1 Antoine Morgano NJP 35.7 2 Fahreed Cheatham PJD 34.3 3 Nate Young MP 33.1 4 Doug Herring Jr. HVK 31.7 5 Terry Hosley BAS 30.6 6 Angelo Hernandez NH 28.8 7 Kurt Cuffy 524 26.2 8 Corriche Gaskin HVK 25.0 9 Marcus Ashton WIN 24.7 10 Anis Taylor PJD
Rebounds Per Game
1 Kurt Cuffy 524 16.9 2 Danny Thompson BAS 15.6 3 Anthony Cox HVK 14.6 4 Tyrone Hill PJD 12.6 5 Fahreed Cheatham PJD 12.6 6 Antoine Morgano NJP 12.1 7 Doug Herring Jr. HVK 12.1 8 Nate Young MP 11.0 9 Korey Riley JAG 9.9 10 Brian Leggett NH
Assists Per Game
1 Andrew Gould MP 9.4 2 Doug Herring Jr. HVK 8.8 3 Dele Ojo RV 7.9 4 Roman Perez JAG 7.6 5 Brian Smith BB 6.5 6 John Hawthorne 524 5.8 7 Jeremiah King NJP 5.8 8 Cedric Stewart MAS 5.6 9 Karim Telfair TSE 5.6 10 Mike Mckenzie BAS
Steals Per Game
1 Doug Herring Jr. HVK 2.9 2 Brian Smith BB 2.9 3 Antoine Morgano NJP 2.6 4 Aaron Collins 524 2.9 5 Cedric Stewart MAS 2.7 6 Dele Ojo RV 2.4 7 Rogers Barnes BB 2.8 8 Anthony Williams RV 1.9 9 Jeremiah King NJP 1.9 10 Curtis McCollum BKF
Blocks Per Game
1 Kevin Briggs HVK 4.9 2 Danny Thompson BAS 3.9 3 Kurt Cuff 524 3.1 4 Mike Anderson BB 3.4 5 Brian Leggett NH 2.2 6 Anthony Cox HVK 3.4 7 Onyie Onunaku WIN 1.6 8 Naji Turner BKF 1.6 9 Antoine Morgano NJP 1.3 10 Andre Hardy CAP
2.What do you think about the new organizations to the ACPBL and the league as a whole? The ACPBL has made great strides going into its second season. Commissioner James Schutz has added several new quality organizations/teams, divided the teams into geographic conferences, have upgraded the talent level significantly, and has marketed the league accordingly. The South conference that we play in includes 3 of the most proven talented and successful teams (Tru Hope Trailblazers, Delaware Destroyers and Beltway Bombers) in the country. I'm very much looking forward to the competition of this season, and hold high expectations as to the successful future of the ACPBL.
3.Coach your a competitor. What's it gonna take to get that chip that has alluded you in the EBA and the ACPBL. I know your chomping at the Bit? Aggressive patience. I know those words counter each other, however, it has worked for me over these years. The formula and agenda has always been the same Justin. If you have very talented players with character; who are accountable, professional, unselfish, tough, have high basketball IQ's and swagger, play with passion, and who's only agenda is winning...you will win a lot of games and chips. I've been very blessed over 18 years of coaching at the pro level to have had, and currently have, those types of players. That formula and mindset has won us over 640 games and 44 chips over 18 years; beginning in my hometown of NYC, and most recently when I relocated to Maryland a few years ago. It's amazing how much a team can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit. The league has a lot of talent, great coaches and solid organizations. It's always very competitive. We always have one goal as a team...the chip. Winning every tournament we're in, along with the ACPBL championship, is our focus this, and every year.
4.With such a star studded cast of experienced players how do u keep them on the same page and with last seasons ACPBL MVP and the leading scorer from a year ago both on your roster? They all have the same mindset of unselfishness, along with the sole goal of winning. As I alluded to prior, I am very mindful as to the type of players who I have on my team. Talent is just one component. All those other intangibles have to be included in a player for him to be one of my guys on the Bombers. I have a certain coaching style that challenges my players, and focuses on collective attacking and execution. 'Baby Shaq' and 'Fish' are two of the best players in the country. Most people see them as very explosive scorers. What I see are two very talented and unselfish complete players that only want to win. The best example of this is we had the MVP of the league along with the ACPBL's leading scorer last year. We also had 7 other players voted in as all-stars by opposing coaches. That is the big compliment to a team and organization that 9 of our 11 players were voted to the all-star game. We averaged 160 points a game last season. That requires a lot of big contributions from every player. Our eyes are clearly on the prize, and not on any individual accolades.
After another successful regular season, the APBL has kicked off another season of summer league action. The Pride improved to 2-0 in the summer season with a victory over the New York Crusaders this past weekend. Nate Young (6'7''-G/F-86) led all scorers with a Manhattan Pride scoring record of 50 points in the victory. Wayne Surin (6'4''-F/G-89, college: Columbia, MO) also added 20 points and William Modeste (6'1''-G-81, college: Polytechnic) scored 17 points and made four three point... [read more]
After another successful regular season, the APBL has kicked off another season of summer league action.
In other Manhattan Pride news, after their 2015-16 APBL season, Pride CEO and founder Will Modeste received the prestigious Executive of the Year award. The Pride finished with the fourth best record in the APBL Eastern Conference and the best winning season in Manhattan Pride history.
In April the Pride also traveled to Mexico and hosted their first international overseas tour. The Pride spent a number of days in Mexico and received valuable experience playing against other Mexican pro teams there. The Pride also have other events and exhibition games planned before entering their sixth season as a professional franchise in the APBL.
MVP of the Year: Dele Ojo (6'0''-G-81) of Rockville V.; Clutch Performer of the Year: Tory Fassett (F) of Bay Area Sh.; Most Improved Player of the Year: Chad Moore (6'5''-F-89) of Winchester S.; Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Collins (6'0''-G) of NYC 524; Coach of the Year: Chaz Dudley of Beltway B.; 1st Team: G: Dele Ojo (6'0''-G-81) of Rockville V.; F: Tory Fassett (F) of Bay Area Sh.; G: Doug Herring Jr. (6'3''-G) of St.John M.R.; F: Chad Moore (6 [read more]
USBasket.com All-APBL 1st Team 2016
MVP of the Year: Dele Ojo (6'0''-G-81) of Rockville V. Clutch Performer of the Year: Tory Fassett (F) of Bay Area Sh. Most Improved Player of the Year: Chad Moore (6'5''-F-89) of Winchester S. Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Collins (6'0''-G) of NYC 524 Coach of the Year: Chaz Dudley of Beltway B.
A weekend filled with intense basketball ended much like the 2015 championship. Defending champion New Jersey Thunder needed a late basket to win the APBL title, this time it was a one-point victory over Hudson Valley Kingz. In a wild back-and-forth affair, New Jersey took a slim 22-21 lead after one quarter. Hudson Valley played much more confident in the second to lead at halftime 52-46. Both teams made runs in the third quarter with the Thunder first. After the home team build up a s... [read more]
A weekend filled with intense basketball ended much like the 2015 championship. Defending champion New Jersey Thunder needed a late basket to win the APBL title, this time it was a one-point victory over Hudson Valley Kingz.
In a wild back-and-forth affair, New Jersey took a slim 22-21 lead after one quarter. Hudson Valley played much more confident in the second to lead at halftime 52-46.
Both teams made runs in the third quarter with the Thunder first. After the home team build up a six-point advantage 67-61, the Kingz stormed back and by the end of the quarter led 76-74.
A close fourth quarter followed with Hudson Valley building a five-point lead with 4:57 to play. New Jersey would not go down easy, but still trailed by five with 1:38 left. That margin was cut to one with :14 remaining. A foul was called on the next play and after two free throws New Jersey led 98-97!
Hudson Valley did not panic, taking possession with :09 to play. A drive to the paint by Shereef Taylor resulted in a pair of free throws for the Kingz, who led 99-98 with just :04 on the clock. After a timeout the Thunder inbounded the ball from half court and found a streaking Charles Funches (6'8''-F-88, college: Hampton) under the basket. Although contested Funches easily scored to make it 100-99. Hudson Valley called timeout, but threw the ball away and their shot at the championship. Past APBL champions 2011: Tru Hope Blazers 2012: Beltway Bombers 2013: New York City 524 2014: Metropolitan All-Stars 2015: New Jersey Thunder 2016: New Jersey Thunder
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