UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — This weekend the American Basketball Association (ABA) expansion team PG Valor Basketball team was promoted to being tied for #24 out of almost 200 teams in the ABA World Wide listings. Playing their first two back-to-back games weekend of the 2021-22 season, the team traveled on Saturday, November 20, 2021 to Landisville, PA to take on the Lancaster Lions and then stayed home in Maryland and hosted the York Buccaneers on Sunday, November 21, 2021.
After being stranded on the side of the road for about two hours due to a flat tire, PG Valor had to mentally regroup to play Lancaster. They had prepared for the game on the court, but the challenges off the court could have been a distraction and lead to a loss if the PG Valor players affected hadn’t turned the situation into a positive one. The four out of five starters, team’s owner and four additional players showed that teamwork is not just established on the court but off the court as well when they all bonded together to maintain safety of those involved and find a solution. This situation proved the team’s motto of “I Got Your Back” is heartfelt and not just words said at the team practices.
With limited time to stretch and warm up upon arrival at the game, the Lancaster Lions witnessed first hand what bonding together and turning a negative situation into a positive mindset would do. PG Valor came out on the floor fired up and eager to get the game started and over with to go home with a “W”. Entering into halftime PG Valor had a 65-48 lead over Lancaster (whose mascot by the way is also a lion). Towards the end of the game PG Valor began to have fun and Lancaster were able to score additional points and shorten the lead margin established by PG Valor. The kings of Maryland became the kings of Pennsylvania with a score of 133 to 113, and PG Valor walked away with the win.
PG Valor returned home early enough to rest for their Sunday game and it showed! PG Valor players did not come out sluggish or lazy, but with the same fire and mindset of execution that they would as if this was opening night all over again. When DJ Jealousy played PG Valor’s game day entrance song the mindset of dominate which was already set in was now locked and loaded. Throughout the game York came close but never took command or had a lead in the game. At the half the score was 45-41 with PG Valor dangling an opportunity for York to step up and take control of the game. But any hope of that would be destroyed as the Valor came out of the locker room with a “finish it” mentality. In the end PG Valor sent the York Buccaneers up the highway with a 106-74 loss.
The Valor’s record is now 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-Atlantic division. They are tied for with Ohio As November wraps up and December quickly approaches, PG Valor is scheduled to be on the road until their next home game on Sunday, December 12, 2021 vs the Central NJ Sharks. Home games run from November 2021-March 2022 and could include April 2022 if PG Valor earns a postseason spot. PG Valor will also travel throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region to possibly compete against teams from North Carolina to Pennsylvania. To continue COVID precautions-masks are required to be worn by all attendees and all players, coaches and staff will be tested prior to the start of each home game.
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