The Rochester RazorSharks were off to a rocky start with a record of 2 – 2. The RazorSharks are now fourth in their division and were looking to change things up. The RazorSharks organization decided to relieve Head Coach Chris Daleo of his duties and Associate Coach Chris Iversen took his place as the new head coach, effective immediately.
“We want to thank Chris Daleo for his time and dedication to the RazorSharks organization,” Dr. Hrywnak stated “but at this time we feel a change is needed to get the team back on track.” After going undefeated in the 2015 season the Razorsharks have their backs against the wall in 2016, but nothing will deter them from having another winning season.
The RazorSharks first contest under Interim Head Coach Chris Iversen resulted in a dominant 35 point victory over the Chautauqua Hurricane. Coach Iversen has already made major roster changes including the release of Aaron Weaver and the return of former 'Shark James Helton.
Rochester also announced the signing of Raheem Singleton to replace the Kyle Randall who was released recently due to personal family reasons.
Danville Riverhawks Lose Justin Childs Overseas
For the second time in a week the Danville Riverhawks said goodbye to one of their players as Justin Childs will be taking his talents to Spain to play for C.B. Almansa in the LIGA EBA.
Childs a 6’4 guard from New Orleans came to the Riverhawks last season and finished a solid rookie campaign in the 2014-15 season averaging 11.6 points and 4.2 rebounds a game. Childs was off to a hot start with the team this season, coming off a career high 27 points to lead the Riverhawks past the Racine Storm last Sunday.
Last week Riverhawks guard Jerron Jamerson signed with the Moncton Miracles of the National Basketball League of Canada. Jamerson and Childs were the first two player of the 2016 season to sign contract to play internationally. To date, six players have signed contracts to play professionally overseas that have come through the organization.
Buffalo 716ers Send James Ewing Overseas and Announce Major Signings
The Buffalo 716ers lost a talented player and big contributor to their undefeated start this season in Forward James Ewing. James will be playing for the Dangriga Warriors of Belize. " We are going to miss James and his leadership on and off the court. This is a very exciting opportunity and we couldn't be more proud of him, " stated General Manager, Tawan Slaughter.
The 716ers recently have added size and depth to their roster as they continue to compete in a tough Northeast Division. A recent signing of ABA forward standing at 6'9 Tremayne Thompson will add experience and size to their front court rotation. Also just announced today was the signing of Casey Sheenan who was a part of the Rochester RazorSharks' championship team in 2014-2015. Sheenan adds experience, shooting ability and leadership to the 716er's backcourt.
Buffalo has had a very busy couple of weeks as they continue to make crucial roster moves as they look ahead to potentially the postseason.
Lake Michigan Admirals Lose Major Piece and Announce Upcoming Event
Admiral Nation this past week lost one of their most talented players in Darren Washington. Darren has signed overseas to play in China and the PBL along with Admiral Nation wish him the best in his future endeavors moving forward.
In other news, the Lake Michigan Admirals will be holding a basketball training camp from February 24th until February 26th from 6 PM until 7:30 PM. This camp will allow players ages kindergarten through 8th grade. Sign up includes a free Admirals T-Shirt and Admission to the Admiral's game on February 27th.
Registration can be done at you local YMCA or visit the admirals website here for more information.
Charlotte Elite Make Crucial Roster Moves
After waiving 3 players last week the Charlotte Elite sign 6'4" SG/SF Will Howard, formerly of North Carolina A&T University and West Meck High School. With one more roster move to be announced this week the Elite seem to be ready for the start of the second half of the season.
The Elite currently are 5 games out of Raleigh in first place in the Southeast Division, thus will need a major run this second half of the season if they wish to compete for a playoff spot.
Danville Riverhawks Sign Ben Vozzola after Stint with the Nets
The Danville Riverhawks have signed 6’6 guard Ben Vozzola Thursday as they prepare for back to back games starting Friday when they host the Lake Michigan Admirals.
Vozzola is by far the most touted player to sign with the Riverhawks after a stint with the Brooklyn Nets last summer, playing with the club in the 2015 NBA SUMMER LEAGUE in his hometown Las Vegas, Nevada.
During his time with the Nets, Vozzola played in four games and started in one averaging 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. His best game came against the Charlotte Hornets scoring 11 points and nine rebounds.
Vozzola played his college ball at San Diego State University before leaving after his freshmen year to transfer Cal State Northridge. He would transfer again to St. Catherine University where he would graduate after a solid senior season where he led the team in scoring averaging 15.3 points per game.