The Premier Basketball League kicked off the Finals tonight in Owensboro, KY with the Rochester Razorsharks traveling to take on the Kentucky Mavericks in Game One of the three game series. The game started with the Razorsharks winning the opening tap and putting up the first shot with no success. The Mavericks came down and Stan Simpson (6'10''-C-90, college: Memphis) hit an open 14 footer to open up the scoring and with that the Finals had begun. Both teams looked to attack the basket in hope that they could get the other in foul trouble, but all this did was create some bad shots by both teams and at the first timeout the Mavericks held a 16-5 lead. Rochester made a little run, but at the end of the first quarter, the Mavericks were ahead 24-16. The Razorsharks slowly crept back into the game behind James Helton who hit a big three pointer to get the Razorsharks within one at the second mandatory timeout. Every time Rochester came close, Kentucky would have an answer to keep the lead. Then a Jordan Railey long jumper gave the Razorsharks the lead for the first time 39-38. From there both teams traded the lead for the rest of the quarter. At the end of the half, the lead was the same as at the start, even as both teams went into the locker room tied at 43. The second half started as the first, with an Anthony Jackson (5'11''-PG-85) layup for the Mavericks, but this time the Razorsharks answered and the game then took on a back and forth action with the teams trading the lead multiple times. Two long buckets by Ben Vozzola (6'6''-G-92, college: St.Catharine) caused an 8-0 run for the Mavericks to put them up 69-63 at the end of the 3rd quarter. With only 12 minutes remaining it was sure to continue as it had for the previous 36 minute of play. The Razorsharks started the quarter with a John Ivy drive to the basket to cut the lead to four. Deverell Biggs (6'1''-G-92, college: Texas Southern) also attacked the basket on consecutive possessions to tie the game up at 71 at the first mandatory timeout of the quarter. Back to back three pointers by Anthony Jackson and Chris Hagen put the Mavercks up three before Corey Allmond answered with a long jumper of his own. Kentucky used some jumpers by Nick Waddell and Anthony Jackson to get the lead up to seven before Corey Allmond answered again with two three pointers and a James Helton put back to tie the game at 82 apiece with only 3:33 left in the game. Two free throws by Anthony Jackson were answered by a Melvin Council (6'3''-G-82, college: Robert Morris) layup on the other end. Stan Simpson threw down a huge dunk off an offensive rebound for Kentucky and then a stop by the Mavericks on the defensive end let Chris Hagen get to the basket to spread the lead out to four with less than a minute left. Rochester's Melvin Council went to the line with 56.2 seconds left looking to cut the lead in half but missed both free throws. Gerald DeVaughn missed a jumper for Kentucky and Jerice Crouch (6'0''-PG-84, college: Chattanooga) made a mad dash to the basket to cut the lead to two with 18.3 seconds remaining. A quick foul by the Razorsharks put DeVaughn to the line with a chance to extend the lead, which he did by making both free throws. Crouch launched a three but missed. However the Razorsharks got the rebound and Crouch was then fouled behind the arc. Crouch made two free throws and missed the third free throw on purpose hoping to grab the rebound. They were unsuccessful and Anthony Jackson made one free throw and the Mavericks pulled out a 91-88 victory. Five players scored in double figures, with two notching double-doubles: Stan Simpson (16 pts, 13 rebs) and Nick Waddell (15 points, 10 rebs). Anthony Jackson had 14 huge points off the bench. Jerice Crouch had 18 points to lead the way for Rochester. Melvin Council had 16 points with James Helton scoring 11 points for the Razorsharks. Jordan Railey pulled down 11 rebounds. In an evenly matched game the score was tied nine times and the lead changed 14 times. Game 2 will take place in Rochester on Sunday, April 9 at the Blue Cross Arena. Game time is 2:00 PM EST. Courtesy of: thepbl.com
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 - 19 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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