Rochester, NY – The Rochester RazorSharks defeated the Erie Hurricane on Saturday afternoon 147-113, to remain a perfect 7-0 on the season, while Erie falls to 2-4. Despite the score, the game was anything but a lopsided affair. The tide turned due to an incredible fourth quarter by the RazorSharks, in which they outscored their opponent 45-23. This incredible rally allowed the 'Sharks to pull away from a sharpshooting Erie Hurricane basketball team.
Rochester held onto a slim one point lead at halftime which continued throughout the third quarter as the two teams were tied at 81 nearing the end. That was when the RazorSharks took control with a furious fourth quarter that was capped off by a 42-20 run to end the game in front of a raucous crowd at the Blue Cross Arena.
On Saturday afternoon, Rochester played what can only be described as perfect team basketball. Eight players scored 11 or more points, and the team finished with a season high 34 assists. Leading the 'Sharks in scoring was James Helton and Fred Durr, who each tallied 22 points, including two 3 pointers each. Three players also recorded double-doubles for Rochester as Gabe Freeman scored 19 points and cleaned up 13 rebounds. Darren Moore pitched in and scored 14 points with 10 rebounds. Kyle Randall scored 20 points, and once again led the team with 12 assists. A true team effort was on display tonight.
Leading the Hurricane was Troy Jackson, who showed his league-leading scoring touch with 35 points and a crushing 6 three-pointers. Much of his damage was in the second and third quarters, as Rochester's guards protected the perimeter in the later stages of the contest. This allowed him to score just 3 points in the final quarter of play. Lester Jones contributed with 23 points and 4 rebounds for an extremely competitive Erie team.
The large crowd at the Blue Cross Arena was treated to many musical performances from bands all across the Rochester area. The Spencerport High School Vocal Jazz Group performed an astounding rendition of the National Anthem, while the East Irondequoit High School Percussion Ensemble played throughout the game, including a great halftime performance. Also performing at halftime was the In Control dance team who gave a crowd a talented change of pace and style.
The RazorSharks will be back at the Blue Cross Arena on Monday February 16th (President's Day), when they face off against the Lynchburg Titans at 1:00pm. This game will be special for the entire organization as the 'Sharks will be hosting the event for 400 children from various Youth Groups around the Rochester area. Attendees of the game will enjoy special guest appearances from Rochester's favorite mascots. We hope to see the entire community on Monday to enjoy some fantastic entertainment for a great cause.
Rochester, NY – The Rochester RazorSharks will look to continue their perfect season on Saturday, January 24th when the Erie Hurricane (2-3) visit the Blue Cross Arena. This will be the first of five regular season meetings for these East Division rivals.
The RazorSharks are hoping there is no rust to shake off on Saturday, as they have not played a game since January 11th, when they defeated the Buffalo 716ers 105-90. Rochester fans will remember that game as the night Gabe Freeman broke the single game record for most points (41) and field goals (16) in franchise history. Freeman will try for a second consecutive standout performance, but Rochester will need more than him in order to defeat Erie.
The Erie Hurricane may be 2-3, but if Rochester wants to remain undefeated they will have to keep Erie’s lethal back court combo in check. Erie's Troy Jackson, Lester Jones and Rashaun Bellanger, all average more than 23 points per game. Troy Jackson also leads the entire PBL with 27 points per game. If any team was suited to stopping these three players it is Rochester, whose defense has allowed just 89 points per games this season, which is tops in the league. The RazorSharks' coaching staff has been stressing perimeter defense for the duration of the week at practice, stressing the importance of limiting Erie's streaky shooters from warming up from three point range.
The first meeting of the 2015 season will prove to be an exciting one as the RazorSharks seek to stay atop the PBL standings, and hand Erie it's fourth loss of the year.
(Rochester, NY) - The Rochester RazorSharks are presenting the first annual "Arts Appreciation Day" as we will be hosting various local performances and entertainment from the Rochester area, as the RazorSharks look to remain undefeated when they take on the Erie Hurricane this Saturday at 1:00pm. The RazorSharks are proud to host the following performances during this weekend's game:
The Spencerport High School Vocal Jazz Group
The East Irondequoit Percussion Ensemble
The Dancers Of Allure
Sumo Wrestling (Hosted by Rent My Party)
In addition to the great selection of entertainment, the Rochester RazorSharks would like to invite the following organizations/groups to the game as our special guests:
Rochester, NY – It is not too often records are broken with a franchise that produces so many outstanding players and performances. On Sunday Gabe Freeman eclipsed another all-time milestone with a franchise record 41 points and 16 total field goals. The team rallied around Freeman’s leadership and determination on their way to a 105-90 victory over a scrappy Buffalo 716ers team.
Freeman expressed his thoughts on his performance following the game. “One game doesn’t define us as a team. There is still a lot we have to work on to make sure we don’t become complacent. It is always exciting to have a great performance for yourself, but the final score at the end of the game is what really matters.”
In addition to taking lead on the offensive end, Freeman lead the team in rebounds (13), leading to an electrifying double-double. Shooting guard Corey Allmond also contributed to the offensive performance with 17 points.
Notables for the Buffalo 716ers include guards Robert McKiver and Jeff Stubbs who totaled 18 points each, with McKiver taking the lead role on offense. Buffalo falls to 3-4 on the season, while the RazorSharks maintain their perfect 6-0 record atop the PBL league standings.
The excitement was just as high off the court, with a full schedule of fun activities for the fans to enjoy. Genna Wilson of Brockport NY said, "I really enjoyed the family friendly sumo wrestling half time show! It engaged the fans and allowed us to participate!"
Both children and adults were able to participate in sumo wrestling, which will be back for our following home game on January 24th. Tonight's game also featured other activities such as trivia, in which fans were able to answer RazorSharks questions to win merchandise as well as the crowd favorite "Fast Feet with Finley!"
The Erie Hurricane roll into the Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, January 24th at 1:00 pm to take on the RazorSharks for the first time this season.
Premier Basketball League Adds Major Network to Media Lineup
Chicago, IL- The Premier Basketball League announced today, the beginning of a new partnership with ESPN3. The new deal will allow the PBL to reach even more fans by adding another major broadcasting partner to its impressive network lineup of live and on-demand game coverage.
ESPN3 is the official online streaming network of ESPN owned primarily by The Walt Disney Company available in North America and internationally.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with the largest and most recognizable name in sports,” stated Dennis Truax, Commissioner of the PBL.
ESPN3 currently broadcasts NCAA college basketball, FIFA World Cup, the Arena Football League, NBA, WNBA, MLB and other big name leagues that now include the PBL.
The first PBL game will be televised on Saturday, December 6th at 1:00 pm when the defending champion Rochester RazorSharks host the Carolina Vipers.