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Metropolitan Conference
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 2 Manhattan P. 2-0 
 3 Empire St. 2-1 
 4 NYBC 2-1 
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 6 NYC 524 1-2 
 7 Ocean E. 0-1 
 8 Unbreakable Talent 0-2 
 9 Westchester P. 0-2 
Regional Conference
 1 Beltway B. 1-0 
 2 Harford B. 1-1 
 3 Baltimore L.W. 1-2 
 4 DE Eastern SG 0-0 
 5 Metro All-Stars 0-0 
 6 New Jersey T. 0-0 
 7 Philadelphia S. 0-0 
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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 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

Manhattan Pride: 2016-17 Season Recap & 2017-18 Outlook - Jun 20, 2017

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The Manhattan Pride finished a disappointing 2016-17 APBL season, seeded 8th in the APBL and with a loss in a play-in playoff game versus the NYC Black Eagles.

"This season was honestly a season I truly want to forget. We made great strides the previous season but then took numerous steps back this past season," said William Modeste (6'1''-G-81, college: Polytechnic). The previous season the Pride were seeded 4th in the APBL.

"Disappointing, but successful. We played competitively and were in positions to win a lot of games heading into the final minutes of most games, but couldn't finish like we needed to pick up those wins. We had a very competitive roster with a lot of versatility," explained Seon Jack (6'1''-G).

"I was proud of how we came out strong by winning our first two games," Idris Agbaje (6'5''-F) reflected. "It was one of the best starts to a season we've had as a franchise."

For Jack, closing teams out was just one of the many problems the team faced this season.

"Closing games and limiting our amount of ball turnovers as well as limiting opponents' offensive rebounds," said Jack.

One of the most glaring statistics against the Pride this season was free throw attempts. The team finished the season dead last in free throw attempts.

"The season ended more than a few weeks ago for us (the league championship game happened on May 13th) and the Pride are already having practices with a full roster of eager players wanting to set their mark starting with the APBL summer league," said Modeste.

With key players moving on to other teams, the Pride plans on completely changing their style of play and becoming a smaller and faster team. The team's biggest weakness last season was guard play and team chemistry. They hope to fix that by the time the new season begins in October.

"We are having weekly practices and gaining a good sense of what we need to do and how to play as a team," Modeste said. "The main goal is to implement a system where we can all be factors and play as a team and not individuals."

"We need to improve our defensive intensity - boxing out, rebounding, limiting second chance opportunities," said Agbaje.

"We need to try to implement a new style of play and build chemistry with the group of athletes that we are likely to be starting the season off with, as well as find potential players that can help us improve on our weaknesses," said Jack.

Agbaje adds, "One of our goals is to continue to build our team in order to compete within the APBL. We will use the summer league to build chemistry with the new players as well as with the returning players."

The Pride are currently 1-1 in the APBL summer league. They have a solid group of players that are eager to put their stamp on the team. Once the summer league is over, the Pride's offseason begins with only a few short months to prepare for the 2017-18 APBL season.

"This offseason will be one of our most uncertain and most important offseasons in team history because we will be trying to move away from the system that gave us our most success and implement a new style of play. As a result, how we prepare for games from the front office to the players will be different and the goal is to have everyone ready for the start of next season," Jack explained.

The biggest goal for the Pride is to rebuild a winning culture starting now.

"To have a team ready and in-sync to compete from the first game of the season is the goal," Seon expressed. "We will like to be in the top-4 rankings heading into the playoffs and have a deep run into the playoffs."

"We need to regain that edge we used to have, instill that with this new crop of talented players, and set our mark starting with the summer league," Modeste said. "I believe with the right mental focus and proper execution, we can make some things happen."

The APBL to cease operations - 2 months ago
(from Brian Graham) The American Professional Basketball League (APBL) has opted to cease all business and basketball operations starting from May 24, 2019. The league has had a fantastic seven year run. The evolution of basketball in the greater metro areas of New York City , Baltimore and D.C is something that the league can no longer compete with. Over the last seven years the league has help hundreds of people continue to pursue their dreams of playing basketball at a higher level. Th...   [read more]

Beltway Bombers capture third APBL title - 2 months ago
After a wild week off the court, the American Professional Basketball League crowned a champion Saturday night in Willingboro (NJ). That is where the southern Maryland based Beltway Bombers needed overtime to defeat host New Jersey Thunder 126-105. The championship is the third for the Bombers (13-2) who previously won in 2017 and 2012. New Jersey Thunder (12-3) were league champions in 2015 and 2016. Beltway Bombers reached the championship game after defeating Harford Bucs 124-97 on A...   [read more]
New York City and metro teams fold due to financial difficulties - 2 months ago
(from Brian Graham) The APBL New York City and Metro areas teams have folded due to financial and operational difficulties. The teams were unable to meet their fiscal requirements and have opted to fold out of The APBL. The league championship will be held in Philadelphia and feature the New Jersey Thunder vs Beltway Bombers. A matchup of league powerhouse teams.   [read more]

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