Rochester RazorSharks landed 31-year old swingman James Helton (198-91kg-85, college: West Virginia State). It is actually his comeback to Rochester RazorSharks as he has played here before. Helton played in the summer at Columbus Condors (CBA). He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in North Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. The previous (2015) summer Helton played at another team Rochester RazorSharks where in 17 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg in 2015 season. He contributed to his team winning the PBL Eastern Division title (twice). It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-PBL Honorable Mention. Helton received All-WVIAC 1st Team award back in 2008 at his college time. Helton is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, PBL (Charleston G., Carolina Pee Dee and Danville Riverhawks), MPBA (Lima Express) and ABA (Columbus BS). Helton attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball. He attended West Virginia State until 2008 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into Helton's outlook:
Poses serious matchup problems for opponents with his ability to shoot the three and slash to the basket; posesses a wiry body and the ability to play the two, three and four positions; He is also a tenacious defender who is very long and plays much bigger than he is; James broke out his senior year with an unbelievable campaign posting remarkable numbers. A very good athlete with a 6'9" wing span.
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 - 16 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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