by: Master Admin

RazorSharks Press Conference


 

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New Professional League to Rival G-League


Your Rochester RazorSharks will be playing in the new North American Premier Basketball league for the upcoming 2018 season!

 

 

Chicago, IL, July 7th, 2017 - Dr. Sev Hrywnak unveiled a new international professional basketball league, the North American Premier Basketball League (NAPB), at a press conference in the Aloft O’Hare Hotel Thursday morning.

 

CEO Hrywnak is co-heading the league with President/COO Dave Magley. Magley most recently served as Commissioner for National Basketball League Canada (NBLC), and played for Kansas University and the Cleveland Cavaliers .

 

The NAPB will operate from coast to coast in the United States and in Western Canada. Combine tryouts are set to take place this fall in 15 cities. The league’s inaugural season kicks off January 1, 2018.

 

The NAPB will enlist former NBA Director of Officials Ronnie Nunn to serve as VP of Officials to set high standards for league referees. Nunn has flown across the world to speak to leagues in Europe and Asia about officiating, training, and league regulations.

 

According to Hrywnak and Magley, the now defunct Continental Basketball Association and the effort to move NBA’s G-League teams closer to their parent teams leave markets across the US abandoned. A marketing study conducted over a 2-year period identified 60 cities in the USA and Canada that have the fan support and financially stable ownership groups to sustain professional basketball in the area. The NAPB will look to revive these cities and bring the spirit of the game back to these areas. The co-owners have set a 20-25 team total expansion goal for the 2020 season.

 

Magley cites the new league’s unique standards as the main factor that will separate it from other leagues across the world. These include financial standards for team owners, sliding scale payments for players, venue and uniform regulations, and community initiatives.

 

Magley and Hrywnak are dedicated to including valuable programming for local communities, particularly schools from the elementary to high school levels. Programs include players reading to younger children, hosting basketball camps for teens, and speaking in school-wide assemblies about substance abuse and staying in school.

 

As for Hrywnak’s previous endeavor, the Premier Basketball League (PBL), it will act as a second division to the NAPB. His team, the 2017 PBL champion Rochester RazorSharks, will be the first team to make the move to the NAPB this Fall. Other cities that have submitted applications to join the new league include Vancouver, Seattle, Hawaii, and Las Vegas.

 

by: Master Admin

Thank you Mayor Warren!


The RazorSharks organization would like to thank the Mayor and the Rochester RazorSharks fans for making yesterday a truly special day!

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CHRIS IVERSEN NAMED 2017 PBL COACH OF THE YEAR


May 17, 2017 - Chicago, IL - The Premier Basketball League today continued their post-season award announcements with Chris Iversen being named 2017 PBL Coach of the Year.  Iversen has had a long and distinguished career with the Razorsharks, holding many positions before being named Head Coach before the 2016 season.  Iversen finished the season 19-3 overall and captured his second consecutive PBL Championship after an exciting Finals series against the Kentucky Mavericks.

 

"Chris had another outstanding season and this award is proof of that," said PBL Commissioner Dennis Truax.  "The Razorsharks had the best record in the regular season and used their home court advantage to capture another PBL Championship, all of this under his guidance and leadership."

 

"I am grateful to receive this award," stated Iversen.  "This would not be possible without the efforts of my coaching staff, players, and the Razorsharks organization as a whole.  We had a great year and we hope to be able to build on it next year as we look to defend our title." 

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Crouch's OT Buzzer-Beater Sends PBL Finals to Game 3!


 

It was one for the ages here in Rochester this afternoon.  Jerice Crouch’s overtime buzzer-beating fade away jumper kept the RazorSharks’ championship hopes alive by evening the series with Kentucky 1-1!  With the game tied and thirteen seconds remaining in overtime, Jerice got the ball and let the clock run down for the final shot.  He drove to his right and pulled up just past the elbow, fading away towards the corner and watched it swish through the hoop.  The crowd went wild and the players stormed the court to jump all over Jerice.  With the 112-110 win, the Sharks force a decisive game 3 to be played this Tuesday night at 7:00PM.

Tonight, we had two worthy recipients of the John Betlem Heating and Cooling Player of the Game award:  Corey Allmond and Jerice Crouch.  The Rochester scoring duo combined for a staggering 76 points!  Allmond had 41 in his 45 minutes of play, while Crouch finished with 35 in his 42 minutes.  Allmond hit 7 three-pointers and went 12-12 from the free throw line.  He also added 6 rebounds and 5 assists.  Towards the end of the game, he began to tire a bit, but that’s when Crouch caught fire and took control.  In overtime alone, he scored 12 of the Sharks’ 14 points.  Jerice’s 12 field goals was a season high for Rochester, and his 35 points are the most he’s ever scored in a game with the team.  He also added 5 assists. 

Melvin Council had a great game for Rochester as well.  He was the only other Shark in double digits with 10 points, and his 9 rebounds and 7 assists left him very close to a triple-double.  Jordan Railey contributed 9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, and 2 assists.  Sidney Holmes played a very good defensive game with 6 rebounds and a couple steals.  For Kentucky, Nick Waddell was clearly the star with his 27 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals.  Stan Simpson had 19 points and 9 rebounds, while Gerald DeVaughn and Anthony Jackson also put up 15 and 12 points for the Mavs.    

The Blue Cross Arena will play host to Game 3 of the PBL Finals this Tuesday, April 11th at 7:00PM.  General admission to the game will be free for all ages thanks to our friends over at John Betlem Heating and Cooling.  Courtside seating will be at their normal prices.  This is your last chance of the year to come out and support your Rochester RazorSharks as they go for their fourth consecutive PBL title, so don’t miss out!

by: Matt Cahill