We are sad to post that the Premier Basketball League has written, and posted a false press release of the reason why we left their league. That press release just goes to show how unprofessional that league has become. There were many reasons as to why we left that league, and the biggest reason is the playoffs were cancelled two seasons in a row, team were not showing for games, cancelled games, lack of teams in the Eastern Division, and many financial issues, that the league has behind the scenes. We have decided to put our team in a better situation. We will be notifying our legal team to handle the matter.
We wish the Premier Basketball League the best!
Owner & President.
BUFFALO, NY (April 20, 2015) — The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that the Buffalo 716ers has been added to its growing list of expansion teams. The 716ers will compete in the Northeast Division.
“We are thrilled to have Tawan Slaughter and her team in the ABA,” stated Joe Newman, ABA co-founder. “She has proven herself to be a great leader both on and off the court – and the 716ers will be a wonderful addition to our Northeast Division.”
For the first two years of their existence, the 716ers were members of the Premier Basketball League’s (PBL) Eastern Division. During the inaugural 2013 – 2014 season the team finished in third place in the division with an 8 – 7 record. The season did not start out promising, with the 716ers standing at 1-7 at the midway point. Those seven losses were the only ones the 716ers would see for the season before embarking on an impressive six game winning streak. On April 3, 2014 the PBL dismissed the undefeated, and two-time defending league champions Bloomington Flex. This changed the entire playoff structure, and the league announced that the second place Indianapolis Diesels would represent the Midwest Division in the finals and the Rochester Razorsharks would represent the Eastern Division.
At this time there was one remaining regular season game, which would not count for anything. The Carolina Pee Dee Vipers announced to the league they are refusing to travel to Rochester, NY for a meaningless game unless a revised playoff structure was implemented. The Eastern Division would have remained the same for the playoffs, with the Razorsharks in first, the Vipers in second, and the 716ers in third. All teams in the Midwest division would have moved up one position, making the Diesels the first place team, the Lima (OH) Express in second, and the Lake Michigan Admirals in third.
All owners, except for Dr. Sev Hrywnak, the Razorsharks owner and PBL Chairman, agreed to this proposed change. Had the PBL revised their playoff format and not declared division winners, the 716ers would have made the playoffs in their first season. The Razorsharks defeated the Express to capture the 2013-2014 PBL Championship.
The 716ers started the 2014 – 2015 season the same way they finished ‘13 – ‘14, winning the first two games and extending their winning streak to nine. The 716ers finished the season 7 – 10, good for third place in the PBL Eastern Division. Even with a sub .500 record the PBL announced that Buffalo had earned the third and final playoff spot in the division. Less than one week later the PBL announced that the Razorsharks would represent the East and the Lake Michigan Admirals the Midwest in the finals. The Razorsharks defeated the Admirals to capture the 2014 – 2015 PBL Championship.
Tawan Slaughter, owner and head coach, began developing the idea for bringing a professional minor league basketball team to Buffalo in the fall of 2012. Slaughter graduated from Christian Central Academy, Williamsville NY, where she played point guard for the Crusaders. As a four year varsity starter she broke the all-time leading scoring record with 2256 points, averaging 38.9 points per game. She started her collegiate career at Fredonia State before transfering to Buffalo State College for her final two years. Slaughter graduated from Buffalo State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She continued her education at Canisius College, where she earned a Master’s of Science in Education.
Since forming the 716ers Slaughter established the Erie Hurricane, who were also members of the PBL Eastern Division for the last two season. She also formed Royalty Sports Management as a tool to help players live their dreams by playing professional basketball.
“When you have been successful in this business for three years,” stated Slaughter, “you pretty much know the ins and outs. It is refreshing to be a part of a league that celebrates all of its teams and actually allows teams to participate in the playoffs.
The 2015 – 2016 ABA season starts in November. The 716ers will host a six team preseason tournament in Buffalo prior to the start of the regular season.
The 716ers Elite has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to help off-set the travel expenses for our parents and families. Please consider donating to help these youth players in their goal of playing basketball.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, 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.