The Jersey Express got back on track, with a 108-88 win over the Staten Island Vipers Saturday. The Express are now 3-1 on the season, with the only loss coming at the hands of their division rival. The Express got off to a quick start, led by forward Charles Smith (6'7''-F, college: Bloomfield), who had his 1st start of the season, by knocking down a jump shot, finding his teammate for an assist, and grabbing 3 rebounds. A sweet alley-oop from point guard Jason Smith (6'1''-G) to center Almin Hodzic (6'10''-C-87, agency: FCM, college: Dominican, NY) capped the quick start that came in the first 2 minutes of the game, when the Express took a 7-0 lead. Head Coach Ray Ortiz took over the reins, less than two weeks ago, and decided to shake things up a bit, by changing the line-up. Point guard Jason Smith led the charge, controlling the offense, and making sure everyone got involved in the action. Almin Hodzic & Charles Smith ended the 1st with 7pts each, and the Express took a 28-19 lead. Staten Island was led by Kareem Collins (6'3''-G/F-80, college: New Jersey City St.) with 11 in the qtr. The 2nd quarter was fairly evenly played, with Bill McDonough (6'7''-F, college: Richard Stockton) led the Express with 6, and Lewis Monaco (5'11''-G-87, college: St.Joseph's, NY) paced the Vipers with 6. Bobby Lee (6'5''-F, college: Southern) collided with teammate McDonough, jumping for a loose ball, and caught an elbow to the head, which resulted in him being removed, for precaution for the game. Defense was the key for both teams, the Express being held to 23 & the Vipers 22. At the half, the Express held the lead 51-41. Jason Smith came out strong in the 3rd qtr, dishing and swishing for 7pts & 3 assists, and Charles Smith continued his monster game, by grabbing 5rbds & 6pts in the qtr. Teshawn Byron (6'6''-G/F-88, college: Le Moyne-Owen) scored 7 for the Vipers. The Express lead grew to 78-64. The 4th qtr started with Express guard Jashon Mixon (6'5''-F, college: Monroe CC) knocking down a quick 3, followed by Staten Islands Brendon Lyn matching it with his own. Jamal Webb (6'6''-G/F-85, college: SUNY Maritime) found Mixon for another 3, that ignited the crowd, when the Vipers turned the ball over, Hodzic was the recipient of an assist, and was fouled on the play, for a conventional 3pt play. The back-court of Jason Smith, and Ed Torres helped push the lead to as much as 22. Mixon knocked down another 3, and Mike Edghill (6'0''-G/F, college: Felician) 3-D score, capped an explosive 4th quarter. The final score of 108-88 doesnt fully tell the story of 5 Express players scoring in double figures, with 11 of 12 players contributing to the scoring total. Jashon Mixon had 20, and Jason Smith finished with 16pts & 4asts. Charles Smith ended the night with a double-double with 13pts & 15rbds. Teshawn Byron led Staten Island with 18.
(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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