Chattanooga Rail Runners Open Hoops Season

Home Opener Today at 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

“Our players live in the area, work here, go to church here. We want this team to be Chattanooga's team."

Paul "Showtime" Gaffney, owner Chattanooga Rail Runners semi pro basketball team.

 

Paul “Showtime” Gaffney has a basketball vision for Chattanooga’s newest basketball team.

A 17-year-veteran with the Harlem Globetrotters and a high school (Ky.) and college (Tenn. Wesleyan) All-American, Gaffney sees the semi pro Rail Runners as Chattanooga’s team.

“Our players live in the area, work here, go to church here and some played high school and college ball in the area,” said Gaffney who owns the Rail Runners, one of seven teams in the Central Basketball Association.

“Our goal is that the Chattanooga community and businesses will embrace this team as their own.”

Opening Game: The Rail Runners’ season opener is today at 3 p.m. at the Rossville Athletic Center (old Rossville HS gym) against the Bowling Green (Ky.) Hornets.

“Think of us in similar terms to a AAA minor league baseball team with the goal for our team and the league as a whole to provide a stage upon which players can display their talents with the hope of either playing at the next level in the NBA Developmental League or the European League,” Gaffney stated.

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If You Are Going

Opener: Chattanooga vs. Bowling Green (Ky.) Hornets

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Rossville Athletic Center

League: Central Basketball Association

Tickets: Adults: $10   Students 12 and under: $5   Senior Citizens/Military Personnel: $5

Promotion/Give-Away: Rail Runners T-shirts to first 300 fans

Live Streaming: All Rail Runner games will be broadcast on the internet

Local Players: Area products include former UTC player Donte Hampton (Chattanooga Arts and Sciences/UTC),  Jonathan Adams (Baylor School/Old Dominion), E’jay Ward (Brainerd/Tenn. Wesleyan), Alex Wells (East Ridge/Lee U.) and Dominique Harper (Tyner/Walter State CC).

Head Coach: Rodney English (East Tenn. State and former Harlem Globetrotter) and a teacher at East Hamilton HS

Internet Access: “All of our games will be on live streaming so coaches and scouts around the world will be able to watch our games as well as our fans,” said Gaffney.

CBA Teams: Chattanooga Rail Runners, Memphis Soul Kings,  Middle Tenn. Storm (Nashville), Bowling Green Hornets, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Flite, St. Louis Hawks, River City Panthers (Ill.)

Next Home Games:

April 6 . vs. Middle Tenn. Storm

April 13 vs. Memphis Soul Kings

Chattanooga Rail Runners

#

Name

Pos.

Age

Height

Weight

School

Hometown

1

Quincy Scates

F

24

6-5

230

Tennessee Wesleyan College

Jackson, Tenn.

2

Dontay Hampton

G

23

6-1

175

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

Chattanooga

3

E'jay Ward

G

23

5-8

150

Tennessee Wesleyan College

Chattanooga

4

Rashad Clements

G

26

6-0

180

Bryan College

Pelham, Ga

5

Jared Stephens

G

23

5-10

215

Carson Newman College

Oak Ridge, Tenn

10

Joshua Gregory

F

24

6-7

240

Tennessee Wesleyan College

Knoxville, Tenn

11

Alex Dean

F

23

6-6

245

Central Missouri University

Milwaukee, Wisc.

15

Dominique Harper

F

23

6-7

225

Walter State CC

Chattanooga

22

Rob Murphy

F

23

6-8

235

University of Tennessee

Brentwood, Tenn.

30

Alex Wells

G

24

6-4

195

Lee University

Chattanooga

33

Zamarius McClendon

F

23

6-6

225

Tennessee Wesleyan College

Clarksville, Tenn.

34

Jonathan Adams

F

26

6-6

235

Old Dominion University

Ringgold, Ga.


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