New Division Rivals in West Virginia, Virginia Form Solid Southern Conference Division
Severn, MD (October 29, 2012) – After a brutal expansion season schedule which had the Shuckers playing 65% of their games against the regular season champions, the Destroyers, and the eventual league champions, the Beltway Bombers; in their second season Bay Area will play a more balanced schedule in a revamped division set-up, with three new division rivals from West Virginia and Virginia.
For the 2012-2013 season the Shuckers will be part of the Southern Conference’s Colonial Division with the NOVA Hawks from Northern Virginia, the West Virginia Monarchs, from Martinsburg, West Virginia, and the Winchester (Virginia) Storm. Today we’ll take a look at the Shuckers three division rivals.
Based in Chantilly, Virginia, the NOVA Hawks are a seasoned team entering their first season in the APBL after four seasons in the Eastern Basketball Alliance (EBA). In four seasons in the EBA they posted two winning seasons, but have been below .500 the last two seasons. In 2012-2013 the Hawks are likely to be led by Angelo Hernandez, a fifth-year pro out of North Carolina A&T. In 2011-2012 he led the Hawks, and ranked ninth in the EBA, with 22.2 points per game. In 2010-2011 the 6’3” Guard averaged 16.3 parts for the Beltway Bombers.
The Winchester Storm joins the Hawks in transitioning from the EBA to the APBL. The Storm suited up for two seasons in the EBA before moving to the American Professional Basketball League. In their two seasons they have not posted a winning record, but finished .500 in 2010-2011. The Storm feature Lamar Bently, a 6’4” Swingman from Shenandoah College entering his fourth pro season. In 2011-2012 he averaged 18 points and the prior season 17.7 points per game for the Storm.
The expansion West Virginia Monarchs will feature Kevin Pittsnogle, who first gained national acclaim in leading the West Virginia Mountaineers to the Elite Eight in the 2005 and then Sweet 16 in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Since college he spent some time with the Boston Celtics, the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Summer League team, and the Austin Toros and Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA D-League. Now he returns to his home town of Martinsburg, West Virginia to play professionally.
“I think the changes our league has made in the offseason will provide our fans a great division set-up and we can build some strong rivalries with our neighbors in Virginia in West Virginia. Our fans will also get to see some great additions to our league like Pittsnogle and Hernandez,” commented Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe.
The Shuckers are members of the American Professional Basketball League (APBL), a 16-team league which extends from Virginia in the south to the Hudson Valley of New York in the north. Bay Area’s season tips off on November 3rd at 7:00 PM at the North Jersey Pros in Passaic, New Jersey.
The Shuckers ten-game home schedule starts on Saturday, November 17th at 7:00 PM when they host the Nova Hawks from Northern Virginia. All Shuckers home games tip-off at 7:00 PM and are played at AACS in Severn, Maryland. For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers please visit www.BayAreaShuckers.com. Season tickets may also be purchased on-line at the team’s web site.