First Year Franchise Experiences Much Success on and Off the Court
Severn, MD (April 30, 2012) – On May 16, 2011, the Bay Area Shuckers were introduced to the local Baltimore-Annapolis sports scene. Now just less than one year later, with some keys wins, a playoff game, All-Star and MVP awards, and a growing and passionate fan base under their belt, the Shuckers have completed their first season and effective today, can no longer be called an expansion team. Let’s take a look at their first year:
May 16, 2011 – The Bay Area Shuckers were announced by former ACPBL Commissioner James Schutz, "The Bay Area Shuckers ownership group is made up of ten very experienced minor league sports professionals. We are going to have the strongest minor league basketball franchises in North America outside of the NBA D-league; the Shuckers fall in line with this agenda.”
June 6, 2011 – Pete Corriero is announced as the first Head Coach in Shuckers history.
June 28, 2011 – Meghan Alokonis selected as the team’s Dance Team Coordinator.
July 13, 2011 – Season tickets go on sale. Anna Renault becomes first season ticket holder in Shuckers history!
July 30, 2011 – Shuckers hold first open tryout.
August 1, 2011 - The Shuckers announced their first players signing, Danny Quinn, a former All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and All-Anne Arundel County performer at Archbishop Spalding High School and a product of the NCAA Division 1 Towson Tigers.
August 2, 2011 – The Shuckers began to come to life when they introduced their uniforms for the 2011-2012 inaugural season. The Shuckers “home whites” featured white uniforms with trim in the team colors of navy blue, battleship gray, and orange. The “road blue” uniforms were navy blue with battleship gray, orange, and white trim and also featured the bay area and shield logo markings.
August 20, 2011 – Second open tryout for basketball held and dance team holds auditions.
September 8, 2011 – Shuckers announce signing of Terry Hosley.
October 11, 2011 – The Shuckers front office attended their first ACPBL Owners Meeting in Brooklyn, New York.
November 9, 2011 – Shuckers open training camp!
November 16, 2011 – The Shuckers announced their inaugural 2011-2012 15-man roster: Jovan Acree, John Brader Jr., Kevin Green II, Justin Hamilton, Terry Hosley, Jamarr Johnson, Mike McKenzie, Naurice Mullings, Harvey Paige Jr., Danny Quinn, Briane Rock, Derek Savage, Lamarr Shorts, Llewellyn Smalley, and, Zac White.
December 3, 2011 – Bay Area heads to P.G. County to take on the Beltway Bombers in the first game in franchise history. Briane Rock scores the first two points in Shuckers history in a game in which the Shuckers fell to the Bombers 151-114.
December 17, 2011 – In front of a packed house at the Kilby Center on the campus of Annapolis Area Christian School in Severn, Maryland the Shuckers made their home debut. A game, in which the Shuckers fell to the Bombers 132-115, as they outscored the Bombers in the second half 72-64.
December 22, 2011 – Head Coach Pete Corriero resigns. “Having discussed it with my family and John Wolfe (GM) we decided this was the best time to step down. I am very appreciative for the opportunity to be part of such a unique organization, however 100% of my heart and soul goes in to coaching high school basketball at Meade, and I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to do that,” commented Corriero.
December 26, 2011 – Shuckers name Bob Topp as head coach. Topp takes over an 0-3 team.
December 27, 2011 – Former Maryland Terrapin Adrian Bowie signs with Shuckers.
January 9, 2012 – Shuckers earn first win, a 131-108 win over the Manhattan Pride. The Shuckers were led in scoring for the third straight game by Terry Hosley who tallied 23 on the night. Adrian Bowie added 21 and Jamarr Johnson 19. Danny Quinn had a season high 13 rebounds and Briane Rock and Johnson each contributed ten. Hosley also led the Shuckers in steals while Bowie led the team with six assists. Zac White topped the Shuckers with three blocked shots. Johnson and Quinn both had double-doubles, Johnson with 19 points and ten rebounds while Quinn scored 11 while grabbing 13 boards, including 11 defensively. Derek Savage (13), Mike McKenzie (11), Lamarr Shorts (10), and Harvey Paige (10) also scored in double figures.
January 29, 2012 – The Shuckers completed a season-high three-game win streak with a stirring 149-148 OT win over the Beltway Bombers in front of a crowded and loud Kilby Center. Adrian Bowie led the Shuckers with 43 points and captured League Player of the Week honors for his performance. The win pulled the Shuckers to 3-3.
February 15, 2012 – Shuckers selected to host ACPBL All-Star Game.
February 18, 2012 - The Bay Area Shuckers (4-4) handed the league leading Palmieri Jeans (7-1) their first loss of the season. Adrian Bowie led the Shuckers with 36 points and Jamarr Johnson tossed in 23 points while Derek Savage added 21.
March 4, 2012 – The Shuckers earned their first road win in team history by defeating the Toms River Shooters in overtime 124-114. Shuckers were led by Zachary White and Harvey Paige Jr. who had their best efforts of the season. White had a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds and added three blocks. Paige chipped in 17 points and six rebounds.
March 13, 2012 – Adrian Bowie and Terry Hosley selected for The Bank of Glen Burnie All-Star Game. Hosley also selected to participate in Three-Point and Slam Dunk competitions.
March 24, 2012 - The Bay Area Shuckers completed their inaugural home season schedule with a convincing 107-91 victory over the Manhattan Pride. Adrian Bowie with 26 points, five rebounds, and three assists and Eric Bigby with 26 points, five rebounds led the Shuckers, as Bay Area completed its home schedule with a 5-4 mark.
April 1, 2012 – The Shuckers hosted The Bank of Glen Burnie ACPBL All-Star Game. In a 135-124 South win over the North, Adrian Bowie wins MVP honors for his 22 point, eight rebound, six assist performance.
April 14, 2012 – The Shuckers close out their first regular season with a 152-138 loss at Palmieri Jeans in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lamarr Shorts tallies 31 points in the loss. Despite the loss the Shuckers clinch a first round playoff bye at 6-8 and the sixth seed. Shuckers finish regular season 6-5 under Coach Topp.
April 26, 2012 – Bay Area Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe named ACPBL Executive of the Year.
April 29, 2012 – Bay Area took on the Hartford Lightning (11-3) in second round playoff action in Connecticut. The Shuckers close out their inaugural season with a 129-109 loss to the Lightning. Adrian Bowie scores 35 in defeat. Harvey Paige, Jr. sinks a buzzer beating three-pointer to score the last points of the Shuckers inaugural season.
April 30, 2012 – Adrian Bowie named 1st Team All-ACPBL and Terry Hosley a 3rd team All-ACPBL selection. Bowie also nominated for league MVP honors and finishes second in MVP voting by fans.
April 30, 2012 – The Shuckers final roster includes Eric Bigby, Adrian Bowie, Jamarr Johnson, Terry Hosley, Patrick Lipinksi, Mike McKenzie, Harvey Paige, Jr., Christian Parker, Briane Rock, Derek Savage, Lamarr Shorts, Llewellyn Smalley, Gerald Stansbury, and Zac White.
For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers please visit www.BayAreaShuckers.com.