Bay Area Shuckers in Southern Conference’s Colonial Division
Severn, MD (October 18, 2012) – When the Bay Area Shuckers take the court for the 2012-2013 season they will still be in the same league, but it will feature a new name, new conferences and divisions, and following expansion, 16 teams stretching from Virginia to the Hudson Valley of New York.
The re-tooled league has changed its name from the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) to the American Professional Basketball League (APBL). After playing with ten teams last season spread over three divisions, the expanded 16-team APBL will feature Northern and Southern Conferences, each broken into two divisions.
The Shuckers will be part of the Southern Conference’s Colonial Division with the Nova Hawks, based in Chantilly, Virginia, the Winchester (Virginia) Storm, and the West Virginia Monarchs, which call Martinsburg, West Virginia home. The Hawks are a seasoned team entering their first season in the APBL after four seasons in the Eastern Basketball Alliance (EBA). The Storm is also a former EBA team and will be entering their third season as a franchise, following two in the EBA. The Monarchs are an expansion entry in the APBL for 2012-2013.
“We’re excited about our new division format. The Hawks and Storm have already proven to be quality organizations and the Monarchs have hit the ground running, so our fans will see some great basketball this season. We also like the new regional format and more balanced schedule,” commented Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe.
The Patriot Division fills out the Southern Conference and includes the defending league champions, the Beltway Bombers, which are based in LaPlata, Maryland and the Metropolitan (D.C.) All-Stars; also are a former member of the EBA, which has an EBA title (2010-2011) under their belt. The Patriot Division also includes two expansion teams, the Capital City Express, which is based in District Heights, Maryland, and the Rockville (Maryland) Victors, forming a solid Washington Metropolitan area division.
The Northern Conference is divided into Eastern and Atlantic Divisions. The Eastern Division includes the Destroyers, which are based in Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and finished as the regular season ACPBL champions and South Division champions in 2011-2012. The Destroyers are entering their 15th season and have four league championship trophies to their credit. Joining them in the Eastern Division will be the Hudson Valley (New York) Kingz, who are playing their third season in the APBL and are the defending North Division champions. Two other veteran clubs, the North Jersey Pros, from Passaic, New Jersey, and the Manhattan (New York) Pride fill out the division. The Pros are entering their third season of play after one season in the EBA and one in the APBL. Manhattan is now in its second season of the APBL.
The final division is the Atlantic, which is filled with New York Metropolitan area teams. Leading the way is the division’s only returning club from the APBL, New York City 524, which is entering its second season. Joining 524 are the New York City Jaguars, who are joining the APBL after one season in the EBA, and two expansion franchises, the Brooklyn (New York) Firebirds, and the Tri State Energy.
In all the APBL has seven of ten teams returning from last season, four veteran clubs joining the mix, and five expansion teams. The APBL season tips-off on October 27th with a featured double-header in Brooklyn, New York between the Manhattan Pride and New York City Jaguars at 6:15 PM, followed by a match-up between the Rockville Victors and New York City 524.
The Shuckers stat their season on the road on November 3rd at the North Jersey Pros before travelling to the West Virginia Monarchs on November 11th. Their home opener is November 17th at 7:00 PM against the Nova Hawks at the Kilby Center located on the campus of the Annapolis Area Christian School (AACS) in Severn, MD.
Bay Area Shuckers
West Virginia Monarchs
Capital City Express
Hudson Valley Kingz
North Jersey Pros
New York City 524
New York City Jaguars
Tri State Energy