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Erie Hurricane Lose By Six To The Rochester Razorsharks

By: AnneMarie Wapshare

Erie, PA- The Erie Hurricane lost to the Rochester Razorsharks on Sunday, February 9th in a close battle.

The Hurricane fought hard and played aggressive against Rochester thoughout the game, and the game came down to the last two minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Hurricane was leading the entire fourth quarter but let the game slip away after missing two crucial free throws by Jones. These free throws by Erie would have tied the game at 102, instead Erie trailed by two points.

Rochester sealed the game on four free throws in the final 30 seconds of the fourth quarter, resulting in a 108-102 Razorsharks victory.

The Hurricane are home next Sunday, February 16th against the Buffalo 716ers.

Third Quarter Surge Powers Vipers past 716ers

By Connor Veasey

The Pee Dee Vipers (6-1) defeated the Buffalo 716ers (1-4) this past Saturday at the Florence Civic Center with a final score of 110-80.

The beginning of the first quarter was even until Pee Dee had a short, six-point scoring run around the 5:00 minute mark that allowed the Vipers to take control of the tempo. Pee Dee led Buffalo 26-18 at the end of the first.

The Vipers opened the second quarter with a seven-point run to boost their lead to a comfortable 11 points.  The 716ers responded with Travonta Gatewood sinking a basket with 6:04 left in the 2nd quarter, allowing Buffalo to pick up the pace. The Vipers managed to secure a 10-point lead at the end of the half; Pee Dee on top of Buffalo 49-39.

Buffalo came out of the half ready to fight and gave the Vipers a tight game. 716ers’ Gatewood scored a two-pointer that led to a lead change in the 716ers’ favor for the first time in the game with 6:45 minutes left. Vipers’ Alan-Michael Thompson’s drive down the lane for a layup, quickly followed by a three-pointer from long-range gave the lead back to the Vipers of 63-58 with 5:00 minutes left.  But two free throws made by Gatewood put Buffalo in fighting range with a score of 65-63 with 2:46 left in the third.  A layup from Gabriel Harris and buckets from Alan-Michael Thompson and James Helton assisted the Vipers during their 18-2 scoring run to surge past the 716ers.

Pee Dee was up 75-65 at the start of the fourth. The Vipers kept their energy and tempo throughout the fourth to pull away and generously take the lead.  The Vipers extended to a 15-point scoring run into the fourth quarter with 9:42 minutes remaining. Thompson sealed the deal with 30 seconds left in the game by landing his fourth three-pointer of the night.  The Vipers defeated the 716ers by a final score of 110-80.

Two Vipers players recorded double-doubles; Tim Ware and James Helton.  Helton finished the night with 31 points and 12 rebounds, becoming the first Viper to score over 30 points.  Ware scored 20 points and had 14 rebounds on the night.  Also, Thompson scored 27 points in the game with five assists and four steals.  Helton and Thompson both shot 80% from behind the arc.

Vipers’ Head Coach, Larry Brown responded on the success of the third quarter surge. “We were playing man-to-man, so I went with a gut decision and decided to switch to the zone which proved to work out well for us,” Brown said. “We had spurts this game in which we had our success and faults, but after switching to the zone we found more success in the rebounding of the game.”

Billups led Buffalo 21 points, Devante Vanderpool had 20 points and Gatewood would score 19.

The Vipers improve their record to 6-1 on the season, scoring over 100 points in six out of seven games. Next week is a bye-week for Pee Dee.  The Vipers’ next home game is February 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Florence Civic Center against the Indianapolis Diesels.

Admirals Win Fourth Straight Behind Bobo's Triple Double

By Tom O'Neill

St. Joseph, MI. - Lake Michigan erased a 16 point deficit and outlasted Chicago 122-117 Saturday night at Lake Michigan Catholic.

The Admirals recorded their fourth consecutive win upping their record to 4-2. Courtney Blackmore led the Admirals with 27 points followed by Odgra Bobo who tallied 23. Bobo recorded a triple double adding 17 assists and 14 rebounds.

Lake Michigan took the first quarter lead 31-28, but the Tide stormed back with a 21-2 run to open the second quarter opening a 63-47 lead. The Admirals put together a 26-6 run pulling within three 89-86 after the third quarter.

The Admirals tied the game at 91-91 with 10:03 left in the fourth quarter. Five lead changes followed. With 20 seconds left, the Admirals caught some clutch free throws from Courtney Blackmore and Eladio Espinosa to seal the victory.

Lake Michigan shot 51% from the field, 43% from three-point territory and 67% from the line. Chicago managed 45% from the field led by CJ Hampton's 17 points and Isiah Martin's 16.

The Admirals have four Saturday home games in a row on February 15th, 22nd, March 1st, and March 8th at 6:00pm. For more information go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com.

Rochester Dominates In The First Of A Two Game Series

Rochester, NY- The Rochester RazorSharks had everything going for them Saturday afternoon as they started the game on a 13-0 run and never looked back, to runaway with a 152-63 win over the visiting Erie Hurricane. Rochester scored 50 points in the first quarter which was the most points they’ve scored in a quarter all season. Also, the 89 point victory was the largest win in franchise history for the RazorSharks. 

Defensively the ‘Sharks shut down the Hurricane’s offense holding them to 12 points in the first quarter, causing nine turnovers, which led to easy transition baskets and open three’s early on. The 63 points allowed by Rochester was the fewest by any opponent all season. 

Erie’s leading scorer Lester Jones, who is leading the PBL in scoring this year, sat out tonight’s game with an undisclosed injury.

‘Sharks head coach Lawrence Moten stressed to his team before the game how important it was to get stops on the defensive end. “Our job is to play the game, and play the right way like we’ve been playing,” Moten said. “Today guys hit shots and took pride in their defense, allowing just one shot per trip.” 

The ‘Sharks defense caused 23 turnovers and held Erie to just 22 percent shooting for the game. 

Erie started the game in a 2-3 zone trying to slow the tempo down; however, Rochester’s physical play and size was too much for the Hurricane to handle. RazorSharks had nine players in double digits led by Rob Diggs and Reggie Stallings who poured in 18 for the game. Scott Rodgers, Dane Miller, and Terrance Whiters added 16 points apiece followed by Louie McCroskey who chipped in 15. 

Erie’s guard RaSean Thrower led the way for the Hurricane scoring a team high 18 points, while Glen Connor added 17. 

After the game, Rodgers talked about how he and his teammates were very focused to come out and get a win at home. “Our main focus going into today’s game was to execute, as well as getting all guys involved,” Rodgers said.

With the win the RazorSharks improve to 7-1 on the year and extend their winning streak to six games. With the loss the Hurricane drop to 0-6 on the season. 

“I’m big on protecting our home court,” Moten said. “So if you want to win, it starts at home.” 

Both teams will travel to Erie tomorrow, Sunday Feb. 9, with tip-off starting at 4:00 p.m. The RazorSharks will return home to play the Chicago Tide Feb. 13 at the Blue Cross Arena. 


Singletary leads Flex to blowout win over Diesels

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Bloomington Flex collected a second road win in as many nights behind another dominant performance by Chris Singletary, beating the Indianapolis Diesels 129-83 at the Indy South Sports Academy Saturday.  The Flex upped their record to 4-0, while the Diesels fell to 3-2.

The Flex were never really challenged in the game, leading by 11 after the first quarter and by 12 at halftime.  The Flex used a huge third quarter for the second night in a row, outscoring Indianapolis 37-19 and opening the lead to 28 heading into the fourth.

The offense continued to pour it on as the defense continued to clamp down.  Bloomington hit the 100-point mark with 10:45 left in the game, as they opened up a 35-point lead en route to outscoring the Diesels 36-18 in the fourth.

Singletary scored a team and personal season-high 31 points, while Latrell Alford, Nate Fuqua and Brandon McGee each poured in 18.

Devin Williams led the Diesels with 13.  Dave Inabnit scored 12, and in the fourth quarter became the team’s all-time leading scorer with 2,004 career points.

The Flex return home Wednesday to host the Diesels at U.S. Cellular Coliseum at 7:05 p.m.

Lima Express Outfight Titans In Battle Of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, VA- The Lima Express came out on top of the Lynchburg Titans with a final score of 128-118. Xavier Blount and Kyle Meyer were stars for the team from Lima, Ohio scoring 36 points each for the short-handed Express.

"They were outstanding tonight," Express coach Mark Anderson said. "We were working with Xavier on pulling up just short of the basket, and we were working on Kyle's range. They put it together tonight."

Lynchburg looked good early on as Damien Hubbard hit a three-point shot to start off the game. Then Jamal Francis, the leading scorer in the Premier Basketball League at 38.7 PPG, drove in for a layup and gave the Titans a 5-0 lead.

Lima then answered with a 10-0 run behind four points each from Blount and Meyer. Then five straight points by Francis tied the game up for the Titans.

The duo of Francis and Hubbard continued to shine throughout the first quarter, combining for 24 of Lynchburg's 34 points.

However, the Express defense shut down Francis in the second quarter, holding the guard to only four points.

Jeremi Booth proved to be a large asset for the Titans in the second half. He would score 11 points and finish with 19 off the bench.

Lima started the third quarter in a 2-3 zone to conserve energy, but later then switched to a 3-2 zone in the fourth quarter. Booth still managed to score and bring the Titans within three.

The Express would score and try to pull away, but then the Titans would answer and come right back in the game after a Francis floater and Express turnover.

Lima called a timeout to kill the momentum of the Titans and it worked. The Express then went on a 12-3 run to ice the game.

Meyer added 11 rebounds while Blount collected a team-high 17 rebounds. Kyle Gillette would finish with 19 points for the Express.

Francis led the way for the winless Titans with 31 points. Hubbard finished 26 points, well above his 18.5 average. Booth and Frisco Sandidge ended the night with 19 points each. 

Flex Overcome Slow Start To Spoil Tide Home Opener

By Craig Fata

MARKHAM, Ill. – The Bloomington Flex, on the heels of a nearly three-week layoff, overcame a slow start Friday to spoil the home opener of the expansion Chicago Tide 107-85, on the strength of another offensive explosion by Chris Singletary.

The Flex, which hadn’t played since January 18, scuffled their way through the first quarter, scoring only 19 points. Chicago, however, was only able to manage 14 as their outside shots failed to connect.

Gerald Campbell led a strong second quarter for the Tide, which took the lead at 27-26 with 8:00 left in the half. The Tide opened the lead to as many as nine before the Flex went on an 8-0 run before regaining the lead at 42-41 with 2:03 remaining in the second.

The third quarter was all Bloomington, as they outscored Chicago 39-25 in the period. Chris Singletary ignited the Flex with a soaring tomahawk dunk through traffic from ten feet away. His effort was followed by a monster two-hand jam by Terrence Green on the next offensive possession as the Flex opened the lead up to 20.

The Flex continued the pressure in the fourth, opening the lead to 25 before the Tide narrowed the final margin to 22.

Singletary led all scorers with 27 points to go along with a team-high 11 rebounds. Nate Fuqua added 26 for the Flex.

The Flex move to 3-0 on the season, while Chicago fell to 0-5. Bloomington travels Saturday to Indianapolis to take on the Diesels in a 6:05 p.m. C.S.T. contest.