RazorSharks Complete Historic Season With 2015 Championship
Rochester, NY- The Rochester RazorSharks hoisted the PBL Championship Trophy in front of a huge crowd of 6,109 fans in attendance at the Blue Cross Arena after a 135-118 victory over the Lake Michigan Admirals. After sweeping the best-of-three series, the RazorSharks finished the season a perfect 17-0. Saturday was a fitting end to Rochester's 10th anniversary season, as they have now been crowned Champions five times in ten years.
Guards Jerice Crouch and Corey Allmond were named CO-MVP's of the playoffs, after lighting up the stat sheet once again. It was a nice finish for the two who have dubbed themselves "the best backcourt duo in the league". After scoring 30 points in Game 1, Allmond added 16 points in game 2. Crouch, who had 14 points and 10 assists in Game 1, went crazy in Game 2 by finishing with 32 points and 9 assists. Crouch's 32 points were just 2 shy of his RazorShark's career high.
The story of Saturday's game was Rochester's ability to feed off of different teammates throughout the game, as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters were fueled by different players. The 1st quarter was taken over by Gabe Freeman, who scored 19 points in the opening frame alone. The 2nd quarter belonged to Corey Allmond who scored 11 points in just over 2:00 minutes of play on his way to 13 in that quarter. Finally, it was Crouch who exploded for 16 points in the 3rd quarter to energize a RazorSharks team who was allowing the Admirals to stick around.
The RazorSharks faced their toughest test of the season in Game 2, as Lake Michigan played the best basketball Rochester has faced. Rochester held a six-point lead at halftime, but saw themselves tied with the Admirals for much of the first half. The third quarter was an exhilarating back-and-forth battle that ended with the RazorSharks holding onto a slim six-point lead.
It was a 43-point quarter in the fourth that helped Rochester cruise to victory in the final minutes of play.
Lake Michigan was led by six different players in double-digit figures. Troy Franklin Jr. showed off his unlimited range, by adding 23 points with 4 three pointers. The front court of Nate Barfield and Nick Waddell combined for an impressive 37 points and 22 rebounds.
Thank you Rochester for another incredible season, as this year's perfect run was fueled by your loyalty and enthusiasm. We lift the 2015 Championship trophy in your honor and are excited to defend our title next season. Stay tuned for news and announcements regarding the RazorSharks postseason.
Game two of the PBL Finals against the Lake Michigan Admirals will present some great entertainment and appearances for all fans at the Blue Cross Arena when legendary Hall of Fame athletes enter the stadium.
The Rochester RazorSharks are excited to announce a guest appearance from three WWE Half of Fame members; Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Tito Santana, and "The Birdman" Koko B. Ware, who will all be at the RazorSharks home game on Saturday, March 28th at 1:00pm for a free autograph session and a meet and greet with fans!
Call the RazorSharks office to book your tickets now! (585)-232-9190
Rochester, NY- The Premier Basketball League’s Midwest Division Champions, the Lake Michigan Admirals, kick off the 2015 PBL Championship Series when they host the four-time defending champion Rochester RazorSharks on Saturday, March 21st. However, there is one player fans are especially excited to meet when the Admirals come to Rochester for game two of the series on March 28th.
Robert Wegner, better known as "Big Bob", is a 7’8” center for the Lake Michigan Admirals, making him not only the biggest player in the PBL, but he is also the tallest professional athlete in the entire world and the tallest American-born person in the world.
"He's the tallest professional basketball player in the world, but more importantly, he has the biggest heart in the world," stated Glisson.
The 21-year old dunking machine from New Hampshire caught the attention of major television network ABC and was interviewed about playing professional basketball, his dedication to his local community and gave a demonstration of his dunking ability.
“I am still getting used to the celebrity status, but I am liking it more as the season goes on," Wegner said with a big smile.
Robert attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle where he played college basketball and was a Criminal Justice major before transitioning to professional basketball in St. Joseph, Michigan.
Right from the get-go, Wegner was able to make a major impact in his community after he successfully helped raise $10,000 for the Linda Asbury cancer benefit in his first appearance as a professional athlete. Wegner has also made numerous appearances at different schools to discuss the importance of education and bring awareness to those less fortunate and how we can help.
“The kids love him,” said Glisson. “He’s (Bob) gotten use to the kids hanging off him and taking pictures with them when we do our school visits.”
On March 28th, when the RazorSharks host game two of the championship series, fans will have the opportunity to take pictures with the world’s largest athlete during their post-game autograph session.
Watervliet, MI - The Rochester RazorSharks are coming home to Rochester following a huge 122-97 victory over the Lake Michigan Admirals in Game 1 of the PBL Championship Series. The RazorSharks led for the entirety of the game after getting out to a 11-4 start. Rochester's star forward Gabe Freeman was limited to just 8 minutes because of illness.
With Freeman sidelined, the RazorSharks were able to overcome the adversity by relying on the scoring prowess of their entire backcourt. Corey Allmond had an incredible first half, shooting 7-7 from beyond the arc on his way to a 30 point game. On his 5th three pointer Corey ended up on his side, sliding towards the gymnasium door, although no foul was called. Point guards Jerice Crouch and Kyle Randall did an amazing job of finding Allmond in shooting spaces. Both guards had 10 assists a piece, and both Crouch (14 points) and Randall (15 points) had double-doubles.
In a very physical game, the RazorSharks were helped in large part thanks to their bench being able to contribute. Both teams were in foul trouble early, but Rochester got 60 points from their bench, while Lake Michigan's bench had only 13. Contributing off the bench was Rochester native Melvin Council who had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Dele Coker was able to control the rebounding in Freeman's absence, and finished with 13 rebounds.
Lake Michigan made a surge in the third quarter to cut the lead to 17 after the two teams traded multiple technical and personal fouls. Leading the Admiral charge was Courtney Blackmore who recorded 34 points and 12 rebounds. Nick Waddell added 19 points and 11 rebounds as well. Lake Michigan's run officially came to a halt when Kyle Randall fed center Anthony Stover for a rim-rocking two handed dunk to put the 'Sharks back up by 21.
The RazorShark's return to action next Saturday, March 28th at the Blue Cross Arena in what could be the final game of the best of three series against Lake Michigan. Be sure to attend the game in order to help the 'Sharks earn the 2015 PBL Championship. All fans will be needed to assist in celebrating the win.
Jerice Crouch; A Rochester RazorShark Fan Favorite
Gives His Side on How the RazorSharks Will Prepare for Lake Michigan
Rochester, NY- In his eighth season with the Rochester RazorSharks, Jerice Crouch brings the most experience and knowledge to the team during their preparations for the 2015 PBL Championship series against the Lake Michigan Admirals.
Crouch currently sits in fourth on the team in scoring with 189 points in 15 games. However, Jerice’s on court-star play comes primarily with his ability to spread the ball around the team, catch his opponents out of position and set up a teammate with a great shot opportunity. He currently leads the team and the league with 108 assists, nearly 20 assists ahead of second place in the league, fellow teammate Kyle Randall.
As a long-time member of the RazorSharks, Crouch has become a fan favorite in the city of Rochester and people in the city have submitted a couple questions for him:
You have faced the Admirals nearly a dozen times over your eight years with the RazorSharks. What makes them different this year than in years past?
Crouch: What makes this team different is that they are competing at a high level and playing championship ball.
The Admirals are amongst the best in the league in steals, blocks, and rebounds. How are you and the rest of the ‘Sharks going to approach the Admirals tough defense?
JC: We feel like we also are one of the league’s best defensive teams and we are going to keep that mindset going into this championship series.
Will your regular season exercise and practice routines change in preparation for the bigger picture of winning the championship?
JC: Our weekly practice won’t change. We’ve been preparing for this moment since day one of training camp. We are going to continue to do what got us here and that’s hard work by pushing each other everyday in practice to be the best team possible.
This is the RazorSharks first undefeated season. What separates this team from others that you played for over the years?
JC: I just think this team loves to compete. I know the man next to me hates to lose just as much as me and it goes down to the next player, and etc. We are one.
How has Coach Spon and Coach Iversen been preparing you guys for this Admirals team?
JC: By continuing to push us everyday and just letting us know that Lake Michigan is a very good team. We have to defend and rebound.
JC: I just want to let Shark nation know that we will continue to display the hard work and respect for the game that they have grown to love about us. Our goal is to be a championship team and this is our last obstacle in our quest for that goal. We love you Shark nation!
Jerice Crouch and RazorSharks travel to Lake Michigan for game one on Saturday, March 21st at 6:06pm.