Bay Area Shuckers Enter ACPBL Play in Tough South Division
Severn, MD (November 28, 2011) – When the Bay Area Shuckers enter their inaugural season of play, they will be calling the ACPBL South Division home, a division that includes four foes that were a combined 40-19 last season, all made the playoffs, includes the defending ACPBL champs, and a team that was founded in 1998 and has four titles under their belt.
“One reason we selected the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League was the quality teams that make up this league. With that comes a very challenging division and schedule. Week in and week out we will face some of the league’s best, but it also will provide plenty of excitement for our fans, “said Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe
The ACPBL South is home to the defending ACPBL Champions, the Tru Hope Trailblazers of Chesapeake, Virginia, who in the last two season have gone a combined 25-5, won two regular season titles, played in two league championships, and have won one league title.
In the 2010-2011 season the Trailblazers compiled an 11-3 regular season record before running through the ACPBL playoffs to finish the season at 13-3 and win the inaugural ACPBL championship. In 2009-2010 the Trailblazers were members of the Eastern Basketball Alliance (EBA) and won the Dominion Division at 10-1 and then advanced to the EBA championship with wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals before falling to the Delaware Destroyers for the EBA title. One of the Trailblazers leaders is Jamal Robinson who played for four seasons for the University of Virginia and played for the Miami Heat in 2000-2001.
The Destroyers, who started play in 1998 have four league championships under their belt and will be making the move up from the Eastern Basketball Alliance. While in the EBA the Destroyers won titles in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2010. Over the last three seasons they have gone a combined 37-6, including 6-1 in the playoffs, and championships to cap off the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons. The Destroyers are coached by Dallas Comegys, a former DePaul University star, who was drafted 21st overall in the 1987 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks and played for both the New Jersey Nets and San Antonio Spurs.
The third entry in the ACPBL South, the Beltway Bombers, continue to show the depth in the division. In 2010-2011 the Bombers finished the regular season at 9-5, won their first round playoff game 134-110 over the Hudson Valley Kingz, before falling to the Trailblazers 132-113 in the semifinals. In 2009-2010 the Bombers made their debut in the EBA and finished 1-9. The Bombers are led by the 2010-2011 ACPBL Player of the Year, Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones.
The Enterprise, who call Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home also make the move from the EBA. In their inaugural season in 2010-2011 they finished third in the EBA’s North Division with a 7-5 record and earned a playoff berth.
With 13 of their 14 regular season games against South Division foes, the Shuckers will face an extremely challenging schedule in their inaugural season as they battle for the South Division title and one of the ACPBL’s eight playoff spots.
The season tips off this Saturday night at 7:00 PM when the Shuckers play at the Beltway Bombers. The Shuckers then host the Bombers on Saturday, December 17th at 7:00 PM for their inaugural home game as they celebrate Holiday Hoops with a Heart Night. The special night will include toy donations for Angel Tree, an appearance by Santa Claus, free player autographs after the game, “Crabs for Christmas", performed live by David DeBoy, special holiday performances by the Bay Area Shuckers Dance Team, the $10,000 It Takes Two halftime shootout contest, sponsored by the Greenhouse Grill, as well as, the Natty Boh Gear T-Shirt Toss, and contests sponsored by The Bank of Glen Burnie, Fatties of Essex, R.J. Dolley and Construction, and more!
The Shuckers home court is the Kilby Center located on the campus of Annapolis Area Christian School in Severn, at 109 Burns Crossing Road.
For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers, or to order season and single game tickets, please visit www.BayAreaShuckers.com.