MILFORD, Del.- The first semi-pro basketball team on Delmarva, known as the Delaware Eastern Shore Generals, will tip off their inaugural season Saturday, Oct. 21.
The team, coached by Andre Matthews, competes in the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) as a member of the Eastern Conference Northeast Division. There are 15 to 16 teams in the league. Jonathan Dukes is the team’s president.
All games will be held in the Milford High School Gymnasium.
Head Coach Andre Matthews, originally from Seaford, Delaware, was ranked nationally during his high school basketball career. He received a full athletic scholarship to Delaware State University, where he was one of three players in school history to record over 1,000 points.
“We hope to pack the gym out and create a home atmosphere,” Assistant Coach Talon Taylor said.
He has high expectations for the upcoming season, with 14 games scheduled throughout the East Coast.
“Practice has been great, keeping energy in focus,” Taylor said.
The Generals held their first scrimmage at Milford High School last week against the Beltway Bombers, winning by over 30 points.
“It confirmed that we belong there,” Taylor said. One of the members who played for Milford as a high school student scored the first basket.
Taylor is excited to bring the first semi-professional basketball team to the Eastern Shore.
“It’s historic in that sense,” he said.
The team will play on wooden floors within the old gym at Milford High School, where guards Tyreace Harris and Stefone Dukes originally played during their high school career.
“It’s actually kind of nostalgic for me and other players who grew up playing on pine floors,” he said.
Tickets can purchased online or onsite during the game.