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Tales of the Traveling Trophy of Miami

Greetings readers,

Just the other day, I had the chance to broadcast from the campus of Miami University-Hamilton Branch. While this might sound like just another day in the office, it was special because of the fact it was for a trophy (my first call with a special prize at the end of the game.)

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My Experience of the 2014 Twin Valley South Tip-Off Tournament Opening Day

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I’m back with another experience post. As the High School Basketball season has returned to the State of Ohio, my broadcasts began in a place where I have called home for a majority of my life: West Alexandria.

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Two for the One-and-One

Greetings readers,

The Premier Basketball League and the Independent Basketball Association have merged forces for the upcoming 2013 season. With the IBA-PBL combined effort, that gives the league seventeen teams which range from Missouri to the state of New York.

Before the merger, the PBL planned to start later than normal. Usually the first tip-off is the last day of December and the rest of the teams open up after New Years Day. This year, the tip will be in March.

If you read this week’s (the week of February 3rd, 2013) release of the Weekly Sports League and Franchise Reporta long paragraph was written about the teams excluded and included in the combined league. If you look at the Premier Basketball League’s old/current site, you can see how the teams are matched up in their divisions. The Eastern Division has nine teams, whereas the Central Division only lay claim to eight. This is the same division split from last year, just with more (and some different) teams.

Representing the PBL are the Lake Michigan Admirals, the Rochester RazorSharks, the Indianapolis Diesels (last year based in Columbus, IN and just the “Indiana Diesels”, and the Bloomington Flex (last year’s Central Illinois Drive, now under new management.) From last year’s IBA, it’s the Indiana Splash (last year’s Gary Splash), Lansing Capitals, Kankakee Soliders, Albany Legends, Lake County Stars, and many others. Joining the frey are the West Virginia Miners and the New Jersey G-Force.

A couple of PBL teams did not make the cut, including the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers and the Dayton Air Strikers. A quick Google search did not bring up a single thing about these teams folding, so I suppose this will end on a cliffhanger.

There are some positives about this merger. With the two divisions, teams will not have to make long trips (I’m talking from New York to Missouri.) You have good rivalries that can build up, such as Lake Michigan vs. Lansing and Indianapolis vs. the former Gary Splash.

Will this merger help bring basketball to markets who don’t have sports? While time will tell this tale, one last thing can be said. It worked for the NBA, didn’t it?

Sources of information from Dan Krieger/Our Sports Central and the Premier Basketball League. Picture from the Independent Basketball Association.

Until next time,


A Knight in Sir Dayton’s Court – The Sequel

Greetings readers,

This is a continuation from the last post, A Knight in Sir Dayton’s Court. I recently added the Dayton Knights as a friend on Facebook, after I wrote the article. After a conversation, I asked if I could ask questions about the new team coming in. This is an interview with the owner and Head Coach Allen Drake.

So, here is some more information about the new basketball team in town, the Dayton Knights!

Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Allen Drake and I am from Toledo, OH. I am a graduate of Urbana University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. While attending Urbana, I played both basketball and football, shortly after decided to focus solely on basketball. As a player I averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds per game and earn all-conference recognition twice. I started coaching at Owen’s Community College during the 2009-2010 season and stay for 2 seasons. Then I returned to Urbana, where I coached for during the 2011-2012 season.

When did you fall in love with the game of basketball?

For as long as I can remember I have always loved sports. There wasn’t a sport that I did not want to try and play. Baseball, basketball, and football were the sports I fell in love with and focused on most growing up. Watching basketball has always given me a different type of excitement. I lacked the natural basketball talent that I may have had that came in other sports, but I always wanted to play and be a part of a team. I became more appreciative of basketball was due to how hard I had to train just to be able to compete with everyone. During the long hours of training learning from my coaches about viewing the game mentally allowed me to see basketball as more than just a physical sport. This showed me that so many things can happen during a game that will cause someone to lose focus but being mentally prepared can help with the physical limitations that arise in a game.

When did the idea of creating the Dayton Knights come from?

The Knights came from being from talking to Travis McAvene, the directors of the UBA (Universal Basketball Association) Eastern Division. Expressing my interest in coaching to him, he then presented me with the opportunity to form the team here in Dayton, OH.

Why the nickname Knights?

The Knights are known as a respected warrior, I believe that is what all athletes are striving to achieve. To be able to show their talents while being respected by all for their efforts to reach their goals of being professional athletes.

Where will the team play for the 2012-2013 season?

Miami Valley High School will be the host location for the Knights. We hope to gain interest from their fan base, as well as gaining the interest of the city.

What league will the Dayton Knights play in?

The Knights will participate in the UBA (Universal Basketball Association). The UBA is an up and coming league that is taking pride with being able to send players to international professional leagues. In a 4 year span, 100 players have been given international contracts.

Who are some of the opponents that the Knights will play? What does the schedule look like?

The schedule is still TBD. Some of the teams The Knights will face are Cambridge (OH) Crush, Cincinnati (OH) Slam, Lancaster (OH) Aftermath, Ohio Hidden Gems (Columbus, OH).

What are some of the goals for your organization this season, on and off the basketball court?

On the court we expect to have a winning season that will allow us to be able to give the community great entertainment. We want to provide role models for all our fans so that people can have relatable people to look up to. With active involvement in community groups, awareness, and encouraging involvement throughout the community and being professionals on and off the court, while remaining loyal to our goals of giving back and building the community while becoming recognized as a national commodity.

What are some of the things fans can expect out of a Knights game?

Great entertainment, fan interaction, and also pregame and post-game interaction with the team.

How much will a ticket cost to catch a Knights game?

General admission for the games are as followed:

Adults – $ 10

Kids 12 & under – $ 5

65 & older – $ 7

3 and under – Free

Season Ticket passes $ 60 (10 games)

Group Tickets Packaging specials are available as well.

Anything you would like to say to people who are reading this post?

The Dayton Knights are eager to get the season started to be able to showcase the ability of the athletes and coaches. We want to thank everyone who has already shown interest and those will we hope to win over from our efforts to uplift the community and being role models on and off the court. For more information about the Dayton Knights, latest news, and upcoming events check out our website at http://daytonknights.wix.com/daytonknights.
There you have it, folks. I’d like to thank Mr. Allen Drake for the interview. If you are interested in checking out the Dayton Knights, the place is Miami Valley High School near Centerville and Kettering.

When the schedule is released, I’ll either post it on the blog or on my Twitter account.

Picture from the Dayton Knights Facebook page. A big thank you goes out to Coach Drake.

Until next time,