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Buffalo 716ers sign Buffalo State College Standout Jake Simmons

BUFFALO, NY (January 18, 2015) — Rochester, NY native, and Buffalo State College graduate Jake Simmons has signed a one year contract to play professional basketball for the Buffalo 716ers.  The 716ers are members of the PBL eastern division.

Simmons graduated as the all-time scoring leader for the Bengals, with 2,079.  With 17 games remaining in his senior season, Simmons only needed 33 points to tie the record that Randy Smith set in 1971.

Smith’s record has stood for 41 years.  Smith was drafted by the NBA Buffalo Braves in 1971, and went on to play for the San Diego Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, and Atlanta Hawks.

Simmons went on to score 43 points in a game against Central Penn College on December 14, 2012.  Ultimately Simmons broke Smith’s record by nearly 400 points.

Simmons averaged 19 points per game, collected a total of 349 rebounds, 234 steals, and 28 blocked shots for the Bengals.  He is the first player in school history to score over 2,000 points.

Following graduation, Simmons played basketball in Greece for the Eurobasket Summer League Championship.

Simmons made his PBL debut for the Buffalo 716ers on January 17, 2015 against the Pee Dee Vipers.

“You don’t find pure shooters in this game anymore, so the signing of Jake will change the depth of our team,” stated Buffalo 716ers owner and head coach Slaughter.

 

Buffalo 716ers Defeat Lynchburg Titans 141 – 80

BUFFALO, NY — The Buffalo 716ers defeated the Lynchburg Titans for the second time this season with a 141 – 80 win in front of a loud sold out crowd at the Thunderdome at Tapestry Charter School.

With this victory the 716ers improve to 3-2, while the Titans drop to 0-5 for the season.

Guard Shaun Fenner was named the Subway Eat Fresh MVP of the game.  Fenner scored 8 points, had 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists.

“I appreciate the fans coming out today and supporting the Buffalo 716ers, and I really appreciate being a part of this great team.  I just came out and played my hardest, and we came out with a victory today,” said Fenner.

This game saw five players score at least 10 or more points: Johnny Marsh (20), Robert McKiver (15), Glenroy Carr (16), and Travonta Gatewood (10).  Carr led the team in rebounds with 14.

The 716ers travel to Rochester tomorrow to play the Razorsharks at 1 pm.

 

716ers Prepare for Busy Weekend Following Holiday Break

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Buffalo, NY- With the opening month of the PBL season in the books, a rejuvenated 716ers squad will look to build on their 2-2 start with a pair of key division games this coming weekend. The action begins Saturday when the Lynchburg Titans make their second trip to the Tapestry Charter School Thunderdome for a 2:00 pm contest. The sides met on opening day, with the 716ers coming away with a 127-82 victory led by Glenroy Carr’s 21 point, 8 rebound effort and Antonio Speed, whose 14 point, 18 rebound performance earned him Subway Eat Fresh MVP honors. Saturday will also be our Military Appreciation Day, fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt and will be treated to a halftime performance by rising Country music star, Alyssa Trahan!

After Saturday’s game, it will be a quick turnaround as the 716ers will hop on the Thruway to visit the Rochester Razorsharks for a 1:00 pm matchup on Sunday. The 716ers fell to the Razorsharks in their last game before the Holiday break, 108-95, unable to hold on to a third quarter lead over the defending PBL champions. 716ers G Robert McKiver will look to have another big game against his former team, after posting a team-high 24 points in the December 21 defeat and building on a stellar start to the season, in which he leads the 716ers in points (24.0 ppg) and assists (6.3 apg).

It has been confirmed that Sunday’s pivotal game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app! For information on how to access ESPN3, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd5ocEtep80

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