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by CBA Press Release
February 6, 2002 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1)

CBA COACHES OF THE MONTH

The Continental Basketball Association announced on Jan. 31 that Grand Rapids Head Coach Mark Hughes was named American Conference Coach of the Month and the Fargo-Moorhead Beez’ Rory White earned National Conference honors for January.

In his sixth season as Head Coach of the Hoops, Hughes led his team to a 7-6 record for the month. The Hoops’ 3.73 January quarter point average is .33 points higher than their 3.4 mark in December. Grand Rapids and the Gary Steelheads (1.9 to 3.14) are the only American Conference teams to raise their quarter point average from December to January (Sioux Falls: 4.7 to 3.77, Rockford: 3.9 to 3.5). Hughes took over player/head coaching duties in February of 1997 and immediately won his first Coach of the Month Award. In 1998-99, his first season as full-time head coach, Hughes earned two more Coach of the Month Awards and led the Hoops to the second round of the playoffs before being ousted by the eventual CBA champion Connecticut Pride.

White, who won the award twice in 2000-01 with the Idaho Stampede, led the Beez to an 8-4 record (4.16 quarter point average) for the month, which included a 6-1 mark at home. He also helped produce two National Conference Player of the Week recipients in January (three total), the most recent being Jermaine Walker (Jan. 20-27). In his first head coaching stint with Fargo-Moorhead (95-98), White led the Beez to two International Basketball Association championships in three years. He became an assistant coach with the Stampede in 1999-00 and inherited the head coaching reins in January of 2000.

Also receiving consideration for Coach of the Month in the American Conference was Sioux Falls’ Paul Woolpert (7-6, 3.77 quarter point average) and Gary’s Barry Stevens (Winning percentage improvement of .261 and quarter point average improvement of 1.24 from December to January). In the National Conference, Dakota’s Dave Joerger (5-4, 3.83 quarter point average) was the other candidate.

CBA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

The Continental Basketball Association announced on Feb. 4 that Sioux Falls Skyforce forward Silas Mills was named American Conference Player of the Week and Flint Fuze forward Desmond Ferguson earned National Conference Player of the Week honors for the period of Jan. 27-Feb. 2.

Mills, the 6-7 Utah State (’96) standout, posted 25 points per game on 28-50 (.560) shooting from the field, 15-19 (.789) from the foul line and 4-11 (.364) from the arch, in earning his third career Player of the Week award. The 2000 CBA Playoff MVP (Yakima) also averaged 7.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists in leading the Skyforce to a 2-1 mark.

Ferguson picked up his second Player of the Week Award of the season in leading the Fuze to a 2-1 record for the week. He averaged 31.3 points on 31-58 (.534) shooting from the field, 21-26 (.808) from the free-throw line and 11-17 (.647) from three-point land. On January 30th Ferguson posted a game high 38 points on 12-19 (.631) from the field, 9-12 (.750) from the line and 5-7 (.714) from the arch in a 106-103 victory over the Rockford Lightning.

Other players receiving consideration for American Conference honors were Rockford’s Dickey Simpkins (27 ppg, 12.3 rpg), Gary’s Darrin Hancock (17 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and Grand Rapids’ Terquin Mott (14.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg). Two other players receiving consideration in the National Conference were Dakota’s Miles Simon (35 ppg, 14-14 from the foul line) and Fargo-Moorhead’s Johnny Tyson (9.5 rpg, 3 bpg).

CBA TRANSACTIONS

02/04/02
-Saskatchewan signed Andrell Hoard.

02/02/02
-Sioux Falls signed Etdrick Bohannon.

02/01/02
-Gary signed Gerald Brown, Shelly Clark and Damian Owens.

01/31/02
-Sioux Falls waived Carlos Strong.
-Gary placed Jarrod Gee on the Inactive Reserve List.

01/30/02
-Saskatchewan waived Rodney Gidney.
-Rockford placed William Clay on its Active Roster and waived John Ford.

01/29/02
-Dakota signed Wayne Turner.
-Saskatchewan signed Sean Lampley and waived Ryan Leier.

01/28/02
-Saskatchewan traded William Clay to Rockford for future considerations.

AROUND THE CBA

DAKOTA: The second-largest crowd in franchise history - 6,025 fans - came to see the Dakota Wizards defeat the Saskatchewan Hawks 111-106 on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Wizards, who picked up five of the seven-quarter points, were led by Miles Simon (14-for-14 from the line) with 35 points, Michael Johnson and Chris Porter followed with 19 points apiece. Courtney James added 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Former Wizard Willie Murdaugh, who was presented his IBA championship ring and received a standing ovation before the game, scored 18 points. The Wizards received five-quarter points for the win. As of last night's game, Simon has made 53 consecutive free throws. The Wizards (15-8) have won 18 consecutive games at home dating back to last season. The Wizards are in first place in the CBA's National Division and are averaging 4.3 quarter-points per game.

FARGO-MOORHEAD: Fargo-Moorhead Beez’ Head Coach Rory White earned National Conference Coach of the Month honors for January. White, who won the award twice in 2000-01 with the Idaho Stampede, led the Beez to an 8-4 record (4.16 quarter point average) for the month, which included a 6-1 mark at home. The Beez were 1-1 last week, defeating Sioux Falls (97-91) on Jan. 29 and losing to the Flint Fuze (81-79) on Jan. 27. They host the Saskatchewan Hawks on Feb. 5.

FLINT: Flint Fuze forward Desmond Ferguson earned National Conference Player of the Week honors for the period of Jan. 27-Feb. 2. Ferguson picked up his second Player of the Week Award of the season in leading the Fuze to a 2-1 record for the week. He averaged 31.3 points on 31-58 (.534) shooting from the field, 21-26 (.808) from the free-throw line and 11-17 (.647) from three-point land. On January 30th Ferguson posted a game high 38 points on 12-19 (.631) from the field, 9-12 (.750) from the line and 5-7 (.714) from the arch in a 106-103 victory over the Rockford Lightning. On Feb. 8 the Fuze travel to Gary, Ind. to take on the Steelheads.

GARY: The Gary Steelheads split a pair of games last week. They defeated the Grand Rapids HOOPS 103-100 in overtime on Wed., Jan. 30. The Rockford Lightning defeated the Steelheads 107-106 on Sat., Feb. 2.The Steelheads play at Grand Rapids on Thurs., Feb. 7 then return home to host the Flint Fuze on Friday night. On that night, all Gary Community School Corp. students can buy upper level seats for $5. The Praise Dancers will sing the national anthem and also perform at halftime. That game will be televised locally on WYIN-TV (Channel 56). The Steelheads are 4-2 in TV games this season. The team will visit Methodist Hospitals Northlake and Southlake campuses on Tuesday. The Steelheads Feb. 13 game vs. Rockford will feature Miss USA 2001 Kandace Krueger and the 51 2002 Miss USA Delegates. The Miss USA Pageant will be held at Gary’s Genesis Convention Center on March 2.

GRAND RAPIDS: The Grand Rapids HOOPS went 0-3 this week, posting their worst record for a week this season. Mark Hughes was named CBA January Coach of the Month. THe HOOPS will retire Head Coach Hughes jersey from his playing days on Feb. 9 during halftime. Fatt Lapp Blues Band will also be performing following the HOOPS game on Feb. 9. The HOOPS will begin their Thirsty Thursday promotion, where college students will get in for $3 with their college I.D. and beer is half off through halftime.

ROCKFORD: After defeating the Flint Fuze on Jan. 28, 118-112, at Flint, Mich. the Fuze went to Rockford, Ill. two days later and turned around the result with a 106-103 win that gave the Lightning their sixth loss in their last seven contests. On Feb. 2, in a game with 30 lead changes and 27 ties, Lightning forward Dickey Simpkins broke the last tie with 5.8 second left with the second of two free throws that gave the Rockford Lightning a 107-106 win over the Gary Steelheads at the Genesis Center in Gary, Ind. The win helped Rockford solidify second place in the CBA's American Conference. On Feb. 5 the Lightning travel to Bismarck, N.D. to challenge the Wizards perfect 10-0 home record.

SASKATCHEWAN: The Hawks added two new players last week in forward Sean Lampley and guard Andrell Hoard. Lampley, a California- Berkley (’01) product, was a second-round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls this year after being named Pac-10 player-of-the-year and Associated Press honorable mention All-American last season. The retooled Hawks will attempt to bounce back from a 111-106 loss to Dakota on Jan. 29, when they visit the Fargo-Dome on Jan. 5 to take on the Beez.

SIOUX FALLS: The Sioux Falls Skyforce concluded a six-game road swing with a 97-91 loss to the Fargo-Moorhead Beez on Tuesday, Jan. 29, their third straight defeat. The Skyforce will play 10 home games in the month of February, and got off to a good start this past weekend. Sioux Falls defeated Grand Rapids 96-93, overcoming a 56-45 halftime loss. The following night, the Skyforce again defeated the Hoops, 115-105, with the help of Ray Weathers, who scored 41 points. Newly acquired Etdrick Bohannon registered six points and 12 rebounds in his first game in a Skyforce uniform in the win.

PRIMETIME PERFORMANCES

Dickey Simpkins set CBA season highs with 18 free throws made and 24 free throw attempts in a 118-112 Rockford Lightning win over the Flint Fuze on Jan. 28. He scored 30 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in the victory.

Silas Mills poured in 26 points on 12-18 (.667) shooting from the field, pulled down 9 rebounds and made 6 assists in a 91-97 loss to the Fargo-Moorhead Beez on Jan. 29.

Antonio Smith pulled down a game high 23 rebounds in a 103-100 Grand Rapids Hoops loss to the Gary Steelheads on Jan. 30. Smith also contributed 8 points and 2 steals.

Desmond Ferguson of the Flint Fuze posted a game high 38 points on 12-19 (.631) from the field, 9-12 (.750) from the foul stripe and 5-7 (.714) from the three-point line in a 106-103 victory over the Rockford Lightning on Jan. 30.

Ray Weathers led the Sioux Falls Skyforce past the Grand Rapids Hoops, 115-105 on Feb. 2 with a 41 point performance on 16-25 shooting from the field (.640). He was 6-8 (.750) from the arch and 3-3 from the free-throw line.

THIS WEEK IN CBA HISTORY

On Feb. 9, 2000 Fort Wayne Fury guard Moochie Norris was called up to the Houston Rockets, his third and final NBA call-up. He had received two other call-ups during his four year CBA career, with the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1996-97 and the Seattle SuperSonics in 1998-99. As back-up to all-star point guard Steve Francis, Norris is averaging NBA career highs of 9.3 points and 5.3 assists for the Rockets this season.

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