Early Season Match-up Between Southern Conference Division Leaders
Game: Bay Area Shuckers (2-0) at Metropolitan All-Stars (3-1)
Date: Sunday, December 2, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Washington, D.C.
Last Game: Shuckers topped the NOVA Hawks 115-101 at home. The All-Stars suffered their first loss of the season at the Rockville Victors 99-77.
Season Series: First Meeting
Shuckers Player to Watch: #34 F Dennard Abraham (6’9”, 245, Towson), #3 G Joe Addis (6’1”, 175, CCBC-Essex), #45 F Gus Chase (6’5”, 250, Georgetown College), #5 G Rocky Coleman (6’3”, 180, Towson), #11 G Terry Hosley 6’, 160, Maryland Bible), #15 G Mike McKenzie (6’1”, 170, Delaware State), #14 G Lamarr Shorts (6’2”, 205, Bryan College), #24 G Gerald Stansbury (6’2”, 190, Marymount), #33 F Anthony Thomas (6’6”, 212, American International), #32 F Danny Thompson (6’7”, 230, Mount St. Mary’s) #22 F Cody White (6’5”, 210, Wesley), #21 F Perry Wright (6’4”, 190, Widener).
All-Stars Players to Watch: F Terrance Carter (6’5”, James Madison), G Antwon Hawkins (6’5”, U of DC), F Curtis Massey (6’7”, Bowie State), G Eric Wilkins (6’4”, Miami (FL), F Brian Davidson (6’8”, Air Force), C William Burgess (6’10”, West Virginia State).
Shuckers Snapshot: In their last game the Shuckers pulled away from a very seasoned Nova Hawks team for a 115-101 win; to take the early lead in the Southern Conference Colonial Division. For the second game in a row Guard Terry Hosley led the team in scoring, last week with 28. Forward Gus Chase also is proving to be a consistent scorer, posting 18 last week after 23 in the opener. Rookie Forward/Center Danny Thompson earned Conference Player of the Week honors for his 22 point, 20 rebound performance against the Hawks and is averaging 21 points and 17 rebounds early in the season. Rocky Coleman posted 23 points in his first start for the Shuckers, while Point Guard Mike McKenzie guided the offense with seven assists.
All-Stars Snapshot: One of the more formidable teams in the Eastern Basketball Alliance (EBA) the last several seasons, the All-Stars won over 82% of their games the last two years, won the championship in 2010-2011, and fell in the finals last season. With their move to the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) they are out to prove they can continue their success on the APBL stage.
Outlook: After over-achieving in their expansion season the Shuckers have set high expectations for this season. As a result most weeks they will be out to prove they are a legitimate title contender. This week they face the All-Stars who have built a solid reputation in the EBA and quickly made a name for themselves in the APBL by defeating the defending champions, the Beltway Bombers, 109-106 on November 10th. The All-Stars built a 3-0 record before falling 99-77 to the Rockville Victors last weekend. The winner maintains their division lead and stakes a claim for early Southern Conference supremacy.
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.
After their match against the All-Stars, the Shuckers return home on Saturday, December 8th at 7:00 PM when they host the North Jersey Pros. 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.