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
Federal Way Washington – The Pro Basketball Association announced on Monday that the PNW-VETS had been awarded a franchise in the PBA for the 2021 Spring-Summer Season. Team owners Reginald Robinson, Eaton Wade, Daylon Ramsey, and Malik Montoya will be heading the ownership group for the organization.
Team owner Reginald “Robbyo” Robinson served in the United States Army for 8 years spending three years in Germany, 5 years at Fort Lewis and was an Iraq war veteran. He played in the ABA from 2013-2018 and was later an AAU coach for the Northwest Rockets and for the Tacoma Kings in the American Basketball Association. Robbyo is from Amityville, New York and has three children RJ, Isaiah, and Samiya. Eaton Wade is a Federal Way alumni, played in the ABA for 3 years and was a coach at Decatur High School while also coaching the AAU Northwest Select / Pure team. He’s from West Covina, California. Daylon Ramsey is a Federal Way Alumni and attended Grays Harbor College in 2019 and is a young entrepreneur. Malik Joseph Montoya is from Seattle and was a 4 year varsity letter winner at Federal Way where he was a 2015 State Champion. He played at Seattle University and Central Washington. He is a 40% 3 point shooter career in college. He also coached the AAU 16u Washington Warriors and at Federal Way High School.
“The PNW-VETS are a perfect fit for what our league is all about. Guys like Robbyo that have that military background and experience and know what hard work, commitment, teamwork, and sacrificing for each other means to results on the battlefield and take many of those same principles with them in business and on the court. The PBA has many of their top clubs led by American veterans and that’s something we take pride in. Geographically they fit right in with that Northwest division that already has some great teams with Doc and his Quad City Flames, Michael Bethely and the Lilac City Legends and Ashley Robinson and the Kitsap Admirals. Ashley was instrumental in helping to form the division. I also want to give a tip of the cap to my good friend Dikran Zabunyan in Vancouver, Canada. Our brother to the North of our border was instrumental early on in the process of helping to put this Northwest Division together. He and Ashley and Doc go back a long way together and these guys just felt like family to me right away. I’m excited about having Dikran involved in what we’re doing now and in the future.” Chris Terrell – Commissioner of the PBA
The Pro Basketball Association is the top Spring-Summer Pro league in the United States. Currently over 50 teams Nationwide from Seattle to New York City and everywhere in between, the PBA has divisions in the Northwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, South, and Southwest and plays from May through August with playoffs in September. Salaries in the PBA are in upwards of $1500 per month for experienced overseas players and currently has many teams filling their rosters with top level guys coming home from abroad that want to keep working this summer towards NBA Summer League opportunities and lining them back up to head back overseas in the Fall. The PBA currently has 6 people in their front office with NBA Experience, and the National Director of Scouting for the PBA is current Houston Rockets Coach Antoine Broxsie. Also headed by Commissioner Chris Terrell and Deputy Commissioner Ricky Benitez the PBA has 37 years between them of coaching in first division clubs all over the World including the CBA in China, FIBA Europe, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, and all over the World including Domestic leagues like the CBA, USBL, ABA, WBA, MBL, and TBL among others. The PBA also has 17 International Scouting Directors strategically placed Globally who’s sole purpose is to scout PBA players for opportunities in their countries and those include China, Japan, Australia, France, Hungary, Germany, Argentina, Mexico, the Dominican, Venezuela, and Canada among others. The league has established itself as the premiere platform for agents to get their players in a reputable league that has full 20 category box scores and quality pro looking video for every game. If you want PRO – You want the PBA.