ROCHESTER RAZORSHARKS WORLD CHAMPIONS
2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017
The Rochester RazorSharks were founded in 2005 by Doctor Hrywnak as an American Basketball Association expansion team. The Razorsharks had much success during their first season, as they finished their inaugural regular season at 26-4, ranked #1 in the ABA Pit Bull Power Rankings, and were named as one of ProBasketBallNews.com’s Top 10 Minor League teams.
After spending two season as part of the American Basketball Association and claiming the 2006 championship, the RazorSharks left and became the founding franchise of the Premier Basketball League.
The Rochester RazorSharks are the oldest team in PBL history dating back to the league’s inauguration in 2007-08. They finished 18-2 in their inaugural season and would go on to win the league’s first ever championship in front of an attendance record 9,717, defeating the Arkansas Impact 142-112. Keith Friel won the Playoff MVP and Rod Baker won the PBL Coach of the Year.
2009 would look similar to the conclusion of 2008 with Rochester going on to win back-to-back championships. The RazorSharks defeated the Battle Creek Knights 152-115. Keith Friel and Sammy Monroe would share Playoff MVP honors. Rod Baker would go on to be named the PBL Coach of the Year.
The RazorSharks would end up not winning the championship in 2010, but would bounce back in 2011 after a poor 2-6 start to finish 12-8, grabbing the third seed in the post-season and end up defeating Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry to win their third championship.
In 2013-14 former Syracuse star, Lawrence Moten, would help bring the RazorSharks back to their first championship victory in three years after a 17-1 season and defeating the Indianapolis Diesels to win the PBL World Championship title. Jerice Crouch would be named the Playoff MVP.
The RazorSharks took home the PBL Championship once again in 2015 completing another back-to-back championship run. Head Coach Robert Spon and the RazorSharks completed a perfect regular season going 15-0, and then went on to defeat the Lake Michigan Admirals 2-0 in the Championship Series.
In 2016, the Sharks were able to turn around a disappointing 2-2 start by promoting longtime assistant, Chris Iversen to the Head Coaching position. Iversen went undefeated for the remainder of the season, winning 16 straight regular season games, plus three postseason matchups, finishing with a sweep of the Lake Michigan Admirals in the best of three PBL Championship Series. The 2016 title was the 3rd straight PBL Championship for the RazorSharks, and their 7th total in team history.
In 2017, after a long season of ups and downs, with plenty moments of doubt, the Sharks were able to fight through the end of the season and take home their fourth straight PBL Championship! Rochester held off Kentucky in the final seconds to take a 95-94 win. It was an incredible final series, probably the best in PBL history, with point margins of three, two and one. In fact, the final point totals were exactly even; both teams scored 295 over the three games!
In 2018, the RazorSharks changed to the NAPB League, and ended a turbulant season with an 11-18 record.
The RazorSharks sat out the 2019 season, and are back for the 2020 season with the PBL. Mooreland Productions LLC aquired the rights to the RazorSharks, and they are excited to return the RazorSharks to their roots of championship professional basketball that provides fun and affordable family entertainment!