OPENING NIGHT THRILLER IN PALM BEACH
Palm Beach wins home opener over rival Fort LauderdaleUpdated Saturday June 7, 2014 by Palm Beach News.
The Palm Beach Hurricane opened the 2014 American Basketball League season with a thrilling come from behind 84-81 victory over their arch rival Fort Lauderdale Sharks. The Hurricane victory featured fast paced, high level professional basketball rarely seen outside of either Europe or the NBA.
Hurricane players TT Hall, Elijah Jones and Daniel Bryant formed the Palm Beach version of the "Big 3", combining for 72 of the team's 84 points. Fort Lauderdale led most of the game and twice held eleven point leads. Elijah Jones from Talledega College was the star of the night posting a game high 25 points with 15 rebounds.
The Palm Beach franchise, sponsored by league partner Hurricane Grill & Wings, gave the home crowd an opener for the ages with an improbable come from behind victory, which seemingly was controlled by perhaps the ABL's deepest and most talented team, the Fort Lauderdale Sharks.
The concensus of those in attendance was that the ABL is real professional basketball. With the non-traditional summer schedule, many European professionals are participating to stay in shape and prepare for the upcoming FIBA season and hopeful NBA tryouts. The result is a league loaded with former Division I basketball and International professionals. Certainly the "on the floor product" is professional basketball at a level not seen in these parts since perhaps the old United States Basketball League (USBL).
Palm Beach travels to play the Vero Beach Stampede Sunday evening, which will be their first road test of the young 2014 ABL season.