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Buffalo Select All-Stars To Square Off Against Italian National Team

June 12, 2008 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Buffalo Silverbacks News Release

Buffalo, NY. Medaille College Sport Management, Buffalo Pro Hoops, Inc. and the newly formed ABA Buffalo Sharks are sponsoring an international exhibition game against the Italian National Basketball Team. The two teams meet June 23, 2008 at 7pm at the Medaille College Sullivan Center on Agazziz Circle.

The ABA Buffalo Sharks' season begins in November 2008. The All-Stars are led by Buffalo NY natives Karl Rainey and Fran Snyder, Jr. and will be joined by Nick Perioli, a standout point guard from Syracuse.

Dr. Rich Jacob, no stranger to the world of basketball, will coach Buffalo. Dr. Jacob has spent 29 years coaching at all levels. From 1995-1999, he was the Coach of Medaille College. In 1996, Jacob was influential in helping Medaille become an officially recognized NCAA program. That same year, he led the team to an NSCA Final Four appearance. In 2005, Dr. Jacob would usher in a new era of professional basketball in Buffalo; he became the Head Coach and General Manager of the ABA's Buffalo Rapids.

The Sharks are owned by Vincent Lesh, a native Buffalonian who is focused on solidifying the future of professional basketball in Buffalo. He is an established national entertainment promoter who has operated in Western New York for over 25 years.

Buffalo's opponents for the game, the Italian National Team has featured two NBA players, Marco Belinelli and Andrea Bargnani of the Toronto Raptors. Bargnani was the first overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. For ticket information, visit or contact Buffalo Pro Hoops, Inc. 716 565 1730. Tickets: $5.00 General Admission. Or fax 716 565 7203 or email A press conference is scheduled for Thursday, June 12 at 1pm at Club Infinity, 8166 Main Street, Williamsville NY 14221 or visit

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