Lewis Shine II:In his first year as an owner in professional basketball, Lewis Shine II has brought one of the strongest organizations to the Premier Basketball League. Shine is the owner of the Lima Express, and has already had one of his players get signed to an overseas contract in his inaugural year.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Shine is a graduate of Miami (OH) University where he played college basketball, including when he helped the Redhawks team reach the Sweet-16.
A man of faith, he also played a year of professional basketball where he first discovered his passion to one day own a professional team. Shine resides in Lima, Ohio and he volunteers and attends Cornerstone Harvest Church, where he is an usher and a leader in the youth ministry.
"I am truly blessed and honored to not only have the opportunity to own a professional sports team, but to actually play in the PBL! I am forever grateful for the opportunity that they have given me to place my team in a great league!"
TOTAL POINTS: Terrance White- 134
POINTS PER GAME: Jamal Francis- 34
ASSISTS: Odgra Bobo- 32
(Lake Michigan Admirals)
REBOUNDS: Noel Johnson- 41 (Pee Dee Vipers)
GAME OF THE WEEK Bloomington vs Indianapolis February 8th @ 7:00pm
BATTLE FOR FIRST
Two of the PBL's oldest teams meet again in what could be a battle for first place. The undefeated Bloomington Flex (2-0) have not played a game since January 18th when they beat the Chicago Tide 115-86.
However, the second-place Indianapolis Diesels (3-1) could make some serious ground in the Midwest division with a victory over the Flex at home.
Get To Know:
Jamal Francis(Lynchburg Titans): 1.) Favorite NBA team growing up: New York Knicks 2.) Michael Jordan or Lebron James?Michael Jordan 3.) NBA player idolized as a child: Michael Jordan 4.) Your pick for this year's NBA championship?Oklahoma City Thunder 5.) Dogs or cats? Dogs all day 6.) Favorite food? Jamaican, I love it
"I'm a New York City kid who came all the way to Virginia trying to accomplish a dream that I almost let slip away. Anything is possible if you have faith and grind!"
Justin Manns started the 2014 PBL season with theLima Express and has now signed a deal to play forAmchit in the Lebanese Basketball League.
James Blasczyk was with the Carolina Pee Dee Vipers before he became a new member of the U.D. Oliveirense in the Portuguese Basketball League.