Three Division Titles to be Decided this Month
Severn, MD (March 3, 2012) – While the Bay Area Shuckers have secured the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) Colonial Division Championship, battles for the other three APBL division titles are still up for grabs and look to be hotly contested.
In the APBL Southern Conference’s other division, the Patriot Division, a strong three-way battle is brewing between the defending APBL champions, the Beltway Bombers, a seasoned squad, the Metropolitan All-Stars, and the new kings on the block, the Rockville Victors. The Victors currently lead the pack at 12-1 after their win last night against the Palmieri Jeans Destroyers (10-4). The Victors still have a tough road game at the North Jersey Pros (7-5) and home games against the Alexandria Avengers (2-11) and the Nova Hawks (4-7).
The Bombers at 10-3 may need to run the table to catch-up to the Victors, but have their final three games at home against the Hawks, Hudson Valley Kingz (8-4), and Shuckers (10-4). The All-Stars (13-3) will be following the race from Peru, as they have completed their APBL season and are currently touring in South America.
In the Northern Conference both races are tightening. With their loss last night to the Victors, the Destroyers took their fourth loss of the season, but still lead the Gateway Division. Meanwhile, the Kingz continued to close the gap with a win over the North Jersey Pros (7-6) on Saturday. The Destroyers have games remaining at home against the Capital City Express (0-12) and at the Tri-State Energy (6-5). The Kings have home games left against the Energy and Manhattan Pride (3-11) and travel to the Brooklyn Firebirds (2-12) and Bombers.
In the Eastern Division, NYC 524 (10-4) continues to hold the lead. They have one away game at the Energy, which could decide the division title, and one home game against the Winchester Storm (4-8). Their lone competition left in the division is the Energy (6-5) who has games at the Kingz, New York Jaguars (2-9), and Pros and host 524 and the Destroyers.
With all eight teams qualifying in each conference, a division championship guarantees teams no lower than a fourth seed in their conference and a first round home playoff game. If the season ended today the Victors, All-Stars, Bombers and Shuckers would host first round games in the South, while in the North it would be the Destroyers, 524, Kingz, and Energy.
The Shuckers return to action on Saturday, March 9th to play the Winchester Storm (4-8) at 7:00 PM. The game will be the final game in a six game home stand at the Annapolis Area Christian School (AACS) in Severn, Maryland. For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers please visit www.BayAreaShuckers.com.