Excitement surrounds the Scranton Shamrocks as they open their first season as a member of the American Basketball Association. Tonight, the Shamrocks will host one of the top franchises in the ABA, the Binghamton Bulldogs, at Johnson College at 6 p.m. Last season, the Shamrocks went 5-2 playing an exhibition schedule, which included a win over Binghamton, the Northeast Division and East Region champions. “As an organization, coaching staff and players, we can’t wait to get on the floor,” Shamrocks coach and general manager Kevin Clark said. “This team’s focus and competitiveness is really en-couraging because these guys are really working their butts off. “Of course at the tip, there will be a lot of nervous energy, but we feel once we settle in and start executing things will be great.” Binghamton won its season opener over the Roc City Ravens, 145-136. Chris Cartwright, a 5-foot-9 point guard from Buffalo State University, scored 41 points, while Derek Hart, a 6-7 forward from Clarkson University, added 20 points. Hometown stars Joel Patch, of Binghamton, scored 20 points and had 17 rebounds, and Jimmy Gray, a University of Binghamton star, also lead the Bulldogs. “Binghamton is a very tough and talented team,” Clark said. “What’s helping us is having the opener at home. We feel like we can feed off the energy from the fans in the gym.” The Shamrocks will rely heavily on veteran players and local talent. Brandon Angradi, the former Delaware Valley and Dickinson University star who averaged more than 23 points per game, and Stephon Draper, a former Times-Tribune Player of the Year for Scranton, averaged 18 points and eight assists. Connor Callejas, who scored more than 1,000 points at both Holy Cross and then King’s College, will make his debut for the Shamrocks. Cory Callejas, a Valley View and Marywood product, and Dom Hill, a former West Scranton all-star, are also on the roster. All tickets are general admission and are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, members of the military and students. Children 10 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult. A family ticket package is available for two adults and two students for a cost of $20. Tickets can be purchased now online at scranton shamrocksaba.com. Contact the writer: [email protected]

BASKETBALL: Shamrocks Open Inaugural ABA Season
BASKETBALL: Shamrocks Open Inaugural ABA Season

Source: The Associated Press

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