April 16th PETERSBURG VA - Playing their second home game ever, the Revolution continued to point out why the City of Petersburg now has itself a basketball team. And the high-powered Minor League team did so with explosive team plays, big dunks and eight players scoring in the double digits in its 141-91 trouncing of the Carolina MPact. That puts the Revolution up 4-1 in their inaugural season. Petersburg currently holds first place in the East Coast Basketball League Northern Division. They will head to Falling Creek (417 Hood St, Rockingham, NC) on Sunday, April 17 for a 5 p.m. matchup against the Fayetteville Crossover, who last year played in the ECBL championship game against the eventual winners, the PrimeTime Players. "We have to make sure we have our heads on straight and we're focused and ready to play basketball, because it's going to be a fight," Revolution head coach Kyle Dixon said of their upcoming matchup against Fayetteville. Tyree Desmore led a balanced attack by the Revolution with 15 points, followed by Deshon Dabbs and P.J. Torres with 13 points apiece, William Mackey with 12, A.J. Brown, Reggie Cherry and Cedric Kwindja with 11 apiece and Lorenzo Bailey with 10. "We came out to a great start - they kind of got back on us but we kind of got our stuff together, was able to regroup ... we pulled through," Desmore said. "They preach intensity a lot here, and when we feel like it's down, put another group in, we come with that energy, hopefully pick the other group back up - we just feed off each other's energy." While the MPact put together a couple of strong scoring runs during the game, the Revolution fought hard throughout the contest with their multiple go-to players enabling them to rocket away from Carolina in the second half. Even when leading by 30 and 40, the home team played as if they were fighting for the lead on every possession. "Even at the end of the game when we put the last group in - we already had a comfortable lead - we still picked it up like we were down 50," Desmore said. "We never let up." Following a timeout with Petersburg leading 20-10- and James Shambley capping off the home team's nine-point run on two free-throws to open the game - Carolina rallied to trail 20-24 with less than two minutes left in the first quarter. But the Revolution, hit their stride in the second, with David Early bringing the one-armed dunk, Daniel Eacho tipping it in for two and Desmore sailing to the basket off of a Revolution takeaway. Dabbs took a jumping grab to the house for the monster dunk in the second, and Bailey and Tommie Starks swished the ball through the net on the free-throws as the Revolution established command on a 64-48 first half. And they wouldn't let go, taking off on nine straight points in the third quarter with Earl Gee II dashing to the net for back-to-back layups. The Revolution went up 103-67 after 36 minutes of regulation, with Darnell Jenkins slamming the ball through the hoop near the end of the third. Mackey sank points 99, 100 and 101 on the three-pointer. Despite the loss, Desi Crisp had a stellar game for the MPact, leading all players in the contest with 31 points. The MPact came into Saturday's game at the Rock Church of Petersburg with zero wins and three losses to start the season. But to Dixon and the Revolution, their opponent's record did not matter. "I actually didn't know what their record was ... that's the thing, I don't want to know what their record is," Dixon said. "I just know that they're our opponent for this week and we need to be very aggressive in how we approach the game, because if we go there thinking 'Oh, they're 0-3,' we're going to take the game lightly. That's not what we're about. We're about facing every person that we play with our best, giving our best effort every time." While the Revolution did beat Carolina by 50, Desmore and Dixon both noted how they didn't achieve their goal of holding the opponent to 80 points or less. "Our goal every game is to keep the opponents to 20 points (or less) per quarter, and our goal is to score at least 30 per quarter," Dixon said. "As you can see, we fell short by 11." In order for his team to beat Fayetteville, Dixon pointed to defense. "A lot of guys got a little frustrated today, so what we need to do is clean up those problem areas," Dixon said. "I think they got frustrated because of the turnovers that we were having, so we clean up those problem areas, then it'll bring the comfort up and the turnovers down. Take care of the basketball and defend - you've got to be able to defend. That's the biggest thing - we have to defend." Following Sunday's game, the Revolution will then rematch the Crossover at home on Saturday, April 23, 3 p.m. at Rock Church of Petersburg (2301 County Dr., Petersburg).
The PrimeTime Players returned to York Prep Academy in Rock Hill for their second of seven home games at their new home venue against the Savannah Storm. The Storm coming in having won two of their first three games were looking to make an early statement to the league by trying to knock off the top team in the ECBL Southern Conference. The backcourt duo of Grayson David and Calvin Hamilton got off to a good first quarter start combining for 16 first quarter for the visitors, but were ma... [read more]
The PrimeTime Players returned to York Prep Academy in Rock Hill for their second of seven home games at their new home venue against the Savannah Storm. The Storm coming in having won two of their first three games were looking to make an early statement to the league by trying to knock off the top team in the ECBL Southern Conference.
The backcourt duo of Grayson David and Calvin Hamilton got off to a good first quarter start combining for 16 first quarter for the visitors, but were matched by Brian Mobley (6'6''-SF-87, college: Johnson C. Smith) from PrimeTime who poured in 17 of his 21 points in the opening period to help PrimeTime to a 40-26 lead at the end of the quarter. The second quarter First Team All League performer Terell Smith (6'3''-G-85, college: Limestone) scored 21 points in the quarter and Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charleston So.) finished the half with 20 point, while Dijuan Harris (5'9''-PG-86, college: Charlotte) finding someone wide open seemingly on every possession. Grayson David did his part to try and keep the visitors in the game with 20 total points in the first half, but the Storm went into the half down 85-55.
The second half started where the first one ended with PrimeTime pushing the lead up to as many as 44 with Terell Smith leading the way by hitting eight second half three pointers. Dijuan Harris added 19 points in the half and finished with a ECBL single-game record 18 assists. The inside play of Thomas Pfaff (6'8''-C-87, college: Lipscomb), Jonathan Hart (6'7''-F-86, college: UNC Pembroke), and Brian Mobley limited the Savannah chances at second chance points as they all finished in with double figure rebounds and kept the home team running for the full 48 minutes in scoring a season-high point total in the 165-124 win.
The Carolina Thunder didn't have to wait long to get into the win column. They travelled to High Point, NC on March 26 and picked up their first win of the season. With the majority of the teams in the league having played at least three games, the Thunder couldn't wait to get started. High Point Hawks came in the game as the heavy favorite, but this unknown team out of Dillon, SC came and shocked the ECBL. The Thunder had their hands full from the start, getting down 17 points. They cou... [read more]
The Carolina Thunder didn't have to wait long to get into the win column. They travelled to High Point, NC on March 26 and picked up their first win of the season. With the majority of the teams in the league having played at least three games, the Thunder couldn't wait to get started. High Point Hawks came in the game as the heavy favorite, but this unknown team out of Dillon, SC came and shocked the ECBL.
The Thunder had their hands full from the start, getting down 17 points. They could have easily packed up and quit, but after trimming the 17 point lead to five points at the half, it was enough for the Thunder to stick around and try to win. Dashawn Bethea came off the bench to give the Thunder the spark they needed in the first half, scoring 9 points. It was Bethea who answered the call early with the Thunder leading scorer of the preseason Andrew Crawford (6'4''-G, college: Benedict) in a funk.
Deonte Johnson (6'4''-F-87, college: Benedict) filling in for Trey James was very special on this evening. The former Marion High/Benedict star led the way with 27 points, 17 rebounds. When the Thunder signed Radio late in the preseason, this was the bonus Coach Page knew he would have, adding a guy of that caliber. The point guard Jarvis Williams (5'11''-PG) was a huge part of the win with controlling the game and knowing when to score. The lefty closed the Hawks out with big buckets and free throws in the fourth.
With the Thunder being new to the ECBL, they needed someone who played in the league before. The basketball Gods blessed them with this young man in Anthony Keane (6'3''-G, college: Hartwick). Keane played the last few years with the two-time runner-up Crossover. With this team no longer in the league, Keane reached out to Thunder Nation. While in Conway, SC, it took Coach Page one play to see if Keane was a fit for the roster. The former Crossover guard came off the bench for his new team and put up a quiet double double with 13 points, 12 rebounds. Andrew Crawford did manage 24 points, but the shooting percentage from the 3-point land is a level of worry. On this day, it was enough to give the Thunder the 118-111 victory.
The PrimeTime Players returned to Banks Street Gym in Fort Mill for their lone appearance at their former home as they hosted the expansion Florence Wildcats. Coming off of two hard fought road losses, the Wildcats came into Fort Mill ready to play and also brought a crowd with them to cheer them on in their first matchup with the two-time defending ECBL champions. The game went back and forth for the first part of the first quarter, but after a Destine Albert (6'0''-PG) assist to Heyvis... [read more]
The PrimeTime Players returned to Banks Street Gym in Fort Mill for their lone appearance at their former home as they hosted the expansion Florence Wildcats. Coming off of two hard fought road losses, the Wildcats came into Fort Mill ready to play and also brought a crowd with them to cheer them on in their first matchup with the two-time defending ECBL champions.
The game went back and forth for the first part of the first quarter, but after a Destine Albert (6'0''-PG) assist to Heyvis Jackson (6'6''-F, college: York, NB), then a spectacular dunk by Albert that had the entire gym into a frenzy. Momentum was in the Wildcats favor taking a 16-14 lead at the five minutes mark. The PrimeTime Players responded immediately and were able to close out the quarter on a 15-1 run to take a 29-17 lead after the first quarter. Brian Mobley (6'6''-SF-87, college: Johnson C. Smith) scored eight points in the quarter while Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charleston So.) connected on two straight three pointers in the 15-1 run.
The second quarter saw Demerous Robinson (F, college: USC-Salkahatcie JC) and the league's second leading scorer Quincy Washington (6'5''-G, college: Charleston) combine for 17 points as they played a even quarter with the PrimeTime Players for most of the quarter. The host team were able to get into the bonus at the midway point of the quarter and guard Dijuan Harris (5'9''-PG-86, college: Charlotte) took advantage of this by attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line where he was able to convert five-ofs-six helping the PrimeTime Players take a 61-44 halftime advantage.
The second half started out quick for both teams as they combined for 75 total points in the quarter. Quincy Washington scored 13 points for the Wildcats while Chris Moore adding 17 of his team-high 32 in the quarter as the Players went into the fourth quarter leading 99-81.
PrimeTime opened the final frame with a quick 10-0 run to push the lead to 109-81 with 10 minutes remaining after two Vic Street free throws. The next 10 minutes of the game the Wildcats were able to outscore the host PrimeTime Players 41-25 with Michael Ellis (6'5''-G-86, college: Mercer) leading the way scoring all 11 of his points in the final quarter. Teammate Demerous Robinson added nine points in the quarter, but the Wildcats were not able to get close the gap to less than 12 points.
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