Preview: North Jersey Pros at Bay Area Shuckers
Defending League MVP Morgano, Player of the Month Hosley Square OffGame: North Jersey Pros (2-1) at Bay Area Shuckers (2-1)
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Time: 7:00 PMPlace: Kilby Athletic Center, Annapolis Area Christian School, 109 Burns Crossing Road, Severn, Maryland
Last Game: Shuckers fell to the Metropolitan All-Stars in D.C. on Sunday 120-11. The Pros won at home on Saturday night vs. the Manhattan Pride 118-102.Season Series: First MeetingShuckers 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).Pros Players to Watch: F Antoinne Morgano (6’5”, New Jersey City U.), SG/F Luis Martinez (6’6”, William Patterson University), PG/SG Jeremiah King (6’2”, Drexel), SG/SG Timothy Cass (6’5”, Camden County), PG/SG Seth Lee (6’4”, Penn State).Shuckers Snapshot: Despite Terry Hosley’s franchise record 56-points the Shuckers suffered their first loss of the season 120-111 at the Metropolitan All-Stars. The good news is the Shuckers proved they could hang, especially on the road, with the team many consider one of the favorites to win the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) this season. Solid scoring performances were also provided by the Gus Chase and Rocky Coleman last weekend. The Shuckers will look help on the boards from Danny Thompson and Dennard Abraham, who missed the game last weekend. Hosley was named the APBL Player of the Month and leads the league with a 39.67 points per game scoring average.Pros Snapshot: The Pros finished 4-10 last season, but with the offseason acquisition of league MVP Antoine Morgano they became an instant contender in Northern Conference’s Gateway Division. Morgano added to the already potent Luis Martinez. After losing their opener to NYC 524 (121-116) the Pros have won two straight over the Tri-State Energy (124-105) and Manhattan Pride (118-102).Outlook: The Shuckers were sailing high at 2-0, but lost a tough road game to the Metropolitan All-Stars. Now they start a two-game home stand before the league’s holiday break against the Pros and the defending league champions, the Beltway Bombers next week. They then play the Winchester Storm on January 5th before heading on the road for three straight; so his game starts a crucial early season stretch. The Pros meanwhile return home for three out of five after this week’s match-up and have division foes, the Hudson Valley Kingz, next weekend. Short answer, both teams need this one to gain momentum for tough games next weekend.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.