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March 19, 2003 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) News Release

The Continental Basketball Association announced Tuesday that for the second straight season the CBA Championship Game will be available on the internet at www.sportsjuice.com. Coupled with the live webcasting available on the official CBA website (www.cbahoopsonline.com), fans will have the ability to watch and hear the action unfold.

Veteran CBA broadcaster Scott Johnson (the current Director of Operations for the CBA) will provide the play-by-play. The pre-game show will begin at 6:30 PM PST on Monday, March 24, from Yakima, Washington.

The Yakima Sun Kings, who closed out the National Conference Finals three-games-to-one Monday night with a 105-100 victory over the defending champion Dakota Wizards, will face the winner of the American Conference Finals between the Rockford Lightning and Grand Rapids Hoops. The best-of-five game series is tied at one game apiece with the remaining two to three contests in Grand Rapids, beginning tonight at 7:05 PM EST.

Fans can access the broadcast through a link on www.cbahoopsonline.com or by logging on to www.sportsjuice.com and finding the link referencing the CBA Championship Game on the “Today on SportsJuice.com” schedule. SportsJuice.com events require Windows Media Player, which can be downloaded free via the SportsJuice.com website.

“For the second year in a row, SportsJuice has given us a tremendous opportunity to provide free live coverage of our Championship Game to CBA fans in each of our markets and around the world,” said CBA Commissioner Gary Hunter. “We also hope this broadcast reaches the ears of sports fans unfamiliar with the CBA and the high level of professional basketball it has produced for the past 57 years.”

SportsJuice.com broadcasts live and archived sporting events from around the world, as well as interesting sports features. It has been broadcasting minor league, semi-professional, amateur, collegiate and scholastic sports since 1999, and is one of the largest providers of sports broadcasting on the web.

“SportsJuice is happy to be working with the CBA again to broadcast the championship game,” said SportsJuice President John Onorato. “Personally, I have been a basketball fan for years and I am glad to be able to extend this opportunity to the league.”

Those who are not able to listen to the broadcast live can listen to an archived version, which will be available after the live broadcast.

CBA TRANSACTIONS

· 03/16/03
-Yakima placed Fred Vinson on the Active Roster; and waived Johnny Rhodes.

· 03/14/03
-Yakima placed Anthony Goldwire on the Active Roster.

CBA ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS

Most Valuable Player Andy Panko, Dakota
Defensive Player of the Year Kevin Rice, Dakota
Rookie of the Year Immanuel McElroy, Grand Rapids
Newcomer of the Year Damian Cantrell, Yakima
Coach of the Year Chris Daleo, Rockford

ALL-LEAGUE FIRST TEAM

ANDY PANKO, Dakota Wizards – F, 6-9, 222 (Lebanon Valley ’99) – Earned Most Valuable Player award, three Player of the Week awards, and voted to the National Conference All-Star Team (6 pts., 8 reb.)…Ranked second in scoring (22.8 ppg), sixth in rebounding (6.4 rpg), fifth in double-doubles (15), fifth in free-throw percentage (243-277, .877), and fifth in three-point shooting percentage (62-143, .434)…Posted Wizards’ season highs in points (41), field goals made (16), field goals attempted (25), and three-point field goals made (5) versus Idaho on Feb. 11.

BRYANT NOTREE, Gary Steelheads – G, 6-4, 200 (Illinois-Chicago ’99) – Earned two Player of the Week awards, voted to the American Conference All-Star Team (21 pts., 9 reb.), and won the 2003 Slam Dunk Championship…Placed second in Newcomer of the Year balloting and tied for sixth in MVP balloting…Ranked fifth in scoring (21.3 ppg)…Posted Steelheads’ season highs in points (37), field goals (16), and field goal attempts (32) versus Rockford on Jan. 17.

RONNIE FIELDS, Rockford Lightning – G, 6-1, 205 (Farragut HS ’96) – Earned one American Conference Player of the Week award and voted to the American Conference All-Star Team (6 pts., 3 reb.)…Placed third in MVP balloting…Became first player in CBA history to lead the league in scoring (23.2 ppg) and steals (2.6 spg).

DAMIEN CANTRELL, Yakima Sun Kings – F, 6-6, 233 (San Francisco ’99) – Earned Newcomer of the Year award and a league-high four National Conference Player of the Week awards…Placed second in MVP balloting…Led CBA in rebounding (12.8 rpg), offensive rebounding (4.4 orpg), and double-doubles (27)…Ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (.460, 40-87), seventh in field goal percentage (221-392, .564), and 17th in scoring (16.2 ppg).

JERALD HONEYCUTT, Grand Rapids Hoops – F, 6-8, 275 (Tulane ’97) – Earned two American Conference Player of the Week awards and was voted to the American Conference All-Star Team (DNP- Injury)…Placed fifth in MVP balloting…Ranked third in scoring (22.6 ppg) and 11th in rebounding (7.6 rpg)…Posted Hoops’ season highs in field goals (19) and field goal attempts (34) versus Gary on Dec. 3.

ALL-LEAGUE SECOND TEAM

OLIVER MILLER, Dakota Wizards – C, 6-10, 325 (Arkansas ’92) – Traded from Gary to Dakota on Feb. 10…Earned one American Conference Player of the Week award with Gary, one National Conference award with Dakota, and was voted to the American Conference All-Star Team (7 reb., 3 blks.) as a member of the Steelheads…Tied for sixth in MVP balloting…Led CBA in blocks (2.5 bpg)…Ranked second in rebounding (12.1 rpg), second in double-doubles (26), sixth in field goal percentage (272-464, .586), and 19th in scoring (15.7 ppg)…Blocked CBA season high 9 shots versus Sioux Falls on Jan. 23 (Tied Steelheads record)…Posted Steelheads’ season high in rebounds (25) versus Rockford on Dec. 28, and Wizards’ season high in rebounds (23) versus Idaho on Feb. 25.

ALEX SCALES, Grand Rapids Hoops – G, 6-3, 180 (Oregon ’00) – Placed fourth in Newcomer of the Year balloting…Ranked sixth in scoring (19.7 ppg) and steals (2.0 spg)… Scored CBA season high 52 points (Tied for 25th all-time) versus Rockford on Feb. 2…Posted Hoops’ season high in three-point field goals (8) versus Rockford on Feb. 2.

ALBERT WHITE, Rockford Lightning – G, 6-6, 235 (Missouri ’99) – Voted to the American Conference All-Star Team (28 pts, 7 reb., 3 stls.)…Placed fourth in MVP balloting…Ranked fourth in scoring (22.0 ppg), fifth in double-doubles (15), 12th in rebounding (7.5 rpg), 12th in assists (3.6 apg), and 12th in steals (1.6 spg).

TYSON WHEELER, Great Lakes Storm – G, 5-10, 173 (Rhode Island ’98) – Traded from Yakima to Great Lakes on Jan. 18…Voted to the National Conference All-Star Team (11 pts., 14 asts., 5 stls.) as a member of the Sun Kings where he broke the individual assist record (13, Sidney Lowe, 1988)…Led CBA in assists (8.2 apg)… Ranked fourth in double-doubles (16), 17th in scoring (16.5 ppg) and 10th in steals (1.7)…Broke Sun Kings’ all-time single game points record (46) versus Rockford on Nov. 19…Broke Sun Kings’ all-time single game assist record with 23 (Tied for ninth all-time), versus Grand Rapids on Jan. 11… Posted Sun Kings’ season high in field goals (17) versus Rockford on Nov. 19…Posted Sun Kings’ season high in three-point field goals (7) and three-point attempts (11) versus Idaho on Dec. 7…Posted Storm’s season high in assists (14) versus Grand Rapids on Feb. 17.

KEVIN RICE, Dakota Wizards – G/F, 6-3, 198 (Utah State ’98) – Earned Defensive Player of the Year and All-Defensive Team honors…Ranked 3rd in steals (2.3 spg), 8th in three-point field goal percentage (48-114, .421), 10th in free-throw shooting (169-206, .820), and 24th in scoring (13.1 ppg)…Posted an all-time Wizards’ high in steals (7) versus Yakima on Dec. 31…Posted a Wizards’ season high in three-point field goals (5) versus Gary on Jan. 25.

PRIMETIME PERFORMANCES

Jerald Honeycutt scored a 2003 CBA Playoffs high 38 points for the Grand Rapids Hoops, in their Game One loss (149-146) to the Rockford Lightning on March 11. He also tallied 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals.

Marshall Phillips posted a team high 35 points and a game high 14 rebounds, in the Rockford Lightning’s Game One victory over the Grand Rapids Hoops (149-146), on March 11. He also dished 6 assists and made 2 steals.

Anthony Goldwire exploded for a game high 36 points on 13-23 (.565) shooting from the field, 6-6 from the charity stripe, and 4-4 from the arc, in the Yakima Sun Kings’ 109-102 Game Three win over the Dakota Wizards, Sunday night.

Anthony “Pig” Miller pulled down a 2003 CBA Playoffs high 23 rebounds to go along with his 13 point, in the Yakima Sun Kings’ 109-102 Game Three win over the Dakota Wizards on Sunday night.

Olden Polynice tallied 22 points, 18 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the Grand Rapids Hoops’ game four win (116-108) over the Rockford Lightning on Tuesday.

THIS WEEK IN CBA HISTORY

On March 22, 1990, in game two of the National Conference Semifinals, Jim Les of the Santa Barbara Islanders dished a CBA playoff record 24 assists in a 137-133 overtime victory over the Tulsa Fast Breakers. The Islanders would go on to defeat Tulsa three games to two, only to fall to the Rapid City Thrillers in game six of the seven game Conference Finals.

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