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(Premier Basketball League).
in the PBL by requesting and receiving a release to sign with the Buffalo Stampede. Reed made
guard slot and representing the team at several key promotional activities throughout the
"I got out of Mid-Michigan right on time," Reed explained. "I couldn't have made a better
decision than going to play for the Stampede. The timing was right on so many levels, and I
learned a lot about point guard leadership this season."
Despite arriving 8 games into the season, Reed led the Stampede in assists and ranked second in
steals. He finished with averages of 8.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.8 APG and 1.8 SPG. Reed also ranked 8th
in the league in assists, dishing out 75 for the season.
Ernest Jones received the call from the Stampede for the final 6 games of the season. With the
playoffs clearly out of the picture, Jones looked at his acquisition as an opportunity to build for
Despite a slow start, Jones capitalized on a late Stampede coaching change and closed out the
season against the Battle Creek Knights, who boasted the league's best record, with a 13 point, 6
assist and 5 steal performance, all while defending arguably one of the best point guards in the
PBL - Rashi Johnson.
The Stampede lost in a nail-biter, but Jones, in his first start of the season, walked away with a
moral victory. He was overlooked by the Battle Creek coaching staff, and was eager to make a
statement with his performance.
"Before the season started, I went out to a free agent camp in Battle Creek with hopes of
becoming a Battle Creek Knight, but Coach Sayre went with two Michigan guys instead," said
Jones was referring to former Michigan State Spartan Rashi Johnson and Jackson, Michigan's
own Jeremy File. Both players spent time with Jones in the 2006 Orlando Aces Veterans Camp.
The Aces folded midway through the season in 2008.
Jones exclaimed, "After the Orlando situation and then not making the Knights, I needed a game
like that to remind people, and really to remind myself, that I can play at this level."
Both Reed and Jones are entertaining opportunities to play during the PBL off-season, but look
forward to returning to the Stampede in 2010.
"Buffalo was great," Reed said. "If I don't end up overseas or playing for a Spring team, I'm
considering going back out to Buffalo in a month or so to train and prepare for 2010!"
Jones added, "Every first year team goes through some bumps and bruises, but I think the
Stampede are on the right track to create something special in Buffalo. The fan support was great!
The front office was great! I'd go back next season without any hesitation."
The 2009 season was the first year in the PBL for Reed and Jones. Both hope to find their way
overseas in the near future.