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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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Our hearts are heavy with sadness at the passing of Amir Billups

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BUFFALO, NY (February15, 2015) — It is with a heavy heart that the Buffalo 716ers must announce the tragic passing of Amir Billups, a starting point guard.  Billups, 24, was killed in a multi-car pile up in Morrow County, Ohio, near Columbus on February 14, 2015.

Amir Billups is a second cousin of NBA star Chauncey Billups.

Amir Billups is a 2008 graduate from Starpoint High School. While at Starpoint he scored 855 points as a four year starter on the varsity team.

Billups returned to Starpoint on March 19, 2014 for an alumni basketball game. Billups won the halftime 3-point shooting contest, sinking 9 of 15 shots.

He attended SUNY Fredonia and graduated with a Business Administration major, and a minor in Sports Management.  Billups played on the Blue Devils basketball team for three of his four years as a college athlete, averaging 12 points per game and over 700 points.  While at Fredonia he picked up the nickname Bucketz.      

Billups joined the 716ers for their inaugural 2013 – 2014 season. During this first season, Billups averaged over 8 points per game, scoring a total of 93 for the season. Billups rarely missed a free throw, making over 73% of his shots from the line. Offensive stats alone are only a partial measurement of the leadership he brought to the team. Billups brought a sense of confidence to the team and quickly turned into a leader on the court, both in practices and during games. This helped Billups earn the title of team captain, a title he continued to hold through the 2014 – 2015 season.

Prior to the start of the 2013 – 2014 regular season Billups was one of a handful of players selected to travel to Los Angeles and participate in a NBA-Sanctioned summer pro league. In five games played he averaged 22.8 points per game, which was among the top five out of all players, and earned him all-star recognition for the tournament. His play also earned him a tryout with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Developmental League (D League), as well as gained the attention of scout’s from Mexico’s LNBP, their top professional league.  Billups played professionally in Mexico for one season.

“I have had the privilege of coaching & representing Amir Billups as an agent for the past three years. I am extremely thankful that I had the privilege to know such a great person on and off the court. He trusted me with his career, and always stayed loyal. He was very humble but could shoot the lights out! We lost him without warning. He was not only my player, but family to the Slaughter’s. You will forever be missed “Bucketz,”” said Buffalo 716ers owner and head coach Tawan Slaughter.

“Saturday around 8pm I heard one of my best friend Amir Billups passed away. Words can’t even describe how I’m feeling. I lost a little brother today. RIP Bucketz. I love you forever.” said an emotional Damien Goodwin, 716ers assistant coach and college teammate of Billups.

“I’m speechless. I lost a good friend of mine. I’m hurting,” said 716ers assistant coach Victor Arroyo.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made by the family.

Buffalo 716ers Sign Boris Calhoun Jr

BUFFALO, NY (February 4, 2015) — the Buffalo 716ers have signed 6’ guard Boris Calhoun Jr.  Fresh off a professional season with UU-Korihait in Finland, Calhoun is looking forward to playing professionally closer to home.  A native of Rochester, Calhoun graduated from East High School in 2004, and played his college ball at Genesee Community College.

“Bringing in a top quality guard with overseas experience will help the dynamics of this team.  We needed to make some big changes in order to make a playoff run this season,” stated head coach and owner Tawan Slaughter.

Calhoun’s first game with the 716ers will be Saturday, February 7 2015 when they host the Erie Hurricane at the Thunderdome at Tapestry Charter School.  Doors open at 1 pm.  Tickets are available online at buffalo716ers.net.

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