Patroons wins in Jamario Moon’s first game in uniform
The Albany Patroons (3-1) opened up a 16-point, halftime lead and never looked back as they rolled to a 110-95 win over the visiting Rochester Razorsharks Monday night in North American Premier Basketball (NAPB) action. It was the third win in three contests against Rochester on the first game back for former NBA player, Jamario Moon’s return to the Patroons.
Moon scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while the Patroons were led by Lloyd Johnson who scored 26 points off the bench. Edwin Ubiles (18 points) and Torren Jones (15 points) also chipped in for Albany (3-1).
“I’ve said from day one that this team has the intensity and the determination to be great champions,” Albany head coach Derrick Rowland said. “I believe that as much today, as ever. We will look to revenge our only loss so far against the Ohio Cardinals tomorrow night here in the Armory.”
Albany shot 52.6 percent compared to Rochester’s 39.6 percent effort. Phil Valenti scored 17 points to lead Rochester (0-6), while Jerice Crouch, John Ivy and Bernard Edwards all scored 15 points in the defeat.
“You can’t win games when you give the ball away 23 times,” Rochester head coach Chris Iversen said of his team’s turnovers. “We played well at times, but would shoot ourselves in the foot every time we would go on any kind of run. Albany has a really good team and they are a tough group who show a certain level of trust in each other on the court. They are where we need to get to. Derrick has done a phenomenal job with his team.”
The RazorSharks dropped a heartbreaker last night to the Ohio Cardinals in their third straight loss to start the 2018 season. The newly formed North American Premier Basketball League has clearly shown a very high level of competition that even the Sharks are struggling to adjust to. Last night was Rochester’s closest game to this point, losing by just 4 points, 97-93. The Sharks had a lead down the stretch that reached 9 points, but a questionable no-call on a fairly clear goaltending play went in favor of the Cardinals, which may have played an important role in shifting the momentum. With 30 seconds left in the game, Ohio guard Jesse Hardin Jr. hit a massive three-pointer from way beyond the arc, breaking the tie and the RazorSharks simply couldn’t respond.
Leading the way for Ohio was forward Richie Gordan III with a 24-point, 10 rebound double-double. Trailing him was guard Bernard Parks with 23 points of his own. DJ Blanks had a game high 4 steals. For Rochester, Nick Waddell was the leading scorer with 17, while also adding 7 rebounds. Rashard McGill had 16 points followed by Matt Hart’s 15. Hart, John Ivy, and Melvin Council each added 3 steals. Jordan Railey led the Sharks with 10 rebounds and had a game high 2 blocks.
The RazorSharks will travel south this weekend to face the Kentucky Thoroughbreds in a two-game weekend series. Rochester and Kentucky will face off at 7:00pm on Friday, January 12th and Saturday, January 13th. Links to watch the game will be available on our website and social media outlets as game-time approaches. The Sharks will not return home until January 22nd, at 7:05pm as they take on the Kansas City Tornados for the first time. The Sharks will be anxious for revenge after their close battle last night, so reserve your seats today!
WE HAVE LIFTOFF: ALBANY PULLS AWAY AT ROCHESTER FOR FIRST WIN IN NAPB HISTORY
The first game in North American Premier Basketball (NAPB) league history is in the books.
Mark the Albany Patroons as the first team to win in the NAPB as they found a way to take an early lead, hold it, build on it and roll to a 110-92 victory in Rochester against the host RazorSharks for a New Year’s Eve tip-off in front of a solid, opening night crowd.
Albany (1-0) led 54-43 at the halftime break and never allowed the RazorSharks (0-1) to really get anything going in terms of a rally for an opening night comeback.
Albany was led in the win by Edwin Ubiles who led a five double-figure scorers with 24 points while Torren Jones (21 points), Lloyd Johnson (20 points), Smush Parker (16 points) and Steven Cuningham (11 points),
The RazorSharks’ big performances came from Nick Waddell (16 points, 13 rebounds) and John Ivy (15 points).
“They came out and beat us in every aspect of the game tonight,” Rochester head coach Chris Iversen said. “They showed a certain level of toughness that we did not match. They deserve all the credit and we found out that we definitely have some work to do.
“It was a good first night for the league because it showed right off the bat that things are going to be very competitive this year, and I think each team is looking forward to the challenge of playing in this league.”
Next up, the Kansas City Tornados play host to the Kentucky Thoroughbreds for a 2-game set beginning Wednesday at 7 p.m. and the same time the following evening at Municipal Arena.
Five other games are planned for next weekend including the RazorSharks traveling to Albany for a rematch on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Rochester will host the Ohio Cardinals at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday and the Patroons will also host the Cardinals the following evening for a 7:05 p.m. tipoff.
The Yakima Sunkings will host the Vancouver Knights for another 2-game set that will take place Friday and Saturday with a 7:11 p.m. tipoff on both nights.
– Alan Dale, Media Relations for North American Premier Basketball
Sharks Return to Blue Cross Arena for New Year's Eve Opener
by posted 12/27/2017
A grueling training camp has finally come to a close as the 2016-17 PBL Champion Rochester RazorSharks are ready to return to the Blue Cross Arena. Sunday, December 31st will be the North American Premier Basketball League’s inaugural game between your RazorSharks and a revitalized Albany Patroons team that returns to the floor for the first time since 2009. With a star-studded lineup featuring former NBA talents Jamario Moon and Smush Parker, the Patroons will give the Sharks a huge test right out of the gates. It is sure to be an exciting beginning to the new season.
Rochester’s 2017-18 lineup will be headlined by returning veterans Melvin Council, Dele Coker and last year’s PBL Playoff MVP Jerice Crouch. Also returning for the Sharks will be guards Deverell Biggs, Melvin Council, Rashard McGill, and last year’s Rookie of the Year John Ivy. Forward Jordan Railey will also return to the squad for his second straight year. A huge addition to this year’s team is former Kentucky Maverick Nick Waddell, who has been a major contributor to his teams over the past few seasons. He finished 2017 with the second highest field goal percentage and the third most rebounds in all of the PBL.
The Albany Patroons return to the professional basketball scene after a decade hiatus. Originally coached by NBA legends Phil Jackson and George Karl, the Patroons have had a history of success in professional basketball. Their 2017-18 roster will be extremely competitive with the likes of former NBA Dunk Contest participant Jamario Moon and former Los Angeles Laker Smush Parker. Also joining them on the floor will be former NBA D-League All-Star and Rookie of the Year Edwin Ubiles. Ubiles played for the Chautauqua Hurricane last season and finished as the PBL’s fifth leading scorer. This experienced group will be an exciting matchup for the RazorSharks on opening night and will be fun to watch compete week in and week out all season long.
The NAPBL is thrilled to be here in Rochester and cannot wait to show off what they have to offer in the league's inaugural game this Sunday night! Tickets for the RazorSharks' New Year's Eve Home Opener against the Albany Patroons are on sale now at the Blue Cross Arena box office. As always, kids 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult! Off the court, there will be two-dollar draft beer specials and kids will be greeted by their favorite princesses from Enchanted Princess Parties of Rochester. Don't miss any of the fun; get your tickets today!