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The Bay Area Shuckers are having a fabulous second year as a franchise team within the American Professional Basketball League (APBL). During their inaugural season 2011-2012, the team earned a spot in the playoffs. Now, in their second season 2012-2013, they have clinched their Divisional title and will once again move forward to the end of the year playoffs.
Let’s look at what’s been happening:
According to the team’s general manager, John Wolfe:
“The Baltimore area has had storied prep programs like the Dunbar Poets and some success at the collegiate level with conference championships by Coppin State, Loyola, Morgan State, Towson and UMBC; and most recently NCAA tournament appearances by the Loyola Greyhounds in 2012 and the Morgan State Bears in 2009 and 2010. On the pro circuit, however, there has been 40 years of frustration; until Saturday night that is.
On Saturday night the Bay Area Shuckers won the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) Colonial Division Championship, the first division championship won by a Baltimore area (pro) team since the Baltimore Bullets in 1972-1973.”
It is heartwarming to see the talent the Bay Area Shuckers have brought to the court. From their coach Bob Topp to the individual players, good things have been happening throughout the season.
Individual players, like Terry Hosley (Maryland Bible College), have won Player of the Game honors for individual games, as well as Divisional and League honors for their high stats. Hosley has won Player of the Game honors on 11/3, 12/1, 1/5 and 1/19. Danny Thompson won those honors on 11/17, 12/15, and 2/2. Then, Rocky Coleman won them on 1/12 and 1/26. How awesome to have such great players!
Both Hosley and Thompson also won Player of the Week honors from the APBL this season. Congrats guys!
The Bay Area Shuckers have had some very close games, even a couple games that went into overtime.
Bay Area Shuckers vs.
11/3 NYC 425 (W-125-118)
11/17 NOVA Hawks (W-115-101)
12/8 NJ Pros (W-131-114)
1/5 Winchester Storm (W-128-124)OT
1/19 NOVA Hawks (W-122-118)
1/26 Palmieri Jeans Destroyers (W-122-121)OT
2/2 Metropolitan All Stars (W-124-117)
2/16 Hudson Valley Kingz (W-143-117)
2/23 Alexandria Avengers (W-134-115)
There was one win by Forfeit on the part of the West Virginia team.
Yes, the team did lose to some other opponents like the Beltway Bombers the 2012 League Champions, as well as the Rockville Victors. And two teams listed as wins also had loses against the Shuckers during the first games they played this season – the Alexandria Avengers and the Metropolitan All Stars. With just two regular season games left, it is fabulous that the Shuckers have captured their division title!