Rochester Razorsharks

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Rochester Razorsharks
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Founded 2005
League ABA 2005-2007
PBL 2007-present
Team history Rochester Razorsharks
2005-present
Based in Rochester, New York
Arena Blue Cross Arena
Colors Gray, Blue, & Black
Owner(s) Dr. Sev Hrywnak
Head coach Robert Spon
Championships 5 (2006 ABA, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014 PBL )
Division titles 5 (2006 ABA Blue, 2008, 2009, 2013 & 2014 PBL East Division)
Dancers LadySharks
Mascot Finley

The Rochester Razorsharks are a professional basketball team based in Rochester, New York. They are members of the Premier Basketball League and play their home games at the Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester. The Razorsharks were founded in 2005 as a member of the American Basketball Association. They remained in the ABA until 2007, leaving the league to become founding members of the PBL. The Razorsharks have won five championships to date - the 2006 ABA championship and PBL titles in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2014.

History[edit]

2005-2006[edit]

The Rochester Razorsharks were founded in 2005 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. They also led the ABA in attendance. Their regular season high was 6,192 against Indiana.

Due to their success at the gate, Rochester hosted the 2006 ABA Great Eight Tournament. On March 26, the Razorsharks won the ABA championship, defeating the SoCal Legends 117-114 in front of a franchise record crowd of 6,377.

The Razorsharks' championship continued what has become a Rochester basketball tradition: a league title in a team's first season. The Rochester Royals won the 1945-46 National Basketball League championship and the Rochester Zeniths captured the 1978-79 Continental Basketball Association title.

2006-2007[edit]

During the team's first off-season, the Razorsharks re-signed head coach Rod Baker to a multi-year contract. The deal was reported to be a two-year contract, keeping the 2005-06 ABA Coach of the Year in Rochester until the end of the 2007-2008 season.

Despite the loss of 2006 ABA MVP Chris Carrawell, the RazorSharks reloaded by signing key players such as C/F Mike Mackell and including the mid-season pickup of G/F Ricky Price.

The team opened the season with two wins on the road, returning to Rochester for their 2006 home opener on November 16, a 107-93 win over the rival Buffalo Silverbacks.

Two days later on November 18, ABA Commissioner John Salley presented the players and staff with their championship rings, and helped hoist the 2005-06 ABA Championship banner to the rafters of the Blue Cross Arena. A 124-114 win over the Maryland Nighthawks followed the ceremony.

On December 28, the Razorsharks beat the Cape Cod Frenzy 92-88. The win was the franchise's 24th consecutive home victory, eclipsing the local pro basketball record set by the 1949-50 Rochester Royals and the 1978-79 Rochester Zeniths. The announced attendance of 7,858 was not only a franchise high, but a local high for a pro basketball game. The Razorsharks finished the regular season with an 18-0 home record, extending their home win streak to 35 consecutive wins in the process. It had been over a year since the franchise's last home loss. The Niagara DareDevils had beaten Rochester on November 24, 2005.

On March 22, the RazorSharks announced they were leaving the ABA to help form the new Premier Basketball League.[1]

2008[edit]

The team's first year in the PBL was very successful, finishing with an 18-2 record and the top seed in the league playoffs. Following first and second-round byes, they defeated the Reading Railers 100-76 for a berth in the championship game. Rochester's success came despite a large turnover of players, as there were only four holdovers from the 2007 team (James Reaves, John Halas, Demond Stewart, and Keith Friel).

On March 30, the Razorsharks won the PBL's inaugural championship, defeating the Arkansas Impact 142-112. Another notable incident in the title game was forward Sammy Monroe grabbing the rim for a rebound and shattering the backboard in the process. The glass shrapnel injured teammate James "Mook" Reaves and delayed the game for 45 minutes while the backboard was replaced and medical staff tended to Reaves' injuries.

2009[edit]

Reaves, Friel and Jerice Crouch returned to the Sharks in 2009, along with role players Ron Rollerson and Steve Hailey. Chris Iversen was promoted from the front office to assistant coach during the off-season.

The team struggled early, losing three of their first four games. On January 19, the Vermont Frost Heaves ended Rochester's 48-game home winning streak. However, the Razorsharks won all 15 remaining regular-season games to finish the regular season 17-3, winning the league's Eastern Division and the second seed in the PBL playoffs.

The PBL semifinals pitted the Razorsharks against the third-seeded Manchester Millrats. The teams split the first two games of the best-of-three series, the visitor winning each game. Back at the BCA, the Sharks won Game 3 110-103 to advance to the PBL championship series.

Due to arena difficulties in Battle Creek, the PBL announced that the planned three-game series would instead be a single game held on April 19 in Rochester.[2]

The Razorsharks won the game easily 152-115. Sammy Monroe shattered the backboard again delaying the games for 45 minutes in the first quarter.

2011[edit]

After starting the season 2-6, the Sharks finished the season 12-8, good for a third-place finish in the league. Rochester defeated Quebec and Lawton-Fort Sill in three-game series for the franchise's fourth title in six seasons. The title win was controversial, as Cavalry coach Micheal Ray Richardson pointed out the free-throw disparity over the course of the series (132-47 in favor of Rochester), calling PBL officiating 'a joke'.[3][4]

Championship Results[edit]

The Razorsharks have made it to the championship every year but one (2007) with a record of 5-3

2006: Rochester Razorsharks defeated SoCal Legends, 117-114 (Blue Cross Arena)

2008: Rochester Razorsharks defeated Arkansas Impact, 142-112 (Blue Cross Arena)

2009: Rochester Razorsharks defeated Battle Creek Knights, 152-115 (Blue Cross Arena)

2010: Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry defeated Rochester Razorsharks two games to one

2011: Rochester Razorsharks defeated Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry two games to one

2012: Central Illinois Drive defeated Rochester Razorsharks two games to none

2013: Boomington Flex defeated Rochester Razorsharks two games to none

2014: Rochester Razorharks defeated Indiana Diesels two games to one

2012-13 roster[edit]

Head Coach: Cliff Levingston Assistant Coach: Chris Iversen

# Pos. Ht. Player Acquired College
4 United States 6'0 Jerice Crouch 2008 Chattanooga
11 United States 5'9 Marcel Anderson 2012 Harris-Stowe
34 United States 7'0 Brian Barkdoll 2012 NW Nazarene
13 United States 6'4 Keith Friel 2005 Virginia
5 United States 6'1 Tony Bennett 2012 Bradley
23 United States 6'9 Malcolm Campbell 2012 Warner
10 United States 6'2 Kyle Downey 2012 Siena
21 United States 6'9 Jarhon Giddings 2008 Richmond
25 United States 6'10 Jessan Gray 2012 Iowa St.
20 United States 6'6 James Helton 2012 WV State
35 United States 6'8 James "Mook" Reaves 2005 Niagara
15 United States 6'4 Joel Smith 2012 Washington

2013-14 roster[edit]

Head Coach: Lawrence Moten Assistant Coach: Keith Friel

# Pos. Ht. Player Acquired College
10 United States 6'4 Dwayne Gland 2013 Gloucester
11 United States 6'4 Melvin Council 2008 Robert Morris
20 United States 6'4 Reggie Stallings 2013 Central Missouri
25 United States 6'6 Dane Miller 2013 Rutgers
30 United States 6'4 Terrell Williams 2013 Lincoln
33 United States 6'6 Louie McCrosky 2013 Marist
35 United States 6'7 Darren Moore 2013 Cardinal Stritch
40 United States 6'7 Aaron Williams 2010 West Chester
55 Nigeria 6'10 Ayodele Coker 2013 St. John's
5 United States 6'0 Jerice Crouch 2008 Chattanooga
15 United States 6'11 Chaz Crawford 2013 Drexel

Head Coaching History[edit]

Rod Baker 2005-2012
Cliff Levingston 2013
Lawrence Moten 2014
Robert Spon 2015  

References[edit]

  1. ^ George, Rachel (2007-03-24), Sea Dawgs are unlikely hosts, Wilmington Star News, retrieved 2009-12-17 
  2. ^ http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3806661
  3. ^ http://deadspin.com/5793619/how-to-deal-with-crappy-refereeing-quit-the-league
  4. ^ http://www.mpnnow.com/localprosports/x1274369283/Puckos-Perspective-With-integrity-at-stake-its-time-for-the-PBL-to-act?mobRedir=false

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