A great night of professional basketball is now one for the history books. Salems very first ABA (American Basketball Association) team the Salem Sabres a brand new expansion team in Salem Oregon played its very first inaugural game at Chemeketa Community College on November 10th 2012 and what a nail biter it was. The game went into double overtime with the Sabres coming up short against the 13th ranked Seattle Mountaineers. Final score was 117 to 115. For the record books you can put Michael McLaughin down for the first two points scored for the organization. The first quarter was off to a slow start as the team shook of the first game jitters and then picked up their game towards at the beginning of the second quarter. Leading scorers for the Sabres were Jeff Dunn (6'5''-F-83, college: Corban) (Dallas, OR) with 21 points, Cory Largent (6'7''-F) with 21 points, Sergio Rosario (Dayton, Or) with 24 points and Phil Nelson (6'8''-F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Portland St.) (Salem, Or) with 29 points. Head Coach Willie Freeman gave his take of the teams very first ABA game said Our first test as an organization, staff and as a team did not end the way we would have liked to, but overall there are a lot of positives to pull from. Facing a Seattle team that is ranked 13th out of the 90 teams in the ABA and who had already played several games this season, taking them to a double overtime we feel very confident about the direction we are headed. We will continue to practice hard, play hard and we will continue to develop our guys into consistent professionals. General Manager Joe Becerra also had this to say It was a great night for the City of Salem and the Sabres franchise. We had a great crowd, saluted our military veterans and played an excellent first game. The fans were treated to an exciting, competitive game by two talented teams. We are thrilled to be in the ABA and feel we can compete for the conference title. We thank all the fans for coming out and all our staff who worked to make the game a great success. From the very beginning we set out to provide affordable family friendly basketball games. I think all the way around we accomplished what we set out to do. The North Salem ROTC conducted our Color Guard, Salem City councilwoman Sheryl Thomas sang the National Anthem, Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America played an exhibition game at halftime, two YMCA youth competed for a prize doing full court layups, prizes were thrown out to the crowd and the Salem Sabres Dance Team did an outstanding job with their performance and crowd interaction. The Salem Sabres next game will be on Nov. 18th against the Kitsap Admirals in Bremerton, Wa. The next Sabres home game will be on Dec 14th against the Olympia Rise. From the game we saw the Salem Sabres play the other night their motto is just right Theres A New Game In Town. The Salem Sabres website is www.salemsabresaba.com and you can like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SalemSabres
(courtesy iballunited.net) Tyler Deihl (6'1''-G-91, college: Francis Marion) will be soon on a flight to Morocco, where he will play with Ithry Nador. He will be playing in the city of Nador, in the first division of Federation Royale Marocaine de Basket-Ball. Deihl is a member of iCAN Elite where he works with iBall Agency Advisors for consulting and guidance toward career advancement and assistance to perfect and promote his basketball resume. At the 2016 iBall National Pro Combine, Dei... [read more]
(courtesy iballunited.net) Tyler Deihl (6'1''-G-91, college: Francis Marion) will be soon on a flight to Morocco, where he will play with Ithry Nador. He will be playing in the city of Nador, in the first division of Federation Royale Marocaine de Basket-Ball. Deihl is a member of iCAN Elite where he works with iBall Agency Advisors for consulting and guidance toward career advancement and assistance to perfect and promote his basketball resume. At the 2016 iBall National Pro Combine, Deihl exploited the defense and kept players off balance with his dead eye shooting. His feisty style of play, knockdown shooting and defense contributed to him being named to iBall United's 2nd Team. He averaged 9.8 PPG and led the combine in steals (1.3 SPG). In the passing lane he was disruptive. On offense he was the mentor that everyone gravitated toward. His leadership and attitude are among his best attributes. Some of Deihl's career highlights include: 2015-16: Top 10 in league scoring (31.7 PPG) and assists (10.8) APG (Georgia Gwizzlies -ABA) 2015-16: ABA All Star as a rookie (Georgia Gwizzlies -ABA 2014: Player of the Week - Jan 22 2014 (Francis Marion - NCAA D2) 2010: Season high 11 pts vs. Eastern Kentucky (Presbyterian College - NCAA D1)
Gregory Brown , CEO of the Baltimore Hawks ABA team, has just announced that his team has acquired the 2016 Allstar & ABA Slam Dunk Champion, Eian Davis (6'1''-G-90, college: Albertus Magnus) from the Brooklyn SkyRockets. Davis averaged 33.3 PPG + 4.2 APG for Brooklyn in the 2015-16 season. Welcome to Baltimore Eian! [read more]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: August 17, 2016 CONTACT: Kevin Baldinger PHONE: (407) 761- 3707 EMAIL: News@OrlandoWaves.com http://orlandowaves.com/ https://twitter.com/OrlandoWaves https://www.facebook.com/OrlandoWaves Kissimmee, FL. - The Orlando Waves are happy to announce that they have made their decision as to who will be their Head Coach for this very important inaugural season. Douglas Leichner has accepted the position and is looking forward to what this season holds in store. Wav... [read more]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: August 17, 2016 CONTACT: Kevin Baldinger PHONE: (407) 761- 3707 EMAIL: News@OrlandoWaves.com http://orlandowaves.com/ https://twitter.com/OrlandoWaves https://www.facebook.com/OrlandoWaves
Kissimmee, FL. - The Orlando Waves are happy to announce that they have made their decision as to who will be their Head Coach for this very important inaugural season. Douglas Leichner has accepted the position and is looking forward to what this season holds in store. Waves General Manager J.J. Stuckey was very excited to be able to ink someone with experience at all levels of coaching and someone who is extremely familiar with the Central Florida area. Coach Leichner, last coached Great Britain U20 National Team to their second highest finish ever of any Great Britain team, regardless of age or gender in Division A European Championship. He has also coached in Ireland, Iona College, and the University of Maine. His Central Florida ties start at Merritt Island High School; followed by Osceola High School, where he and his Kowboys won Coach of the Year / Orange Belt Conference Champions in back to back seasons. Waves owner, Anthony Stuckey, had a very specific outline of what he wanted in a coach and believes he has found it in Coach Leichner. Leichner also wants to work with the community, and both men have very similar philosophies in the gym. Although Leichner is well known for his defensive minded teams, he is quick to admit that he is all about fast paced high flying basketball, and believes that his Waves team is designed to be just that. Coach Leichner has an overall coaching record of 165-101-1 for a .617 winning percentage, in over 20 years of coaching. A charity game on Sept 17th will be your first chance to Catch The Waves Tickets for this event will be $6.00 for children age four and above and $8.00 for Adults The Waves will play home games at the Kissimmee Civic Center beginning on November 5 and 6. For ticket information contact: The Kissimmee Civic Center Box Office, or Contact@OrlandoWaves.com
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