Solid Core, New Signings Seek to Take Team Further than Second Round
Severn, MD (October 30, 2012) – By all accounts the Bay Area Shuckers first season was a success. The expansion team advanced to the second round of the league playoffs, had four players move to overseas contracts, and built some fan favorites on their roster. In 2012-2013 the team looks to get past the second round and move further into the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) playoffs with a core of veterans from last season and some key signings.
“We were extremely happy with what we accomplished in our first season; but we also know we can do better. We worked hard to address losses from players moving overseas and also some weaknesses we thought we needed to cover. I feel we have done that. I think our fans will be pleased with the team this year and I am looking for big things from the team,” said Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe.
Gone from the Shuckers from the 2011-2012 squad is leading scorer Adrian Bowie, who is now playing in Germany and Zach White, who was the team’s leading shot blocker, who is suiting up in Australia. Jamarr Johnson, the team’s leading rebounder, played in Indonesia and is now coaching there. Earl Jackson, left the Shuckers last season to play in Peru last season and is now playing in Argentina.
The good news for Shuckers fans is fan favorite Terry Hosley (Parkville/Maryland Bible), who led the team in points, steals, 3-point shots, and was selected as a 3rd Team All-League performer will be returning. To address the scoring vacuum left by Bowie’s departure, the Shuckers signed Fahreed Cheatham , runner-up in MVP voting last season and a former two-time league MVP. He led the Shuckers in the pre-season averaging 27 points per game, in limited time.
Also, expected to provide a scoring boost is Gus Chase (St. Frances), who will be entering his fifth year as a pro after earning All-American honors at Sheridan College and Georgetown College of Kentucky. Chase has also earned All-League awards three times in the pro ranks. Lamarr Shorts (Bryan College), another returnee from last season averaged 18.66 points the final three games of the season, including 31 in the Shuckers regular season finale. Towson Tiger Rocky Coleman (Walbrook) looked impressive in the Shuckers 155-88 exhibition win over the Metropolitan All-Stars the first week of pre-season. Rookie Perry Wright (Cardinal Gibbons) who earned All-American honors at Widener, also should see substantial time.
The Shuckers also had to address a weakness on the boards. Last season they were out-rebounded in 11 of 16 games, in every loss, and most noticeably they were beat on the boards by 11 rebounds in the second round of the playoffs last season in a loss to the Hartford Lightning.
To address that issue several players were signed. 6’9”, 245 pound center, Dennard Abraham (Towson) who will be playing his fifth pro season, led the Towson Tigers in rebounding his senior season and since has played professionally in Holland, Brazil, and Washington State. Mount St. Mary’s Danny Thompson who led The Mount in rebounding and blocks in 2011-2012 and did the same for the Shuckers in pre-season, and Cody White (Wesley) who was an All-Conference and All-Delaware selection as a prep player before leading the Wolverines in rebounding in the collegiate ranks, also are expected to provide help on the boards.
Further rebounding help should also be provided by Kevin Green (Patterson/Maryland Bible) who was the team’s top rebounder during a three-game stint last season and rookie Anthony Thomas, a top rebounder at North County High School before playing at Howard University and American International.
Orchestrating the Shuckers on court will be veteran point guard Mike McKenzie (Meade/Delaware State) who posted just under four assists a game and seven points in 2011-2012. Also, at guard will be Gerald Stansbury (Broadneck/Marymount) and Patrick Lipinski (Annapolis Area Christian School/Trinity) who joined the Shuckers late last season along with two rookies and former Baltimore area prep stars. Joe Addis who starred at Dundalk and CCBC-Essex, and Tyrone Burns, who lit up the score board for Lake Clifton High School, CCBC-Essex, and Maryland Bible.
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.