DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire's Lundholm Gymnasium will play host to the Manchester Millrats-Rochester RazorSharks pro basketball game Sunday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m., following UNH men's basketball Senior Day versus Stony Brook (1 p.m.).
Three players between the two teams have UNH connections. Manchester's Eric Gilchrese and Tyrece Gibbs were key members of the 2008-09 Wildcats team that advanced to just the sixth semifinal in school history. Gilchrese posted 423 points, 121 assists and 100 rebounds over 45 games in two seasons with UNH after transferring from Lewis & Clark Community College. Gibbs played four years with the Wildcats, including two as a tri-captain, and graduated as the school's fifth all-time leading scorer (1,329). Rochester's Keith Friel, meanwhile, grew up in the area and his father, Gerry Friel, is the winningest men's head basketball coach in program history. The basketball court in Lundholm Gymnasium is named "Gerry Friel Court."
Gilchrese has made his way into the starting lineup for the Millrats, averaging 16.6 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.1 rebounds per game, while Gibbs has posted averages of 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Friel is the reigning Premier
Basketball League MVP for the two-time defending PBL champions, and
has carved quite a niche for himself in Rochester. He has played
five consecutive years with the RazorSharks, and is the franchise's
all-time leading scorer.
Rochester knocked Manchester out of last season's PBL playoffs, two games to one, in what was a hotly contested series. Earlier this season Jan. 16 in Manchester, Rochester won in overtime over the Millrats, 130-117. Gilchrese scored 21 points for the home team, while Friel notched a game-high 31 for the visitors.
Tickets are just $5 and are available at the Lundholm Gymnasium Box Office, online at www.millrats.com, or at the door on gameday. Seating is limited. Doors will open one hour prior to tip off.
For more information please e-mail Millrats GM Ian McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.millrats.com or www.thepbl.com.