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by Chris Westerbeek
December 22, 2001 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1)

CBA Insider

by Chris Westerbeek

In Praise of Quarter-Points

What is the best way to add some excitement and intrigue to a basketball game? Why not make every period in the game count by giving teams an incentive to play hard at the end of each quarter? That is exactly what the Continental Basketball Association has done by continuing to utilize its unique quarter-point system.

Under the quarter-point rule, teams are awarded one point for winning a quarter and three points for a victory in the game. The league standings are then based on the average number of quarter-points earned per game by each team. Thus, ample incentive is provided for finishing each quarter strong while the supreme importance of winning the game is preserved. In close games the system ensures that opposing teams will be fighting hard to the buzzer in all four quarters, not just the final one.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of the quarter-point system is the impact it can have on blowout games. In other leagues, both teams usually call it quits when the score is 80-60 with six minutes to play. Neither team can afford to do this in the CBA, however, because the fourth quarter-point is still up for grabs! In a recent game at Flint, the hometown Fuze was leading the visiting Saskatchewan Hawks 93-75 after three quarters. Instead of coasting through the final period, however, the two teams battled hard for another twelve minutes. The result? Saskatchewan won the quarter 34-33 and managed to salvage another quarter-point from the game. And the fans were treated to another twelve minutes of exciting hoops action!

Steelheads Sizzle, Hoops Fizzle

The Gary Steelheads garnered two big wins this week as they look to move up in the American Conference standings. On Monday, December 18 Gary knocked off Grand Rapids on the road 107-92 as Leon Smith led the way with 16 points and 18 rebounds. Smith was even bigger on Friday, December 21 as he scored 20 points and pulled down 30 rebounds in the Steelheads 125-122 upset of Sioux Falls. On both nights Gary had to overcome big games by opposing players as well, with Sean Colson scoring 39 for the Hoops and Ray Weathers pouring in 42 for the Skyforce.

Grand Rapids has lost their last four games, including Thursday night's 111-108 heartbreaker at home to league-leading Sioux Falls. The Hoops have fallen to 7-8 and third place in the American Conference. They will pay a visit to Gary on December 22 to face the fourth-place Steelheads and try to get back on the winning track.

Line of the Week

Gary's Leon Smith was dominant in the paint for two games this week, but the top box score line belongs to Ray Weathers for this effort Friday night against the Steelheads:

Weathers, Ray        42  17  22 77.3   3   4 75.0    5    8 62.5  42  1  3  4   5  2  0

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