Bay Area Holds #6 Spot, First Round Bye as they head to 1st Place Palmieri Jeans
Severn, MD (April 12, 2012) – Perhaps more than any games, the Bay Area Shuckers (6-7) match-ups this season against Palmieri Jeans (11-1) can be used as a gauge for the expansion team’s progress. On December 18, 2011 the then Destroyers handed the Shuckers 121-113 loss as Bay Area started their inaugural season 0-3.
On February 18, 2012 the Shuckers completed a 4-1 home stand with a 133-123 win over the previously undefeated Jeans (who had changed their name after a sponsorship deal). The win evened the Shuckers record at 4-4 and to date is still the only loss the Palmieri Jeans have suffered in 2011-2012.
“We gave the Destroyers their only loss of the season and lost to them in December by only eight, so we know we can be much more competitive Saturday than one might guess simply from looking at records. We know what it will take to win, defending tough, rebounding better and attacking the basket,” said Shuckers Head Coach Bob Topp.
This Saturday at 2:00 PM when the Shuckers play Palmieri in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Shuckers will face another key test in their first year; this time with playoff positioning on the line. Heading into the final two weekends of ACPBL play, the Shuckers hold the #6 spot and a first round bye. A win over Palmieri secures the all-important bye; an impressive accomplishment for a first year team, and builds momentum for the postseason.
The Shuckers were unable to solve the Beltway Bombers (9-3) this season losing five of six games to their D.C. region rivals, but are 5-2 against the rest of the league, and 4-1 against non-South Division rivals, which could bode well in the playoffs.
“The Shuckers have accomplished a lot with some difficult circumstances. We stayed focused and team-oriented throughout much of the season. Our team depth has capably covered the loss of some key players who either moved on or were injured. I believe we are better than our record indicates. That will show itself to be true in the playoffs,” noted Topp.
This weekend Palmieri will be led by Most Valuable Player candidate Forward Fahreed Cheatham (Cheyney University) and 6’7” Forward Adamou Abdourahamane, while the Shuckers will counter with Guard Adrian Bowie (Maryland) fresh off his MVP performance in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball (ACPBL) All-Star Game who is averaging 30.40 points, 4.80 rebounds, and 5.60 assists per game. Fellow All-Star, Guard Terry Hosley has tallied 26.17 points per game and leads the Shuckers with 28 steals and 18 three-pointers.
“I appreciate not only the players for their determination this season, but also the front office of the Shuckers for doing everything in a first-class way and our loyal fans for supporting us. We want to remain a vital part of this area's sports landscape for a long time,” said Topp.
Elsewhere in the ACPBL key match-ups take place this Saturday with the Hartford Lightning (10-2) at the Bombers, the Garden State Rebels (8-4) at the North Jersey Pros (4-8), and the Manhattan Pride (0-12) at the Hudson Valley Kingz (6-7). On Sunday Hartford travels to the Toms River Shooters (5-8).
Hartford and Garden State are still battling for the North Division championship. Hartford needs one win this weekend or a Garden State loss to clinch. Hudson Valley can secure the Big Apple title with a win this weekend, while NYC 524 needs a Kingz loss and their own win over the Pride next weekend to take the Big Apple crown. The Jeans can clinch the South with a win over the Shuckers. The Beltway Bombers need a win plus a Shuckers win to produce a regular season finale next weekend against the Jeans for the South Division crown.
With a Shuckers win or Hudson Valley win the Shuckers will secure the #6 spot. That means a first round bye and then a second round game at either the Bombers, Lightning, Jeans, or Rebels. If the Shuckers and the Kingz both lose this weekend the Shuckers playoff position will not be decided until the final weekend of play.
For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers please visit www.BayAreaShuckers.com.