Newsletters From January 2015
Adjustments Made Due to Weather
Chicago, IL- Due to a Severe Winter Weather Warning in New York state issued by the National Weather Service in the past 48 hrs, the PBL has had to make several schedule adjustments for the safety of the players traveling this weekend.
One change for this weekend is this Sunday's PBL game of the week, which will now feature the Buffalo 716ers against the Rochester RazorSharks in Rochester. Snowed in on Friday, the 716ers were unable to travel to Florence for their showdown against the Vipers. The originally scheduled game between the RazorSharks and the Philadelphia Flight as well as the game between the 716ers and the Vipers will be rescheduled for a later date.
"Our decision to move these games around is for the safety of our players. We had anticipated such weather delays and have planned accordingly to make sure we get every game in this season." said Dennis Truax when asked about the weekend weather delays.
Week Six Could Mean Change for First
RazorSharks to Host Flight In Their First Visit to BCA
Rochester, NY - This weekend the Rochester RazorSharks prepare for their second game against the winless Philadelphia Flight (0-3), who will make their first appearance in the Blue Cross Arena against the strongest fans in the league.
The RazorSharks, who remain undefeated, will need another strong defensive showing as well as high offensive momentum to come up with two more wins against Philadelphia this weekend. In their first match up, the RazorSharks finished with a 122-109 win after dominant play from point guard Kyle Randall who finished with six assists and led the game in scoring (20 points). With starting point guard Jerice Crouch day-to-day battling a hamstring injury, Randall might be needed for another big game to lead the RazorSharks back court.
The Philadelphia Flight are in their inaugural season in the PBL, and despite their 0-3 record they have put up a strong fight in each game by scoring at least 94 points in every game this season.
The RazorSharks are coming off an intense 106-86 win over the Buffalo 716ers and will definitely have the charge they need to defeat a team that shows a strong offensive front. Tickets for the RazorSharks 1pm game can be purchased at the Blue Cross Arena or at Ãƒƒ¢€ªticketmaster.com. For more information on tickets, please contact the RazorSharks front office at (585) 232-9190.
Pee Dee Vipers “Layups, Dunks & Rock ‘n Roll” Game Night
Vipers take on the Buffalo 716ers Saturday night followed by a post-game concert.
Florence, SC – January 7, 2015 – The Pee Dee Vipers (5-1) are on a five game winning streak and hope to add another “W” against Buffalo (3-2) this Saturday, January 10 at 7:30 PM at the Florence Civic Center (FCC). The Vipers are currently second in the Premier Basketball League and in the Eastern Conference behind the Rochester RazorSharks. Pee Dee is coming off two big back-to-back wins against the Philadelphia Flight. The 716ers beat the Lynchburg Titans by 61 points at home this past Saturday but lost to Rochester on Sunday, 106-86.
“Buffalo is one of the best teams in the league and especially in our conference. They have about the same team from last year, a team that won a lot, so this has to be our best game yet,” General Manager Sharone Wright.
The Vipers welcome back dunking all-star Cameron Butler this Saturday. Butler, a 6’7 guard and forward from Missouri State University will make his return debut against Buffalo. Butler was training with the NBA D-League Texas Legends during the off-season and the beginning of the Vipers’ season.
Butler averaged 7.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, one steal and one block per game last season with Pee Dee. Most importantly, Butler brought a tough, loud and unbeatable attitude to the court.
“Cameron was one of our best players at the end of the season last year. He brings excitement, skill and incredible athletic ability to the squad. He fits right in our scheme and we’re all thrilled to have him back,” said Wright. Julius Francis has been waived to make room for Butler.
Fans get ready for a rockin’ good time following the game! The Vipers are bringing you a special performance by Johnny Corbett and Evan Lee. Corbett is the lead singer for Fallen Child and Lee is the lead guitarist for Tastes Like Chicken. Both artists have performed for years in the Pee Dee region and have won awards such as the Harley Davidson Battle of The Bands in 2012 and in 2013 the Hard Rock CafÃƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒƒ© “Hard Rock Rising” honor.
Halftime and Prize Details:
As part of the Vipers “Rock ‘n Roll” game night, fans can play musical chairs at halftime. The halftime is a contest for kids or adults, but be warned: twists are involved! Folks can sign up at the merchandise table on the main floor when they arrive. Participants will be called during the 2nd quarter. Prizes include tickets to our next game and merchandise.
Fans can also win a $20 Top Wash gift card to Tidal Wave Auto Spa during the game (get ready to do “the wave”). The famous t-shirt and giveaway toss takes place during 3rd quarter change.
Doors will open at 6:30. Come early to hang with ESPN in the Viper Pit for a chance to win giveaways. Striker and the Vipettes will be there to get the party started!
Storm Ready for Inaugural Match Against Lima Express
Racine, WI- The Racine Storm will host the Lima (Ohio) Express on Saturday, January 10th at 7:00pm in what could potentially be a matter of first or third.
The Storm have not been in action since December 28th when they defeated the Danville Riverhawks on the road, 145-125.
Leading the Storm will be Anthony Spencer who has 27.2-points per game and 49 total rebounds in five games this season.
The first 50 fans in attendance for Saturday's game will receive free admission and popcorn. All other fans will be admitted for a discounted price of $2.
PBL Issues Disciplinary Fines on Bloomington Flex
Chicago, IL- The Premier Basketball League continues their disciplinary action against the Bloomington Flex, formerly of the PBL, who during last year’s playoffs did not show to participate in the final championship series.
As a result of violating the league’s rules and regulations in failure to appear for their best-of-three championship series against the Rochester RazorSharks in 2014, the PBL has proceeded with legal actions against the Flex by fining them $50,000 per game, resulting in a $150,000 total fine. After today the Bloomington Flex have exhausted all of their appeals and the PBL has moved forward with enforcing the fine by retaining the services of the firm Armstrong & Cox Inc.
“The rules are in place to protect the league and its fans to best avoid any situations similar to what they (Flex) did,” stated league commissioner Dennis Truax.
The Flex were suspended from competitive play in the PBL for the 2014-15 season and can reapply to join the league for the 2015-16 season.
PBL Delays Games Due to Unsafe Weather Conditions
Chicago, IL- Due to a Severe Winter Weather Warning in New York issued by the National Weather Service, I-90 and other major roads are closed to all traffic in both directions causing an issue for the RazorSharks road game against the Flight. Therefore, tonight’s game between Rochester and Philadelphia will be postponed.
For similar reasons, the Premier Basketball League is keeping an eye on weather delay updates for Saturday’s game between the Buffalo 716ers and the Carolina Pee Dee Vipers. The game is currently still expected to start at 7:30 on Saturday.
The Danville Riverhawks will not travel to Michigan for their game tonight against the Grand Rapids Cyclones due to severe weather conditions east of Lake Michigan.
“We extended the length of our season this year just for situations like this,” said Dennis Truax on the weather delays. “We cannot stress enough the importance of our teams, players and fans safety, so rather than put anyone in danger, we would rather just schedule these games for another day.”
Week 5 Brings Change in Leaderboard With Surprise Victories
Buffalo Trounces Titans at Home
BUFFALO, NY — The Buffalo 716ers defeated the Lynchburg Titans for the second time this season with a 141 - 80 win in front of a loud sold out crowd at the Thunderdome at Tapestry Charter School.
With this victory the 716ers improve to 3-2, while the Titans drop to 0-5 for the season.
Guard Shaun Fenner was named the Subway Eat Fresh MVP of the game. Fenner scored 8 points, had 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists.