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Drive and RazorSharks Set for Championship Game 1 Thursday

April 10, 2012 - Premier Basketball League (PBL) - Central Illinois Drive News Release

Bloomington, IL, 4/10/12 - The Central Division Champion Central Illinois Drive, presented by Sonic, will play the Rochester RazorSharks this week for the PBL Championship. It all starts with Game 1 in Rochester on Thursday night at 6:05 pm. Then the two teams will return to Bloomington for game 2 and 3 if necessary. The Drive are the #1 seed after finishing the Regular season 18-1 and winning the Central Division.

Rochester went 17-2 and won the East to take the #2 seed. This was a matchup that many saw coming halfway through the season. The league's two best teams will now face-off for the big prize.

The Drive swept the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers last week in round 1 to advance to the PBL Championship Series. Game 1 at Scranton was all Drive. Both teams showed their offensive muscle early but eventually the Drive stretched the gap and won 132-103. In game 2 the Steamers stayed with the Drive in the opening quarter but then Central Illinois took off with a 44 point 2nd quarter. Most of the 2nd half was spent playing solid defense and capitalizing on turnovers. The Drive won 125-108 to advance to the PBL Championship Series.

For most of the season the RazorSharks were in second place behind the Drive because Central Illinois was unbeaten and Rochester had lost one game to. Then when the Drive lost to Sauk Valley the two teams were tied. Things untied with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers beat the RazorSharks on April 1 by a score of 120-117 at Rochester. These two were only lost a combined three games. Now they get to test their skills against each other. Rochester has a history of championships, winning four championships in their six year history. In year seven they square off with Central Illinois.

The Drive are in their first season looking for their first title.

Series Recap

Game 1: Drive at Rochester April 12, 6:05 pm CDT

Game 2: Rochester at Drive April 14, 7:05 pm CDT

*Game 3: Rochester at Drive April 15, 4:05 pm CDT

(*if necessary)

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