pts., 4reb, 5 assists, and 2 steals in a quarter and a half. Now that's an All-Star.

Next game in on March 2nd at Eau Claire High School against the Benton Harbor All-Stars. Next Saturday the playoffs are being held at Bangor High School starting at 5pm with Jersey Express vs. Indiana Diesels and 7pm Admirals vs. Hoops. The winner of these two games play on Sunday at 3:00pm at Bangor High School.

Durbansandshark
02-03-2011, 06:07 AM
Mavericks at the top of Power Rankings, again - Mar 1, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
'A showdown looms as the top two ABA teams get set for the ABA Championship Final Four that begins in Winnie, Texas later this month. Both the Southeast Texas Mavericks, again the #1 team and the Jacksonville Giants, a close #2 have byes into the Final Four,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'But there are quite a few other very strong teams that will have a say as to who wins the Championship.' The tournament starts this weekend and we'll see how the Power Rankings hold as two additional teams vie for the coveted positions in the Final Four.
The Power Rankings are now as follows:

1. SETX Mavericks (26-1)
2. Jacksonvillee Giants (23-0)
3. Colorado Kings (17-0)
4. East Kentucky Energy (16-1)
5. 7 City Knights (16-2)
6. Seattle Mountaineers (14-1)
7. San Diego Sol (15-3)
8. Chicago Steam (13-3)
9. Texas Fuel (15-4)
10. East Bay Pitbulls (14-5)
11. Columbus Riverballers (11-3)
12. Lake Michigan Admirals (10-4)
13. Savannah Storm (11-6)
14. North Dallas Vandals (12-6)
15. Bay Area Matrix (13-7)
16. Gulf Coast Flash (8-4)
17. St. Louis Pioneers (8-3)
18. Oklahoma Stallions (8-6)
19. Heartland Prowl (8-3)
20. California Seakings (8-7)
21. Jersey Express (8-6)
22. Los Angeles Slam (8-6)
23. Modesto Hawks (9-9)
24. West Virginia Blazers (8-8)

ABA Playoff scheduled - Mar 1, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The upcoming weekend of March 5 and 6 will start the 2010-11 ABA playoff. As you know, both the SETX Mavericks (west) and Jacksonville Giants (east) have byes into the Final Four which will be played at the home of the SETX Mavericks in Winnie, Texas. In the first round, the league officials decided to hold mini-tournaments involving many teams in the following cities, as listed down:

NORTH CENTRAL - at Lake Michigan Chris Glisson, Coordinator
Lake Michigan Admirals
St. Louis Pioneers
Jersey Express*
West Virginia Blazers
Indiana Diesel
*Note. Jersey Express will be in China - and will play the following week the winner before the game in Chicago.

Winner will play Chicago Steam in Chicago

SOUTHEAST - at Savannah Storm Anthony Dooley/Dick Packer, Coordinators
Savannah Storm
Heartland Prowl
Georgia Gwizzlies
Fayetteville Flight
Columbus Riverballers
Gulf Coast Flash

Winner will play 7-City Knights at 7-City (Williamsburg, VA)

Winner of the game in either Chicago/Williamsburg will play EAST KENTUCKY for the 2nd east slot in the Final Four.

SOUTWEST - at North Dallas Cleveland Phelps, Coordinator
North Dallas Vandals
Dallas Impact
Houston Red Storm
West Texas Whirlwinds*
North Texas Fresh
Texas Fuel
Oklahoma Stallions
*Note: West Texas Whirlwinds will not compete in this as they are going to China.

Winner will play Colorado Kings at Denver Colorado

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - at San Diego Don Sanchez, Coordinator
San Diego Surf
San Diego Sol
Los Angeles Slam
Las Vegas Aces
Mid Valley Titans

Winner will play winner of NoCal Division at higher seed.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - at Bay Area (to be determined) Damone Hale, Coordinator
California Seakings
San Francisco Rumble
Sacramento Heatwave
East Bay Pitbulls
Modesto Hawks
Bay Area Matrix
*Seattle Mountaineers will not compete in this as they are going to China.

Winner will play winner of No Cal playoffs.

The winner of the SoCal/NoCal game will play the winner of the game in Denver for the 2nd west slot in the Final Four. The game will be at the home of the higher seed.

Durbansandshark
02-03-2011, 06:17 AM
Erick Barkley Makes His Return to the Court with Quebec Kebs of Premier Basketball League - Feb 14, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)
Former NBA First Round Draft Pick Erick Barkley (6'1''-G-78, college: St.John's) made his return to the professional ranks this past week with the Quebec Kebs of the Premier Basketball League (PBL). The 28th selection of the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft by Portland was activated for the Kebs game against rival Halifax Rainmen, which they lost 94-102 in overtime. Barkley joined the Kebs in December, but had not suited up until this past weekend, rounding himself back into game condition and assisting Head Coach Rob Spon after not playing since the 08-09 season in Poland. The 32-year old former St. Johns star point guard appeared in 25 games with Banks BPS Basket Kwidzyn that season, averaging 11.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting 42.2% from the field. Barkleys NBA career never panned out after two uneventful seasons in Portland. In 27 career NBA games he averaged 2.9 points and 1.5 assists. Besides Poland, Barkely has experience playing in several European countries as well as stints in the CBA and NBA D-League domestically. He reached the D-League Finals during the 2003-04 season with the Huntsville Flight, averaging 12.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 42 games.
In his season debut in Halifax last week, Barkley went scoreless in 18 minutes, finishing 0-3 from the field while handing out one assist.

Rainmen welcome Kenneth Cooper - Feb 18, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The Halifax Rainmen are pleased to announce the arrival of 6-foot-10, 260-pound centre, Kenneth Cooper (6'10''-C-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: UAB). Cooper played for Oklahoma State University during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, and then moved on play for Louisiana Tech and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

After college, Cooper played professionally in Portugal, where he was a starting five player.
'Kenneth gives us a player who has a bigger post presence, can make the mid-range jumpshot, and can help secure the ability to rebound the basketball,' said Head Coach Mike Evans. Cooper will join the team for their weekend road game in Rochester, and will make his Metro Centre debut on Saturday, March 5 against the Quebec Kebs.

Tickets for the March 5 game can be purchased at any Ticket Atlantic location or at the Metro Centre Box Office. For group rate inquiries, please visit www.rainmenbasketball.ca.
Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Round 11: Halifax Rainmen is defeated by Saint John Mill Rats - Feb 18, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The game between second ranked Halifax Rainmen (7-3) and fourth ranked Saint John Mill Rats (5-4) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Halifax Rainmen was defeated by Saint John Mill Rats in a tough game in Halifax 78-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Halifax Rainmen. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-78. Saint John Mill Rats made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for guard Dwuan Rice (5'11''-G, college: CSU Bakersfield) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Ross DeMasi (203-86, college: SW Minnesota St.) helped adding 14 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Saint John Mill Rats have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 5-4 record. Halifax Rainmen at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Saint John Mill Rats will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halifax Rainmen will play on the road against Rochester RazorSharks and is hoping to win this game.
PBL top team - Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (9-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Dayton Air Strikers (2-9) in Kettering 118-98. It was a quality performance for guard Brandon Dean (188-79, college: Arkansas) who led the winners and scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. DeAnthony Bowden accounted for 19 points. Swingman Kenny Langhorne (196-81, college: S.Arkansas, agency: ProSportsCareers) came up with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Dayton Air Strikers in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 9-1 record. Dayton Air Strikers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play against Kentucky Stallions (#5) in Lexington in the next round. Dayton Air Strikers will have a break next round.
The game in Kettering supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Saint John Mill Rats (5-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (2-9). Saint John Mill Rats did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 119-99 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Stanley Ocitti who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Philip Mickey Perry produced 20 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the hosts. Dayton Air Strikers' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saint John Mill Rats have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 5-4 record. Dayton Air Strikers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Rochester was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Kentucky Stallions (4-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Rochester RazorSharks (3-6). Rochester RazorSharks managed to secure a 4-point victory 103-99. Sammy Monroe orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Rochester RazorSharks moved-up to sixth place. Kentucky Stallions lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Rochester RazorSharks' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Halifax Rainmen at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kentucky Stallions will play against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry.


Dayton A. - Lawton Ft.SC 98-118

PBL top team - Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (9-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Dayton Air Strikers (2-9) in Kettering 118-98. The game was mostly controlled by Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Dayton Air Strikers was better in third quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a quality performance for guard Brandon Dean (188-79, college: Arkansas) who led the winners and scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard DeAnthony Bowden (186-80, college: Creighton) accounted for 19 points for the winning side. Swingman Kenny Langhorne (196-81, college: S.Arkansas, agency: ProSportsCareers) came up with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Everett Spencer (198-85, college: S.Carolina St.) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Dayton Air Strikers in the defeat. Five Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and four Dayton Air Strikers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 9-1 record. Dayton Air Strikers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play against Kentucky Stallions (#5) in Lexington in the next round. Dayton Air Strikers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Lawton Ft.SC: D.Bowden 19+3reb+3ast, B.Dean 18+8reb+6ast, E.Smith 14+4reb+3ast, J.Blackburn 14+3reb+1ast, S.Daniels 13+5reb+1ast, J.Davis 11+7reb+1ast
Dayton A.: K.Langhorne 23+6reb+4ast, E.Spencer 19+5reb+3ast, Q.Milum 16+7reb+1ast, B.Hassell 11+7reb+2ast, P.Mickey Perry 6+2reb+2ast, T.Sowell 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 116057

Durbansandshark
02-03-2011, 06:17 AM
Dayton A. - Saint John M.R. 99-119

The game in Kettering supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Saint John Mill Rats (5-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (2-9). Saint John Mill Rats did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 119-99 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint John Mill Rats. Dayton Air Strikers managed to win fourth quarter 35-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Dayton Air Strikers 53-42 including 39 on the defensive glass. Saint John Mill Rats looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was Dutch-American power forward Stanley Ocitti (203-80, college: Binghamton) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Terry Martin (198-87, college: LSU) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. Guard Philip Mickey Perry (188, college: Dayton) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and guard Tayloe Taylor (191-86, college: Livingstone) added 18 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Dayton Air Strikers' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saint John Mill Rats have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 5-4 record. Dayton Air Strikers lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Saint John M.R.: T.Martin 20+4reb+5ast, J.Ferguson 19+8reb+1ast, M.Egerson 18+6reb+4ast, S.Ocitti 17+14reb, A.Anderson 14+4reb+3ast, S.DeLuca 11+4reb+2ast
Dayton A.: P.Philip Mickey 20+6reb+3ast, P.Mickey Perry 19+3reb+2ast, T.Taylor 18+4reb+6ast, T.Sowell 14+10reb, E.Spencer 11+4reb+5ast, D.Grifin 7+6reb

Halifax R. - Saint John M.R. 78-83

The game between second ranked Halifax Rainmen (7-3) and fourth ranked Saint John Mill Rats (5-4) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Halifax Rainmen was defeated by Saint John Mill Rats in a tough game in Halifax 78-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Halifax Rainmen. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-78. Saint John Mill Rats made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for guard Dwuan Rice (180, college: CSU Bakersfield) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Ross DeMasi (203-86, college: SW Minnesota St.) helped adding 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Saint John Mill Rats players scored in double figures. American forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Mike Mercer (193-86, college: S.Florida) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Saint John Mill Rats have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 5-4 record. Halifax Rainmen at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Saint John Mill Rats will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halifax Rainmen will play on the road against Rochester RazorSharks and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Saint John M.R.: D.Rice 23+8reb+5ast, M.Egerson 15+6reb+2ast, R.DeMasi 14+10reb+1ast, A.Anderson 11+4reb+5ast, T.Martin 9+3reb+3ast, R.Diggs 4+4reb
Halifax R.: J.Dollard 14+12reb+2ast, M.Mercer 12+6reb+2ast, E.Crookshank 9+9reb, T.Brown 9+1reb+6ast, K.Jones 9+3reb+2ast, M.Brown 8+6reb+4ast
gschID: 121713


Rochester R. - Kentucky S. 103-99

The game in Rochester was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Kentucky Stallions (4-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Rochester RazorSharks (3-6). Rochester RazorSharks managed to secure a 4-point victory 103-99. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 9-point deficit before their 31-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Rochester RazorSharks forced 32 Kentucky Stallions turnovers. Strangely Kentucky Stallions outrebounded Rochester RazorSharks 54-32 including a 39-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. 35 personal fouls committed by Kentucky Stallions helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Eric Walton (204-79, college: San Jose St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Justin Taylor (191-85, college: Georgetown, KY) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds and forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) added 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Kentucky Stallions. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Rochester RazorSharks moved-up to sixth place. Kentucky Stallions lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Rochester RazorSharks' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Halifax Rainmen at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kentucky Stallions will play against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry.
Top scorers:
Rochester R.: S.Monroe 22+5reb+2ast, M.Williams 14+6reb, J.Crouch 14+1reb+3ast, E.Walton 13+10reb+2ast, M.Council 12+1reb+2ast, F.Durr 12+2reb
Kentucky S.: J.Taylor 20+9reb+1ast, K.Jones 18+10reb+1ast, G.Baker 13+2reb+5ast, D.Guions 11+6reb+2ast, J.McLeish 10+4reb, B.Harris 10+4reb

Durbansandshark
02-03-2011, 06:20 AM
Rice number one in PBL for round 11 - Feb 18, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Guard Dwuan Rice (180-G) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Saint John M.R., receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The -year old player was the main contributor (23 points, eight rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Halifax R. (#2, 7-3) 83-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Saint John M.R. maintains the 4th position in PBL PBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Saint John M.R. will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. Rice just recently signed at Saint John M.R. and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Former Cal State - Bakersfield star has very solid stats this year. Rice is league's best passer with 5.5apg. Rice

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management) of Rochester R.. Monroe had a very good evening with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Rochester R. to edge slightly higher-ranked Kentucky S. (#5, 4-7) 103-99. This victory allowed Rochester R. to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Monroe is one of the most experienced players at Rochester R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Former Newberry College star Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Saint John M.R.'s star - Dutch forward Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80). Ocitti scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Saint John M.R., helping his team with a 119-99 easy win against the lower-ranked Dayton A. (#8, 2-9). Saint John M.R. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Ocitti has a very solid season. In 7 games in PBL he scored 6.9ppg. He also has 6.7rpg and 1.3bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenny Jones (198-F-84) of Kentucky S. - 18 points and 10 rebounds
5. Terry Martin (198-G-87) of Saint John M.R. - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Everett Spencer (198-G/F-85) of Dayton A. - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. DeAnthony Bowden (186-G-80) of Lawton Ft.SC - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Brandon Dean (188-G-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Kenny Langhorne (196-F/G-81) of Dayton A. - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Todd Sowell (201-F-86) of Dayton A. - 14 points and 10 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)

Round 12: Kentucky Stallions edge Dayton Air Strikers by three points - Feb 21, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The most exciting game of round 12 in the PBL took place in Lexington. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (2-10) to sixth ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-8) 115-112 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 3 points. Kentucky Stallions forced 23 Dayton Air Strikers turnovers. 39 personal fouls committed by Dayton Air Strikers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Demetrius Guions (196-86, college: Georgetown, KY) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Kentucky Stallions' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Philip Mickey Perry (188, college: Dayton) who recorded 39 points (!!!). Kentucky Stallions moved-up to fifth place. Dayton Air Strikers lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Kentucky Stallions are again looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dayton Air Strikers (#8) in Kettering in the next round. Dayton Air Strikers will play on the road against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Halifax Rainmen (7-4) against sixth ranked Rochester RazorSharks (4-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Halifax Rainmen was defeated by Rochester RazorSharks in Rochester 102-88. It was a good game for power forward Eric Walton (204-79, college: San Jose St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Sammy Monroe contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Rochester RazorSharks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Tajuan Porter (168-88, college: Oregon) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Halifax Rainmen. Rochester RazorSharks maintains sixth position with 4-6 record. Halifax Rainmen at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Quebec K.. Rochester RazorSharks will play against league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Halifax Rainmen will have a break next round.
Leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry delivered the tenth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-8) 100-94 in Lexington. Worth to mention a quality performance of Elvin Mims who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Kenny Jones with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 10-1 record. Kentucky Stallions lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will meet at home bottom-ranked Dayton Air Strikers (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kentucky Stallions will play against Dayton Air Strikers in Kettering and hope to secure a win.



Rochester R. - Halifax R. 102-88

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Halifax Rainmen (7-4) against sixth ranked Rochester RazorSharks (4-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Halifax Rainmen was defeated by Rochester RazorSharks in Rochester 102-88. Halifax Rainmen was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Rochester RazorSharks brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for power forward Eric Walton (204-79, college: San Jose St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Rochester RazorSharks players scored in double figures. Rochester RazorSharks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Tajuan Porter (168-88, college: Oregon) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Halifax Rainmen. Rochester RazorSharks maintains sixth position with 4-6 record. Halifax Rainmen at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Quebec K.. Rochester RazorSharks will play against league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Halifax Rainmen will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Halifax R.: J.Dollard 18+6reb, T.Porter 17+7reb+6ast, M.Brown 17+2reb+2ast, D.Ferguson 9+8reb+2ast, J.Jackson 8+4reb, K.Cooper 7+6reb
Rochester R.: E.Walton 17+9reb+1ast, S.Monroe 16+3reb+5ast, J.Crouch 14+3reb+3ast, K.Friel 12+2ast, M.Williams 11+8reb+2ast, T.McCoy 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 116062

Durbansandshark
02-03-2011, 06:22 AM
Kentucky S. - Lawton Ft.SC 94-100

Leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry delivered the tenth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-8) 100-94 in Lexington. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-25. But Kentucky Stallions won second period 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry won last quarter 20-16. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry forced 19 Kentucky Stallions turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Jermaine Blackburn (200-83, college: Boise St.) who added 19 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Demetrius Guions (196-86, college: Georgetown, KY) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Five Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and four Kentucky Stallions players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 10-1 record. Kentucky Stallions lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will meet at home bottom-ranked Dayton Air Strikers (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kentucky Stallions will play against Dayton Air Strikers in Kettering and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kentucky S.: K.Jones 21+8reb+1ast, J.McLeish 15+2reb+2ast, B.Harris 13+6reb+1ast, D.Guions 12+9reb+2ast, R.Delk 10+3reb+2ast, R.Logan 8+8reb+2ast
Lawton Ft.SC: J.Blackburn 19+3reb+1ast, E.Mims 18+9reb, B.Dean 13+3reb+1ast, R.Dyer 11+8reb, E.Smith 11+3reb+1ast, D.Bowden 11+3reb+3ast
gschID: 116060


Kentucky S. - Dayton A. 115-112

The most exciting game of round 12 in the PBL took place in Lexington. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (2-10) to sixth ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-8) 115-112 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 3 points. Kentucky Stallions forced 23 Dayton Air Strikers turnovers. 39 personal fouls committed by Dayton Air Strikers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Demetrius Guions (196-86, college: Georgetown, KY) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Kentucky Stallions' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Philip Mickey Perry (188, college: Dayton) who recorded 39 points (!!!) and forward Quade Milum (201-86, college: Akron) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Five Kentucky Stallions and four Dayton Air Strikers players scored in double figures. Kentucky Stallions moved-up to fifth place. Dayton Air Strikers lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Kentucky Stallions are again looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dayton Air Strikers (#8) in Kettering in the next round. Dayton Air Strikers will play on the road against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Dayton A.: P.Philip Mickey 39+4reb+3ast, Q.Milum 16+8reb, P.Mickey Perry 15+3reb+2ast, T.Taylor 10+5reb+5ast, E.Spencer 8+2reb+2ast, T.Sowell 7+8reb
Kentucky S.: K.Jones 22+7reb, J.McLeish 16+2reb+2ast, B.Harris 16+8reb+1ast, D.Guions 12+13reb+4ast, J.Taylor 12+3reb, R.Delk 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 116061

Orleans signs Tajuan Porter - Feb 21, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Tajuan Porter (168-G-88, college: Oregon) is a new member of Orleans. The American point guard signed a deal for rest of the season. He started it with the Canadian team Halifax Rainmen. Porter appeared 11 times in PBL averaging 6.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists. This is first professional season for Porter, who graduated last year at the Oregon University. He shined with 13.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2 apg for 28 games as a senior.
Tajuan Porter was a member of the USA U19 National Team in 2007. He played 9 games for them at the FIBA World Championship registering 5.4 ppg and 1.2 apg. Americans reached the Finals, but they failed against the host Serbia. Orleans currently has 6-12 record in French ProA.

Dayton Air Strikers add Antonio Meeking - Feb 22, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Dayton Air Strikers announced signing of Antonio Meeking (6'8''-F-81, college: Louisiana Tech) for rest of the season. Meeking already made his debut in PBL scoring six points against Kentucky. Antonio Meeking arrived to Dayton from Mexican team Potros Itson, where he started this season. He joined them in November, but appeared only twice before they parted ways. He had 7 ppg and 5.5 rpg in Mexican LNBP. Season 2009/10, Meeking spent in Turkey. He played for the second division team Selcuk and was one their best players. For 28 games in the league Meeking had 14.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 1.8 apg. In the past, Meeking also played in Puerto Rico, D-League, Italy, Israel, Germany and Serbia. He is a product of the Louisiana Tech, where he graduated in 2003.

Rainmen go big at point guard, gets Trayvon Lathan - Feb 22, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The Halifax Rainmen gained almost a foot in height at the point guard position yesterday.
Backup point guard Tajuan Porter (5'6''-G-88, college: Oregon), just five foot seven, left the team for a more lucrative pro contract in France, and the Rainmen replaced him with six-foot-six floor general Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan Univ.).

Lathan finished third in International Basketball League scoring and rebounding last season with 26.3 points and 11.5 boards per game with the Los Angeles Lightning. He definitely gives us a lot of length, said owner Andre Levingston. He reminds me a lot of (ex-NBA players) Brian Shaw (six foot six) with a little bit of Penny Hardaway (six foot seven) with the athleticism. He can play, man.

Porter came to the Rainmen with a reputation as a three-point shooter, but hit just 25.5 per cent of his team-high 47 attempts. He was averaging 6.5 points through 11 games.
Lathan joined the Rainmen yesterday. Starting point guard Taliek Brown, meanwhile, is expected to return to practice tomorrow after missing most of last Saturdays game with a hamstring injury. Levingston said the injury is not as bad as we thought.

The Rainmen, 6-4, visit the Saint John Mill Rats, 5-4, on Friday at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca

Durbansandshark
02-03-2011, 06:37 AM
Round 13: Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry beats Rochester RazorSharks in overtime - Feb 25, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Sixth-ranked Rochester RazorSharks (4-7) made lots of trouble for first ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (12-1) on Monday. The visitors from Lawton managed to secure only four-point victory 102-98. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rochester RazorSharks. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-22. But Rochester RazorSharks won second period 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Rochester RazorSharks used huge pressure winning it 16-16 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 15-18. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Rochester RazorSharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) fired 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Shaun Fountain (180-78, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Duran International) chipped in 20 points (made all of his seven free throws). Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have a solid series of four victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 12-1 record. Rochester RazorSharks at the other side keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rochester RazorSharks will play at home against Dayton Air Strikers (#7) in Kettering and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Kettering. Seventh ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-9) 86-83 on Tuesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Everett Spencer (198-85, college: S.Carolina St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Philip Mickey Perry contributed with 16 points for the winners. Dayton Air Strikers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for Kentucky Stallions. Dayton Air Strikers maintains seventh place with 3-11 record. Kentucky Stallions at the other side keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Dayton Air Strikers will play against higher ranked Rochester RazorSharks (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kentucky Stallions will have a break next round.
Leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry delivered the twelfth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-11) 111-93. Brandon Dean stepped up and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Quade Milum responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have a solid series of four victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 12-1 record. Loser Dayton Air Strikers keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dayton Air Strikers will play against Rochester RazorSharks (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Rochester R. - Lawton Ft.SC 98-102 OT

Sixth-ranked Rochester RazorSharks (4-7) made lots of trouble for first ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (12-1) on Monday. The visitors from Lawton managed to secure only four-point victory 102-98. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rochester RazorSharks. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-22. But Rochester RazorSharks won second period 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Rochester RazorSharks used huge pressure winning it 16-16 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 15-18. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Rochester RazorSharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Eddie Smith (188-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) fired 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Shaun Fountain (180-78, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Duran International) chipped in 20 points (made all of his seven free throws). Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and forward Mike Williams (201-85, college: Cincinnati) added 12 points and 15 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have a solid series of four victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 12-1 record. Rochester RazorSharks at the other side keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rochester RazorSharks will play at home against Dayton Air Strikers (#7) in Kettering and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lawton Ft.SC: E.Smith 24+5reb+3ast, S.Fountain 20+4reb+2ast, S.Daniels 14+6reb+4ast, E.Mims 14+9reb, D.Bowden 10+4reb+4ast, J.Blackburn 6+7reb
Rochester R.: E.Walton 20+7reb, S.Monroe 19+6reb+2ast, K.Friel 17+2reb, T.McCoy 12+4reb+1ast, J.Crouch 12+5reb+4ast, M.Williams 12+15reb
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Dayton A. - Kentucky S. 86-83

Important game to mention about took place in Kettering. Seventh ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-9) 86-83 on Tuesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kentucky Stallions won third quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dayton Air Strikers forced 20 Kentucky Stallions turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Everett Spencer (198-85, college: S.Carolina St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Philip Mickey Perry (188, college: Dayton) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Dayton Air Strikers players scored in double figures. Dayton Air Strikers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Reginald Delk (193-86, college: Louisville) added 20 points in the effort for Kentucky Stallions. Dayton Air Strikers maintains seventh place with 3-11 record. Kentucky Stallions at the other side keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Dayton Air Strikers will play against higher ranked Rochester RazorSharks (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kentucky Stallions will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Dayton A.: P.Philip Mickey 16+2reb+3ast, P.Mickey Perry 11+3reb, Q.Milum 11+4reb+3ast, E.Spencer 11+15reb+5ast, T.Sowell 10+5reb, T.Taylor 8+4reb+3ast
Kentucky S.: K.Jones 21+10reb+3ast, R.Delk 20+2reb+2ast, J.Taylor 14+6reb+2ast, D.Guions 9+8reb+4ast, B.Harris 6+9reb+1ast, G.Baker 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 116066

Durbansandshark
02-03-2011, 06:38 AM
Lawton Ft.SC - Dayton A. 111-93

Leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry delivered the twelfth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-11) 111-93. The game was mostly controlled by Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Dayton Air Strikers managed to win second period 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Guard Brandon Dean (188-79, college: Arkansas) stepped up and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Shaun Fountain (180-78, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Duran International) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. At the losing side forward Quade Milum (201-86, college: Akron) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Philip Mickey Perry (188, college: Dayton) scored 21 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have a solid series of four victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 12-1 record. Loser Dayton Air Strikers keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dayton Air Strikers will play against Rochester RazorSharks (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lawton Ft.SC: B.Dean 26+8reb+2ast, S.Fountain 15+3reb+7ast, J.Davis 15+8reb+1ast, E.Mims 14+7reb+3ast, E.Smith 11+2reb+4ast, J.Blackburn 11+5reb+3ast
Dayton A.: P.Mickey Perry 21+1reb+2ast, Q.Milum 15+10reb+3ast, A.Meeking 11+5reb+1ast, T.Taylor 11+4reb+3ast, J.Rocket 10+8reb+2ast, T.Sowell 8+6reb

Brandon Dean gets MVP of the Week award for PBL PBL - Feb 26, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Experienced Brandon Dean (188-G-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Lawton Ft.SC and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 31-year old guard had the game-high 26 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Lawton Ft.SC in his team's victory, helping them to crush Dayton A. (#7, 3-11) with 18-point margin 111-93. It allowed Lawton Ft.SC to consolidate first place in the PBL PBL. Lawton Ft.SC has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 12-1. In the team's last game Dean had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Brandon Dean averages this season 10.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old forward Kenny Jones (198-F-84) of Kentucky S.. Jones impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Kentucky S. was edged by slightly lower-ranked Dayton A. (#7, 3-11) 86-83. Kentucky S. managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Kentucky S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#3). He also registered 7.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Lawton Ft.SC's star - Eddie Smith (188-G-83). Smith scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Lawton Ft.SC, helping his team with a 102-98overtime win against the lower-ranked Rochester R. (#6, 4-7). Many experts and fans count Lawton Ft.SC as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 12 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Smith has a very solid season. In 13 games in PBL he scored 13.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamaal Davis (208-F-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 15 points and 8 rebounds
5. Quade Milum (201-F-86) of Dayton A. - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Everett Spencer (198-G/F-85) of Dayton A. - 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Rochester R. - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shawn Daniels (200-C-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Elvin Mims (196-G/F-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Shaun Fountain (180-G-78) of Lawton Ft.SC - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)

Durbansandshark
10-03-2011, 01:20 PM
Southeast Texas win 33rd straight at home! - Mar 2, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks (27-1) defeated the Arlington Bulldogs 153-97 at home at their Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center (NJEC) on Tuesday to record their 33rd straight home victory. The Mavericks also won their 17th straight victory on the season.
The Mavericks started slow and fell behind early 7-0 to the Bulldogs. After a time-out Hollis Giles (6'3''-G, college: Georgetown, KY) scored the Mavericks first basket and from there the Mavs started to climb out of the early hole they had dug for themselves. The first period remained close as Ralph Johnson (6'6''-F-82, college: Wiley) scored from both inside and outside to hold Arlington in the game. Long range gunner Dwight Coleman (6'8''-F-85, college: Dallas Baptist) hit two big 3 pointers to end the first period to give the Bulldogs the lead 23-22 after one period of play.
The 2nd quarter belonged totally to the Mavericks as Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) came off the Mavs bench to ignite the Mavericks offense and defense. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) assisted with the full-court pressure as the Mavericks pressure defense took over the game. The Mavs won the quarter 44-25 and went in the locker-room up at halftime 66-48.
The 2nd half was all Mavericks: their defense was stifling as they never allowed the Bulldogs to get into any kind of offensive flow. The home team controlled the entire 2nd half and cruised to a 56 point victory 153-97.
Bradley led seven Mavericks double figure scorers with 21 points. Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) scored 19 points (17 in the first half) pulled down 11 rebounds, and dished out 5 assist. Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) recorded a double/double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) and Cambridge each scored 15 points. Ralph Johnson scored a game high with 28 points and had a game high 14 rebounds. Coleman added 25 points and Antonio Odom (6'4''-G/F-85, college: Texas Coll.) chipped 21 points respectively.
The Mavericks will host their Gulf Coast Division rival the Gulf Coast Flash on Thursday night. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.

Mavericks win again - Mar 5, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 Ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated their arch rival and Gulf Coast Division foe the Gulf Coast Flash on Thursday night 119-98 at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX.
The Mavericks won their 18th straight game of the season and their 34th straight game at home. The Mavericks have compiled an amazing 59-2 record at home over the past three seasons in the ABA.
The Mavericks came out strong in the first quarter taking a 7-2 lead to start the game. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) and P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) set the tone with their scoring and passing. Working inside and out and using post players Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) and Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) the Mavs showcased their power game in the paint as they controlled the lane and the tempo in the first period of play. The first quarter ended 28-19 for the Mavs, who won the second one too, 32-28, taking a 60-47 lead into the locker-room at halftime.
In the third quarter both teams play hard and well. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) seemed to be everywhere and made play after play for the Mavericks, especially when it looked like Gulf Coast would cut into the Mavs lead. Each team would make runs, but it was the Mavericks spurted late in the quarter to take a 16 point lead into the fourth and final quarter of play. In the last period Cambridge continued his all over the court mastery as he would collect 7 steals for the game. SETX won the final quarter by five points (33-28) andtook the win.
Cambridge and Bradley led the Mavericks with 22 points apiece. Couisnard scored 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) again had another double/double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) scored 12 points as well on the night. Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris), Luther Suggs (6'5''-F/G-87, college: Missis.Gulf Coast CC), and Jordan Payne (6'3''-G-85) each scored 18 points respectively for the Flash. Taylor also pulled down a game high 15 rebounds.
The SETX Mavericks will be at home tonight vs the 3rd Coast Ballers Travel Team from League City, TX. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

Admirals defeat Stars, advancing in Playoffs - Mar 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
After that North West Indiana Magical Stars had eliminated from the playoff rush, 126-100 the Detroit Hoops, the Lake Michigan Admirals took a 112-104 win over the Magical Stars, advancing to the North Central Playoff Final. At the beginning of the game, the Stars came out on fire behind Sean Smith (6'7''-F-85, college: N.Illinois) who had 11 of his 19 points in the first quarter and outscored the Admirals 28-22. Then the Admirals answered with a run of their own outscoring the Stars 27-18 to go into halftime 49-46. The teams were neck to neck going into the fourth quarter and the Admirals caught on fire behind All-Star Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) scoring 15 of his 29pts in the 2nd half. The Admirals went on to win the game 112-104 over the Magical Stars.
Next game will be Saturday, March 12th at South Suburban College against rivalry foe, the Chicago Steam. The game will be the North Central PLayoff Final, and the winner will play in the ABA Championship Quarterfinals.

Surf defeat LA Slam, advance towards San Diego Derby - Mar 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Despite only dressing six men on the team last night and missing three starters, the The San Diego Surf outplayed the Los Angeles Slam in all aspects of the game for a 112-91 victory in the first round of the ABA playoffs. Guard Tim Denson (6'1''-G-86, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) was a true floor general on the court, directing the offense the whole game without hardly a breather on the bench. Denson paced the Surf with 21 points and 11 assists, including five three-pointers. Erwin Dunson (6'7''-F), coming off the bench scored a career high 42 points with the Surf, driving to the hoop, mid-range and even three 3-pointers. Additionally, Dunson was a human highlight reel with several highflying dunks. Kalonji Kadima (6'3''-G-78, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) shot lights out in the first half. After the slam adjusted to his hot hand in the second half, Kadima dished off to Dunson to keep the shooting alive. Kadima scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds. Dunson also pulled down 17 rebounds. Anthony Bruner (6'2''-G-77) also firgured heavily in the rout with 20 points mostly from six three pointers. Papa Samba Guisse (6'8''-F-85, college: Cal.St. Fullerton), the newest Surf and originally from Senegal, dominated the boards with 21 rebounds. Kenny Wright (6'1''-G-81) led the Slam with 24 points and 17 rebounds.
The Surf advance to the Southern California championship Sunday night to face off against the cross-town rivals, A.B.A.'s 7th ranked San Diego Sol, who handedly beat the Mid Valley Titans of near Fresno in the first game 130-73.
The championship game is slated for an 8pm tipoff and will be played at Alliant International University.

Mavericks win 19th straight game - Mar 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 Ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the Houston All-Stars, a travel team that has only lost once this season 139-82 on Saturday night at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. The SETX Maverick won their 19th straight game of the season (this is also the most wins in a single season by the Mavericks). SETX came out running at a fast and furious pace that surprised Houston. The Mavs famed pressure defense was out in full force as the Mavs held a very talented Houston team to 8 first quarter points. Nine Mavericks players scored double figures. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) led the way with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Mike Nichols led Houston in scoring with 20 points.
This game marked the final regular season game for the Mavericks. The Mavs will begin a series of Preliminary Games to stay active and to prepare for the ABA Championship Finals, which will be hosted by the Mavericks at their Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Center on March 23rd thru 29th. The first of these Preliminary Games will be on Thursday night, as they will host the Houston Stallions

Durbansandshark
29-03-2011, 09:25 AM
Mavericks win again - Mar 5, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 Ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated their arch rival and Gulf Coast Division foe the Gulf Coast Flash on Thursday night 119-98 at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX.
The Mavericks won their 18th straight game of the season and their 34th straight game at home. The Mavericks have compiled an amazing 59-2 record at home over the past three seasons in the ABA.
The Mavericks came out strong in the first quarter taking a 7-2 lead to start the game. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) and P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) set the tone with their scoring and passing. Working inside and out and using post players Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) and Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) the Mavs showcased their power game in the paint as they controlled the lane and the tempo in the first period of play. The first quarter ended 28-19 for the Mavs, who won the second one too, 32-28, taking a 60-47 lead into the locker-room at halftime.
In the third quarter both teams play hard and well. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) seemed to be everywhere and made play after play for the Mavericks, especially when it looked like Gulf Coast would cut into the Mavs lead. Each team would make runs, but it was the Mavericks spurted late in the quarter to take a 16 point lead into the fourth and final quarter of play. In the last period Cambridge continued his all over the court mastery as he would collect 7 steals for the game. SETX won the final quarter by five points (33-28) andtook the win.

Cambridge and Bradley led the Mavericks with 22 points apiece. Couisnard scored 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) again had another double/double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) scored 12 points as well on the night. Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris), Luther Suggs (6'5''-F/G-87, college: Missis.Gulf Coast CC), and Jordan Payne (6'3''-G-85) each scored 18 points respectively for the Flash. Taylor also pulled down a game high 15 rebounds.

The SETX Mavericks will be at home tonight vs the 3rd Coast Ballers Travel Team from League City, TX. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

Admirals defeat Stars, advancing in Playoffs - Mar 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
After that North West Indiana Magical Stars had eliminated from the playoff rush, 126-100 the Detroit Hoops, the Lake Michigan Admirals took a 112-104 win over the Magical Stars, advancing to the North Central Playoff Final. At the beginning of the game, the Stars came out on fire behind Sean Smith (6'7''-F-85, college: N.Illinois) who had 11 of his 19 points in the first quarter and outscored the Admirals 28-22. Then the Admirals answered with a run of their own outscoring the Stars 27-18 to go into halftime 49-46. The teams were neck to neck going into the fourth quarter and the Admirals caught on fire behind All-Star Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) scoring 15 of his 29pts in the 2nd half. The Admirals went on to win the game 112-104 over the Magical Stars.
Next game will be Saturday, March 12th at South Suburban College against rivalry foe, the Chicago Steam. The game will be the North Central PLayoff Final, and the winner will play in the ABA Championship Quarterfinals.

Surf defeat LA Slam, advance towards San Diego Derby - Mar 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Despite only dressing six men on the team last night and missing three starters, the The San Diego Surf outplayed the Los Angeles Slam in all aspects of the game for a 112-91 victory in the first round of the ABA playoffs. Guard Tim Denson (6'1''-G-86, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) was a true floor general on the court, directing the offense the whole game without hardly a breather on the bench. Denson paced the Surf with 21 points and 11 assists, including five three-pointers. Erwin Dunson (6'7''-F), coming off the bench scored a career high 42 points with the Surf, driving to the hoop, mid-range and even three 3-pointers. Additionally, Dunson was a human highlight reel with several highflying dunks. Kalonji Kadima (6'3''-G-78, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) shot lights out in the first half. After the slam adjusted to his hot hand in the second half, Kadima dished off to Dunson to keep the shooting alive. Kadima scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds. Dunson also pulled down 17 rebounds. Anthony Bruner (6'2''-G-77) also firgured heavily in the rout with 20 points mostly from six three pointers. Papa Samba Guisse (6'8''-F-85, college: Cal.St. Fullerton), the newest Surf and originally from Senegal, dominated the boards with 21 rebounds. Kenny Wright (6'1''-G-81) led the Slam with 24 points and 17 rebounds.
The Surf advance to the Southern California championship Sunday night to face off against the cross-town rivals, A.B.A.'s 7th ranked San Diego Sol, who handedly beat the Mid Valley Titans of near Fresno in the first game 130-73.

The championship game is slated for an 8pm tipoff and will be played at Alliant International University.

Mavericks win 19th straight game - Mar 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The #1 Ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the Houston All-Stars, a travel team that has only lost once this season 139-82 on Saturday night at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. The SETX Maverick won their 19th straight game of the season (this is also the most wins in a single season by the Mavericks). SETX came out running at a fast and furious pace that surprised Houston. The Mavs famed pressure defense was out in full force as the Mavs held a very talented Houston team to 8 first quarter points. Nine Mavericks players scored double figures. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) led the way with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Mike Nichols led Houston in scoring with 20 points.
This game marked the final regular season game for the Mavericks. The Mavs will begin a series of Preliminary Games to stay active and to prepare for the ABA Championship Finals, which will be hosted by the Mavericks at their Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Center on March 23rd thru 29th. The first of these Preliminary Games will be on Thursday night, as they will host the Houston Stallions

The Milwaukee Blast look to make immediate impact - Mar 12, 2011 (by Eurobasket )
The Milwaukee Blast are proud to announce their bringing the ABA to Milwaukee, Wisconsin Former high school standout and basketball enthusiast, Owner Elzie Flenard, looks to take his sparkling reputation in the engineering and business world to the hardwood The Southern Illinois graduate already made history by teaming up with the Diamond Midwest Invitational to help place his roster of players with overseas teams more effectively than any other franchise! In turn, Diamond Midwest will help to assemble this years roster and meet Flenard's high expectations.

Together these two organizations look to create a 'championship caliber' franchise with deep community roots by giving back to Milwaukee and surrounding neighborhoods on and off the floor! The Milwaukee Blast are looking to finalize their 2011 roster by May 1st and have 2 tryouts coming up this Saturday and April 29th! Diamond Midwest will also be running private workouts to evaluate talent and their summer camps this year in Milwaukee and Chicago will also be utilized to sign talent to the Blast! Visit www.blastbasketball.com for tryout details or www.diamondbasketball.com and fill out an application for Blast consideration or to attend this year's exposure camp! You can also email rmueller@basketballexposurecamp.com with any additional questions!

Durbansandshark
29-03-2011, 09:27 AM
ABA Playoffs updatings - Mar 16, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Eigh teams advanced to ABA Playoffs 3rd round. They will now meet themselves in two single elimination tournaments, one located in Pikeville, Kentucky, another in Denver; Colorado. The tournments are scheduled for Friday 18 and Saturday 19, as follows:

EAST TOURNMENT: (@ Pikeville, KY - March 18-19, 2011)
* East Kentucky
* Lake Michigan
* Savannah
* Seven Cities

WEST TOURNMENT: (@ Denver, CO - March 18-19, 2011)
* Colorado
* San Diego
* East Bay
* Gulf Coast

The two top seeded teams will advance to the ABA Final Four, scheduled to start on March 23, and will meet the two teams yet qualified, the Jacksonville Giants and the Southeast Texas Mavericks

Mavericks end preparation to ABA Finals - Mar 19, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks played two test matches to prepare as best as possible the upcoming ABA Finals. Last week, they defeated the Houston Xperience of the UBL, 159-76 led by Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) with 23 pts and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) with 18 pts and 6 assits. On Thursday, 17 night the Mavericks met again the UBL's Houston Xperience, winning 127-85 in their final preliminary game. With 18 points, Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) was this time the top scorer, Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) and P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) followed up with 16 points each.

The Southeast Texas Mavericks open up play in the ABA Championship Finals next Wednesday night vs the #2 seed out of the East. Tip-off will be at 8:30 PM at the Mavs NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. In the first game of the evening the Jacksonville Giants will face the #2 seed in the West at 6:00 PM. For more information on the ABA Championship Finals go to www.nuttyjerrys.com or www.abalive.com

The Energy advances to Final Four - Mar 21, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The East Kentucky Energy triumphed in the ABA Eastern Conference Playoff Tournment in Pikeville, Kentucky, advancing to the league Final Four.
On Saturday evening, the Energy faced a scrappy Savannah Storm team. Jarell Jones (6'0''-G-82, college: Pikeville) set the tone by coming out and hitting 4 three pointers in the 1st quarter. All star Daniel Price (6'3''-G-82, college: Pikeville) followed with 3 straight baskets cutting down the lane. 'All year our goal was to keep teams under and hundred points and we did that against the Storm and Admirals', stated Jones, who finished the game with 19 pts and 11 asts. The Energy had a well balanced attack and saw what made Roderick Smith (6'8''-C-83, college: Jackson St.) an ABA All-star in 2008-2009 with a statline of 29 pts, 14 rebs, and 3 blks. 2010-11 Energy's All-stars J.R. Vanhoose (6'10''-F/C-79, college: Marshall) and Daniel Price followed in scoring. Vanhoose 26 pts and 18 rebs and Price with 24 pts, 7 rebs, and 3 stls. Sandrell Spann (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Delta St.) contributed with 10 pts and 14 rebs. Energy won 119-97 over the Storm.
On Sunday, the Energy faced the Lake Michigan Admirals, winners over Seven Cities Knights in the other semifinal, for the Eastern Championship. The game was very phisical starting from the opening tip. The Admirals came out ready to play taking a 10-2 lead over the Energy. Daniel Price quickly answered back with 4 straight points. Sandrell Spann showed why he is the most dominate post in the ABA, scoring early and often finishing the game with 24 pts and 10 rebs. The Admirals had no answer for him down low. The game was so physical the refs began blowing the whistle early and often. Both teams leading scores picked up 3 fouls in the first 5 minutes of the game sending Price to the bench for the remainder of the first quarter and half of the second quarter. ABA Rookie of the Year Nominee, Scottie Samarco (6'0''-G, college: Pikeville) has played a pivotal part in the Energy's success coming off the bench behind Price. Samarco who is averaging 16.4 ppg came off the bench to finish with 19 pts giving the Energy a much needed lift. It was a game of runs. Behind Samarco two straight threes in the first quarter and then Vanhoose three pointer from the top of the key pushed the Energy ahead 11 points. The Energy maintained the lead for the rest of the game going up as many as 15 before the Admirals cut it to four. Price showed why he is leading the league in scoring averaging 27.3 ppg as he finished with 29 pts and 7 rebs despite sitting with foul trouble. The Energy prevailed 110-97 over the Admirals.

The #4 East Kentucky Energy now head to Winnie, TX to face the #1 SETX Mavericks in a battle of two top 5 teams on Wednesday evening.

Gulf Coast Flash advances to Final Four too - Mar 21, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
On saturday night, the Gulf Coast Flash defeated Colorado Kings, 148-135 in Denver, Colorado, to advance to the ABA Championship Series in Texas. In the ABA Western Conference Semifinals, the Flash had defeated the San Diego Sol, while the Kings had eliminated the Bay Area Matrix. The Gulf Coast Flash is the only team able to beat the #1 ranked SETX Mavericks during the ABA regular season. They now head to Winnie, TX to face the #2 Jacksonville Giants in the second game of the ABA Final Four on Wednesday evening.

Durbansandshark
29-03-2011, 09:41 AM
Playoff results - Mar 25, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Wednesday March 23, 2011

Jacksonville Giants 123 - Gulf Coast Flash 119
Game Notes: Jacksonville fought back from an 11 point deficit with 1:53 to play to win a close game. Jermaine Bell (6'11''-F/C-84, college: Indian Hills CC) scored 17 points to lead the Giants in scoring Anthony Lumpkin (6'1''-G-78, college: SW Oklahoma St.) hit 3 crucial fts with 7.3 seconds to play to put the game out of reach.

SETX Mavericks 122 - East Kentucky Energy 91
Game Notes: The Mavericks had 6 players score double figures led by PJ Cousinards 19 points. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) and Jon Rogers each scored 16 points apiece. Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) had another double/double with 14 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Daniel Price (6'3''-G-82, college: Pikeville) led East Kentucky with a game high 37 points.


Monday March 21, 2011
The East Kentucky Energy beat the Lake Michigan Admirals 106-97. The Energy earn the #2 spot in the East


Saturday March 19, 2011

East Kentucky Energy over Savannah Storm 119-97
EKE Roderick Smith (6'8''-C-83, college: Jackson St.) 29 pts, JR VanHoose 26 pts 18 reb

Lake Michigan Admirals over Seven Cities Knights 110-94
Lake Michigan and East Kentucky play for East Championship Sunday, Mar 20, 2011

Gulf Coast Flash beats Colorado Kings 148-135 to advance to the ABA Championship Series in Texas.

Courtesy of www.abalive.com

Flash eliminates Energy, 118-107 - Mar 26, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Thursday March 24, 2011

Gulf Coast Flash defeated East Kentucky Energy 118-107 and eliminates the Energy.

Southeast Texas Mavericks beat Jacksonville Giants 109-87.

Jacksonville to play Gulf Coast Flash on Saturday with the winner going into the Championship Series against SE Texas.

Courtesy of www.abalive.com

SETX Mavs blast their way into ABA Championship Finals - Mar 26, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The SETX Mavericks (31-1) defeat the Jacksonville Giants (23-1) 109-87 to earn their way into the ABA Championship Finals Series that begins Sunday.

Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M), Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman), and PJ Cousinard led a 3rd quarter surge that gave the Mavericks a commanding lead.

Cambridge and Thrash each scored 20 points. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) followed up with 15 point and PJ Cousinard chipped in 12 points. Anthony Lumpkin (6'1''-G-78, college: SW Oklahoma St.) scored a game high 25 points to lead the Giants.

Jacksonville will face the Gulf Coast Flash on Saturday for the final spot in the ABA Championship Series, which begins on Sunday. Tip-off for Sunday's Game 1 will be at 5:00 PM. Game 2 will be Monday with tip-off at 7:30 PM. Game 3 will be Tuesday (if necessary). Tip-off would be at 7:30 PM.

Courtesy of www.kfdm.com

Mavericks win Game 1 - Mar 28, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated Gulf Coast Flash, 114-97 in Game 1 of ABA Championship Series at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) led the way with 27 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assist, 5 steals. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) and Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) added 17 points each at the wining side.

Game 2 will be tonight, Monday 28, again at NJEC Arena. Tip-off will be at 8;00 PM.

How the ABA finals are working - Mar 28, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association decided a little complicated format for its 2011 Final Four.

It all started on Wednesday, March 23, when #1 Southeast Texas Mavericks met the #2 Seed East (East Kentucky Energy) and the Jacksonville Giants met the #2 Seed West (Gulf Coast Flash). With all the two top seeded winners, SETX received a bye, with the #2 Jacksonville waited for the winner of the East Kentucky - Gulf Coast match.
The Gulf Coast Flash defeated East Kentucky Energy 118-107, eliminating the Energy, and then defeated also Jacksonville on Saturday night in the only upset of the Final Four, this is why they are now playing in the ABA Championship Series vs. the SETX Mavericks. The Series are best of two games, GAme 2 will be played on Tuesday, March 29, if necessary

Durbansandshark
29-03-2011, 09:42 AM
Round 14: Halifax Rainmen defeats Saint John Mill Rats in overtime - Feb 28, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Saint John Mill Rats (#4) forced the game against Halifax Rainmen (#2) into an overtime, but lost by six points 98-104 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 20-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 6-point victory in overtime. Halifax Rainmen outrebounded Saint John Mill Rats 53-36 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Halifax Rainmen looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) orchestrated the victory by scoring 38 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Halifax Rainmen's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Marc Egerson (198-86, college: Delaware) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Saint John Mill Rats. Halifax Rainmen maintains second position with 8-5 record having four points less than leader Lawton Ft.SC, which they share with Quebec K. Saint John Mill Rats at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Halifax Rainmen is looking forward to face Quebec Kebs (#3) in Quebec City in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Saint John Mill Rats will play at home against Kentucky Stallions in Lexington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Quebec Kebs (8-5) against fourth ranked Saint John Mill Rats (6-5) on Sunday night. Host Quebec Kebs were defeated by Saint John Mill Rats in a tough game in Quebec City 97-104. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quebec Kebs. Guard Marc Egerson (198-86, college: Delaware) scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Anthony Anderson chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. American guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) responded with 23 points and 7 assists. Quebec Kebs' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saint John Mill Rats maintains fourth position with 6-5 record. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Halifax R.. Saint John Mill Rats will play against Kentucky Stallions (#6) in Lexington in the next round. Quebec Kebs will play on the road against the league's second-placed Halifax Rainmen (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Quebec Kebs (8-5) which hosted in Quebec City second-ranked Halifax Rainmen (8-5). Second ranked Quebec Kebs managed to get a 14-point victory 99-85. Royce Parran notched a double-double by scoring 25 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds by Joshua Dollard did not help to save the game for Halifax Rainmen. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Quebec Kebs maintains second position with 8-5 record having four points less than leader Lawton Ft.SC, which they share with Halifax R. Quebec Kebs will again meet league's second-placed Halifax Rainmen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halifax Rainmen will play against Vermont Frost Heaves in South Burlington and hope to secure a win.
The game between sixth ranked Rochester RazorSharks (5-7) and 7th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-12) in Rochester ended with biggest points difference. Rochester RazorSharks beat guests from Kettering 119-104. The best player for the winners was Jared Carter who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Rochester RazorSharks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Rochester RazorSharks moved-up to fifth place. Dayton Air Strikers at the other side keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Rochester RazorSharks' next round opponent will be league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry at home and it may be quite challenging game.

Saint John M.R. - Halifax R. 98-104 OT

Saint John Mill Rats (#4) forced the game against Halifax Rainmen (#2) into an overtime, but lost by six points 98-104 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 20-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 6-point victory in overtime. Halifax Rainmen outrebounded Saint John Mill Rats 53-36 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Halifax Rainmen looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) orchestrated the victory by scoring 38 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Halifax Rainmen's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Marc Egerson (198-86, college: Delaware) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Anthony Anderson (180-81, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 22 points and 7 assists in the effort for Saint John Mill Rats. Four Saint John Mill Rats players scored in double figures. Halifax Rainmen maintains second position with 8-5 record having four points less than leader Lawton Ft.SC, which they share with Quebec K. Saint John Mill Rats at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Halifax Rainmen is looking forward to face Quebec Kebs (#3) in Quebec City in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Saint John Mill Rats will play at home against Kentucky Stallions in Lexington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halifax R.: J.Dollard 38+8reb+5ast, M.Brown 20+7reb+3ast, J.White 16+3reb+1ast, T.Brown 8+4reb+9ast, T.Lathan 7+12reb+5ast, D.Ferguson 7+5reb+3ast
Saint John M.R.: M.Egerson 23+5reb+4ast, A.Anderson 22+3reb+7ast, D.Rice 22+2reb, R.DeMasi 10+13reb+2ast, T.Martin 7+3reb+5ast, S.DeLuca 5+1reb
gschID: 116067


Rochester R. - Dayton A. 119-104

The game between sixth ranked Rochester RazorSharks (5-7) and 7th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-12) in Rochester ended with biggest points difference. Rochester RazorSharks beat guests from Kettering 119-104. The game was mostly controlled by Rochester RazorSharks. Dayton Air Strikers was better in third quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Dayton Air Strikers 45-30 including 18 on the offensive glass. Rochester RazorSharks players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Dayton Air Strikers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Jared Carter (216-87, college: Kentucky) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Mike Williams (201-85, college: Cincinnati) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Carter is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Rochester RazorSharks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Quade Milum (201-86, college: Akron) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and forward Jushey Rockett (197-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Five Rochester RazorSharks and four Dayton Air Strikers players scored in double figures. Rochester RazorSharks moved-up to fifth place. Dayton Air Strikers at the other side keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Rochester RazorSharks' next round opponent will be league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Rochester R.: J.Carter 24+10reb, T.McCoy 16+1reb+2ast, E.Walton 15+5reb, M.Williams 14+11reb, J.Crouch 13+1reb+5ast, D.Howard 11+4reb+3ast
Dayton A.: Q.Milum 23+5reb+2ast, K.Langhorne 17+1reb+2ast, P.Philip Mickey 15+1reb+3ast, P.Mickey Perry 13+1reb+2ast, J.Rockett 12+6reb+4ast, T.Sowell 9+9reb+3ast
gschID: 116068

Durbansandshark
29-03-2011, 09:43 AM
Quebec K. - Halifax R. 99-85

An interesting game for Quebec Kebs (8-5) which hosted in Quebec City second-ranked Halifax Rainmen (8-5). Second ranked Quebec Kebs managed to get a 14-point victory 99-85. The game was mostly controlled by Quebec Kebs. Halifax Rainmen managed to win second period 32-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quebec Kebs forced 19 Halifax Rainmen turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Halifax Rainmen's players. American guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort and forward Cordell Jeanty (196-79, college: John A.Logan CC) supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Five Quebec Kebs players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) did not help to save the game for Halifax Rainmen. His fellow American import guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan Univ.) added 17 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Quebec Kebs maintains second position with 8-5 record having four points less than leader Lawton Ft.SC, which they share with Halifax R. Quebec Kebs will again meet league's second-placed Halifax Rainmen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halifax Rainmen will play against Vermont Frost Heaves in South Burlington and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Quebec K.: R.Parran 25+5reb+10ast, C.Jeanty 20+7reb, Q.Brown 15+6reb+1ast, L.McCroskey 12+5reb+2ast, A.Spears 10+5reb+3ast, S.Audet-Sow 9+6reb+3ast
Halifax R.: J.Dollard 31+11reb+1ast, T.Lathan 17+7reb+3ast, J.White 10+3reb, T.Brown 9+1reb, J.Allen 8+3reb+1ast, D.Ferguson 4+1reb
gschID: 116069


Quebec K. - Saint John M.R. 97-104

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Quebec Kebs (8-5) against fourth ranked Saint John Mill Rats (6-5) on Sunday night. Host Quebec Kebs were defeated by Saint John Mill Rats in a tough game in Quebec City 97-104. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quebec Kebs. Quebec Kebs were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 60-51 second half run of Saint John Mill Rats. Quebec Kebs were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Marc Egerson (198-86, college: Delaware) scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Anthony Anderson (180-81, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. American guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) responded with 23 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four Saint John Mill Rats and five Quebec Kebs players scored in double figures. Quebec Kebs' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saint John Mill Rats maintains fourth position with 6-5 record. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Halifax R.. Saint John Mill Rats will play against Kentucky Stallions (#6) in Lexington in the next round. Quebec Kebs will play on the road against the league's second-placed Halifax Rainmen (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saint John M.R.: M.Egerson 33+5reb+1ast, A.Anderson 21+7reb+5ast, T.Martin 20+4reb+1ast, S.DeLuca 11+4reb+1ast, D.Rice 9+7reb+7ast, R.Diggs 4+2reb
Quebec K.: R.Parran 23+3reb+7ast, Q.Brown 18+11reb, C.Mitchell 13+5reb, B.Callier 12+9reb+1ast, C.Jeanty 11+2reb, L.McCroskey 8+3reb
gschID: 116070

Dollard's 38-point game gives him Player of the Week award - Mar 2, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
24-year old forward Joshua Dollard (203-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Halifax R. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had the game-high 38 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Halifax R. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Saint John M.R. (#4, 6-5) in overtime 104-98. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Halifax R. maintains the 2nd position in PBL league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Halifax R. will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. In the team's last game Dollard had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Halifax R., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dollard is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.7ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.2rpg) and averages solid 54.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jared Carter (216-C-87) of Rochester R.. He is a center in his first season at Rochester R.. In the last game Carter recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Rochester R. to another comfortable win 119-104 over slightly lower-ranked Dayton A. (#7, 3-12) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Rochester R. to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Carter is one of the most experienced players at Rochester R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Former University of Kentucky star Carter is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Royce Parran (175-G-85) of Quebec K. (#3). Parran showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, five rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Quebec K., leading his team to a 99-85 easy win against #2 ranked Halifax R. in a game of the week. Quebec K. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Parran has a great season in PBL. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (5th best) and assists with 6.5apg (2nd best). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 53.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joshua Dollard (203-F-86) of Halifax R. - 31 points and 11 rebounds
5. Anthony Anderson (180-G-81) of Saint John M.R. - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Marc Egerson (198-G-86) of Saint John M.R. - 33 points and 5 rebounds
7. Quade Milum (201-F-86) of Dayton A. - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Cordell Jeanty (196-F-79) of Quebec K. - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83) of Quebec K. - 18 points and 11 rebounds
10. Marshall Brown (199-F-85) of Halifax R. - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)

Durbansandshark
29-03-2011, 09:45 AM
Crouch Saves the Day for Razorsharks - Mar 5, 2011 (by Allen White)
Rochester point guard Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga)h almost single handedly held off the Saint John Mill Rats in a frantic final minute of play. The RazorSharks came away with a hard fought 110-108 victory before a crowd of 2,130.

The win puts Rochester (6-7) right back in the thick of the Premier Basketball League playoff race, a half game behind Saint John (6-6).

The RazorSharks led at each quarter but the game was close throughout. Rochester was ahead by as many as nine points several times. The Rats owned the lead once at 52-51 in the second quarter.

Nursing an 88-80 lead after three quarters, Rochester almost lost it down the stretch. Saint John rallied to trail 107-105 in the final half minute. With 17.8 seconds left and the Rats down 108-105, Crouch stole the inbounds pass and was fouled. He made five of six free throws and scored 7 points in the game's final minute.

Sammy Monroe was high man for the winners with 21 points. Jared Carter added 17 with 11 rebounds. Keith Friel found the range again scoring 17 on 5 for 11 shooting. Crouch wound up with 16 along with 6 assists.

For the Mill Rats, Marc Egerson had a game high 22 points including a three pointer at the buzzer. Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts) and Steve DeLuca (6'6''-F, college: Brandeis) had 19 points each.

Rochester won the game at the free throw line making making 27 of 33 free throws. Saint John was 14 for 18, a swing of 13 points.

The RazorSharks host PBL leading Lawton-Fort Sill (12-1) on Sunday. The Cavalry beat the RazorSharks in overtime ten days ago. The Mill Rats return home to host Kentucky (5-9) Sunday.

Round 15: #1 Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry is defeated by Rochester RazorSharks - Mar 7, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (12-2) on the court of fifth ranked Rochester RazorSharks on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Rochester RazorSharks 93-91. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-91. Rochester RazorSharks outrebounded Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry 51-40 including 18 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for power forward Eric Walton (204-79, college: San Jose St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Center Jared Carter (216-87, college: Kentucky) helped adding 19 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rochester RazorSharks have a solid series of three victories in a row. Rochester RazorSharks maintains fifth place with 7-7 record. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Rochester RazorSharks are looking forward to face Kentucky Stallions (#6) in Lexington in the next round. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play at home against Dayton Air Strikers (#7) in Kettering and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Halifax. Second ranked Halifax Rainmen (9-5) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Quebec Kebs (8-6) 100-99 in the game for the second place. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. Trayvon Lathan accounted for 15 points and 5 assists. Forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) came up with 26 points for Quebec Kebs in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Halifax Rainmen maintains second place with 9-5 record having just three points less than leader Lawton Ft.SC. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Halifax Rainmen will play against league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quebec Kebs will play against Saint John Mill Rats in Manchester and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Rochester between Rochester RazorSharks and Saint John Mill Rats. Fifth ranked Rochester RazorSharks (7-7) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Saint John Mill Rats (7-6). Rochester RazorSharks managed to escape with a 2-point win 110-108 on Thursday evening. The best player for the winners was Jared Carter who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Rochester RazorSharks' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Marc Egerson who recorded 22 points and 6 rebounds. Rochester RazorSharks have a solid series of three victories in a row. Rochester RazorSharks maintains fifth place with 7-7 record. Loser Saint John Mill Rats keep the fourth position with six games lost. Rochester RazorSharks will meet Kentucky Stallions (#6) in the next round. Saint John Mill Rats will play against Quebec Kebs in Quebec City and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Saint John Mill Rats (7-6) beat at home 6th ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-10) by 6 points 113-107, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Anthony Anderson who led his team to a victory with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Saint John Mill Rats maintains fourth place with 7-6 record. Kentucky Stallions at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Saint John Mill Rats' next round opponent will be higher ranked Quebec Kebs (#3) in Quebec City and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kentucky Stallions will play at home against Rochester RazorSharks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Saint John M.R. - Kentucky S. 113-107

Fourth ranked Saint John Mill Rats (7-6) beat at home 6th ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-10) by 6 points 113-107, which is the biggest margin this round. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kentucky Stallions won third quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint John Mill Rats made 34-of-39 charity shots (87.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Kentucky Stallions helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Anthony Anderson (180-81, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who led his team to a victory with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Terry Martin (198-87, college: LSU) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Aubrey White (191-85) answered with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) added 22 points in the effort for Kentucky Stallions. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Saint John Mill Rats maintains fourth place with 7-6 record. Kentucky Stallions at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Saint John Mill Rats' next round opponent will be higher ranked Quebec Kebs (#3) in Quebec City and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kentucky Stallions will play at home against Rochester RazorSharks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saint John M.R.: A.Anderson 27+5reb+5ast, T.Martin 21+5reb+3ast, M.Egerson 16+5reb+6ast, R.DeMasi 15+7reb+2ast, D.Rice 14+3reb+11ast, S.DeLuca 12+4reb
Kentucky S.: K.Jones 22+4reb, A.White 19+6reb+4ast, J.McLeish 15+2reb+7ast, B.Harris 13+2reb+2ast, G.Baker 11+2reb+6ast, R.Logan 9+5reb
gschID: 116075

Durbansandshark
29-03-2011, 09:46 AM
Rochester R. - Saint John M.R. 110-108

A very close game took place in Rochester between Rochester RazorSharks and Saint John Mill Rats. Fifth ranked Rochester RazorSharks (7-7) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Saint John Mill Rats (7-6). Rochester RazorSharks managed to escape with a 2-point win 110-108 on Thursday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 32-26. But Saint John Mill Rats won second period 28-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rochester RazorSharks made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was center Jared Carter (216-87, college: Kentucky) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Carter is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Rochester RazorSharks' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Marc Egerson (198-86, college: Delaware) who recorded 22 points and 6 rebounds and guard Dwuan Rice (180, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Rochester RazorSharks have a solid series of three victories in a row. Rochester RazorSharks maintains fifth place with 7-7 record. Loser Saint John Mill Rats keep the fourth position with six games lost. Rochester RazorSharks will meet Kentucky Stallions (#6) in the next round. Saint John Mill Rats will play against Quebec Kebs in Quebec City and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rochester R.: S.Monroe 21+5reb, K.Friel 17+1reb+2ast, J.Carter 17+11reb+1ast, J.Crouch 16+6ast, F.Durr 12+5reb+1ast, E.Walton 12+9reb+1ast
Saint John M.R.: M.Egerson 22+6reb+3ast, A.Anderson 19+2reb+2ast, S.DeLuca 19+4reb+1ast, R.DeMasi 16+9reb, T.Martin 14+1reb+1ast, D.Rice 11+13reb+4ast
gschID: 116071


Halifax R. - Quebec K. 100-99

Important game to mention about took place in Halifax. Second ranked Halifax Rainmen (9-5) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Quebec Kebs (8-6) 100-99 in the game for the second place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Quebec Kebs won third quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halifax Rainmen made 38-of-50 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Halifax Rainmen brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Quebec Kebs were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. Guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan Univ.) accounted for 15 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Lathan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) came up with 26 points and swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 19 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Quebec Kebs in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Halifax Rainmen maintains second place with 9-5 record having just three points less than leader Lawton Ft.SC. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Halifax Rainmen will play against league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quebec Kebs will play against Saint John Mill Rats in Manchester and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halifax R.: J.Dollard 37+16reb+1ast, T.Lathan 15+1reb+5ast, K.Jones 12+5reb+1ast, T.Brown 10+3reb+3ast, J.Allen 7+1reb, K.Cuffee 7+3reb
Quebec K.: T.Mitchell 26+4reb+1ast, Q.Brown 19+10reb+1ast, R.Parran 13+8reb+6ast, A.Spears 11+5reb+1ast, M.Acker 9+2reb+4ast, B.Callier 7+4reb
gschID: 116073


Rochester R. - Lawton Ft.SC 93-91

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (12-2) on the court of fifth ranked Rochester RazorSharks on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Rochester RazorSharks 93-91. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-91. Rochester RazorSharks outrebounded Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry 51-40 including 18 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for power forward Eric Walton (204-79, college: San Jose St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Center Jared Carter (216-87, college: Kentucky) helped adding 19 points and 7 rebounds. Carter is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Eddie Smith (188-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) scored 20 points. Five Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rochester RazorSharks have a solid series of three victories in a row. Rochester RazorSharks maintains fifth place with 7-7 record. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Rochester RazorSharks are looking forward to face Kentucky Stallions (#6) in Lexington in the next round. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play at home against Dayton Air Strikers (#7) in Kettering and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rochester R.: J.Carter 19+7reb, S.Monroe 18+4reb+3ast, E.Walton 16+11reb+1ast, K.Friel 10+4reb+1ast, M.Williams 9+12reb, J.Crouch 8+5reb+7ast
Lawton Ft.SC: E.Smith 20+4reb+1ast, E.Mims 18+9reb+2ast, D.Bowden 12+5reb+4ast, B.Dean 11+3reb, R.Dyer 10+6reb, S.Daniels 10+8reb+4ast
gschID: 116074

Durbansandshark
29-03-2011, 09:49 AM
Quinnel Brown gets MVP of the Week award for PBL PBL - Mar 17, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
American Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Quebec K. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 27-year old swingman had the game-high 34 points adding seven rebounds for Quebec K. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kentucky S. (#6, 5-13) 116-103. Quebec K. is placed at 2nd position in PBL PBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quebec K. will need more victories to improve their 10-6 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Quebec K., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Auburn University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.7ppg), assists (5th best: 2.7apg) and averages solid 57.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old forward Kenny Jones (198-F-84) of Kentucky S.. Jones impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Kentucky S. lost that game 113-118 to slightly higher-ranked Rochester R. (#4, 9-7). Kentucky S. is still second from the bottom in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Kentucky S. managed to get this year. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Kentucky S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.1ppg (#3). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Kentucky S.'s star - Kenny Jones (198-F-84). Jones got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Jones' great performance Kentucky S. lost 95-109 to slightly higher-ranked Rochester R. (#4, 9-7). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Kentucky S. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jones he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jones has individually a great season in PBL. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elvin Mims (196-G/F-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Elvin Mims (196-G/F-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Royce Parran (175-G-85) of Quebec K. - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists
7. Royce Parran (175-G-85) of Quebec K. - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83) of Quebec K. - 25 points and 8 rebounds
9. Quade Milum (201-F-86) of Dayton A. - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Anthony Anderson (180-G-81) of Saint John M.R. - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)

njuries ravage Rainmen - Mar 17, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
When it rains, it pours.

The reeling Halifax Rainmen, already clinging tenuously to the last of four Premier Basketball League playoff berths, got more bad news on Tuesday.

One day after learning they'd be without top scorer Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken) for the rest of the campaign due to a torn calf muscle, the team said a knee injury to shooting guard Julian Allen (6'4''-G-87, college: Georgia Southern) has put his season in jeopardy as well. 'The timing couldnt be better,' owner/GM Andre Levingston remarked sarcastically, referring to the latest blow to jolt the squad since it began February with a 6-2 record, seemingly in full stride and hot on the heels of the league-leading Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry.

'We have some really big challenges ahead of us.'

Both Dollard and Allen were injured in Friday nights 110-84 loss to the Cavalry, though Allen topped the team with 19 points and didnt know hed hurt his knee until it ballooned sometime after the game. Dollard, fifth in the PBL with 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, had shredded opponents for 106 points in his previous three outings and taken on a more prominent leadership role after the unexpected departure of three other players.

'Thats a big loss you cant replace him,' Levingston said.

'But everybody else on the team gets paid just like Josh does on the 15th and 30th of every month so theyre gonna have to step their game up and play. Its an opportunity for other guys to get a little bit more time and prove that they can do the things we brought them in to do.' Since wrapping up January on a high note, the Rainmen (8-7) have lost five of seven games and five significant players from a roster that was rebuilt in the off-season and just seemed to be peaking as the team set out on a month-long road trip to clear the Metro Centre deck for the Canada Winter Games.

But the team took a hit on Feb. 15 when starting shooting guard Mike Mercer, second on the club in scoring at the time, returned home for personal reasons. Before the end of the month, backup point guard Tajuan Porter and starting centre James (Boo) Jackson were gone as well, lured overseas by more lucrative contract offers. With Dollard finished and Allen likely sidelined for the final two weeks of the regular season, Levingston said he doesnt know what the starting lineup will look like when the Rainmen step onto their home court Thursday night against the Saint John Mill Rats.

'I have no idea,' said the 45-year-old, who played collegiately at Chico State, an NCAA Division II university in California. 'I may be starting, the way things look.'

The Rainmen have a half-game lead on the Mill Rats (7-7) going into Thursday nights key matchup. They travel to Quebec City on Friday night to meet the second-place Kebs (11-5). The Cavalry (14-2) have all but locked up first place, with four games remaining, while the Kebs have three left to secure second spot. Quebec will finish with only 19 games, a scheduling bump created by the demise of the Vermont Frost Heaves in January.

The surging Rochester RazorSharks, third with a 9-7 slate, play three of their final four against the expansion Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions and Dayton Air Strikers, who are a combined 8-26, meaning the Rainmen and Mill Rats will probably be battling it out for the fourth and final playoff spot. Halifax has five games remaining and the Mill Rats six. Thursday nights contest is the first of three head-to-head encounters over the final two weeks.

'We control our own destiny at this point,' said Levingston. 'Weve still got an opportunity to come in second if the ball bounces the right way.'

The Rainmen are taking a look at a couple of players, the GM said, and reinforcements are likely to be added before Thursdays game. But theyll also look within to try to compensate for the latest losses. 'Injuries unfortunately are part of the game,' he said. 'You build a team so that hopefully if a guy goes down, someone can step up and play some significant minutes and thats what were hoping.'

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca

Durbansandshark
29-03-2011, 09:50 AM
Round 17: Quebec Kebs defeat Halifax Rainmen in the game between Top 4 teams - Mar 19, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in PBL.

An interesting game for Quebec Kebs (11-6) which hosted in Quebec City 4th placed Halifax Rainmen (9-8). Second ranked Quebec Kebs managed to get a 9-point victory 98-89. The game without a history. Quebec Kebs led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Quebec Kebs forced 19 Halifax Rainmen turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Quebec Kebs made 7 blocks. American players dominated the game. Guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 4 assists. Swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Quebec Kebs' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Taliek Brown (186-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists for Halifax Rainmen. Quebec Kebs have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-6 record having four points less than leader Lawton Ft.SC. Halifax Rainmen lost third consecutive game. Halifax Rainmen at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Quebec Kebs are looking forward to face league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halifax Rainmen will have a break next round.

An interesting game for Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (15-2) which hosted in Lawton 3rd placed Rochester RazorSharks (10-8). First ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry managed to get a 5-point victory 85-80. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Rochester RazorSharks. Swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Ramon Dyer chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Fred Durr (201-85, college: Oklah. Panhandle St., agency: Team Quest Inc.) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have a solid series of three victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 15-2 record. Rochester RazorSharks at the other side keep the third position with eight games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play against Dayton Air Strikers (#7) in Kettering in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rochester RazorSharks will play on the road against Dayton Air Strikers (#7) in Kettering and hope to get back on the winning track.

The game in Kettering supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Rochester RazorSharks (10-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-14). Rochester RazorSharks smashed Dayton Air Strikers 145-115 on Tuesday. Keith Friel nailed 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Carlos English came up with 24 points for Dayton Air Strikers in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rochester RazorSharks have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Rochester RazorSharks maintains third place with 10-8 record having four points less than leader Lawton Ft.SC. Dayton Air Strikers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Rochester RazorSharks will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dayton Air Strikers will play against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (#1) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 17 Saint John M.R. beat Halifax R. on the road 104-98.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 14 points, 19 rebounds and 5 blocks by Eric Crookshank of Halifax R..


Halifax R. - Saint John M.R. 98-104

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Saint John Mill Rats (8-7) beat on the road 4th placed Halifax Rainmen (9-8) 104-98 on Thursday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 35-17. But Halifax Rainmen won second period 28-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Anthony Anderson (180-81, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) nailed 32 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Canadian power forward Jeffrey Ferguson (210-81, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: SportsList Inc.) accounted for 16 points and 16 rebounds. American forward Eric Crookshank (201-80, college: Idaho St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 19 rebounds and 5 blocks (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and the other American import forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Halifax Rainmen in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Saint John Mill Rats maintains fifth place with 8-7 record. Halifax Rainmen lost third consecutive game. Loser Halifax Rainmen keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Saint John Mill Rats will meet Kentucky Stallions (#6) in the next round. Halifax Rainmen will have a break next round.

Top scorers:
Halifax R.: M.Brown 22+6reb+2ast, K.Jones 15+3reb+3ast, T.Brown 15+7reb+5ast, T.Lathan 15+5reb+3ast, E.Crookshank 14+19reb+3ast, D.Thomas 8+6reb+2ast
Saint John M.R.: A.Anderson 32+4reb+6ast, M.Egerson 24+8reb, J.Ferguson 16+16reb+3ast, P.Young 12+10reb, D.Rice 12+2reb+8ast, T.Martin 6+3reb
gschID: 116082

Quebec K. - Halifax R. 98-89

An interesting game for Quebec Kebs (11-6) which hosted in Quebec City 4th placed Halifax Rainmen (9-8). Second ranked Quebec Kebs managed to get a 9-point victory 98-89. The game without a history. Quebec Kebs led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Quebec Kebs forced 19 Halifax Rainmen turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Quebec Kebs made 7 blocks. American players dominated the game. Guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 4 assists. Swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Quebec Kebs' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Taliek Brown (186-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists and forward Kavon Jones (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Halifax Rainmen. Four Halifax Rainmen players scored in double figures. Quebec Kebs have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-6 record having four points less than leader Lawton Ft.SC. Halifax Rainmen lost third consecutive game. Halifax Rainmen at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Quebec Kebs are looking forward to face league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halifax Rainmen will have a break next round.

Top scorers:
Halifax R.: T.Brown 17+2reb+10ast, D.Thomas 15+7reb+1ast, K.Jones 15+8reb+4ast, E.Crookshank 12+13reb+1ast, M.Brown 12+5reb, D.Ferguson 6+1reb
Quebec K.: R.Parran 18+4reb+4ast, Q.Brown 16+6reb+1ast, C.Jeanty 10+6reb, B.Callier 9+2reb, L.McCroskey 9+4reb, T.Mitchell 8+3reb+6ast
gschID: 116083

Durbansandshark
29-03-2011, 09:53 AM
Lawton Ft.SC - Rochester R. 85-80

An interesting game for Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (15-2) which hosted in Lawton 3rd placed Rochester RazorSharks (10-8). First ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry managed to get a 5-point victory 85-80. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Rochester RazorSharks. Rochester RazorSharks were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 44-37 second half run of Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry forced 22 Rochester RazorSharks turnovers. Swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Ramon Dyer (201-84, college: Houston) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Fred Durr (201-85, college: Oklah. Panhandle St., agency: Team Quest Inc.) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and forward Mike Williams (201-85, college: Cincinnati) scored 8 points and 12 rebounds. Four Rochester RazorSharks players scored in double figures. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have a solid series of three victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 15-2 record. Rochester RazorSharks at the other side keep the third position with eight games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play against Dayton Air Strikers (#7) in Kettering in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rochester RazorSharks will play on the road against Dayton Air Strikers (#7) in Kettering and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rochester R.: M.Council 15+1ast, F.Durr 14+6reb+1ast, K.Friel 10+2reb+1ast, J.Crouch 10+2reb+4ast, J.Carter 10+7reb+1ast, S.Monroe 8+2reb
Lawton Ft.SC: E.Mims 20+5reb+1ast, S.Fountain 11+3reb+1ast, E.Smith 11+2reb+1ast, R.Dyer 8+10reb, D.Bowden 8+6ast, S.Daniels 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 116084

Dayton A. - Rochester R. 115-145

The game in Kettering supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Rochester RazorSharks (10-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-14). Rochester RazorSharks smashed Dayton Air Strikers 145-115 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Rochester RazorSharks. Dayton Air Strikers managed to win fourth quarter 29-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rochester RazorSharks shot 61.3 percent from the field and made 37-of-47 free shots (78.7 percent) during the game, while Dayton Air Strikers only scored twelve points from the stripe. Rochester RazorSharks had a 39-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Rochester RazorSharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Keith Friel (192-77, college: Virginia) nailed 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and forward Mike Williams (201-85, college: Cincinnati) accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Guard Carlos English (175-84, college: Cleveland St.) came up with 24 points and forward Quade Milum (201-86, college: Akron) added 23 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Dayton Air Strikers in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rochester RazorSharks have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Rochester RazorSharks maintains third place with 10-8 record having four points less than leader Lawton Ft.SC. Dayton Air Strikers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Rochester RazorSharks will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dayton Air Strikers will play against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dayton A.: C.English 24+4reb+3ast, Q.Milum 23+6reb, P.Mickey Perry 17+3reb+3ast, K.Langhorne 15+6reb+1ast, T.Sowell 12+13reb+2ast, M.Thompson 8+4reb+1ast
Rochester R.: K.Friel 30+5reb+4ast, J.Carter 19+8reb+1ast, M.Williams 18+9reb+1ast, J.Crouch 14+8ast, T.McCoy 13+5reb+1ast, M.Council 12+3reb+2ast
gschID: 123866

Crookshank's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - Mar 21, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
30-year old forward Eric Crookshank (201-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Halifax R. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 14 points and 19 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Saint John M.R. (#5, 8-7) 98-104. Halifax R. maintains the 4th position in PBL league. Halifax R. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 8th lost game this season out of 17 games. It's Crookshank's second year at Halifax R. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Idaho State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Crookshank leads league in rebounds with 11.2rpg. Crookshank is in league's top in and averages solid 1.1bpg and 67.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Keith Friel (192-G-77) of Rochester R.. He is a guard in his 6th season at Rochester R.. In the last game Friel recorded impressive 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Rochester R. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dayton A. (#7, 3-14) 145-115. Rochester R.'s 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-8 record is not bad at all. Friel is one of the most experienced players at Rochester R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Anthony Anderson (180-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Saint John M.R. (#5). Anderson got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for six assists. He was a key player of Saint John M.R., leading his team to a 104-98 win against slightly higher-ranked Halifax R. (#4, 9-8). Saint John M.R. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Anderson has a great season in PBL. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (4th best) and assists with 5.3apg (4th best). He also has FGP: 54.8% and 3PT: 41.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeffrey Ferguson (210-F/C-81) of Saint John M.R. - 16 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Quade Milum (201-F-86) of Dayton A. - 23 points and 6 rebounds
6. Taliek Brown (186-G-82) of Halifax R. - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Marshall Brown (199-F-85) of Halifax R. - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mike Williams (201-F-85) of Rochester R. - 18 points and 9 rebounds
9. Jared Carter (216-C-87) of Rochester R. - 19 points and 8 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)

Durbansandshark
29-03-2011, 09:57 AM
Razorsharks clinch Playoff berth - Mar 23, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Rochester RazorSharks coach Rod Baker uses his entire roster. Demetrius Howard is the last man he goes to.

With his team playing sluggishly through the first quarter and clinging to a 24-23 lead at Dayton, Baker turned to Howard. He responded by scoring all 11 of his points in the second quarter, leading the Sharks to a 49-41 halftime lead. Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia) scored 15 of his 17 points in the third quarter to up the lead to 18. Rochester held on for a 113-103 victory.

The team's eighth win in its last nine clinches one of four Premier Basketball League playoff berths. The RazorSharks currently sit third.

Eric Walton (6'9''-F/C-79, college: San Jose St.) had the team high 22 for Rochester. Friel and Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) scored 17 points each.

Dayton's Mickey Perry connected on 8 of 12 three point attempts and wound up with a game high 31 points.

The Air Strikers in losing their fifth straight PBL game, really hurt themselves from the free throw line, making just 14 of 23. They missed five in the fourth quarter alone. Rochester made 38 of 49. That was the most pronounced difference in the game.

The victory was the RazorSharks' seventh in their last eight. Their final regular season game of the year is Saturday afternoon against the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions. It has a 1:05 tip off at the Blue Cross Arena.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Round 18: Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry defeats Quebec Kebs in the closest game of the week - Mar 24, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in PBL. Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry, Quebec Kebs and Rochester RazorSharks already booked a ticket for the Playoffs and there is only one more available.

Second-ranked Quebec Kebs (11-7) gave a tough game to first ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (17-2) on Sunday. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry managed to secure only two-point victory 97-95. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Quebec Kebs. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 31-28 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 35-of-43 free shots (81.4 percent) during the game. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry forced 22 Quebec Kebs turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Quebec Kebs helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Shawn Daniels (200-79, college: Utah St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) with 25 points. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive five-game winning streak. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 17-2 record. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the second place with seven games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry is looking forward to face Saint John Mill Rats (#5) in Manchester in the next round. Quebec Kebs will play at home against Vermont Frost Heaves in South Burlington and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
PBL top team - Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (17-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-16) in Kettering 122-90. Forward Jamaal Davis (208-79, college: Cincinnati) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and Eddie Smith supported him with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds by forward Todd Sowell (201-86, college: St.Peter's) did not help to save the game for Dayton Air Strikers. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive five-game winning streak. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 17-2 record. Dayton Air Strikers lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 16 games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play against Saint John Mill Rats (#5) in Manchester in the next round. Dayton Air Strikers will have a break next round.
The game in Lexington was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Saint John Mill Rats (8-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Kentucky Stallions (6-13). Kentucky Stallions managed to secure a 6-point victory 101-95 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Bo Harris who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Anthony Anderson who recorded 26 points. Kentucky Stallions maintains sixth position with 6-13 record. Loser Saint John Mill Rats keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Kentucky Stallions will meet higher ranked Rochester RazorSharks (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Saint John Mill Rats will play against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and hope to secure a win.
The game in Kettering was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Rochester RazorSharks (11-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-16). Rochester RazorSharks defeated Dayton Air Strikers 113-103. It was a good game for Eric Walton who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rochester RazorSharks maintains third position with 11-8 record having six points less than leader Lawton Ft.SC. Dayton Air Strikers lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 16 games lost. Rochester RazorSharks' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Vermont Frost Heaves (#8) in South Burlington where they are favorite.

Kentucky S. - Saint John M.R. 101-95

The game in Lexington was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Saint John Mill Rats (8-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Kentucky Stallions (6-13). Kentucky Stallions managed to secure a 6-point victory 101-95 on Sunday. Saint John Mill Rats were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 29-21 charge of Kentucky Stallions, which allowed them to win the game. Kentucky Stallions shot 33 for 46 from the free-throw line, while Saint John Mill Rats only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Kentucky Stallions had a 39-28 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Bo Harris (201, college: Mountain St.) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Demetrius Guions (196-86, college: Georgetown, KY) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Anthony Anderson (180-81, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who recorded 26 points and guard Marc Egerson (198-86, college: Delaware) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Kentucky Stallions and four Saint John Mill Rats players scored in double figures. Kentucky Stallions maintains sixth position with 6-13 record. Loser Saint John Mill Rats keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Kentucky Stallions will meet higher ranked Rochester RazorSharks (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Saint John Mill Rats will play against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Saint John M.R.: A.Anderson 26+3reb+1ast, M.Egerson 17+7reb+2ast, T.Martin 14+1reb, R.DeMasi 11+3reb+2ast, P.Young 10+9reb+1ast, D.Rice 5+10reb+7ast
Kentucky S.: B.Harris 18+11reb+2ast, A.White 16+2reb+1ast, J.McLeish 15+3reb+2ast, D.Guions 14+9reb+1ast, R.Delk 14+1reb+2ast, J.Taylor 12+5reb+1ast
gschID: 116087

Durbansandshark
29-03-2011, 09:59 AM
Dayton A. - Rochester R. 103-113

The game in Kettering was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Rochester RazorSharks (11-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-16). Rochester RazorSharks defeated Dayton Air Strikers 113-103. The game was mostly controlled by Rochester RazorSharks. Dayton Air Strikers was better in fourth quarter 35-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rochester RazorSharks made 38-of-49 charity shots (77.6 percent) during the game, while Dayton Air Strikers only scored fourteen points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by Dayton Air Strikers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for power forward Eric Walton (204-79, college: San Jose St.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Monroe is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Rochester RazorSharks players scored in double figures. Guard Philip Mickey Perry (188, college: Dayton) replied with 31 points and 5 rebounds and forward Todd Sowell (201-86, college: St.Peter's) added 16 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Dayton Air Strikers. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rochester RazorSharks maintains third position with 11-8 record having six points less than leader Lawton Ft.SC. Dayton Air Strikers lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 16 games lost. Rochester RazorSharks' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Vermont Frost Heaves (#8) in South Burlington where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Dayton A.: P.Mickey Perry 31+5reb+3ast, T.Sowell 16+13reb+1ast, J.Rockett 15+5reb+1ast, G.Schmidt 9+4reb, C.English 9+4reb+5ast, T.Taylor 5+5reb+4ast
Rochester R.: E.Walton 22+9reb+2ast, S.Monroe 17+6reb+3ast, K.Friel 15+2reb+1ast, J.Carter 11+7reb+1ast, D.Howard 11+5reb, J.Crouch 11+4reb+1ast
gschID: 116088


Dayton A. - Lawton Ft.SC 90-122

PBL top team - Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (17-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-16) in Kettering 122-90. The game without a history. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry dominated down low during the game scoring 98 of its points in the paint compared to Dayton Air Strikers' 52. They outrebounded Dayton Air Strikers 60-46 including a 42-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Forward Jamaal Davis (208-79, college: Cincinnati) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Eddie Smith (188-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) supported him with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds by forward Todd Sowell (201-86, college: St.Peter's) did not help to save the game for Dayton Air Strikers. Swingman Kenny Langhorne (196-81, college: S.Arkansas, agency: ProSportsCareers) added 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive five-game winning streak. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 17-2 record. Dayton Air Strikers lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 16 games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play against Saint John Mill Rats (#5) in Manchester in the next round. Dayton Air Strikers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Dayton A.: P.Philip Mickey 17+4reb+1ast, K.Langhorne 17+6reb, P.Mickey Perry 16+6reb+1ast, Q.Milum 12+6reb, T.Sowell 12+15reb+2ast, T.Taylor 10+3reb+6ast
Lawton Ft.SC: J.Davis 26+12reb+1ast, E.Smith 19+5reb+5ast, D.Bowden 15+3reb+10ast, S.Fountain 13+1reb+2ast, L.Turner 11+6reb, S.Daniels 11+7reb+1ast
gschID: 116089


Lawton Ft.SC - Quebec K. 97-95

Second-ranked Quebec Kebs (11-7) gave a tough game to first ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (17-2) on Sunday. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry managed to secure only two-point victory 97-95. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Quebec Kebs. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 31-28 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 35-of-43 free shots (81.4 percent) during the game. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry forced 22 Quebec Kebs turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Quebec Kebs helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Gabe Freeman (198-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Shawn Daniels (200-79, college: Utah St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Daniels is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) with 25 points and his fellow American import swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Five Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and four Quebec Kebs players scored in double figures. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive five-game winning streak. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 17-2 record. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the second place with seven games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry is looking forward to face Saint John Mill Rats (#5) in Manchester in the next round. Quebec Kebs will play at home against Vermont Frost Heaves in South Burlington and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Quebec K.: R.Parran 25+2reb+3ast, Q.Brown 17+9reb+3ast, T.Mitchell 14+3reb+1ast, C.Jeanty 10+5reb, B.Callier 9+3reb, Y.Anzuluni 7+6reb+2ast
Lawton Ft.SC: S.Fountain 18+2reb+2ast, S.Daniels 16+5reb+2ast, G.Freeman 14+10reb+1ast, E.Smith 13+6reb+1ast, E.Mims 13+3reb, D.Bowden 11+3reb+3ast

Davis number one in PBL for round 18 - Mar 24, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Forward Jamaal Davis (208-F-79) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Lawton Ft.SC, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed Dayton A. (#7, 3-16) with 32-point margin 122-90. It allowed Lawton Ft.SC to consolidate first place in the PBL PBL. Lawton Ft.SC have a solid 17-2 record. In the team's last game Davis had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Lawton Ft.SC, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jamaal Davis averages this season 10.4ppg and 6.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Eric Walton (204-F/C-79) of Rochester R.. Walton had a very good evening with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Rochester R. cruised to a 113-103 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Dayton A. (#7, 3-16). Rochester R.'s 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-8 record is not bad at all. Walton is a newcomer at Rochester R., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Lawton Ft.SC's star - guard DeAnthony Bowden (186-G-80). Bowden scored 15 points and passed ten assists (!!!). He was another key player of Lawton Ft.SC, helping his team with a 122-90 easy win against the lower-ranked Dayton A. (#7, 3-16). Lawton Ft.SC confirms their top position in the standings Bowden has a great season in PBL. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.4apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Todd Sowell (201-F-86) of Dayton A. - 16 points and 13 rebounds
5. Bo Harris (201-F) of Kentucky S. - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Philip Mickey Perry (188-G) of Dayton A. - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ramon Dyer (201-F-84) of Lawton Ft.SC - 10 points and 14 rebounds
8. Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83) of Quebec K. - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85) of Lawton Ft.SC - 14 points and 10 rebounds
10. Eddie Smith (188-G-83) of Lawton Ft.SC - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)

Durbansandshark
29-03-2011, 10:01 AM
Playoff implications on the line for Mill Rats final home stand; latest addition Marcus Austin - Mar 24, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The Saint John Mill Rats are preparing for their final home stand of the 2011 Premier Basketball League season, with playoff implications on the line.

If Saint John wins their final three home games, they will clinch the 4th seed in the PBL playoffs. By doing that and winning their regular season finale at Halifax on March 31, they will clinch the 3rd seed. This is by virtue of Saint John holding a tie breaker over the Rochester RazorSharks, who can finish with a 12-8 record at best.

To do that feat they will not only have to beat the Kebs and the Rainmen, but also the #1 ranked Lawton Fort-Sill Cavalry on Sunday.

The Cavalry are currently 16-2 and have won three consecutive championships (two in the Continental Basketball Association and last season in the PBL). The Cavs are coached by former NBA All Star Michael Ray Richardson. It is planned for Lawton-Fort Sill to stay in Saint John next week until they determine who their first round playoff opponent will be (Saint John, Halifax, or Rochester).

However two losses to Halifax, and the Rainmen will clinch the #4 seed, and Saint John's season will come to an end. A loss to Quebec or Lawton, combined with a loss to the Rainmen, would force a tie breaker between Halifax and Saint John that would be decided by head-to-head point spread. Currently the Rainmen hold an 8 point advantage over the series to date. If the point spread ends up tied, the last playoff spot could conceivably come down to a coin flip.

'This will be no easy task and we just want to take it one game at a time, but certainly we are counting on all of our fans to come out strong for these last 3 home games and get the Station loud and rocking!' stated the Mill Rats VP of Marketing David Cooper.

The final regular season games are:

Thursday - 7PM - Harbour Station - #2 Quebec Kebs

Sunday - 4PM - Harbour Station - #1 Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry

Tuesday - 7PM - Harbour Station - #5 Halifax Rainmen

Thursday - 7PM - Metro Centre - #5 Halifax Rainmen

The current PBL standings are:

Lawton Fort-Sill Cavalry 16-2

Quebec Kebs 12-6

Rochester RazorSharks 11-8

Saint John Mill Rats 8-8

Halifax Rainmen 8-9

Bluegrass Stallions 6-13

Dayton Airstrikers 3-15

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New Player:

The Saint John Mill Rats have added 6'6 Marcus Austin (6'6''-F-83, college: E.Michigan) to their roster for the remainder of the season. Austin was a Vermont Frost Heaves player prior to their team folding. He won back to back championships with the Frost Heaves in a previous league in 2007 and 2008.

'Markus brings us length and a defensive presence at the wing positions. We've struggled notably against the elite wing players in this league and he gives us another active defender to help us in that area, plus he is a champion and has that experience,' stated Mill Rats Head Coach Jaren Jackson.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Rainmen and Mill Rats to Battle for Playoff Spot - Mar 25, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
During the next seven days, the Maritime's only two professional basketball teams will go head-to-head as they vie for the Premier Basketball League's final playoff spot.

The Halifax Rainmen (8-9) and the Saint John Mill Rats (8-8) will face each other in two critical match-ups next week. The first game will take place at Harbour Station on Tuesday, March 29, and the final game will take place in Halifax on Thursday, March 31.

'Two wins against Saint John and we're in,' said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston. 'Although we would have preferred a smoother entry into playoffs, we are excited to face the Mill Rats in these final games. The maritime rivalry is exciting for everyone involved.'

To advance to the playoffs, the Rainmen will need to win two of their next three games. In the event of the Maritime teams coming to a tie, the Mill Rats will need to beat the Rainmen by more than eight points to advance.

In addition to the Mill Rats upcoming games against the Rainmen, they will also face the second-place Quebec Kebs and the first-place Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry.

The Rainmen will face the seventh-place Dayton Air Strikers in the first of their last three games on Friday, March 25 at 7 pm.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Durbansandshark
07-04-2011, 11:25 AM
SETX Mavericks win back to back ABA Championship ! - Mar 29, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated Gulf Coast Division rival the Gulf Coast Flash, 109-85 at t Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center on Monday night. It was Game 2 of the ABA Championship Series, that end 2-0 fo rthe Mavericks, who, thanks to this result, won Back to Back ABA National Championships.

Southeast Texas went 4-0 in the ABA Championship Finals by defeating the East Kentucky Energy 122-91 and the previously undefeated Jacksonville Giants 109-87 in the preliminary rounds of the Championship Finals. The Mavs swept the ABA Championship Series 2-0 with a 114-97 victory in Game 1 and a 109-85 win in Game 2.

SETX ended the season with a 26 game winning streak and with a 39 game home court winning streak. The Mavericks were consistent and dominate all season long as they were ranked #1 in the ABA Power ranking for the entire season and for a record 33 straight regular season weeks over the past two seasons.

On Monday night as they have done during the entire 2010-11 season the Mavs got off to a fast start led by P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.), Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman), and Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.). The Mavs took a quick 9-2 lead. SETXs stifling defense limited the Flash to only 2 field goals in the entire first quarter and the Mavs led 32-10 after one period of play.

In the second quarter Gulf Coast forwards Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris) and Luther Suggs (6'5''-F/G-87, college: Missis.Gulf Coast CC) got the Flash going, but DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) came off the Mavs bench to keep the Mavericks ahead with his timely jump shots. The Mavericks led at half-time 50-35.
In the third period of play the two teams exchanged baskets as Taylor, Suggs, and Decarlos Riley (5'11''-G-87, college: Paris JC) scored big hoops for the Flash. Cousinard, Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI), and super sub Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) kept the Flash at bay. The Mavericks took a 17 point lead into the final period of play.

SETX big men took over the painted area in the final period of play to dominate for the Mavericks. The Flash could get no closer than 15 points and the Mavericks cruised to their second ABA Title with a 24 point victory to seize Back to Back Championships!
Couisnard and Bradley each scored 16 points to lead the Mavericks in scoring. Cambridge added 15 points and Thrash 12. White chipped in 11 points off the bench for the Mavs. Taylor led the Flash with 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Cameron Durr (5'10''-G-82) added 14 points for Gulf Coast.

All-ABA Championsip Final Four Team announced - Mar 29, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
Just after the end of Game 2 of the ABA Championship Finals, the league officials announced the All-ABA Championship Finals Team, as follows:

Nick Wallery (6'6''-F-81, college: Albany St.) Jacksonville Giants
Daniel Price (6'3''-G-82, college: Pikeville) East Kentucky Energy
Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris) Gulf Coast Flash
Luther Suggs (6'5''-F/G-87, college: Missis.Gulf Coast CC) Gulf Coast Flash
Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) SETX Mavericks
Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) SETX Mavericks

P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) of the SETX Mavericks Champion team was named the Championship Finals MVP

ABA to form a new women's professional basketball league (WABA) - Mar 30, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that it will form a new league called the Women's American Basketball Associaiton (WABA). The target date for the first games is January, 2012.
'There's no doubt about it; the popularity of women's basketball is growing at a phenomenal rate at the youth, high school, college and professional level,' said Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'The skill levels of today's women players are tremendous and there is little women's professional basketball during the regular basketball season. The timing is right.'

'Our goal is to have the WABA teams play before and after regular ABA men's games and to have at least four teams in a division to ease travel. The initial season will consist of 12-16 games. And to illustrate just how talented today's women players are, all ABA teams will have a 14th eligible player, a WABA player.'

'To get the ball rolling, we will make it easier to own and operate a WABA team than any other professional sports team,' added Newman. 'Minimum investment, minimum risk, huge profit potential.' For more information, contact Joe Newman at 317 844 7502 or email conniejoenewman@aol.com A new website, www.wabalive.com will be available shortly. For now, visit www.abalive.com

ABA new team in Rocky Mounty,NC and new head coach Johnny Tyson - Mar 31, 2011 (by Bruno Baltazar)
ABA ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICIAL TEAM IN ROCKY MOUNT,NC AND ANNOUCES IT HEAD COACH Johnny Tyson (6'11''-F/C-71, college: Cent.Oklahoma) ALSO KNOWN AS THE SPIDERMAN.

FORMER ALL-DECADE PLAYER AND ASST. COACH OF THE ABA AND 2010 ABA CHAMPS,THE SE TEXAS MAVERICKS UNDER THE GREAT AND MOST WINNINGNESS,ALL-TIME COACH OF THE YEAR,COACH STEVE TUCKER.

TYSON WAS GM/COACH FOR THE TEXAS FUEL THIS PAST YEAR CARRYING THEM TO A 16-4 AND 9-0 UNDEFEATED DIVISION RECORD AND 9TH RANK IN THE ABA TOP 25 POLL,BUT NOW HE TAKES HIS EXPERIENCE BACK HOME TO NORTH CAROLINA,WHERE HES FROM AND TO DR. LEVONDER BRINKLEY,OWNER OF ONE OF THREE PROFESSIONAL CATS TEAMS IN THE ABA.RALEIGH JAGUARS,TREFOUR CHEETAHS AND DOWNEAST COUGARS.DR. BRINKLEY IS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS LADY AND SAY THE DOWNEAST TEAM IS GOING TO BE ONE OF HER BEST SUCCESSFUL FRANCHISE THIS UPCOMING SEASON.
THEY WILL HAVE THEIR 2ND TRYOUT CAMP COMING UP MAY 21ST AT NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY FROM 1-5PM,WHICH THE FIRST CAMP WAS A SUCCESS
.SIGN UP NOW OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.CONTACT TOMMY STEVENSON,CATS CEO AND PRESIDENT AT 910-494-2245 OR HEAD COACH/ASST GM Johnny Tyson AT 832-203-9644.

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SETX Mavericks sweep 2011 ABA Awards - almost - Apr 6, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced its post-season awards for outstanding performances and it was a virtual clean sweep for the ABA Championship team, the SETX Mavericks, which won their second straight ABA title last week. 'This is an outstanding team and an outstanding organization,' stated ABA COO Dick Packer . 'They did it right on and off the court and certainly deserve the recognition. The only award they didn't receive is ABA Rookie of the Year and that went to a remarkable young player from the runner-up Gulf Coast Flash.' The awards:

ABA Coach of the Year: Steve Tucker , SETX Mavericks, who has now won the award three years in a row.
ABA Most Valuable Player: Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI), SETX Mavericks, the third straight Mav's player to win the award.
ABA Finals Four MVP: P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.), who joined two other Mav's players on the Final Four All Star team.
ABA Executive of the Year: Jerry Nelson, now a two-time winner of the award.
ABA Team of the Yeat: Southeast Texas Mavericks who compiiled a 36-1 record and a 28 game winning streak.
ABA Rookie of the Year: Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris), Gulf Coast Flash, an ABA All-Star with NBA potential.

'While SETX won most of the awards,' added Packer. 'there were some really outstanding performances around the league and the voting was close in several of the categories. Jacksonville, East Kentucky, Colorado, Seven Cities had extraordinary seasons on the court, and off the court, many teams did some remarkable things including, but not limited to East Bay, Lake Michigan, West Virginia, San Diego, Savannah and Chicago, all of whom had received votes. It was a great season.'

Durbansandshark
15-04-2011, 04:07 AM
Mill Rats Keep Playoff Hopes Alive - Mar 30, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
(March 29, 2011 Saint John, N.B.): The Saint John Mill Rats kept their playoff hopes alive by defeating the Halifax Rainmen 98-95 in a hotly contested match in front of 3,962 at Harbour Station. No team led by more than six points throughout the contest and Saint John held a 62-56 lead at the half. With a playoff feel hanging heavy in the air, this one was going to go down to the wire. Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts)'s driving layup, followed by a slick reverse pass out to Steve Deluca for a timely three pointer, allowed the Mill Rats some breathing room in the final minute. With the score 97-92 Marshall Brown for Halifax drilled a desperation three pointer with seconds left to cut the deficit, but Dwuan Rice made one of two free throws for the final margin with 2.7 seconds left. Anthony Anderson led Saint John with 21, Dwuan Rice had 20, Marc Egerson 13, PJ Young 12, Steve Deluca 11, and Terry Martin 10. Deandre Thomas led Halifax with 23. The Mill Rats record improves to a tie with Halifax with both teams at 9-10. The winner of Thursday's game at the Metro Centre in Halifax will earn the right to face the #1 ranked Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry in the first round of the PBL playoffs. Should the Mill Rats win Thursday, Game 1 of the playoffs will be held on Sunday at 4:00pm at Harbour Station.

Playoff Tickets
Season Ticket Holders may purchase their seats for Sunday's playoff game beginning on Wednesday morning via the Harbour Station box office, in person or by calling 657-1234. Playoff tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday morning. For more information please feel free to contact Mill Rats GM Ian McCarthy at hoops@millratsbasketball.ca or visit www.millratsbasketball.ca or www.thepbl.com.

Taliek Brown gets MVP of the Week award for PBL - Apr 1, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
American Taliek Brown (186-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had an amazing evening in the last round for Halifax R. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 28-year old guard got a double-double of 21 points and twenty two assists, while his team beat Dayton A. (3-18) 147-132. Brown turned to be Halifax R.'s top player in his first season with the team. University of Connecticut graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown is league's best scorer averaging so far 13.5ppg. Brown is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 3.4rpg), assists (3rd best: 6.2apg) and averages solid 57.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American swingman Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Quebec K.. Brown impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 41 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Quebec K. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dayton A. (3-18) 152-108. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Quebec K. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.1ppg (#1). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Quade Milum (201-F-86) of Dayton A.. Milum got into 30-points club by scoring 40 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds. Despite Milum's great performance Dayton A. lost 108-152 to the higher-ranked Quebec K. (13-7).Milum has a very solid season. In 21 games in PBL he scored 14.1ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and FGP: 59.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elvin Mims (196-G/F-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 27 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Yannick Anzuluni (205-G/F) of Quebec K. - 20 points and 18 rebounds
6. Everett Spencer (198-G/F-85) of Dayton A. - 30 points and 7 rebounds
7. Tayloe Taylor (191-G-86) of Dayton A. - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists
8. Trayvon Lathan (201-G-84) of Halifax R. - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Tommy Mitchell (191-G-82) of Quebec K. - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Philip Mickey Perry (188-G) of Dayton A. - 37 points and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)

Semifinals: RazorSharks vs Kebs Game 1 preview - Apr 1, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
A two-time PBL championship team will square off against a franchise making their first postseason appearance, as the Rochester Razorsharks and Quebec Kebs will battle in the best-of-three PBL semifinal.

Sporting a franchise-best 14-6 record, the Quebec Kebs have climbed from the ranks of 'also-ran' to a top contender.Head coach Rob Spon, who last made the PBL playoffs in 2009 as the head coach of the Manchster Millrats, has assembled a solid squad of PBL veterans and hungry new talent. The Kebs currently have the league's leading scorer in Quinnel Brown (6'6''-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) (21.20 ppg, 7.75 rpg) and speedy Royce Parran (5'9''-G-85, college: Chicago St.) (7.16 assist pg, 2.68 steals per game).

The Rochester Razorsharks, led by head coach Rod Baker, are looking to reach the PBL finals for the fourth consecutive season. PBL veteran three-point shooter Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia) (15.32 ppg) and Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) (14.30 ppg), along with the acquisition of Mike Williams (9.17 rpg since joining the Sharks) and the signing of Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) (14.69 ppg), have turned the Sharks' season around from a 2-6 start, to winning 10 of their last 12 games.

Game one of the three-game series will be played on April 2 at 2:05 p.m. in Rochester, at the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community war Memorial.\\Game 2 will take place on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Quebec at Pavillon de lducation physique et des sports de lUniversit Laval (PEPS at Laval University). Game 3, if necessary, will take place on April 8.

This will be the second matchup between coaches Rod Baker and Rob Spon; both men faced each other in the 2008-09 PBL semifinals, in which Baker's Razorsharks defeated Spon's Millrats two games to one.

The winner of this series will face either the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry or Halifax Rainmen in the PBL Finals.

Courtesy of PBL

Durbansandshark
15-04-2011, 04:09 AM
Thomas's big night helps Rainmen clinch - Apr 1, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Deandre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris) has powered the Halifax Rainmen into the Premier Basketball League playoffs.

With both teams needing a win to clinch a post-season berth, the six-foot-eight, 295-pound centre was a beast in the paint, scoring 12 of Halifaxs final 21 points in an 85-79 overtime triumph over the Saint John Mill Rats Thursday night at the Metro Centre.

Thomas, who had a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds, said he got a pep talk from point guard Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) before his dominating 12-point run started with 4:01 left in regulation.

'Taliek told me, We're going to give you the ball no matter what happens, and that was all she wrote', said Thomas. 'I just had to turn it on and show I was the best player on the court.'

It's Thomas's second tour of duty with the Rainmen. He barely saw the floor last season, and started this season with the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry before being released in early March.

But hes 30 pounds lighter than last season and is giving the Rainmen production from a position that has long been their Achilles heel.

Big Dres a force down there When hes ready to play and do the things he can do, no one can guard him, said teammate Desmond Ferguson, who had a pair of clutch buckets in overtime. Hes big, hes agile, he can shoot, he gets and-ones, and he was huge for us.

The Rainmen had lost eight of their past 11 games coming into Thursdays game but finished the season 10-10.

They open the best-of-three semifinals against Thomas's former team, the Cavalry, on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Metro Centre. The Cavalry, 18-2, swept the Rainmen in last years semifinals and went on to win the PBL title.

We wouldnt have it any other way than to go through them, Ferguson said. They put us out last year and well try to get this first home game on Saturday.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca

emifinals: Rochester RazorSharks and Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry grab 1-0 lead against their rivals - Apr 3, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Rochester R. - Quebec K. 114-110 OT (1-0)
It was a tale of two halves on Saturday for the Rochester RazorSharks. Lucky for them, they came out on the winning side. After leading by 16 at halftime, Rochester saw its double-digit lead evaporate in the second half and it took overtime for the RazorSharks to defeat the Quebec Kebs 114-110 in the first round of the PBL playoffs at the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial. 'It's not necessarily the way we wanted it, but as I told the guys I would rather be us than them,' head coach Rod Baker said. The Kebs started the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to take their first lead, 82-80, since the opening moments of the game. Trailing by nine with three minutes left, the RazorSharks responded with an 8-0 run that was capped by a Keith Friel 3-pointer with 1:01 left. Kebs' point guard Royce Parran (5'9''-G-85, college: Chicago St.) came right back and hit a controversial jumper that was ultimately ruled a 2-pointer to make it 104-101. Quebec head coach Rob Spon argued that it was a 3, but the officials didn't review the play. Mike Williams (6'7''-F-85, college: Cincinnati) hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 12 seconds, which included the two tying points with six seconds left to send the game to extra minutes. 'I just blocked everything out and I focused on making them,' said Williams, who finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga), who scored a team-high 24 points, hit the winning basket in overtime with 14 seconds left. But it was a steal by Crouch in the final seconds that sealed the game. 'Fred (Durr) was pressuring the ball and made his guy make a tough play, and I ended up coming up with the steal,' Crouch said. The RazorSharks (13-8) finished the game 42 of 54 from the free-throw line, which included going 27 of 35 in the second half. Crouch and Williams led the way going 25 of 32 and Eric Walton (6'9''-F/C-79, college: San Jose St.) was a perfect 8-for-8. Louie McCroskey (6'5''-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Marist) finished with a game-high 30 points and Parran added 25 points and 10 assists for Quebec (14-7). Crouch, a PBL playoff veteran, knows the team better come ready to play in Game 2. 'They're (Quebec) pretty mad right now and they probably feel like the game got stolen from them. We have to come with same energy we had in the first half today for a full 48 minutes.' Rochester will hit the road to Quebec for Game 2 of the best-of-three series at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. *Courtesy of www.democratandchronicle.com

Halifax R. - Lawton Ft.SC 92-93 OT (0-1)
A despondent group of Halifax Rainmen couldn't mask their disappointment after a gut-wrenching 93-92 overtime loss to the heavily favoured Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry on Saturday in the opener of their Premier Basketball League semifinal series. At the Metro Centre, the Rainmen trailed for only about three minutes of regulation time but the Cavalry scored the last two hoops of the fourth quarter to force an extra period and then converted the winning basket after guard Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) had put the hosts in front with less than 10 seconds remaining. 'We thought we won it,' said a glum Marshall Brown (6'7''-F-85, college: Missouri), who scored a dozen points. 'We got a good look, we got the shot to win the game, it just boiled down to . . . when we needed a (defensive) stop the most, we didn't get it.' The loss was doubly hard to stomach considering the task that now awaits the Rainmen. They have to win the next two games in the best-of-three series at Great Plains Coliseum, where the Cavalry have never lost in their two seasons in the PBL. Veteran forward Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.), who had six points and hauled down 11 rebounds, conceded that's a tall order for any team. 'It just sucks that we couldn't win this game and go steal one in Oklahoma,' Crookshank said, praising his team's effort but bemoaning its failure once again to close out a tight game. 'Now our chances are really slim going out there and trying to win two. They're a great team at home. . . . We gotta bring our best effort, best foot forward.' After staggering down the stretch and only clinching a playoff berth on the final night of the regular season, the 10-10 Rainmen were decided underdogs against the defending league champions (18-2). But they had plenty of fight left in reserve for the powerful Cavalry. After Brandon Dean (6'2''-G-79, college: Arkansas) 's trey gave Lawton-Fort Sill an early 5-2 edge, the Rainmen answered with an 8-0 run to claim a lead they'd relinquish only once more in regulation time, for one possession midway through the third quarter. Halifax was ahead by three, 18-15, after the first quarter, went into halftime up 43-39 and completed the third period with a five-point bulge on Desmond Ferguson's three-pointer in the final seconds that staked the upset-minded Rainmen to a 70-65 lead. In the fourth, Halifax quickly widened the spread to eight points. The Cavalry, though, chipped away and knotted the score at 76-76 by holding the Rainmen without a point for a stretch of more than six minutes. Josh Dollard, back after missing five games with a torn calf muscle, restored Halifax's lead on a rare four-point play, converting a free throw after he was fouled while burying a trey, and the Rainmen carried an 84-80 edge into the final minute. But Shaun Fountain nailed consecutive shots, the second after Dean won a crucial jump ball in Halifax's end, and Taliek Brown couldn't convert a last-second shot, sending the game into overtime tied 84-84. Fountain gave Lawton-Fort Sill the advantage on a three-pointer at 2:30 of overtime that was the first basket for either team in the extra period. The clubs traded two-point shots into the final minute before a Cavalry turnover handed Halifax the ball down 91-90 with 22 seconds to go. After a couple of clock stoppages, Taliek Brown sent the Metro Centre audience of 2,089 into a frenzy when he slashed in for a score with under 10 seconds to go. But the deafening roar was replaced by a stunned silence when the Cavalry raced the length of the court and Gabe Freeman dropped the winning deuce with under two seconds remaining. 'It's hard,' said Dollard, trying to find the right words. 'When you play so hard, you make the right plays, you shot the ball well, rebounded the ball well, played excellent defence and it came down to that one play. That's a heartbreaker, especially here at home.' DeAndre Thomas topped the Rainmen with 17 points - 15 of them in the first half - and 12 rebounds while Taliek Brown and Dollard had 16 each. Jamel White added 11 and Ferguson 10. Freeman paced the visitors with 16 and Fountain finished with 15. Game 2 in the series is Wednesday night in Lawton. Game 3, if necessary, is Friday night. 'They haven't lost down there in a couple of years so it'll be tough but we definitely think we can do it,' Marshall Brown said. Dollard said the Rainmen have to turn the page on Saturday's demoralizing loss. 'We made a couple mistakes down the stretch, had a stretch where we couldn't really score but I think overall we fought down to the end and unfortunately we didn't come out with the win,' he said. 'We just gotta keep our confidence, go in there with our heads held high and show 'em that we got something to prove and they can be beat.' *Courtesy of www.thechronicleherald.ca

Durbansandshark
15-04-2011, 04:12 AM
Mill Rats Inaugural Season in Saint John Ends - Apr 4, 2011 (by Karol )
The Saint John Mill Rats inaugural season in Saint John came to an end Thursday night at the hands of their arch rivals, the Halifax Rainmen, 85-79 in overtime. But they did not go down without a fight!

The Mill Rats suffered a severe blow when their leading scorer, Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts), went down with a torn achilles tendon after the first quarter.

Saint John was able to rally from 7 points down to grab a 39-33 halftime lead.

'The guys fought and clawed and scrapped their way the whole game,' stated Mill Rats General Manager Ian McCarthy. 'The effort was outstanding.'

Saint John held a tenuous 65-60 lead late in the fourth before the Rainmen rallied to take a 71-69 lead with 16 seconds remaining. Dwuan Rice drew a foul and calmly sank both free throws to force overtime. However in the overtime period, Halifax big man Deandre Thomas scored 7 points and former Mill Rat Desmond Ferguson hit a critical three pointer down the stretch to seal it for the Rainmen.

Saint John was led by Marc Egerson (6'6''-G-86, college: Delaware) with 26 points and Steve DeLuca (6'6''-F, college: Brandeis) 15. Halifax got 20 from Thomas and 14 from Ferguson.

The Rainmen will now prepare for a playoff matchup with #1 ranked Lawton-Fort Sill on Saturday. The Mill Rats will now focus on the off season and preparing for season number two.

'We want to thank our tremendous fans and sponsors and the City of Saint John for the incredible first season here and all of the great support,' stated Mill Rats Vice President of Marketing David Cooper.

Quebec Kebs defeat short-handed Rochester RazorSharks - Apr 7, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
With two players stranded at the Canadian border, the short-handed Rochester RazorSharks dropped a 98-88 decision to the Quebec Kebs Wednesday in Game 2 of their Premier Basketball League semifinal series.

Rochester was forced to play without Jerice Crouch and forward Sammy Monroe after they were not allowed to cross the border due to passport issues.

The series is tied at 1-1 with the deciding game at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Quebec.

Rochester held a 52-48 lead at halftime. The teams traded baskets to start the second, but Quebec seized control with a 10-1 run to open the fourth quarter.

The RazorSharks were forced to play just eight players as only 10 players are allowed on the game-day roster. The Sharks converted 2 of 19 attempts from 3-point range.
Rochester's Mike Williams (6'7''-F-85, college: Cincinnati) scored a team-high 11 points in the first half and finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Starting in place of Crouch, Wilson grad Melvin Council (6'3''-G, college: Robert Morris) had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in the first half. He finished with 14 points.

Rochester made 19 of 20 free-throw attempts in the first half, but only 13 of 22 in the second.

Tommy Mitchell (6'3''-G-82, college: Siena) led the Kebs with 22 points.

Courtesy of www.democratandchronicle.com

Rainmen shock Cavalry, force Game 3 - Apr 7, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
It turns out the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry arent invincible at home after all.

The Halifax Rainmen shocked the defending Premier Basketball League champions 91-81 on Wednesday night to send their semifinal series to a decisive third game and hand the Cavalry their first loss in more than two seasons at Great Plains Coliseum.

Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken) led the Rainmen with 21 points, while Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) had 17 and Deandre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris) 14. Trayvon Lathan scored 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds and Jamel White had 10 points.

Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) topped Lawton-Fort Sill with 25 and Shaun Fountain (5'11''-G-78, agency: Duran International, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) dropped 17.

After a demoralizing overtime loss to the Cavalry in the opener Saturday, it appeared the Rainmen were living on borrowed time heading into an arena where no visitor had won since the home team was a member of the Continental Basketball Association.

But the Rainmen didnt just snap the Cavs 33-game streak, they all but obliterated it, scoring the first 10 points of the game and racing out to a 28-point lead at one point in the third quarter.

Halifax carried a 28-12 advantage into the second quarter, holding the Cavs to their lowest offensive output in a quarter this season.

Taking a page out of the Cavalry playbook in the opening period, the Rainmen set the tone for the night by outhustling and outrebounding their hosts while driving to the hoop at every opportunity. The strategy paid off as the Rainmen did most of their damage from the charity stripe, converting 12 of 15 free throws while limiting the Cavs to only a pair of foul shots.

In the opening minute of the second quarter, Desmond Ferguson buried a quick three to push Halifax out front by a 31-12 margin.

An 11-2 run helped the Cavs get back into the game and the hosts had cut the deficit to seven points when Whites rainbow from just over halfcourt banked in at the buzzer to send the Rainmen into the locker-room up 46-36.

Maligned at times in this roller-coaster campaign for their inability to deliver the knockout punch to reeling opponents, the visitors didnt let up. They started the third period on a 17-5 spurt and a Dollard hoop in the paint opened up a 28-point lead. They ended the quarter up 77-57.

Halifax lost the opener 93-92 in overtime when the Cavalry drove the length of the court and Gabe Freeman scored the winning hoop with time running out after Brown had given the Rainmen a one-point lead with under 10 seconds to go.

Game 3 in the series goes Friday night in Lawton. The winner advances to meet either the Rochester RazorSharks or Quebec Kebs, who are tied 1-1 in their semifinal series.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca

Crouch, Monroe will miss Rochester RazorSharks playoff game - Apr 9, 2011 (by Allen White)
The Rochester RazorSharks will play the deciding game of a Premier Basketball League playoff series tonight in Quebec minus starting point guard Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) and forward Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry), two of their best players.

The duo missed Wednesday night's 98-88 loss in Quebec, which tied the best-of-three series, due to passport issues and they're not expected in Quebec for tonight's game.

'There's nothing we can do about it,' RazorSharks part owner Orest Hrywnak said Thursday. 'We tried everything. We talked to our lawyers ... the league office got involved ... and we even tried to contact the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.'

The problem began at the border Tuesday when authorities decided to search the team bus. Crouch and Monroe weren't allowed to enter Canada due to unspecified passport issues. They took Crouch and Monroe to Watertown, Jefferson County, where Crouch's father, who lives in Syracuse, picked up the two disappointed players.

'We never were told specifically what the problem was,' Hrywnak added. 'It also was frustrating because our league has three Canadian teams and we had no problems whatsoever all season crossing the border until Tuesday.'

Rochester will have eight players for tonight. 'We still can win,' Hrywnak said. 'I'm confident that coach (Rod Baker will come up with an effective game plan.'

Durbansandshark
15-04-2011, 04:13 AM
Mill Rats to Host Sendai Japan All Stars April 24th to Benefit Tsunami Relief - Apr 12, 2011 (by Greg )
(April 11, 2011 Saint John, N.B.): Bill Miller described it as a brotherhood - a worldwide bond within the basketball community.

It's this connection, held together by friendship and email, that has led to a group of professional Japanese basketball players coming to New Brunswick this month to play an exhibition game to raise money for their disaster-ravaged homeland.

The Saint John Mill Rats of the Premier Basketball League have scheduled a game versus a Japanese all-star team for Sunday, April 24 in Saint John at the 6,600-seat Harbour Station. Partial proceeds are to be spent helping those in need in the aftermath of a March 11 earthquake that struck about 370 kilometres northeast of Tokyo.

The winding road that will lead the Japanese all-stars to Saint John began with Miller in Franklin, N.H., the home of the 1999 New Hampshire Thunder Loons.

That United States Basketball League team featured a Japanese player by the name of Osamu Abe. While Abe never fulfilled his NBA aspirations, he and Miller continued to stay in touch when the 6-foot-8 forward returned to Japan to play professionally.

It was in the early days following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that Abe sent an email seeking help for the people of the Sendai region.

A city of one million people located on the northeast coast of Japan, Sendai and the surrounding area suffered catastrophic damage from the tsunami. They were hit again Thursday with a magnitude 7.4 aftershock.

Moved by his friend's plea and eager to return the generosity extended to his college and professional teams during trips to Japan, Miller sent out a wider appeal.

'Abe actually contacted me and said, 'Bill, my whole village got wiped out,'?' Miller said this week from his office in Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, N.H., where he coaches.

'Because Abe lived, physically lived with my family when we ran this pro team, he got to know me, trust me over the two years and he felt he could reach out and ask me for help.'

One of the people Miller immediately contacted was Ian McCarthy, president and general manager of the Mill Rats. In 2006, McCarthy hosted a scrimmage with the Hamamatsu University team during his days with the Cape Cod Frenzy of the American Basketball Association. Two years later he took on an aspiring Japanese coach, Kohei Etoh, as an assistant with the Manchester Millrats of the PBL.

'A couple of weeks ago they (Miller) sent out an email blast saying, 'to all people who have worked with the Japanese league or helped out before is there any way you can think of to help raise money?',' McCarthy said.

'That's when I emailed back saying we could host a game.'

The contest will feature the majority of the Mill Rats lineup. Players from the Japanese pro leagues will provide the opposition. Abe is expected to be among them, as is the man known as Japan's Mr. Basketball, Kenichi Sako. A three-time MVP during his 18 seasons in the Japan Basketball League, Sako will most likely play his last pro game in Saint John.

'This will be a highlight game for Sako because he will retire right after,' Masaki Hitosugi, a businessman and educator helping to make the North American visit happen, said from Japan.

'Afterward he will make his appeal. The sun will rise in the east again, because Sendai is on the east of Japan.'

Hitosugi, who was also instrumental in Etoh becoming a Millrats' assistant coach, was in Tokyo this week recruiting pro players for the tour. He hopes to have eight players make the trip.

It's hoped the all-star team will arrive in Saint John April 22 and spend at least three days in the city. 'Ian told us, and we had people around here tell us, that the people of Saint John are really empathetic and they hosted people after 9-11,' Miller said. 'So you know, we love Canada and they love us so it was like, wait a minute now we're a global neighbour. Ian stepped up and you guys stepped up and that's pretty impressive.

'Can you imagine how beautiful it will be to use sports as a catalyst to help out and to deliver the message that we're all global neighbours? Hey, basketball's a universal game.'
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The Saint John Mill Rats are hosting a Japanese all-star team in an exhibition game for disaster relief.
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2011
Game time: 2 p.m.
Location: Harbour Station, Saint John
Teams: The Saint John Mill Rats vs. Japanese All-Stars
Tickets: Tickets are to go on sale at the Harbour Station Box Office, 506-632-6103, Saturday at 10 a.m. or online at www.harbourstation.ca
Ticket prices: $25 for courtside and $15 for bowl seats.

For more information please feel free to contact Mill Rats GM Ian McCarthy at hoops@millratsbasketball.ca or visit www.millratsbasketball.ca or www.thepbl.com.

RazorSharks Advance to PBL Finals - Apr 12, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Melvin Council (6'3''-G, college: Robert Morris) scored 36 points and went 17 of 18 from the free-throw line to lift the visiting Rochester RazorSharks to a 129-122 win over Quebec Kebs Friday in Game 3 of the Premier Basketball League semifinals.

Rochester, which had seven players score in double figures, advances to the finals for the fourth consecutive season and will play defending champion Lawton-Fort Sill, which won 102-92 over Halifax.

'I just kept my cool,' said Council, who played a season-high 42 minutes. 'I took rest when I needed to and let the game come to me. The rest of my teammates backed me up.'

Rochester was forced to play without starting point guard Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) and sixth man Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) as they were not allowed over the Canadian border due to passport issues Wednesday.

'It just felt like I had to do a better job of managing minutes than I did the game before,' Rochester coach Rod Baker said. 'Guys played less consecutive minutes tonight and we had to do a better job of taking the ball to the rim. We accomplished that tonight.'

Council scored 11 points in the first quarter to power the RazorSharks to a 33-27 lead.

Quebec opened the second quarter with a 16-4 run to take 43-39 lead, but Rochester answered with a 27-13 burst to take a 66-56 lead with two minutes left.

Rochester led 70-63 at halftime. The Kebs picked up three first-half technical fouls, including two by guard Erick Barkley (6'1''-G-78, college: St.John's), who was ejected.

The Kebs were whistled for two other technical fouls late and the referees called the game with nine seconds left due to unruly fans.

Rochester made 57 of 71 free throws and Quebec made 21 of its 25 attempts.

Royce Parran and Tommy Mitchell scored 25 points for Quebec.

Courtesy of www.razorsharks.com

Durbansandshark
15-04-2011, 04:14 AM
Cavalry down Rainmen in decisive Game 3 - Apr 12, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
There was no quit in the Halifax Rainmen.

Missing their top scorer and essentially using only seven players, the underdog Rainmen extended the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry to the limit in a thrilling Premier Basketball League playoff contest Friday night before falling 102-92 to the defending champions in the third and deciding game of their best-of-three semifinal.

The win vaulted the Cavalry into the PBL championship series against the Rochester RazorSharks and relegated the plucky Rainmen to the sidelines for the rest of the 2010-11 campaign.

At Cameron University, the short-handed Rainmen carried a one-point edge into the fourth quarter in a game that featured at least 21 lead changes and appeared on the verge of a huge playoff upset. But the Cavalry outscored their weary guests 21-10 over the final seven minutes to secure the victory and end Halifaxs Cinderella run.

'They fought,' Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said of his players. 'Were extremely proud of them. We were short-handed. No excuses, though. Oklahoma played a great game tonight, as we knew they would, and we just came out on the short end of the stick. But our guys . . . gave a giant effort.'

Deandre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris) led Halifax with 23 points against his former team. Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan Univ.) added 17, Marshall Brown (6'7''-F-85, college: Missouri) had 16 and Taliek Brown, Eric Crookshank and Jamel White had 12 each.

Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) topped the Cavalry with 22 points.

The Rainmen, who slipped into the playoffs with a 10-10 record, werent expected to offer up much opposition against the Cavalry, the top team in the regular season with an 18-2 mark for the second year in a row.

But Halifax extended Lawton-Fort Sill to overtime in the series opener at the Metro Centre on April 2 and then stunned the Cavalry 91-81 on Wednesday night at Great Plains Coliseum to snap their impressive 33-game home winning streak that dated back more than two years.

That victory, the first in franchise history in the post-season, came at a cost to the Rainmen, though. Leading scorer Josh Dollard, whod returned for the playoffs after missing five games with a torn calf muscle, aggravated the injury two minutes into the fourth quarter and wasnt able to play Friday.

The Rainmen, who scored the first 10 points and never trailed Wednesday night, got off to another good start Friday, opening up a 19-12 lead and carrying a slim 23-21 edge into the second quarter. Halifax went to the locker-room at halftime up 53-52 and wiped out an eight-point deficit in the third quarter with a strong finish to go into the fourth quarter clinging to a one-point advantage.

Last season, the Rainmen were swept by the Cavalry in the semifinals, losing the opener 108-104 at the Metro Centre before falling 135-104 in Game 2 at Lawton.

In the other semifinal series, the RazorSharks downed the Quebec Kebs 129-122 in Game 3 on Friday night in Quebec City to advance to the best-of-three final.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca

Rochester getting ready now - Apr 14, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Rochester's fourth consecutive appearance in the Premier Basketball League finals begins at the War Memorial on Friday. But RazorShark coach Rod Baker has his guys actively preparing for the series already.

After Friday's game, the team plays Sunday and Monday (if necessary) in Oklahoma, against the defending PBL champion Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry. That amounts to the possibility of three games in four nights. So on Tuesday, the coach instructed his guys to start taking better care of themselves.

'The body is very adaptive,' says Baker. 'It'll do what you ask it to do if you give it a chance. You can't ask your body to deal with being in a stressful situation without preparing it.'

That means, among other things, smaller but more frequent meals, no soda and lots of water.

'You can't start hydrating your body mid game on Friday, much less when we get down there. We have to start doing all the extra stuff now, so that when we get there, it's no big deal.'

Rochester prides itself on superior conditioning. Baker disperses his minutes through his ten man roster. He doesn't see that as an advantage this week though because he says, the Cavalry do the same thing.

'Both these teams have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. We do what we do, they do what they do. You have to hope that you find eight quarters where what you do is better than what they do. Then you have a chance.'

Coach is on his own health kick. Baker recently eliminated sugar and white flour from his diet.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Durbansandshark
15-04-2011, 04:17 AM
Southeast Texas Mavericks leave the ABA - Apr 11, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The two time defending ABA National Champion Southeast Texas Mavericks announced today that they will be leaving the American Basketball Association immediately.
The Mavericks have dominated the ABA for the three seasons they have been a member of the League. The Mavericks have won three Division Championships, 30 straight Regular Season Games (a league record), been ranked #1 in National ABA Power Ranking for 33 straight regular season weeks (a league record), and recently won Back to Back National Championships.

'It has just become apparent to us that we need to be in a Pro Basketball League that gives us a greater challenge on a consistent basis' states Mavericks general manager/head coach Steve Tucker.

The Mavericks will contact the NBA D League Office in New York to begin the process of becoming a member of the NBA's Developmental League.
The easiest way for this to happen in a timely fashion may be to purchase an existing D League franchise. Three D League franchises are for sale at this time in the sixteen team professional basketball league. One thing that should be appealing to the NBA D League is that the Mavericks own their own facility with their Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Complex in Winnie, TX. The NBA D League will tip-off the 2011-12 season in November.

Prospect Profile: Kayode Ayeni - Apr 12, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)
Prospects are not only relevant in Portsmouth or at the NBA Pre-Draft camp. Prospects can be players who are continually developing their skills even after leaving college. A shining example of this is first year guard/forward Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY) out of St. Francis (NY). Ayeni just completed his first professional season as a member of the Jersey Express of the American Basketball Association. The ABA, in its rejuvenated form since 2000, has provided opportunities to hundreds of players over the last decade, spring boarding some to the NBA (Matt Barnes of the LA Lakers), and many to lucrative careers overseas. At 6-5 with an impressive frame, Ayeni possesses the physical tools front office personnel desire with continuously improving skill-set both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

USBASKET: How would you describe your first professional season as a member of the Jersey Express?

AYENI: It was a great learning experience, because we constantly played against good competition even when we traveled to and played in China. Also, I had great teammates and we all got along on and off the court.

USBASKET: There were highs (All-Star Game MVP) and lows (schedule problems, organizational). What was the strangest or most unexpected thing that happened this season?

AYENI: Yeah, receiving the All-Star Game MVP was a high point this season for me because it was a result of all the hard work I put in at the gym constantly trying to improve. The strangest thing this season was the fact that even though we had scheduling problems we still made the playoffs, but didn't get to participate in it.

USBASKET: After finishing at St. Francis, you played in the Eurobasket Summer League in New York. What was that like? How did it help you in preparation for this season?

AYENI: It was another learning experience. We lost our first game because no one on the team got along, we didn't know each others games, but we all learned about each other and adjusted quickly and won the rest of our games. So it helped me learn how to adjust on the fly, not only to the game but with my teammates.

USBASKET: The ACL injury in your Junior year. You were having a tremendous start to the season, All-Conference quality (10 games: 13.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7bpg), and then to go down. Mentally and physically, how did you deal with it?

AYENI: At first it was very difficult mentally and physically, but after some time passed my focus changed because I wanted to come back better and stronger. I also had an excellent training group at St. Francis, so that made the process easier to handle. Today I think because I tore my ACL I am a much better and smarter player.

USBASKET: Going back to your game and how you play. Small forward or shooting guard, which do you prefer? Does it matter to you?

AYENI: I feel very comfortable playing both positions, even some point if needed. So, whatever the coach needs I'm ready to play.

USBASKET: You showed a great knack for rebounding this season (10rpg). At 6-5 this is quite a feat. What traits do you think make someone a good rebounder?

AYENI: Good timing and good positioning are important traits when it comes to rebounding. I learned that from Charles Barkley and I take lessons from Kevin Love today, you don't need to be the highest jumper in the gym to grab every rebound; it takes good positioning and good timing. Although, it does help that I am also very athletic.

USBASKET: Obviously at over 20 points a game, you can score as well. Describe your game offensively. What are some of your strengths? What do you need to improve?

AYENI: My greatest strengths are my ability to drive and create for myself and others as well as offensive rebounding. I'm also very comfortable in my three-point and mid range game along with posting up. Two things which I am constantly working on are my dribbling skills as well as my strength.

USBASKET: The ABA season is over, what is next for you in your career progression? More summer leagues?

AYENI: Right now I'm in the gym trying to get better and waiting for an opportunity to play either overseas, in the D-League or in the NBA.

You can check out game and highlight film of Kay Ayeni here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zC5VDjTHbM&feature=youtube_gdata_player
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUIBsQYWM40&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Players wanted for 3 different teams in North Carolina - Apr 12, 2011 (by Bruno Baltazar)
PLAYERS WANTED FOR 3 NEW ABA TEAMS IN NORTH CAROLINA.
THE ADD SAYS THAT PLAYERS INTERESTED CAN SIGN UP TODAY FOR CAROLINA CATS TRYOUT CAMP MAY 21ST AT NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY.CAMP STARTS AT 1-6PM.REGISTRATION IS $125.00 AND $150.00 AT THE DAY OF SIGN UP.THE LOCATION ADDRESS IS NCCU CAMPUS AT THE MCDOUGALD/MCCLENDAN GYM 616 E. LAWSON ST. DURHAM,NC. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT CEO/PRESIDENT TOMMY STEVENSON AT 910-494-2245 OR ASST. GM/HEAD COACH Johnny Tyson (210-F/C-71, college: Cent.Oklahoma) AT 832-203-9644

Durbansandshark
15-04-2011, 04:19 AM
Soul to make official launch - Apr 13, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Nashville Soul is proud to announce its entry into the American Basketball Association (ABA) beginning with the upcoming 2011-2012 season. The Soul will kick things off with a Soul Legends Luncheon to be held at the teams practice facility on Friday, April 29.
In addition to exciting news about the Souls plans for the upcoming season and beyond, attendees will have the pleasure of inter-acting with Jimmy King (6'5''-G-73, college: Michigan), a member of Michigans famed Fab Five. Mr. King will share his experiences of being a member of one of the best recruiting classes college basketball has ever seen. Hell also discuss the recent ESPN documentary. This is an event that no hardcore basketball fan will want to miss.

The event will be held at Ultimate Sports Basketball Academy (USBA) which is located at 1850-B General George Patton Drive in Franklin, TN and is home to the Souls team operations.

The Nashville Soul is owned by John Rowe and Angi Rowe. John will serve as the teams President and General Manager and oversee most team operations. Angi will carry the title of Vice President and handle most of the teams merchandising as well as be heavily involved with the community relations efforts and non-profit involvement.

Many of the teams plans for home game venues, tryouts, personnel, and much more will be unveiled at this event. While this will be the official launch, John Rowe has been visiting college campuses, local businesses, and youth sports programs and reaching out to all for their involvement in this exciting new sports opportunity for Middle Tennessee. Some fans and media will remember some past attempts to place ABA teams in Music City. The Nashville Broncs and Music City Stars each failed to survive more than one season despite being very successful on the court. The past ABA attempts failed here not because the city doesn't like basketball, Nashville is an awesome basketball city! They failed because they did not show enough interest in the community. People want to feel a connection with their teams. But were not going to sit back and tell you how were going to be different, were go-ing to show people why we are different and trust me when I say fans will fall in love with the way we run this team.

Local businesses, members of the media, and sports fans in general are encouraged to attend this event and get involved with the Nashville Soul. Tickets to the event are $35 and include lunch by Whitts Barbeque, a 2011 partner of the Soul. Call 865-389-2115 or visit www.soulhoops.com for tickets and details on other upcoming events.

Mako's moving to Johnson City, Tennessee - Apr 13, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The American Basketball Association announced that it has approved the move of the Florida Mako's to Johnson City, Tennessee for next season. 'Patrick Grayson (6'0''-G-82, college: E.Tenn.St.),, the owner, is from that area and has wanted to have a team there for a long time,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'We felt that the move would be good for both Patrick and the league.'

The name of the team will be the Johnson City Mad Hatters. 'I'm very excited to be 'going home,' added Grayson. 'We've received tremendous support from the community and are looking forward to competing with teams in Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. I know we will be very competitive.

For more information, email onpointbasketballdevelopment@gmail.com or visit www.abalive.com

Durbansandshark
22-04-2011, 12:22 PM
What we are seeing right now in the Premier Basketball League is an outright and colossal breakdown of the league. But just read on, and I'll get my thoughts on that next week. Happy Easter!

PBL Finals set to begin - Apr 15, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Game Day 24 / PBL Finals

Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry at Rochester RazorSharks

Rochester Community War Memorial

Friday April 15, 2011 at 7:35pm

The Matchup: This is the first of a best-of-three game series for the fourth Premier Basketball League championship. It pits the regular season and defending champion Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry against the former two time champion Rochester RazorSharks. The series concludes with one or two games in Oklahoma Sunday and Monday nights.

The RazorSharks (14-9) got to their fourth consecutive championship series with a hard-fought three game semifinal series win over the Quebec Kebs. Playing with just eight, point guard Melvin Council played a career game scoring 36 points on 9 for 11 shooting from the floor and 17 of 18 from the foul line in Rochester's 129-122 win in the decisive contest.

Forward Mike Williams (6'7''-F-85, college: Cincinnati) has been the Sharks most consistent player. Williams scored 19-20-17 in the three game series with Quebec. He rebounded 12-11-11. Over his last seven games Williams has a 15.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game average.

Starting point guard Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) and forward Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) return to action after missing the two playoff games in Quebec.

Rochester lost three of four games with the Cavalry this season. 99-86 loss at Lawton February 5; 102-98 loss in overtime in Rochester February 21; 93-91 win at Rochester on the Jerice Crouch to Eric Walton half court inbounds ally oop March 6; 85-80 loss at Lawton March 18.

The RazorSharks are 2-7 overall against the Cavalry. They are 0-6 in Oklahoma.

The Cavalry (20-3) defeated the Halifax Rainmen in the PBL semifinals to advance to the championship series. Lawton was pressed in that series, winning the first game in Halifax in overtime before losing game two by ten on its home court. After trailing at the half in game three, the Cavalry prevailed over the Rainmen 102-92 in the decisive third game.

Lawton has won championships in all three of its years in that city. The Cavalry won two titles in the Continental Basketball Association before moving to the Premier League in 2010. Lawton won the PBL last year crown in a three game series over Rochester.

Forward Gabe Freeman joined the Cavalry in mid March and played in just six regular season games. He has been Lawton's best player in the playoffs averaging 16.7points, second on the team to guard Eddie Smith who averaged 17.7. Freeman rebounded 33 in the three game series.

Of note: The Cavalry saw their 34 game home court winning streak snapped by Halifax in the semifinals last week.

Of note: Rochester has won 12 of 15 games since a 2-6 start to the 2011 PBL season.

Of note: The game will be televised on tape delay to the People's Republic of China and a potential audience of 100 million people. A Chinese broadcast crew is at tonight's game to record the sound track. The PBL recently completed negotiations on a contract to have 2012 games televised in China.

Quotable: Rochester coach Rod Baker, 'Both these teams have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. We do what we do, they do what they do. You have to hope that you find eight quarters where what you do is better than what they do. Then you have a chance.'

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Razorsharks lose Game 2 of PBL Finals, series tied at 1-1 - Apr 18, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry forced a decisive game three in the Premier Basketball League championship series with a hard fought 96-89 win over Rochester Sunday night in Oklahoma. Game 3 will be played at the Great Plains Coliseum Monday night.

Rochester began the game jittery, committing six quick turnovers that led to a 14-4 Lawton lead. The Sharks spent the rest of the night playing from behind. The defending PBL champion Cavs led by five at the quarter and five at the half.

After trailing in the final quarter by as many as seven, Rochester finally pulled even on a pair of Jared Carter (7'1''-C-87, college: Kentucky) free throws at 85-85 with 4:54 left. And again on a couple of Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) free throws at 89-89 with 3:21 left. Those were the last points scored by the RazorSharks.

They went the final 3:21 without a point; the final 5:18 without scoring a basket. Lawton got the last seven points of the contest to wrap up the win.

Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) had the big game scoring 15 points with 15 rebounds. DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton) was high man with 18.

Eric Walton (6'9''-F/C-79, college: San Jose St.) led the Sharks with 18 points.

Courtesy of www.whec.com

Halifax Rainmen exit Premier Basketball League - Apr 19, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
On Monday night, Halifax Rainmen joined the Saint John Mill Rats in exiting the Premier Basketball League (PBL), effective immediately.

The decision to withdraw from the league was made upon the Rochester RazorSharks being crowned as PBL champions over the Lawton Fort-Sill Cavalry. The Rochester RazorSharks are owned by Dr. Severko Hrywnak, who is also the owner of the PBL.

After watching the final playoff series and analyzing the statistics, I have decided to withdraw the Halifax Rainmen from the Premier Basketball League, said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston. 'I am appalled by the officiating that took place during the playoffs, and am ashamed of the PBL's operations this season. I want nothing but the best for our city, our fans, our sponsors, and our players, and I can say with confidence that the best is no longer found in the PBL.'

Mr. Levingston says that he does not and will not recognize the Rochester RazorSharks as this season's champions, and that the Lawton Fort-Sill Cavalry are most deserving of the title.

Over the next few weeks, Mr. Levingston will continue to examine his 2011-12 league options, but is adamant that there will be professional basketball in the city of Halifax next season.

'We are very optimistic and excited about the options we are currently weighing', he said. 'Our organization will always remain committed to providing Halifax with the most professional sporting and entertainment experience minor league basketball has to offer.'

Courtesy of www.rainmenbasketball.ca

Durbansandshark
22-04-2011, 12:24 PM
RazorSharks win PBL championship - Apr 19, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Rochester reclaimed the Premier Basketball League championship with an 87-84 victory at Lawton-Fort Sill in the decisive third game of the best-of-three championship series.

The RazorSharks dethroned the defending champion Cavalry with a late fourth quarter push by scoring nine of the game's last 13 points.

Keith Friel hit just one shot in nine on the night, but it was a big one. A three pointer to give Rochester an 81-80 lead it never relinquished with 2:40 left. Six free throws down the stretch sealed the victory.

Melvin Council (6'3''-G, college: Robert Morris) scored a team high 16 points including 14 of 15 from the foul line. Rochester used free throws to their advantage again. The Sharks were 32 of 43. Lawton shot 9 of 14 from the foul line.

The game was close throughout. Rochester owned a six point first quarter lead. The Cavs led by as many as seven in the third. The game was tied 66-66 heading into the final quarter. Lawton's Shawn Daniels (6'7''-C-79, college: Utah St.) scored 10 of his game high 20 points in the final quarter to keep the Cavs in it. Rochester scored just 33 second half points, but held Lawton to 30. Playing back to back nights it was a battle of attrition. The teams combined to shoot just 31% in the second half.

'It's always good,' said coach Rod Baker . 'Our guys fought hard, played hard. They played like champions.'

The 2011 PBL season didn't begin with Rochester looking like a championship team. The RazorSharks lost six of their first eight. But they persevered.

'At 2-6 we developed a certain resolve and it got us through situations like this,' said Baker. 'Sometimes you're good and you maintain. Sometimes you get better. We worked hard on getting rid of our shortcomings.'

One of those early shortcomings was free throw shooting. The Sharks won the 2011 championship at the free throw line. Throughout the postseason, Rochester's aggressive attack-the-basket style resulted in an imbalance in fouls called in their favor tahat didn't sit well with opposing teams. The RazorSharks left an arena full of unhappy Lawton fans claiming the refs were calling a one sided game.

'They aren't used to losing,' said Baker. 'It doesn't take anything away from what we accomplished.'

Rochester won the 2008 and 2009 PBL titles. Lawton won it last year. The RazorSharks win it back in 2011. In their six professional seasons of basketball, the Sharks have won four titles.

The champions return home on Tuesday with their arrival expected in the early evening. A reception is being planned with details to be announced.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Saint John Mill Rats disassociate from PBL - Apr 20, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The Saint John Mill Rats have decided it is in their best interest to disassociate themselves from the 'Premier' Basketball League (PBL) after three seasons, effective immediately.

'The manner in which the playoffs were handled was unconscionable and we want no part of it,' stated Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy. 'We do not recognize the Rochester RazorSharks as champions, nor do any of the other teams in the PBL I am sure.'

'We are more excited than ever about the future prospects for professional basketball in the City of Saint John next season,' stated Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy . 'We will be working hard in the coming days and weeks to decide our best options.'

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Quebec Kebs Leave The Pbl - Apr 20, 2011 (by Allen White)
Quebec City, Canada - April 20th 2011 - The Quebec Kebs announced today their decision to leave the Premier Basketball League (PBL) after 3 years of association. The decision was taken during a Board meeting of the Quebec Professional Basketball Club when all the teams, except the RazorSharks of Rochester, announced their departure in support to the protest against referee irregularities during the playoffs.

Taken into consideration that the Quebec Kebs were eliminated during the semifinals against the RazorSharks of Rochester succeed by a record of penalties given by the referees who were from the same region as their opponents. The controversial choice of referees was taken by the administrators PBL whose CEO is also the owner of the Rochester team.

'Given the obvious lack of ethics and integrity of the league in playoffs, we have no choice but to leave the league. This inconceivable situation could have possibly cost us a participation in the finals or maybe even the Championship, 'commented Kebs President, Mr. Conrad Bernier. The Quebec Kebs had an outstanding season in 2011 with 14 victories and 6 defeats, who was by far their best season ever. The Kebs would like to underline that even though the current situation, the PBL offered an excellent quality of players, coaches, and entertainment to all amateur basketball fans. The KEBS are confident of finding an alternative to PBL in the coming weeks, as they want to continue their mission in developing the sport in Quebec. 'We are sorry of our departure from the PBL, but we are working very hard to explore the best opportunities available to maintain a high level of professional basketball in the Quebec City region' commented Vincent Bernier, Vice-President of the Quebec Kebs. Please note that the league did not responded to the protest request on the irregularities highlighted by the Kebs. The Cavalry of Lawton-Fort Sill has also suffered the same fate as the Kebs given the same conditions of arbitration

Player of the Year: Quinnel Brown (6'6''-G/F-83) of Quebec K.
PBL Finals MVP: Jared Carter (7'1''-C-87) of Rochester R.
Guard of the Year: Quinnel Brown (6'6''-G/F-83) of Quebec K.
Forward of the Year: Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86) of Halifax R.
Center of the Year: Jared Carter (7'1''-C-87) of Rochester R.
Defensive Player of the Year: Jared Carter (7'1''-C-87) of Rochester R.
Coach of the Year: Rod Baker of Rochester R.

1st Team
G/F: Quinnel Brown (6'6''-83) of Quebec K.
G: Royce Parran (5'9''-85) of Quebec K.
G/F: Elvin Mims (6'5''-79) of Lawton Ft.SC
C: Jared Carter (7'1''-87) of Rochester R.
F: Joshua Dollard (6'8''-86) of Halifax R.

2nd Team
G: Eddie Smith (6'2''-83) of Lawton Ft.SC
G: Taliek Brown (6'1''-82) of Halifax R.
G: Anthony Anderson (5'11''-81) of Saint John M.R.
F: Kenny Jones (6'6''-84) of Kentucky S.
F: Mike Williams (6'7''-85) of Rochester R.

Honorable Mention
Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77) of Rochester R.
Marc Egerson (6'6''-G-86) of Saint John M.R.
Dwuan Rice (5'11''-G) of Saint John M.R.
Bo Harris (6'7''-F) of Kentucky S.
Eric Walton (6'9''-F/C-79) of Rochester R.

Durbansandshark
22-04-2011, 12:24 PM
Lawton-Fort Sill Cavs suspend operations - Apr 21, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
The Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry announced Wednesday that they are suspending operations following their second season in the Premier Basketball League.

On Tuesday the team said they were not returning to the PBL for a third season, and not being able to find a suitable league was one of the factors that led to Wednesday's decision.

'We can't find a league that's, in our opinion, quality enough to play in,' said Cavs co-owner Mike Brown. 'Beyond starting our own league and starting it ourselves which we don't feel we have the time or financial wherewithal to do, we just have to suspend operations and take a hard look at what the future holds for us.'

Brown said in an interview Wednesday that by mid-season it was becoming apparent that bringing the team back for a fifth season would be a struggle. The way the just concluded PBL Finals played out was the final straw.

'It's sad, frankly, the way things turned out,' Brown said. 'We don't feel good about it, however, it is what it is. We're all going to have to live with it and move on. We were glad we were able to take the high road and do all the right things and are respected for that.'

Brown, along with John Zelbst, Hossein Moini, and Phil Kennedy purchased the Cavs in late December 2007 when the team was on the verge of folding under previous owner Baron Hopgood.

Under the tenure of the local ownership group the Cavs won back-to-back CBA titles in 2008 and 2009 and claimed the PBL crown last season.

Brown said that if he had to do it all over again he would, and added he will fully support any group that wants to take a shot at sports ownership in Lawton.

'Truly, the ownership group just appreciates so much all of our fans, all of our sponsors, everyone who made the Cavs a part of their heart,' said Brown. 'There were people actually crying after the game, after the last game, and believe me I was crying inside for several reasons, but the biggest reason, thank you to the Lawton-Fort Sill community. You were awesome to us. Our sponsors, our fans, and all the folks that made the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavs the great success they were we appreciate it.'

Courtesy of www.kswo.com

Durbansandshark
28-04-2011, 10:49 AM
COMMENTARY: All this turmoil that is going on in the Premier Basketball League during the last few weeks after the PBL Championship that Rochester won smacks of the very league that several of the PBL's founding teams left from, the ABA. The PBL is illustrating itself to emulating that league over the past few years of its existence to be like the ABA with far lesser teams to fold and barely more quality. The Vermont Frost Heaves, Halifax Rainmen, Quebec City Kebs, Manchester/Saint John's Millrats, Kentucky Stallions, Dayton Air Strikers, and later the Lawton-Ft. Sill Calvary, pretty much almost the entire league ceased operations or exited in disgust. Much of the teams in the league, including champs Rochester, are well-run within their own organizations--they paid their bills, but it's the league brass where they issues with. Do they have enough of the funding to rescue teams in danger of folding?

I think the first major mistake the PBL did of the major expansion, particularly for the second season, to areas and owners the league really shouldn't have like Montreal, Mid-Michigan, Buffalo, and Puerto Rico. There was not enough time to develop proper awareness to their teams in their communities and gather up or retain sponsorships. In the case of Mid-Michigan, the area was hit hard by the recession. I would think the Calvary, with its former NBA stars as part of its personnel like Otis Birdsong and Michael Ray Richardson, would struggle in the PBL with its location making for higher travel costs. But they were competitive like they were in the CBA and enjoyed sellouts at their home games after raising money by encouraging fans to buy season tickets with a seemingly more stable league. When Vermont left in the middle of the season, that's when I knew there were internal problems with the league. I think when the league forced Vermont to raise some money to retain its membership during the offseason was a sure sign of trouble for the league in the then-upcoming season. And it was a shame given that its founder, SI writer Alexander Wolff, is such a fervent lover of the sport. You could say the 4-year old league still undergoes growing pains, and that may be true. But the league should've seriously did some serious homework about how fellow young leagues fared in the rise and fall of their teams before granting franchises.

Outside of Rochester, the vibe about the PBL is decidedly negative with its rep permanently stained like the ABA because of its immense blunders. Quebec City and Lawton-Ft. Sill are enraged over the alleged unfair refereeing, particularly on the free throws 299-128, favo(u)ring the RazorSharks through six playoff games, whose owner happens to be the COO and has never disguised the fact of the inherit conflict. If there's one good thing about the PBL as opposed to the NBA is that coaches can verbally indict the refs and not get fined. Those two, along with Halifax and Saint John all express their disgust with the officiating. Such a shame.

To be continued...

Durbansandshark
06-05-2011, 09:47 AM
Seattle Mountaineers sign Kennie Eberhart - May 2, 2011 (by Greg )

The Mountaineers have signed Kennie Eberhart (6'5''-G/F, college: Benedict), 6-4 guard from Benedict College for the 2011-2012 ABA season. Eberhart was a Pre-season All SIAC D-II conference selection. He averaged 13 points, 5 rebounds,and 3 assists for Benedict College (SC). Benedict has played in the NCAA D-II playoffs the last 2 years.

What we get in Kennie is a very solid player that does more on the floor than his stats indicate. Benedicts Coach Fred Watson was so high on Kennie and his abilities I made a special trip to South Carolina to see Kennie play and was impressed. Kennie is not only an outstanding basketball player but is also a solid person of character. He will do well in our program, stated Mountaineer Coach Sims.

Submitted by: Coach Don Sims

Helicopter Pursuing Overseas Opportunity - May 2, 2011 (by Travis McAvene)

John Humphrey, a 6'2" shooting guard for the St. Louis Pioneers is one of the best all -around players in the ABA. This past season, Humphrey averaged 36.0ppg and 8.0rpg.

Humphrey finished his college career at Middle Tennessee State University in 2003. Immediately following his college career Humphrey got his start with the And 1 Streetball Tour Team. During this time, John was nicknamed the Helicopter due to his unbelievable open court dunks.

John is a great athlete that can play a variety of positions, said Travis McAvene. He is a very physical guard that does not fear anyone.

In 2004 Humphrey was a standout for the Boston Frenzy (ABA), averaging 31.1ppg. In 2005 Humphrey finally got his overseas shot playing in Japan for the Tokyo Apache, where he was coached by Kobe Bryant's father Joe Jellybean Bryant. Humphrey was considered one of the best players in the Japanese BJ League. Humphrey was named to the All-Japanese BJ League 2nd Team in 2006, 2007, and 2009.

My goal is to get back overseas and make good money, said John Humphrey. Im in great shape right now and feel like I can produce anywhere I go in the overseas market.
John Humphrey (6'2''-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Middle Tenn.St.)

Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry ceases basketball operations at coach calls league a joke - Apr 22, 2011 (by Allen White)

With their coach, Michael Ray Richardson , calling the Premier Basketball League a joke, the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry pulled out of the league and ceased basketball operations just days after falling to Rochester in the PBL Finals.
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At issue was officiating, not only in the championship series but throughout the season.

In professional sports, you have winners and losers but to sit here and cheat our owners, who have put in close to a million dollars in four years in minor league basketball and to take it away from us like that wasnt right, Richardson said. To cheat our owners is a disgrace to minor league sports.

The Cavs lost 87-84 at home to the RazorSharks in Game 3 of the championship series, with the referee calling the game with less than a second remaining and Richardson chasing the officials off the court.

The Lawton-Fort Sill team returned to the floor later and declared themselves league champions.

In the final game, Rochester had 43 free-throw chances to the Cavs 14, including an 18-1 edge after halftime.

In the series, Rochester had 132 free-throw tries to Lawton-Fort Sills 47. In the semifinals, Rochester had 299 free-throw shots to Quebecs 128.

The owner of the league owns the franchise in Rochester. Its a joke, Richardson said, also saying the referees were from Rochester.

The Cavalry have company in withdrawing, with Halifax and St. John sending the league their intentions to leave after witnessing what happened in Lawton.

We dont recognize Rochester as the PBL champion, Ian McCarthy, president of the St. John Mill Rats, told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

It was apparent the fix was in from our standpoint, Halifax owner Andre Levingston told the paper. I was just sick to my stomach to even watch that display. I felt bad for the fans of Oklahoma; I felt bad for the players on the court because they deserved the win.

Richardson said his team huddled in the locker room after the game and before going back out to the court.

We all cried like babies because we were cheated out of something that we deserved to win, Richardson said. We know we were the champions. If it wouldve just been called half right, we wouldve blown them out.

Severko Hrywnak is the PBL founder and chairman of the board as well as the majority owner of the RazorSharks.

Hrywnak said it was a financial move for the teams to leave the league.

Im disappointed that two teams are using the officiating as an excuse to drop out, he told the Democrat and Chronicle.

Richardson said that was not the case and the teams that dropped out were stable.

Read more: http://newsok.com/lawton-fort-sill-cavalry-ceases-basketball-operations-at-coach-calls-league-a-joke/article/3560996#ixzz1KGZPpFGR

PBL to make changes for next season - Apr 22, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

The Premier Basketball League will undergo changes for the 2011-12 season, including new teams and an improved officiating structure.

'Onward and upward,' PBL owner Sev Hrywnak said Wednesday from his office in Chicago. 'Chicago and Scranton have been approved, and St. Louis, Madison (Wis.), Chattanooga and Hershey are waiting to be approved.'

Three teams bolted the PBL following the Rochester RazorSharks' 87-84 win over the Lawton-Sill Cavalry in Monday's deciding Game 3 of the league championship series.

The Halifax Rainmen and Saint John Mill Rats left for what they called biased officiating against the Cavalry: Rochester made 32 of 43 free throws, while the Cavalry made 9 of 14 on Monday.

The Cavalry also won't play next season, with part-owner Mike Brown saying the team is 'not real excited about how the league is operated.' The PBL had eight teams, but the Vermont Frost Heaves folded during the season due to financial problems.

Hrywnak, a Rochester native and minority owner in the RazorSharks, expects the PBL to include between eight and 12 teams next season. He won't consider letting the departed teams return. 'I can't take them back,' he said. 'They had a lot of internal problems and probably weren't going to be asked back anyway. If they want to use the RazorSharks' championship as an excuse, let them.

'We expected this in January. They showed no class announcing it the night Rochester won the championship.'

Hrywnak said a plan is in place for improved officiating that includes six camps for referees, in-season tests and a review board comprised of a representative from each member franchise. 'The owners were complaining about the quality of officials all season,' he said. 'The Canadian officials ranked the worst, and the East Coast officials were the best, but the overall grades were lower than the director of officials wanted.'

That director, Phil DiMaso, resigned on Tuesday.

'He's being bombarded with threats,' Hrywnak said. 'He said he loved working for the league, but told me 'I don't need it.''

RazorSharks coach Rod Baker said he isn't concerned about the league's future. 'Not one bit,' he said after the team returned to Rochester on Tuesday. 'It's a good league. It's quality basketball. People will always want to be a part of that.'

Hrywnak is ready to move forward.

'These teams that left depended on the league's money for survival,' he said. 'To bite the hand that feeds you is classless.'

Courtesy of www.democratandchronicle.com

Durbansandshark
06-05-2011, 09:49 AM
Cavs owners did it the right way - Apr 27, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

They always did the right thing.

The four owners of the now-folded Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry always paid their bills, made sure there were games in Lawton and tried their best to bring the best possible entertainment to the city and its people.

It was just the right thing to do.

Now a week after the debacle that was labeled the Premier Basketball League Finals and the subsequent folding of the Cavalry due to league and financial reasons, owner Mike Brown expressed that he still feels good about what was done for this region with minor league basketball.

'The great thing is that the four owners of this team feel great about what we have done over the last four years and feel we have done everything we could to make the deal work,' Brown said.

Doing everything to make it work meant paying for busses to pick teams up in another state on their own dime, long sleepless nights trying to find out just how the team would get to the corners of the North American continent and trying their best to make sure that all the problems left unfinished by the previous ownership were handled in as professional a manner as possible.

Just trying to make things work, and trying to do the right thing.

But would they do it again?

If time went backwards, would Brown, Phil Kennedy, Hossein Moini and John Zelbst be standing in the conference room at The Lawton Constitution with head coach Micheal Ray Richardson and general manager Otis Birdsong on that Christmas Eve, announcing that they had saved the team from folding during that first season in the Continental Basketball Association?

Would they have stepped up where former owner Baron Hopgood had not?

'There's no doubt I would do it again; but I would just do it a lot differently,' Brown said. 'Boy I would have done things a lot differently. We came in and kept things the way they were, and there were nine people working for the Cavs. Nine people on the payroll. I mean, really? We should have just started fresh and maybe hired some of the people back. That was a burdensome payroll.'

That payroll included Birdsong, a vice president of marketing, a public relations manager and various office staff that the Cavs in subsequent seasons pared down to just one person, and in the end the owners themselves just took the reins and got the team home.

Carry time forward to the end of the second season. At that time the CBA was crumbling and with just four teams, the season ended abruptly and the Cavs were forced to play a series in Albany to decide the winner.

After that season ended, things were in the air again. The CBA was no more, and the financial situation was not getting any better. After two seasons, the Cavs had not sold out the Great Plains Coliseum once, a troubling statistic.

Should they have hung it up then?

'That's tough. There is a strong possibility we would have just hung it up,' Brown said. 'At that point, we won a championship the first year, we won a championship the second year. Maybe we were tempting fate. Maybe we were stupid to go on after that.'

But that third year was the golden age of the team. With the PBL being the most stable league in the nation, the Cavs enjoyed a great season not only on the floor but at the box office, with sellouts in that third season helped by the fact the league was together.

But in the back of their minds, minor league basketball was always there and it was never truely stable; not one bit.

'You couldn't ever just set up the business and let it run,' Brown said. 'You always had to anticipate something was going to go wrong, because something always did. In the end, it involves a lot of people that don't always do what they say they are going to do. I never got used to that, and it's certainly something that I'm not going to miss.'

Then the PBL Finals came, and the foul shot disparity came to light and things came off the hinges.

'It's more serious disappointment than anger,' Brown said. 'I'm just disappointed that it would happen like that.'

Now with the Cavs in the ground it's time for Lawton to move forward and remember the good times. Remember what it was like when things were going right, if it was for just a season.

Because it's going to take a lot to get another team back, so remember the fond memories while they last.

'When it comes time next year and it's time to tip off, yeah I'm going to miss it,' Brown said. 'Then I just have to remind myself of all the things and the loose ends that I have to keep track of.'

All those ends are tied off now, with the truth that it was done the right way.

Courtesy of http://swoknews.com

Spencer Paying His Dues - Apr 28, 2011 (by Travis McAvene)

Sometimes playing minor league pro basketball requires being a part of a long journey. Everett Spencer fits the bill of a talented player staying driven to earn a contract overseas. Spencer finished his college career at South Carolina State University in 2008.

This past season Spencer played in the PBL for the Dayton Air Strikers, where he averaged 11.1ppg and 4.0rpg. Everett is a long and athletic guard that really understands the game, said Travis McAvene. He is a natural leader who makes his teammates better.

In 2010 Spencer was one of the top players in the IBL for the Battlecreek Knights. During the 2010 spring season, Spencer averaged 19.2ppg, 8.2rpg, and 5.2apg. He was also top 20 in the league in scoring. In the 2010-2011 winter season, Spencer averaged 19.9ppg, 9.0rpg, and 4.7apg. During this time he was top 3 in the league in scoring and rebounding.

My goal as a basketball player is to keep getting better and land a good job overseas, said Everett Spencer.
Everett Spencer (6'6''-G/F-85, college: S.Carolina St.)

Durbansandshark
14-05-2011, 06:08 AM
Halifax, Quebec City, and Saint John were all too successful in recent years not to disband from the pro basketball ranks in both the ABA and PBL. So now word has come they help form another pro basketball league, this time an all-Canadian league, something that hasn't materialized since the old National Basketball League in 1993-94 that included breakaway Canadian teams from the World Basketball League. It will be called the NBL Canada to distinguish itself from the old version. With this being all Canadian, expect priority to for Canadian talent, maybe in the CIS. Look for this to be an eastern and central Canadian affair only for now, stretching from Ontario to the Maritimes.
http://basketballbuzz.ca/international/the-national-basketball-league-of-canada-is-born/link/4758/

New league website: www.nblcanada.ca

Durbansandshark
19-05-2011, 04:05 AM
New team in North Carolina and tryout camp information - May 6, 2011 (by Bruno Baltazar)

ABA ANNOUNCES NEW TEAM IN ROCKY MOUNT,NC AND ANNOUCES IT HEAD COACH Johnny Tyson (6'11''-F/C-71, college: Cent.Oklahoma).FORMER PLAYER AND ASST. COACH OF THE 2010 ABA CHAMPS,THE SE TEXAS MAVERICKS,WHICH THEY WON IT AGAIN THIS YEAR.TYSON WAS GM/COACH FOR THE TEXAS FUEL THIS PAST YEAR CARRYING THEM ALONG WITH COACH THOMAS GIPSON TO A 16-4 AND 9-0 UNDEFEATED DIVISION RECORD AND 9TH RANK IN THE ABA TOP 25 POLL,BUT NOW HE TAKES HIS EXPERIENCE BACK HOME TO NORTH CAROLINA TO DR. LEVONDER BRINKLEY,OWNER OF ONE HER THREE PROFESSIONAL CATS TEAMS.DR. BRINKLEY IS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS LADY AND SAY THE DOWNEAST TEAM IS GOING TO BE ONE OF HER BEST SUCCESSFUL FRANCHISE THIS UPCOMING SEASON.WE HAVE OUR 2ND TRYOUT CAMP COMING UP MAY 21ST AT NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY FROM 1-5PM.SIGN UP NOW OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.CONTACT TOMMY STEVENSON,CATS CEO AND PRESIDENT AT 910-494-2245 OR HEAD COACH/ASST GM Johnny Tyson AT 832-203-9644.ALSO OPENING POSITIONS FOR STAFF,COACHES AND PLAYERS FOR THE OTHER CATS TEAMS.SO CALL IN AND SIGN UP TODAY.

Durbansandshark
24-05-2011, 07:44 AM
Been reading a lot of articles and blogs regarding the creation of the new National Basketball League of Canada nearly close to the past two weeks. As anyone who has been on these boards know about me, among other things, I do write extensively about Canadian basketball, be it the NBA (Toronto--had to admit I don't it that much--and reminiscing about Vancouver), the CIS and CCAA, and their national teams, despite the fact that I actually never visited it yet. No surprise here that I will write about this new National Basketball League of Canada on this thread, since the three teams that are the founding members of NBL Canada (Halifax Rainmen, Quebec Kebs, and the Saint John (formerly Manchester) Millrats) came from both the ABA and the PBL.

Halifax owner Andre Levingston along with Saint John president and GM Ian McCarthy and Quebec's chairman Conrad Bernier, all successful businessmen with successfull minor pro basketball teams for several years in existence, joined forces after all their teams' seasons in the Premier Basketball League came to an end in March. While appreciating the opportunities those two leagues came them from a existing standpoint, Halifax, Quebec City, and Saint John had to endure the teams folding and the increasingly overall unprofessional operations and leadership. Think back to when in the Rainmen's first season they played in their final regular season home game against the Atlanta Vision who lost their unis and had to play in Canada Basketball T-Shirts with their names and numbers taped on them. While the PBL was a little better in terms of stability and operations, they were all disgusted at the alleged refereeing biases that favo(u)red the eventual champions the Rochester RazorSharks during the recent playoffs and of the lack of professional direction and management of the league with teams folding during the season and off season (Vermont, Buffalo, Puerto Rico, Chicago, Dallas, Reading, Montreal, Detroit, Mid-Michigan, to name several). Both leagues were owned entirely by one man each and, in the case of the PBL, one guy, Hrynak also ran the refs. Players fail to show up. Teams folding. Enough, they all said, we need to break away from this for our own good and development. The reputation of US-based minor pro basketball leagues is not very stellar throughout Canada, actually very dismal (especially the ABA) with fly-by night teams and operations, and it's especially strong in Halifax with no committment to stay and prosper. Levingston especially vowed nonetheless that there will be professional basketball for all the Halifax residents the next year after the departure of the Rainmen from the PBL. The three owners all conducted various meetings with the IBL and the ACPBL. But while the IBL plays during the mid-spring-summer and is sound economically, the IBL tends to be more semi-pro and holds an austere structure that isn't to the Canadian teams' liking. The ACPBL was more of a timing issue. They also discussed meetings with city reps and prospective ownership groups in other medium-sized Canadian cities and the arena management people there. So an idea got hatched in the midst of all this: Why not get together and create an all-Canadian pro basketball league?

I know the Toronto Raptors do all they can to help the sport of basketball grow in Canada in the municipal, provincial, and national levels like with Basketball Ontario (and this was very true with the Vancouver Grizzlies when they were there and in its relationship with Basketball BC until 2001). I think it's hard for those teams, for all the status and the instant access to deep resources being in the NBA provides, to service the basketball needs of everybody everywhere all the time across Canada, even as one that is the only Canadian-based NBA franchise and been in existence for over 17 years. In a nation where hockey is huge, basketball, like soccer, is definitely growing at the grassroots as one of the more popular and fast-growing sports for young people 25 and under with over 600,000 registered players. Even those older are getting into it. Mover and shakers in Canadian basketball from Canada Basketball to the Toronto Raptors' Bryan Colangelo, Jay Triano, and Maurizio Gheridini to the CIS and CCAA to provincial and local basketball governing bodies to the NBL Canada reps all long lamented the fact that, until now, Canada was the only nation in the FIBA top 40 not to have a domestic professional basketball league. Even the VERY poorly run ABA recognized this fact. Many say not having one served as a serious detriment in the continued development of basketball in Canada. Thus, the more basketball is out there north of the border, the better and more accessible it is for its development. As the game is more present there to the young and old alike, the more the game grows with the passion, interest, and support too. On Toronto's Sportnet FAN 590 AM appearance, this time with Paul Jones and Eric Smith (www.fan590.com/ondemand/media.jsp?content=20110512_221031_11272), Levingston explains more about his hopes and plans with the NBL Canada.

At the May 11th press conference in Halifax announcing the birth of the NBL Canada (www.sportstream.ca/sports-ns-nb-pei-nf/34-blogroll/18764-sportstream-to-live-stream-rainmen-press-conference.html), they made the error, also made in its press release, that it's the first ever domestic professional basketball league in Canada. That is definitely not true. During the early 1990s, 1993 and 1994 specifically, the National Basketball League (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Basketball_League_1993-94_(Canada))came to existence with an all-Canadian roster of teams that featured three former franchises from the old World Basketball League following league's ceasing of operations the year before. And this league was more national living up to its name. The teams were the Calgary Outlaws, Cape Breton Breakers, Halifax Windjammers, Hamilton (later moved to Edmonton) Skyhawks, Montreal Dragons, Saskatoon Slam, and the Winnipeg Thunder. Halifax, Hamilton, and Winnipeg were the former WBL teams. Cape Breton, after finishing with a 30-16 record as the best team in the league and lost to Saskatoon in the NBL Finals 3-1, was rumoured to move to Saint John during the 1994 mid-season but instead folded with the whole league on July 9. The Halifax Windjammers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Windjammers) were declared the champs once the 1994 season folded becuase they had the best record at that time.

Details were sketchy at the Halifax press conference with precious little revelations, but this much we do know:

--NBL Canada plans to have 8-10 teams to start the inaugural season including the three teams and plans with a regional focus on Ontario and the Maritimes
--additional teams are expected to be based in Moncton, London, Barrie, Kingston, Oshawa, with possibilities in Ottawa, Fredericton, Windsor, Kitchener, and Charlottetown to keep things regional in eastern Canada and thus cut down on travel costs and increase intra-division play
--also, there are plans for two divisions, one for Ontario and another for Quebec and the Maritimes
--in taking a page from the CFL, a quota for Canadian players on the roster will be mandated, ranging from 2-4 Canadian players per team on an expected roster of 12 players, this will be voted on by the final roster of franchises for 2011-12
--league office will be based, for corporate and objectivity reasons, in Toronto, despite having no team there, with a league commissioner and a COO, both fulltime positions and no team affiliations, to be named later in late June. Until then, Levingston and McCarthy will act in those positions in the interim
--capacity for the arenas will be more from 11,000 to 2000 favo(u)ring the intimatcy
--most of the players on the teams will obviously be Americans for entertainment value with a possibility of European, Australian, Latin, and African players included
--play is set to tip-off on November 1 with training camp beginning in October with the season
ending in March with likely around a 20-30 game schedule in the traditional basketball fall-winter schedule
--emphasis on the continuation of the grassroots level of basketball in Canada with resources and community initiatives, not just charity but visiting schools and running clinics/camps
--there will be a two round draft dealing with for former CIS and CCAA and import players for one round each
--there will also be a salary cap for all teams with the average player making at least more than C$1200 a month
--deadline for new franchise applications is June 15 for further expansion
--each franchise in NBL Canada will have a league's board of governors member and will vote on financial and league matters. Also each franchise, to insure stability, will pay a one-time undisclosed membership fee for league entry that is in the low six-figure range. Staring in year two, all teams will pay an annual required due of C$10,000
--NBL Canada is expected to adopt a revenue-sharing plan and the teams are all going to jointly own the league and vote on league matters
--come the June 30 meeting, the league is expected to announce its charter franchises, schedules, draft date, and league rules

In a couple of days, I'll delve more into my thoughts about NBL Canada.

Durbansandshark
24-05-2011, 10:39 AM
Reps from the prospective NBL Canada franchises from London, Moncton, Kingston, and Barrie were all in attendance at the initial press conference. As well as former Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, a friend and business associate of both Levingston and Rainmen coach Mike Evans. The NBL Canada press conference was also simulcasted in Saint John (www.youtube.com/watch?v=C83rw1CBchI) with Mill Rats VPs David Cooper and Carl White presenting there.

You can listen to Rainmen President Andre Levingston discussing his frustrations and the controversial circumstances with the Premier Basketball League that led Halifax to pull out of the PBL on Sportsnet FAN 590 AM's Andrew Krystal Show (www.fan590.com/ondemand/media.jsp?content=20110421_153830_7480)

Durbansandshark
27-05-2011, 07:46 AM
Love the new logo and name! Clearly it wants to break away any confusion with the original Canadian NBL that briefly came in 1993-94.

I will edit and re-edit this post as I go along in the coming days. Maybe an additional post. Speaking of which, that NBL was also a result of Canadian basketball franchises breaking away from a US-based minor basketball league, the World Basketball League. Outside of the name and a couple of cities, that is the only other thing this new NBL has in common with it. This NBL here was more living up to its "national" name. But huge travel costs going to Calgary, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon also played a role here in its demise.

I, for one, am optimistic, albeit somewhat cautiously, for this new NBL Canada. The original Canadian NBL was born under different basketball circumstances and of a different era for the sport there. Basketball was played up there for sure. Its 1994 demise came at a time when the possibility of NBA expansion franchises in both Toronto and Vancouver (neither cities were involved in the NBL) grew serious and of the fact that the 1994 FIBA World Basketball Championships was making its way for the first time in North America in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, further drawing attention and interest to basketball to the Canadian mainstream in multicultural cities. It was huge success then. Considering that Canada lacked a domestic pro basketball league before and after this NBL and until the recent arrival of NBL Canada, it had done itself well staying among the top 40 basketball nations. The infrastructure is solid all these years for decades as Canada tried to maintain its standing in international basketball. Yes, many of its better players from Canada played in US colleges for years (and continue to do so) while there was some talent in the CIS and the CCAA (think Eli Pasquale from Victoria and Simon Fraser's Jay Triano). But plenty later on toiled in minor league teams in the US, in the Canadian-based teams in them, and overseas. Yet the access to the sport remains a problem nationwide outside of the top cities. So the focus since in Canadian basketball has been growing the game in a grassroots manner nationally (http://basketballbuzz.ca/high-school/northern-hotbed-inside-look-at-the-growth-of-canadian-basketball/link/2821/), particularly in Toronto. While many Canadians in the NBA remain role players, Steve Nash, CBC's Canadian Athlete of the 200s, became a two-time NBA MVP superstar, and Jamaal Magloire became an All-Star for one season. Winnipeg's Todd MacCollough would've been out of Philadelphia. Jay Triano is now the Raptors head coach. The Carleton Ravens and Canada West schools women's teams turning into a CIS powerhouse, bringing in more interest. There have been disappointments along the way like with Vancouver leaving for Memphis, and Canada struggled some in the international standings and not appearing in the Olympics or World Championships much in recent times, both men and women, senior and junior. But that appears to be changing. Greater media attention in the Canadian mainstream outlets to basketball like never before exposes the sport.

Grassroots participation of basketball continues to blow up there, and it's making more and more sense to create a pro basketball league the Canadians can call their own. Now, you got Canadians like Tristan Thompson, Cory Joesph (Texas), Kelly Olynyk, Robert Sacre (Gonzaga), Myck Kabongo, Kyle Wiltjer (Kentucky), and Devoe Joseph (Minnesota) all making their mark in the NCAA. The three owners from the Canadian teams all had poor but learning experiences dealing with minor league basketball. So with its arrival, the NBL Canada comes at an important time in its rise from the grassroots and what may turn out to be a new golden age in Canadian basketball. Now with this, they no longer can make any excuses.

Halifax, Quebec City, and Saint John (not to be confused with St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._John%27s,_Newfoundland_and_Labrador) as I sometimes do) are all proven and successful markets with an affinity basketball, especially with the Maritimes (that's the provinces in the Atlantic including New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland-Labrador), where the AUS has been successful and support. When word of the NBL Canada was being formed, Andre Levingston, Ian McCarthy, and Vincent Bernier all got strong interest from other medium-sized cities for franchises from the Maritimes (Moncton, Fredericton, Charlottetown) and in Ontario (Barrie, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Oshawa, Ottawa, and Windsor). For over 21 years, Halifax has proved itself to be basketball city thanks to its support of the CIS men's Final 8 for 24 years there, the success of Dalhousie Tigers and the St. Mary's Huskies in AUS ball, and with Halifax Windjammers thriving in the WBL and later the NBL. In fact, Halifax has been among the leaders in attendance for just about every league it represented (WBL, NBL, ABA, and PBL). Attendance at the first Windjammers season in 1991 was averaging over 6000 including several sellouts at the 11,000-seat Halifax Metro Centre. Levingston's Rainmen was either first or second in attendance in ABA or PBL at 4000 over the past three years.

Saint John's Ian McCarthy say it would take an average attendance of 2500 at the Harbour Station to break even for the Mill Rats. I find it interesting the cities involved happen to be university and junior hockey towns such as Kingston (Queen's), London (Western Ontario), Quebec City (Laval, In fact the Kebs even played at Laval's home court), Windsor (Windsor), Kitchener (Waterloo), and Halifax (Dalhousie and St. Mary's). So the markets for basketball are already built in. I think it's prudent and good to start small and not grow very fast, like several sports league did in the past, in this endeavor and emulate what lacrosse did in the Mid-Atlantic US and eastern Canada region and for NASCAR in the south. In developing the Canadian pro basketball game, it really helps to cultivate in areas where basketball is strong like in the Maritimes, small Ontario cities, and in Quebec with the cities reasonably close within an easy travel distance to each other in order to cut down on travel costs. Which if a team is located far from the cluster costs more for everyone. So if you're Halifax, Saint John, or possibly Moncton you can fly to Toronto and play a few of those Ontario teams at once. Vice versa for a Kingston team when flying to Moncton and endure a 3-team bus road trip.

Other stuff I discovered on the NBL Canada's Facebook page and on Twitter (www.facebook.com/nblcanada) was there will be a NBL Canada draft combine in the Toronto area in June. One draft round will be solely devoted to CIS/CCAA players. All NBL Canada games will get the live webcast treatment on its website.

Durbansandshark
09-06-2011, 07:19 AM
Before I continue in my NBL Canada thoughts, I think it's important to economically look at the history of Canadian pro basketball teams before the new NBL Canada. It pretty much started in the early years of the post-WWII period when the Toronto Huskies played in their only season in the Basketball Association of America in 1946, and it was up there in Toronto at the Maple Leaf Gardens was where the first NBA game was played against the New York Knicks. Poor attendance and poor on-court performance conspired to doom the team. The next year saw the existence across the nation of the Vancouver Hornets playing in the Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League for two seasons. But Vancouver, until the arrival of the Nighthawks in the WBL in 1988, had been quiet in pro basketball for decades after that. Matter of fact, things became doormat for Canadian pro basketball until the 70s.

It all started when the Buffalo Braves (now the Los Angeles Clippers via San Diego) started playing a select number of home games in Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens in mid-70s partly in order to expand their fan base beyond Buffalo and upstate New York--Toronto sometimes have been considered as part of the Buffalo market and vice versa. And with Canada still among the top 12 basketball nations despite some accessibility issues, ideas were hatched to bring pro basketball more frequently to Canada. That has continued in every subsequent decade. Many of them didn't last for no more than two seasons. The Alberta Dusters, playing their home games in Lethbridge, lasted for two seasons in the young CBA before moving to Las Vegas in 1982 and becoming the Silvers (and later to Albuquerque). One of the more successful Canadian pro basketball franchises ever in terms of length was the Toronto Tornados as they played for thee seasons in the mid-1980s at the Maple Leaf Gardens before heading to Pensacola, Florida, when basketball enjoyed a cult following there with the rise of the NBA's appeal. But poor attendance in Toronto again served as the culprit in its demise. It was at this time that Wilt Chamberlain got together with Bill Ballard, son of Toronto Maple Leafs chairman Harold Ballard, to apply and convince the idea of an NBA expansion team in Toronto. They did have some things going for it: the success of the Blue Jays and the Maple Leafs at the time and the city's rising multiculturalism made it enticing and promoted a great bid. But the Expansion Governors in 1987 of course decided to go with Charlotte, Miami, Minneapolis, and Orlando for the NBA still had some areas of the US to put a presence in for growth, like Florida and North Carolina. Plus a longing for a return to the Twin Cities after a lengthy absence. They weren't quite ready to go north of the border. Also, there were no plans in existence for a new and modern arena in Toronto to cope with this growth like those four cities did.

Undeterred, Canada soldiered on through more struggles in pro basketball after that. Vancouver went through a disastarous only season with the Nighthawks playing at a largely empty BC Place with no Jay Triano for local star power and interest (it conflicted with his attempts to play for Canada during the Seoul Olympics) and mismanagement in the 6'5" and under World Basketball League. It was this very league that played a very important, albeit unsung, role in the development of Canadian pro basketball because under that league teams were more nationally based instead of just one city. Following an ill-fated chance to save the Nighthawks and rename them the Kodiaks under new ownership, the WBL still had the Calgary 88s (named in honor of the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics) that featured sharp shooter Chris Engelland playing in front of empty seats at the Olympic Saddledome from the first season before biting the dust in 1992 when the league folded. The Saskatchewan Storm and the Hamilton Skyhawks were decent. But it was the Halifax Windjammers and the Winnipeg Thunder that were the best supported and successful with the former well-attended with the city's love for the sport with the Final 8 being there. The Thunder opened with 15,000 fans at the old Winnipeg Arena and enjoyed public and corporate support from the start until both dwindled due to league's instability on the part of the US teams and the money man got arrested and later competition of other minor league teams in Winnipeg like the baseball's Winnipeg Goldeyes. Notice there were no teams in Toronto or Montreal then.

Halifax, Hamilton, and Winnipeg later left after the WBL's demise after its issues and helped formed its own NBL in 1993 with new teams in Calgary, Saskatoon, Montreal, and Cape Breton with the Canadian men's basketball team, Big East All Stars, Atlantic 10 All Stars, ACC All Stars, and Athletes in Action joining in to round out the standings as touring teams. It was here that Montreal got its first taste of pro basketball with the Dragons and not a good one at that, which started a bad trend of come-and-go basketball teams there. The Saskatoon Slam earned great attendance at the Saskatchewan Place selling it out during the NBL Finals in 1993. What killed the original Canadian NBL is what kills just about every Canadian national sports league in existence--travel costs stemming from the large distances between, for example, Halifax to Victoria for a road trip. Montreal folded after the 1993 season while many of the other kept playing, and the Hamilton Skyhawks moved to Edmonton prior to the 1993 playoff that folded during the middle of the 1994 season.

Much has been made about the two NBA reps in Toronto and Vancouver, so I'll ignore them here, except for the fact that both obviously are milestones in Canadian basketball's development and both try to cultivate the sport, through its high NBA status and glitz, at the grassroots level with local, provincial, and national basketball organizing bodies. Wilt Chamberlain was not even among those prospective ownership groups that tried to get a team in either city, despite that he owned a home in Vancouver. Magic Johnson was involved with one of three bidding Toronto ownership groups, but his lost (John Bitove Jr.'s group won out as founders). And of course there was also the matter of the 1994 FIBA World Basketball Championships. Even with them, there were still growing pains of bringing the pro game in Canada.

At the same time Toronto and Vancouver were starting their NBA lives in 1995, a new team in the International Basketball Association arrived in Winnipeg to fill the pro basketball void there left by the Thunder. It was the Winnipeg Cyclones, but, unlike the Thunder, the Cyclones called the more intimate Winnipeg Convention Center home. Team lasted for six seasons and at one point had Darryl Dawkins as head coach. Five years later, a team originally from the Youngstown-Mansfield area in Ohio moved in the 1999-2000 mid-season to Saskatoon keeping the Hawks name. A league that had teams in the upper Midwest plains cities like Fargo, Minot, Des Moines, and Rapid City, the IBA later merged with the CBA after the 2000-01 season. There were games that had less than 1000 people in attendance and limped on and joined the CBA and died after 2002.

With that last decade was where we saw the dysfunction truly out of control and frequently mixed with a few successes with the new ABA with the Calgary Drillers, then the Montreal Matrix, the Niagara Daredevils, Mississauga (or Ontario) Red Wolves, Halifax Rainmen, Hamilton Rockstars, and Quebec City Kebs. Without a doubt, Halifax and Quebec City survived and also thrives to this day. Hamilton and Mississauga, the latter having former NBA player Chris Childs as part fo the management, both died playing a game. Both Calgary and Niagara, teams folding in mid-season for the usual reasons, were just plain disasters, likely souring any appetite for pro basketball in those areas for several years until maybe the NBL Canada comes calling. Montreal's woes are well-chronicled right down to the name changes and ownership issues, even going on the future franchise list by apparent disbanding on this thread. Vancouver was supposed to join the ABA and even prematurely announced former Pepperdine, Georgia, UCLA, and Rhode Island head coach Jim Harrick to run the players on a team owned by lumber moguls. But it didn't materialize. Vancouver actually went to the CBA and named themselves the Dragons with the plan to have Chinese players on the team. This team was supposed to have played by now at the PNE Agridome to avoid the 2010 Winter Olympics, but never played. The PBL brought in the Rainmen, the Kebs, and then came the Montreal Sasquatch with its sponsorship problems and its inability to pay its players and the Manchester Millrats moving to Saint John, New Brunswick. The Toronto Lazers was supposed to play in 2008 as an expansion team but was quickly and subsequently removed from the league without any public mention. Besides, Toronto likes to consider itself major league in anything. If anything the Lazers would've played in perhaps Mississauga near the city. Edmonton and Vancouver returned to pro basketball later the past decade through the more financially strict IBL with the Chill and Titans, respectively. The Chill were originally the Sled Dawgz. There was the phantom Edmonton Cheetahs that tried to play in the ABA before ceasing operations because of no suitable venue to play for home games. With the Chill's poor attendance and the primary owner's apathy, the remaining owners retooled and created the Energy which still play to this day as the only Canadian team in the IBL. The Vancouver Titans had decent seasons playing in the Vancouver suburb of Langley, home of Simon Fraser University. It's not playing right now, but hopes to come back for 2012. Don't forget the phantom Saskatchewan Prairie Wolves were supposed to play in 2008 but dropped and were never heard from again.

Durbansandshark
09-06-2011, 10:39 AM
Only more than a week away from the June 15 deadline and first board of governors league meeting with the inaugural teams announced and set to play in the new NBL Canada with the announcement 15 days later!

Three prospective franchises from Ontario--Kingston, London, Oshawa--have all each submitted deposits and applications for league entry with discussion already with the league. For the Maritime cities of Charlottetown, PEI and Moncton, New Brunswick, there's still a possibility to make it for the 2011-2012 debut season. Moncton is actually looking at getting a group of Canadian, American, and Japanese investors assembled (http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/front/article/1412918) for this. Those Japanese investors were involved in a tsunami/earthquake charity game between the Saint John Millrats and a team of Japanese league All-Stars in April. Indeed, Ian McCarthy, NBL COO and Mill Rats chairman and GM, says Moncton's appearance is inevitable despite its arena lease issues. However, it was later updated there will be a smaller group of investors from Canada, American, and Japanese to rapidly file for Moncton (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1414998). One of the Ontario cities originally thought of as one of the first batch teams, Barrie, has since decided to wait until 2012 due to not getting any satisfactory arena dates. Frederiction, New Brunswick also is waiting out until next year to make its NBL Canada debut while its leader, former New Brunswick MLA from the Liberal Party Kelly Lamrock, takes the time to learn how the league and teams operates by observing the Saint John Mill Rats (http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1412408), despite losing a couple of AHL franchises and get better prepared for it. Kitchener, Ontario is pretty much out, barring a possibility of Japanese investors saving the day following a recent meeting in Tokyo, due to league travel cost concerns. Moncton would likely get the edge partly due to the potential of having a built-in New Brunswick rivalry with Saint John and a Maritime one with Halifax. A recent survey conducted in Moncton revealed enthusiastic support for pro basketball in the city (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1414064). Ottawa, Canada's capital city, remains a possibility with its strong grassroots love of basketball to Carleton's CIS titles, Ottawa Gee Gees moderate success, the MNBA Capital Hoops Classic, the CIS Final 8 being there, but the league likes to remain just from Ontario to the Maritimes at this point. Until a number of teams are set, preferably 6-8, there won't be a league budget established. Charlottetown, the capital city in Prince Edward Island, has local investors, including a former UPEI Panthers basketball player, gauging NBL Canada interest in the city with its mayor Clifford Lee and other people and on whether the benefits would be worth any type of support (www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2011/06/14/pei-pro-basketball-charlottetown-584.html), as a business plan comes together. The Charlottetown team, assuming it gets one and will be possibly called PEI, will play at the Civic Centre. Apparently, there's some concern from sports fans if Charlottetown residents can't support even a junior hockey league team, despite its bigger and better-known overhead, why basketball? Kingston's NBL Canada investors had their talks with the city's movers and shakers as everything is new (www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3146391) with the need to educate the public about it with the ultimate hope fo calling the K-Rock Centre home with such a tight time frame. So far no resistance from all angles.

Ottawa has been pushing for a second pro sports team to go along with the NHL's Senators following the end of the CFL's Renegades and minor league baseball's Lynx in 2006. Plans exist to have the CFL return in a couple of years from now. Though it dazzled the MLS expansion committee, Ottawa didn't get a franchise in soccer yet. Basketball wouldn't be too bad; the ABA tried to get in but thankfully didn't materialized. Surely the city would welcome a pro basketball franchise and it could play in the Ottawa Civic Centre, since it's not being renovated or razed like the Frank Clair Stadium attached to it. It has the intimate feel and suitably capacity the NBL likes for an Ottawa arena. However dates for pro sports events outside of the Senators are hard to come by with those spaces used for conventions and the like. Kitchener, Ontario is focused for next season with some of the Japanese investors that were part of the original Moncton bid, though seriously considering the city, pulled out in favor of the Ontario city because of their Toronto connections even though going small would be beneficial for them. London is pretty much full steam ahead having Vito Frijia, a potential owner, with strong ties to the local business community and knows and loves the sport of basketball well (www.lfpress.com/sports/columnists/morris_dalla_costa/2011/05/19/18169541.html) as they hope to play at the John Labatt Center and become known more than just a short term one-event and one-team sports city. But interestingly the JLC lacks a basketball court, and a new one would cost C$250,000 for the arena. Toronto is a dead zone for minor sports and won't buy anything from it, since the city prefers to regard itself as major league with it as an epicenter for just about everything in Canada, specifically English Canada. A suburb or city near it like Mississauga, Hamilton, Brampton, or Burlington have potential perhaps. Though I would give the edge out of them to Mississauga for having the Hershey Centre. Oshawa is quiet right now; little developments emerged on that.

When the new league was announced, there came interest filtering from Western Canada--not exactly known for its affinity for basketball despite some success with Simon Fraser, UBC, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Calgary, and now Trinity Western. But NBL Canada advised those seeking teams there, as a way not to overexpand like so many leagues have done to their ultimate detriment, to hold discussions with the cities' leaders, the venue people, follow the league's developments this season and the next, and then come back to talk with us next summer with everything stablized by then. Any aspirations for westward Canadian expansion will have to come in the form of a cluster--to cut travel costs--of three to four teams there at least after 2012-13. Speaking of travel, sponsorship talks are ongoing with including Air Canada, WestJet, and Porter Airlines that can pave the way for going out west with an airline.

Meanwhile, with the help of minor league sports blogger Frank Martin, who plans to be an unofficial NBL Canada blogger, we get to see how the Quebec City Kebs are coping with the transition from the PBL to NBL Canada (http://frankmartminors.blogspot.com/2011/06/rob-spon-canadian-project-ii.html) like with player personnel changes and the return of Rob Spon. Also, we'll see if Mill Rats coach Jaren Jackson will return to coach them again after fielding college offers.

NBL Canada preseason starts in October with each team having 15 homes dates for a 30-game regular season schedule and later playoffs. Franchise costs for entry would range from C$500,000-750,000 with team budgets projected around C$500,000-600,000 including a C$150,000 salary cap.

(there will be significant additions on this post as I get more in, so hang tight)

UPDATE: Looks as though there could be 8-10 charter franchises in the NBL Canada to start with for October's preseason. Negotiations are underway with Charlottetown, Moncton, Laval (a Montreal suburb on a island comparable in size directly to Montreal's west), and Barrie. Laval is the one that surely surprised me; any team that was going to be in the Montreal are was going to be in Montreal proper. But two things I can instantly think of why Laval and not Montreal. Montreal is right now a dead market for pro basketball. Too many failures (Dragons, Matrix/Royal, and Sasquatch) decimated whatever interest existed of pro basketball there for now. Two, no suitable arena exists favorably and ready in the eyes of the NBL brass there with their requirements. So maybe Laval has something to their liking. Bell Centre is too massive (and expensive). Verdun Auditorium is undergoing renovations. The Pierre Charbonneau Center lacks modern amenities like a TV studio and a good scoreboard; it could use some upgrading itself. Maurice Rocket Richard Arena? Ditto.

Durbansandshark
17-06-2011, 11:18 AM
OK, at the NBL Canada meetings yesterday five new franchises officially came on board that made the midnight Wednesday deadline to join Halifax, Quebec City, and Saint John: Charlottetown (likely to be named Prince Edward Island), Kingston, Oshawa, Barrie (a bit of a surprise considering they were out), and London. There may be a couple more coming, but I think that's it for the first season.

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2011/06/16/nb-basketball-league-teams-134.html
www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4226081
www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3174164

Before official admission, the five new teams must finialize their arena leasing as they take part in the final approval process. Moncton and Laval were omitted from being the charter franchises for this season. Moncton needs more time to work out its ownership and arena leasing. There is some talk in bringing a NBL Canada preseason games in Moncton and Fredericton to help introduce the league to the cities' residents.

From CBC New Brunswick Newsmaker: Harry Forestell interviews Carl White, Saint John Mill Rats VP of Basketball Operations in mid-May when NBL Canada was just announced.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh_YqiRSpaE

Durbansandshark
01-07-2011, 07:08 AM
The new National Basketball League Canada just had their first league general meetings concluded in Toronto. Aside from the press conferences announcing the league's creation, much of the details were lower key affairs. That is a good thing so as not to set up itself so highly and publicly that it won't need to live up to the Canadian public's expectations. One of the big things that hit during the early portion of them lies in the fact that there will be actually seven inaugural teams set to play. After performing a 180 in saying that they're in after all following pulling out (www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3174423) with an "emergency meeting with the city's staff and owners", Barrie, Ontario, a city whose demographics seemingly justify a minor basketball team in Canada, got dropped from the eight-team slate (http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1419614) when it was revealed the prospective Barrie ownership group couldn't work out on nabbing that all-important arena lease agreement with the Barrie Molson Centre in time, home of the OHL's Barrie Colts. Instead, it may try to work on joining Fredericton, Moncton, Laval, and maybe Kitchener, Ottawa, and Windsor for the 2012-13 season expansion. The other Ontario teams (Kingston, London, and Oshawa) and Charlottetown meanwhile all have their arena leases finalized to the league's liking. Oshawa's ownership features actor Mark Taylor from the Canadian high school 1990s TV sitcom Student Bodies (www.oshawaexpress.ca/viewposting.php?view=1417), seeimngly ready ready to play at the General Motors Centre. He played Romeo in that. Wonder if it was aired in Australia and New Zealand?

Of the established NBL Canada franchises, only the Halifax Rainmen got their lease with the Halifax Metro Centre Arena in effect for the NBL Canada. Saint John Mill Rats are negotiating a multiyear deal with the Harbour Station. The Quebec City Kebs are working on moving to the larger Pepsi Coliseum. For the Prince Edward Island team, it all comes down to what will be the better deal with venues in either Charlottetown or Summerside. Why not divide their home schedule between the two to better represent the Maritime island province? Don't expect any leases to fall through.

Because of Barrie dropping out, there won't be two divisions of the Atlantic and Ontario of four teams each as anticipated. Rather, there will be a single division (or table, if you prefer) of seven teams for the first season. The regular season will consist of 36 games with each team playing each other three times on the road and three times away as a balanced one. The top four teams will advance to the postseason with the NBL Canada semifinals a best-of-three affair. The NBL Canada Finals will be a best-of-five series.

All NBL Canada teams are required to field at least 2 Canadians on their rosters with no cap on that. A minimum of 10 players is required to play to a maximum of 12. Players will have the chance to impress the NBL Canada coaches, team personnel, and scouts with a NBL Pre-Draft Player Combine in Toronto for two days on August 20-21 at Seneca College. This gathering will be open to free agents and Canadian players alike with the second day accessible for the Canadians only. Interestingly, the SkyDome (actually Rogers Centre, but I don't call it that!) will host the 2011 NBL Draft, which will consist of three rounds with the first round for free agents and the second and third for Canadians players only. A draw was conducted as to determine the order of the expansion teams going first. Oshawa was draft first, Charlottetown going second, and then London third and Kingston fourth. The three existing teams will follow in reverse order with Saint John, Halifax, and Quebec City as the order, and those three will have a list of protected players come August 1. When the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies began their first seasons in the NBA back in 1995, the NBA draft arrived in Canada for the first time in Toronto. I guess it's rather apt and more full circle with the SkyDome will do that with the NBL Canada.

Training camp could come as early as early October, say, October 1, with a preseason schedule planned and the regular season starting later in the month or in November to March. Initial plans are for an All-Star Game in the middle of January 2012 with a bidding process established to start soon. Halifax, with its strong affinity for basketball and an established fanbase, can easily host it this year, as it did with the 2007 ABA All-Star Weekend. However, wouldn't it be great in order to grow the sport of professional basketball in Canada and host in an Ontario NBL Canada member city to highlight the league as a burgeoning market?

The NBL Canada will implement mostly FIBA rules but play the NBA's four 12-minute quarters. Ian McCarthy, Saint John's President and GM, is currently on the hunt for a league commissioner.

As far as a TV deal for the league, that is currently being worked on. Andre Levingston's Halifax Rainmen and the Saint John Millrats both have Rogers Communications as a principal sponsor. Levingston though has more of a closer relationship with Rogers than the Mill Rats. Based on that, the league could have their games on Rogers Sportsnet. But The Score is another potential player as a Canadian cable sports TV network, giving their huge interest in basketball like in the CIS in recent years. Interestingly, Rogers Communications is rumoured to be buying a controlling stake of 66% of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment from the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Rogers currently owns MLB's Toronto Blue Jays and the team's home ballpark, the SkyDome. MLSE owns the Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC (MLS), Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Marlies (AHL, minor league ice hockey), and the Air Canada Centre. If that happens, Rogers may decide not to go ahead and air the NBL Canada games on Rogers Sportsnet and move elsewhere.

What does this mean for the CIS and CCAA players? The NBL Canada gives players from those university sports entities a much needed domestic professional outlet to continue playing the sport they love. Oftentimes, it ends at the CIS and CCAA, with a precious few ending playing overseas, usually Germany, like former All-Canadians Osvaldo Jeanty and Stu Turnbull. Many don't get the playing time on their rosters and surely they would cherish the fact . CIS players don't get a lot of real respect internationally, let alone the NBA. Can you name anybody from the CIS or the CCAA that has played in the NBA/ I do know of one who was drafted in the NBA--William Njoku, the 6'9" All-Canadian from St. Thomas who was drafted in the second round in the 1994 NBA Draft as the Indiana Pacers' pick at #41. Didn't make the team, but played on the Canadian national team and played professionally in Kosovo, France, the USBL, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, and Macedonia. Now he's the AD at Crandall University and is also a motivational speaker. Most NCAA players, let alone CIS and CCAA ones, won't even get a sniff of those meaningful NBA minutes, so having another option to play professional basketball in North America outside of the minor leagues is important.

JUST REMEBERED: Salary cap is at C$150,000

Durbansandshark
02-07-2011, 03:42 AM
Now Kingston too surprisingly dropped out of the NBL Canada (http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/1251343.html) for the upcoming first season, like the other Ontario city Barrie, because of its own failure to come up with an arena lease agreement with the K-Rock Centre, after seemingly looking very solid. The group really wanted to play this year, but the league couldn't extend its deadline to the city of Kingston because it would unfair to the other teams for setting up the league's upcoming schedule. And once again, the NBL Canada is "intensely" courting Moncton, New Brunswick for entry once an arena lease is signed, despite not currently having an ownership group in place. Kingston though still hopes to join for next season. Just another lesson in not expecting things operating smoothly in minor league basketball all the time, even if it's on Canada Day.
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1420076

Good idea to have an annual budget of C$500-750,000 with a C$150,000 salary cap. So are the C$25,000 deposit and the undisclosed six-figure fee illustrates how the only serious prospective teams are deserving of league entry.

Durbansandshark
03-07-2011, 06:26 AM
One thing to keep an eye on is how the NBA lockout is going to impact this new league. With the need to grow the professional basketball sport in Canada coupled with it, this presents a rare opportunity for NBL Canada to develop good national interest in pro basketball with the Toronto Raptors likely not playing next season with the way this lockout going. As long as the quality in the play is solid and competitive, Canadian basketball fans will turn to it to follow looking for a fix in the absence of the NBA. It's highly unlikely we will see notable NBA players, those who are on a guaranteed contract to a NBA team that is, to suit up for a team like Oshawa or PEI due to insurance/injury issues unless payed comparably; it may instantly remind them of their reluctance to play in Toronto and Vancouver, when the latter was in the league. Essentially with no CBA things are suspended within the league like movement, but you can't bar players from going elsewhere (at least in theory). Free agents, already a casualty in this lockout, are definitely plausible though as several players on Halifax, Quebec City, and Saint John were NBA free agents. In sum, don't look for Canadians NBAers like rookies Tristan Thompson and Cory Joesph taking their pro talents north of the border.

Yet there are players who are on multimillion dollar contracts who are or will be broke, and those guys are those who may need something like the NBL Canada to get by in the interim. But the focus for the NBL Canada is get young and hungry players while cultivating their young markets with awareness. Basketball talent in Canada is definitely growing and will get better with some young guns emerging like Kyle Wiltjer. With the Canadian quota in the league, the real focus should be on the young and developed talent that is from the middle and lower levels of talent who were formerly the top of the heap in college like in the CIS and CCAA with the league salary cap so low.

Durbansandshark
09-07-2011, 05:18 AM
Right now as the nascent NBL Canada continues to get started talk increases rapidly about getting some NBA players on its rosters with the lockout now in its full week. NBL Canada made a formal invite welcoming NBA players (http://myemail.constantcontact.com/NBL-CANADA-OFFERS-OPPORTUNITY-FOR-LOCKED-OUT-NBA-PLAYERS.html?soid=1101896013653&aid=Cp2_63lSarc) to play in it. There are people involved in this league with NBA connections like Saint John's coach Jaren Jackson and his Halifax counterpart Mike Evans. There are players with NBA backgrounds like Quebec's Erick Barkley, former Utah Jazz player Kirk Snyder, fellow former Trail Blazer Desmond Ferguson played at Halifax. Former Toronto Raptors centre Toree Morris plays for Saint John. Realistically, as I said previously, this league definitely won't get the superstars like Wade, James, Howard, or Dirk. The league's salary cap per team is C$180,000, far less than what these players are accustomed to (even a fringe player can make $800,000), so unless they are willing to play for chump change, the superstars will take their talents to top flight and established European pro basketball league (likely teams with Euro League aspirations), where the pay is comparable for a typical NBA season. The NBL Canada, Levingston says, is sensibly aiming more for "tier-3 type players" (www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball/story/2011/07/05/ns-nba-join-nbl.html), who are more than likely role/bench players and players who are on the periphery of teams but aren't actually on rosters. Players who seek to keep themselves in game shape and further hone and/or improve their skills, like offensively (like the several of the fringe Raptors players). The Premier Basketball League was known to be a highly-offensive. Other players can be players who left college early for the NBA draft and will return to college because didn't nab an agent like Canadians Cory Joesph and Tristan Thompson. They can benefit with the team chemistry, atmosphere, discipline, and commaderie. But there is a potential flip side to it, regarding injuries.

Durbansandshark
13-07-2011, 09:28 AM
NBL Canada's inaugural 2011 draft order for August 21 in Toronto (SkyDome..er, Rogers Center) for all three rounds:

1. Oshawa
2. Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
3. London
4. Moncton (formerly Kingston)
5. Saint John Mill Rats
6. Halifax Rainmen
8. Quebec City Kebs

For those hoping to be eligible to make the draft, players have to be available for the two day NBL Canada combine August 20-21 at Toronto's Seneca College. Again, the first day is only for free agents with the second exclusively for Canadian players.

rjd
13-07-2011, 11:09 AM
JUST REMEBERED: Salary cap is at C$150,000

And we thought the NBL's salary cap makes it difficult to attract talent.

Durbansandshark
14-07-2011, 10:21 AM
Now it's official: the Saint John Mill Rats secures its lease at the Harbour Station for two years and certainly will enhance their presence--like better, more permanent locker rooms--there even more so than in last season, their first season there.
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1423073

Maybe the IBL's Edmonton Energy should probrably in a few year's time look toward becoming a member of the NBL Canada. Of course at that time of the year the upstart league plays, it will get lost in the midst of the NHL's Oilers and the NLL's Edmonton Rush, both of which play at the Rexall Place (formerly the Northlands Coliseum). But the Energy currently plays at an intimate facility for basketball. Would that be large enough for the league though?

Will Sydney, Nova Scotia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney,_Nova_Scotia) get some eventual consideration for a team in the future? Years ago back in the original Canadian NBL in 1993-94, that area had a pro team called the Cape Breton Breakers. After the league went under due to, among other things, travel costs across the vast nation bleeding red ink. Cape Breton University Capers in the AUS is among the leading basketball powerhouses in that conference in both the men and women. Sydney has the Centre 300 Arena with a NBL Canada-suitable capacity and housed the Breakers. Nowadays, it may not partly because the population is aging as the younger portions head elsewhere across Canada. Take a look at this vintage 1993 Breakers commercial promoting them against the Big East All Stars (www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWLy5gTUXZM).


The running of any second-tier Canadian pro sports league like basketball here is fraught with challenges. The Canadian Baseball League, a recent example, tried to get the Canadian public's attention, but it folded in mid-season in 2003 because of a lack of interest. Having teams in medium-sized provincial cities with reasonable close proximity among each other like Halifax, Saint John, Charlottetown, Quebec City, London, Moncton, and Oshawa with possible expansion plans for Fredericton, Kingston, Ottawa, Kitchener, Windsor, and Barrie is important and right for keeping travel costs down for the crucial first few years of its existence; for such a league like NBL Canada, it's imperative to start things small and build a following and brand awareness nationwide, and the league brand is smart enough to do and realize this. Of the three former ABA/PBL cities, Quebec City is the largest at 600,000. People like Levingston, Bernier, and McCarthy fortunately operate in cities where basketball is strongly supported in the eastern part and currently don't have other significant pro sports teams there (though Quebec City has plans to return to the NHL with the Nordiques in the near future with a proposed 18,000-seat arena owned by Quebec media conglomerate Quebecor). Others cities in the NBL Canada don't either but could be ready to embrace pro sports in their midst at that time of the sports calendar since their big sport that gets mass attention is junior league ice hockey. These cities can view their teams in the same level as the NBA teams with no other pro sports team to snatch their publicity. What can help enhance the publicity, experience, and connection in the communities is that fans can almost very personally touch and feel all that with post-game autograph sessions and photos. Like to see the NBL Canada fans employ some of the more collegiate tactics to enhance the fan culture in games.

Hockey is first and foremost in the Canadian sports pecking order (NHL, Team Canada, minor league hockey, junior hockey) followed by NFL football, CFL football, NCAA/CIS football (things may flip depending on the city), and then basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and possibly rugby. Bigger Canadian cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Winnipeg, and Ottawa have too many overpowering distractions, options, and outlets, not just an array of professional sports, in those cities that NBL Canada, for now, could easily get lost. Therefore, placing NBL Canada foundation franchises in cities outside of the big urban markets where growth is not an option and unbearable to thrive. Having said all about the smaller eastern Canadian cities, there is an imbalance with the current roster of the 7 cities between the two Ontario cities and Quebec and the bulk of them being situated in the Atlantic, with two prospective Ontario NBL Canada franchises like Barrie and Kingston having dropped out before the start. Kingston's investors decided to turn their attention to resurrect Moncton's entry. Again, Atlantic Canada does have a known affinity to basketball, more so than perhaps Ontario, despite that province holding the CIS basketball balance of power. The pro basketball rivalry in the Maritimes between Halifax, Saint John, Prince Edward Island, and Moncton is bound to be very interesting.

Draft nights are very important events in the North American sports culture, wher you select the finest players in the country right out of college. In Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, these things don't exist. However, outside of the NBA and possibly the NBDL drafts, North American minor league basketball drafts loses their allure and essence with nothing meaningful to contribute in the grand scheme of things. A clear example of this lies in the PBL's last drafts, where most of the players selected end up not becoming an integral part of the teams they get drafted in, like being a part of the franchise or occupying a deep place on the bench, despite being in a nice, professional-like setting for them at the Chicago ESPNZone. This NBL Canada draft should select the best college players from Canada (CIS and CCAA) in the last two rounds and based from the second day of the pre-draft combine, but it's equally crucial for these players to play important and active roles on the teams they'll play for and not just fill in 2 Canadian player minimum quotas per team.

Since I'm talking now about the potential Canadian NBL Canada players, what is key is how those Canadian pro ballers get implemented in their teams. Some European pro leagues like the Israeli Premier League and the Turkish Basketball League require at least one domestic player on the court at all times. Spain's ACB until recently mandated 4 Spanish players on 11-player rosters and 5 in 12-player rosters. Given how NBL Canada is pulling all the stops announcing it will be Canadian player-friendly with its 2+ Canadian player quota, the second day of the NBL Canada pre-draft combine exclusively to them, and the last two rounds devoted to them, I can be ready to assume that the Canadian talent pool should be good in the eyes of the league. Regardless of how NBL Canada implements this and possibly further, what ultimately matters is having Canadians playing integral roles and getting quality minutes on the teams they will play for, like the Mill Rats' Jeffrey Ferguson, and not as serving the quota portion on rosters, for the further depth development of Canadians to the senior level. If you're going to bend over backwards to and proclaim yourself as an outlet for Canadian basketball players, it certainly wouldn't make any sense to do all this work with combines and drafts and player minimums and not have those domestic players producing for the league. I can't even recall the original Canadian NBL doing even remotely something like all this when it was up and running.

The C$150K salary cap is not bad given the state of the limited economy. Average salary would be around C$15,000 for several months. Not bad. Players would just have to find employment during the NBL Canada's offseason like possibly playing in the CBL or IBL. Also makes sense to use almost entirely FIBA rules since, says Levingstone, other competition and leagues adopt FIBA rules, and it is expected many players aspire to play the more lucrative overseas leagues so, for one reason, they must acclimate to these rules.

Durbansandshark
15-07-2011, 11:33 AM
I'll get away from the essay writing thoughts for now with NBL Canada and bring you podcasts from the Andre Levingston interviews he did with Eric Smith on Smith's Toronto Sportsnet FAN 590 AM basketball show. Among other things, Levingston to Smith talks about how the players' NBL Canada salary actually won't leave them short on cash and be enough to live on, that locked out NBA players playing in Canada can return on an out-clause in basketball-ready shape with just-amended exceptions to the salary cap, and why prospective fans should not worry about the level of play after the NBA players leave. It likes to be more like the NBDL.
www.fan590.com/ondemand/media.jsp?content=20110706_143347_8288

Eric Smith's blog summary can be seen here: http://blog.rogersbroadcasting.com/ericsmith/2011/07/07/more-on-the-nbl/

Some videos from the NBL teams:
Halifax Rainmen 2010-11 Intro Video (Andre Levingston rocks the fedora like nobody's business!!)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xvEyWlZF3Q
Saint John Mill Rats Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT6yuiLi_Es
Quebec City Kebs: www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8wgVgd7y10

Plans are underway for a YouTube channel for the league. Something to look forward to.


Meanwhile over in the PBL (haven't talked about them in a while), only one team existed for weeks after the big defections from the Canadian teams--the PBL champs Rochester RazorSharks. The league's cred has been shot severely by this alleged refereeing bias and other management issues. It even eyed cities the NBL Canada eventually scouted. So Rochester is no longer alone: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania becomes the second team in the league's current roster of teams. No name has been announced yet.

Premier Basketball League team coming to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre - Jul 8, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

Professional basketball looks like it is coming back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

On Thursday, the Premier Basketball League, based in Chicago, approved a franchise to a local ownership group headed by Joe Runco and Dr. Stanley Blondek. The team will begin play when the 2012 season opens with home games at the renovated Lackawanna College Student Union Gymnasium.

'When I was a kid, my brothers used to take me to see the Scranton Miners,' said Runco, who is the president of J.R. Runco Blacktop & Concrete Inc. and First Class Gymnastics in Jessup. 'We were discussing bringing a team back here for a while. We got in contact with the right people and we went for it.

'We are hoping it works out and people come out to see the team.'

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre joins a league that will begin its fifth season this winter and will have a regional-play model, but is restructuring its membership.

Teams that competed last season included the Rochester RazorSharks, who were the 2011 champions, the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry from Oklahoma, the Saint John Mill Rats from Nebraska, the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions, the Dayton Air Strikers from Ohio and two teams from Canada, the Halifax Rainmen from Nova Scotia and the Quebec Kebs.

However, several teams defected after the RazorSharks won the championship and there were officiating questions raised by the other franchises, leaving Rochester as the anchor franchise.

On its website, the PBL is billed as 'a new kind of basketball - one in which fans come first, players are accessible, pricing is affordable and international and domestic players can be followed enthusiastically from anywhere in the world, all from television and online broadcasts.'

'Dr. Blondek and Mr. Runco took the time to visit with us and discuss the PBL and its team business model,' PBL president and chief executive officer Brij Desai said in a press release. 'Scranton is an amazing town for basketball and sports in general. From community support for all of the collegiate sports, all the way to Little League baseball, we are confident that Scranton will add amazing character and value to the Premier Basketball League.'

Right now, the Scranton/Wikes-Barre team does not have a nickname, but there will be a 'name your team' contest on the team website that will launch soon at www.TeamScrantonPBL.com, according to a PBL press release.

A coach has not yet been named and how the players will be selected will be determined soon. Runco did say the players will be paid and he is excited about bringing 'Division I talent to the area.'

During the upcoming season, the PBL is expected to be broadcasting games across America on @Sports Television Network, which, on its website http://www.atsportstv.com, is an interactive network, offering viewers 24-hour programing and access to the latest in healthy lifestyle programs, sports broadcasts, instant feedback to questions regarding today's active and sports oriented lifestyle and is the home of live sporting events including Arena and Indoor Football and Mixed Martial Arts.

'This was one of many factors for us when it came to finalizing our league selection,' Dr. Blondek said in the press release.

Scranton had success hosting its other franchise, the Scranton Miners. They were a member of the American Basketball League from 1947 to 1953 with Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim being a notable player, while winning a pair of championships during that run.

The Miners returned in 1993, playing three seasons, winning the Atlantic Basketball League championship in 1994-95.

Courtesy of http://thetimes-tribune.com

Plus a lockout draft and All-Star Game:

Premier Basketball League to hold 'Lockout Draft' - Jul 7, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

Are you a locked-out NBA Player looking to play this fall? The Chicago-based Premier Basketball League (PBL) may be your answer. The PBL, a minor basketball league which came into the existence as a Continental Basketball League replacement in 2008, has developed a special lockout draft concept, that will take place on Tuesday July 19th.

The draft will give fans, via the internet, the ability to pick players from the NBA roster, and place them onto the various PBL teams. According to the PBL, its the perfect way for NBA players to stay in shape, while also receiving a pay check,

What a great way for these finely tuned athletes to stay in shape and get financial compensation without the fans missing the chance to see their star players on the court, commented Brij Desai, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Premier Basketball League.

While further details regarding the draft will be announced on PBLs website, we do know that the PBL will establish a Locked out All-Star Team. That team will travel to cities without an NBA team (Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Buffalo, for example) and raise money for various charities. Charitable contributions, like the team itself, will be voted on by the fans, according to PBL Officials.

For those looking for PBL games, they will be broadcasted live on @SportsTV Network, while also streaming online at www.atsportstv.com.

While I dont foresee any of the locked out NBA players deciding to join the PBL circuit for the PBL season, the idea of creating an online fantasy draft featuring real NBA players may be intriguing for fans, even if the likelihood of those draft picks coming to fruition is slim at best. If nothing else, PBL is taking advantage of the NBA lockout to garner some attention for their league. Its not the first time such a practice has been done, and it certainly will not be the last.

The PBL currently features an 8-team league with teams in the United States and Canada.

The PBL looks to also establish a Locked out All-Star Team, that will travel to different cities raising money for several charities and allowing NBA Players to showcase their basketball talents in cities where an NBA franchise does not exist. These cities include Hartford-CT, Rochester-NY, Buffalo-NY, Columbus-OH, Pittsburgh-PA, Nashville-TN, Omaha-NE, Tucson-AZ, San Diego-CA, Seattle-WA and Kansas City-MO.

Games will be broadcasted live on @SportsTV Network through television distribution as well as online streaming at www.atsportstv.com Could Dwayne Wade be playing for the new PBL Team coming to Chicago, rumored to be announced next week? For further information please contact the Premier Basketball League at info@thepbl.com



Courtesy of The PBL (www.thepbl.com)

Durbansandshark
19-07-2011, 11:20 AM
The Premier Basketball League announced another new team to the currently small roster with Rochester, Dayton, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Chicago is back in the PBL with the Muscle coming in next year. The original plan in the league's first season in 2008 was to have two Chicago teams, the Throwback and the Aztecas playing. But the Aztecas disappeared and thus folded before tipoff. Chattanooga (TN), Hershey (PA), Madison (WI), and St. Louis are all considered in the league's pending expansion plans.

There is nothing much to see right now from its website: www.chicagomusclepbl.com
Press release announcing the Muscle: www.thepbl.com/2011/07/premier-basketball-league-adds-the-chicago-muscle-to-their-2012-team-roster/

Dayton Air Strikers return to the PBL: www.thepbl.com/2011/07/dayton-air-strikers-return-for-the-premier-basketball-league’s-2012-season/

Durbansandshark
21-07-2011, 05:51 AM
Back to the wacky ABA with new franchises popping up in previous markets and hoping to make serious inroads into Canada...

Las Vegas Aces move to Eatonville, Florida - Jul 1, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The American Basketball Association announced last week that it has approved the move of the Las Vegas Aces to Eatonville Florida. "Las Vegas is a great market, but so is the Orlando area," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "Todd Triplett , the owner of the Aces and a member of the ABA for several years has business and family interests in the Orlando area and the commuting between the two cities has been difficult for Todd. Thus, we were happy to approve the transfer."

Eastonville is the oldest incorporated black community in Orange County, Florida. It was one of the first black towns to bve formed after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and was incorporated on August 15, 1887. "The city of Eatonville has embraced our new team,' stated Tripplett." And we are looking forward to a very exciting season in a terrific division.' For more informaton, email gm4aces@yahoo.com or call 407-490-9694

The ABA and the 6Sports announce the formation of ABA CLASSICS - Jul 1, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Joe Newman , Chairman/CEO of the American Basketball Association, Inc. (ABA), Deon Taylor, CEO of Ether Marketing & Consulting, LLC (EMC), and J. Erving of 6Sports, LLC (6Sports) have announced they have joined forces to create a new ABA division, ABA Classics.

6Sports, LLC (6Sports), led by music, entertainment, and sports entrepreneur J. Erving, will partner with EMC in this effort.

The new ABA Classics division will consist of 12 teams, comprised of professional basketball players drawn from top ABA players, former NBA players, former NCAA players, and the streets, rec leagues, and playgrounds of the world, that will compete for the ABA Classics Division championship title and their share of a substantial prize money purse.

Trenton Hassell joins Nashville Soul - Jul 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABAs Nashville Soul, a first year team based in Franklin, TN, has added to its already strong roster Trenton Hassell (6'5''-G/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Austin Peay St.), a Clarksville native and a former 2nd round (30th overall) pick by Chicago Bulls.
Hassell, a 9-year NBA veteran, is a native of Clarksville (where he was a teammate of current Dallas Maverick Shawn Marion) and starred at Austin Peay. In fact, starred may not accurately describe the impact he left at APSU. A non-qualifier out of Clarksville High School, Hassell graduated in May 2001 with his BS. Even more impressive was what he accomplished on the basketball court. Honors included three straight 1st team All-OVC selections, MVP of the Top of the World Classic in Alaska, and a 2006 APSU Hall of Fame induction. In the NBA, Hassell spent nine seasons with four different teams including Chicago (01-03), Minnesota (03-07), Dallas (07-08), and New Jersey (08-10). The 65 guard-forward earned a reputation as being one of the NBAs finest perimeter defenders. He was a consistent performer over his NBA career and a very popular player.
'We made the commitment on day one to assemble the best available players in Middle Tennessee to represent Nashville in the ABA. We already have a roster full of great talent and now were adding Trenton, a proven NBA player, to the group to form what is arguably the best non-NBA roster in the country', stated Nashville Soul owner John Rowe. He continued, 'Make no mistake though, we are just as interested in what Trenton can help with off the court. Hes a great role model and I personally look forward to working next to him with the youth of Middle Tennessee'.

The Nashville Soul will be kicking off team activities with a press conference and exhibition on July 25th at A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin. For information on the that event of on the team in general, fans are urged to visit www.soulhoops.com (official team website) or at www.facebook.com/Nashville.Soul (Facebook fan page).

Pioneers announce a tryout camp / Pro Combine - Jul 8, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The St.Louis Pioneers, operated by Pioneer Sports Management & Entertainment, returns for a second season in the ABA. Finishing the 2010-11 year with a 13-3 record the organization is kicking off the summer with Pro Combines to ensure that the best talent will step on the court at tip-off in November.

The Pioneers ABA Professional Combine will be facilitated by St.Louis native, former Georgetown Hoya & NBA player, and now the Pioneers new Head Coach Jahidi White (6'9''-C-75, college: Georgetown). Jahidi has played for the Washington Wizards and the Phoenix Suns. Along with Elite skills conditioner and trainer, Walter Harris, also known as 'Coach 3' in the St.Louis basketball circuit the Pioneers look to fill the roster this year with exceptional talent.

The Pioneers will hold the summer Professional Combine on July 16, 2011 and is held at 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146 in the Robert L. Edison gymnasium from 12pm to 3pm. Please arrive early to complete registration. Or Go to www.stlpioneers.com to register online.

Summer Invitational Games announced by Indy Drive - Jul 12, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Last week, the ABA team Indianapolis Drive, announced that will host and play in the Indianapolis Drive ABA Summer Invitational Games 2011 at Indy South Sports Academy on Saturday, August 20. The tournament will begin at 7pm and feature four Indiana teams, including the Drive, in a three-game competition. Tryouts for the Indianapolis Fine, the new Indianapolis entry into the WABA, will take place at 6pm.

'This event will showcase the best of ABA basketball in Indiana as well as a new venue for our teams,' said Indy Drive owner Tim Hicks . 'We're excited to be partnering with ISSA to bring professional basketball to their outstanding faiclity, and we're even more excited to announce the formation of our women's team in the WABA. The Drive and Fine are ready to kick off a great season of high-quality, affordable basketball in Central Indiana.'
For more information, visit www.theindydrive.com or call 317 294 0909 or email
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Atlanta Aliens name new Head Coach - Jul 15, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The city of Atlanta has a new professional basketball team, the Atlanta Aliens, and a new Head Coach, Norris 'Bo' Bell (6'7''-F-77, college: Rutgers). A former pro basketball player, Bell will be intoduced at a press conference located at Fox Sports Grill in Atlantic Station (Midtown Atlanta). Along with a 97% winning percentage, he is also an original member of the Nike Skills Academy, has 7 State Championship teams, 2 Boo Williams Championship Titles, 1 YBOA Championship Title, 3 AAU National Championship Titles, 2 Houston Kingwood Championship Titles, and 1 Bob Gibbons Championship Title. The team will be hosting an open tryout on August 6th.

'I strive to be the best instructor and coach at the highest possible level,' stated Bell. 'My goal is to continue to coach at the highest level. I am committed to assisting athletes to achieve their potential, both in basketball and more importantly, in life.' Coach Bell will have a television and radio show with multiple stations in Georgia. 'We are very pleased to have Coach Bell as part of the Atlanta Aliens as we begin our first season in the ABA,' added Adrian Provost, founder of Provost Living & Entertainment and owner of the Atlanta Aliens. 'Coach Bell was an exceptional all around athlete with many years of experience around the world and he is an equally exceptional coach. We're looking forward to a great season.'

For more informaiton, call 888 901 8421 or email staff@atlantaaliens.com or visit www.atlantaaliens.com

ABA-Canada Select Team will be coached by Ken Murray - Jul 15, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Bill Crowdis , Director of ABA-Canada announced some weeks ago that Ken Murray has been named Head Caoch of the ABA-Canada Select team that will be participating in the upcoming season of the American Basketball Association. Ken Murray was a standout player for the Brock University basketball team being named the team's MVP in all five of his seasons. The four-time OUA all-star holds a number of BU basketball records including career scoring average, career rebounding average, career field goals made, single season scoring average and single season rebounding average. Following his successful playing career, Murray spent time coaching at the University of Regina and Damien College and then at his alma mater.

Coach Murray stated: 'I have many great memories of playing and coaching at the university level, and I look forward to the challenge of coaching at the next level of basketball in the this country.'

'We are extremely pleased and excited to have Coach Murray as part of the ABA-Canada Select team,' added Crowdis. 'We know that he will put together a very competitive team and are looking forward to our first season in the ABA.' For more information, visit www.aba-canada.com or email bcrowdis@hotmail.com

Durbansandshark
21-07-2011, 06:03 AM
Staten Island Vipers Introduce Dytanya Mixson as Head Coach - Jul 18, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)

The Expansion Staten Island Vipers of the American Basketball Association (ABA) have introduced Dytanya Mixson as the teams first ever Head Coach. Mixson, a Brooklyn, New York native, is no stranger to the ABA, having led the now defunct Strong Island Sound during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons (he was an assistant for the 2005-06 squad which reached the ABA Final Four). His coaching resume spans three decades, including stints as an Assistant Coach with Medgar Evers, as well as his most recent role as Assistant Coach at Brooklyn Collegiate High School, where he helped transform that program, winning two division titles in three seasons. However, Mixson's notoriety on the New York City basketball scene is probably best seen in the summer, as Founder and Head Coach of the X-Men Basketball Association. As one of the top teams in the city, the X-Men have been capturing tournament titles on playgrounds across New York, including Nike Tournament of Champions, and just last month, Fireball at Baruch College. Some of the countless players who have come up and flourished as X-Men include former Providence College guard Abdul Mills (6'3''-G-79, college: Nebraska-Omaha), Italian LegaDue star Alvin Young (6'3''-G-75, college: Niagara), playground legends Mike Campbell (6'6''-G/F-75, college: LIU Brooklyn) and Raphael Edwards (6'7''-F-75, college: E.Carolina) and Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League star Tommie Eddie (6'7''-F/C-82, college: Mississippi), just to name a few. Owners Ayanna Phillip and former ABA player Kyle Brereton (6'4''-G-80, college: Globe Tech JC) have a wealth of basketball and business experience and are proud to bring professional basketball to Staten Island for the first time.
'Ayanna and I know Staten Island, basketball, business and the ABA,' stated Brereton. 'We know we can put together a very competitive team, there's so much talent in the NY metro area. And we know that we can make this a successful business and an important part of our community too. We are very excited about this opportunity.'

Durbansandshark
22-07-2011, 05:56 AM
Nice to see already the National Basketball League Canada earning Canada Basketball love with the Saint John Mill Rats Jeff Ferguson, fresh from the IBL's Edmonton Energy, earning a national team training camp invite, although it was more from its PBL days. Former Halifax players and Toronto natives Jermaine Anderson and Jevon Sheppard get invites too to practice with the likes of Robert Sacre, Andy Rautins, Joel Anthony, Carl English, Levon Kendall, Denham Brown, Kelly Olynyk, Aaron Doornenkamp, and possibly Tristan Thompson and Cory Joesph.
www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4253305

Halifax Rainmen announce Eric Crookshank, Taliek Brown, DeAndre Thomas, Josh Dollard, and Trayvon Lathan will be spared from the upcoming inaugural NBL Canada Draft.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/1254432.html

Just as a reminder, no TV deals with the Canadian TV sports channels has been struck yet for the National Basketball League Canada. Of course this means little to many of you down under; you can get streaming of NBL Canada games on its website. Again, I believe, though, that Rogers Sportsnet will get the TV rights to the league because of the relationship Rogers has with the Rainmen and the Mill Rats. Since there's the strong chance that the NBA will not its full season, Canadians could get a nice roster of games on TV. Maybe NBL Canada games twice a week there during the weekend, as minor basketball leagues typically plays during the weekend (we still have yet to see what the schedule will be), or air all games across Canada. With the Quebec Kebs being in a French-speaking province, the Kebs could strike a separate deal with TVA Sports that'll soon be launched in the fall to air all of its games, much like its rival RDS airs all of the Montreal Alouettes CFL games. That would make sense since there are signs of Rogers Sportsnet and TVA teaming up to rival the sister-like TSN/RDS, both part of the Bellglobemedia and sharing TV rights. There is a possibility of local cable sports channels like TV Codegco Sports in Ontario airing the teams of London and Oshawa.

Speaking of the Kebs, Bernier says the team could play home games at the Pepsi Coliseum.

Durbansandshark
28-07-2011, 05:00 AM
Moncton, New Brunswick's long-desired entry into NBL Canada after all, as far as the league's movers and shakers are concerned, is pretty much done. Now the plot thickens as the prospective team, led by a former New Jersey Nets accountant Kimberley Blanco and Toronto businessman Steven Conville, furiously works on a three-year arena lease with the Moncton Coliseum that has been understood with the Moncton city government preliminarily approving this (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1426120). In other NBL Canada business news, the league's board ruled against a salary cap exemption on NBA players. Also, the Prince Edward Island's franchise hardwood home is not going to be in the provincial capital of Charlottetown, as talks broke down. But instead PEI will call Summerside's 5000-seat Consolidated Credit Union Place, built in 2006, home.
www.metronews.ca/halifax/sports/article/927298--plot-thickens-in-nbl-s-maritime-storyline

Desmond Ferguson, the Halifax Rainmen's alltime leading three-point scorer, has retired.
www.metronews.ca/halifax/sports/article/927297--ferguson-won-t-rejoin-rainmen

Halifax bids for the first NBL Canada All-Star Game. It would be a first to host such events in the ABA, PBL, and the NBL Canada.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/1255231.html

Jaren Jackson and the Mill Rats hope to work out an agreement for him to return by Friday
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1426459

Durbansandshark
02-08-2011, 05:13 AM
Halifax, Quebec City, and Saint John have all released their protected players' lists to NBL Canada in time for the first NBL Canada draft. In the place of the retired Desmond Ferguson, Josh Dollard replaces him for Halifax:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/1255947.html

Details on why the new PEI NBL Canada franchise will call Summerside home instead of Charlottetown. Summerside may turn out to have better success for PEI rather than in the capital city:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2011/07/27/pei-summerside-pro-basketball-584.html

Saint John Mill Rats look forward to have legendary New Brunswick actor Donald Sutherland at the Harbour Station courtside for their games and help promote the Mill Rats:
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/front/article/1427192

Mill Rats star guard and leading scorer Anthony Anderson along with his younger brother from the NBA Antonio bring their Double A Basketball Skills Camp that starts tomorrow and up to the 4th to Saint John's Rothesay Nertherwood School at 9am-12pm Canadian EST.
www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4253962

Durbansandshark
04-08-2011, 07:46 AM
Given NBL Canada's teams history in the US-based minor pro leagues' refereeing, can't really blame them to try something more objective when they run their own show. Enter the well-respected 15-year FIBA official Mike Homsy as its first hire. Leagues refs are coming soon.
www.metronews.ca/halifax/sports/article/933229--nbl-canada-makes-first-hire

Levingston says the league won't have a commissioner until after the regular season. He says there's still much work to be done for him until that happens.

Durbansandshark
06-08-2011, 05:25 AM
As Halifax settles itself into the new NBL Canada, Mike Evans, however, will not be a part of this new all-Canadian pro basketball endevour with Evans not going to remain as their head coach as both parties can't reach an agreement. His successor is being sought.
www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4267738

Saint John, on the other hand, keeps theirs in Jaren Jackson with a one year contract after Jackson pondered on the possibility of staying in the mid-Atlantic US to be closer to his family with some college offers.
www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4267736 (Mill Rats press release)
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1429376

Canada's recent domestic Summer Games' legacy in Summerside, Prince Edward Island is being felt immediately with the fact the Credit Union Place, the venue for basketball, already has a basketball court in place and ready for use. Something the Charlottetown Civic Centre sorely lacks (since PEI never really tasted pro basketball, even with the old NBL in Canada during 1993-94). Not to mention that a basketball court for it would cost C$150,000. That will favor PEI's second city, though Charlottetown is still looking at negotiations with the prospective NBL team in the province. Scheduling is an issue. Would be nice if the home games could be divided between the two cities. But it's unlikely.
www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2011-08-03/article-2689780/Games-legacy-gives-Summerside-chance-at-pro-team/1

London's John Labatt Centre presently lacks a basketball court for its arena. But unlike Kingston, it's more than ready to make the investment for its new NBL Canada franchise. London NBL Canada (still unnamed) has a new GM with a coach coming later this month working hard to engage the London, Ontario community about them.
www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3242852
www.lfpress.com/sports/basketball/2011/08/03/18506601.html

The life a NBA player who is not an established one and more out of the 10-day contracts is obviously about constantly proving yourself in the eyes of NBA scouts, coaches, and GMs as he tries to break out of the pecking order. We may very well see Antonio Anderson after his Saint John kids' basketball camp co-run with Anthony join his Mill Rats star brother on the team when the season starts.
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1429043

Anthony is ready for the Mill Rats season:
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1429081

Meanwhile in the PBL, Sauk Valley gets added with the Predators clawing their way into the league with Brad Grenoble as owner and GM. Sure looks like it will have more of a Midwestern/Mid-Atlantic feel with Chicago, Dayton, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Sauk Valley formerly was a ABA franchise holder with the Rollers.
www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/premier-basketball-league-welcomes-the-sauk-valley-predators-to-the-2012-season-126136508.html
www.saukvalleypredators.com

A look at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's PBL entry
http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/premier-basketball-league-team-coming-to-scranton-wilkes-barre-1.1172603#axzz1UBS3zWNy

We're starting to see evidence of ABA Canada, but it will get lost amidst the NBL Canada developments.
ABA-Canada Select Team will be coached by Ken Murray - Jul 15, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Bill Crowdis , Director of ABA-Canada announced some weeks ago that Ken Murray has been named Head Caoch of the ABA-Canada Select team that will be participating in the upcoming season of the American Basketball Association.

Ken Murray was a standout player for the Brock University basketball team being named the team's MVP in all five of his seasons. The four-time OUA all-star holds a number of BU basketball records including career scoring average, career rebounding average, career field goals made, single season scoring average and single season rebounding average. Following his successful playing career, Murray spent time coaching at the University of Regina and Damien College and then at his alma mater.

Coach Murray stated: 'I have many great memories of playing and coaching at the university level, and I look forward to the challenge of coaching at the next level of basketball in the this country.'

'We are extremely pleased and excited to have Coach Murray as part of the ABA-Canada Select team,' added Crowdis. 'We know that he will put together a very competitive team and are looking forward to our first season in the ABA.' For more information, visit www.aba-canada.com or email bcrowdis@hotmail.com

Staten Island Vipers Introduce Dytanya Mixson as Head Coach - Jul 18, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)

The Expansion Staten Island Vipers of the American Basketball Association (ABA) have introduced Dytanya Mixson as the teams first ever Head Coach. Mixson, a Brooklyn, New York native, is no stranger to the ABA, having led the now defunct Strong Island Sound during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons (he was an assistant for the 2005-06 squad which reached the ABA Final Four). His coaching resume spans three decades, including stints as an Assistant Coach with Medgar Evers, as well as his most recent role as Assistant Coach at Brooklyn Collegiate High School, where he helped transform that program, winning two division titles in three seasons.

However, Mixson's notoriety on the New York City basketball scene is probably best seen in the summer, as Founder and Head Coach of the X-Men Basketball Association. As one of the top teams in the city, the X-Men have been capturing tournament titles on playgrounds across New York, including Nike Tournament of Champions, and just last month, Fireball at Baruch College. Some of the countless players who have come up and flourished as X-Men include former Providence College guard Abdul Mills (6'3''-G-79, college: Nebraska-Omaha), Italian LegaDue star Alvin Young (6'3''-G-75, college: Niagara), playground legends Mike Campbell (6'6''-G/F-75, college: LIU Brooklyn) and Raphael Edwards (6'7''-F-75, college: E.Carolina) and Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League star Tommie Eddie (6'7''-F/C-82, college: Mississippi), just to name a few. Owners Ayanna Phillip and former ABA player Kyle Brereton (6'4''-G-80, college: Globe Tech JC) have a wealth of basketball and business experience and are proud to bring professional basketball to Staten Island for the first time.

'Ayanna and I know Staten Island, basketball, business and the ABA,' stated Brereton. 'We know we can put together a very competitive team, there's so much talent in the NY metro area. And we know that we can make this a successful business and an important part of our community too. We are very excited about this opportunity.'

Kansas City once again has an ABA representative.
Missouri Rhythm announces new head coach - Jul 26, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA Missouri Rhythm announced that Donald Lee has been appointed Head Coach of the team. Coach Lee brings over 30 years of coaching and officiating experience; he is the Founder/Vice President and mentor of the KC Youth Sports, Inc and has served as a board member of the YMCA sports community.

'Coach Lee fits in with both the ABA model and the mission statement of the Missouri Rhythm,' stated team owner Bryant Tucker Sr.. 'The community service interaction in which the coach has been involved will serve as a tremendous building block with the athletes on the team and I also believe that with his knowledge and experience in sports and the community, the Rhythm will move forward very well.'

'We will move forward and make progress in Kansas City, following the ABA model and mission,' added Coach Lee. 'It is hard to see where failure will be an option...it will take some work, and we have a strong team of people ready todo that..we are going to make a big splash this season.' For more information, email kcsz890@gmail.com or call 816 872 6622

Durbansandshark
09-08-2011, 04:34 AM
Oshawa, Ontario is officially on board as the newest and freshest (in terms of not being originally from another league) NBL Canada member. Read the NBL Canada press release below about this.

(TORONTO, ON) The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that the city of Oshawa, Ontario has been formally accepted as the first expansion team to join the league in its inaugural season.

"What a great day for the NBL Canada and for the city of Oshawa," said National Basketball League of Canada President & CEO, Andre Levingston. "We are thrilled to bring professional basketball to this city. Oshawa's team will not only provide an extremely high level of basketball and family entertainment, but will also serve as a fantastic vehicle to support the community through both traditional and creative ways of giving back."

Levingston says that he and the team's ownership group are looking forward to continuing to build a working relationship between the NBL and Oshawa's municipality.

"Oshawa's city officials have been supportive of the team's approval process, and are keen to bring exciting entertainment to its region."

In early November, the team will tip off at the General Motors Centre where they will play an 18 regular season home game schedule.

The team is currently holding an online contest to allow the city to name its first-ever professional basketball team. Those interested can submit their suggestions online at www.durhamnblcanada.com.

OSHAWA OWNERSHIP GROUP

ISAAC OLOWOLAFE JR.

President & CEO

Dream Maker Realty and Dream Fund Holdings

Isaac Olowolafe Jr. is a registered real estate broker and successful business owner. Mr. Olowolafe Jr. is the President & CEO of both Dream Maker Realty Inc. (DMR) and Dream Fund Holdings (DFH).

Basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in Canada and to have an avenue like the NBL, it will greatly help to showcase the burgeoning talent Canada has and give Canadian players the opportunity to play the sport they love in front of their friends and family.

HENRY CHOW

President of Uptown Communications

Henry Chow of Uptown Wireless is one of the Canada's largest authorized dealers for Rogers Communications, providing the latest communication products and services to corporate and retail customers in the Greater Toronto Area for over 25 years.

Oshawa has the existing basketball infrastructure and with its long history of sports culture, promises to emerge and flourish as a flagship NBL franchise while offering tremendous basketball action and outstanding entertainment value.

MARK TAYLOR

Highly Recognized Canadian Actor

Toronto native Mark Taylor is a veteran actor who's credits include "Seventeen Again" and "Student Bodies". He also received Gemini nominations for his roles in "Flashpoint", " Doomstown" and "Drop the Beat"

The growth of basketball in the last 10-15 years has been tremendous and shows we have just as much talent in this country as anywhere else in the world. All we need is the effort to harness this talent and I know the NBL will be the league to get that job done.

LEE-EL HARDING

Industrial Scaffolding Business

Lee-El Harding has been previously been involved with marketing and sales at Rogers cable and also has been a part of management teams and a lead hand on various projects for industrial scaffolding in Alberta. Though very successful in both endeavours, this is not where his heart truly lies.

The possibilities are endless and a professional league like the NBL will keep home grown talent right here where they belong. The opportunities to develop young men athletically and professionally through the creation of jobs and unique skill sets will only enhance the landscape of the sport here in Canada.

The hunt for Halifax to succeed Mike Evans as head coach is officially on.
www.metronews.ca/halifax/sports/article/937343--rainmen-need-new-coach-after-failing-to-reach-deal-with-evans
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/1256962.html

Still possible for PEI to have home games in both Charlottetown, PEI's capital city, and Summerside to divide on. And Charlottetown possibly will have a new $150,000 basketball court, if it comes to that. Now neck and neck between the two.
www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2011-08-05/article-2693855/Decision-expected-soon-on-pro-basketball-team-for-PEI/1

Durbansandshark
13-08-2011, 05:44 AM
TSN's columnist Alex Walling analyzes the National Basketball League Canada excitingly taking shape. Oshawa, Ontario was the first to complete all of its paperwork. The NBL Canada should not be seen as a feeder league for the NBA. That distinction is already there for the NBDL. What will also help is perhaps teaming up with VIA rail trains and a bus line for the NBL Canada teams. Promoting its Canadian-ness and seriously backing that up in various ways, not just on-court, like the CFL will go a long way towards success. In any case, TSN, Canada's answer to ESPN up there, showing some NBL Canada love nationally is a great thing for such a Canadian sports media institution.
www.tsn.ca/nba/story/?id=373640

Now it's official: Summerside, Prince Edward Island's second city, will act as the home of the new PEI NBL Canada franchise with the Credit Union Place being the home court. Hockey's dominance at Charlottetown's Civic Centre, in this case the PEI Rocket from Quebec's major junior (ice) hockey league, played a major role why it's not going to play at capital city. Good to see another city in PEI an opportunity to shine sports-wise while NBL Canada's presence no doubt is an incredible boost for PEI basketball, the first time a pro basketball team has hit the Maritime provincial island. With that, it will be community minded. Last time a pro sports team has played there was the Prince Edward Island Senators in the minor pro (ice) hockey league AHL from 1993-1996, averaging 2200-2400 fans a game. Lessons were learned from that. Name and head coach to be determined by the draft. Its name will reflect PEI.
www.theguardian.pe.ca/Sports/2011-08-12/article-2704107/Basketball-dream-comes-true/1
http://www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2011-08-11/article-2703189/UPDATE%3A-Summerside-to-host-pro-basketball-team/1

Moncton NBL Canada's franchise quietly goes about its entry into the new league. Whatever its name, head coach, colors, GM, front office staff, owners, office space, ticket sales and what not are all still a mystery to the public. But it's all behind the scenes and is diligent about it. In fact, Moncton's name was never put up for the public for a contest with colors and a logo still being finalized. It will play at the old Moncton Coliseum and hopes to have the kind of attendance its rival NB city Saint John and Halifax had last year in the PBL. I see no problem why not. Moncton's owners promises lots of value for fans' bucks. Andre Levingston has been wanting that New Brunswick city for a long time, and he's satisfied.
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1431049
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1431367

NBL Canada officially welcomes London, Ontario
www.northpolehoops.com/?action=article&pageid=08419be897405321542838d77f855226

Help name the Oshawa NBL Canada as the Durham region got welcomed to the league!
www.durhamnblcanada.com/
http://newsdurhamregion.com/sports/article/183211
www.oshawaexpress.ca/viewposting.php?view=1627

Durbansandshark
17-08-2011, 06:53 AM
Lightning strikes London, Ontario on Friday and will many times over through 36 games at least with the new name of London's new NBL Canada entry was announced, much to the dismay of a local fastpitch softball team. Logo will arrive later. All thanks to a 13-year old boy.
www.lfpress.com/news/london/2011/08/12/18547261.html

If you're familiar with Pep Guardiola, the head coach and former FC Barcelona legend player, he's passionate and a workaholic as a coach that has brought numerous recent club titles, both domestic and international, with his famed personnel who love him in such a short amount of time. The Halifax Rainmen just got their own "passionate" Spanish Pep from Barcelona as their coach in their hopes to win NBL Canada titles with him replacing Mike Evans. He too deeply knows the international game, mostly in Spain's professional basketball leagues (both as an assistant and a head coach), The Netherlands, Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador, Portugal and was a Northwest Missouri St. assistant, with the new Canadian pro league utilizing FIBA rules, albeit this is basketball. Halifax presents to you Josep "Pep" Claros Canals. Ranimen tip off their debut NBL Canada season on November 3 on the road visiting the new London Lightning with the Lightning's brand new basketball court at the John Labatt Centre (more on the NBL schedule later).
www.metronews.ca/halifax/sports/article/943950--passionate-canals-hired-as-rainmen-coach
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/1258559.html

Saint John Mill Rats also starts their new league play on the road too. But to Summerside, Prince Edward Island to face the new PEI entry that will very shortly have a name. Their home NBL Canada opener will be against the London Lightning.

Moncton, still nameless, starts their inaugural NBL Canada season with their first five games on the road, starting and ending at Quebec City, before taking their first home game at the Moncton Coliseum against the Mill Rats on Sunday, November 20. Name, logo, GM, and head coach will all be announced at a news conference next week.
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1432207

Oshawa's new NBL Canada team releases their 2011-12 schedule:
www.newsdurhamregion.com/sports/article/183307

Over the weekend NBL Canada announced their first season schedule in its history (www.nblcanada.ca/schedule.php). History will be made on Saturday, October 29 when the Quebec City Kebs tip-off against Moncton at the Kebs' Universite de Laval home, and then Oshawa comes the next day. Things don't become more national in Canada until the following Thursday when London, Oshawa, and PEI (called The Island, perhaps a hint on what the PEI team will be called) have their home openers. PEI has a weekend date with the Saint John Mill Rats start the latter's season as one of the Maritimes' friendly rivalries. Very few Wednesday night games. Many of the games, like with many minor league pro basketball leagues' schedules, tend to be scheduled more on weekends. League operator and Rainmen owner Andre Levingston says he is "excited" to get the brand new NBL Canada's first season started. He adds that the schedule was designed with the fans in mind and to ensure the 36-game schedule is evenly distributed among the seven franchises. Hopefully, he says, this schedule will allow and engage fans and their respective teams to further develop their friendly rivalries whenever they travel to other cities in close proximity to each other developing that atmosphere. Again, each of the seven teams will face each other six times on the 36-game schedule--three home and three away.

Durbansandshark
18-08-2011, 04:39 AM
London Lightning brings aboard former Lawton-Ft. Sill Calvary coach and NBA star Michael Ray Richardson as their first ever head coach.
http://basketballbuzz.ca/international/former-nbaer-michael-ray-richardson-to-lead-nbl-canada-london-lightning/

Saint John's Ian McCarthy and Jaren Jackson will be scouting for some quality players, including the all-important Canadian content, who will not just fill out the Mill Rats roster and are serious in it but be impact players at the first ever NBL Canada Combine and Draft in their choices this coming weekend in Toronto. This Telegraph-Journal article also mentions that Dwuan Rice will not rejoin them because he's signed with Germany's Pro-A Cuxhaven Bascats. Antonio Anderson has not been re-signed yet. 2010 draft pick Marc Egerson, Ross Demasi, and Steve DeLuca were also protected by Saint John along with Rice and Anderson.
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1432454

I do expect that the likes of Barrie, Kingston, Fredericton, Laval, Kitchener-Waterloo, and possibly Ottawa, Sydney, and Windsor to be a part of this for 2012-13 once those prospective NBL Canada franchise owners work out their arena lease agreements with the arenas and its junior ice hockey tennants. It will help balance For Ottawa, it would be interesting if that team end up splitting its home games between the Ottawa Civic Centre and the Robert Guertin Arena to build interest in both English and French communities. The closest the Greater Toronto Area will ever taste the NBL Canada outside of Oshawa will be likely through Brampton and Mississauga. Understandably, the league does not want to compete with the Raptors. But they don't have to worry about it much this year with the NBA lockout likely to destroy its season.

As a reminder, the NBL Canada's playoffs will involve the top four teams in a single division of seven teams with the first seed team facing the fouth-seed team and the second seed squaring against the third seed. Both semifinals will be best of three affairs and the 2012 NBL Canada Finals a best of five series to crown a champion. The season should be competitive with only seven charter teams with natural rivalries cultivating among the cities, particularly in the Maritimes.

Durbansandshark
25-08-2011, 08:47 AM
The community of Oshawa, Ontario comes together to summon a powerful force to name for the Durham Region's new NBL Canada team, and that team will surely power it up there. Power is the name for the new team. It will be powered by, among other people, its new coach Mark Strickland, a man who is not that far removed from his NBA playing days, and his three new NBL Canada draftees. Strickland likes Oshawa because it's close to Toronto but not stuck out in the middle of nowhere (http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Basketball/News/2011/08/22/18585231.html).
http://www.newsdurhamregion.com/sports/article/183793

Does Moncton, New Brunswick believes in Miracles? Apparently so! The provincial rivals to the Saint John Mill Rats now have a new coach in the bilingual Norris Bell, who accepted the ABA's Atlanta Aliens coaching job until this came along because Bell likes the idea of Moncton basketball being a big fish in a small pond as he makes his pro head coaching debut (Good call: given how very haphazard the ABA has been for several years. That Atlanta Aliens ABA team won't be guaranteed to have staying power like Moncton could). Just think weeks ago Moncton, despite tremendous local interest for basketball, wasn't going to get a charter franchise until seemingly the last minute when Kingston, Ontario bowed out even when they could not get the Moncton Coliseum dates. Never thought I would witness two New Brunswick pro basketball franchises. But here they are. Fredericton could join in the future. Behold the Moncton Miracles' logo (http://route19.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/moncton-miracles/). It looks like Mr. Clean is riding along a basketball whose trail is too much of a knockoff of the Orlando Magic logo. But there are multiple reasons for the Miracles name that resonates with the Moncton community and history, not the least of which include something shared in both English and French and the fact Moncton rebounded itself into a great, livable city now. The Miracles also strongly vow community involvement (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1434263).
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1433876
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1434158

Prince Edward Island's pro basketball debut franchise in Summerside has yet to announce its name. It is preferred that the name would be something that significantly resonate with "The Island". But PEI now does have a head coach in Joe Salermo, formerly of the now-defunct Vermont Frost Heaves, and is no stranger to coaching small-market basketball teams (http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Sports/2011-08-18/article-2711817/%26lsquo%3BIsland%26rsquo%3B-pro-basketball-team%26rsquo%3Bs-first-head-coach-no-stranger-to-small-market-franchises/1). Just like several of the other teams in the league, Salermo's PEI likes to the team being embedded to the community and embraces it.

London Lightning publicly introduces the outgoing and charismatic Michael Ray Richardson as their head coach (http://www.lfpress.com/sports/columnists/morris_dalla_costa/2011/08/23/18592116.html) with the deep-pocketed and well-connected Vito Frijila, who is so passionate about basketball, London Mayor Joe Fontana, Lightning GM Taylor Brown, John Labatt Centre GM Brian Ohl, and Tourism London's John Winston while unvieling the new logo (http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/2011/08/lightning-unveil-logo/) at their press conference this afternoon. Richardson of course knows about being in minor league pro basketball and its travails like with Albany and Lawton-Ft. Sill, so his experience will be of service. Plus he's got a list of young NBA players that Brown could sign to the Lightning in addition to its draftees (more on that later).

Now we know the NBL Canada is for real with its first-ever draft in the history books as it ushers a new era in Canadian pro sports, basketball in particular. After a two-day weekend NBL Canada Draft Combine at Toronto's Seneca College that was open to the public with the second day exclusively for Canadian ballers (http://www.nblcanada.ca/draft.php), the historic draft will be noted for its firsts. First venue. First teams. First picks. First Canadians. First Round. The SkyDome (I don't call it by the current name!) was the venue for that, but while the scene was more a like in a restaurant like the Premier Basketball League did at the Chicago ESPNZone (actually a very nice suite in the NBL Canada's case) and not taking up lots of space in it like the NBA came with its draft there back in 1995, it will still very professional in presentation and organization, like with the escorts before going to shake Andre Levingston's hand like his NBA counterpart Stern and plasma screens with the logos and font names of the teams. The draft did resemble like a bigger pro league one with teams being "on the clock" for three minutes to select a player. Teams working on possible trades on draft day and potentially move up. All the scouts, GMs, and coaches being present. It was streamed online if I recall with no TV contract installed. Out of the 180 players that registered for the weekend combine, 30 Americans and 25 Canadians were invited for the draft that Sunday in Toronto.

The Oshawa Power will be known in trivia with the first pick, and 6'4" G Morgan Lewis from NCAA D2 Findlay (won a title with them too while being the tournament MVP in 2009) will forever be known as the first-ever NBL Canada #1 draft pick. Ashland's Justin Garris, who "dominated the combine" that Saturday was Prince Edward Island's pick at #2 (http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Sports/2011-08-22/article-2718089/P.E.I.-pro-basketball-team-makes-first-picks/1). Saint John Mill Rats' draftee Jerome Brown, also 6'4", from Texas' Panloa College out of Toronto was selected as the first Canadian selected in the NBL Canada draft in the first round (http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/rss/article/1433839). In fact, the Mill Rats went all Canadian in their picks (http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1433669). Quebec City Kebs made Tristan Martin from Houston the only other Canadian drafted in the first round, which somewhat made the segue into the last two rounds that were for Canadians only. Former Windsor Lancer Issac Kuon was taken by the London Lightning in the second round. Long Island Blackbird Eugene Kotorabai, who hasn't played basketball for three years after his time at LIU was up, has the distinction to be the 2011 NBL Canada last pick (http://www.kansascity.com/2011/08/22/3091209/first-ever-nblc-draft-allows-players.html). It gives him an odd feeling to come back is grateful. He's not alone: some of the players drafted haven't played in a while. Hate to call him Mr. Irrelevant in this, so I won't. I noticed players from the CIS power schools weren't drafted like Carleton, Trinity Western, UQAM, Lakehead, Saskatchewan. On the other hand, they may not quite have the qualities those teams were looking for at the pro levels. That, and the fact American players will likely dominate these rosters, the talent levels within teams must be on par with that. We'll see with NBL Canada expansion if players from those powers schools will get in.

The following is a list of players selected at the 2011 National Basketball League of Canada draft:

First Round
Oshawa - Morgan Lewis, 6'4? 210 lbs, University of Findlay
PEI- Justin Garris, 6'3? 200 lbs, Ashland University
London - Tryone Levett, 6'5? 220 lbs, Alabama State
Moncton - Darrell Wonge, 6'7" 215 lbs, Winston-Salem State
Saint John - Jerome Brown , 6'4? 205 lbs, Panola College
Halifax - Danny Friend, 6'7? 215 lbs, Limestone College
Quebec - Tristan Martin , 6'3? 192 lbs, University of Houston

Second Round
Oshawa - Kevin Francis, 6'8" 220, Cleveland State
PEI - Chris Cayole, 6'8" 210, St. Michael's College
London - Isaac Kuon, 6'4" 186, University of Windsor
Moncton - Kevin Loiselle, 6'6" 220, Maine Fort Kent University
Saint John - Sherton Sanderson, 5'11" 165, Markham, Ontario
Halifax - Papa Oppong, 6'4" 185, Eastern Kentucky
Quebec - Sherone Edwards, 6'4" 215, UPEI

Third Round
Oshawa - Blain Labranche, 6'5" 195, UBC
PEI - Tyrone Mattison, 6'0"195, Long Island University
London - Nicholas Lother, 5'11" 175, University of Winnipeg
Moncton - Akeem Sween, 6'4" 195, Humber College
Saint John - Kevin Massiah - 6'5" 215, Wisconsin
Halifax - Jerrell Thompson, 5'10" 185, Sacred Heart University
Quebec - Eugene Kotorabai, 6'5" 225, Long Island University

I'm glad to hear the draft went well and the vibe was very nice. People are grateful to play professionally in Canada. Also, I hope the seven teams are pleased with their draft picks. PEI's Salermo surely does (http://www.journalpioneer.com/Sports/2011-08-21/article-2718026/Head-coach-delighted-with-picks/1) when they look for quality players (http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Sports/2011-08-20/article-2716866/%26lsquo%3BIsland%26rsquo%3B-basketball-coach-seeking-quality-players/1).

Durbansandshark
25-08-2011, 11:21 AM
Meanwhile back at the ABA and PBL, where Halifax, Quebec City, and Saint John all originated from. The Premier Basketball League decided to take another foray into the southeast for the first time since the Wilmington SeaDawgs, another successful franchise originally from the ABA, left for the CBL largely due to keep travel costs down and the Augusta Groove bit the dust. With some new franchises based in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, the PBL has resurrected an old, popular CBA franchise from the 1980s, albeit a new legacy will be created this time. It's the Charleston Gunners. And now, the press release:

Charleston Gunners Join the Premier Basketball League for the 2012 Season

CHICAGO, Aug. 23, 2011 /via Reuters.com/ — The Premier Basketball League (PBL) announced the latest league expansion into the Charleston, West Virginia market. The “Charleston Gunners” will join the PBL for the 2012 season.

This is not the Charleston Gunners first venture in minor league basketball in West Virginia. Extremely popular in the Mountain State, the “Gunners” played in the Continental Basketball Association from 1986-1989. Former NBA players Michael Anderson and Peter Verhoeven played in Charleston for the original Gunners.

“We are so excited to bring back the popular ‘Gunners’ franchise to Charleston. The community is such an amazing support base and we are proud to be part of the Premier Basketball League. The leagues involvement in community and minor league basketball as a whole was what brought us into the PBL,” commented team owner Thomas Jones.

The owners of Charleston Pro Basketball, Inc., a West Virginia Corporation is located in Rand, WV. The Gunners’ ownership group headed by Thomas Jones is comprised of five community leaders, Brandon Burns, Director of Game Day Operations, A.C. Cooper the Director of Communications, Mark Hebard Comptroller, and legal counsel Rusty Webb. Team leadership is very involved in the legal, education, and media fields in the Kanawha Valley.

The Gunners are excited and look forward to hosting various “game night themes” throughout the season. Theme nights will include “eBay Auction Night” where fans can participate in an auction for a one-game contract to play pro basketball with the Gunners, and “Zombie Night/Night of the Living Dead” for the best-dressed zombie costumes.

“The ‘Gunners’ have been a team we have been excited about bringing into the league. The teams proven track record and fan base in the late 80′s proves the community loyalty to the franchise. We are happy to have them and round out our East Coast division,” commented Brij Desai, PBL President and CEO.

The Charleston Gunner’s join the Rochester RazorSharks, Dayton Air Strikers, Team Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Chicago Muscle, and the Sauk Valley Predators in 2012 PBL action. With the league in the process of making final team announcements for next season, attention and focus is switching to the PBL National Combine and Tryouts scheduled for October 1st-2nd at Attack Athletics in Chicago.

For more information on the Premier Basketball League visit www.ThePBL.com or contact Chris Foltz atchris@thepbl.com or by phone at 312-772-4865
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Hopefully with this development the PBL can work hard to dispell those damning accusations regarding the refs favoring the RazorSharks and be as objective as they must!
That prompted Halifax, Quebec City, and Saint John to leave.

The PBL Announces Paul Carter as the Director of Officials; Referee Training and Certification Camp set for August 27th 28th, 2011 - Jul 27, 2011 (by Allen White)

Chicago 7/25/2011 The Premier Basketball League is proud and excited to announce its new Director of Officials, Paul Carter. Carter brings to the PBL over 16 years of officiating experience and has worked in various college and minor league settings over the past 12 years.

We are happy to bring Paul Carter into the role of Director of Officials. Pauls experience as an official spans every corner of the industry. When we were scouting for our new Director of Officials, there was no question about Pauls credentials. Pauls dedication and experience are second to none and we are thrilled to bring him to the league, commented Brij Desai, President and CEO of the Premier Basketball League.

Carter grew up in a basketball family and started playing the sport at an early age. When Carter wasnt on the basketball court, he was watching it. Eventually, Carter switched gears and began to focus solely on officiating. As a referee, he has officiated games in over 27 US states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. In addition, Carter has participated in over 100 referee camps.

The Premier Basketball League will host tryouts for interested on-court officials for the upcoming 2012 PBL season in conjunction with the National Combine and Tryouts. It is mandatory for candidates to attend one of the tryouts to be considered to be an official for the 2012 season. Officials that have worked past seasons are encouraged to attend tryout. Although it is not mandatory, it will help your process of how many game assignments you will receive for the 2012 season.

Tryout will take place on:
Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th
Attack Athletics
2641 W. Harrison Ave.
Chicago IL 60612

Pre-registration is required. Officials may download the registration form online by visiting www.thePBL.com starting the week of July 25th, 2011

Registration fee is 50.00. This must arrive in the League office no later than August 15th. Send your officiating resume along with check or money order made out to The Premier Basketball League should be mailed to:

Premier Basketball League
Attn: Officials Tryout
4958 W. Irving Park Road
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60641

Officials are advised to arrive at 11:00am to sign in and get dressed. Black pants or shorts and your zebra stripes should be your attire.

For further information contact Paul Carter at (727) 455-6409 or via email at paul@thePBL.com. For additional information on the PBL contact the Premier Basketball League office at (773) 794-4958 or info@thePBL.com. For further league information visit www.thePBL.com.

Over in the ABA...

Gwizzlies ink Sholberg - Aug 8, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA Georgia Gwizzlies announced that Blake Sholberg (7'1''-C, college: St.Mary's, CA) will be in a Gwizzlies uniform when the team opens it regular season on December 3 at the new ABA team in Athens, Georgia. Sholberg is a former player at St Mary's University and played in the CBA.'Blake profile reminds me of one of my former players Ned Rolsma,a 7'0 footer who can get it done inside and outside' stated Gwizzlies boss Embry Malone.

East Point Jaguars name new Head Coach - Aug 8, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA East Point Jaguars professional basketball team that begins play in December announced that Daquan Payton has been named head coach. Coach Payton comes to the team with over 30 years of experience with eleven of those years dedicated to coaching basketball. He is the brother of the late famed Chicago Bear Hall of Famer Walter Payton and the uncle of former NBA All Star Gary Payton.

'He has always been involved in sports in many different aspects as he comes from an athletic family and has been in the professional environment for many years,' stated team co-owner Reginald Shaw. 'From high school, where he lettered in basketball, football, baseball and track to winning many championships as a coach, he is very dedicated to what he does. He has a style and sense of how own that speaks for itself.'
For more information, visit www.eastpointjaguars.com or email eastpointjaguars@yahoo.com or call 770 206 7085

Veteran Guard MaJic Dorsey Inks Deal with Halcones UV Xalapa - Aug 15, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)

Majic Dorsey (6'1''-G-81, college: S.Indiana), formerly of the NBA D-League's Reno Big Horns, has signed with Mexican powerhouse Halcones UV Xalapa for the 2011-12 LNBP season. A 30-year old guard from Baltimore, Maryland, Dorsey is no stranger to Mexico and Latin America, having been the LNBPs leading scorer (35.4ppg) in 2006 while a member of Mayas de Yucatan. Xalapa are coming off a 2010-11 season which saw them fall in the semi-finals of the playoffs to eventual champions Toros Nuevo Laredo. Under new Head Coach Andy Stoglin , Xalapa will utilize the dynamic Dorsey at both the point and off-guard positions in a fast, up-tempo system which suits the veteran just fine. I have always wanted to play for this team, they have a very NBA-style organization, very professional I came to this city because I want to give them another championship Dorsey said about his signing in Xalapa. Dorsey made a name for himself coming up out of Brevard Community College, earning American Basketball Association (ABA) Rookie of the Year Honors in his first professional season after college, along with touring with the And 1 Streetball Tour. While the D-League had been the place where MaJic tuned his skills against NBA-caliber opponents on a nightly-basis, the showman, the star, always shined its brightest in Mexico. He has spent the last two seasons playing with Meteoros de Yucatan-Merida in addition to an exhibition tour in China.

Dorsey has played in 147 career D-League games over five seasons, with career averages of 9.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 43.2% from the field and 83.0% from the free-throw line. A re-vamped Xalapa roster featuring Dorsey is sure to be one of the favorites to capture the LNPB crown this season, and for the man they call MaJic, the spotlight and big stage is his place to shine.

Durbansandshark
25-08-2011, 11:22 AM
New coach announced by Carolina Cougars - Aug 18, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA Rocky Mount Carolina Cougars have hired a new coach. He is Eric Vaughn , a.k.a. The Geeker, who hails from Clarksdale, Mississippi, where his friends called him Howard Cosell as a child. Eric attended Michigan Christian College, a small school where he led the basketball team to a national championship. He was named M.V.P. and 1st Team All-American and went on to attend Indiana University/Purdue at Fort Wayne (IPFW), where he holds the single season record for Free Throw percentage. After attending IPFW, Vaughn started a coaching career and first job was as assistant coach at Indiana Institute of Technology for 3 years. Then, he coached in CBA, ah High School level and did color commentary for the National Basketball Association (NBA) D-League team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

According to Tommy Stevenson, President of Basketball Operations of the Cougars, 'Eric brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. He has coached at all levels of basketball from AAU to professional and has been successful at each stop. We look for that trend to continue with the Cougars in an area starving for some positive family friendly, fast paced, exciting entertainment.'

Garrett hired as Athens Razors new coach - Aug 24, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

New ABA franchise The Athens Razors announced the hiring of experienced Lionel Garrett as the team Head Coach. Garrett had a succesful collegiate career at Southern U in Baton Rouge, La. He dominated the SWAC Conference from 75-79, being named to the All-SWAC team 3 years leading the SWAC in Rebounding his senior season (15.8). After signing with the San Diego Clippers' when picked in the '79 NBA Draft, Garrett hung his brim with the Harlem Globetrotters rebounding for the Hall Of Fame team worldwide. He then played overseas and in the CBA.

Garrett started his coaching career spending six years as an assistant at Miles College in Birmingham. Eventually, Garrett coached in the CBA, NAIA and in NCAA. His last coaching stop was at the Marietta Storm, in WBA league, last year.

Durbansandshark
26-08-2011, 05:51 AM
If the Saint John Mill Rats are an indicator, it's that the province of New Brunswick loves and supports basketball. Now that it has a provincial rival in the form of the Moncton Miracles, expect some fireworks whenever those two get together in the first ever season of the National Basketball League Canada!

As for the new Miracles, they got some of their players on Sunday's NBL Canada draft, but they still need to completely fill the 10-12 roster in time for the season's start. That's why it's not the end of the world for those who did not get drafted. Those undrafted players at the Toronto combine could get signed as free agents. There will be team tryouts from among the seven franchises scheduled soon. In the case of Matt Robinson, the local Moncton boy, who couldn't attend the NBL Canada combine, just got an invite to the Miracles training camp.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2011/08/24/nb-moncton-miracles-robertson-903.html

Further proof of NBL Canada excitement being in the air in Moncton (and why Andre Levingston was so right about wanting Moncton in the league): when the team was announced with the name and the ticket prices too at the news conference, the Miracles suddenly became a hot ticket in the city (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1434702).

NBL Canada and Dome Production teamed up to bring you the full coverage of the 2011 NBL Canada Draft from Toronto's SkyDome. You'll also notice Oshawa Power's logo on the flat screens when they're first to pick. Rogers Sportsnet Radio FAN 590 AM's resident basketball on-air personalities Eric Smith and Paul Jones, who also are the Toronto Raptors radio announcement team, call the action with Jason Portuondo in the full replay.
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fnblvideos.s3.amazonaws.com%2 FNBL%2520Draft%2520for%2520Web_1.mp4&h=DAQAaH7iZAQBzU8pflyWP6dzVtVX86tpDailiYOuzhPZlFQ

North Pole Hoops' Kristina McGarry recaps this historic draft.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFkwZTDJx1g

Durbansandshark
30-08-2011, 12:45 PM
The Summerside, Prince Edward Island (pop. 15,000, by far the smallest city of all the NBL Canada markets) NBL Canada team moved its deadline for its nickname contest to Tuesday from September 6 after getting 300+ submissions for the PEI team's name.

http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1435288
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1435135

Durbansandshark
14-09-2011, 10:16 AM
Back to the ABA and PBL for now on this post.

The recent big news in the ABA was the signing of former San Antonio Spurs guard (since traded to Indiana) George Hill returning to the state of Texas with the Texas Fuel. The last time a notable player with NBA ties played in this was Isiah Rider when he played for another Texas-based ABA team, North Texas Fresh a couple of seasons back. Rider didn't play much in his attempted comeback as far as I know. In a league that holds a terrible rep for being so haphazard and unprofessional, the ABA needs any good publicity it needs to stay relevant. The Texas Fuel will start its preseason against the West Texas Whirlwhinds. I sincerely hope Hill is open minded enough to withstand all of the stuff that may go on with this league and loves basketball enough regardless to keep himself in basketball shape. Consider the Fuel are among the better-run ABA teams out there, Hill shouldn't have any issues:

George Hill joins ABA team Texas Fuel - Aug 29, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA Texas Fuel today announced that George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI), the former San Antonio Spurs guard recently traded to the Indiana Pacers, is scheduled to play for the Texas Fuel pending the NBA lockout. The Texas Fuel will open its pre-season on Sunday, October 16th vs. the West Texas Whirlwinds at Manual Garza B. Gymnasium at the University of Texas at Brownsville, TX and Texas Southwest College.

'We are very pleased to have George as part of the Texas Fuel while the NBA lockout continues,' stated Marlon Minifee, Texas Fuel GM. 'He is a great player and a terrific young man who has done so much for the community; I know we will miss seeing him play for the San Antonio Spurs, but we are excited about his being able to return home to Indianapolis when the NBA resumes play. For now, he will add so very much to our team.with his skills and leadership.'

The ABA will begin the 2011 season in late November with over 80(!) teams, making it the largest professional sports league in the US. The league recently announced its new ABA Classics Division, a celebrity-backed prize money league that will begin next summer; the WABA, a women's league that will begin play in January, ABA Global, its international initiative and the ABA Entertainment League featuring top entertainers, directors, producers and former NFL, NBA, MLB players that begins play in October.

This segues into the ABA allowing clearance for NBA players to play in the ABA during the lockout. As I just alluded to, I have to wonder if the NBA players locked out, more than likely the ones who struggle for playing time and are buried deep behind the rotation with some exceptions such as Hill, like to deal with playing in high school and junior college gyms with very few people in attendance (for they don't know that a ABA team exists), will they get paid on time, and teams not showing up for road games or being fly-by-nighters, as it so all too often happens. That's never been part of their lifestyle in the NBA, so it will be quite a comedown from that; perhaps it will make them appreciate what they have. Sure there will be those who will hone their skills or keep them sharp overseas or in the higher minor leagues (even in the new NBL Canada), but the ABA contingent of NBA players will be interesting to me.

USBasket's Surujh Roopnarine interviews Gregory "The Purist" Plummer resurrecting his basketball career:
http://www.usbasket.com/ABA/basketball.asp?NewsID=240131

ABA provides exemption to NBA players - Aug 30, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Just after the announcement of George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) joining the Texas Fuel during the NBA lockout, the American Basketball Association announced that it is providing its teams with exemptions for NBA players who want to play during the NBA lockout.

'We've had many calls from our teams and NBA players as well as their agents/reps about the use of NBA players during the lockout,' stated Dick Packer , ABA President/COO. 'We definitely welcome having NBA players on our teams. It is a great way for them to stay in shape and to play competitively as well as being able to play in the US. We decided not to include NBA players added to rosters under the salary cap or the 12-man roster limitation. We do not want the exemption to cost any ABA players their positions on their team. This exemption will exist during the NBA lockout only.' Packer added, 'As an example, I received an email from a Player Representative saying,...'...my client, xxxx was drafted in the second round by the xxxxxx in this year's NBA draft. We are looking at options to keep him playing during the NBA lockout. The ABA represents a very interesting and viable option for some of my clients...I would like to get in touch in regards to possibilities. Thanks.' 'I spoke with the rep who has over 40 NBA players and we are going to work together to find teams for the players during the lockout.'

For more information, you can contact Dick Packer at (352) 455 7657 or email dpacker@abalive.com

Hopes to get admitted into the NBDL didn't work out over the summer, but the Southeast Texas Mustangs, one of the more successful ABA teams in recent years, surely don't want to return to the ABA. So it's taking time off for a year from any pro league. What, couldn't the Mustangs attract the PBL? Maybe the league didn't want to go south for travel costs reasons and maybe with what happened with Lawton-Ft. Sill? Likely the Mustangs felt that league and others weren't good fits for it. But it will stay active as an operation for now.

Stand-by period for the SETX Mavericks - Sep 1, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

It has been officially announced yesterday that the Southeast Texas Mavericks will not play in any League this upcoming Fall of 2011. At the end of last season after Winning Back to Back Pro Basketball National Championships the Mavericks made the decision to leave the ABA. The intention at the time was to join the NBA D League. Obviously, for several reasons, that did not work out. The Mavericks have been approached by and have looked at several other opportunities which were just not good fits for the Professional Basketball Team & Organization.

The SETX Mavericks Pro Basketball Team & Organization has 'SET A STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE' for ALL others to follow over the past three seasons! With that said, the Mavericks also have established a Legacy & Tradition they want left intact and that will not be tarnished in anyway. The Mavericks will only move forward if they have an opportunity to play at what they perceive to be a level that enhances what has already been built.

The accomplishments of the Mavericks are long and distinguished! The SETX Mavericks stand among the best to ever play the Game of Professional Basketball on this level. What has been accomplished will live on... And in the future the Mavericks hope to add on to their Legacy & Tradition!

The SETX Mavericks Pro Basketball Organization will stay intact. Coach Steve Tucker will remain with the Organization as General Manager/Head Coach. They will remain active in the community & area. The Coach T Basketball School will be established. The Basketball Operations will remain active.

The Mavericks are still actively looking at options and developing them as well. In the future, it will be revealed on what is being looked at and worked on.
If there are any further questions or if you would like to set up an interview with SETX Mavericks owner Jerry Nelson or Coach Steve Tucker contact Ms. Tamika Humphrey the Director of Public Relations/Media Relations for Nutty Jerry's at #877/643-7508

And now, the expansion Connecticut TopBallerz make known their training camp attendees.

Connecticut TopBallerz Announce Training Camp Invitees - Sep 12, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)

The expansion Connecticut TopBallerz of the American Basketball Association (ABA) have announced the names of 29 players who have been invited to training camp. Over the course of four extensive tryout sessions the team has selected a group of veterans and fresh faces from the tri-state area who should form the core of the team this season. Among the notable names are two recent graduates from Fairleigh Dickinsion, John Galvin (6'8''-F-88) and Terence Grier (6'0''-G-87). Also, ABA veteran Raheim Lowery (6'8''-C, college: Dowling) has made the first cut in his attempt to re-gain the form that made him a coveted commodity on the overseas market a few seasons ago. Similarly, rec-league stars such as Bobby Moore (5'8''-G-79, college: W.Nebraska CC) and Andre bagot are looking for a chance to prove their worth on the professional level. The TopBallerz will tip off their regular season on November 21 against the New jersey Express and will compete with other teams from the Northeast area. Team owners Aaron and Trevor Hairston along with Head Coach Andre Huston and Generla Manager John Scavuzzo are hoping to build on the passion of basketball fans in Connecticut as they tip off their inaugural season in the ABA.

2011 Training Camp Invitees
Andre Bagot
Japhet McNeil (6'0''-G-85, college: Bridgeport)
Deavn Ramsey
Jason Bryson
Lance Fuertado (6'5''-G)
Pierre Curtis (6'3''-G, college: JMU)
Jashone Cunningham
John Galvin
Tywan Samuels
Joseph Dorsett-Jeffreys (6'11''-C-85)
Darcell Reddick
Braxton Darden
Jeff Johnson
Mercury Fiske
Cornelius Vines (6'2''-G-86)
Walden St. Juste (6'1''-G)
Roosevelt Lee (6'6''-F-86)
Tom Beaudinet
Cassius Chaney (6'6''-F-87)
Raheim Lowery
Kelvin Davis (6'3''-G-84)
Bobby Moore
Terence Grier
Ron Christy
Antoine Waller
Travis King (6'2''-G-86)
Shawn Unstunel
Kaseem Johnson (6'6''-F-87, college: Rhode Island)
Malachi Bunch

Durbansandshark
14-09-2011, 10:20 AM
DWade coming to the Premier Basketball League? I don't think so! I'll believe it when I see it perhaps when he dons a Chicago Muscle jersey. For now, a top EuroLeague club beckons.

From NBA Star, to Philanthropist, to Premier Basketball League Standout? - Aug 31, 2011 (by Allen White)

CHICAGO, Aug. 29, 2011 /via Reuters.com/ With the impending NBA lock out approaching, the Premier Basketball League has been focused on the upcoming season. Brij Desai, PBL President and CEO, shared the league mission, a night of charity, and a contract to play in the 2012 PBL season with one NBA stand-out this past Friday evening.

Chicago native and Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) held his Fourth Annual Wades World Weekend benefiting the Wades World Foundation and several local Chicago charities. This invite only, star studded event focused on raising much needed funds for local charities inspiring and educating children.

It was an absolute honor being invited to such an amazing evening of philanthropy. The Premier Basketball League is a stand out supporter of community involvement, and it inspires our entire leadership team seeing what Dwyane is doing for kids, commented Desai.

Giving back to the Chicago community is not the only thing Desai was able to accomplish for the PBL and partner foundations this weekend. Desai personally presented a 2012 Premier Basketball League contract worth seven figures to Wade for the upcoming season beginning this January and ending in April. On the heals of a successful NBA Locked-Out Draft this summer, the PBL has already been in contact negotiations with two additional NBA players and their agents.

Wade received the highest number of votes in our Locked-Out Draft this summer. Our fans have spoken and I am honored to have personally presented Dwyane with a contract for the 2012 season, continued Desai. Its not everyday that a Chicago native has so much impact on their home town all the way fromMiami. With our new league initiatives, regional play model, and NBA Locked-Out player contracts competitive with overseas leagues, we want to give Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) the opportunity to continue giving back to his fan base right here in the United States this upcoming season.

Desai also had the opportunity to talk with Wades agent Henry Thomas, as well as present the official PBL promotional kit with a copy of the first game of the 2011 PBL Finals in Rochester.

Every major player in the NBA is being approached by multiple leagues around the world. We are excited to be receiving so much attention and positive feedback from the NBA players and agents that we are in talks with now, concluded Desai.

With a new regional play model for the 2012 season, the PBL is growing quickly. Already adding 6 teams to the 2012 season roster, the PBL has plans on a September announcement of two additional teams for the upcoming season. Each team is firmly committed to their respective communities and the fan base across the nation.

For more information on the Premier Basketball League and NBA Locked-Out player contract including a picture of Desai presenting the contract to Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) please visit www.ThePBL.com or contact Chris Foltz, Vice-President of League Development at chris@thepbl.com.

Council signs at Barreteros de Zacatecazs - Sep 2, 2011 (by Eurobasket Center )

Barreteros de Zacatecazs (LNBP) agreed terms with American guard Melvin Council (191-G-91kg, college: Robert Morris). Its actually Councils comeback to Barreteros as she played here before. Council played most recently at Rochester RazorSharks (PBL) in the U.S. While playing 24 games for Rochester R. last season his stats were: 11.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the championship title. Council graduated Robert Morris College in 2007 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Durbansandshark
15-09-2011, 12:41 PM
The Prince Edward Island NBL Canada team based in Summerside finally has a nickname to round out the roster of team names. Sure, it's a commonly-used one and perhaps could've selected a better (and more original) one. What's interesting is that the team will not be called, as expected by many including me, as PEI/Prince Edward Island. Thankfully it's not called The Island anymore. But instead it's called Summerside. Logo's not bad, if a little cartoonish. There have been a couple of Canadian pro basketball teams in the past that have used this. What is it about NBL Canada teams employing nicknames associated with violent precipitation?
http://www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2011-09-07/article-2742581/Pro-basketball-team-will-be-known-as-Summerside-Storm/1

Better look at the logo here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SummersideStorm.PNG

Check out the goings on PEI's first foray into pro basketball at this blog:
http://islandprobasketball.blogspot.com/

Facebook pages:
Halifax Rainmen: http://www.facebook.com/RainmenBasketball
Summerside Storm: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Island-Pro-Basketball/208643929189415
Saint John Mill Rats: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saint-John-Millrats-Pro-Basketball-Page/115148998525150
London Lightning: http://www.facebook.com/pages/London-Lightning-Basketball/274064159286859
Oshawa Power: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oshawa-Power/136774969752614

Durbansandshark
30-09-2011, 11:31 AM
Lots to cover regarding the news of the new National Basketball League Canada in the last several weeks since the historic first draft.

Halifax made a major announcement in bringing in former NBA players Rodney Buford and Eddie Robinson to the Rainmen fold (http://www.metronews.ca/halifax/local/article/973344--former-nbaers-eddie-robinson-rodney-buford-join-rainmen) in addition to its three NBL Canada draft picks and a few of its protected players like Taliek Brown and Deandre Thomas. With training camp starting in a matter of days, an overflow of deep talent coming Halifax's way (http://www.metronews.ca/halifax/sports/article/974130--overflow-of-talent-expected-at-camp) will help round out the roster during its open tryouts (http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4300518).

Former Halifax Rainman Rookie of the Year in the PBL 2009-10 Eric Gilchrist joins the new Summerside Storm with several other players formerly with Halifax (http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/1264729.html), which makes him know the Maritimes' love for basketball (http://www.journalpioneer.com/Sports/2011-09-21/article-2754907/Newest-Storm-player-no-stranger-to-Maritimes/1). Also, fellow Frost Heave Mike Williams reunites with Salerno (http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Sports/2011-09-01/article-2737362/Pro-basketball-team-makes-major-signing/1) with veteran PG Al Stewart joining them and is familiar with coach Joe Salerno having been with him at Vermont (http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Sports/2011-09-03/article-2740031/Veteran-point-guard-signs-with-P.E.I.-pro-basketball-squad/1). Summerside also signed its first Canadian draft pick in Chris Cayole (http://www.journalpioneer.com/Sports/2011-09-09/article-2744470/Storm-signs-Canadian-draft-pick/1), Chicago's Michael Dale (http://www.journalpioneer.com/Sports/2011-09-26/article-2760214/Storm-signs-small-forward-/1), and added size (http://www.journalpioneer.com/Sports/2011-09-23/article-2758879/Storm-adds-very-important-piece-to-offence/1) with a former NBL (Australia) import and Iowa St./Indiana player in Jessan Gray and Canadian Troy Gottsellig. The Storm also announced that the first of four NBL Canada preseason games will be held at the UPEI Sports Centre, home of the Panthers, in Charlottetown on October 22 when they meet the Halifax Rainmen. Other Storm preseason games can be seen here (http://www.journalpioneer.com/Sports/2011-09-20/article-2754103/Storm-to-play-first-pre-season-game-at-UPEI/1).

London's new pro basketball franchise, the Lightning, looks forward to carve a new and exciting era of professional basketball in that Ontario city (http://www.lfpress.com/sports/basketball/2011/08/22/18584441.html) with a colo(u)rful and charismatic head coach in Michael Ray Richardson (http://www.lfpress.com/sports/columnists/morris_dalla_costa/2011/08/23/18592116.html) to help sell the sport there defying the inherit local negativity (http://www.lfpress.com/sports/basketball/2011/09/16/18698016.html) by making new fans (http://www.lightningbasketball.ca/view/londonlightning/news/news_32492). While the Lightning's 20-game season tickets are going on sale with prices announced (http://www.lfpress.com/sports/basketball/2011/09/06/18648416.html), London is in the process of signing nine players with the remaining three coming out of the open tryouts, which Richardson wants only up to 20-25 prospective players (including four Canadians)--five players already in their stable including a former Harlem Globetrotter (http://www.lightningbasketball.ca/view/londonlightning/news/news_32654) and then four more including their Canadians Issac Kuon and Nick Lother (http://www.lightningbasketball.ca/view/londonlightning/news/news_32753). The Lightning are, as mentioned earlier on this thread, deeply loaded (http://www.lfpress.com/sports/columnists/morris_dalla_costa/2011/09/13/18681981.html) thanks to passionate basketball lover Vito Frijia and plans to rev up their ticket campaign and other publicities with several Lightning corporate sponsors soon to be announced.

For the Moncton Miracles, setting things up for its inaugural season involves dance teams auditions, a mascot search (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1437564), seating chart with court suites (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1435752), and O Canada pregame singers (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1436781). Moncton's new coach Norris Bell has already arrived in the New Brunswick city making himself and the Miracles known (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1437564) bringing his passion for basketball for what it brought him in his life (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1439788). They're living up to what they're proclaiming about being an integral part of the Moncton community by running basketball camps and are happy with the public's response to them, especially in the ticket sales (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1443861). In fact, one former Moncton High basketball player, Christian Cyr, whose father owns the Chateau Moncton, became the first Miracles season ticket holder for two seasons at the Jack Nicholson seats (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1435988). With that in mind, the Miracles are looking for high-character guys for the team (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1441044). Miracles training camp starts October 18 (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1441044). Actually, the Miracles' dance teams are ready (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/news/article/1443891). Moncton's official website is now ready: www.miraclesbasketball.ca

Oshawa Power, the NBL Canada team closest to Toronto, welcomes their first five players in their franchise history (http://www.durhamregion.com/sports/article/1135760--oshawa-power-welcome-five-to-the-fold), which includes the first ever NBL Canada draft pick in Morgan Lewis. It made available to the public its Power logo, coach, and player Kevin Francis (http://www.durhamregion.com/sports/article/1077922--oshawa-power-introduces-head-coach-mark-strickland) after selecting their players in the draft (http://www.durhamregion.com/sports/article/1070284--oshawa-nbl-canada-franchise-powers-up). Like fellow newbie Moncton, the Power is making themselves accessible in the community with grassroots basketball involvement (http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4295666).

Saint John and Quebec City will arrive next week.

Porter Airlines just got announced as the NBL Canada's official airline hours ago:
http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4300525

Durbansandshark
08-10-2011, 06:59 AM
Due to my crazy work schedule, Saint John's and Quebec City's developments will have to wait until at least next week in addition to other stuff.

The NBL Canada has hit a terrible snag when talks with one prospective commissioner fell through on Monday when unforseen circumstances in the agreement--apparently, his lawyer wanted some things in the contract when his client was very much agreed in principle with the other terms--added that arose at the 11th hour negotiations would have made a serious dent to the league's financial viability. An announcement would have been made in Toronto on Monday for the league's first commissioner. So Levingston and McCarthy are still seeking in hopes of having him installed before the season starts.

Moncton Miracles follow suit with Halifax and Saint John and name Rogers Communications as its principal sponsor. In this same article, CIS basketball legend William Njoku, Steve Chapman, and Serge Langis will be Norris Bell's assistants. Make sense that it will be two English and one French to coincide with the need to cater both fanbases in New Brunswick:
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1445734

Four Canadians are among the several battling for those two London Lightning roster spots before their debut season starts. With that going on, coach Michael Ray Richardson was talking to a NBA player to join him in London, Ontario. Also they got Brian Carlwell formerly of San Diego St. among many others:
http://www.lfpress.com/sports/basketball/2011/10/04/18781101.html
http://www.lfpress.com/sports/basketball/2011/09/30/18765566.html

12 out of the 18 players in training camp starting Saturday will become the first players of the new Summerside Storm as they try to settle themselves in PEI's second city with Storm coach Joe Salerno and his young fam.
http://www.journalpioneer.com/Sports/2011-10-06/article-2768957/Storm-players-arriving-Saturday-/1

The Premier Basketball league still adds another midwestern franchise. The ABA several years ago had a team based in the Northwestern Indiana region. So did the CBA and IBL with the Gary Steelheads. Like those before them, the NW Indiana Stars would like to tap into the huge depth of local Chicagoland basketball talent that is hungry for the pro level. Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum in the middle of Illinois in Bloomington, Illinois gets an additional tennant to go with arena football (Bloomington Xtreme) and ice hockey (the Blast) in the form of the Central Illinois Drive, which will also get fans from the Normal area. Former Indiana Hoosiers star (and ex-Chicago Bull) A.J. Guyton, who is from that region in Peoria, will coach with the hopes of locked-out middle-to-lower-tiered NBA players joining along for the new team, like with any US and Canadian minor pro basketball franchise out there these days and players from Bradley and Illinois St. Incidently, another pro team, this from the ABA, was to play this upcoming season in that same area called the Midwest Flames with Guyton as coach. But the Flames doused themselves out of existence because of lack substantial money behind it. Add them to the massive cementary of teams the ABA had that came and went even when they didn't actually play a game.
http://www.pantagraph.com/sports/basketball/professional/article_cda552f8-e619-11e0-9e0b-001cc4c03286.html
http://www.pjstar.com/sports/x463302575/Financial-woes-douse-the-Midwest-Flames
http://www.pantagraph.com/sports/basketball/professional/article_65fefc90-ead7-11e0-8cfc-001cc4c002e0.html?mode=story
http://www2.pantagraph.com/shared-content/gallery/?galleryid=6&gallery_page=0&album_page=0&albumid=1799&mediaid=40952
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_8d584dd2-ef96-11e0-8899-001cc4c002e0.html

BREAKING NEWS: Jamario Moon returns to Canada to play in the new NBL Canada with the Quebec City Kebs.
http://basketballbuzz.ca/international/former-toronto-raptors-jamario-moon-signs-with-nbl-canada-quebec-kebs/

Durbansandshark
12-10-2011, 06:54 AM
And now, I'd like to present to you the 86(!) ABA franchises that will set to play in the 2011-12 season. Don't forget: all of them will not play through or even, in the case of some like the Peoria-based Midwest Flames recently, the entire season.

Atlantic South Division
Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Atlanta Aliens Doraville, Georgia Forrest Fleming Arena (600)
Atlanta Experience Atlanta, Georgia
Columbus Riverballers Columbus, Georgia Frank J. Lumpkin Jr. Center (4,500)
East Point Jaguars East Point, Georgia Rock Springs Baptist Church
TBD Eatonville, Florida
Georgia Gwizzlies Austell, Georgia South Cobb Recreational Center
Gulf Coast Flash Gulfport, Mississippi Gulfport High School
Heartland Heat Avon Park, Florida
Jacksonville Giants Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Mobile Bay Hurricanes Mobile, Alabama Davidson High School
Orlando Kings Orlando, Florida Downtown Recreation Center
Panama City Dream Panama City, Florida
Savannah Storm Savannah, Georgia Savannah High School

California/Northwest Division
Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Alaska Quake Anchorage, Alaska Begich Middle School
Bay Area Matrix Clayton, California Concord-Clayton YMCA
Calgary Crush Calgary, Alberta
California Sea Kings Salinas, California Hartnell College Fieldhouse
Central Valley Titans Exeter, California Exeter High School
East Bay Pit Bulls Livermore, California Las Positas College
Modesto Hawks Modesto, California The Salvation Army
Port City Pirates Stockton, California Stockton Arena
Richmond Rockets Richmond, California Richmond Memorial Auditorium (3,000)
Sacramento Heatwave Folsom, California Folsom High School
San Francisco Rumble San Francisco, California Kezar Pavilion
Seattle Mountaineers Seattle, Washington Green River Community College, Big Picture School, Renton High School
Washington Rampage Marysville, Washington Marysville Boys & Girls Club

Canada Division
Team Location Arena (Capacity)
ABA-Canada Revolution Toronto, Ontario

Colonial Division
Team Location Arena (Capacity)
East Kentucky Energy Prestonsburg, Kentucky Prestonsburg High School
Lynchburg Legends Lynchburg, Virginia Lynchburg City Armory
Norfolk Sharks Norfolk, Virginia
NoVA Wonders Chantilly, Virginia Northern Virginia SportsPlex
Portsmouth Cavaliers Portsmouth, Virginia Portsmouth Catholic Regional School
Richmond Elite Highland Springs, Virginia Highland Springs High School
Seven City Knights Lightfoot, Virginia Bruton High School
West Virginia Blazers Bluefield, West Virginia Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center & Bluefield State College

Great Lakes Division
Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Chicago Steam South Holland, Illinois South Suburban College Fieldhouse
Chi-Town Bulldogs Berwyn, Illinois J. Sterling Morton High School West Fieldhouse
Michiana Monarchs South Bend, Indiana
Milwaukee Blast Milwaukee, Wisconsin Wisconsin Lutheran College Gymnasium (2,500)
Porter County Punishers Portage, Indiana

Mid-Atlantic Division
Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Athens Hoop Dawgz Athens, Georgia Clarke Central High School
Carolina Cheetahs Greensboro, North Carolina Fleming Gymnasium (2,320)
Carolina Cougars Rocky Mount, North Carolina Everett Gymnasium (1,200)
Carolina Jaguars Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina McLendon–McDougald Gymnasium (3,050)
East Carolina Trojans Greenville, North Carolina
Fayetteville Flight Fayetteville, North Carolina March F. Riddle Center
South Carolina Warriors Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Myrtle Beach Convention Center (8,000)

Mid-Central Division
Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Detroit Hoops Detroit, Michigan Detroit Edison Public School Academy
Gem City Hall O' Famers Dayton, Ohio
Greencastle Golden Knights Greencastle, Indiana South Putnam High School
Indiana Diesels Columbus, Indiana Ceraland Park gymnasium
Indianapolis Drive Indianapolis, Indiana Imagine Indiana Life Sciences Academy West
Lansing Law Lansing, Michigan
Lima Explosion Lima, Ohio Elida High School

Northeast Division
Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Connecticut Topballerz New Haven, Connecticut Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center
Hampton Charters Old Westbury, New York
Jersey Express Jersey City, New Jersey Jersey City Armory (3,000)
Staten Island Vipers Staten Island, New York
Syracuse Shockwave Syracuse, New York

Rocky Mountain Division
Team Location (Capacity)
Colorado Cougars Greeley, Colorado Butler–Hancock Sports Pavilion (4,500)
Colorado Kings Denver, Colorado Green Valley Ranch Elementary School
Colorado Springs Crusaders Colorado Springs, Colorado James Irwin Charter School
Wyoming Roughnecks Gillette, Wyoming

South Central Division
Team Location Arena (Capacity)
Bluff City Reign Memphis, Tennessee
Conway Cyclones Conway, Arkansas Grove Gymnasium (Hendrix College) (1,100)
Delta Storm Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
Little Rock Lightning Little Rock, Arkansas Hall High School
Missouri Rhythm Kansas City, Missouri
Nashville Soul Franklin, Tennessee A-Game Sportsplex
NEA Swag Jonesboro, Arkansas
St. Louis Pioneers St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Community College
Tennessee Mad Hatters Johnson City, Tennessee

SoCal Division
Team Location Arena
Arizona Scorpions Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix College
Los Angeles Slam Los Angeles, California TBA
Riverside Rainmakers Riverside, California Martin Luther King High School
San Diego Sol San Diego, California Alliant International University
San Diego Surf San Diego, California Hourglass Arena, Miramar College
SoCal Swish Harbor City, California

Southwest Division
Team Location Arena
Dallas Impact Dallas, Texas Lakewest Family YMCA
Houston Red Storm Houston, Texas League America
North Dallas Vandals North Dallas, Texas Alfred J. Loos Fieldhouse
North Texas Fresh Fort Worth, Texas Central High School
Oklahoma Stallions Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Douglass High School
Texas Fuel San Antonio, Texas Alamo Convocation Center
West Texas Whirlwinds Midland, Texas Odessa College

Other Teams
Playing Team Location Arena
Chico Rage Chico, California Travel-Only
Kentucky Crusaders Kentucky Travel-Only
Shizuoka Gymrats Shizuoka, Japan Travel-Only

2012 Announced Expansion Team Location Arena
Aberdeen Attack Aberdeen, South Dakota
Birmingham, Alabama
Lake Charles Corsairs Lake Charles, Louisiana

Oshawa Power quite possibly landed the notable name in Canadian basketball coming to play in the new NBL Canada team. Denham Brown from nearby Toronto comes to join the Power fresh off the Canadian national basketball team after bouncing around in places like Italy (Cantu), the Ukraine (BC Dnipro), Turkey (Galatasaray), and the Philippines (Barangay Ginbra Kings) along with the NBDL's Tulsa, Iowa, and Dakota.
http://www.nbloshawa.pointstreaksites.com/view/nbloshawa/media-centre/news-413/news_33772

Yesterday, NBL Canada names Moneyball Sportswear as its official uniform supplier for all the seven franchises. I was kinda hoping for maybe Nike, Reebok, Asics, Champion, Soul Sports, Russell Athletic, Adidas, Peak, Li Ning, Aftna, Spalding, AND1, or Puma to do this. But this league is new and unfamiliar to the established entities, so it would make sense to go towards a younger and less publicized one. It focuses on high school basketball teams. Hope they look good in the presentations.
http://www.nbloshawa.pointstreaksites.com/view/nbloshawa/media-centre/news-413/news_33661

Durbansandshark
13-10-2011, 05:18 AM
Anderson joins the Aces - Sep 16, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Las Vegas Aces ABA team has just agreed to a 3year deal with former NBA player Willie Anderson (6'9''-F-67), as Director of Player Personnel. Team Owner Todd Triplett said he is pleased that Willie will join us, he will bring more experince and wisdom to the Aces. 'Willie said in a interview yesterday that he loves the city Las Vegas and can't wait to get to work, and work with and old friend Todd Triplett.

NoVa Wonders tap Manuel as first Head Coach - Sep 17, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA NoVa Wonders have announced the signing of Dominic Manuel as the team's first head coach for the 2011-2012 expansion season. The Wonders ownership group of LaTanya Chartson, Jackie Smith and Cassandra Warren made the joint announcement this week.

'Dominic Manuel is the perfect choice to lead the Wonders into our inaugural season,' said Smith. 'His proven track record, emphasis on community involvement, and passion for the game of basketball made our decision an easy one. In Dominic, we are confident that we are bringing in not only a winner, but someone who understands the mission of the NoVA Wonders and ABA in bringing professional basketball to the local communities of Northern Virginia.'

Manuel brings experience at the semi-pro, collegiate, high school and AAU levels. Prior to joining the Wonders, Manuel served as CEO and Coach for the Alexandria Avengers of the EBA and NPBL from 2008-2011.

The Wonders will compete in the Colonial Division in the over 80-team league. The schedule will run from November into March with games taking place at venues throughout Virginia and North Carolina.

For more information, visit www.novawonders.com or e-mail jmh_70sm@yahoo.com

Colorado Cougars name new Head Coach - Sep 17, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA Colorado Cougars are proud to announce the hiring of its first head coach, Karin Nicholls. A graduate of Bradley University, Nicholls has been a head coach at Division II Truman State and Mercyhurst PA and at Division I Texas Pan-American.
Her first head coaching job came at Truman State where she coached for six years. Her 1988-99 squad made the Sweet Sixteen and finished with a 22-9 record. She also served at women's basketball coach at the University of Texas-Pan American from 2000-2002 and was name National Independent Coach of the Year and guided the Broncs to the most wins in school history as a Division 1 institution.

For more information, contact Patrick Kelly at patrickellynow@aol.com

Seattle Mountaineers scrimmage NBA Stars - Sep 19, 2011 (by Eurobasket )

On Sunday, September 18, 2011, The Seattle Mountaineers ABA (American basketball Association) team played an exhibition scrimmage against some of the NBAs top players in Seattle. NBA players, Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) (Atlanta Hawks) and Golden State Warriors, William Conroy (6'2''-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) help organize the game. The thing I like about our basketball community in Seattle is that our area players amateur or professional come together and support each other, stated Coach Sims of the Mountaineers.

The scrimmage game was very competitive and went into overtime before a winner was determined. I was really pleased with our effort and poise against these seasoned NBA players, this type of competition really helps our players to improve on the court and understand what it takes to play at the next level (NBA).

Jamal Crawford, Atlanta Hawks, led the local NBA All Star team with 44 points followed by William Conroy, Golden State Warriors, 32 points. The Mountaineers had balance scoring 6-10, Billy McNutt (6'8''-F-85), 25 points, Rashaad Powell (6'6''-G-81, college: Idaho) 22 and Marcus Bradford (6'4''-G-85, college: Columbia, MO) 20. I was really pleased with the play of our rookies, guards Kennie Eberhart (6'5''-G/F, college: Benedict), 12 points, 8 rebounds and Marcus Jacobs (6'0''-G-80, college: Tarleton St.), 10 points, 7 assists, commented Coach Sims.

The Mountaineers open their exhibition schedule next Saturday, September 24 in Kelowna, Canada. Submitted by: Coach Don Sims

Scorpions held succesful Signing Party - Sep 20, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

On Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Arizona Scorpions contract signing party/media day at Phoenix College, Cedric Ceballos (6'7''-F-69, agency: Edge Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) announced that he was coming out of retirement and signing with the Arizona Scorpions of the American Basketball Association for their 2011-12 inaugural season. Ceballos is a 14 year veteran of the NBA and former NBA All-Star and Slam Dunk Contest winner. He played for the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, the Detroit Pistons and the Miami Heat. He is also co-owner of the Scorpions.

The Arizona Scorpions also announced the signings of Robert Turner (6'9''-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Pepperdine), Jamal Livingston (6'7''-F-76, college: CSU Bakersfield), Derek Wabbington (6'9''-F-83, college: Wyoming), James Singleton (6'5''-G/F-76, college: St.Bonaventure), as well as a half dozen other players with professional basketball experience.

Lake Michigan move to PBL - Sep 22, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Lake Michigan Admirals had just sent their star players Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) and Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) towards Shanghai, China to play in a ten game tournament. There are a few selected import players, from all over the United States, playing for a chance to play in the Chinese Basketball Association. 'This is the same league Wilson Chandler is playing in. Can you imagine if Bobo or Strong get a chance to play with or against Wilson Chandler during the season?' stated owner Chris Glisson. Just two days after this interesting announcement, the Admirals announced their move to the Premier Basketball League for the 2012 season, tipping off in January.

'Our team has come a long way since we started in 2009. We are excited to join the Premier Basketball League and give our team the opportunity to play some high caliber professional basketball programs. The regional play model makes sense for our team, and the opportunity to have our games played on television and the internet helps our fans support us all season long,' commented Chris Glisson with the Admirals ownership group.
The Admirals finished their 2010-2011 season fifth in the nation in the American Basketball Association with 20 wins and 6 losses, winning the North Central Division championship game against the Chicago Steam. Forward Odgra Bobo was was named to the ABA East All Star team, Gordon Chase (6'5''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) and Brandon Ball (5'11''-G-86, college: Michigan Tech) were named to the honorable mention team.

'We are excited to have the Lake Michigan Admirals play in the Premier Basketball League starting this upcoming season. Coach Che Eddie and the Admirals ownership group have created a high class, community oriented program. This is what we look for in PBL teams, and we are gearing up to start play in January,' commented Brij Desai, PBL President and CEO.

The Admirals' preseason tournament starts November 26th, 2011 at Lake Michigan Catholic High School starting at 6:00pm.

Jersey Express is back for a new ABA season ! - Sep 24, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Jersey Express Professional Basketball Team, will begin its seventh ABA season on November 19th, against the Staten Island Vipers.

Marsha Blount , Jersey Express Owner states 'We are proud to call New Jersey OUR home ! With the impending departure of the NBAs NJ Nets, we look forward to stepping into the spotlight, to represent the State for Professional Basketball. Theres so much talent in the tri-state area, and so many players looking for opportunities to showcase that talent on a higher level, that we are primed for our best season yet, both on and off the court. We bolster former NBA stars like Terry Dehere (6'4''-G-71, college: Seton Hall) (Head Coach), who was a 1st round draft pick, and Luther Wright, also a 1st round draft pick, and teammate of Terrys at Seton Hall University. Our Spokesman, Jeffrey R. Brown Sr. comes to us from InSight LLC, and the Director of Entertainment operates Buzz This, a viral marketing company geared towards the music industry'.

The Jersey City Armory will play host to all home games for the 2011-12 season. The 3,000 seat arena is the perfect venue to see current, former, and future stars ! Located at 678 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ is where the magic will happen.

The Express has just announced its last transaction, with the addition of scoring guard Darren Travis (6'3''-G-84, college: Wash.Adventist) to roster. Travis is an experienced player, who can fill it up from 3 point range. He played collegiately at Monroe College, before embarking on several overseas opportunities, and most recently playing in the Italian summer league.

Two other signings from the Jersey Express - Sep 24, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)
The Jersey Express announced the addition of two key players to the growing roster for the upcoming 2011/12 ABA season: Darnell Braswell (6'1''-G-88) will team-up with Sedale Walton (6'1''-G-85), to create a potent back-court. These former DeSales University guards bring an exciting fire-power to the Express. 'Braswell adds toughness to the backcourt. Hes a scoring threat from everywhere on the basketball court, and he should be in contention to lead the league in assists. Walton will be a headache to guard ! With his speed, quickness, and ball-handling, he ll be able to get anywhere he wants on the court. Hes also going to be a scoring threat, and will battle his teammate for assist honors. Coach Terry Dehere and I have added a special duo to help run the team' stated Team Owner, Marsha Blount.

Durbansandshark
13-10-2011, 05:24 AM
Chicago adds Walker to its roster - Sep 26, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Marvin Walker (6'3''-G-89), who was the leading score in the ABA Detroit Hoops team last season, has just communicated to Usbasket.com that he has agreed to terms to play the next ABA season with the Chicago Steam

Financial woes douse the Midwest Flames - Sep 26, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

The Midwest Flames have flamed out before they even started.

The minor-league basketball team, which was to be based in Peoria, was to play in the American Basketball Association and be coached by former Central and Indiana University standout A.J. Guyton (6'2''-G-78, college: Indiana), has folded because of money problems.

They didnt have any financial backing or sponsorship, Guyton said. I started hearing about a team forming in Bloomington and last week signed a contract to coach them.

Guyton said hes asked four of the players who had committed to play with the Flames - ex-Bradley players Daniel Ruffin and Matt Salley and Peorians Josh Edmonds and Rodney Edgerson - to try out for the Bloomington team.

Tryouts will be held in Chicago next weekend at the Attack Center.

The Bloomington team will play a 20-game schedule in the Premier Basketball League beginning in January at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

'There's not much difference in the talent between the ABA and the PBL', Guyton said. 'You attract the same kind of players who get similar salaries.'

'Players are paid on a per-game basis, ranging from $250-$1,000 per game depending on their abilities and track record.'

This is a better situation, Guyton said. Weve got a good sponsor, a TV contract and play in a nice arena.

Courtesy of www.pjstar.com

Shizuoka Gymrats added to ABA expansion teams - Sep 27, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The American Basketball Association announced that the Shizouka Gymrats, a team composed of Japanese and Japanese/American players based in San Francisco CA, will be a part of the ABA beginning this season. According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'The Gymrats have played as a traveling team for the last couple of seasons and have been very competitive. This season, their schedule will be expanded considerably as they play games not only in northern and southern California, but make visits to Texas, Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming.'

The team is managed by Takuya Okada (5'11''-G-77). 'All of our games that we play this season will be charity games for the Great East Japan Earthquake victims,' stated Okada. 'We will even take the team to visit the devastated areas this fall to have basketball clinics for kids. We are looking forward to playing in the ABA; we feel that we have a competitive squad and this will help bring much attention to those in need in Japan.'
The Shizouka Gmyrats full schedule will be completed in the next two weeks. For more informatrion, email grjapan@gmail.com or visit http://gmyrats-japan.com

Two other players signed by the Express - Sep 27, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

According with official website www.jerseyexpress.net, the Jersey Express have agreed to terms for the upcoming ABA season with froncourt players Dexter Gray (6'7''-F-85, college: St.John's), (a comeback from last season) and Zahir Carrington (6'7''-F)

Gwizzlies ink Yeoman - Sep 29, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA Georgia Gwizzlies are pleased to announce that Adam Yeoman (6'8''-F/C, college: Genesee CC) has just joined the team.'Adam is a welcome addition as we try to build a successful team for the upcoming season' states Embry Malone. The Gwizzlies first regular season ball game is December 3rd in Athens. For mmore informations, go to www.gogwizzlies.com

Negotiations underway between the Aces and JR Rider - Oct 6, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

This is an official commincation received yesterday by Usbasket.com from LV Aces staff: The Las Vegas Aces gear up for a winning season with an 'A' list roster. Negotiations are underway with Isaiah J.R. Rider (6'5''-G-71, college: UNLV), former NBA slam dunk champion, and 2001 NBA Championship Los Angeles Laker. JR is ready to make a serious comeback. Basketball fans young and old can expect Lights, Camera, Action this season in the sin city!

Whirlwinds transactions announced - Oct 6, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The West Texas Whirlwinds are pleased to announce the signing of two local stars in the West Texas area: John Amron Washington (G) and Jamel Guyton (6'3''-G-88, college: Louisiana Tech). The team is trying to build a strong team for the upcoming 2011-12 season, key returning players for the Whirlwinds are Tim Carter (7'0''-C-86), Nedrie Simmons (5'9''-G, college: Texas-PB), John Hollman (6'3''-G-84, college: Langston), Ira Cross (6'6''-F/C-84, college: E.New Mexico), two time ABA All-star Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84, college: Texas-PB), Frankie Wheeler (6'8''-G/F, college: Harris-Stowe St.) and Wyshawn Wade (6'3''-G-83, college: Orange CC). The team is still looking to add a couple of missing pieces to the roster, while is gearing up for our pre-season game Oct 15 vs The Texas Fuel.

Cheetahs name head coach - Oct 6, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA Carolina Cheetahs are pleased to announce the hiring of Tim Wells as the new head basketball coach. Tim was employed last season as Head Coach at KK Triland, a professional basketball team in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Wells led the Triland team to an undefeated regular season record (10-0) and was named League Coach of the Year after coming back to the triad area with the Championship.
Tommy Stevenson , Owner and President of Basketball Operations for the Carolina CATS Sports and Entertainment Group, the parent organization for The Carolina Cheetahs said, We are extremely fortunate to get Tim Wells as our coach. He is such an impressive young man that any program would welcome with open arms. He was chosen over some very high profile seasoned coaches that interviewed for our vacancy. His attention to detail and presentation was off the chart. It was as if he was interviewing for a CEO of a major corporation.

The Cheetahs will hold 3-Day Training Camp at University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the Gate City from October 7 to 9. The Cheetahs are one of three teams that are beginning their inaugural season in North Carolina all under the Carolina Cats Sports and Entertainment Group. The other two teams, the Carolina Jaguars and the Carolina Cougars are located in Durham, N.C. and Rocky Mount, N.C.

For more information about the Carolina Cheetahs, including news, video, players, and game schedules, please visit www.carolinacheetahs.com to connect, share and buy tickets online.

Chicago Fury added to ABA travel team roster - Oct 9, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The American Basketball Association announced that the Chicago Fury has been added as an official ABA Travel Team and will play 10-15 games this season. 'ABA Travel Teams are an important part of the ABA plan,' stated Joe Newman . 'They fill in holes in the ABA schedules and provide excellent competition for our teams. The Chicago Fury is no exception.'

Led by Kendalle Delaney, a track and field coach at North Lawndale College Prep High School and the Legacy Runners Athletic Club in Chicago, the Chicago Fury is a not-for-profit organization that provides opportunities for young players seeking a professional career in basketball. 'There are so many good players in the Chicago area,' commented Delaney, 'and we feel that we can be very competitive. We appreciate the ABA giving us an opportunity to compete on that level. Our players are very excited.'
For more information, call 773 417 1944 or 773 979 0914 or email chicagofurybasketball@gmail.com

Connecticut Topballerz Announce 17-Man Roster - Oct 10, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)

With just a month to before the start of their inaugural American Basketball Association (ABA) season, the expansion Connecticut Topballerz announced their 17-man roster this past weekend in New Haven.
General Manager (and assistant coach) John Scavuzzo ran an intense mini-camp the previous week in hopes of finding the best players who would complement each others talents and build a cohesive, winning team. The Topballerz will dress 12 players for home games and 10 for away contests, with five players in waiting on the practice squad. On Saturday, November 12 at 7p.m., the team will host the two-time Northeast Division Champion Jersey Express, who under the leadership of Seton hall alum Terry Dehere (6'4''-G-71, college: Seton Hall) and Luther Wright will look to build on last seasons successful campaign. The game will take place at Albertus Magnus, where the TopBallerx will play all of their 2011-12 home games.

2011-12 Connecticut Topballerz
Bobby Moore (5'8''-G-79, college: W.Nebraska CC)
Kelvin Davis (6'3''-G-84)
Joseph Dorsett-Jeffreys (6'11''-C-85)
Roosevelt Lee (6'6''-F-86)
Raheim Lowery (6'8''-C, college: Dowling)
Kaseem Johnson (6'6''-F-87, college: Rhode Island)
Braxton Darden
Antione Waller
Jeff Johnson
Shawn Unstunel
Walden St. Juste (6'1''-G)
Darcell Reddick
Tom Beaudinet
Jamual Warren (6'2''-G-83)
Lance Feurtado (6'5''-G)
Japhet McNeil (6'0''-G-85, college: Bridgeport)
Richard Byrd (6'3''-G)
Dale Saunders
David Akinyooye (6'6''-G)

Durbansandshark
21-10-2011, 05:51 AM
Well, my hometown's going to be a part of the Midwest abundance of the Premier Basketball League with the Pioneers moving from the ABA to the PBL becoming the Phoenix.
http://www.thepbl.com/2011/10/the-premier-basketball-league-welcomes-the-st-louis-phoenix-for-the-2012-season/

Indiana gets more PBL representation with the introduction of the Indiana Diesels in addition to the NW Indiana Stars.
http://www.thepbl.com/2011/10/indiana-diesels-join-the-premier-basketball-league-pbl-for-their-upcoming-2012-season/

Durbansandshark
22-10-2011, 07:01 AM
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre PBL fanchise announced their name sometime ago. The team are known as the Steamers. I hope it will help for a long time cultivate a successful minor pro league sports culture like Rochester, New York does. It has that kind of potential. Website has nothing to see for now, though.
http://www.teamscrantonpbl.com/

Halifax Chronicle-Herald's basketball columnist Chris Cochrane strongly advises Andre Levingston and others in the NBL Canada "keep it Canadian and keep it professional" to avoid the mistakes of US minor basketball leagues.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/26370-new-basketball-league-keep-it-professional-keep-it-canadian

Durbansandshark
27-10-2011, 05:29 AM
Another crazy work schedule where I work every day, it seems.

Only days away from the inaugural (and historic) season of NBL Canada. There's been some preseason games for basketball fans, particularly in eastern and Atlantic Canada to get excited. NBL Canada teams must submit their final 12-team rosters by Thursday at 3pm (US and Canada CST)

Michael Ray Richardson and Taylor Brown, London Lightning coach and GM, already announced their first-ever London Lightning roster (http://www.metronews.ca/halifax/sports/article/1003506--london-lightning-official-roster-announced) that features local boy Nick Lothar (http://www.lfpress.com/sports/basketball/2011/10/13/18822656.html) from the University of Winnipeg. The gabby Richardson wants to win now with "the best team I ever had" (http://www.lfpress.com/sports/columnists/morris_dalla_costa/2011/10/21/18861941.html).

London Lightning 111--Oshawa Power 83
http://www.lfpress.com/sports/2011/10/24/18868496.html#/sports/basketball/2011/10/23/pf-18867216.html

Photos from that preseason Lightning-Power game at the John Labatt Centre:
http://www.lfpress.com/sports/2011/10/24/18868496.html

Halifax coach Josep "Pep" Claros wants his Rainmen players to not only buy into his system but also buy into the commitment, intensity, and enthusiasm. This article also adds Eric Crookshank will return to Halifax. Needless to say, Claros craves a championship for the Nova Scotia city as its fourth coach in its four seasons of existence.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/26367-coach-has-will-win
http://www.metronews.ca/halifax/sports/article/999768--pep-s-biggest-challenge-yet

Halifax goes 2-0 on their preseason weekend sweep of the Summerside Storm
http://www.metronews.ca/halifax/sports/article/1004906--so-far-so-good-for-rainmen

Sumerside Storm and its head coach Joe Salerno release three players--Sherone Edwards, Calvin Brock, and Prince Edward Island product Doug McKinney from training camp. McKinney, in the eyes of one feedback writer on The Guardian, could help give greater publicity to pro basketball in PEI with local ties, a local boy with European pro experience. He adds that Summerside will become a dead team walking this year with Salerno holding too much power.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Sports/Basketball/2011-10-25/article-2785836/Storm-releases-three-players/1
http://www.journalpioneer.com/Sports/2011-10-25/article-2786271/Storm-trims-roster/1

Oshawa Power's Denham Brown, the biggest name on the NBL Canada team that is near Denham's hometown of Toronto, admits he's proud to be a pioneer in Canadian pro basketball by suiting up in his home nation's domestic league to help build it. Though he is open to other option that may arrive.
http://www.durhamregion.com/sports/article/1227659--denham-brown-happy-about-chance-to-play-close-to-home

Oshawa Power release Antwi Atuahene (PG), Josh Porter(PG), Paul Campbell(C), and Hugh Barnett(C).
http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4311453

For the Quebec City Kebs, they signed former Arkansas Razorback Dontell Jefferson (NBDL's Dakota Wizards, Utah Flash, and Idaho Stampede). Jefferson has also tastes of the NBA with the Charlotte Bobcats, Atlanta, Miami, and the LA Clippers, mostly in training camps. Former UPEI Panther Sherone Edwards was drafted by Quebec City but later went to Summerside to try out for the Storm and was aforementionedly cut.
http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4302954
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Sports/2011-08-24/article-2722238/Former-Panther-drafted-by-Quebec-pro-basketball-team/1

The Kebs and the Saint John Mill Rats got together for a preseason game where the Mill Rats were the home team...except for the fact it was actually in another New Brunswick city called Fredericton at the Richard J. Currie Center. Though the Mill Rats fell to the Kebs 107-89, Mill Rats coach Jaren Jackson suited and played everyone on his 14-team roster featuring Mike Anderson, the former UNB Varsity Reds star who got the biggest ovation in the game from the 500 fans who attended to witness their first taste of the NBL Canada and is believed to be very much nearing retirement. His stats of 4 points, 2 assists, and 1 rebound are actually unofficial--even the game staticians admit this.
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1450170

London drafted Issac Kuon in the league's first-ever draft, but released the former Windsor star. Then Moncton swooped in to ink him (http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1447196) with Matt Robinson being the only Canadians in the Miracles' stable at the time of his signing (Tristan Martin and Kevin Loiselle joined later). Unfortunately, Kuon and Loiselle couldn't stick in Moncton either just today (http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4311429). Matter of fact, the Miracles released several other players earlier (http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4310362).

Fredericton still eyeing NBL Canada expansion team within the next 3 years. If it happens, that will make three teams from New Brunswick in the league.
http://basketballbuzz.ca/international/fredericton-group-considering-nbl-canada-expansion/link/5679/

Durbansandshark
27-10-2011, 09:00 AM
Staten Island Vipers Assemble 20 Players Who Will Fight for Spot on 2011-12 Team - Oct 10, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)

When looking through the list of 20 players chosen by the Staten Island Vipers to attend training camp, one can't help but feel that this group offers everything you could want when assembling a winning basketball team. Veteran presence, check. John 'Mookie' Thomas (5'9''-G-76, college: St.Francis, NY) brings more than 12 years of professional experience to the point guard position, having played and starred across the globe from the playgrounds of New York City, to Germany, to Finland, to Jordan and more. Versatility, check. Chris Wehye (6'7''-F-84, college: Quinnipiac), a lanky 6-7 forward out of Quinnipiac is a multifaceted talent who has earned a reputation in New York the past few summer's as a force to be reckoned with. Name recognition, got it. Look no further than local product Zaire Taylor (6'4''-G-86, college: Missouri) from Curtis High School who finished his collegiate career at the University of Missouri and helped lead the Tigers to the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Last season he spent his rookie season in Holland where he led the Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen to the semifinals while averaging 13.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals in 42 games.
Mix this together with the rest of the talented and mostly local names on the list, like F/C Jeff McMillan (6'8''-F-80, college: USC) (St. Thomas More HS / USC), guard Lawrence Borha (6'3''-G-84, college: Utah) (Ralph McKee Technical HS / Utah) and guard John Baiano (5'9''-G-84, college: S.New Hampshire) (St. Peter's HS / Southern New Hampshire), and you have a group of players which new Head Coach Wes Matthews should enjoy taking into the 2011-12 ABA season.
The expansion Vipers will kick off their inaugural season on Saturday, November 19th as they travel to New Jersey to take on the Jersey Express.

Staten Island Vipers Training Camp Roster
Adam Jensen 6-5 245lbs F/C
Angel Branch (6'7''-F-80, college: Alabama St.)
Angelo La Roche 6-4 225lbs G/F

Chris Wehye
Devon Curry 6-2 165lbs PG/SG
Scotty McRae (6'8''-F-89, college: Albany)
Foyle Alexus (6'6''-F-78, college: BYU-Hawaii)
Isiah Woods
Jean-Paul Marcellus (6'5''-G/F-86)
Jeff McMillan
John Baiano
John 'Mookie' Thomas
Kareem Collins (6'3''-G/F-80, college: New Jersey City St.)
Lawrence Borha
Lew Monaco 5-11 180lbs G
Michael Thomas - 6-1 224lbs PG
Richard Forbes (6'0''-G-85)
Stanley Bolden (5'10''-G, college: Oklahoma S&A)
Willis Kettrell (6'5''-F-87, college: St.Thomas Aquinas)
Zaire Taylor

Richmond Rockets lands Bibbs - Oct 12, 2011 (by Eurobasket Center )

Richmond Rockets strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old swingman Elzie Bibbs (198-G/F-98kg-82, college: Ferris St., agency: Athlete Management Group). Bibbs played most recently at Lansing Capitals (IBL). While playing 2games for Lansing C. last season he averaged 23.5ppg, 9rpg and 4apg. He is a very experienced player. Bibbs played also pro basketball in Bahamas, Canada, Croatia, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. He graduated Ferris State in 2007 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

Gwizzlies signings announced - Oct 13, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA Georgia Gwizzlies and the league past season leading scorer Ramar Smith (6'3''-G-87, college: Tennessee) will be in uniform on December 3th in Athens,Georgia. Joining the Detroit native Smith in the backcourt is twice NBA drafted D-League Atlantan Derrick Allen (6'5''-G-85, college: Valdosta St.), Blake Sholberg (7'1''-F/C, college: St.Mary's, CA), Joshiah Anabraba (6'9'-C-88, college: Morehouse), Adam Yeoman (6'8''-C, college: Genesee CC), Carl-Jean Bart (5'10'-G from Rochester,NY) and Octreyvius Roebuck (6'7''-F). The team sent on tour to China this month will bolster the roster.'We have an upcoming open tryout and our coaching staff are looking players to fill the rotation and help us to the ABA playoffs in March' states GM/Coach Embry Malone

If this new Calgary ABA team is smart, perhaps it could eventually join the NBL Canada in a matter of few years with maybe Edmonton as part of the westward expansion. Or maybe go towards the IBL. In any case, I hope it avoids the sad fate of the Calgary Drillers and have better ownership.

Calgary Crush name new Head Coach - Oct 25, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The expansion ABA Calgary Crush professional basketball team that begins play this season announced the hiring of new Head Coach Eddie Richardson III. 'Eddie stresses the fundamental values of hard work, dedication, team mentality and commitment to excellence, stated Salman Rashidian , team owner. 'As a player, Eddie works to improve his game any chance he can. He understands the difference between being a mediocre and impact player and what it takes to get there.'

After graduation, Eddie served as an assistant coach with the SAIT Trojans for a year before co-founding Genisis Basketball, an AAU program based in Calgary since 2006. In addition to coaching and running Genesis, he has run clinics at the grassroots level at various Calgary junior and senior high schools and has helped develop, train and mentor players. 'I am now focused on helping the Calgary Crush become a contender in the Northern Pacific region,' stated Richardson. 'We have a talented group and in a few weeks, we'll get a chance to see how talented.
For more information, visit contact pizzaprince@shaw.ca or er342@hotmail.com

Darren Travis, Veteran Guard added to the Jersey Express - Oct 25, 2011 (by Eurobasket )

The Jersey Express add 65 scoring guard Darren Travis (6'3''-G-84, college: Wash.Adventist) to roster. Travis is an experienced shooting guard, who can fill it up from 3 point range. He played collegiately at Monroe College, before embarking on several overseas opportunities, and most recently playing in the Italian summer league. Darren fills the stat sheet, with 17pts, 6asts, and 7rbd averages. With shooting percentages over 45% from the field, and 43% from beyond the arc, hes able to get to the rim and finish, because you must guard him from the outside.

Darren Travis; 'I would like to thank owner Marsha Blount, and coach Terry Dehere for this opportunity to play for the Jersey Express. Coming off a good summer for me and playing abroad in Italy I dont know if it has anything to do with the NBA lockout, but the contract offered to me to play this season in Italy, was not up to my standards in what I thought I was worth as a basketball player and thats where the Jersey Express stepped in. Being a Brooklyn boy, Marsha gave me the opportunity to stay local and play right in Jersey City for the Express, where I can display my abilities as a basketball player and what I know I am worth as a player and help the Express win a Championship. It is a great opportunity to still be close to my family and learn from coach Terry Dehere, who actually played my position in the NBA, and was a first round draft pick. With the experience I already have and all the insight and knowledge coach Terry will be able to give me, hopefully my stock will rise and I will get a better offer to play in Italy or Europe'.

Team Owner Marsha Blount stated: 'The addition of Darren Travis, gives us a tremendous wing player who can flat out score! Hes a knockdown 3 point shooter, who can get to the rim, and make the right pass. Coach Dehere loves a pure shooterand hes got one! He has experience, talent, and determination

Durbansandshark
04-11-2011, 06:05 AM
Canadian basketball history was officially made in Quebec City Thursday night when, with all due respect to the preseason, the first-ever NBL Canada regular season game tipped off there at the University de Laval PEPS Arena with the hometown Quebec Kebs faced the young Moncton Miracles in front of 600 fans. And it was entertaining and spirited one at that the Kebs fans were treated too. Quebec's Ralphy Holmes is the answer to a trivia question of being the first player to score in a NBL Canada game that led up to his 21 points. His Quebec teammates Shaun Fountain and Jermaine Blackburn had big productions with 18 and 15 points, respectively, as those three were the six Kebs in double figures, and Quebec City enjoyed 63 points from the bench. With their slow start Moncton, playing its first of their five games to begin the season on the road, had poor field-goal shooting throughout at .383 and committed 23 turnovers. Quebec City, by contrast, made .439 of their game shots. Jazzmar Ferguson (what a nice name!), who scored the first Miracles points in the first NBL Canada game, led Moncton with 22 points in a game that saw the Miracles overcome a 13-point deficit to put the game winnable for them with a 14-3 run in a close, grind-it-out style with just a minute to go in the game at 97-95. Darrell Wonge, a first round draft pick, scored 21 points and Andrew Francis had 20 points to go with his game-leading 12 rebounds for the Miracles. The Kebs win out 102-97.
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1452164

The Oshawa Power arrived in Quebec City to play their first NBL Canada game, and, unlike Moncton, started very strong with their early lead with a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter that included Canadian Tut Ruach knocking a down a three to give the Power its first-ever official points in NBL Canada history. However, the Kebs, seized the moment in the third in the only quarter the Kebs would win scoring-wise to lead them to a 104-101 win to go undefeated. Fellow Canadian for the Power Kevin Francis had a near double-double in points and rebounds. Royce Parran nearly had a triple double with 21 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebopunds for Quebec City.
http://www.durhamregion.com/sports/article/1234643--oshawa-power-fall-in-nbl-canada-opener
http://www.durhamregion.com/sports/article/1235877--power-fall-in-first-ever-nbl-canada-game

Despite the loss and in those two preseason games, Moncton was very excited at making Canadian basketball history in Quebec City in the first NBL Canada game, not just being the first ever pro basketball team in New Brunswick's largest city. In less than two weeks time, the Miracles' home opener will take place against provincial rivals Saint John at the Moncton Coliseum
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1451897

Moncton's two requisite Canadians on the Miracles' roster, Matt Robinson and Tristan Martin, enjoy the historic moment of NBL Canada ball despite the former not getting any playing time. Moncton also released Jared Cunningham, who didn't play at all the league opener.
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1452301

Both the first two NBL Canada games took place in Quebec City that weekend.

Tonight the Miracles look for their first win of the 36-game season when they travel to the General Motors Place and face the Oshawa Power in game three of their five-game road trip with late Mill Rats training camp cut Terrance Woodyard eager to make an impact. Oshawa is so confident about winning their home opener that Oshawa's mayor John Henry is making a friendly wager with his Moncton counterpart George LeBlanc over wearing the other team's jersey at their city council meetings.
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1453137
http://www.durhamregion.com/sports/article/1233472--mayor-john-henry-betting-on-oshawa-power-win

Oshawa got their first NBL Canada win, though it's a preseason one against the London Lightning 88-85 at their General Motors Arena home:
http://www.durhamregion.com/sports/article/1234150--oshawa-power-post-first-nbl-canada-win

London Lightning items
CTV News London news recap on the Lightning-Power preseason NBL Canada game series at the John Labatt Centre. The Lightning blowout of 111-83 starring former Duke and Villanova player Taylor King and his shooting clinic on the first game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmfckgZ0wj0
London Lightning unveil their uniforms and the final 12-man roster with London native Pat Sewell showing the new duds. Also from CTV London:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG7mggHWpCU
Another CTV London report--the London Lightning training camp:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TMxt5D9IjQ
The significant beginnings of the London Lightning with name, logo, and coach unveiling press conference. It seems the Lightning people have learned from the lessons of the last pro basketball team in the Forest City, the 2004 very short-lived London Orion in the CNBL (a brief nod is given to it). From Channel A London News (now CTV Two London):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUXd3nSQBqE

Denham Brown, a notbale Canadian in basketball, left the door open to play professionally overseas despite having signed with Oshawa. It happened: Brown will ply his trade with Argentina's Ciclista Olimpico this season very soon. Not cool for the league in order to nab notable Canadian basketball talent in the nascent league.
http://www.oyetimes.com/sports/78-basketball/14858-denham-brown-signs-with-argentinian-professional-team

Fashion Studio 7 visits the Oshawa Power at their training camp:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_6H06u_He4

Several members of the Oshawa Power (though a couple of them, I think, got released) visited Oshawa's Channel 12's headquarters, helped with the London Police about the awareness of driving distracted as part of their community service in the streets of downtown Oshawa, and had an audience with the aforementioned Oshawa Mayor John Henry about the city all in late September:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orVgrmU3tU0&NR=1

Durbansandshark
04-11-2011, 10:17 AM
Final 15 Chosen as Members of the 2011-2012 Staten Island Vipers - Oct 27, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)

After weeks of intense training, hard work and difficult assessments, Head Coach Wes Matthews and the front office personnel of the Staten Island Vipers have selected 15 players for the 2011-2012 American Basketball season. Headlining the group are a pair of local standouts and former NCAA Division I starters in guards Zaire Taylor (6'4''-G-86, college: Missouri) and Lawrence Borha (6'3''-G-84, college: Utah). Lawrence Borha, 6-3, spent his last two seasons gaining valuable experience in Europe, playing in Germany and Holland after completing his collegiate career at Utah. Zaire Taylor was a member of Mike Andersons Missouri Tigers teams and an important leader during their 2009 run to the NCAA Tournament. He also spent his rookie season in Holland where he was named to the Eurobasket.com Dutch Eredivisie All-Defensive Team.
The expansion Vipers will play in the ABAs Northeast division and tip off their inaugural season on November 19 against the reigning division champion Jersey Express.

2011-12 Staten Island Vipers
Adam Jensen 6-5 245lbs F/C
Alexus Foyle (6'6''-F-78, college: BYU-Hawaii)
Angel Branch (6'7''-F-80, college: Alabama St.)
Angelo La Roche 6-4 225lbs G/F
Scotty McRae (6'8''-F-89, college: Albany)
John Baiano (5'9''-G-84, college: S.New Hampshire)
Jordan Fowler (6'5''-F, college: William Pater.)
Kenny Gaskins III (6'1''-G)
Kenya Caruthers
Lawrence Borha
Lew Monaco 5-11 180lbs G
Michael Thomas - 6-1 224lbs PG
Stanley Bolden (5'10''-G, college: Oklahoma S&A)
Willis Kettrell (6'5''-F-87, college: St.Thomas Aquinas)
Zaire Taylor

Aces announce two new players - Oct 31, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Todd Triplett, Owner and GM of the Las Vegas Aces, has just communicated to Usbasket.com the agreement with professional players Carl Mitchell (6'9''-F-79, college: N.Kentucky) and Maurice Riddick (6'2''-G-79, college: Bethune-Cookman). Mitchell is a good inside operator, Riddick a flat out scorer. Aces ownership group was very pleased the we can pick up this caliber of players this late.

ABA announces pre-season Power Rankings - Oct 31, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The American Basketball Association has just announced its Pre-Season Power Rankings. 'Definitely not easy to do,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'We have some strong teams returning as well as some very good new teams and there are only 24 positions in the Power Rankings. With the season opening next week, there should be a lot of movement.'

1. Jacksonville Giants
2. Los Angeles SLAM
3. Colorado Kings
4. Chicago Steam
5. Jersey Express
6. Texas FUEL
7. Bay Area Matrix
8. East Bay Pit Bulls
9. Arizona Scorpions
10. Nashville SOUL
11. San Francisco Rumble
12. San Diego Sol
13. Dallas Impact
14. Atlanta Aliens
15. Sacramento Heatwave
16. Seattle Mountaineers
17. Gulf Coast Flash
18. West Texas Whirlwind
19. Connecticut Top Ballerz
20. South Carolina Warriors
21. Little Rock Lightning
22. Michiana Monarchs
23. North Dallas Vandals
24. San Diego SURF

'We do have some good opening games next weekend,' added Newman, 'including the Milwaukee Blast vs the Chicago Steam and the San Diego Sol vs the Arizona Scorpions. It should be interesting.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com

Over in the Premier Basketball League...

Admirals Complete Successful Tryout - Oct 31, 2011 (by Allen White)

St. Joseph, MI- The Lake Michigan Admirals had the most exciting tryout that professional sport's fans have ever seen. The game hosted eighteen players fighting for the last twelve roster spots and they all played for the love the game. Former Benton Harbor standout and Fighting Illini Rodney Alexander (6'7''-F-87, college: Oklahoma City) put on a show leading all scores with a game high 46pts. He also received over 4,000 texts from the fans to lead in votes as well. Romain Martin (6'3''-G) McDonald's All American nominee out of Eastern Illinois, put up 22 pts. Also putting up double digit numbers from last years Admirals squad was Shane Ross (6'8''-F/C-86, college: Toledo) with 28pts and Pete Trammell (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Grand Valley St.) 21pts, Jay McCree 14pts, and Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) 12pts. 'This was the most exciting tryout I have ever seen. We have been trying to figure out a way to have a tryout in front of fans so that we can evaluate how the players play in react to the pressure and it was an success. Now the hard part is in front of us. Who do we pick - stated owner Chris Glisson. On Saturday night, Glisson came up with an idea to have his fans text in who they thought should be an Admiral and there were over 8,000 texts received. 'I was so amazed at how many texts came in and they were right on. I value the opinions of our fans especially from basketball greats like L.C. Bowen and Mickey Yarborough who were in the stands,' stated head coach Che Eddie . There were over 200 people in attendance to witness a very high paced game. The game ended with the Gold team winning 157-126. The Lake Michigan Admirals will start off the PBL preseason tournament at Lake Michigan Catholic on November 26th, 2011 at 6:00pm. Go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com for more information.

Following are the results of the rest of the players:

Black Team:

Shane Ross (6'8''-F/C-86, college: Toledo) 28pts
Courtney Blackmore (6'2''-G) 22pts
Romain Martin (6'3''-G) 22pts
LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (6'3''-G-87, college: Greenville) 17pts
Jay McCree 14pts
Reid Duba (6'7''-F) 10pts
Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88, agency: ICRH, college: Greenville) 8pts
Jean-Francois Ndomb (6'3''-G-84, college: Lake Michigan)b 7pts
Brandon Davis 2pts

Gold Team:
Rodney Alexander (6'7''-F-87, college: Oklahoma City) 46pts
Pete Trammell (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Grand Valley St.) 21pts
Ryan Young 16pts
Fred Harrison (6'6''-F-86) 14pts
Steven Strong 12pts
Lorenzo McClendon 12pts
Maurice Benson (6'0''-G-84, college: Indiana Tech) 11pts
Larry White (6'2''-G) 9pts
Joshua Samarco (6'1''-G-86, college: Pikeville) 8pts

PBL Announces Final Team Line-Up and 2012 Schedule - Nov 2, 2011 (by Allen White)

Chicago, IL November 1, 2011 The Premier Basketball League (PBL) announced their finalized 2012 season schedule today in Chicago. With the draft set for November 17th at 1PM CST, team leadership across both divisions are preparing for the regular season tip-off on December 31st in Rochester.

The PBL has rolled out a new divisional play model that puts games within driving distance. With 11 teams going into the upcoming season, division break down is as follows:

East:

Charleston Gunners
Dayton Air Strikers
Lake Michigan Admirals
Rochester RazorSharks
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers

Midwest:

Central Illinois Drive
Chicago Muscle
Indiana Diesels
Northwest Indiana Stars
Sauk Valley Predators
St. Louis Phoenix

The Rochester RazorSharks and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers will face off in Rochester for the PBL season opener on New Years Eve, and the regular scheduled season will conclude on April 1st. From there the PBL playoffs will begin, with the playoff scheduled to be determined at the upcoming team owners meeting.

With pre-season exhibition play and schedules to be posted in the coming week, the PBL leadership team has focused on bringing the right blend of athleticism and community fun to each market for 2012.

We are excited to enter into the heavily anticipated 2012 season. With the NBA still in lock-out status, fans and agents have been looking at the Premier Basketball League to fill the gap for their communities and players, commented Carrie Ann May, PBL Vice President of Operations

All Premier Basketball League games will be streaming live on the internet as well as mobile devices through the leagues partnership with @SportsTV Network. There will also be a number of games set to be broadcast live on national television. We wanted to give our fans the chance to support their teams both home and away. We are honored to be the first minor league sports organization with a national television partner, continued May.

Durbansandshark
09-11-2011, 01:46 PM
With all of the seven inaugural NBL Canada having played by now, Basketball Buzz has the first NBL Canada Power Rankings. London Lightning pledged to have a winner right away, and it's acting like it right out the gate:
http://basketballbuzz.ca/international/basketballbuzz-nbl-canada-power-rankings-nov-7-2011/

So has North Pole Hoops:
http://www.northpolehoops.com/First_Ever_NBL_Power_Rankings_Released

Durbansandshark
12-11-2011, 06:02 AM
LA Slam adding a Filipino player to roster - Nov 6, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Kevin Louie Alas, the star point guard of the Letran Knights in the Philippinean NCAA and a PBA-D League starter with the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems is the first official player from the Philippines chosen by the American Basketball Association (ABA Global) committee to train with top ranked team Los Angeles Slam under full-sponsorship. The Slam, one of the top 10 teams in the ABA, counts a roster of ex-NBA players led by former Tony Farmer (6'10''-F/C-70, college: Nebraska), Mike Penberthy (6'3''-G-74, college: Master's), Sean Rooks (6'11''-C-69, college: Arizona), Lamond Murray (6'7''-F-73, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: California) and Keith Closs (7'4''-C-76, college: Cent.Conn.St.). Standouts Jeff Trepagnier (6'4''-G-79, college: USC) and Juaquin Hawkins (6'7''-F-73, college: Long Beach St.) will also be part of the training staff to bring a global experience to the Filipino point guard, having played for clubs in Europe and the CBA in China.

Due to the NBA lock-out, there will also be 2 current NBA players which will be playing side by side Alas as he practices with the Slam team. It is an honour to train a future star in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) league and to bring international talent to US pro-basketball said Donald Sanchies, Owner and coach of the LA Slam and Head of the ABA Southern California Division. The LA Slam team was also one of the 3 teams which played against the Philippines Smart-Gilas National Team last year in the ABA California games.
This is in line with our advocacy to enable the Filipino player to compete on the world stage, thru the Spirit program. We look forward to Kevin completing his training and bringing back his skills to the Philippines said Jean-Henri Lhuillier, a key patron of the Spirit program. Danny Francisco, Executive Asst. to the CEO of Cebuana Lhuillier left with Alas for Los Angeles on Nov 4.

Kevin will experience training and playing side-by-side big players and will have his shooting and defence skills improved by Mike and Jauquin. Mike specializes in training point guards and is a shooting coach while Jauquin was a defensive specialist with CalState. Strategy, performance training and mental direction will also be a huge part of the training said Paul Monozca, Chairman of ABA Global. Monozca was instrumental in sending star guards Jayson Castro (5'8''-G-86) and Vergara Al (5'8''-G-79) to the Australian pro-league with the Singapore Slingers before they turned professional with the PBA.

The ABA has been in the news lately with its global expansion and its upcoming ABA World Basketball Cup, which will be held in Las Vegas, USA in 2013. Its qualifying round is being bidded for by Singapore and the Philippines and if Manila wins the bid, the host nation has a wildcard slot in the professional league, participated in by 8 international teams. 2 filipino tycoons are also bidding for franchises in the California area as China and Japan have already completed acquisitions of ABA Clubs in California forming an elite-circle in the current ABA. Website : www.abagloballeague.com

Porter joins the Aces - Nov 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Las Vegas Aces Owner Todd Triplett announced the agreement with veteran player Chris Porter (6'7''-F-78, college: Auburn), who is back to an USA league after five seasons in Chinese CBA

Some interesting additions for the Atlanta Aliens - Nov 8, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA Atlanta Aliens announced the signings of four players, one of them with international flavour. The new signed are Junard Hartley (6'3''-G-89, college: Campbell), expected to be a key factor in the Aliens attempt at an ABA title this season, Frank Kelsi Bennett (6'7''-F-82, college: Georgia Southern), who is well known across the ocean thanks to previous pro experiences in England, Switzerland and Germany, high flying slam dunk champion Omar Collington (6'1''-PG-83, college: NC-Asheville) from Decatur, Georgia, and Kurtis Woods (6'3''-G)

The Atlanta Aliens are a member of the Atlantic South Division of the Eastern Conference in the ABA. The team will play their home games at Ben Hill Arena located in Atlanta, GA. For more informations, go to www.AtlantaAliens.com

ABA Power Rankings - Changes in Week One - Nov 8, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The American Basketball Association announced its Power Rankings after the first weekend of play. 'We had some movement this week,' stated ABA President/COO Dick Packer . 'There were five games kicking off the season and with convincing wins by Colorado, Arizona and Colorado Springs, plus a split with Milwaukee and Chicago, we feel that the rankings are beginning to take shape. We also moved Gulf Coast up based on last season's performance.'

1. Jacksonville Giants
2. Los Angeles SLAM
3. Colorado Kings (1-0)
4. Arizona Scorpions (1-0)
5. Gulf Coast Flash
6. Jersey Express
7. Texas FUEL
8. Bay Area Matrix
9. East Bay Pit Bulls
10. Colorado Springs Crusaders (1-0)
11. Chicago Steam (1-1)
12. Milwaukee Blast (1-1)
13. Nashville SOUL
14. San Francisco Rumble
15. San Diego SOL
16. Dallas Impact
17. Atlanta Aliens
18. Seattle Mountaineers
19. Sacramento Heatwave
20. West Texas Whirlwind
21. Connecticut Topballerz
22. South Carolina Warriors
23. Little Rock Lightning
24. North Dallas Vandals

'We have quite a few games set for next week,' added Packer. 'And we expect to see some new teams jumping into the top 24 and some movement upwards by these teams. One thing's for sure, it is going to be an exciting season. For more information, email dpacker@abalive.com or visit www.abalive.com

Aces add Carr to roster - Nov 10, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Las Vegas Aces announced the signing of fiorward Dennis Carr (6'7''-F-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Embry Riddle) to the roster, and confirmed veteran point guard Michael Johnson (6'0''-PG-76, college: Oklahoma). According with a Todd Triplett statement 'the Aces staff were very pleased to sign these talented players to the roster this late in the game, the best thing about these two guys are they both played in Israel together. The Aces should be the top ranked team in the ABA this season with 7 former high level European players'.

Clarksville Cavaliers set to begin play this season - Nov 10, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The American Basketball Association announced that the Clarksville Cavaliers from Clarksville TN are set to begin play this season. According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'team owner John Rowe has been working hard all spring and summer putting all of the elements of this team together. Johnny also owns the new Nashville SOUL team. The talent pool in Tennessee was so good and the response he received from the people of Clarksville including Ft. Campbell was such that he could not pass the opportunity by. We have no doubt that this will be one great organization. We are very pleased to have four excellent teams on Tennessee including Memphis and Johnson City.'

The owner of the team is John Rowe, the GM/Head Coach is Andrew Zumbahlen. For more information, email jrowe@clarksvillecavaliers.com or azumbahlen@clarksvillecavaliers.com or visit www.clarksvillecavaliers.com

Durbansandshark
12-11-2011, 06:17 AM
The power of Pink - The Arizona Scorpions in the ABA - Nov 10, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

( Excerpt from Jose Morales, Junior Hoops Arizona, www.juniorhoops.com. )
Pink has traditionally been a color mixture of red and white. Commonly used for Valentine's Day and Easter, pink is sometimes referred to as 'the color of love.' It is a soft on the eyes color that has been adopted as the uniform color of the new ABA Arizona Scorpions who represent Arizona and are based out of Phoenix. But after the opening two games of the season, soft is definitely not the term to use with this high scoring, often dunking and extremely focused attack mentality that this exciting team brought to the Phoenix College hardwood this past weekend.

If you thought the current NBA lockout positioned professional basketball as a thing of the past, think again. On Nov 5th and 6th, the Arizona Scorpions brought Arizona lots of love for the fans alongside a professional basketball swagger by defeating the Sand Diego Surf twice and are now ranked fourth in the nation in the ABA Power Rankings.

Both games displayed a high level of play that was a breath of fresh air for basketball enthusiasts hungry for professional basketball. Based on the fast break style of this pink embroidered team, basketball fans should head out to next weekend's game to witness for themselves a well-coached and talent filled roster of players who are leaving it all on the hardwood giving fans value that is worth far more than the cost of admission.
In addition to great up tempo basketball, which included highlight dunks equal to, if not greater than 'the other league,' the Arizona Scorpions and their pink uniforms also represent a community outreach spirit in the form of creating breast cancer awareness in order to ultimately help raise funds for breast cancer research.

On Nov 12 and 13, at Phoenix College, the San Deigo Sol come into town to face the Scorpions' talent rich squad whose two-game winning streak and growing fan base is sure to be much bigger as the word gets out about Arizona's new professional basketball team and their exciting style of play. The team features well-know professionals like Cedric Ceballos (6'7''-F-69, agency: Edge Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton), Robert Turner (6'9''-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Pepperdine), James Singleton (6'5''-G/F-76, college: St.Bonaventure), Derek Wabbington (6'9''-F-83, college: Wyoming), Prileu Davis (6'3''-G/F-81, college: Grand Canyon) and others.

Even though pink has traditionally been a mixture of red and white, adding the Arizona Scorpions' talented players and their pink uniforms to the mix, surely elevates to another level, the power of pink.

ABA All-Star Kayode Ayeni Earns Training Camp Invite with Erie Bayhawks - Nov 10, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)

Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY) (6-5, 180lbs) has earned a training camp invite with the Erie Bayhawks after impressing team officials during their free-agent tryouts. The Brooklyn, New York native was a burgeoning star at St. Francis (NY) before rupturing his ACL midway thru his junior season in 2008-2009. Despite the horrific injury, Ayeni persevered and came back to play his senior season, averaging 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 38.8% from the field. The athletic shooting guard then spent the 2010-2011 season with the Jersey Express of the American Basketball Association, where he averaged over 20 points per contest on his way to being named an All-Star. Ayeni prepped at the prestigious Laurinburg Institute after beginning his high school career at Transit Tech in New York.

In an interview with Ayeni earlier this year he stated that 'Today I think because I tore my ACL I am a much better and smarter player'. His hard work and impressive performance at Erie's tryouts in New York City are a testament to the work that he put in to overcome that injury and now he has earned a shot to make an Erie club which is run by the New York Knicks and former All-Star shooting guard Allan Houston (6'6''-G-71, college: Tennessee). While Ayeni may not have the sweet-stroke that Houston possessed, his work ethic, athleticism and ability to play both ends of the floor will make him an attractive and exciting player for the fans of Erie this season.

Durbansandshark
18-11-2011, 05:41 AM
ABA All-Star Kayode Ayeni Earns Training Camp Invite with Erie Bayhawks - Nov 10, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)

Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY) (6-5, 180lbs) has earned a training camp invite with the Erie Bayhawks after impressing team officials during their free-agent tryouts. The Brooklyn, New York native was a burgeoning star at St. Francis (NY) before rupturing his ACL midway thru his junior season in 2008-2009. Despite the horrific injury, Ayeni persevered and came back to play his senior season, averaging 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 38.8% from the field. The athletic shooting guard then spent the 2010-2011 season with the Jersey Express of the American Basketball Association, where he averaged over 20 points per contest on his way to being named an All-Star. Ayeni prepped at the prestigious Laurinburg Institute after beginning his high school career at Transit Tech in New York.

In an interview with Ayeni earlier this year he stated that 'Today I think because I tore my ACL I am a much better and smarter player'. His hard work and impressive performance at Erie's tryouts in New York City are a testament to the work that he put in to overcome that injury and now he has earned a shot to make an Erie club which is run by the New York Knicks and former All-Star shooting guard Allan Houston (6'6''-G-71, college: Tennessee). While Ayeni may not have the sweet-stroke that Houston possessed, his work ethic, athleticism and ability to play both ends of the floor will make him an attractive and exciting player for the fans of Erie this season.

Jersey Express open season on the road - Nov 13, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Yesterday night, Nov. 12, the Jersey Express opened the 2011-2012 ABA season travelling to take on the Northeast Division rival Connecticut Topballerz. Express, who are ranked sixth out of 24 teams in the ABAs pre-season power rankings, boast a talented and versatile roster, including rookie forward Kevin Edmonds (6'8''-F/C-90), who averaged 17 points per game for Harcum College a year ago, and guard Darnell Braswell (6'1''-G-88, college: DeSales), who is the all-time leading scorer at DeSales University (1,745 points), as well Zahir Carrington (6'7''-F, college: Lehigh), who 1,000-point scorer at Division-1 Lehigh University, tallying 1,260 points over the course of his career at Lehigh University.
Open tryouts were loaded with talented players, making the final roster decisions difficult on owner Marsha Blount and Coach Joseph Amador . It was tough decision and were not quite set on the final roster spots, said Blount. The players are all so talented and have worked so hard to get to this point.

Amador believes the Express have found the right mix of players to compete at high level in the fast-paced ABA game. I am very excited about the current roster, said Amador. We have two returning players that will bring valuable experience. We will be strong, athletic and quickperfect for the ABA tempo. See here down the 2011-12 Jersey Express Opening Day Roster :
Darnell Braswell
Zahir Carrington
Matthew Cavalieri (6'6''-F, college: Springfield)
Kevin Edmonds
Dexter Gray (6'7''-F-85, college: Iona)
John King (6'0''-G, college: Binghamton)
David Louis (6'3''-G/F-88) F 6'5
Jerusalem Strickland (6'7''-F-87)
Edgardo Torres (G-85) G 6'3
Darren Travis (6'3''-G-84, college: Wash.Adventist)
Sedale Walton (6'1''-G-85)

The Express would like to offer all Hudson County schools an opportunity to get the Express Experience! Visit www.jerseyexpress.net for the teams schedule and contact Mr. Jeff Brown (jbrown@jerseyexpress.net) for details. On Saturday, November 19, the Express open up their home slate at the Jersey City Armory against the State Island Vipers at 7 p.m.

NYC Thunder Preparing for Start of 2011-12 ABA Season - Nov 13, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)

The talk of the ABA's Northeast Division tends to circle around the defending champion Jersey Express. Or possibly the two new expansion clubs; the Staten Island Vipers and Connecticut Topballerz. Lost in the discussion most times though are the New York City Thunder. Under the guidance of owner and head coach Michael Logan , the club enters this season with hopes of making news of their own, on the court. On Saturday, November 19th they will start their season as they travel to Albertus Magnus College to take on the Topballerz. Notable names on the roster include veteran forward Malcolm Connor (6'6''-G/F-80, college: W.New Mexico), who returns to the Thunder after a successful 2010 campaign, as well as an impressive stint in Mexico's top league where he averaged 14.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 10 games for Volcanes de Toluca. Guard/Forward Christopher Bowman (6'7''-G-80, college: Lehman), a former St. Raymond's High School standout and guard Paul Flowers (6'2''-G-85, college: Mercy) are other notable names. However, the most recognizable player on the court for the Thunder will definitely be the smallest. That would be 5-6 point guard Milani Malik (5'6''-G). Milani played collegiality for Stony Brook before finishing at Bloomfield College, but has made her name in the New York area with her play during the numerous summer tournaments held in the city. With an entertaining up-tempo style the Thunder are out to entertain fans while running opposing teams out of the gym.

2011-12 NYC Thunder Roster (to be finalized prior to Nov. 19th opening game)
Wallace Tsormey
Romeo Bartley (6'1''-G-86)
Malcolm Connor
Milani Malik
Christopher Bowman
Amaree Taylor
Ricardo Kirkland
Paul Flowers
Brandon Wells

No NBA, no Nuggets, no problem - Nov 13, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Heartsick NBA fans tired of the lockout are turning to another resource, the ABA. In Denver, the Colorado Kings are catching the attention of even the most ardent former NBA fans. Ranked third in the largest professional basketball league in the US, this team boasts big talent. Andre Miller and his All-Stars couldn't defeat them. Neither could Jamar Brown, Mo Charlo, Tyler Smith and Mike Bugs of the Denver Defenders, a team made up of players from the D League, the Washington Wizards and international pro ranks. With the exception of only one loss in the playoffs last year, they've won every game in their first two years in the ABA.

The team is capturing the hearts of their local fans. With the NBA lockout leaving basketball fans wondering if they'll ever reach an agreement, fans are keeping their eyes on the best talent that Denver has to offer. You never know who will show up at the games. Their games are played in Northeast Denver on the state-of-the-art $42M Evie Garrett Dennis Campus. At only $10 an adult ticket, young fans 6 and under are always admitted free to their games - fans can afford to bring their entire family to watch two and a half hours of live professional basketball for the cost of going to the movies. The team's best performers are at present Donald Whitfield (6'4''-G-82, college: Mountain St.), Corey Campbell (6'2''-G-83, college: Chaminade) and Brendan Puckett (6'4''-G, college: Colorado Christian). See here down the full, 2011-12 roster of the Kings:

Jeff BOOZER, G, 6-1 220 Laramie CC '06
Keith BORGAN, G 5-9 160 Metro State '05
Corey CAMPBELL G 6-3 195 Chaminade '06
Clayton CRUSE C 6-11 275 Tarleton State '08
Jason DAVIS G 5-11 180 Johnson & Wales '05
Ra'Sean DICKEY C 6-10 250 Georgia Tech '08
Robert FRAZIER F 6-7 210 Tuskegee '08
Marcus KING-STOCKTON F/C 6-9 230 Colorado '08
Jermaine MASON G 5-11 155 Southern Colorado '02
Ryan McBRIDE F 6-6 185 Georgia State '07
Mike PUCCIO G 6-0 175 Colorado St-Pueblo '05
Brendan PUCKETT G/F 6-5 185 Colorado Christian '09
Donald WHITFIELD G 6-4 185 Mountain State '08
Mundrell Young F 6-6 225 Mountain State '11

For more information, visit www.coloradokings.com or call 720 274 4644.

Jersey Express fall in season opener - Nov 15, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Jersey Express opened up its 2011-12 ABA campaign on Saturday, November 12 with a loss to the Connecticut TopBallerz, 104-122. Darnell Braswell (6'1''-G-88, college: DeSales) led the way for the Express, as he poured in 37 points in the defeat, in front of sold-out gym. It was a disappointing loss, but it was a learning experience for the guys, understanding how physical the game is, said head coach Joseph Amador .
The Express will be looking to avenge the loss this Saturday, November 19, when it takes the floor at the Jersey City Armory in Jersey City, N.J., for the first time, taking on the Staten Island Vipers at 7 p.m.

In anticipation of the home opener, the Express has re-launched its team website, www.jerseyexpress.net, providing a more fan friendly place to learn more about New Jerseys ABA team, including a roster, schedule, statistics, and more. During halftime of the Express-Vipers game on Saturday night, there will be a performance by recording artist Fe.

Durbansandshark
18-11-2011, 05:44 AM
ABA Power Rankings - through Sunday, Nov 13 - Nov 15, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The American Basketball Association (ABA) released its Power Rankings through Sunday, November 13th. 'Lots of new teams included,:' said Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'With a good weekend of games, the Power Rankings are beginning to take shape. And with a heavy schedule next weekend, we anticipate even more changes. The Jacksonville Giants and Los Angeles SLAM hung onto the #1 and #2 positions.'

1. Jacksonville Giants
2. Los Angeles SLAM
3. Colorado Kings
4. Gulf Coast Flash
5. Arizona Scorpions
6. Richmond Elite
7. North Dallas Vandals
8. Bay Area Matrix
9. Milwaukee Blast
10. Connecticut Topballerz
11. Conway Cyclones
12. Lynchburg Legends
13. San Diego Sol
14. Richmond Rockets
15. Chicago Steam
16. Colorado Springs Crusaders
17. East Bay Pit Bulls
18. Nashville Soul
19. Atlanta Aliens
20. San Francisco Rumble
21. Dallas Impact
22. Seattle Mountaineers
23. Texas Fuel
24. Little Rock Lightning

'There are a half dozen other teams that could well have been ranked already,' added Newman. 'We just need to get more games played and we'll have a clearer picture.'

ABA Showcase - Nov 15, 2011 (by Eurobasket )

ABA Showcase featured 6 teams this weekend. Dallas Impact played host to the event and it turned out fantastic. Home team Dallas Impact faced off against the former UBL team Metroplex Lightning. The game featured the matchup between the guards Jason Horton (6'2''-G-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Missouri) and Torrence Moody (5'10''-G-76). Metroplex Lightning jumped out to an early lead in the 1st quarter by 10 points. With key plays from Ricky James and D.J. Perkins who finished the game with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Torrence Moody came out shooting lights out from long range. Going 5/5 behind the 3 point line in the 1st half and 7/10 for the entire game. Coach Washington and his young but efficient team Dallas Impact would not go away. Clawing back, Dallas Impact took the lead at the end of the 3rd quarter 99-94 and never looked back. Dallas Impact controlled the boards and out rebounded the Lighting by 16 rebounds. Dallas Impact PG Jason Horton took over in the 4th quarter showing his quickness and leadership in the closing of the game. Horton finished the game with 19 points and 9 assists. To lead the Impact to the 1st victory of the season 132-116. Ricky James led the Lightning with 26 points and Kelvin Williams had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Dallas Impact were lead by Russell Permenter with 24 points and 17 rebounds and Ryan Battle 23 points and 9 rebounds.

TopBallers opening day roster - Nov 15, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

This down is the opening day roster of the Connecticut TopBallerz, winners over Jersey Express 122-104 in home opener. The taller man is Joseph Dorsett-Jeffreys (6'11''-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Norfolk St.), and the International flavour s made of USA-Turkish Shawn Ustunel (6'8''-F) and Nigerian David Akinyooye (6'6''-G, college: Adelphi). The team is at #10 of the last ABA Power Rankings

Dave AKINYOOYE G 6-6 Adelphi '11
Tom BEAUDINET
Richard BYRD G 6-3 Adelphi '11
Braxton DARDEN G 6-1
Kelvin DAVIS G/F 6-3 San Diego State '10
Joseph DORSETT-JEFFREYS C 6-11 Norfolk State '10
Lance FURTADO G/F 6-5
Jeff JOHNSON G 6-0 C.W.Post'94
Kaseem JOHNSON F 6-5Rhode Island Coll.'09
Roosevelt LEE F 6-6 Midland JC'06
Raheim LOWERY F/C 6-8 Dowling'06
Japhet McNEIL G 5-11Bridgeport'07
Bobby MOORE G 5-8 W.Nebraska CC'01
Darcell REDDICK
Dale SAUNDERS
Walden St.JUSTE G 6-0 Hartford'11
Shawn USTUNEL F 6-8 New Haven '11
Antoine WALLER F/C 6-10 Imperial Valley JC
Jamual WARREN G 6-2 Cincinnati '08
Head Coach: Andre Hutson
Coach Assistants: John Scavuzzo and Maurice Williamson

Gulf Coast Flash roster - Nov 15, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Front Court veteran Carl Henderson (6'8''-F/C-78, college: S.Mississippi) and Vas'shun Newborne (6'6''-F-83, college: St.Louis) lead the Gulf Coast Flash, currently at # 4 of the last ABA Power Rankings. This down is the 2011-12 full team roster

Terry Wade G, 6-1 William Carey
Luther Suggs F, 6-5 Mississippi Coll.
Vas'Shun Newborne F, 6-6 St.Louis
Dexter Cheairs G, 6-0 Willam Carey
Richard Martin G, 6-1 Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Cameron Durr G, 6-0 Faulkner
DeCarlos Riley G, 5-10 DIllard
Courtenay Brown F 6-4 Texas Southern
Carl Henderson F/C 6-8 Southern MIssissippi
Dominique Hughes G, 6-4 Bay Springs HS
Leo Magee G/F 6-3 Gulfport HS
Jordan Payne G/F, 6-3 Louisiana Monroe
Chris Lane G 6-0 Harrison Central HS
Justin Ray G, 5-9 Gulfport HS
Clarence Abrams F/C 6-6 Shaw HS
Armaud Porter G 6-0 Pass Christian HS
Head Coach: Dave Whitney Jr.
Coach Assistant: Freeman Hines

Aces unveil roster, new website - Nov 16, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA Las Vegas Aces open this week their new website, now available at www.officiallvaces.net and unveil the team 2011-12 season full roster, that is as follows down. Veterans players Patrick Savoy (6'9''-F/C-72, college: UNLV), Stanley Gill (6'7''-F-84, college: W.Alabama), Chris Porter (6'7''-F-78, college: Auburn) and Michael Johnson (6'0''-PG-76, college: Oklahoma) lead a combative crew of professionals

Michael BRICE F 6-7 Vocational-Tech HS (NV)
Dennis CARR F 6-7 Embry-Riddle
Carlton CHRISTIAN G 6-4 Central Florida
Stanley GILL F 6-7 West Alabama
Michael HUSFAVA C 6-9 L.A.Valley JC
Michael JOHNSON G 6-0 Oklahoma
Eric JONES G/F 6-3 Consumnes River JC
Carl MITCHELL F/C 6-9 Northern Kentucky
Chris PORTER F 6-6 Auburn
Maurice RIDDICK G 6-3 Bethune-Cookman
Tommie SANDERS G 5-10 Wayland Baptist
Patrick SAVOY F 6-8 U N L V
Dominique WATSON G 5-10 New Hope Christian

Head Coach: Larry Johnson,
Owner/Associate Head Coach: Todd Triplett
Coach Assistant: Moses Scurry

Durbansandshark
18-11-2011, 05:49 AM
John Winchester Joins Connecticut Topballerz - Nov 16, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)

Veteran guard John Winchester (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Robert Morris) was in the line-up for the expansion Connecticut TopBallerz for Saturday nights opening game victory of the Jersey Express, 122-104. The 28-year old Winchester is a Stamford, Connecticut native and split his collegiate career between Tennessee, local school Quinnipiac and then Robert Morris. Since turning pro, Winchester has found his most success in Portugal, where in 2009-10 he led the Proliga in scoring and was named Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese Proliga Guard of the Year. That season he averaged 24.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.1 steals while shooting 48.0% from the field. Last season he spent time in Syria with Al Taleea before returning home in February and participating in the Eurobasket Summer League in New York City this past summer. In his ABA debut (Winchester was in training camp with the now defunct Strong Island Sound prior to the 2007-08 season) with Connecticut he racked up 11 points helping the franchise knock off the reigning Northeast Division champion Express.

Texas Fuel announce roster with George Hill - Nov 16, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA Texas Fuel sent today to the league headquarters the 2011-12 season roster, and NBAer George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) is in it, as the undoubted top player of the team. Another outstanding player is Lamar Wright (6'10''-C-78, college: Porterville JC), see here down

2 Jason McNeil 6'8 Huston Tillotson Univ F
4 Wayemon Powell 6'1 Bethany College PG
3 George Hill 6'3 IUPUI PG/SG
5 DeAndre Hall 6'7 Texas Southern Univ SG/SF
20 Justin Monroe 6'6 Southern Wayne H.S.SF
24 Melvin Smith 6'3 UTSA SG/SF
21 Ben Conwell 6'10 Hill Junior College F/C
13 Lamar Garfield-Wright 6'10 Porterville College F/C
19 Albert Strickland 6'8 Lincoln University F
16 Marcus Thomas 6'3 Loyola University (IL) G
Injured / Reserve:
-- DaKarius Hollins,
-- Jihad Washington,
-- CL McGlaston III

Head Coach: Johnny Tyson

Indiana Star to make major contribution in Fort Worth - Nov 17, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA North Texas Fresh announces the addition of Jeremy Holland (6'8''-F/C) to their 2011-12 team roster. Holland has already caught eyes of other minor league teams as the new kid on the block for the Fresh with his size. This season, the Fresh look for their rookie forward/center to be a big time contributor on both ends of the court. Holland adds flexibility to an already flexible roster. He can fill it up from 3 point range, but can also do the dirty work inside to put points on the board. He played collegiately at Indiana Southeast and will now be suiting up as a rookie for the North Texas Fresh.

'Jeremy puts us in a place where we want to be on both ends of the court', stated Owner Jay Bowdy . 'One thing that we needed was a guy with size that teams would have to respect when he is on the floor, but seeing that you have to respect him anytime on the offensive end, spreads the floor and will cause major havoc. Im very excited with us having him and now teams will have to worry about another monster on our team'.
The road to success wont be easy with the Fresh this year, as theyve decided to only bring back half of the returners from last season. The upside to that is A'Daeron Duncan (6'5''-F-87, college: N.Kentucky) and Travoy Edwards (6'7''-F-88, college: Great Falls) will be returning to bring some much needed experience from last season. They are both looked at to be leaders for this season and their performance along with Holland and other rookies will be a necessity for success. The Fresh will be playing their games this season in Crowley, TX and will be hosting games against various professional teams. For more informations, check www.NorthTexasFresh.com

Durbansandshark
23-11-2011, 12:28 PM
Now where was I on that NBL Canada stuff that I have been talking about so much here lately?

Summerside Storm stun the Quebec City Kebs 120-105 at Summerside Storm's home debut at Eastlink Arena at Consolidated Credit Union Place.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35566
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/2011-2012-season/2011-2012-regular-season

Oshawa Power 107 Moncton Miracles 80 (Moncton continue to go winless at this stretch during their road trip)
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35561
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/2011-2012-season/2011-2012-regular-season

Injuries have been a problem for the Kebs though at this time:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35521

London Lightning 118 Halifax Rainmen 110 (London's home opener at the John Labatt Centre, Halifax's NBL Canada official debut):
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35529
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35533
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/2011-2012-season/2011-2012-regular-season

Halifax's President Andre Levingston suspends Eric Crookshank and DeAndre Thomas for supposedly fighting each other following the loss to London. It doesn't specify what exactly it was:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35616

Halifax signs Canadian PG Joey Haywood to the roster:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35617

2144 fans saw their hometown Summerside Storm wash out the Saint John Mill Rats to stay 2-0 undefeated 112-98 in the first NBL Canada game for the Mill Rats.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35619
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35620

London Lightning strikes again on the Halifax Rainmen 108-90. This time in Halifax.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35672

In their third game at home at the Laval University campus, the Quebec City Kebs again host the Oshawa Power only to lose this time 95-92:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35686
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35701

Michael Ray Richardson's London Lightning continues to win. They visit Saint John, New Brunswick and win over the Mill Rats in the latter's home opener at the Harbour Station 81-70:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35748
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35736

London's Gabe Freeman holds the honor of being the first-ever NBL Canada Player of the Week for being instrumental the Lightning's first three wins of the young season:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35750

Needing size, Summerside signs 7'3" former Kentucky player Jared Carter to replace 6'10" Xavier Hansbro who left for his home in Tennessee for personal reasons:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35815

Tyler Bullock, formerly of the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks and the fastest one to hit 1000 points for the school, joins London with Albert White on the inactive list:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35901

Saint John and London show honor and rememberance to the Canadian Forces at their Thursday home games against Summerside and Quebec, respectively:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35918
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35958
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_35948

Dwight Brewington goes on the injured list. In comes Atlanta native 6'5" Rasheem Barrett:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36026

NBA-level talent Richard Delk and Orien Greene arrive to help then still-winless Halifax:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36069

Halifax gets their first NBL Canada win with a 121-95 crushing of Moncton at home:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36090
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36091

London residents are getting excited about the sizzling and undefeated play the Lightning made in their debut season in NBL Canada. It went down to overtime in front of 2300 fans with the Lightning emerging winners 102-94:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36093
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36101

In that other overtime Troops Night game, the Summerside Storm continue their undefeated ways with a win over Saint John 108-107 despite Anthony Anderson's 25 points and Jared Carter's 21 points for the Mill Rats. Summerside was led by Mike Williams' 26:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36102

Halifax snaps Summerside's winning streak 100-93 at home:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36265

Saint John gets their first in the win column on the road beating the best team in the league, the London Lightning, with a furious rally just by attacking:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36266
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36272

Moncton loses again in a hard-fought battle to Quebec City 98-94:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36268
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36277

Saint John wins their second on the road in Oshawa 91-88:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36437
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36438

Canadian Chris Coyle from the Storm led everybody with 27 points with Summerside reacquaint themselves with winning over hapless Moncton at home 119-101:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36729

Halifax was extremely pleased that Joey Haywood is the first Canadian to earn the NBL Canada Player of the Week honor during the second week of NBL Canada's play:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36450

Halifax, needing size, made the first-ever NBL Canada trade in the league's history with the London Lightning from the other side of the NBL Power Rankings ladder when they sent G Rodney Buford in exchange for SF Tyrone Levett. Gabon native Stevy Worahozimo also joins Halifax. London gets C Shamari Spears:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36451
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36452

Oshawa Power loses again to the Quebec City Kebs 97-88 this time at home at the GM Place. Canadian Tut Ruach was tremendous having produced 23 points and 6 assists for the Power. For Quebec, Ralphy Holmes nearly had a triple double:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36580
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36581

Saint John Mill Rats nets another road win by stopping the Summerside Storm in the PEI's second city 106-90, another team with a winning record. The Storm's home winning streak at the Consolidated Credit Union Place ended here. Mill Rats star Anthony Anderson scored 35 points in three quarters in the win:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36643
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36671

Quebec returns to London exactly week after last being there coming out as losers. In the last two Lightning home games at the JLC, the Lightning were plauged with slow starts. This was no different here. Shamari Spears and Rodney Buford made immediate impacts for the Lightning in a tight one over the Kebs 85-79 to go 5-1. Fouls plauged this when Quebec kept things close:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36668
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36670

As the Saint John Mill Rats were making their way through Ontario and Atlantic Canada winning road games, they obviously felt good about racking up wins. But that good feeling came to an end when the travel-weary Mill Rats visited the Rainmen. Halifax cut lose towards a 122-104 win at the Halifax Metro Centre:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36727

That's it from the NBL Canada for now to catch up to speed. I'll get more detailed later next week.

Durbansandshark
01-12-2011, 06:46 AM
Jersey Express 2011-12 Roster - Nov 18, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)

In lieu of their 2011-12 home-opener tomorrow night against the expansion Staten island Vipers, the Jersey Express.
The Express are reigning Northeast Division champions and are currently 0-1 on the seaosn, having fell in their season opener last weekend on the road against the Connecticut Topballerz, 104-122.

#1 Sedale Walton (6'1''-G-85)
#5 Kevin Edmonds (6'8''-F/C-90, college: Harcum CC)
#6 David Louis (6'5''-G/F-88)
#10 Zahir Carrington (6'7''-F, college: Lehigh)
#11 John King (6'0''-G, college: Binghamton)
#12 Darnell Braswell (6'1''-G-88, college: DeSales)
#20 Matthew Cavalieri (6'6''-F, college: Springfield)
#24 Dexter Gray (6'7''-F-85, college: Iona)
#23 Darren Travis (6'3''-G-84, college: Wash.Adventist)
Jerusalem Strickland (6'7''-F-87, college: Pitt.-Bradford)
Edgardo Torres (6'3''-G-85, college: Rowan)

HEAD COACH: Joseph Amador

Richmond Elite roster - Nov 20, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Powerful front court players Demond Hickman (6'7''-F-87, college: Elizabeth City) and Brandon Macklin (6'8''-F/C-87) lead the Richmond Elite on the court. This down is the 2011-12 team roster of this ABA team, now competing in Colonial Division:

Jack Browne G/F 6-7 190 College: St. Paul's
Keith Crump G 6-2 170 College: Ferrum
Earl Gee G 5-10 155 College: Longwood
Demond Hickman F 6-7 235 College: Elizabeth City
Jelani Lawrence F 6-6 220 College: St. Francis
Brandon Macklin F 6-8 215 College: Charleston Southern
Aaron Mitchell G 6-2 190 College: Longwood
Maurice Reevey F 6-3 217 College: Virginia Tech
Brandon Rozzell G 6-2 185 College: VCU
Anthony Sally G 6-2 185 College: Western Kentucky
Tarik Wallace G 6-2 170 College: Arkansas
Chris Washington G 6-3 185 College: Virginia State
Anthony Wynn F 6-7 205 College: St. Paul's

Head Coach: George Lancaster
Coach Assistant: Ted Berry

Cheetas roster is now available - Nov 21, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

According with the officiat team website www.carolinacheetas.com, this down is the professional crew of the Carolina Trefour Cheetas that coach Tim Wells will lead in the 2011-12 ABA season

Terrence Jones F/C 6'7' 250 Livingstone College
Norm Carter F 6'5'' 205 Winston-Salem State University
Damien Goodman F 6'6' 205 UNC Pembroke University
Dupree Hall F 6'8' 190 East Mississippi JUCO
Kellen Brand G 6'1' 183 Appalachian State University
Landon Quick G 6'1' 185 High Point University
Ryan Scott G 6'2' 190 College of Charleston /Johnson C Smith University
Chris Woods F 6'6'' 230 Pfeiffer University
CJ Pigford F/C 6'7' 230 Elizabeth City State University
Jarret Johnson G 6'3' 190 Anderson University
Lansen Leach G 6'0' 188 Elizabeth City State University
Jeremy Clayton F/C 6'8' 230 Appalachian State University
Jason Thompson G/F 6'5' 205 Fayetteville State University / Old Dominion University
Richard Barbee Jr. G 6'2'' Belmont Abbey College

Jersey Express earn first win with exciting Home Opener - Nov 21, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Jersey Express opened the 2011-12 ABA home season on Saturday, Nov. 19. with an exciting 98-94 win over Northeast Division rival the Staten Island Vipers. The Express, were led by Darnell Braswell (6'1''-G-88, college: DeSales) who scoredc 23 pts, Dexter Gray (6'7''-F-85, college: Iona), who added 20 pt, 11 rebs and 5 blks, and Zahir Carrington (6'7''-F, college: Lehigh), who scored 18 pts and grabbed 13 rebs. Sedale Walton (6'1''-G-85) chipped in 14 pts and 6 rbds. The Express are now 1-1 on this new season, and have 4 different players averaging double digit points, with Dexter and Zahir also averaging a double-double.

Next up for the Express was a visit to Nex York, to take on the NY Charters, on yesterday night, November 20th @ Manhattan Science High @ 8pm. The Charters are an expansion team in the Northeast, and feature several former AND1 players.

Titans defeat Aces in home opener - Nov 21, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The ABA Central Valley Titans defeated 105-101 the highly ranked Las Vegas Aces in their home opener, on Saturday, Nov.19. The Titans team is based out of Exeter, California and replaces the South Valley Fever in California NW Conference. Its 2011-12 season roster is the one down

Jonathan ALVAREZ G 6-0 Reedley JC '09
Craig ASH F 6-7 Fresno Pacific '10
Otis BLACK G/F 6-4 West Hills CC
AlexanderBLAIR F/C 6-8 Fresno State '08
Brian DUCKWORTH G 6-0 Lewis-Clark State '09
Stefan MUTAVDZIC G 5-10
AntonioODOM F 6-4 Texas Coll.'10
Brandon WEBSTER C 6-10 Fresno State '10

ABA Power Rankings - Week ending Nov.20 - Nov 21, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The American Basketball Association released its Power Rankings for the weekend ending November 20th. 'No change in the top two teams even though they have not played a game yet,' said Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'Our scouts tell us that Jacksonville and Los Angeles are very strong so we'll keep them there until they begin their schedules. But, the rest of the league is shaping up and there are a lot of new teams in the top 24 as many more games are being played.

1. Jacksonville Giants
2. Los Angeles SLAM
3. Colorado Kings
4. Arizona Scorpions
5. San Diego Sol
6. Richmond Elite
7. Conway Cyclones
8. Memphis Bluff City Reign
9. North Dallas Vandals
10. Carolina Cougars
11. Gulf Coast Flash
12. Connecticut Topballerz
13. Milwaukee Blast
14. San Francisco Rumble
15. Nashville SOUL
16. South Carolina Warriors
17. Atlanta Experience
18. Jersey Express
19. Chicago Steam
20. Texas FUEL
21. Richmond Rockets
22. Central Valley Titans
23. Dallas Impact
24. Athens Razors

'There were at least six other teams that could well have been included in the rankings and it is likely we'll see them in the weeks to come. We have a very strong league, very good teams and we believe that the ranking will change a lot from weekend to week.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com

Giants looking to another winning season - Nov 22, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Jacksonville Giants kicked off the 2011-12 season with a Tip-Off luncheon at the City Hall Pub in Jacksonville on Friday. Otis Smith, President of Basketball Operations for the NBA Orlando Magic, and previously the Magic GM was the guest speaker. Smith spoke about the efforts of the Giants and the impact the team has had on the city. 'You have the opportunity to grow, you have the opportunity to go very, very far.' As for the NBA lockout, and the possibility of an NBA team in Jacksonville, Smith commented, 'Who knows what is going to happen with the NBA, there is a crack in the window with some great opportunities, so please keep doing what you are doing.' Coach Kevin Waters introduced Otis Smith as his mentor. 'I was very proud of the turnout, it was a great opportunity to introduce the players to our fans and sponsors. We look forward to having a great season adn the city's support on Dec 3 against the Gulf Coast Flash.' (The Giants are currently ranked #1 in the ABA).

The Giants introduced several new players including Duke University legend, Olympic Gold medalist and 13 year NBA veteran Christian Laettner (6'11''-F-69, college: Duke). Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) and Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) were added to the Giants roster after winning two ABA Championships with the SE Texas Mavericks, plus they have added one of the ABA's highest scorers, Dwayne Jackson (6'4''-G-84, college: Charleston So.) who averaged 34 points last year. 'The Giants have a full roster of players that could probably start for any team in the ABA. Coach Waters has done an impressive job - and we are confident that we can hold our #1 ranking and bring Jacksonville its first ever pro basketball championship.'

The Opening Game will be December 3 at the Veterans Memorial Arena in the Sports Complex. For more information, visit www.jacksonvillegiants.com or call 904 355 6511.

Durbansandshark
01-12-2011, 07:10 AM
Jersey Express win second game in a row - Nov 22, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

On Sunday, Nov 20 night, the Jersey Express defeated the New York Charters at Manhattan Science High School, 147-93, to improve to 2-1 on the season and win its second game in two days, following a 98-94 victory over the Staten Island Vipers on Saturday. Guard Darren Travis (6'3''-G-84, college: Wash.Adventist) was the leading scorer for the Express, pouring in 35 points on the night. He was nearly perfect from three-point range, as he shot 8-of-9 from downtown. Forward Dexter Gray (6'7''-F-85, college: Iona) was dominant in the paint, scoring 20 points and grabbing 20 rebounds, while dishing out six assists. Guards Sedale Walton (6'1''-G-85) and Edgardo Torres (6'3''-G-85, college: Rowan) each added 23 points. In total, the Express had six players in double figures.
'I was very proud and excited by how the team played on Sunday coming off of an emotional home opener', said head coach Joseph Amador .' Dexter Gray set the tone from the state, establishing a presence on the inside and finishing with 20 points and 20 rebounds'.

The Express return home on Friday, December 2, as they look to take down the New York Charters once again. All of the Express home games are played at the teams home court, the Jersey City Armory, located on 678 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, N.J.

Cougars roster unveiled - Nov 25, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

According with official team website www.carolinacougars.org this down is the full team roster of the Carolina Cougars, an ABA team that started well in Mid Atlantioc Division. Taron Downey (6'1''-G-83, college: Wake Forest) and Cory Hightower (6'8''-F/G-79, college: Indian Hills CC) are the two top names in the team list.

Trey Drake G 5'9' 180 NC Wesleyan University
Jonathan Foster F 6'6' 200 Barton College
Jarmel Arrington G 6'4' 210 NC Wesleyan University
Damien Brown F 6'8' 210 Averett University
Taron Downey G 6'1' 200 Wake Forest University
Devin Mooring G 6'2' 180 Elizabeth City State University
Montez Downey F 6'5' 225 NC Wilmington
Charles Gamble G/F 6'4' 225 Barton College
Qavotstarai Waddell C 6'10' 260 UT- Chattanooga
Shelton Carter G/F 6'5' 200 Winston Salem State University
Paul Davis F/C 6'9' 215 Winston Salem State University
Jolly Manning G/F 6'4' 215 Catawba/ Globetrotters
Marcus Hodges G 5'10' 175 Lenoir Rhyne University
Cory Hightower F 6'7' 225 Indian Hills CC
Marcus Watts F 6'7' 225 UT- Chattanooga

Clarksville roster disclosed - Nov 25, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

According with official website https://clarksvillecavaliers.com this down is the full team roster of the Clarksville Cavaliers, an ABA team led on the court by former NBAer Trenton Hassell (6'5''-G/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Austin Peay St.) who had started season at Nashville Soul

22 Bills, Everett G/F 6' 3' Texas Tech/Martin Methodist
23 Bone, Josh G 6' 3' SIU/University of Tennessee
8 Clements, Rashad G 6' 0 'Bryan College
1 Crutcher, Jeremiah G 5' 10 'TSU
13 Grant, Keon G/F 6' 4' West TX A&M
52 Guerrier, Astral F/C 6' 7 'Vol State/Bryan College
44 Hassell, Trenton G/F 6' 5' APSU
3 Houston, Jerrell C 6' 9' TSU
4 Poe, Wesley F 6' 5' Trevecca
24 Sain, Josh G/F 6' 5' MTSU/TSU
5 Waddy, Cody Motlow St./TSU
40 Woodard, Carlos F 6' 6' Vol State/ Pikeville College

Former Sydney Kings Issac "Ice" Bruton is the most recognizable name of the Southern California Swish. Also includes a Japanese player from Osaka and an assistant coach.

SoCal Swish team roster - Nov 27, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Veteran Isaac Burton (6'3''-G-73, college: Arizona St.) leads on the court the the SoCal Swish, an ABA team competing in Southern California Division. This down is its 2011-12 season full team roster

8 Burton, Issac SG 6' 4' Arizona State
11 Johnnson, Xavier SF 6'6' Los Angeles, CA
12 Cathey, Albert PG 5' 10' Inglewood, CA
3 Cathey, Tracie G 6' 3' El Camino JC
25 Clay, Jamal SF 6' 7' LA Trade Tech JC
10 Evers, Chris C 6' 11' Santa Monica CC
-- Morgan, Joseph PG 6' 3'
34 Murphy, Taran PF 6' 8' Santa Monica CC
13 Omura, Shouki PG 5' 5' Osaka College, JAPAN
24 Pickens, Steven G 6' 0'Compton JC
4 Robinson, Lawrence SF 6' 5' Salem University
2 Stanley, Davontae G 6' 2' Palmdale, CA
99 Washington, Arthur F 6' 8'Compton JC

Head Coach/Team Owner: Ralph Lawson
Coach Assistant: Yuta Imada

Giants and Slam still #1 and #2 in ABA Power Rankings - Nov 29, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The American Basketball Association (ABA) has just its power rankings through the week of November 27th and the Jacksonville Giants and Los Angeles SLAM held onto the two top spots in spite of not having played a game. 'Our regular season officially begins next week,' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . 'Jax and LA were the pre-season favorites, and though we have played over 50 games already, we're letting them hold their positions though both the Colorado Kings and the South Carolina Warriors have shown great strengths as have several other teams. We'll get a better picture after this weekend.'

1. Jacksonville Giants
2. Los Angeles SLAM
3. Colorado Kings
4. South Carolina Warriors
5. Memphis Bluff City Reign
6. Arizona Scorpions
7. Connecticut Topballerz
8. Carolina Cougars
9. Conway Cyclones
10. North Dallas Vandals
11. Gulf Coast Flash
12. Athens Razors
13. San Diego Sol
14. Carolina Cheetahs
15. Nashville SOUL
16. Central Valley Titans
17. Jersey Express
18. Chicago Steam
19. East Carolina Trojans
20. Milwaukee Blast
21. Richmond Rockets
22. Richmond Elite
23. Carolina Jaguars
24. T- Lynchburg Legends, Richmond Rockets
'And there ate at least six other teams that could well be in the top 24 and probably will be with a few more games under their belts,' added Newman. For more information, visit www.abalive.com Tickets for all ABA games are available on www.eventbrite.com

Durbansandshark
01-12-2011, 07:53 AM
PBL 2011 Draft results - Alleyne called at #1 - Nov 18, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Following a successful team owners meeting in Chicago this week, the official draft for the Premier Basketball League (PBL) took place on Nov.17th at 1:00pm CST via conference call with all teams across the country represented. The draft took place in two rounds, the first being in the order selected by the live streaming lottery on November 10th in Chicago. The second round will be in reverse order from the first round lottery position.
With rosters in place, team front office and coaching staff are focusing on the pre-season tournament in December. The current NBA lockout has pushed the Premier Basketball League into the spot light as the leading independent basketball league going into the upcoming sports season.

'The season is only a few weeks away, we're glad to see the teams finalizing their list of players,' commented Carrie Ann May, PBL Vice President of Operations. 'The teams are coming together and are really making a collaborative effort to do what is best for not only their individual teams, but also the league as a whole.'
The lottery placed the teams in the draft order as follows:

First Round
#1 -The Lake Michigan Admirals - player selected : Shagari Alleyne (7'3''-C-84, college: Manhattan)
#2 -Sauk Valley Predators - player selected : Justin Tubbs (6'3''-G-87, college: E.Tenn.St.)
#3- Rochester RazorSharks- (Immediately traded to Chicago Muscle for 2013 1st round pick) - player selected : Emmanuel Little (6'5''-F-85, college: N.Dakota)
#4- NW Indiana Stars - player selected : Daniel Artest (6'6''-F-82, college: Westchester CC)
#5- Dayton AirStrikers - player selected : Avery Smith (6'3''-G, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee)
#6- Central Illinois Drive - player selected : Mike Gills (6'6''-F-89) (6'6'-F, college: Illinois Valley CC)
#7- Indiana Diesels - player selected : Billy Pettiford (6'7''-F)
#8- Charleston Gunners - player selected : Robbie Jackson (7'0''-C-85)
#9- St. Louis Phoenix - player selected : Dwayne Polk (5'9''-G-85, college: St.Louis)
#10- Chicago Muscle - player selected : Ricardo Hill (6'7''-F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois St.)
#11- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers - player selected : Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken)

Second Round
#12- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers - player selected : Ron Malicki (6'4''-F)
#13- Chicago Muscle - player selected : LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (6'3''-G-87, college: Greenville)
#14- St. Louis Phoenix - player selected : James Booyer (6'8''-F-86, college: IUPUI)
#15- Charleston Gunners - Pick was deferred
#16- Indiana Diesels - player selected : Mark Dunn (6'8''-F-87)
#17- Central Illinois Drive - player selected : Nate Fuqua (6'2''-G/F)
#18- Dayton AirStrikers - player selected : Darron Evans (6'7''-F, college: Indiana St.)
#19- NW Indiana Stars - player selected : Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88, agency: ICRH, college: Greenville)
#20- Rochester RazorSharks - player selected : Marcus Thompson (6'4''-G/F-84)
#21- Sauk Valley Predators - player selected : Ricky Reed (5'9''-G)
#22- The Lake Michigan Admirals - player selected : Romain Martin (6'3''-G)

John Bucci and Dennis Mishko will act as Scraton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers co-head coaches.
http://www.thepbl.com/2011/11/swb-steamers-name-bucci-mishko-coaches/

Admirals Win In Overtime - Nov 27, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Lake Michigan Admirals outlasted Grand Rapids Outlawz 116-109 OT in a pre-season match up at Lake Michigan Catholic High School. Tied at 103 in regulation, Benton Harbor natives Jay McCree (5'10''-G-87) and Rodney Alexander (6'7''-F-87, college: Oklahoma City) combined for 9 points in overtime to seal the victory. Alexander led the Admirals with 22 points followed by rookie Romain Martin (6'3''-G-88) with 18. The Admirals took control of the second half with only 7 lead changes in regulation, but an eight point lead was erased by the Outlawzs with just over 3 minutes left. Freddie Harris (6'8''-C-85) stole an inbound pass with 4 seconds left in regulation, but McCree shot fell short. The PBL pre-season tournament kicks off league competition December 4th at Benton Harbor High School with a 3 pm tip off. For more information go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com

M-Power Energy Tabs official energy supplement of the PBL:
http://www.thepbl.com/2011/11/mpower-energy-tabs-come-on-board-as-official-energy-supplement-of-the-premier-basketball-league/

Preseason PBL 2011 tournament schedule involving a few of the Central Division teams hitting in a matter of days:
http://www.thepbl.com/2011/11/premier-basketball-league-announces-preseason-tournament-dates/

PBL 2011-12 schedule leading off with the defending champs Rochester RazorSharks at home at the Blue Cross Arena on New Year's Eve against the new Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers while the fuller league action takes place on January 6. Also, there will be no interdivision play this season in an attempt to make divisional rivalries, despite the Premier Basketball League having only 11 franchises. On the other hand, this uneven array of teams makes it a reason not to do that.
2011-12 PBL Eastern Division Schedule (http://www.thepbl.com/divisional-schedules/eastern-division/)
2011-12 PBL Central Division (http://www.thepbl.com/divisional-schedules/central-division/)

Durbansandshark
02-12-2011, 12:23 PM
Basketball Buzz's NBL Canada Power Rankings for November 22, 2011. London Lightning still tops but the Halifax Rainmen and the Quebec City Kebs move up:
http://basketballbuzz.ca/international/basketballbuzz-nbl-canada-power-rankings-nov-22-2011/

NBL Canada Power Rankings for November 28, 2011. With London still ahead, Summerside Storm moves up back to #2. Quebec City stays at #3. Saint John is idle with Halifax falling to .500:
http://basketballbuzz.ca/international/basketballbuzz-nbl-canada-power-rankings-nov-28-2011/

Moncton Miracles head coach/GM Norris Bell had enough of the nightmarish losing to start their debut season--they have still yet to win a game this season at 0-7 after London embarassed them on the road 122-100. So the popular Bell resigned this week citing the need to return to Atlanta with his family. Enter Mike Evans, the enthusiastic former Rainmen coach and like Bell, a former NBA guy, to guide them with hopes of making better decisions, improved shooting, and getting more bulk. Mike Jr. happens to be on the Miracles' team.
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1459184
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1459397
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1459640
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1460437

NBL Canada finally has its first commissioner. At a press conference at SkyDome in Toronto, Windsor-born, longtime LA-based sports executive John Kennedy was introduced with that title last Wednesday. With his skills and experience in startups, perhaps NBL Canada could get a TV deal for the inaugural season. He knows the league is undergoing growing pains (as evidenced with Moncton) and will continue to do so. A prudent hire for NBL Canada!
http://basketballbuzz.ca/international/nbl-canada-names-john-kennedy-commissioner/link/5853/
http://www.northpolehoops.com/NBL_Name_John_Kennedy_as_New_Commissioner

Though he doesn't say what cities could be up for NBL Canada expansion, Andre Levingston says expansion is definitely on the agenda. The Ontario cities of Ottawa, Barrie, Kitchener, Windsor, and Kingston along with Laval, Charlottetown, and Fredericton have all been mentioned at some point before the start of the season. Levingston also says Kennedy will also be a busy man as NBL Canada commissioner building relationships.
http://basketballbuzz.ca/international/nbl-canada-president-andre-levingston-sees-expansion-in-future/link/5894/

Durbansandshark
03-12-2011, 08:34 AM
Another thing about NBL Canada so far: the league should be proud that it has the kind of capable talent, even from its required homegrown Canadian contingent, to make things competitive within the seven teams and get enthusiastic fans--except maybe Moncton right now. It's more akin to the smaller European basketball leagues.

http://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/article/1096086--homegrown-success-canadian-basketball-league-sees-numbers-grow

I'll be back next week for more on NBL Canada.

Durbansandshark
07-12-2011, 05:54 AM
Cleveland open season with a defeat from Chicago - Dec 5, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

On Saturday, December 3, 2011, the Cleveland Hotcards ABA Professional Team Embarked on its regular season opener Saturday vs the Chicago Steam at
South Suburban Community College. The Hotcards were defeated 116-132
The game featured a very young Cleveland Hotcards team, featuring several unknown, unproven, and underestimated athletes from the Cleveland, Ohio area. The Hotcards team was lead by Rollie Smith (6'0''-G-81, college: Clarion) with 39 points 7 reb and 6 assists. Smith made 3's, drove to the basket and completed baskets while being fouled, split double teams, and found open teammates, and kept the Cleveland Hotcards team in the game particularly in the first half. Darvel Harris, a 5'5' dynamo tallied 9 points 9 rebounds and 9 assists, sometimes grabbing rebounds over two, 7 foot center the Chicago Steam team featured. Harris drove to the basket finished shots. Harris used his speed in the open floor on offense and defense to create problems for the Chicago Steam.
The Hotcards unknown players McCray, Cline, Coleman, Young all contributed in a big way. McCray a 6'4' wing player scored 22 points grab 7 rebounds.
Cline a 6'0' explosive guard, scored 13 points 9 rebounds and 5 assists, but his speed proved to catch the Chicago Steam off-guard. Cline a one man fast break constantly used his speed to beat the Chicago Steam down the floor to either finish at the front of the rim for himself, or dropping his teammate off a dime that led to several easy scoring oppurtunities. Coleman a 6'0' guard scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds all in the second half.
Also contributing for the Hotcards team were veterans John Oliver (6'9''-F) and Vince Maxwell. Robinson, Oliver made some open jump shots and Maxwell mandated the Cleveland team front line. Hardway and Leigh, all really young players used there speed to try to wear down to the Chicago Steam, and everyone played an important part in the Cleveland Hotcards team effort.

The Chicago Steam was led by Sam Mack (6'7''-G/F-70, college: Houston). Mack who dropped 29 points on several catch and shoot jump shots. Mack also drove to the basket and created matchup problems for the Cleveland Hotcards team by posting up smaller defenders up on the block. Andre Muse (6'5''-G-86, college: Quincy), the 2011 ABA MVP notched 26 points. Reginald George (6'10''-C-85, college: Robert Morris) also contributed 21 points for the Chicago Steam as they defeated the Cleveland Hotcards in a game that was high scoring, exciting, and fun to watch.

The Cleveland Hotcards team was down 5 pts with 5 minutes to go, but the Chicago Steam vetereans used there wisdom to seal the deal. Ron Hicks owner of the Chicago Steam put a well organized team on the floor, and was a first class host to the Cleveland Hotcards team.

Up next for the Cleveland Hotcards, will be the New Jersey Express this Saturday in New Jersey.

Michigan Monarchs roster - Dec 5, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Veterans Mike Hadley (6'4''-G/F-75, college: N.C.Central) leads the Monarchs on the court, Hubert Gentry (6'0''-G-85) is the top scorer, Danny Rodts (6'6''-F, college: Calvin) is a last time addition.

According with team website http://www.monarchsball.com this down is the full team roster

1 Hadley, Mike G 6' 3' N.C.Central
3 Lee, Rodney G 6' 0' Kellogg CC
5 Foster, Brian G 6' 0' Concord (WV)
6 Payne, Daniel F 6' 7' Coffeyville CC
10 Landis, Jed G 6' 1' Fremont, IN
20 Gentry, Hubert G 6' 0' Indiana-South Bend
-- Richie, Aaron F 6' 8' IUPU-Ft.Wayne
25 Hill, Terry G 6' 2' South Bend, IN
30 Brown, Aramis G 6' 2' Chicago, IL
42 Dixon, Brandon F/C 6' 9' South Bend, IN
-- Conard, Michael F 6' 5' Elkhart, IN
45 Rodts, Danny F 6' 6' Calvin
50 Parker, Dannie F/C 6' 4' Concord (WV)
52 Parker, Levon G/F 6' 5' Elkhart, IN

Jacksonville Giants hang onto #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - Dec 6, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The American Basketball Association (ABA) released its Power Rankings for the week ending December 3rd, and the Jacksonville Giants hung onto its #1 position atop the rankings with a last second shot over the visiting Gulf Coast Flash. 'What an exciting game this was,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'We knew that Gulf Coast was very tough and it was the first game of the season for the Giants. With a crowd of over 3000 people standing, a last second shot saved the day for Jacksonville and they held onto their number one position. The second-ranked Los Angeles SLAM won four games this week and both the Colorado Kings and South Carolina Warriors remain undefeated. Quite a battle for the #1 spot.'

1. Jacksonville Giants
2. Los Angeles SLAM
3. Colorado Kings
4. South Carolina Warriors
5. Arizona Scorpions
6. San Diego Sol
7. Carolina Cougars
8. Carolina Cheetahs
9. Chicago Steam
10. Athens Razors
11. Jersey Express
12. Texas FUEL
13. Bay Area Matrix
14. Gulf Coast Flash
15. Nashville SOUL
16. Milwaukee Blast
17. Memphis Bluff City Reign
18. Central Valley Titans
19. Lynchburg Legends
20. Conway Cyclones
21. Atlanta Experience
22. North Dallas Vandals
23. Indianapolis Drive
24. Connecticut Topballerz

'The Missouri Rhythm, Little Rock Lightning, Seattle Mountaineers and several other teams could easily have been ranked,:' added Newman. 'And I would not be surprised if they were next week. There are so many good teams in the ABA and all it takes is a win or two to change.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com

Durbansandshark
07-12-2011, 06:51 AM
Behold the first-ever NBL Canada 2011-12 media guide! It could be better in some spots like printing out the arena diagrams of the NBL Canada clubs, have history of Canadian basketball with a nod to the original Canadian NBL from the mid-1990s, and have player profiles.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/files/uploaded_documents/867/NBL_Canada_Media_Guide_2011-12_FINAL_regulation_size_October_31-1.pdf

In front of 1930 fans at Summerside's 2000-seat Consolidated Credit Union Place, the 4-2 Summerside Storm gets a win and keeps the Moncton Miracles winless 119-101:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36729
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36735

In one of the more exciting games so far in the young season of NBL Canada, the Oshawa Power "overpowered" the London Lightning for Lightning's second loss of the season 100-96 in Oshawa in another chapter in the NBL Canada's Battle of Ontario. London again had to come from behind with a fourth quarter comeback to force its second OT for them, only to lose:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36739
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36763

Fans at the John Labatt Centre were treated to the second leg of the London-Oshawa home and home weekend series. Both teams were fatigued coming in, more so for London having three games in as many days. London went smallball to win 105-93 and split the series:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36790
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36822

After five games to start their existence on the road and losing them all, Moncton finally touches down to their home base at the Moncton Coliseum to face their NB provincial rivals, the Saint John Mill Rats. With those things going for them, you'd think the Miracles would get their first NBL Canada win. The game was close throughout between the two with Moncton leading...but nope. Saint John squeaked out a 97-92 win
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36847
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36880

Quebec City Kebs never gave any advantage against Summerside at home to win 108-89
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36853
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36857

Mill Rats star PG Anthony Anderson led Saint John in scoring in three of the last four games they played and won them all. For that, he wins the NBL Canada Player of the Year for that week
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_36907

London easily gets their seventh win over the still-winless Moncton Miracles 122-100 that prompted the end of Norris Bell's brief reign as Miracles' head coach:
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37194
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37198

Oshawa Power gets a split on their weekend NBL Canada play with losing to the Summerside Storm (119-97) in their first ever meeting and winning over Halifax 115-111 both at their General Motors Centre home
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37209
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37272
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37273
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37367
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37370

Saint John Mill Rats retire now -assistant David Cooper's #7 jersey
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37276

Durbansandshark
09-12-2011, 07:54 AM
Did mention Windsor, Ontario as a possibility for future NBL Canada expansion as one of the cities the league likes to broaden itself in Ontario from just presently London and Oshawa. It too has ready facility for the team if it came to it that houses a OHL junior hockey team (the Windsor Spitfires). Plus, it can attract prospective fans from across the Detroit River as a cheaper alternative to the Pistons (or better lower level alternative compared to what any minor pro basketball team in Detroit has/had like the PBL's Detroit Panthers). No doubt the Windsor-Detroit area produces a great wellspring of talent to build a team with. If former Lancers star guard Issac Kuon ends up playing with this prospective Windsor franchise, it will obviously get local attention (Kuon couldn't stick with the London Lightning because of the deeper American guard talent in the league. This is so true with Canadian guards who want to play in this league.). I think Windsor's ready for some pro basketball after a couple of false dawns.
http://www.windsorstar.com/Windsor+hoops+franchise+Canadian+league/5804233/story.html

When you're a new sports thing in a city that is known for being a hotbed for another sport like ice hockey, or better yet not high on the local sports pecking order, unless you carry the status the NBA has as a brand with you, it can be a challenge to win fans on the court and generate more ones in the future like the Oshawa Power tries to do. It does have its fans but they're small. Therefore at the General Motors Place, you crank up the entertainment value during home games to boost the appeal, as any regular minor league team does--selling the sizzle as much as the steak with the Power having the most home games so far in NBL Canada. Toronto Star's resident basketball columnist Doug Smith notes on his observations of the NBL Canada team closest to Toronto, where they're still figuring out how to be a more integral part of the Oshawa community. Actually, nowdays Oshawa, Ontario is considered part of the GTA.
http://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/article/1096216--hoops-team-cranks-up-the-power-in-junior-hockey-hotbed

Saint John Mill Rats let go Sherton Sanderson, Dele Ojo, Sani Ibrahim, and Marc Egerson because of pecking order issues, lacking experience, disappointing productivity at a time when they at the middle of the NBL Canada standings with familiar faces for Manchester/Saint John Greg Plummer and Antonio Burks returning and David Collins filling one of the 2+ Canadian spots. In short, not good pieces to fit around the core. This article also reports how close Matt Bonner, a naturalized Canadian, came to playing with the Mill Rats until the NBA hammered out its CBA.
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/sports/article/1460478
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37430

Summerside Storm has a new box office for Storm home games
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37277

Halifax Rainmen falls on the road to the Oshawa Power 115-111
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37367

London Lightning's Michael Ray Richardson deservedly wins the first NBL Canada Coach of the Month for its hot 7-2 start.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37439

Saint John Mill Rats kick off a trio of home games at the Harbour Station.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37458

Summerside's Chris Cayole is the third NBL Canada Player of the Week and sign Terry Martin while letting go Rasheem Barrett. They played at Saint John before welcoming Quebec City and London. They lose at Saint John and then at home to Quebec and London. Not a good stretch at all.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37471
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37483
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37784
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37785
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37839
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37849
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37930

Even with a strong start to the game at home, the shorthanded Oshawa Power couldn't sustain it and fall again to the Quebec City Kebs 93-83. Oshawa's Brandon Robinson did step up in the place of the injured Morgan Lewis, the first ever draft pick in NBL's history, with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Ralphy Holmes and Ricky Volcy led for Quebec City.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37688

London Lightning teams up with Business Cares Food Drive to "box out hunger" in Saturday's game against Oshawa
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37818

Oshawa's Akeem Wright's buzzer beater three-pointer brought home a 91-88 win on the road against Saint John.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37840
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37866

Saint John beats its original Maritimes' rival Halifax 97-92 after that Oshawa loss, ending a three-game home stretch.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37928
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37936

Quebec City pounds lowly Moncton Miracles 95-77 in the Miracles' second home game, spoiling the NBL Canada coaching debut of new Moncton coach Mike Evans and stay undefeated on the road. His son Mike Jr. did well though with 18 points for Moncton
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37929
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37934

London wins over Summerside 115-105 to maintaining its distinction as the best NBL Canada team by knocking the Storm to under .500 in a tight one.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37968

Last Saturday, Richard Delk gets released from the Rainmen with Chris Hagan joining. Also becoming a member of the Halifax Rainmen that day was former NBA player Eddie Robinson for the next day's game with Moncton with a reunion with their former coach Mike Evans.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37990

Another hard loss for Moncton at home 98-93. This time it's the best NBL Canada claiming them, London. There was hope for an upset but...Gabe Freeman, Jazzmar Ferguson, even coach Mike Evans earned Ts. London's talent is deep in this league with nine wins at this point.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37994
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_37997

The Moncton Miracles continue to battle and play hard but still fell short. Halifax had their number 104-95 with four Rainmen in double figures in front of 3256 at the Halifax Metro Centre. Boubacar Coly produced a double double and Andrew Francis scored 14 points in another losing effort for the Miracles.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_38066
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_38138

Ralphy Holmes, a big part of why Quebec City was 8-4 with its three road games, was named NBL Canada Player of the Week.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_38142

Summerside Storm's community events this week
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_38164

Saint John trades the recently acquired Doug Collins, who couldn't crack to rotation, and Jerome Brown, who struggled with little playing time behind Anthony Anderson, get traded to Oshawa for versatile PF Kevin Francis. All players involved are Canadian. They also sign G Calvin Cage.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_38236
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_38240

Halifax makes their first ever appearance at the Summerside Credit Union Place with a match against their Maritimes rivals Summerside for the Storm's first appearance with EastLink TV
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_38267

Halifax released Orien Greene and Papa Oppong. Greene was en route to NBA training camps.
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_38283

London Lightning admits C Anthony Washington for size and down low depth with Mike King on IR
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_38348

Oshawa Power release EJ Kusnyer
http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com/view/nblcanada/press-releases/news_38428

Durbansandshark
10-12-2011, 04:52 AM
MavsGills' first interview with Halifax Rainmen coach Pep Claros in the preseason after a win over Summerside
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArlD96JWfQk

Prince Edward Island's first ever pro basketball franchise emerged in a big way. They're currently doing well in NBL Canada. This is their intro video for their home games at the Consolidated Credit Union Place. Very well put together except for the 3D angry cloud version of the logo on top.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFfxvBLHtyo

Highlights of the first Summerside Storm home game in NBL Canada at the CUP versus the Saint John Mill Rats.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk3jPtMBTXU

Durham Region News Ryan Pfeifer reports on the Oshawa Power's NBL Canada home debut win against the Moncton Miracles at the General Motors Centre
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGLZUQ23S3A

Oshawa Studio 12 News report on the same game that Oshawa powered to victory (from 6:57-9:11)
http://www.youtube.com/watch??v=2tH2qDyOEzs

Oshawa Power preseason game highlights against the London Lightning
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzZxwI7U7N

Fresh FM's Toni Ross meets up with the new London Lightning and taught her some shooting tips
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24j1wskHJFo

News of the Rodney Buford trade to London fresh from Halifax. You'll notice that it wasn't that long ago playing for Halifax having just played against the Lightning
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtC7OW-G3KE

Rodney Buford makes his London Lightning debut at home against Quebec
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNZD5fF0tr4

Starting lineup of the London Lightning at the home season debut versus Halifax
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpalki6-IAA

Some Moncton Miracles players hooking up with young players from the Moncton Minor Basketball Provincial Association teams at the 2011 Moncton Santa Claus Parade. The young teams taught them some things about cheering during the course of the parade. At least they're having fun in the midst of tough debut season
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10KPHV2q16

Saint John Mill Rats announcing season and flex tickets for the 2011-12 NBL Canada season
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNapdnyDpNY

Saint John Mill Rats 2011-12 sponsor PPT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2liniK2MhrA

Preseason game highlights of Saint John home win against Moncton
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkh7suSi-dg

Selma Kisili reports at the Mill Rats' practice at NNS talking to players before their big NBL Canada debut against London
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Tjs-52KDo

Highlights from the home debut the Mill Rats lost to London
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ahk5mZ1PEs

London revs to go for its debut season starting at Saint John
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLk6tCCVnRc

Highlights from Saint John's first home NBL Canada win versus Summerside that was also Troop Night
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE5Il06E694

Mill Rats reporter Selma Kilisli chills with Forman George, some Mill Rats players, and fans to get reactions from them prior to their home game at the Harbour Station
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2nYhFCRuUk

Durbansandshark
10-12-2011, 06:01 AM
Express move Into first place with stellar weekend - Dec 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Jersey Express had a strong weekend, as the team won two games to extend its win streak to four in a row and take control of first place in the ABAs Northeast Division.
The Express (4-1) took down the NYC Thunder at home on Friday night, 105-101, and traveled to Connecticut to defeat the Connecticut TopBallerz, 124-120 on Saturday. Darnell Braswell (6'1''-G-88, college: DeSales) led the way against the Thunder, as the guard poured in 31 points. Sedale Walton (6'1''-G-85) scored 21, Malcolm Connor (6'6''-G/F-80, college: W.New Mexico) was the top scorer in NYC Thunder with 20 points.
On Saturday, forward Dexter Gray (6'7''-F-85, college: Iona) had a strong outing, scoring 31 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Walton had 24 points and Darren Travis (6'3''-G-84, college: Wash.Adventist) added 23.

Head Coach Joseph Amador was happy with the teams play over the weekend. Im very proud and impressed with the collective team effort this past weekend, said Amador. Someone different steps up every night for us. We are really coming together as a team.
On Saturday, December 10, the Express host the Staten Island Vipers at the Jersey City Armory at 7:00p.m and look to extend its winning streak to five games. The Armory is located at 678 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ. Check out the teams newly-renovated website @ www.jerseyexpress.net, for tickets to upcoming Express games.

Said Express Director of Operations Jeffrey Brown Sr. Were showing why we are the true team of New Jersey. Its time for us to have a basketball team that we dont have to share with a New York City covering. We are your New Jersey-based team, playing for the people of the Garden State, from Atlantic City to Alpine. We care for our fans, and hope that our fans and local businesses will support New Jerseys team. The Nets are leaving for Brooklyn, but this train is here to stay in New Jersey.

Carolina CATS Maul Competition, moving up in Power Rankings - Dec 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Carolina CATS had a great weekend tearing up the competition, all the way to the top power of rankings according to ABALive.com. The Carolina Jaguars are now ranked 23rd, Carolina Cheetahs are ranked 14th and Carolina Cougars are ranked 8th.

The now #14 Ranked Carolina Cheetahs started the season off great with their season opener on November 19th win against the Lynchburg Legends (115 - 106). Kellen Brand (6'1''-G-87, college: Appalachian St.) led with 24 points, followed by Chris Woods (6'5''-F, college: Pfeiffer) with 23 points. In a back to back home game, on November 20th game the Cheetahs took a loss from the NOVA Wonders (110 - 117) in a game that was controlled throughout the day by the Cheetahs. The Cheetahs were led in scoring by Damien Goodman (6'7''-F-82, college: UNC Pembroke)'s 22 pts. They won against the Johnson City Mad Hatters (117 - 104) on November 26th and the following day defeated the Fayetteville Flight (113 - 107). A late 3 point basketball by Chris Woods broke open close game between the Carolina Cheetahs and Fayetteville Flight.

The #8 ranked Carolina Cougars are coming off a solid win against the Portsmouth Cavaliers 103-98. 'We have a strong unit,' says Head Coach Eric Vaughn . 'Recognition is great but it's early and we have a long road ahead to improve on our shortcomings.'
The Cougars had 5 players in double digits with Montez Downey (6'5''-G-86, college: NC-Wilmington) dropping 33 points with seven 3 - pointers. Other top scorers included Devin Mooring (6'3''-G-85, college: Elizabeth City) with 17pts and Shelton Carter (6'5''-F-87, college: Winston Salem) with 16 pts. Taron Downey (6'1''-G-83, college: Wake Forest) had a double with 14 pts and 10 assists. The boards were under control with the clean up men Damien Brown (6'7''-C/F-87, college: Averett), Qavotstarai Waddell (6'11''-C-86, college: Shorter), Paul Davis (6'9''-F-88, college: Winston Salem) all had 10 rebounds. In addition, Davis added 11 pts and 2 blocks to his stats.
The 3-1 Cheetahs travel to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to face the Flight this Saturday. Then, they return to Greensboro on Sunday, December 4th when they play the West VA Blazers for their next home game. All home games are at UNC-Greensboro's Fleming Gymnasium (1350 Walker Avenue, Greensboro, North Carolina 27402) against West VA Blazers at 5pm.

The 3-1 Cougars are to hit the road this weekend to play the Northern Virginia Wonders on Saturday Dec. 3 in Virginia. They return home on Sunday to take on the #22 ranked Richmond Elite at NC Wesleyan's Everett Gymnasium (3400 N Wesleyan Blvd | Rocky Mount, NC 27804), Sunday, December 4th at 5pm.

The 3-2 Carolina Jaguars started the season a little rocky but after a 144 - 105 win against the No 24 Lynchburg Legends, things are looking up. Paul Wright (6'2''-G-85, college: Mountain St.) led all scorers for the Jaguars with 24 points, while Jonathan Moore (6'8''-F/G-82, college: N.C.Central) dropped five 3-pointers to add 22 to the blowout of the Legends. They travel to Virginia on Saturday, Dec 3rd to play the Lynchburg Legends. Their next home game is Sunday, December 4th at the Durham School of the Arts Gymnasium (400 North Duke Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701) against the Myrtle Beach Warriors at 5pm.

'Our 3 teams have played great up to now and our records reflect our players and coaches hard work and dedication,' says Carolina CATS President of Basketball operations, Tommy Stevenson . 'We will continue to grow as an organization and showing our commitment always to service.

Brice Assie Newest Member of Connecticut Topballerz - Dec 7, 2011 (by Surujh Roopnarine)

Veteran forward Brice Assie (6'7''-F-83, college: W.Connecticut) is the newest member of the Connecticut Topballerz. Joining the club last week, he scored 20 points during Saturday night's 120-124 home loss against the Jersey Express. The 6-7, 255 pound forward is an active member of the Ivory Coast National Team. In 2010 he took part in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey, averaging 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in five games. Assie spent the 2010-11 season in Mexico with Toros Nuevo Laredo in the top division. In 9 games he averaged 15.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg while shooting nearly 60% from the field and 40% from three. A graduate of NCAA Division II Western Connecticut State, Assie has played professionally in Finland and Argentina in addition to his time in Mexico.

SC Warriors team roster - Dec 7, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

According with official website www.scwarriorsaba.com this down is the full team roster of the South Carolina Warriors, curently ranked #5 in the last ABA Power Rankings. Top player names in the list are Marquise Gainous (6'9''-F-76, college: TCU) and Jack Leasure (6'3''-G-86, college: Co.Carolina)

Mario EDWARDS G 6-3 Coastal Carolina'10
John FOWLER G/F 6-4 Arkansas-Little Rock'09
Josh FOWLER F/C 6-10 Coastal Carolina'05
Marquise GAINOUS F/C 6-9 T C U '00
Joseph 'Jo' HARRIS G 6-5 Coastal Carolina'09
Brendan KNOX C 6-10 Auburn'10
Jack LEASURE G 6-3 Coastal Carolina'08
Pat LEWIS G/F 6-3 Cape Fear CC'07
Fred PEETE G 6-4 New Mexico State '08
Dustin SCOTT F 6-8 Charleston'09
Colin STEVENS G 5-9 Coastal Carolina'06
Michael VOGLER G 6-0 Troy '10
Tony WHITE G 6-0 Charleston'10

Head Coach: Chris Beard
Coach Assistants: George Tuttle, John Kefalas, David Long

Chicago Steam team roster - Dec 8, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

This down is the 2011-12 full roster of the Chicago Steam, a traditional ABA powerhouse, even this season at the top of the league Power Rankings. Carl White (6'0''-G-83) is the quarterback, Sam Mack (6'7''-G/F-70, college: Houston) is the do-it-all veteran, Japanese Kouki Matsuda (G-90) and Lithuanian Sarunas Skadas (6'9''-C/F-81, college: Lewis) (6'9''-F/C-81) supplie the international flavour

Jeremy CALAHAN G 6-4 Harper CC
Justin CERASOLI G/F 6-5 Loyola (IL) '09
Shelly CLARK F/C 6-9 Illinois '95
David ELMORE G 6-1 Iowa State
Reginald 'GEORGE C 6-10 Robert Morris (IL) '07
Eddie KIING F 6-6 Nebraska-Omaha '02
Sam MACK F 6-6 Houston'92
Kouki MATSUDA G 6-2 JAPAN
James MORGAN G 6-3 Hirsh HS (IL)
Curtis MOSLEY G 6-1 Missouri-Rolla '09
Andre MUSE G/F 6-5 Quincy'08
Sarunas SKADAS F/C 6-9 Lewis '04
Jarrett STARWOOD G/F 6-3 Waubonsee CC
Mike STOVALL G/F 6-5 DePaul '11
Carl WHITE G 6-0 Illinois-Chicago'08

Owner/Head Coach: Ron Hicks

Durbansandshark
14-12-2011, 11:41 AM
Pirates roster disclosed - Dec 11, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

According with official website http://www.theportcitypirates.com this down is the offiicial team roster of the Port City Pirates, a team located in Stockton, California, now competing in the ABA California North West Division. Experienced Sante Gayle (6'6''-G/F-82, college: San Joaquin Delta JC) leads on the court a group of young players, among them Steffan Johnson (6'1''-PG-87, college: Idaho), Eric Petty (6'6''-F), Deshawn Anderson (6'3''-G-81, college: Emporia St.) and Lavar Neufville (6'1''-G). The coach is former pro player Wallace Bryant

DeShawn ANDERSON G 6-3 Emporia State
Andre BROWN G 6-0 San Joaquin Delta JC
Sahun BUCKINGHAM F/C 6-5 S.W.Oklahoma
Andre DAVIS C 6-10 Warner Pacific
Markus DAVIS G 6-2 Wagner
Michael EDWARDS F 6-11 San Joaquin Delta JC
Benny FLORES G 6-4 New York Tech
Sante GAYLE G/F 6-6 San Joaquin Delta JC
Michael HESTER G 5-11 Franklin HS (CA)
Solomon ISRAEL G 6-3 Detroit, MI
Steffan JOHNSON G 6-1 Idaho
Mike KUETHE F 6-6 Cal St-East Bay
Jawon MACK G 6-3 Stockton, CA
Lavar NEUFVILLE G 6-1 Pacific
Eric PETTY F 6-6 Mississippi Valley State
Aaron STALLWORTH F 6-5 Samuel Hancock HS (CA)
Roosevelt THOMAS G/F 6-4 Western Ranch HS (CA)
Kevin YOUNG F 6-5 Cal St-Stanislaus

Head Coach: Wallace Bryant
Coach Assistants: Terry Burse, Dearel Miller

Los Angeles Slam take over #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - Dec 13, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The American Basketball Association announced its Power Rankings for the week ending December 11th with the Los Angeles Slam taking over the #1 position from the Jacksonville Giants. 'This was an upset-laden weekend,' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . 'Several of our higher ranked teams lost and we had quite a shuffle in the rankings. We definitely have some very strong teams in the ABA this season and I expect this will be the rule rather than the exception.

1. Los Angeles SLAM
2. Colorado Kings
3. South Carolina Warriors
4. San Diego Sol
5. Texas FUEL
6. Carolina Cougars
7. Memphis Bluff City Reign
8. Chicago Steam
9. Athens Razors
10. Gulf Coast Flash
11. Bay Area Matrix
12. Lima Explosion
13. Arizona Scorpions
14. Carolina Cheetahs
15. Milwaukee Blast
16. Atlanta Experience
17. Jacksonville Giants
18. Lynchburg Legends
19. North Dallas Vandals
20. Seattle Mountaineers
21. Jersey Express
22. Nashville SOUL
23. Conway Cyclones
24. T - Connecticut Topballerz, Little Rock Lightning

For more information, visit www.abalive.com

Alaska Quake roster unveiled - Dec 13, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

We are finally able to publish here down the full team roster of the Alaska Quake, the ABA team located in Anchorage, coached by Adam Lewis and run by female duo Shana Harris and Carol Taylor. Carl Arts (6'6''-F-85, college: Alaska-Anch.) seems to be the most experienced player of the team, the international flavour is supplied by Phillippinean-USA Julius Cumlat and by Virgin Islanders Joey Lewis and Samuel Timmons

Carl ARTS F 6-6 Alaska-Anchorage
Ronald BAILEY G/F 6-3
Jonathan COON G 6-1 Navy
Julius CUMLAT G 5-7 Holy Names
Makim GIDDINS G 6-0
Joseph HAMLETT G/F 6-0
Jamelle JUNEAU G 6-0
Anthony LEWIS G 5-9
Joey LEWIS G/F 6-1 E.Anchorage HS (AK)
Torey MATHEWS G 6-0
Patrick McGOWAN G 5-10
Jonathon ORZECHOWSKI F/C 6-3 Anchorage Christian HS (AK)
Stanley RATCLIFF F 6-3 Western Oregon
Ben ROBINSON G 6-0
Andrew SMITH C 6-8 Alaska-Fairbanks
J.C.SNEAD F 6-5 N.E.Oklahoma
Samuel TIMMONS F 6-5 Anchorage, AK
Lehman TOLLIVER G 6-0
Travis TURNBULL G/F 6-1
Dennis WILSON G/F 6-1

Onto the Premier Basketball League for the latest developments until the season starts on New Year's Eve in Rochester.

Admirals Win In Overtime - Nov 27, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

Lake Michigan Admirals outlasted Grand Rapids Outlawz 116-109 OT in a pre-season match up at Lake Michigan Catholic High School. Tied at 103 in regulation, Benton Harbor natives Jay McCree (5'10''-G-87) and Rodney Alexander (6'7''-F-87, college: Oklahoma City) combined for 9 points in overtime to seal the victory. Alexander led the Admirals with 22 points followed by rookie Romain Martin (6'3''-G-88) with 18. The Admirals took control of the second half with only 7 lead changes in regulation, but an eight point lead was erased by the Outlawzs with just over 3 minutes left. Freddie Harris (6'8''-C-85) stole an inbound pass with 4 seconds left in regulation, but McCree shot fell short. The PBL pre-season tournament kicks off league competition December 4th at Benton Harbor High School with a 3 pm tip off. For more information go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com

Gunners finalizing roster as season approaches - Dec 1, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

The final roster is being prepared by Coach Wayne Casey and his staff in preparation for the Charleston Gunners' 2012 season opener on Jan. 6. A number of players have already signed by the Gunners following the team 'Vet Camp' on Nov. 19. Leading the way is shooting guard, and former West Virginia Mountaineer, Lionel Armstead. During his four-year career in Morgantown, spanning from 1999-2002, the 5-foot-11 Toledo, Ohio native averaged nearly 11 points per game and was one of the top 3-point shooters in Mountaineer history, ranking seventh all-time.

Other shooting guards who have already signed are 6-3 Chuka Iloegbu (6'3''-G-87, college: Coppin St.), a native of Brentwood, N.Y. that played his college ball at Coppin State, and former 6-2 West Virginia State guard and South Charleston native Will Collins. At point guard, a couple of players have been signed -- Iloegbu's former Coppin State teammate Vince Goldsberry, a 6-0 Newark, Del. native, and 6-1 Kwan Waller, who played at Kentucky Wesleyan and is originally from Rockford, Ill. The lone small forward signed thus far is 6-6 James Helton (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: W.Virginia St.), a West Virginia State alum who hails from Columbus, Ohio.

At the other forward spot are an array of big men, some of whom could also see some time at the three-spot. At 6-11, Lester Ferguson (6'10''-F, college: Robert Morris), from Baton Rouge, La., is the biggest of those big men to sign so far. Ferguson played college ball at Arkansas-Fort Smith, and later at NAIA power Robert Morris in the Chicago suburbs. Joining him is 6-7 Jejuan Brown (6'7''-F-86, college: Arkansas St.) of Biloxi, Miss., who competed at Vanderbilt and Arkansas State, and Jamaal Caterina, who played at American University and New Hampshire before returning to his hometown of Portland to play at Southern Maine.

Ibrahim Marone (6'6''-C), 6-9 from Troutwood, Ohio and formerly of the University of Charleston, will also be fighting for time at power forward along with 6-10 James Stewart from Delaware. Additional players are expected to sign in the coming days. The Gunners tip-off their regular season at Dayton on Jan. 6 before playing their home opener Jan. 8 against those same Dayton Air Strikers at St. Albans High School. The team is currently working on scheduling preseason games.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Durbansandshark
14-12-2011, 11:49 AM
Rochester RazorSharks re-sign four - Dec 1, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

The Rochester RazorSharks have re-signed guards Melvin Council (6'3''-G-82, college: Robert Morris), Jerice Crouch, Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia) and forward Eric Walton (6'9''-F/C-79, college: San Jose St.), four out of their top six scorers from the 2011 season.

Council was last year's playoff MVP. Crouch won three league championships with the team. Friel has won four league championships with the RazorSharks and is the Premier Basketball League's all-time leading scorer. Walton played for the RazorSharks in their inaugural season of 2006, then spent time playing in Japan and Mexico before returning in 2010.

Courtesy of www.democratandchronicle.com

Preds tab Keathley - Dec 1, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

It didnt take long for the Sauk Valley Predators to find their man.

Mere days after Greg Ktistou resigned as the Premier Basketball League teams head coach because of medical reasons, the Preds announced the hiring of Kevin Keathley on Wednesday. We got lucky to find such a great man so fast, Predators owner Brad Grenoble said. Hes a great basketball mind, but he also believes that the community comes first. That couldnt be a better fit for our mission statement.

Keathley was most recently the associate coach and advisor to the general manager of the South East Texas Mavericks in Beaumont, Texas. The Mavs won the 2010 All American Basketball Association championship with an overall record of 27-4. Keathley was named the 2010 ABA Associate Coach of the Year. Keathley, who never posted a losing record during 10 seasons as a coach on either the college or professional level, has helped 32 players play overseas and has placed upwards of 10 players in the NBA D-League, according to Grenoble.

What Keathley is best known for is his teams run-and-gun style of play. He says hell run, run, and then hell run some more, Grenoble said. Hell bring an exciting style of play that folks havent seen around here. That's exactly how our team was built when the organization was bringing guys in, said Predators guard Jeremiah Box, who played two seasons at Sauk Valley Community College before two seasons at Emporia State University and another overseas in Lebanon. Were going to be fast from the 1 to 5 position. Thats how I like to play get up and down the floor.

Grenoble says the Predators received 32 applications for the position. They expect Keathley to arrive by the time the teams practices begin in two weeks. The Predators open their season Jan. 6 against the Indiana Diesel at 6:30 p.m. at Sterling High School.

Courtesy of www.saukvalley.com

Admirals to host PBL Preseason Tournament - Dec 2, 2011 (by Gianni Pascucci)

The Lake Michigan Admirals will host the Northwest Indiana Stars in the PBL preseason tournament Sunday at Benton Harbor High School. Like the Admirals, the Stars are in their first season of the PBL, moving from the ABA. Admiral Coach Che Eddie says the Stars have very quick guards, a sentiment reiterated by veteran forward, Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC). 'They play extremely hard and put lots of pressure on defense.' Northwest Indiana Coach Derrick Smith says the team is even faster this year. 'This is a whole different group,' stated Coach Smith. Players to watch include Howard Little (6'3''-G-87, college: Valparaiso), Luther Boyd (6'7''-F, college: Ill.-Chicago), and Daniel Artest (6'6''-F-82, college: Westchester CC), younger brother of NBA veteran Ron Artest.

Asked Coach Smith about containing Admirals center Shagari Alleyne (7'3''-C-84, college: Manhattan) and he replied, 'We are confident we have a game plan for a player of that
stature. It will be a faster game that will take him away from the basket.' Five Admirals scored in double figures in last weeks 116-109 overtime win over Grand Rapids. Benton Harbor native Rodney Alexander (6'7''-F-87, college: Oklahoma City) led the team with 22pts. Alexander played in China last year.

Winner of the 3:00pm contest will meet the winner between the Indiana Diesels and the Dayton Airstrikers December 10th at Lake Michigan Catholic.
For more information go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com

Some more details on PBL Preseason Tournament - Dec 2, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

The Premier Basketball League Preseason Tournament gets underway this weekend in Michigan. With $25,000 of tournament prize money on the line for the teams, the 2012 preseason tournament serves as a great way for the teams to get into the tempo of the regular season and start the season off in full force. The first round will be broken up as follows:
- Dayton Airstrikers vs. Indiana Diesels December 4, 2011 at 2:00pm CST
(Streamed Live on AtSportsTV.com)
- NW Indiana Stars vs. Lake Michigan Admirals December 4, 2011 at 3:00pm EST
(Post Production on AtSportsTV.com)

The losing teams of the December 4th games will play at 3:00pm EST on December 10th, 2011 followed by the winning teams at 6:00pm EST.

'We are thrilled to jump start the season and see what these teams have to offer,' commented Carrie Ann May, PBL Vice President of Operations. 'The PBL built the league around top tier teams, and we're excited to kick off the competitive spirit of our fifth season. We are strong supporters of each and every team and community the PBL is represented. We are honored to be the only league offering a preseason prize purse of $25,000 to help our teams reach their communities even better in 2012.'

The Premier Basketball League starts regular season play on New Year's Eve. The 2011 PBL Champions the Rochester RazorSharks tip off against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers in Eastern Division play at 7:05PM EST at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. The first regular season Central Division game is set for 6:30PM CST where the Sauk Valley Predators welcome the Indiana Diesel in Sterling Illinois.

Admirals cruise 129-110 over NWI Stars - Dec 5, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

The Lake Michigan Admirals (2-0) cruised to a 129-110 victory over the Northwest Indiana Stars in the 1st round of the $15,000 1st place prize PBL preseason tournament at Farnum Gymnasium in front of a crowd of approximately 800, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Benton Harbor native Rodney Alexander (6'7''-F-87, college: Oklahoma City) led all Admirals with 21 points. Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) added 20 points as the duo put on a slam dunk exhibition.

The Admirals used a balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures. Shagari Alleyne, the Admirals 7'3' center had 10 points and five blocked shots. 'Shagari had a great game in the post. Most of his points were dunks and that's what we wanted,' stated Head Coach Che' Eddie. The Stars put on a scoring attack led by Zach Biesch, who ended up with 36 points, including five three pointers, led all scores. Teammate Howard Little from Valporaiso University, added 21 points.

Next game for the Admirals is the championship game which is on December 10th at 6:00pm at Lake Michigan Catholic. Also, NWI will play the winner of the Indiana Diesels/Dayton Airstrikers game at 3:00pm at Lake Michigan Catholic.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Sauk Valley Predators sign Justin Tubbs - Dec 8, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

The Sauk Valley Predators are pleased to announce the signing of Justin Tubbs (6'3''-G-87, college: E.Tenn.St.), a 6'3 guard from East Tennessee State University. Justin will be moving to the Chadwick, IL area v