Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-November 1, 2017-The Philly Cannons will begin the 2017-18 season on the road versus Chesapeake Division rival, the Western Maryland Bulldogs Saturday, November 4th. Last season the Bulldogs (formerly the Salisbury Bulldogs) escaped Philly with a 133-130 victory after the Cannons squandered a big first half lead. “We learned a lot about the American Basketball Association during the game with the Bulldogs last season, and we expect them to be fired up to try and get their first win of the season after falling to the Baltimore Hawks last weekend,” said second year Head Coach, Roger Beckwith. The game will take place at Poolesville High School, 17501 W Willard Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837. Tip-off is at 7:30 PM.
The Cannons will look very different from last season as several players have moved on to FIBA teams to further their careers. “That’s what we’re all about, so although I’m selfish about my players, I know it’s a measure of success for our program every time we lose a player to an overseas team,” added Beckwith. Top players returning are 5’11” guard Jeff Giddings, 6’5” forward Rakeem Boyd, 6’3” guard Ron Lee, and 6’9” forward/center, Shaquille Duncan. Top newcomers include 6’4” swingman Kassim Green, 6’3” guard Shawn Green, 6’6” forward Xavier Ferguson, 6’1” guard DeHaven Brown and 6’2” guard Ben Hull.
The Cannons have been practicing and sparring with the Philadelphia Stunnaz, an affiliate team, all summer and are eager to compete for an American Basketball Association (ABA) championship. The ABA consists of over 100 teams nationwide, and the Cannons will compete in the Chesapeake Division with the Baltimore Hawks, Pottstown Flames, NEPA Stars and Stripes, Prince George County Valor, York Buccaneers, Reading Wizards, Steel City Yellow Jackets, and the Western Maryland Bulldogs. Please visit www.phillycannons.com & www.abaliveaction.com for more information.