Tag Archives: Men’s Basketball

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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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,

-Lee

The Capital Double (Trouble)

Greetings readers,

I read recently on the Columbus Dispatch asking the readers if the city would be able to hold a NBA team and share a venue with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Currently, there are two pro teams in Columbus. You have the Crew for soccer fans, along with the Blue Jackets in the NHL. There are a few markets that have both a NHL and a NBA team, like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Toronto to name a few.

While a basketball team sounds nice in Columbus, will fans actually see the product? Columbus has had a few basketball teams before, recently the Horizon and the Quest.

One thing you can argue with the possibility of a basketball team is that one college in town. Of course, I mean Columbus State Community College. In all seriousness, Ohio State, Capital, Otterbein…there is a ton of college sports fans, mainly Buckeye fans.

Second, basketball has come and gone throughout Columbus. What makes this plan any sturdier than the others? The Blue Jackets used to fill the arena night in and night out, but the numbers are indeed shrinking.

Third thing: Cleveland is nearby. Would the Cavaliers mind/want a fellow foe just down Interstate 71?

One thing I would like to see is Cincinnati getting a franchise back, but would what do well with the Pacers and Cavs nearby? That’s not relevant to this, though.

Could a NBA franchise work in Columbus? With enough support, I think it would succeed. However, take into account there’s college basketball to watch in the area as well. I say draft some local college folks to play, and you have a good start.

We’ll see what happens. I don’t think Columbus will get that said NBA franchise, but it’s always fun to speculate. In the meantime, support the Crew and Blue Jackets.

Until next time,

-Lee

The More You Coles

Greetings readers,

After a tournament loss to the Toledo Rockets, Miami University Head Coach Charlie Coles called it quits. Since taking the job in 1996, Coles won 263 games with the Redskins/RedHawks and made seven trips to the postseason.

As well as coaching at Miami, Coles has had a few stops at a couple of local high schools and a stint as the Head Coach of the Central Michigan Chippewas. Coles also spent three years (1963-1965) as a Redskin and one of the program’s 1,000 point scorers.

Would you like to know what makes Coach Coles so different than most coaches? You can tell his passion for the game, as well as being a class act. Just ask some of the fans, like Ball State fans, Xavier Coach Chris Mack, Wright State fans, Dayton fans, and many more. The point is, Coles is in a class all by himself. He never minced words, especially

As a former Wright State student/sportscaster, I’ve seen a couple of Coles-led teams at the Nutter Center. I think I’ve only seen one Miami win at home, but one game Wright State won was off a last-second three to win the game (not to mention claim the lead for the first time.) I can tell you about the time when Coach Coles had his post-game interview patched through the main arena, and he was his usual self. I remember the remaining fans laughing and having a good time listening to the post-game show.

This audio clip (located on Raider Roundball) is Coles’ last post-game interview after a Miami-WSU game. I wish I could find the one I described, but alas.

One thing plaguing Coles has been his health. In the early beginnings of his RedHawk head coaching career, he fainted on the court of Western Michigan. He’s had several surgeries during his time at MU. He missed the road trip to Buffalo because of a virus. He has also had his heart reshaped.

While it’s tough to leave any job at your Alma Mater, I feel like it was the best for the Coach. With his health problems, he needs some time to enjoy with his family. It will be different for fans to see another coach take to the sidelines with the Oxford Red Birds, but I think Charlie needed a break.

Happy retirement, Coach Coles.

To close off this post, here is one of my favorite post-game interviews by Coles, as well as Cincinnati.com’s Top 5 Moments.

Sources of information from muredhawks.com, cincinnati.com, The Wright State Proboards, udpride.com, and raiderroundball.com. Picture from the Muncie Star Press.

Until next time,

-Lee

Going Premier in Dayton for 2012!

Greetings readers, Happy New Year!

The Premier Basketball League is once again playing basketball! The season began on New Year’s Eve, with the Rochester RazorSharks shaving off the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Steamers 107-98. We also had a charity game between the Chicago Muscle and the Central Illinois Drive out of Bloomington. The Drive won 96-90 over Chicago.

The Dayton Air Strikers open up their season by hosting the Charleston Gunners at Trent Arena in Kettering. As you can tell, I’m pumped about this season because I’m broadcasting for the Strikers. It’ll be my first game as the Air Strikers broadcaster in Trent Arena. I’ll have a good view of the game from the track (that’s assuming that will be the same setup as last year.)

I’m also excited because there will also be more coverage this time around. There is the Premier BasketBlog, which focuses on all eleven teams of the PBL. The writer has put in some exceptional work to the blog so far, and we’re just one game in (two if you count the charity game, which the PBL standings don’t.) There is also a forum just for the PBL, which you can view here.

There is also two sports sites for the Dayton area in Dayton Pro Sports and Dayton Sports Beat. Both sites provide great coverage to the sporting world in the Dayton area. While the Sports Beat has been focusing on high school sports, I think he’ll also cover the players who have local ties. I like both sites and love the articles published, so hopefully you the readers will give them a look.

Hopefully I will see all three of the site managers at a game this season.

With that said, this looks like a new dawn of Air Strikers basketball. I’m looking forward to another season behind the microphone, broadcasting some good old basketball action in Dayton, Ohio!

Let the games begin!

Sources of information from the Premier BasketBlog website, Dayton Sports Beat, Dayton Pro Sports, the Pantagraph, and Premier Basketball League website.

Until next time,

-Lee