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January 23, 2002 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1)


CBA-to-NBA Call ups: 4

Former CBA players on 2001-02 NBA rosters: 47

Former CBA players on 2001-02 NBA opening night rosters: 46

NBA roster spots held by former CBA players: 55

Atlanta: Emanuel Davis, Ira Newble, Reggie Slater, Leon Smith, Mark Strickland

Boston: Mark Blount

Charlotte: (Eldridge Recasner), David Wesley

Chicago: Kevin Ollie


Dallas: Greg Buckner, Adrian Griffin, (Darrick Martin)

Denver: Voshon Lenard, George McCloud, (Shawnelle Scott)

Detroit: Chucky Atkins, Michael Curry, Damon Jones, Mikki Moore

Golden State:

Houston: Moochie Norris


Los Angeles Clippers: Earl Boykins, Jeff McInnis, Eldridge Recasner

Los Angeles Lakers: (Mike Penberthy)

Memphis: Isaac Austin

Miami: Anthony Carter, Mike James, (Sam Mack)

Milwaukee: Rafer Alston, Anthony Mason, Mark Pope

Minnesota: Sam Mitchell

New Jersey: Jamie Feick, Donny Marshall, (Reggie Slater), Aaron Williams

New York: Howard Eisley, Larry Robinson

Orlando: Darell Armstrong, Troy Hudson, (Bo Outlaw)

Philadelphia: Raja Bell, (Ira Bowman)

Phoenix: Bo Outlaw

Portland: Rick Brunson


San Antonio: Bruce Bowen, Stephen Jackson, Amal McCaskill, Charles Smith

Seattle: Art Long

Toronto: Chris Childs, Jermaine Jackson

Utah: John Starks

Washington: Tyrone Nesby, Chris Whitney

( ) indicates waived or traded players


The Continental Basketball Association announced Monday, January 22 that Flint (Mich.) Fuze forward Ira Newble has been called up by the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. The call-up is the fourth of the 2001-02 CBA season.

Newble, a 6-7 University of Miami of Ohio (’97) product, began the season in Atlanta’s training camp before being released. He averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 15 games with Flint. He posted 19 or more points in 10 games, including a 27 point, 11 rebound performance in his December 1st Fuze debut.

Newble played for the CBA’s Idaho Stampede from 1997-00 and spent the entire 2000-01 season with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, where he saw action in 27 games. He will fill the roster spot vacated by Emanuel Davis, who was placed on the injured reserve list.


The Continental Basketball Association announced on January 21st that Grand Rapids Hoops guard Sean Colson was named American Conference Player of the Week and Saskatchewan Hawks forward Deryl Cunningham earned National Conference Player of the Week Honors for the period of Jan. 13-19.

Colson, a 6-foot-0 North Carolina-Charlotte (’98) standout, averaged 27.3 points and a league high 12 assists per game in picking up his fourth career Player of the Week award. In his fourth CBA season Colson’s efforts helped the Hoops to a 2-1 mark for the week including a 114-103 win over the Sioux Falls Skyforce which saw him score 33 points, on 13-25 (.520) shooting from the field, and dish out 19 assists. In 2000-01 Colson averaged 22 points and 7.6 assists per game, earning NBA call-ups with the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets. This season he is leading the CBA with 24.2 points and 8.1 assists per game.

Cunningham, a 6-foot-6 Kansas State (’94) product, posted 20.5 points, 6 rebounds and 5.5 assists in picking up his first Player of the Week Award in four CBA seasons. He helped lead the Hawks to a 2-0 mark for the week, ending a 10-game losing streak, including a 92-91 win over the Flint Fuze in which Cunningham posted 31 points, 6 assists and 3 steals.

Other players receiving consideration for American Conference honors were Sioux Falls’ Silas Mills (25.3. ppg, 8.3 rpg), Rockford’s Jeff Sanders (27.5 ppg, 14 rpg) and Gary’s Jeff Stern (20.8 ppg, 11.8 rpg). Other players receiving consideration in the National Conference were Fargo-Moorhead’s Marvin Rodgers (20.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg) and Flint’s Desmond Ferguson (25.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg).


-Grand Rapids signed Reed Rawlings.

-Sioux Falls placed Tony Massop on its Active Roster and placed Nate Blessen on the Injured Reserve List.
-Saskatchewan signed Jerry Carstensen and Sherman Carstensen.

-Fargo-Moorhead waived Mike Deemer.
-Gary signed Antione Hall; placed Jamie Kendrick on the Injured Reserve List; and waived Henry James.
-The CBA League Office fined and suspended (Game #89) Khalid El-Amin (Gary) and Carlos Strong (Sioux Falls) for their involvement in an altercation during Game #158. The following players were suspended one game each for leaving the vicinity of the bench during the altercation: Sioux Falls - Eric Coley (Game #89), David Harrison (Game #92), and Muntrelle Dobbins (TBD); Gary – Darrin Hancock (Game #91).
-Sioux Falls signed Kipp Christianson and placed Muntrelle Dobbins on the Injured Reserve List.

-Saskatchewan placed William Clay on the Inactive Reserve List.
-Gary signed Ben Walker.

-Grand Rapids placed Jeff Rabey on its Active Roster and placed Jason Lawson on the Injured Reserve List.

-Gary placed Leon Smith on the Inactive Reserve List.
-Saskatchewan placed Lawrence Moten on the Inactive Reserve List.
-The CBA League Office fined Gary Head Coach Barry Stevens for criticism of officials.
-The CBA League Office reclassified a Personal Foul committed by Grand Rapids’ Willie Simms in Game #79 (at Sioux Falls) to a Flagrant Foul-Penalty Two.
-The CBA League Office fined Dakota for violating League policy regarding player signings and roster size.

-Flint placed Simeon Haley on the Inactive Reserve List.

-Sioux Falls placed Muntrelle Dobbins on its Active Roster.
-Gary signed Mike King and waived Terrence Shannon.

-Flint signed Kenyada Dent, Darryl Johnson and Adam McCanna; placed Ira Newble on the Injured Reserve List; and placed Andre Wiley on the Inactive Reserve List.
-Fargo-Moorhead signed Marvin Rodgers and placed Dexter Boney on the Injured Reserve List.
-Saskatchewan signed Deryl Cunningham.


DAKOTA: The Wizards have been on a nine-day break, and resumed play on January 21st in a 11-98 loss to the Fargo-Moorhead Beez. During the break the Wizards were busy; as a part of the "Reading Wizards Program" they visited every public elementary school in Bismarck to talk about the importance of reading and education. The program was a huge success. The Wizards (11-8) are in first place in the CBA's National Division and are averaging 4.0 quarter-points per game. The Wizards next home games are January 25th and 26th when the Sioux Falls Skyforce make their first trip to Bismarck. Game time both nights is 7:05.

FARGO-MOORHEAD: With a 111-98 win over the conference leading Dakota Wizards, the Fargo-Moorhead Beez have moved into a first-place tie with the Wizards in the CBA's National Conference. The Beez, winners of five games in a row, have increased their quarter-point average to 3.9 per game. Newcomer Marvin Rodgers, who was signed just a short while ago after being waived by Dakota, has played a major role in the Beez' recent success. Rodgers scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the team's win over Flint on the 19th, which followed a 24-point performance in a win against the Fuze on the 18th. Rogers made the game-winning basket for the BEEZ both nights with less than 10- seconds left. Rueben Nembhard was voted player of the week last week for the National Confrence.

FLINT: On January 24th the Fuze host the Rockford Lightning and on the 27th they will welcome the FM Beez to the IMA Sports Arena. Desmond Ferguson has continued to lead the Fuze in scoring, this past week averaging 25.3 points in the team’s four losses. Marvin Gay led the team in rebounding last week with 13 per game while Darryl Johnson has picked up the slack since Jermaine Jackson was called up to the NBA by averaging 6 assists per game.

GARY: The Steelheads won games on successive days for the first time this season, and for the third time in the franchise’s history, when they beat the Rockford Lightning 104-103 in overtime on Saturday the 19th and the Grand Rapids HOOPS 107-105 on Sunday the 20th. The Steelheads last accomplished the feat on March 29-30, 2001. They also won games on successive days on Jan. 12-13, 2001. This is a busy week for the Steelheads off the court. The team was recognized on January 21st at the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast sponsored by the Gary Frontiers International Service Club, Inc. The Steelheads team and Steelie will make appearances at six Gary elementary schools this week. Khalid El-Amin has scored 281 points (31.2 ppg.) in the nine games he has played with the Steelheads. Forward Jarrod Gee scored the game-winning basket against Rockford on Saturday, January 19th and had four key fourth quarter points against Grand Rapids the following afternoon. The Steelheads’ January 23rd game against Rockford will be televised locally on WYIN-TV (Channel 56). The Steelheads are 3-2 on television. They are 2-2 in overtime games this season.

GRAND RAPIDS: The Grand Rapids HOOPS went 2-2 for the week falling to Rockford on the 17th and Gary on the 20th. The HOOPS defeated the Steelheads on the 16th and the Skyforce on the 19th. Sean Colson had an outstanding performance on Saturday, January 19th against the Sioux Falls Skyforce with 33 points and 19 assists. The HOOPS added guard/forward Reed Rawlings, who the HOOPS picked in the second round of the 2000 draft. Jason Lawson was placed on the injured reserve list,while center Jeff Rabey was activated. The HOOPS will stay at home this week to take on the Fargo-Moorhead Beez on the 24th and Rockford on the 26th, before heading back on the road.

ROCKFORD: The Rockford Lightning remain in second place of the American Conference with a 16-12 record at the halfway mark of the 2001-02 season. They went 1-2 over their last three games, defeating the team chasing them for second place, the Grand Rapids Hoops, 95-91 on Thursday night before falling to the Gary Steelheads in overtime, 104-103 on Saturday and 113-91 to the CBA's top team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, on Sunday. Rockford embarks on a four-game road swing east to Gary, Ind. to take on the Steelheads in a return matchup on Wednesday night before three games in Michigan against the Flint Fuze on Thursday, the Grand Rapids Hoops on Saturday, and the Fuze again next Monday night. The team's next home game is Wednesday, January 30th against the Fuze. Forward Jeff Sanders has scored 20+ points in 12 consecutive contests, while Emmett Hall reached double figures in 26 of 28 games, leading the Lightning in that category.

SASKATCHEWAN: Saskatchewan ended a 10 game losing streak with back-to-back victories over the Flint Fuze on January 14th and 15th. Deryl Cunningham, a 6-foot-6 Kansas State (’94) product, posted 20.5 points, 6 rebounds and 5.5 assists in picking up his first Player of the Week Award in four CBA seasons. In a 92-91 win over the Flint Fuze on the 15th he posted 31 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. On January 23rd the Hawks host the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Game time is set for 7:05.

SIOUX FALLS: Sioux Falls ended a 10-game homestand with two straight wins over the Gary Steelheads. After a 109-108 win on Monday, January 14th, the Skyforce blew out the Steelheads 141-120 on Thursday, January 17th. Sioux Falls then fell 114-103 in Grand Rapids on Saturday in their first road game of the month of January. The following day, Sioux Falls lit up Rockford 113-91, as Leonard White scored 31 points and Darren McLinton added 30 points and nine assists. The team will play four more road games before retuning home for a February 1st contest versus Grand Rapids.


Antonio Smith of the Grand Rapids Hoops pulled down 25 rebounds in a 95-91 loss to the Rockford Lightning on January 17th. He also contributed 8 points and one blocked shot. Smith is second in the CBA with 11.8 rebounds per game.

Sean Colson dished out a CBA season high 19 assists to go along with his 33 points, in leading the Grand Rapids Hoops to a 114-103 win over the Sioux Falls Skyforce on January 19th. Colson is leading the league with 24.2 points and 8.1 assists per game.

Jeff Sanders of the Rockford Lightning posted 32 points on 13-19 (.684) shooting from the field, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in a 104-103 overtime loss to the Gary Steelheads on January 19th. Sanders is second in the league with 23.9 points per game, and first with 11.9 rebounds per game.

Khalid El-Amin poured in 34 points and dished out 12 assists in a 104-103 Gary Steelheads victory over the Rockford Lightning on January 19th. He also had 3 steals and 5 rebounds in the win.

Silas Mills posted game highs of 34 points, on 12-16 shooting from the field, and 12 rebounds to go along with his 7 assists and 2 steals on January 20th. He and the Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Gary Steelheads 141-120. Mills ranks seventh in the CBA with 20.9 points per game.


On Jan. 25, 1976 Charlie Criss of the Scranton Apollos scored an Eastern Basketball Association record 72 points on 27 field goals versus the Hazleton Bullets. He went on to lead the league with 924 total points, earning league MVP and All-EBA team honors. Since the EBA was renamed the CBA in 1978 the closest any player has come to Criss’ total was Jack Dorsey’s 66-point effort for the Main Lumberjacks on March 14, 1982.

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