By Tom O'Neill - Goliath has fallen. Lake Michigan Admirals upset the Kentucky Mavericks on their home court 112-104, Saturday, putting the Admirals back in the PBL Championship for the second straight year as Midwest Champions. The Mavericks were 19-1 heading into the Midwest title game, blowing away opponents by almost 24 points a game. Their only loss came against last year's PBL Champion Rochester RazorSharks, 105-99 on the road. The loss ended a five-year streak of 103 straight wins and four ABA titles. Kentucky had beaten Lake Michigan (10-8) four times before, but the Admirals came within six points 95-89 on their last visit to Owensboro. The Mavericks hadn't lost a home game in five years. Lake Michigan jumped out to 34-28 first quarter lead behind the hot hand of Nick Waddell (6'7''-C, college: Grand Valley St.), scoring 16 of his 30 points in the first quarter. Kentucky answered in the second, tying the game at 36 with 9:31 left. The Mavericks would extend the lead to eight as Kentucky guard P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, college: Wichita St.) caught fire, hitting five three-pointers on his way to 22 points at the half. Lake Michigan climbed back to within two, 60-58 at halftime and Waddell being held scoreless spending time on the bench with three fouls. Kentucky opened the third quarter with a 13-6 run and would push their lead to 11 points as the quarter neared its end. Kareem Storey (5'10''-PG-92, college: Morehead St.) dropped two at the line and Waddell scored back to back baskets and the Admirals trailed 88-82. Unlike the past four meetings, the Admirals would not go away. Anthony Spencer (6'6''-G/F, college: Johnson CCC) nailed two three-pointers along with four baskets and a free throw. Waddell continued his assault inside with seven more points. Spencer's three-pointer at 7:45 put the Admirals up 95-94 and the lead went back and forth for the next three minutes. Kentucky was rattled as numerous three-point attempts failed. Spencer hit another three-pointer then added two more buckets before the Mavericks would score two at the foul line, trailing 104-99. Waddell added four points from the field, Rob Woodson (5'11''-PG, college: Grand Valley St.) and Storey two each from the line to seal the win. Waddell finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Spencer had 23 points followed by Stan Simpson (6'10''-F-90, college: Memphis) (15), Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) (13) and Woodson (11). The Admirals won the board game 55-43 while shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 81 percent at the foul line, hitting 34 of 42. Couisnard scored 30 points for Kentucky and Anthony Jackson (5'11''-PG-85) 15. The Mavericks shot 41.7 percent from the field and 62.2 percent from the line, hitting 23 of 37. The Admirals await the winner between Rochester and Buffalo on Sunday. The lower seed team will host the first round game April 20 with the higher seed hosting April 23 and April 24 if necessary.
The Premier Basketball League tonight crowned the Rochester Razorsharks the 2017 Champions after holding off their rival Kentucky Mavericks 95-94 to win their fourth consecutive title. Based on their performances in the PBL Finals, Corey Allmond (6'2''-G-88, college: Sam Houston St.) and Jerice Crouch (6'0''-PG-84, college: Chattanooga) were named Co-MVP's of the PBL Finals. The final contest of the season started quickly for the Mavericks as Josh Johnson was able to get Kentucky out to a... [read more]
The Premier Basketball League tonight crowned the Rochester Razorsharks the 2017 Champions after holding off their rival Kentucky Mavericks 95-94 to win their fourth consecutive title. Based on their performances in the PBL Finals, Corey Allmond (6'2''-G-88, college: Sam Houston St.) and Jerice Crouch (6'0''-PG-84, college: Chattanooga) were named Co-MVP's of the PBL Finals. The final contest of the season started quickly for the Mavericks as Josh Johnson was able to get Kentucky out to an early lead. Nicholas Waddell (6'7''-C-89, college: Grand Valley St.) continued his excellent series play with some defensive stops and a few put backs to help the Mavericks post a 6 point lead after the first quarter, 28-22. As the second period started, Rochester slowly chipped away at the Mavericks lead behind their bench play of Deverell Biggs and Sidney Holmes. John Ivy played outstanding defense to help keep the Razorsharks in the ball game and at the half, the game was tied at 47 all. With 24 minutes left in the PBL season, both Kentucky and Rochester stepped up their effort and made this a half for the record books. The Razorsharks won the quarter 28-24 to give them a 75-71 lead. Jerice Crouch continued to attack the basket and veteran Melvin Council made some clutch long range jumpers to keep the Razorsharks in the lead. Not to be outdone, Nicholas Waddell and Stan Simpson (6'10''-C-90, college: Memphis) started to dominate in the paint for the Mavericks. Several times the game was tied in the closing minutes before Kentucky was finally able to take a 94-93 lead after a Nicholas Waddell bucket in the post. With 20 seconds left in the game, Rochester called timeout to draw up the most important play of their season. The Razorsharks came out of the timeout looking to get the ball in the post and were successful. Jerice Crouch was able to get the ball to Jordan Railey and he was able to score on a hook shot that bounced around the rim multiple times before falling in. Now it was Kentucky's turn to try to win the ball game. Nicholas Waddell had the first chance as the Mavericks hoped that lightning strikes twice with another post-up. Nicholas Waddell drove to the middle but Jordan Railey stepped up, this time on the defensive end, as he blocked the Nicholas Waddell shot out of bounds with 2.3 seconds left. The Mavericks ran an excellent play for sharpshooter Ben Vozzola in the left corner for a long three attempt, but the shot was long and the Razorsharks won their fourth championship 95-94. Melvin Council had 22 points to lead all scorers. Jerice Crouch had 18 points and Corey Allmond had 12 points in the win. Stan Simpson had 21 points for Kentucky in the loss. Nicholas Waddell had 18 points with Robert Crawford chipping in with 15 points. In the PBL Finals series, both Kentucky and Rochester each scored 295 points, with each winning 6 quarters and tying one quarter. Both teams were evenly matched, with the winning margin of victory being three, two, and one respectively. This was truly a series for the ages. 'This series could arguably go down as the best ever in PBL history,' stated PBL Commissioner Dennis Truax. 'Kentucky and Rochester put on a great series for the fans. Each game was an instant classic and both teams had multiple chances to capture the PBL title. What a great way to end our season with such great games. Congratulations to both franchises for such a hard fought series and to Rochester for winning their fourth straight title.' 2017 PBL All-PLAYOFF TEAM CO-MVP - Jerice Crouch - Rochester Razorsharks CO-MVP - Corey Allmond - Rochester Razorsharks Stan Simpson - Kentucky Mavericks Nicholas Waddell - Kentucky Mavericks Christian Davis (6'3''-F, college: Howard Payne) - Jamestown Jackals Bernard Edwards (6'6''-F-90, college: Defiance) - Ohio Bootleggers. Courtesy of: thepbl.com
Round 2 of Finals. RazorSharks force decider - 14 days ago
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Rochester R. - Kentucky M. 112-110 Rochester RazorSharks held off Kentucky Mavericks to even the championship series at 1-1. The winner-takes-it-all Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday. Rochester RazorSharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rochester RazorSharks made 8 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Mavericks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Corey Allmond (188-88,... [read more]
Rochester RazorSharks held off Kentucky Mavericks to even the championship series at 1-1. The winner-takes-it-all Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday. Rochester RazorSharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rochester RazorSharks made 8 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Mavericks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Corey Allmond (188-88, college: Sam Houston St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 41 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). Point guard Jerice Crouch (182-84, college: Chattanooga) contributed with 35 points (!!!) and 5 assists for the winners. Center Nicholas Waddell (200-89, college: Grand Valley St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and center Stan Simpson (208-90, college: Memphis) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Mavericks. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Top scorers: Rochester R.: C.Allmond 41+6reb+5ast, J.Crouch 35+3reb+5ast, M.Council 10+9reb+7ast, J.Railey 9+7reb+2ast, J.Chichester 5+4reb, A.Coker 4+5reb Kentucky M.: N.Waddell 27+13reb+7ast, S.Simpson 19+9reb+2ast, G.DeVaughn 15+4reb+1ast, A.Jackson 12+1reb+5ast, B.Vozzola 9+5reb, C.Hagan 8+5reb+5ast
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