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716ers Announce New Youth Division

BUFFALO, NY (March 19, 2015) — The Buffalo 716ers, members of the Premier Basketball League (PBL) east division, will field youth basketball teams in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). This new club, called the 716ers Elite, will field both boys and girls teams for ages 8 through 18.

There will be 9 divisions for both the boys and girls: 8 & under, 9 years old, 10 years old, 11 years old, 12 years old, 13 years old, 14 years old, 15-16 year olds, and 17-18 year olds.

A total of 240 youth will be selected to participate in this program.

The club will feature current 716ers coaches Tawan Slaughter, Mario Williams, Victor Arroyo, and Damien Goodwin. Williams will coach the 15u boys team, Goodwin will coach the 16u boys team, and Arroyo will coach the 17u boys team. Joe Scarsella has been hired to coach the 14u boys team.

“I have seen the love and community support the 716ers have received for the last two years, and saw a need in this community for a highly competitive youth basketball program. There is a difference between playing in a house league and the AAU. The 716ers Elite program has been developed to teach kids the true fundamentals and skills of the game. All of the coaches we bring in will have played collegiately, and are now coaching either collegiately, professionally, or at a high level of the game,” said Buffalo 716ers Elite founder Tawan Slaughter.

Kendra Brim, a former Nardin High School and Colgate University star, is the first coach brought in to coach a female team. As a student at Nardin, Brimm scored 1,184 points, including her record breaking 486 points as a senior. As a senior Brimm led Nardin to the State Catholic Championship. Brimm scored 325 points, 184 rebounds, 28 blocked shots and 27 steals as a collegiate athlete at Colgate.

Brimm will coach the 16u girls team. For the past three seasons Brimm has been the varsity basketball coach at Nardin High School for the past three season.

Candidates are currently being evaluated for the remaining coaching vacancies. Those interested in coaching can send their letter of interest and resume to 716erseliteaau@buffalo716ers.net

In addition to Buffalo area youth playing in the program, there will be one team from canada representing the 716ers Elite.

Youth tryout dates will be announced shortly. Parents that are interested in registering their child can send an e-mail to 716erseliteaau@buffalo716ers.net. Please indicate the child’s name, age, grade in school, and school they currently attend. Students must maintain a high grade point average to remain eligible to participate.

Buffalo 716ers Fall To Rochester Razorsharks 134-97 In Regular Season Finale

BUFFALO, NY — In their first game at their new home at The Park School of Buffalo, the 716ers were defeated by the visiting Razorsharks 134 – 97. The 716ers end the regular season with a 7 – 10 record, and have clinched the final playoff spot in the PBL eastern division. The Razorsharks improve to 14 – 0, and will finish the season on the road tomorrow against the 3 – 9 Erie Hurricane.

The 716ers offense was led by veteran guard Devon Dawson (26) and veteran forward Glenroy Carr (21). Rookie forward Boris Calhoun Jr. lit up the scoreboard in the fourth quarter making a number of three point shots.

“This was an ugly game for us, there’s no way to sugarcoat it. We’re lucky we already clinched a playoff spot. We’ve got a lot of hard work to put in this week, and we will come back next weekend a stronger team,” said 716ers owner and head coach Tawan Slaughter.

Following the conclusion of all regular season games the PBL will determine which teams will face each other in the playoffs. The PBL has said they will make this announcement early in the week.

716ers Announce New Home Venue

BUFFALO, NY (March 3, 2015) — After two years playing home games at Tapestry Charter School, the Buffalo 716ers today announce they will begin playing at The Park School of Buffalo, in Amherst.  The 716ers will play their first game at their new home on Saturday, March 7th at 2pm against the Rochester Razorsharks.

The 716ers staff and players extend a heartfelt thank you to the management of Tapestry Charter School for being gracious hosts.  The team played two summer league seasons, their first PBL season, and most of their second PBL season at Tapestry.

“Tapestry has been a good home for us from our beginning. They’ve opened their doors to us when we were an unknown and unproven team. Thank you for that. The Park School has provided us with a cost effective contract, allowing us to reinvest even more resources into our team and sign top talent,” said team owner and head coach Tawan Slaughter.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are available online at buffalo716ers.net.

Buffalo 716ers defeat the Erie Hurricane 135-125

The Buffalo 716ers defeated the Erie Hurricane, 135-125 in Jamestown, NY. The Buffalo 716ers came into the game with all heart after honoring their recently fallen captain, Amir Billups, and came out shooting, never trailing once throughout the game. The 716ers were led by Brandon Caruthers with 28 points. “We had a very emotional weekend, but we bonded together to get two wins this weekend,” stated Coach Slaughter. 

Buffalo 716ers defeat the Phildelphia Flight in honor of Amir Billups 143-114

Buffalo 716ers Defeat Philadelphia Flight 143-114 To Conclude Emotional Day
 
BUFFALO, NY — On the day the Buffalo 716ers honored their fallen captain Amir Billups, they completed the emotional day with a 143-114 victory. The 716ers improve their record to 5-7, moving into third place in the PBL east.
 
The standing room only crowd at Thunderdome at Tapestry Charter School was on hand to pay tribute and say farewell to Billups.  
 
There was a moment of silence with the crowd pointing their index finger to the sky as a tribute to Billups who wore number one.
 
The 716ers had the lead from the beginning, scoring the first basket of the game.  Their offense was led by Brandon Calhoun, scoring 27 points, including three 3-point shots late in the fourth quarter.
 
Devon Dawson scored his highest single game total with 22 points.  Dawson made six of his eight free throw attempts.
 
Four other 716ers scored at least 10 or more points: Emil Clayton (16), Glenroy Carr (15), Jake Simmons (18),  and Travonta Gatewood (12).
 
The 716ers are back in action on Sunday when they travel to take on the 3-8 Erie Hurricane.
 
“This was the hardest game I’ve ever had to coach, and the hardest one for the players to play. I’m proud of everyone today. The tributes today to Amir were so beautiful and moving. I miss him, and wanted to show his parents how many lives he touched. The guys played with heart. This victory is dedicated to Amir,” said Tawan Slaughter, 716ers owner and head coach.
 
The 716ers return home on Saturday, March 7th to face the Philadelphia Flight

Buffalo 716ers set to honor Amir Billups on February 21st at 2pm

The Buffalo 716ers will dedicate their February 21st game to ” Amir Billups.” The team is set to take on the Philadelphia Flight at 2pm. The game will take place at Tapesry Charter School,located at 65 Great Arrow, Buffalo, NY 14216.   The 716ers are planning a very special halftime ceremony in rememberance of Amir Billups. 

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