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January 7, 2003 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) News Release

Following are the American and National Conference All-Star Teams as selected by CBA Head Coaches and beat writers. The 19th CBA All-Star Classic will be held in Sioux Falls, S.D on January 13 and 14. Tip off for the game is set for 7:05 p.m. CST on January 14.

American Conference

LARRY AYUSO – G, 6-3, 200, Grand Rapids Hoops (Southern California ’98): First All-Star selection
RONNIE FIELDS – G, 6-3, 205, Rockford Lightning (Farragut Academy H.S. ’96): First All-Star selection
JAMES HEAD – 6-7, 230, Great Lakes Storm (Eastern Michigan ’98): Second All-Star Selection (2002)
CORY HIGHTOWER – 6-7, 200, Great Lakes Storm (Indian Hills CC ’00): First All-Star Selection
JERALD HONEYCUTT – F, 6-9, 265, Grand Rapids Hoops (Tulane ’97): First All-Star selection
OLIVER MILLER – C, 6-9, 325, Gary Steelheads (Arkansas ’92): First All-Star Selection
ERIC MURDOCK – G, 6-3, 190, Grand Rapids Hoops (Providence ’91): First All-Star selection
BRYANT NOTREE – G, 6-4, 200, Gary Steelheads (Illinois-Chicago ’99): First All-Star selection
LIVAN PYFROM – C, 7-0, 260, Rockford Lightning (Creighton ’01): First All-Star selection
ALBERT WHITE – G, 6-6, 235, Rockford Lightning (Missouri ’99): First All-Star selection

National Conference

MALIK DIXON – G, 6-3, 210, Dakota Wizards (Arkansas-Little Rock ’98): First All-Star selection
ROSELL ELLIS – F, 6-6, 215, Yakima Sun Kings (McNeese State ’97): Second All-Star selection (2001)
BRIAN GREEN – G, 6-4, 214, Idaho Stampede (Nevada-Reno ’97): First All-Star selection
COURTNEY JAMES – F, 6-8, 265, Dakota Wizards (Minnesota ’97): Second All-Star selection (2001)
ANDY PANKO – F, 6-9, 225, Dakota Wizards (Lebanon Valley ’99): First All-Star selection
VERSILE SHAW – F, 6-7, 220, Sioux Falls Skyforce (North Carolina-Charlotte ’98): First All-Star selection
PAUL SHIRLEY – C, 6-10, 230, Yakima Sun Kings (Iowa State ’01): First All-Star selection
MILES SIMON – G, 6-4, 205, Dakota Wizards (Arizona ’98): Second All-Star selection (2002)
FRED VINSON – G, 6-4, 190, Yakima Sun Kings (Georgia Tech ’94): First All-Star selection
TYSON WHEELER – G, 5-10, 170, Yakima Sun Kings (Rhode Island ’98): First All-Star selection


Dakota Wizards’ Dave Joerger and the Rockford Lightning’s Chris Daleo, the December Coaches of the Month, will be the head coaches for the 19th CBA All-Star Classic in Sioux Falls, S.D. on January 13 and 14. Tip off for the game is set for 7:05 p.m. CST on January 14. Head Coaching positions were awarded to the teams with the highest quarter point averages in each conference through games of January 4.

Joerger, the reigning CBA Coach of the Year, has the defending champion Wizards back on the winning track with a 15-7 record and 4.7 quarter point average (103.0 total) going into the All-Star Break. In December the Moorhead State (Minn. ’97) product led the Wizards to a 7-5 record and 4.08 quarter point average (49 total), earning his second consecutive National Conference Coach of the Month honor. In the six months that make up his CBA head-coaching career, Joerger has earned five Coach of the Month awards. In addition to winning the 2002 CBA Championship, Joerger led the Wizards to league highs in winning percentage (.650) and quarter point average (4.3) in his first CBA season.

Daleo also garnered his second consecutive Coach of the Month award in December, after leading the Lightning to an American Conference best 7-4 record and 4.4 quarter point average (48.5 total). Rockford enters the All-Star Break with a conference best 13-7 record and 4.3 quarter point average (85.5 total). The first year head coach has his team poised to break the all-time steals records set by the 1990-91 Quad City Thunder (averaging 1.4 more). The Lightning are also averaging 131.3 points per game, 2.4 points off the all time record set by the Rochester Zeniths in 1980-81. In two seasons (2000-02) as head coach at Barat College (Lake Forest, IL), the former Rockford assistant (1998-2000) compiled a 57-15 record and led the Bulldogs to a NAIA Division One Final Four appearance in 2002.

The festivities begin at 9 a.m. CST, January 13, when the National Conference squad will hold a public practice at the Sioux Falls Arena. The American Conference will run drills at 11 a.m., and at 4:30 p.m. the All-Star Fan Jam begins, featuring the Slam-Dunk Competition and Long Distance-Shootout. There will be an All-Star Reception at 7:00 p.m. in the arena.

Both clubs will conduct shootarounds at 10:00 a.m. (National) and 11:30 p.m. (American), which are open to the public, on Tuesday, January 14. The 19th CBA All-Star Game will tip-off at 7:05 p.m. During the contest, reporters and NBA scouts will make their selection for All-Star Most Valuable Player honors, to be announced after the game.


Yakima Sun Kings forward Damien Cantrell was named National Conference Player of the Week, while Gary Steelheads guard Bryant Notree garnered American Conference honors, for the period of Dec. 29-Jan. 4.

In his first CBA season, Cantrell is leading the Sun Kings with 10.5 rpg. In three games (2-1) last week he posted 14.0 rpg, to go along with his 15.0 ppg, 3.0 apg and 2.3 spg. In a Jan. 3 victory over the Idaho Stampede (100-89, 6-1) the University of San Francisco (’99) product tallied game highs in points (20) and rebounds (16).

Notree, also in his first CBA campaign, posted 29.0 ppg and 6.3 rpg in three games (2-1) last week. The Steelheads concluded a franchise record eight-game winning streak on Jan. 4, falling to the Grand Rapids Hoops (139-125, 6-1). In the loss Notree posted game highs in points (36) and rebounds (11).

Other players receiving consideration for National Conference honors were Dakota Wizards forward Andy Panko (24.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Idaho Stampede center Antonio Harvey (9.5 rpg, 2.5 bpg), and Sioux Falls Skyforce guard Ray Weathers (20.7 ppg). The three other players receiving consideration in the American Conference were Rockford Lightning guard Albert White (23.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg), Grand Rapids Hoops forward Jerald Honeycutt (23.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg), and Great Lakes Storm forward James Head (19.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg).


· 01/06/03
-Yakima waived Mike Elliott.
-Idaho waived Nick Davis.

· 01/05/03
-Rockford signed Marshall Phillips.

· 01/03/03
-Dakota waived Victor Thomas.
-Yakima signed Mitchell Butler and waived Paul Culbertson.
-Idaho signed Ruben Nembhard.

· 01/02/03
-Great Lakes signed Ricky Price.
-The CBA League Office fined Jerald Honeycutt (Grand Rapids) for an unsportsmanlike act during Game #77.
-Dakota signed Curtis McCants; traded Rashad Tucker to Grand Rapids for a second round pick in the 2003 CBA College Draft; placed Miles Simon on the Active Roster; and placed Shawn Daniels on the Injured Reserve List.
-Grand Rapids placed Antoine Broxsie on the Injured Reserve List and waived Kei Madison.

· 01/01/03
-Idaho waived Mike Smith .

· 12/31/02
-The CBA League Office fined Head Coach Rory White (Idaho) for failing to leave the court immediately following Game #79.

AROUND THE CBA (Team notes contributed by the respective team’s media relations department)

DAKOTA WIZARDS: Big crowds and big wins have become big New Year's Eve traditions for the Dakota Wizards, and the Yakima Sun Kings threatened to end one of those traditions and spoil the party for 4,912 Wizards fans on Tuesday, until a couple of youngsters got the Civic Center rocking again. Cory Bradford and Victor Thomas who have rung in fewer new years than any Wizard except Shawn Daniels, celebrated the holiday in style. Bradford and Thomas scored 23 points each on combined 20-for-24 shooting as the Wizards downed the Sun Kings 111-104. The win improved Dakota's record to 7-1 on New Year's Eve and 14-6 on the season. Andy Panko had another strong game, contributing 33 points, seven assists, nine rebounds and four steals… In the final two minutes of the game, Kevin Rice came up with three strips, two rebounds and knocked down a critical 3-pointer as the Wizards eked out a 107-104 win over the Sky Force on Thursday night. Adding to the win were two new players, Curtis McCants and John Thomas, who have been with the team for less than a week. Thomas had eight points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes while McCants scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter… On Saturday night the Dakota Wizards lost in overtime at Yakima, 104-99 (5,2). Andy Panko led the Wizards with 22 points while Malix Dixon and newcomer John Thomas scored 19 apiece. Thomas pulled down 13 rebounds. Miles Simon, the 2002 CBA Most Valuable Player, added 17 points, hitting 9-of-10 free throws. The two teams play again on Tuesday night at Yakima. The Wizards (15-7) are currently in first place in the CBA's National Division and lead the league in quarter-point averages (4.68).

GARY STEELHEADS: Center Oliver Miller and guard Bryant Notree were named to the American Conference’s All-Star team. Miller leads the league in rebounding (14.0) and blocked shots (2.8) per game as well as double-doubles (17). He averages 17.5 points per game. Notree is fourth in scoring with 22.2 points per game and is 11th in assists (4.3). Notree was also named the American Conference Player of the Week for Dec. 29-Jan. 4. He is the third Steelhead player in as many weeks to win the award. Miller won it last week and Silas Mills won it for the week ending Dec. 21. Notree, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 29.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in three games last week. He helped the Steelheads to a franchise-high eight-game winning streak. The eight straight wins ties a CBA high for consecutive wins this season. Dakota won eight straight earlier this season. Notree scored a season-high 36 points and had a season-high 11 rebounds in the loss at Grand Rapids … The Steelheads were 2-1 last week and extended their wining streak to a franchise-high eight games with a win over Sioux Falls on Friday night. Steelheads winning streak ended Saturday with a loss at Grand Rapids … The Steelheads had the best record in the league in the month of December (8-4). The eight December wins are the most in one month ever by the franchise … The team has currently won four in a row at home – one short of tying the all-time team high for consecutive home wins … During the eight-game winning streak, the Steelheads averaged 5.1 quarter points per game … Darrin Hancock scored a season-high 21 points, had a season-high nine rebounds at Grand Rapids on Jan. 4. The forward made a season-high eight free throws in a win over Grand Rapids on Dec. 30 … Dane Fife came off the bench to score a pro career-high 17 points on Jan. 3 in a win over Sioux Falls … Galen Young’s six steals at Grand Rapids on Jan. 4 were a season-high for him … Silas Mills had a season high for blocked shots (2) and steals (6) in that game … Artie Griffin missed the last two games with chicken pox … The Steelheads partnered with American Red Cross for a blood drive on Jan. 4 at the Merrillville Blood Donation Center. Those donating blood received two ticket vouchers to the Steelheads vs. Idaho game on Jan. 18 … There will be a second drive 5:30-9:30 p.m. during the Steelheads game at the Genesis Convention Center on Jan. 18. Fans donating that night will receive two vouchers to a future Steelheads game … This Saturday’s game vs. Rockford will be televised on Chicagoland’s Television (CLTV) … It is also “Teddy Bear Donation” night as fans are encouraged to bring a new, teddy bear for donation. The bears will be given to a special unit at the Methodist Hospitals, where the players, Steelhearts and Steelie can present them to patients … Players and Steelie, the mascot, will visit six Gary Public Schools over the next week … They will visit Kuny and Riley elementary schools on Wed., Jan.8 and Melton and Webster elementary schools the following day. On Monday, Jan. 13, they will visit Bailly Middle School and Franklin Elementary School.

GRAND RAPIDS HOOPS: Grand Rapids welcomed the new year with two victories and a new forward. The HOOPS lost Monday, December 30 to the Gary Steelheads 102-89, to extend their season-long losing streak to four games. Larry Ayuso led the way with 27 points for Grand Rapids, while Alex Scales chipped in 17…The beginning of 2003 saw Grand Rapids end the losing trend, topping the Great Lakes Storm 109-95 on January 2. The HOOPS were led by five players in double-figures, including Jerald Honeycutt’s 33 points. Eric Murdock also came off the bench to score 14 and dish out 11 assists. That same day, the HOOPS acquired Rashad Tucker from the Dakota Wizards in exchange for a second round pick in the 2003 CBA Draft. Tucker paid immediate dividends in Saturday’s 139-125 victory over the Gary Steelheads, compiling 15 points and five rebounds off the bench. Jerald Honeycutt and Alex Scales paced the HOOPS with 26 points a piece. The victory snapped Gary’s franchise-record eight-game winning streak… The winning came to an end on Sunday, as the HOOPS fell to the conference leading Rockford Lightning, 127-115 at the Rockford MetroCenter. Honeycutt and Scales again registered 26 points each… On Monday, the American Conference All-Star team was announced, and Grand Rapids’ Larry Ayuso, Eric Murdock, and Jerald Honeycutt were all honored for the first time. Grand Rapids now begins a stretch in which they will play ten of their next eleven games in the friendly confines of the DeltaPlex Arena.

GREAT LAKES STORM: In their seventh game against Rockford, the Storm beat the Lightning for the first time 118-116 (5,2). Immediately, the Storm had to travel back to Birch Run for their game on Sunday against Sioux Falls. This was the first time these two teams matched-up on the court. The Storm took their second straight victory over the Skyforce 108-96 (5,2)… Two of the Storm’s star players; guard Cory Hightower and forward James Head, will be playing for the CBA American Conference All-Star game. This is Head’s second All-Star selection (2002) and Hightower’s first.

IDAHO STAMPEDE: The Idaho Stampede lost a thriller 92-90 (5,2) to the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Monday, Dec. 30th at the Idaho Center. Trailing by one point with 16 seconds left in the game, Idaho's Nick Davis missed a shot in the paint. Mike Smith grabbed the rebound and got up another close shot, but it rattled out and was rebounded by the Skyforce's Versile Shaw, who was immediately fouled and sent to the free throw line. After making one of two freebies, the Stampede had the ball with 8.5 seconds on the clock. Brian Green was able to get up a three-point attempt at the buzzer but it bounced off the rim and sealed the win for Sioux Falls. Brian Green led the Stampede with 25 points off the bench. Chris Garner followed him with 19 points and nine assists. William Clay led the attack for Sioux Falls with 22 points… Four nights later in Yakima, Idaho lost for the fifth straight time when the team fell 100-89 (6,1) to the Sun Kings. Ruben Nembhard, who was signed earlier in the day by Idaho, led the Stampede with 18 points. Brian Green added 15 points while Chianti Roberts scored 14 points. Antonio Harvey grabbed a team-high 15 rebounds and added four blocked shots.

ROCKFORD LIGHTNING: The Rockford Lightning will be well represented at the 2002-03 CBA All-Star game in Sioux Falls. Chris Daleo will coach the American Conference squad becoming the first Lightning All-Star Game coach since Charley Rosen in 1989. Three Lightning players will join Coach Daleo in Sioux Falls: Ronnie Fields, Livan Pyfrom and Albert White will all be making their first All-Star game appearance. Fields ranks 9th in the league in scoring and is tied for first in steals. White is the CBA's 3rd leading scorer overall and he leads the league in points per minute. Pyfrom is the only player to rank among the top three in 4 major CBA statistical categories (2nd in Field Goal Percentage and blocks, 3rd in total rebounds and offensive rebounds)… On Sunday the Lightning sprinted out to a 33-16 first quarter lead and never saw that lead dip below double figures again in a 127-115 victory over Grand Rapids. The Lightning improved to 4-0 against the Hoops, 4-0 on Sundays and 5-1 following a loss this season. In Sunday's win, 7 players scored in double figures and 9 players scored 8 or more points.

SIOUX FALLS SKYFORCE: The Sioux Falls Skyforce suffered three losses in the past week as they look to the All-Star Break to recover from some key injuries. The Force, who played all week without star guard Kelley McClure, began the week in Bismarck, North Dakota. Depsite leading 55-51 at half-time, Sioux Falls ended up suffering a 107-104 setback to the Dakota Wizards. For Sioux Falls, All-Star selection Versile Shaw had 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Corsley Edwards, a former second round draft pick of the Sacramento Kings, scored 22 points… The 4 game road trip for Sioux Falls continued on to Gary to face the red-hot Steelheads. The Force dropped the game 102-94, and picked up 2 quarter points in the loss. Ray Weathers led the way with 28 points while Edwards chipped in with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Versile Shaw also had another double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds… The final game of the trip resulted in a 108-96 loss to the Great Lakes Storm. Sioux Falls also nabbed 2 quarter points in this defeat. Corsley Edwards once again scored 25 points while Ray Weathers connected for 20… The Skyforce host Great Lakes at the Arena for a weekend series before breaking for the All-Star Classic. Sioux Falls will be hosting the All-Star Classic this year on Tuesday, January 14th. Festivities, including the All-Star Fan Jam, will kick off on Monday at 5:30 pm.

YAKIMA SUN KINGS: For the second time this season a Yakima Sun King has been named National Conference Player of the Week. Damien Cantrell was selected for the week ending January 4th. In three games, the 6-foot-5 forward averaged 15ppg, 14rpg, 3apg and 2.3spg. Cantrell is leading the Sun Kings in rebounding, pulling down 10.5 per game (3rd in the CBA). Fred Vinson was selected Player of the Week for the week ending December 21st… Friday nights continue to be good to Yakima. After a 100-89(6,1) victory over the Idaho Stampede on January 3rd, the Sun Kings are 6-1 on Fridays… Yakima is 11-4 when scoring over 100 points, but only 2-6 when held below the century mark… After 10 games in the Yakima Valley SunDome, the Sun Kings lead the league in attendance, averaging 3,475.9 fans per game… The Sun Kings have added two former UCLA Bruins to their roster in the last week. NBA veterans Mitchell Butler (January 3rd) and Darrick Martin (January 7th), former college teammates, joined Yakima just prior to the All-Star Break.


Jerald Honeycutt posted a game high 33 points on 13-24 shooting from the field (.542) and 4-7 from the arc (.571) to lead the Grand Rapids Hoops to a 109-95 (6-1) win over the Great Lakes Storm on Jan. 2. He also contributed 11 rebounds. Damian Cantrell posted game highs in rebounds (16) and steals (3) to go along with his 20 points and 4 assists in the Yakima Sun Kings 100-89 (6-1) victory over the Idaho Stampede on Jan. 3. Bryant Notree of the Gary Steelheads tallied 36 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists in a 139-125 (6-1) loss to the Grand Rapids Hoops on Jan. 4. Jerald Honeycutt posted 26 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals in a 139-125 (6-1) Grand Rapids Hoops win over the Gary Steelheads. Tyson Wheeler poured in 26 points and made 11 assists for the Yakima Sun Kings, in a 104-99 (5-2) victory over the Dakota Wizards on Jan 4.


On Jan. 11, 1993 The Myriad Convention Center, home of the CBA’s Oklahoma City Cavalry, hosted the 13th CBA All-Star Classic before a CBA All-Star Game record crowd of 11,382 (fourth largest all-time CBA crowd). Head Coach Dan Pannagio, now an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers, led the American All-Stars to a 133-121 victory over Eric Musselman’s National Conference squad. Musselman, the current Golden State Warriors Head Coach, coached a CBA record 5 CBA All-Star teams in his 7-year CBA head coaching career.

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