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The Jamestown Jackals have clinched the No. 1 seed in the Upper Midwest Division and will open The Basketball League postseason today in Toledo, Ohio.

The Jamestown Jackals concluded their seventh regular season as the top seed in the The Basketball League’s Upper Midwest Division.

Throughout the playoffs, Jamestown will host at least one, and possibly two, home games starting this weekend. The Jackals will have potentially one or two games every week for the entire month as they hope to advance toward a championship.

Last season, there were 29 TBL teams. Jamestown finished fifth in the nation, losing to the Syracuse Stallions, who ended up losing in the national championship series. Jamestown had to play all of its games in Pennsylvania due to COVID restrictions for gym use in New York, “but we were grateful to have a full season,” said owner Kayla Crosby.

This season, there are 44 teams competing across the nation. After competing in the Northeast Division the past three seasons, it was decided to move to the Midwest Division due to the geographical proximity of teams. Although the North East has three teams in New York — the Albany Patroons, Syracuse Stallions and Tri-State Admirals, based out of New York metropolitan area, the additional teams included three in the Philadelphia area: the Lancaster Kings, Lehigh Valley Legends and Reading Rebels, as well as the Atlantic City Gambits based in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Connecticut Cobras and the Massachusetts Monarchs.

The Midwest Division consists of teams in Michigan and Ohio with the farthest trip being Cincinnati, Ohio.

“Also, this year, we were selected as one of the eight U.S. teams to compete against NBL-Canada,” said Crosby. “We hosted a preseason exhibition game and then traveled to Canada for a weekend midseason. Although we did not win any of those three games, it was a great experience to play against the bigger Canada markets.”

Jamestown had two home venues, starting out at Cassadaga Valley High School before continuing games at Jamestown Community College.

The Jackals currently have 12 players under contract, according to Crosby.

“Our head coach, Raheem “Radio” Singleton from Boston, Massachusetts, was a player/coach the past two seasons, but due to rupturing his quad, he had surgery in September 2021 and has spent a majority of the season doing physical therapy and serving as head coach,” she said. “He has now been completely cleared and is eligible to play during the playoffs.”

A new addition to the team this year was full-time assistant coach Khyler Fields, from Massillon, Ohio.

This season’s roster consists of some familiar faces to the Jackals team with returning players Daniel Mulamba, Bernard Edwards, Jon Lee and Eric Mack as well as a new addition from Buffalo, Lovell Smith.

“Some rookies looking to start their careers as well as a few seasoned veterans who have played in numerous countries overseas,” Crosby said, “The Jamestown Jackals are looking forward to a full playoff run and bringing home the national championship.”

At the conclusion of the regular season, three Jamestown Jackals received nominations for TBL postseason awards:

Daniel Mulamba – Defensive Player of the Year;

Rene Castro — 6th Man of the Year (has returned to Boston with a wrist injury);

Tommy Garrick — Newcomer of the Year;

Raheem “Radio” Singleton — Spirit of the Game.

At midseason, Tommy Garrick was selected as one of the 14 players to represent TBL and compete in the all-star game vs. NBL-Canada where he won the 3-point competition.

This week begins Round 2 of the TBL Playoffs. The Jamestown Jackals will be traveling to Toledo, Ohio, today for Game 1 in the best-of-three series. Game 2 will be hosted at Jamestown Community College on Saturday at 6 p.m. Playoff tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors (65+) and veterans. Children under the age 4 are admitted free. 2022 TBL playoff T-shirts are available at the door.

“Outside of practice, pool workouts, cycling, yoga and games, the Jackals continue to spend time with youth in the community,” Crosby said. “Through Chautauqua County Youth Services Bureau and the New York State Office of Children & Family Services Safe Summer N.Y. 2021 grant, the Jackals have been hosting a #BeTheChange mentoring program for the past few months at the Jamestown YMCA. Our first camp this summer takes place the week after school concludes in Pennsylvania. Jamestown Jackals players will be providing expert basketball instruction with an underlying message that encourages positive lifestyle choices. The week camp will be structured to provide participants with a lasting experience, focused on ball handling and shooting, catering to long-term skill and character development.”

Camp is open Monday, June 13 to Friday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to noon for all youth ages 6 to 18 years old. Camp will take place at The HUB at Praise Fellowship, 17451 Market St., Russell, PA 16345.

Purchase tickets online at vivenu.com/seller/jamestown-jackals-99n2. Registration for the week is $100 per youth with sponsorships available as requested.

“We have received funding from Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Legacy Funds administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to once again host Park Play with Pros at Jackson Taylor Park in Jamestown, New York,” Crosby said. “The daily schedule will include a morning introduction time, activity sessions, a snack break and then a closing group session. Each Monday after an icebreaker activity, the youth will be given the opportunity to choose which professional athlete they would like to be their coach for the week. Once in their groups, the youth will choose from a variety of sports and activities including free play. Selected activities will be informed by the suggestions of the youth, but could include any of the following; corn hole, tag, playground, volleyball, kickball, basketball, soccer, football, wiffle ball, four square, or ultimate frisbee. Jamestown Jackals professional basketball players and staff will serve as coaches and mentors, providing fun activities with an underlying message that encourages positive lifestyle choices.”

The camps will take place July 4-9, July 18-22 and Aug. 1-5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration for the week is $50 per youth with sponsorships available as requested. https://vivenu.com/event/park-play-with-pros-prs0.


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