Bay Area Shuckers

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Bay Area Shuckers
Founded 2011
League APBL (2011-present[1])
Team history Bay Area Shuckers (2011-present)
Based in Severn, Maryland
Arena Annapolis Area Christian School
Colors Navy Blue, Orange, Battleship Gray, and White
Owner(s) Bay Area Sports, LLC
Head coach Llewellyn Smalley [2]
Championships 0
Division titles 1

The Bay Area Shuckers are a member of the American Professional Basketball League (APBL).[3] The Shuckers completed their first season in 2011-2012 as members of the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL). Before the start of the 2012-2013 season the ACPBL was renamed to the APBL[4] Based in Severn, Maryland, the Shuckers play their home games on the campus of Annapolis Area Christian School.[5]

The Shuckers are named to honor the Chesapeake Bay area's oyster industry ("shucking" is a term for opening oysters).


After an 0-3 start, Head Coach Peter Corriero resigned and Bob Topp was named the new head coach of the Bay Area Shuckers on December 26, 2011.[6] The Shuckers completed their inaugural regular season with a 6-8 regular season record. After earning a first round bye, they lost in the second round of the ACPBL playoffs, 129-109, to the Hartford Lightning.[7] In their first season the Shuckers earned several honors. Guard Adrian Bowie was named Most Valuable Player of the ACPBL All-Star Game after leading the South to a 135-124 win on April 1, 2012 in Severn, MD.[8] Bowie was also a 1st Team All-ACPBL selection and fellow Guard Terry Hosley, was a 3rd Team All-ACPBL selection.[9] Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe was also named the ACPBL Executive of the Year.[10]


The Shuckers completed their second season with a 10-6 record[11] and won their first division title, by winning the Colonial Division championship.[12] The Shuckers then hosted and won the team's first playoff victory by defeating the Winchester Storm 120-108.[13] Bay Area then fell to the Rockville Victors 136-116 in the second round of the APBL playoffs.[14] Following the season Danny Thompson was named 1st Team All-APBL and First Team All-Defense, while Terry Hosley was named 2nd Team All-APBL, and Gus Chase earned 3rd Team All-APBL honors.[15]


Prior to the 2013-2014 Llewellyn Smalley was named the Shuckers Head Coach.[16] The Shuckers raced out to a 9-1 start after a resounding 141-112 win over the Beltway Bombers[17] on their way to a 11-4 regular season record.[18] The 11th win, which was a club record, was set with a 133-91 victory over the NoVa Hawks.[19] The Shuckers earned a first round playoff win at home versus the Nova Hawks 117-94[20] before falling in the second round at the Rockville Victors 120-118.[21] Following the season Gus Chase earned All-APBL Third Team honors, while Terry Hosley and Danny Thompson were First Team honorable mention selections.[22]


The Bay Area Shuckers welcomed back Llewellyn Smalley as Head Coach for a second season.[23] Bay Area also hired the league's first full-time female assistant coach, Monique Washington during the season.[24] After starting the year 1-4[25] the Shuckers set a team record by winning six straight games.[26] The Shuckers won in the first round of the APBL Playoffs 131-130 on a three-point shot by with 4.5 seconds left to play to earn their fourth straight trip to the APBL Elite Eight,[27] but fell the following week to the Rockville Victors, 136-117, to stop their bid for a Final Four trip.[28] Following the season Devon Scott was awarded the APBL Outstanding Achievement and Sportsmanship Award.[29]

Season-by-Season records[edit]

Bay Area Shuckers - American Professional Basketball League (APBL)
Year Regular season Post-season
Record Win % Record Win % Result
2011-2012 (ACPBL) 6-8 .428 0-1 .000 Round 1 - Bye Round 2 - Lost vs. Hartford Lightning, 129-109
2012-2013 (American Professional Basketball League (APBL)) 10-6 .625 1-1 .500 Round 1 - Won vs. Winchester Storm, 120-108 [30] Round 2 - Lost vs. Rockville Victors, 136-116 [31]
2013-2014 (American Professional Basketball League (APBL)) 11-5 .687 1-1 .500 Round 1 - Won vs. NoVa Hawks, 117-93 [32] Round 2 Lost vs. Rockville Victors, 120-118 [33]
2014-2015 (American Professional Basketball League (APBL)) 8-7 .533 1-1 .500 Round 1 - Won vs. Winchester Storm, 131-130 [34] Round 2 Lost vs. Rockville Victors, 136-117 [35]
Totals 35-26 .573 3-4 .428 0 Championships[36]


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  7. ^ "Sports Digest: Trio of varsity athletes win Brian Piccolo Memorial Award". Baltimore Sun. 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  8. ^ "Sports Digest: Loyola's Ratliff chosen as top ECAC defender". Baltimore Sun. 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
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