Fort Worth F.I.R.M. defeat the New York Generals 84-76 and are crowned 2021 PBA Champions

The Fort Worth F.I.R.M. and New York Generals clashed on 9/19/21 in the PBA Championship that was featured with intensity and high level defense from both teams. The F.I.R.M. were led by Chuck Guy (6’0-PG-92, college: Tarleton St., agency: PBAplayers Agency) who won the first ever Finals MVP for the PBA scoring 18 points and running the offense for the champs. Wolf Rabb had 15, Jeromy Matthews 13, JR Duffey 11 but shotblocker Demontre McFarland 6’11 C 8 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks was instrumental. When McFarland wasn’t blocking shots, he was changing them and was a big part of the reason that New York was kept well below their average.

For the Generals Isaiah White had 14 all coming in the 4th quarter, Curtis Jenkins had 9, Ian Helps (6’6-F-96, Fredonia St.) and Brandon Johnson both added 8.

Both teams showed them belonged in the Finals all weekend but ultimately the interior defense for the F.I.R.M. proved to be the difference.

San Gabriel Valley, CA based Emerald Sports joins the Pro Basketball Association

Emerald Sports and Entertainment (ESE) is a new corporate venture headed by Chairman and CEO Armando Yepes. Armando has had a long career in management and professional sales holding such positions as Regional Contracts Manager, National Sales Manager and Division Vice President of Latin America for companies such as Xerox, IBM and Gaming Systems International. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a law degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles.

Roy Virgen holds the role of COO and President. Roy has had a diverse career which includes years of experience in logistics for UPS, retail for Macy’s and Procter & Gamble, and experience in the sports business working for the Clippers former D-League affiliate, the Anaheim Arsenal. Roy has also had experience working with several teams in the American Basketball Association. Roy holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of La Verne and will oversee day-to-day and gameday operations.

Dr. M. Kahler holds the role of Chief of Staff and Team Chaplain. His background includes sports merchandising and nonprofit management. He oversees a local non-profit ministry and works with developing professional athletes. Dr. Kahler will oversee gameday operations with Roy Virgen, in addition, he will be tasked with helping to support the team’s players with any mental or emotional challenges that may arise.

A fourth member of the ESE is American Education Holdings, the parent organization for California Metropolitan University based out of Montclair, California. The university will be expanding in 2022 to include Sports Management and Leadership degrees and guaranteed internships with the new PBA team. More information about CMU and their programs can be found at www.cmu.ac.

The team will be based in eastern Los Angeles County. The SGV Team’s basketball games are slated to be streamed live on CMU’s internet radio station; a station managed by students playing a mix of commercial Top 40, Alternative Rock, Electronica, and Underground Hip Hop. The team will soon be holding a vote for the new name of this franchise. Team tryouts are slated for 2022. Please direct any questions to Roy Virgen at info@sgvhoops.com

PBA partners with Agent Link

The Pro Basketball Association has partnered with Agent Link. Agent Link has a easy to use platform that helps connect players to coaches, general managers, other team personnel, and agents all at the click of a button. The PBA is continually searching for ways to give the league’s players and coaches every opportunity to ascend to the highest levels of the sport and views Agent Link as a key component to that goal.

PBA Director of International Scouting (Mexico) Taylor leads Ensenada to the Championship of CIBAPAC

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico – Congratulations go out to Laselle Taylor. The 40+ year Head Coach at the professional levels in Mexico has won another championship, this time in Cibapac. Coach Taylor will be in attendance as scouting director at the PBA-LBE Draft Combine held in Chihuahua Mexico 12/16-18, 2021.

Seattle Reign join the PBA

Seattle, WA – The Pro Basketball Association is pleased to announce that a franchise has been awarded to the Seattle Reign. Owner/CEO and CFO for the Reign is Shauna Parton. 

In her 1st year as the leading lady of the The Seattle Reign & finance guru, Shauna Parton, seeks to express & establish the foundation of her optimism by carrying out, executing & completing a vision motivated by presenting a privileged professional basketball opportunity to aspiring young male adult athletes worldwide & those who reside within the Seattle metropolitan area, who are hopeful for & desire to pursue, obtain and make a living at showcasing their basketball talents professionally.

An outstanding, enthusiastic, yet prime competitive professional arm wrestler, Parton knows all too well about the basic fundamentals & advanced practices that are required, should be considered & most certainly fetched by one who is wishing to not only make a living as a sports entertainer, but also make a memorable impact in the communities surrounding the organization.

While being a resource to reignite the excitement for professional basketball sports entertainment in Seattle, team building community service will play an prominent role for the expansion of the organization’s reputation.
With over 20 years of experience as an accountant for a myriad of multi-billion dollar corporations & while possessing a Masters in Finance, Parton plans to imprint files of knowledge into the Seattle Reign front office by managing the affairs of all financial, sponsorship & event planning obligations. 

Shauna is fully confident that if children, young adults, blue-collar workers, veterans & senior citizens have something in the realm of professional basketball to look forward to at least 6 out of a 12 month calendar year, we together can decrease the unnecessary which will make more room for the necessary to thrive herein & throughout our Kent Community!

New York Generals defeat the Columbus Blackhawks in the PBA Eastern Conference Final 114-97

Lewisville, TX – The New York Generals were led by Curtis Jenkins who had 20 points followed by Tyreek White and Nikeem Deleon who both had 15 points each. The win for New York was a complete team effort as everyone on the team contributed.

For the Blackhawks, Alquan Mendenhall (6’0-G-88, college: UWA, agency: PBAPlayers Agency) who lit it up from the three point line finishing with 26 points on 7 threes. Darrell White (5’11”-PG-97, college: MGA, agency: PBAPlayers Agency) had 24. Cortez Chaney (6’2″-G-90, agency: PBAPlayers Agency) had 9 points and 11 assists. Big man Jason Siples F/C college: Chatahoochee V.) had 20.

With the win the Generals advance to the PBA Championship game to face the Western Conference Champion Fort Worth F.I.R.M.

F.I.R.M. defeats Southwest Desertcats in PBA Western Conference Championship game

Lewisville, TX – The F.I.R.M. defeated the Southwest Desertcats in the Western Conference Finals Saturday night by a score of 108-94. The F.I.R.M. was led by Chuck Guy (6’0-PG-92 college: Tarleton State., agency: PBAplayers Agency) who had 27 points along with Jelon Hornbeak who had 21. Wolf Rabb had 16, Jason Smith 17, Jeromy Matthews 10, JR Duffey 11.

The Desertcats were led by Justin Avalos (6’3-G-87, college: Western St.) who had 22 points and hit 6 three pointers. Tevin Caldwell (6’4″-G-93 college: UTEP) had 20, and Jeff Long had 14.

The Fort Worth based F.I.R.M. come out on top over the El Paso based Desertcats in this one and advance to the PBA championship game.

River City Dream joins the PBA

In Danville, Virginia the DREAM continues! Making an impact in Danville, Virginia and surrounding communities, the new professional minor-league basketball team is growing. The River City Dream is lead by Reginald Jeffries, a rising professional from Danville, Virginia. Jeffries is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Inc. and a pawnbroker at Riverside Pawn. The DREAM was founded  in November 2020 to Develop leaders, Restore hope, Empower youth, Aspire greatness, and Motivate everyone.Last year the DREAM competed in the Official Basketball Association’s Independent Division finishing 11-4 and ranked as high as 3rd in the nation!  Defensive standout Justin Manns stated, “My favorite thing about being on this team is the bond we have off the court. I’ve played on other teams and they’re always competitive,” guard Justin Manns said. “This is a different atmosphere than I’m used to. Everyone here is willing to come together as a unit and a family.”  Associate Head Coach Tony White stated that, “Things may seem bad for a while, but eventually it will subside, and good things will come,” he said. “They have to know to stay positive and that dreams can come true.”

For this team, winning games is only the beginning. They are hoping to make their community proud as well. The River City DREAM is looking forward to hosting more events and programs for  Danville, Virginia  and surrounding communities with basketball camps, social events, charity games and more!  River City will begin their training camp on October 3rd, 2021 and will begin preseason action starting in late January.

The DREAM currently has over 10 partners and sponsors including PerfectEye Photography, District 319, ConeWork Professional Basketball Training, and more!  If you would like to become a partner, sponsor, or would want more information about the River City DREAM please contact Reginald Jeffries at 434.429.8717 or via email at Dreamrivercity@gmail.com.

In the meantime we encourage you to follow and like the DREAM on Facebook at RIVER CITY DREAM and to give them a follow on Instagram @Dreamrivercity