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716ers sign Edinboro Standout Jonny Marsh for the 2014-2015 season

Jonny Marsh the 6’1 standout for Edinboro University is the second player from the combine over the weekend to sign with the Buffalo 716ers for the 2014-2015 season. Jonny averaged 23..3 ppg. He shot over 50 percent from the floor. Jonny is a native of Buffalo, NY, so fans make sure you come out to support our local talent.


Buffalo 716ers sign Isaiah Holman from John Jay College for the 2014-2015 season

Isaiah Holman is the first player the Buffalo 716ers have signed for the 2014-2015 season. Isaiah is a 6’3 shooting guard that played for John Jay College. He shot 40.0 percent from the 3pt range. Isaiah was one of the players from New York City at our combine over the weekend.


Buffalo 716ers Announce 2014 Draft Class

Chicago, IL- The Premier Basketball League held their annual draft Monday night, and your Buffalo 716ers selected two players that will be able to contribute immediately on our quest for the 2014-15 PBL Championship.


First Round: The 716ers held the seventh overall pick, and selected G/F Corey Bellovich from NCAA Division II Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Corey Bellovich (Photo Credit: Clarion University)

Corey Bellovich (Photo Credit: Clarion University)

The 6’3″ native of Pittsburgh, PA is a matchup nightmare as he is too big for most guards and too quick for most forwards. In two seasons at Clarion, Corey demonstrated his athleticism, shooting range, rebounding ability, and defensive prowess. Corey attended Keystone Oaks High School in Pittsburgh, where he averaged 26.7 points per game and 13.2 rebounds per game. Corey still ranks second on Keystone Oaks’ all-time leading scorer list with 1,722 career points.


Second Round: With the seventh pick in the second round (17th overall), the 716ers selected G David Johnson from NAIA Division I powerhouse Oklahoma Baptist University.

David Johnson (Photo Credit: Oklahoma Baptist University)

David Johnson (Photo Credit: Oklahoma Baptist University)

The 6’1″ Chicago native began his collegiate career at Waubonsee Community College in Illinois, where he was named to the All-Conference and All-Region teams. In his first season at Oklahoma Baptist, David averaged 7.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, and earning All-Sooner Athletic Conference Team honors as the Bison went 32-5 and made it all the way to the NAIA Tournament Championship Game. In his second season at OBU, David flourished. Starting every game for the Bison, David averaged 12.8 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, shot 49.6% from the floor, and earned 3rd team NAIA All-American honors as he led the Bison on another deep postseason run. David’s speed, toughness, shooting touch, and lockdown defending will cause many sleepless nights for PBL coaches this season.


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Danny Spewak is now Providing Live Play-by-Play for the Buffalo 716ers

Buffalo, NY (September 8, 2014) – Missouri native, all around sports fan, and WGRZ reporter Danny Spewak joins the Buffalo 716ers staff as the team’s official play-by-play announcer. The 716ers are Buffalo’s only professional basketball team, playing in the eastern division of the Premier Basketball League (PBL)

“I am a very passionate sports fan who sees a world of potential for the sport of basketball in Western New York,” said Spewak.

Spewak’s duties as play-by-play announcer will begin when the PBL season begins in December. Spewak has a long history of covering professional sports as both a reporter, and freelance journalist, in his native Missouri.

“Having Danny join our organization is a blessing. He actually reached out to me because he saw all the wonderful opportunities our players have to continue to grow to the next level. Danny is very enthusiastic about sports at all levels, he truly is a blessing to have him join our family,” said Tawan Slaughter, owner and head coach of the Buffalo 716ers.

Those opportunities Slaughter was referring to include having a handful of her players sign professional contracts to play over seas, as well as hosting two scouting events in the month of September.

The Buffalo 716ers will hold a private, invitation only, workout for 50 selected basketball players on Sunday, September 7th.  The workout will began at 1 pm at Tapestry Charter School, in Buffalo.

Represented at this event include National Basketball Association (NBA) agents, European professional agents, and agents representing teams in Central America. Baseline Agency, Sports Management Worldwide, The Landmarq Agency, and Kenny Sherman International will all have representatives in attendance.

The following weekend, on Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th, the Buffalo 716ers jointly host public tryouts with four additional professional teams.  Coaches and scouts from the Buffalo 716ers, Erie Hurricane, and Rochester RazorSharks from the PBL, and the Brampton A’s and Mississauga Outlaws of the National Basketball League (NBL) of Canada will be in attendance seeking new talent for their respective organizations. 


About the Buffalo 716ers

The Buffalo 716ers are Buffalo’s only professional basketball team, competing in the Premier Basketball League (PBL). Home games are played at Tapestry Charter School, 65 Great Arrow Ave., Buffalo, NY. The owner/coach is Tawan Slaughter, who is from Buffalo, is committed to bringing professional basketball back to Buffalo.

Please contact Tawan Slaughter, owner of the Buffalo 716ers for additional information at 716-986-3433 or

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Fan Events and Contests

Buffalo, NY- The 2014-15 Buffalo 716ers season is fast approaching, and we are excited to begin our second season as Western New York’s only professional basketball team! We are pleased to announce part of our lineup of great events and contests for the best fans in the PBL! Be sure to look for these events and more as you cheer on your 716ers at the Tapestry Charter School Thunderdome this season:

  • Fan Photo of the Game: Tweet a picture of you enjoying the game using #716ersFanPhoto for the chance to be named the 716ers Fan of the Game and win a prize!
  • 716ers Girls T-shirt Toss: Our 716ers Girls Dance Team will be looking for our loudest and most passionate fans to catch official team t-shirts!
  • Guess the Attendance: Before halftime of each home game, submit your guess of how many 716ers fans are in attendance! The fan with the closest guess will win a team prize pack!
  • Dress Like a 716er: Two of our younger 716er fans will get a chance to win great prizes in the return of our Dress Like a 716er contest! Contestants will put on an official 716er practice uniform, dribble down the court, and score before their opponent!
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