RazorSharks Preparation Will Be Key in Upcoming Weekend
Rochester, NY- Rochester RazorSharks coach Robert Spon won’t let the unfamiliar Philadelphia Flight stand in their way of staying undefeated and claiming first in the Premier Basketball League’s (PBL) East division.
When the Flight host the RazorSharks on Saturday, December 20th it will be their first game of the season and as an organization, leaving the RazorSharks with less knowledge on their opponent’s playing style and star players.
However, coach Spon is not worried and has been preparing for how he plans to handle the Flight.
“It all begins with teamwork and getting down to the fundamentals,” stated coach Spon.
The RazorSharks defeated the Carolina Pee Dee Vipers 132-77 in their season opener at home, but after a week off from a blowout game coach Spon was going to make sure his players didn’t soften up and are ready to give it there all in a critical weekend.
“As a player it’s easy to put yourself on another level of greatness after such a dominating victory and I want to make sure that as a team we understand that anything can happen at anytime, especially on the road against a team we’ve never played against or seen play before.”
Following Saturday’s game against the Flight, the RazorSharks will return home for a Sunday matinee against the current division leading Buffalo 716ers at the Blue Cross Arena at 1pm.
For information on tickets, please call the RazorSharks front office at (585) 232-9190 or they can be purchased at the Blue Cross Arena anytime before the game.
The Rochester RazorSharks organization is hosting their annual professional sports job fair on Sunday, December 21st at the Blue Cross Arena starting at 12:00pm.
We are inviting college students and recent graduates to speak with Rochester area sport organizations for an opportunity to gain some knowledge and experience in the professional sport industry.
Students are welcome to bring in their resume, cover letter, and any other work examples they may like to provide. Students who present their job resume will receive a complimentary ticket for the RazorSharks game following the event at 1:00pm.
RazorSharks Prepare in Attempt to Reclaim First in the PBL East
After having a week off from gameplay the Rochester RazorSharks continue to hit the weight room and advance their on-court play in order to reclaim first in the PBL East Division.
Over the past weekend, victories for the Buffalo 716ers and Carolina Pee Dee Vipers dropped the RazorSharks to third in the East division. However, after a week off from gameplay, the RazorSharks return to action on Saturday, December 20th when they go on the road to face the Philadelphia Flight. This will be their first road game of the season after a strong performance at home for the season opener.
Then on Sunday, December 21st the RazorSharks will host the Buffalo 716ers on national television. The game will be broadcasted on the Soul of the South network as well as ESPN3.
In preparation for back-to-back games, head coach Robert Spon and assistant coach Chris Iversen will have the team focusing on the basic fundamentals to stress the importance of endurance and teamwork.
"It all begins with teamwork and full efforts," stated Coach Spon. "After opening with such a strong victory and then already having a week off, it's easy to forget the basic fundamentals that win games."
The Flight is part of a new expansion group entering their inaugural PBL season, so this will be the RazorSharks first time seeing the boys from the city of brotherly love. However, the 716ers were one of the stronger teams in the East division last year and were close to making it into the post-season. Now the 716ers come with an even stronger lineup and maybe a little guard help thanks to Robert McKiver, who the RazorSharks released from their training camp roster right before the season began.
With two potential wins this upcoming weekend, the RazorSharks could have their best start in two years and reclaim first in the PBL East.
RazorSharks' forward Fred Durr drives to the basket against Shakir Johnson
Rochester, NY- The Rochester RazorSharks were undoubtedly prepared to take the first step in defending their championship title this Saturday. The day began with team owner, Severko Hrywnak, raising the 2014 PBL Championship in front of a crowd of 3,701 in attendance to celebrate. Owners, players and fans alike were hoping to continue that success as the RazorSharks tipped off their 10th anniversary season against the only team to hand the RazorSharks a loss last regular season, the Carolina Vipers.
The game began with a slow back and forth defensive battle. The Sharks only trailed a handful of times in the first half before they broke away with the lead for good.
Corey Allmond found his touch from deep leading all players with a total of 22 points and six shots from three-point range. Haakim Johnson made his presence felt throughout the entire game with his intense play on both sides of the ball. Johnson finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds while registering his first “double-double” of the year.
Hometown point guard, Casey Sheehan (Greece-Athena), played effectively in his first minutes of the new season. Sheehan registered 11 points, one assist and one rebound.
Leading performers from Carolina included last season's PBL Rookie of the Year, Jamal Francis with 10 points and Tahj Tate with 13 points.
The RazorSharks set a blistering offensive pace that complimented their physical play on the glass, cruising their way to a 132-77 final score. The RazorSharks now improve to 1-0 on the season and look to continue as they travel to Philadelphia to take on the league's newest expansion team, the Philadelphia Flight.