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
Throughout this APBL season, we will highlight the Manhattan Pride roster, one player at a time.
Todays highlighted player is Rocco Rubino (6'2''-G-89, college: Hunter), a 6'3" guard from Brooklyn, New York. After playing his high school basketball at storied Archbishop Malloy, Rubino spent the first two years of his collegiate career at St. Francis College (NY). Rubino then spent the 2009-10 season with Hunter College, where he led the team in scoring by averaging 18.6 points per game. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
After advancing to the Final Four of the New York qualifier of the 2011 Red Bull King of the Rock One on One Tournament, Rubino played overseas in the Italian C2 League. There he finished as the top scorer in the league. Now after returning to New York, Rubino joins the Manhattan Pride for the 2012-13 APBL season.
1. Where and for what teams have you played for throughout your professional career?
Last year was my first season of professional basketball. I played for Studentesca Licata in the Italian C2 league. My stats for the last season were 23.5 points per game 6.3 rebounds per game and 4.4 assists per game, finishing the top scorer in the league. I played one game with the Manhattan Pride when I came home in April and scored 36 points versus the Hudson Valley Kings. In the summer, I also participated in the Orlando Eurobasket Summer League.
2. How long have you been with the Manhattan Pride and what is your role with the team?
This will be my first season with the Manhattan Pride. My role on the team is to be aggressive on offense and defense, creating scoring opportunities for my teammates and myself. I will be playing combo guard, playing both the point and shooting guard positions.
3. What do you hope to accomplish as a member of the Manhattan Pride this season? And, where to you ultimately hope to advance to next in your basketball career?
As a member of the Manhattan Pride, I hope to lead our team to an APBL championship. Ultimately I would love to continue playing basketball wherever life takes me, whether that will be in the United States or back overseas. I would like to play at the highest level possible that I can play.
4. Have you thought about life after playing professional basketball? If so, what are your plans once your playing career is completed?
When playing professional basketball ends, I would like to get into coaching at the high school or college level.
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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