Summer 2022 PBA by 1891 Awards Ceremony

Arlington, TX – The Summer 2022 PBA by 1891 season featured over 500 players Nationwide and several were featured in the Awards Ceremony this past Sunday. Player of the Year 6’5 SG Quintarius Porter (Mississippi Hawks) was among the league leaders in the Nation in Scoring, Rebounding, FG%, and 3P shooting. Final 4 MVP Wolf Rabb (Fort Worth F.I.R.M.) was also featured on the 1st Team All-PBA and the do everything 6’5 PG can spend time at all 5 positions on the floor and fills up the box score in Scoring, Assists, Rebounds, Shooting percentage, and is known as a stout defender. Rabb also won Final 4 MVP helping the F.I.R.M. repeat as Champions. Cortez Chaney (Georgia Vipers) is a 6’3 guard that following a trend here in the awards, does a little bit of everything really well. He can score, play make, was among the league leaders in assists and steals. He’s a big part of the reason why Georgia has won two consecutive Southeast championships. His partner on the wing is Cornelius Thomas (Georgia Vipers). Thomas led the Nation in field goals made and was among the leaders in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage. George Stanberry (TTE) is an absolute scoring machine. Inside – outside, just over half court, hand in his face, on the move, knock down scorer!

2nd Team All-PBA: Lamar Morinia (Bluetails), Eddie Sims (Just Hoops), Jonathan Milligan (Just Hoops), Treyvon Butler (Sternmen), and Reuben Berry (Blazers).

3rd Team All-PBA: Anthony Jackson (Blazers), Jaylin Robinson (Snipers), Steven McDonald (Just Hoops), Lavelle Smith (Reign), Darrell White (Vipers).

Honorable Mention: Jelon Hornbeak (F.I.R.M.) Malik Montoya (Vets), Chasten King (F.I.R.M.), Chris Robinson (Rockets), Tre Jackson (Snipers), Jordan Neal (Snipers), Travis Sprigg (Bullies, Vets), Jaron Washington Thomas (Knights), Seth Warfield (Bluetails), Da’Quan Forrest (Hawks), Jamarcus Nunnally (Snipers).

Coaches of the Year: Don Waters (F.I.R.M.), Brian Brown (Bluetails), Angela Culliver (Vipers), Eaton Wade (Vets)

Final 4 MVP: Wolf Rabb

F.I.R.M. become the two-time defending Champions, defeat New Mexico

Arlington, TX – The Fort Worth F.I.R.M. have been on a mission for 2 years. The 2021 PBA Champion went undefeated in 2022 and proved their value once again when it counted most in the Final 4. New Mexico having come off an impressive victory over Georgia came into the game riding their explosive 2-man game with Lamar Morinia and Devon Williams. The F.I.R.M. countered with veteran leader Wolf Rabb, shooters in Jelon Hornbeak and Chasten King, and pick and pop big man JR Duffy along with the high flying, shot blocking, big man Damontrae McFarland. Rabb just seemed to be able to control the game from the onset. At 6’5 and 225lbs he’s a little bit of a mismatch for most point guards and he’s savvy with it. He just knows how to use his body and create angles, and get into a pick and roll game with the post in an elbow series that the F.I.R.M. runs really effectively. He was effective getting into the paint against smaller guards that are a second late on the ball screen action or backing out and creating space for a switch mismatch, or finding the perfect timing for the pocket pass that was allowing his bigs to finish high percentage shots right at the goal. It’s not that the Bluetails couldn’t score. Sure they started off slowly but they always do. It was the percentage from the field they were allowing that really seemed to doom their chances for a second half comeback. Inevitably the F.I.R.M. did what the F.I.R.M. do defeating New Mexico 102-88 and earning the PBA Championship in the process. Wolf Rabb was named Final 4 MVP.

New Mexico advances to Championship Game defeating Georgia

Arlington, TX – New Mexico Bluetails and Georgia Vipers both came into the Nationals having won their divisions, the Southwest and the Southeast respectively. Both organizations having only experienced one loss over the course of the season. The two teams proved to be fairly evenly matched throughout this one. Georgia was up early and seemed to be ready to break away late in the first half but the Bluetails got a little momentum starting to buckle down a little bit at the defensive end and then going to a combination of Guard Lamar Morinia and Forward Devon Williams to help get them back in the game just before halftime. For the Vipers, who had rode the electric play of Guard Cortez Chaney and Swing forward Cornelius Thomas en-route to this opportunity, they just lost momentum and were frustrated attacking the basket in the second half. The set defense of the Bluetails with a little more size and length inside proved to be the difference as Williams was a difficult matchup on both ends, serving as an effective secondary scoring option on one end and also helping to form that wall on the defensive end as well. Bluetails advance defeating Georgia in this one 97-86.

F.I.R.M. defeat PNW Vets to advance to PBA by 1891 Championship Game

Arlington, TX – The defending champion Fort Worth F.I.R.M. handled business on Saturday evening getting out early on the PNW Vets and maintaining the advantage to come away with the victory. For the Northwest champion Vets, they had a lot of momentum behind them coming into this game. Fresh off a Division final against Base Hill Bullies that put an exclamation mark on their one loss season, PNW came to the Dallas area as the 4 seed in the PBA. Guys like Malik Montoya at guard, Kwame Bates on the wing, and James Edwards inside had the Seattle/Tacoma area Vets advancing from the Northwest. For the defending champion F.I.R.M. they got out early and often behind eventual Final 4 MVP G/F Wolf Rabb, Guard Chasten King, and sharpshooting combo guard Jelon Hornbeak. Final score F.I.R.M. 100 Vets 71

News from around the Association – Week ending 6/11/22

This week in the PBA and LPBA! 

In the Southeast, Georgia Vipers appeared on ABC, along with Georgia Venom and Mississippi Magnolias and Hawks were both on CBS. Those teams join Southwest Florida Blazers (ABC), Chattanooga Spades (Fox), and Dothan Snipers (ABC) as 8 teams in total appeared on a major network affiliate last week. Itโ€™s a good time to be a part of the PBA and LPBA! 

The Pacific Northwest kicked off this past weekend and saw the Base Hill Bullies hold off the Seattle Reign in Orting, WA 97-77. The Northwest features the aforementioned Bullies and Reign, but expansion Bellevue Strategy and defending division champs PNW Vets will have something to say about the crown when it’s all said and done.

In the South, BLTN went to Oklahoma and defeated the Kings 95-89 at the Hive in Edmond. 
The F.I.R.M. had their annual summer camp for kids in Fort Worth and always do their part to make a difference in the community.  

DK Eldridge made his appearance for DFW Just Hoops just over a week ago in a win against BLTN that went to overtime 121-120. Players of the game Cedric Harris and Eddie Sims both had stand out performances and will be recognized as co-players in that win. 

In the Midwest, MSP Pride had a road trip in Tennessee and battled Music City And Trained to Eat over the weekend. Music City Kings winning 97-86 and TTE winning 147-81. 

More Southeast news – The LPBA had the Ladies Pro Basketball Association rocking with Mississippi Magnolias winning 73-43 over Georgia Venom. 

Georgia Vipers defeated Mississippi Hawks 105-93 as a part of the first PBA – LPBA double header in league history. Georgia and Mississippi both picking up a win. 

In the Southwest, Que Hines erupted for 39 at New Mexico on June 4th and received recognition this week for the performance. 

In the Northeast, New York DLS Rockets was triumphant in Pennsylvania defeating the Firefighters 89-55. Pocono Peacemakers best New York Empire 96-91. 

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News from around the Association – Week of 6/2/22-6/5/22

What a week in the PBA! BLTN started the week off with a 20 point victory and then New Mexico jumped all over Plainview 140-96. Que Hines had 35 in a losing effort but shined bright. Three teams had appearances in the news with Southwest Florida Blazers being featured on ABC-7, Dothan Snipers were also on ABC, and Chattanooga Spades were shown on Fox. Darrell White, Wolf Rabb, Cornelius Thomas and Jason Siples were players of the week. The aforementioned Blazers beat Montgomery Knights 89-73. DFW Just Hoops needed overtime to hold off BLTN 121-120. The F.I.R.M. in a battle of unbeaten beat crosstown rival Metroplex Lightning 114-89. Georgia Vipers also remain undefeated, needing overtime, but winning over Chattanooga Spades 99-96. Dothan Snipers defeated Louisiana Kingdom Riders 93-77 and New York Empire beat D.L.S. Rockets 93-88 in a great game. In the Pacific Northwest, the PNW Vets held their media day as players and coaches were announced.

Memorial Weekend in the PBA

May 30, 2022 – PBA action from the holiday weekend was in full effect Nationwide. Peacemakers and Midcoast Sternmen (Maine) was a matchup of two high powered teams. Sternmen coming off their season opener at Pennsylvania Firefighters the night before being a sucessful one for them 113-85 but fell to the Pocono Peacemakers on Sunday 85-77, splitting on the road. 
Metroplex Lightning went 2-0 on the weekend in Dallas defeating Oklahoma 107-90 on Saturday and Better Late than Never 130-115 on Sunday. Dothan went on the road and got a tough win at Mississippi Hawks 116-101. TTE beat Montgomery Knights (Alabama) in Nashville 92-91. The aforementioned Peacemakers also went 2-0 having defeated New York DLS on Saturday. 
The defending PBA champion Fort Worth F.I.R.M. stay undefeated on the young season at 2-0 by defeating DFW Just Hoops 110-97.

Bluetails host US Airforce in Exhibition

Bernalillo, NM – New Mexico Bluetails defeated the Air Force All Stars 133 – 98. NM Bluetails shot 60% from the 3pt line while hitting 19 of 32 from distance.ย Cam Cauley lead the way with 30 points on 5/6 from long distance. The New Mexico Bluetails franchise and the Pro Basketball Association want to celebrate our heroes in the US Armed Services this Memorial Day. Thank you for all the sacrifices you make and God bless the U.S.A.

San Antonio Powerhouse awarded PBA franchise

San Antonio, TX – The Pro Basketball Association is pleased to announce that a franchise has been awarded to the Sam Antonio Powerhouse. The first year PBA Head Coach/Team Owner, Patrick Rodriquez, has 15 years of coaching experience at all levels and knows what it takes to put a winning product on the floor. 
San Antonio joins the South Division and pairs nicely with the franchise awarded to the Texas Roughriders based out of the Austin area that was announced yesterday. Joining those clubs in the South is the defending PBA Champion F.I.R.M. out of Fort Worth, Metroplex Lightning (Dallas), DFW Just Hoops, Shreveport based Louisiana Kingdom Riders, North Texas Prowlers (Argyle, TX), Plainview Knights (20 miles north of Lubbock), Oklahoma Kings, BLTN (Arlington, TX). Organizations in the South will also play some intra-league matchups with the Southwest Division New Mexico Bluetails. 
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Chattanooga, TN ownership group acquires Knoxville Yellowjackets – moves team

Chattanooga, TN – The Pro Basketball Association has announced that the Knoxville Yellowjackets has been acquired in a move that will help bring pro basketball to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Antonio McMath and Preston Halbert are the principles owners of the Chattanooga Spades. 
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