The Premier Basketball League is a 6-team minor league basketball league that held its championship series recently. The Rochester Razorsharks met the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry in the finals, but before I tell you how the game went, let me give you some background. The league’s Chairman of the Board, Dr. Severko Hrywnak, is also the president of the Razorsharks. Can you guess where this is going?
The Oklahoman has the details.
In the final game, Rochester had 43 free-throw chances to the Cavs’ 14, including an 18-1 edge after halftime.
In the series, Rochester had 132 free-throw tries to Lawton-Fort Sill’s 47. In the semifinals, Rochester had 299 free-throw shots to Quebec’s 128.
Even if I can’t legally say it, Lawton-Fort Still coach Michael Ray-Richardson will.
“In professional sports, you have winners and losers but to sit here and cheat our owners, who have put in close to a million dollars in four years in minor league basketball and to take it away from us like that wasn’t right,” Richardson said. “To cheat our owners is a disgrace to minor league sports.”
“The owner of the league owns the franchise in Rochester. It’s a joke,” Richardson said, also saying the referees were from Rochester.
The final game was called with less than a second remaining and Michael Ray-Richardson followed the referees off the court and may have needed to be restrained by his players. Don’t worry though, even though most of the teams have since resigned from the league because they feel like it might just be a little fixed, there’s still a happy ending.
The Lawton-Fort Sill team returned to the floor later and declared themselves league champions.
(Possible joke that didn’t make the cut: Not since Carrot Top has a Chairman of the Board been so incompetent.)