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Keith Friel Named Most Valuable Player

April 17, 2009 - Premier Basketball League (PBL) News Release

Chicago, IL... Keith Friel, of the Rochester RazorSharks, was named the Premier Basketball League Most Valuable Player for the 2008-09 season. Friel, a 6-4 shooting guard from the University of Virginia, was selected by of a vote of the PBL's head coaches.

Friel has been the lead marksman on the 17-3 RazorSharks team this season. Friel averaged 21.8 ppg. good enough for sixth in the PBL this season. Friel's true skill is his outside shooting touch. Hitting 44% from behind the three point line, Friel hit a league high 83 three pointers this season, which is also a PBL all-time record for threes in a season. He also hit a season high eight threes against Augusta on February 16.

Shooting is not his only talent, as Friel also shows an all-around game averaging 4 apg. and has 1.6 spg for the 19-4 RazorSharks. Friel hit for a season high 36 points against Chicago on March 28.

"Keith really deserves this honor for the season he has had," said RazorSharks head coach Rod Baker. "He is a veteran that we look to lead us in every aspect of the game. Every practice, game, or appearance, Keith wants to be the best and that trickles down to the rest of the team and the organization as a whole. There is not a more deserving player in the PBL for this award."

"I am humbled by this award," said Friel. "I would not have been able to receive this award if it was not for my teammates and the coaching staff. I just want to say thank you to them because this award would not have been possible."

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