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December 14, 2004 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) News Release


Great Lakes Storm guard Mark Jones was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, while Sioux Falls Skyforce guard DeSean Hadley was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of December 5 – 11.

Jones averaged 25.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during the week as the Storm won two of three games to remain in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 3.8 quarter-point average. He also added 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals per contest, while shooting 50 percent (31 of 62) from both the floor and from behind the three-point line (2 of 4).

In a 112-106 (4-3) overtime victory over the Rockford Lightning on Saturday, December 11, Jones hit the game-tying three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to send the game into the extra period. He finished the night with 20 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. On the season, Jones is averaging 20.9 points per game, ranking him third in the league in scoring.

Sioux Falls guard DeSean Hadley led the Skyforce to a 3-1 record during the week as he posted 25.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He also added 2.75 assists and 2.7 steals per contest, while shooting 56.4 percent (35 of 62) from the floor, 96.0 percent (24 of 25) from the free-throw line, and 80.0 percent (8 of 10) from behind the three-point line.

In a 94-82 (6.5-0.5) victory over the Idaho Stampede on December 5, Hadley scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double. Three nights later he scored 32 points, grabbed six rebounds and had four steals in a 125-105 (6-1) victory over the Great Lakes Storm. He finished the week on December 11, with 30 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 100-87 (5.5-1.5) victory over the Michigan Mayhem.

On the season, Hadley is 10th in the league with 18.3 points per game, while also leading the league in three-point field goal percentage at 54.5 percent (12 of 22), and is fourth in free-throw percentage at 95.5 percent (63 of 66). Hadley, last season’s Defensive Player of the Year, also ranks 5th in the league in steals with 2.4 per contest.

Other players receiving consideration were Gary’s Jemeil Rich (21.5 ppg, 11.0 apg), Dakota’s Billy Thomas (20.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg), and Idaho’s Sam Clancy (12.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg).


The Albany Patroons announced during a Monday press conference that Micheal Ray Richardson has been signed as the Head Coach of the revitalized franchise, pending league approval.

“We are delighted to have Micheal Ray Richardson re-join the Patroons as our Head Coach,” stated Patroons President and Owner Ben Fernandez.

Richardson played one season in the CBA with the Patroons during the 1987-88 campaign, leading the team to a 48-6 regular season record before winning the CBA Title. During the year, he posted 13.9 points and 3.1 assists per game. Prior to his season in Albany, Richardson played eight seasons in the NBA after being drafted in the First Round (4th overall pick) of the 1978 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. From 1978 through 1986, Richardson played for the Knicks, Golden State Warriors, and the New Jersey Nets, earning NBA All-Star honors four times (1981, 1982, 1983, 1986). He has played in 556 regular season NBA games with a career average of 14.8 points and 7.0 assists per game.

“This is a great opportunity for me and I am thrilled to be back in Albany with its great tradition,” remarked Richardson, who most recently served as the Community Ambassador for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets.

Also in attendance, and introduced at Monday’s press conference was former Knicks, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Bob Hill, who was named as the Patroons Special Consultant for Player Recruitment.

“We owe it to the Albany fans to assemble the best talent available in our coaching staffs and players,” said Patroons Vice President and General Manager Jim Coyne. “The legacy of the Albany Patroons will continue.”

Added CBA Commissioner Gary Hunter, “The CBA is excited with the progress of the Albany Patroons organization. From their announced coaching staff to their early onslaught of season ticket sales, the Patroons will be a welcome addition to the league next season.”

The Patroons will begin play during the CBA’s 60th anniversary season in 2005-06 at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, New York. During the Patroons’ original tenure in the CBA, from 1982-1992, the team was instrumental in graduating players and coaches like Phil Jackson, George Karl, Bill Musselman, Sidney Lowe, and Rick Carlisle to NBA coaching status.



Yakima Sun Kings forward Lonny Baxter signed with the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, it was announced Sunday by the Continental Basketball Association League Office and the front office of the Hornets. The signing marks the fourth CBA-to-NBA call-up of the 2004-05 season.

Baxter led the CBA in rebounding with 13.0 per game, and also posted 16.3 points per contest (15th in the league) in six games played (four started) for the Sun Kings. He also ranked 4th in the league in blocked shots with 1.3 per game, while shooting 44.7 percent (38 of 85) from the floor.

"Lonny is a proven NBA player who will be able to give us an inside presence and help fill the void left by our numerous injuries," said Hornets General Manager Allan Bristow.

The University of Maryland alum was a second-round (44th overall) selection of the Chicago Bulls in the 2002 NBA Draft, and a second-round (9th overall) selection of the Sun Kings in the 2002 CBA College Draft. He has appeared in 117 career NBA games with the Bulls, Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards.

Baxter is filling a roster spot left open when the Hornets placed forward David West on the Injured List.


The Official CBA Scorephone provides final scores, quarter point totals and leading scorers from each team upon the completion of each day’s final game.

“Since 1983 the Scorephone has allowed anyone with access to a telephone the ability to find out the outcome and leading scorers for CBA games on the night they were played,” stated CBA Deputy Commissioner, Wade Morehead. “Coupled with the official CBA website, our goal is to provide the public with up-to-date information from around the league as soon as it becomes available.”

The CBA Scorephone number is 208-429-8503.


The official website of the Continental Basketball Association ( offers live statistical webcasts of every CBA game in 2004-05. Through the technology of Daktronics, the official statistical software provider of the CBA, fans will have the ability to monitor the action of every CBA game, live as it happens.

By clicking on the “This Week’s Live Webcasts” tab on the CBA homepage, fans are taken to a menu of the current week’s match-ups. From there, just click on a game and watch the action unfold. The webcasts provide updating boxscores, which refresh every 30 seconds, and a play-by-play detailing the action.


· 12/13/2004
- Yakima signed Patrick Okafor and Andre McCollum.
- Yakima waived Terquin Mott

· 12/12/2004
- Yakima placed Lonny Baxter on the Inactive (NBA) Reserve List.

· 12/11/2004
- Rockford signed Keith Closs.

· 12/10/2004
- Idaho placed Britton Johnsen on the Active Roster.
- Rockford placed Ronnie Fields on the Injured Reserve List.

· 12/9/2004
- Dakota signed Sean Lampley and waived Oliver Miller

· 12/8/2004
- Idaho placed Kaniel Dickens on the Inactive (NBA) Reserve List.
- Gary signed Daniel Watts and waived Kevin Simmons
- Sioux Falls signed Damon Jackson and Kelly Wise.
- Dakota waived Patrick Okafor

· 12/7/2004
- Great Lakes placed Trevor Huffman on the Active Roster and placed Ezra Williams on the Injured Reserve List
- Dakota waived Chris Herren
- Rockford signed Marshall Phillips.

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

DAKOTA WIZARDS: The Dakota Wizards increased their winning streak to seven games by sweeping the Yakima Sun Kings on the road this weekend…The Wizards, who won 109-103 Friday and 94-86 Saturday, picked up 10 of the 14 quarter points…This week, Thursday and Friday, the Wizards players and staff will speak to over 5000 students in grades K-6 at area elementary schools to discuss the importance of reading and promote the "Reading Wizards Program"… Also, Wizards fans can meet and greet players and coaches at Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que as they will be the "official After-Game Headquarters" for this Wednesday's match-up against the Sioux Falls Sky Force.

GARY STEELHEADS: The Gary Steelheads started the week in Idaho on the first game of a four game in five night stretch….The Steelheads managed a split in Idaho, losing the first game 105-89, before bouncing back to win 109-89…The Steelheads then traveled to Yakima to take on the Sun Kings on Monday, losing 135-110…Jemeil Rich continues to average a double-double through the young season, averaging 20.9 points and 11.2 assists a game…Rich has awarded honorable mention for the third consecutive week in the Player of the Week honors…David Graves is eighth in the CBA in scoring, averaging 19.4 points a game…Lonnie Jones continues to lead the CBA in blocks, averaging 5.0 blocks a game…The Steelheads will play the Sun Kings on Tuesday before returning home to the Genesis Convention Center on Friday, December 17th to face the Michigan Mayhem…The Steelheads are collecting toys for Methodist Hospital on December 17th to donate for hospital bound children during the holidays.

GREAT LAKES STORM: The Great Lakes Storm remains in first place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 6-6 (45.0 pts). They finished the week with a record of 2-2 as they played a tough stretch of four games in five days…Mark Jones had a great week as he won Player of the Week in the Eastern Conference, the second Storm player to win the honor in three weeks. For the week he averaged 25.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game…Public Relations Director Brett Hansen, along with Head Coach Russ Bergman and Storm guard Trevor Huffman made an appearance at the Birch Run Rotary Meeting to update local business owners about the teams performance...The Storm announced the signing of NBA veteran Doug Smith. Smith played five seasons in the NBA, four with the Dallas Mavericks and his final with the Boston Celtics. He reunites with Coach Bergman as he played on the 1997 CBA Champion Oklahoma City Cavalry…Storm center Jackie Butler had a career and CBA season high 22 rebounds in a 112-106 OT victory over the Rockford Lightning this past Saturday night…The Storm will hit the road on Thursday as they play the first of eight straight road games in Rockford, Illinois. They do not return to the Birch Run Expo Center until Wednesday, December 29th.

IDAHO STAMPEDE: The Stampede struggled to a 1-3 record during the week, including three straight losses on the road...Sam Clancy, Donald Williams and Taliek Brown provided some consistency during the week, but the NBA call-up of Kaniel Dickens impacted the overall performance on the court...Dickens joined the New Jersey Nets and was 1-1 (a 3-pointer) in his debut...Britton Johnsen rejoined the Stampede after a stint with the Indiana Pacers. Johnsen played well on Friday night, a home win over Gary...The highlight Saturday was the shooting of a Stampede fan who made his one-chance-shot and won free double cheeseburgers for everyone at the game (3,113 attendance). This is the second season of the "McDonald's Golden Arch" 3-point shot where one fan each game gets one shot to win free food for all in attendance. Last season just four people were successful...Halftime entertainer Red Panda performed flawlessly both Friday and Saturday nights. Her dramatic effort on Saturday caused a standing ovation, which was the other highlight that particular evening...sales of magnetic military car ribbons and raffle tickets for special jerseys were strong both nights as owner Bill Ilett commandeered the dance team and a jersey-clad mannequin and sold the $5 items to fans entering the arena. All the proceeds from this ongoing sales effort go the support the 116th Calvary Brigade, now stationed in Kuwait. Over $30,000 has been garnered by the Idaho Stampede Community Foundation to support this cause.

MICHIGAN MAYHEM: The Michigan Mayhem lost two games on the road to Rockford (89-85) on Tuesday December 7th and Great Lakes (112-75) on Friday December 10th...After losing to CBA League Leader Sioux Falls (100-87) on Saturday December 11th, the Mayhem put a halt to their three game skid and defeated the Eastern Conference Leader Great Lakes Storm (102-91) on Sunday December 12th…Leading Scorers during the past week were Kevin Sweetwyne (16.0 ppg), DeeAndre Hulett (14.6 ppg) and Brad Buddenborg(13.3 ppg)…The leading rebounder for the week was Charles Gaines (11.3 rpg)…The weekly television talk show "Get Caught Up" featured Mayhem Players Stacy Harris and Donte Hill…Halftime Shows during the past week continued to entertain the local fans with national entertainment, the "Rich Wieber Bicycle Stunt Show" from Minnesota on Saturday (12-11) and the local "Angels of Christ Praise Dancers" from Muskegon on Sunday (12-12)…Mayhem players continue to connect with locals schools as Charles Gaines and Kevin Sweetwyne visited Edgewater Elementary.

ROCKFORD LIGHTNING: The Rockford Lightning went 2-1 in the week of December 6-12…they defeated the Michigan Mayhem at home on December 7th, 89-85…They also beat the Sioux Falls Skyforce at home on December 9th, 111-103…Guard Ronnie Fields suffered a broken thumb near the end of the first half of that game, and is expected to miss four weeks of action...Rockford lost at Great Lakes on December 11, 112-106 in overtime…The Lightning signed 7-foot-3 center Keith Closs…Closs played three seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers from 1997 to 2000… The second Chris Daleo Coach’s Show was held on Monday, December 6th at the Skybox Restaurant in the Rockford Park District’s Indoor Sports Center…Besides Coach Daleo, host Casey Kahler spoke with assistant coach Renaldo Thomas, and players Carson Cunningham and Sidney Holmes…Rockford set a season high in rebounds Saturday night at Great Lakes, hauling down 55 boards in the loss…Keith Closs had 5 blocks in that game, which is another Lightning season high…Stais Boseman remains in the top 10 in scoring average, his 20.6 points per game is good for fifth in the league…Boseman and Ronnie Fields also are in the top 10 in steals, Fields 2nd in the league with 3.4 steals per game, and Boseman 3rd in the league with 2.8 steals per game…the Lightning also lead the league in forcing opponent turnovers, making their opponents commit 24.0 turnovers per game this year

SIOUX FALLS SKYFORCE: The Sioux Falls Skyforce finished the week with a 3-1 record, improving their season mark to 9-2…. Sioux Falls picked up wins over Idaho and road wins versus Great Lakes and Michigan…. Over their last 4 games, the Force has picked up 20 out of a possible 28 Quarter Points (5.0 average)…. On the season, Sioux Falls sits atop of all CBA teams with a 5.1 quarter-point average…. The Skyforce have won 4 of their last 5…. A brutal road trip continues as the next 5 games are on the road before returning home for the traditional Christmas night game versus Idaho (11 of 14 games in December on the road)…. The Skyforce remain undefeated at home with a 5-0 record…. DeSean Hadley, out of Eastern Michigan, capped a phenomenal week with a 25.5 points per game average, including a 32 and 30 point outburst….He connected on 35 of 62 field goals (.562), 24 of 25 free-throws (.96) and 8 of 10 3-point attempts (.80)…The Skyforce finalized plans for their Reading Program where players and coaches will speak to 4,100 students over a 2-day span, emphasizing the importance of education and reading in early January.

YAKIMA SUN KINGS: The Yakima Sun Kings dropped another two games over the weekend to the Dakota Wizards….that puts the Sun Kings at 1-7 overall and last place in their conference…In Friday night’s loss, Marlon Parmer scored 35 points and added eight assists, but it was enough as the Sun Kings lost 109-103…In spite of the loss, the Sun Kings still managed three quarter points…Saturday night Mims led the way with 24 points…but again the Wizards beat the Sun Kings again 94-86…Yakima earned its only quarter point in the third period…Recent roster moves included Lonnie Baxter to the New Orleans Hornets and the release of Terquin Mott from the squad…The Sun Kings continue their home stand with three games this week; starting with Gary on Monday and Tuesday and Idaho on Thursday.


Sioux Falls guard DeSean Hadley scored 32 points on 10 of 13 shooting, including 4 of 4 from behind the three-point line, as the Skyforce defeated the Great Lakes Storm 125-105 (6-1) on December 8.

Yakima Sun Kings guard Marlon Parmer posted 35 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds in a 109-103 (4-3) loss to the Dakota Wizards on December 10.

Great Lakes Storm center Jackie Butler scored 22 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in a 112-106 (4-3) victory over the Rockford Lightning on December 11.

9. CBA STATISTICAL LEADERS (Thru Games of 12/13/04)

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1. Ezra Williams, Great Lakes 7 148 21.1 9. Kasib Powell, Great Lakes 12 233 19.4
2. Mark Jones, Great Lakes 12 251 20.9 10. DeSean Hadley, Sioux Falls 11 201 18.3
3. Jemeil Rich, Gary 9 188 20.9 11. Billy Keys, Dakota 9 161 17.9
4. Stais Boseman, Rockford 9 185 20.6 12. Ronnie Fields, Rockford 8 141 17.6
5. Billy Thomas, Dakota 9 184 20.4 13. John Thomas, Sioux Falls 10 175 17.5
6. Marlon Parmer, Yakima 9 177 19.7 14. Jackie Butler, Great Lakes 11 192 17.5
7. Alpha Bangura, Sioux Falls 11 215 19.5 15. Darrick Martin, Michigan 7 119 17.0
8. David Graves, Gary 9 175 19.4 16. Lonny Baxter, Yakima 6 98 16.3
16. Melvin Sanders, Dakota 9 147 16.3

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1. Lonny Baxter, Yakima 6 78 13.0 1. Carlos Daniel, Yakima 9 36 4.0
2. Charles Gaines, Michigan 8 95 11.9 2. Charles Gaines, Michigan 8 31 3.9
3. Carlos Daniel, Yakima 9 95 10.6 3. Lonny Baxter, Yakima 6 22 3.7
4. John Thomas, Sioux Falls 10 102 10.2 4. Sam Clancy, Idaho 10 36 3.6
5. Jackie Butler, Great Lakes 11 110 10.0 5. John Thomas, Sioux Falls 10 35 3.5
6. Sam Clancy, Idaho 10 98 9.8 6. Jackie Butler, Great Lakes 11 38 3.5
7. Dickey Simpkins, Dakota 9 85 9.4 7. Muntrelle Dobbins, Rockford 9 27 3.0
8. Lonnie Jones, Gary 9 81 9.0 8. Cedrick Hughey, Yakima 6 17 2.8

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1. Jemeil Rich, Gary 9 101 11.2 1. Ronnie Fields, Rockford 8 27 3.4
2. Marlon Parmer, Yakima 9 100 11.1 2. Jemeil Rich, Gary 9 28 3.1
3. Billy Keys, Dakota 9 82 9.1 3. Stais Boseman, Rockford 9 25 2.8
4. Randy Livingston, Sioux Falls 11 90 8.2 4. Ezra Williams, Great Lakes 7 19 2.7
5. Ronnie Fields, Rockford 8 49 6.1 5. DeSean Hadley, Sioux Falls 11 26 2.4
6. Taliek Brown, Idaho 10 60 6.0 6. Billy Keys, Dakota 9 21 2.3
7. Darrick Martin, Michigan 7 39 5.6 7. Randy Livingston, Sioux Falls 11 19 1.7
8. Billy Thomas, Dakota 9 44 4.9 8. Brant Bailey, Rockford 9 14 1.6

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1. Darrin Hancock, Gary 38 54 0.704 1. Scott Burrell, Idaho 11 11 1.000
2. Sidney Holmes, Rockford 11 17 0.647 1. Ezra Williams, Great Lakes 29 29 1.000
3. Charles Gaines, Michigan 53 85 0.624 3. Darrick Martin, Michigan 28 29 0.966
4. Albert Burditt, Sioux Falls 18 30 0.600 4. DeSean Hadley, Sioux Falls 63 66 0.955
5. Brant Bailey, Rockford 40 68 0.588 5. Bryan Christiansen, Idaho 13 14 0.929
6. Lonnie Jones, Gary 46 80 0.575 6. Melvin Sanders, Dakota 21 23 0.913
7. Donald Williams, Idaho 65 120 0.542 7. Trevor Huffman, Great Lakes 18 20 0.900
7. Eric Williams, Idaho 39 72 0.542 7. Ray Young, Gary 27 30 0.900

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1. DeSean Hadley, Sioux Falls 12 22 0.545 1. Lonnie Jones, Gary 9 44 4.9
2. Ezra Williams, Great Lakes 15 29 0.517 2. Sam Clancy, Idaho 10 16 1.6
3. David Graves, Gary 18 35 0.514 3. Jackie Butler, Great Lakes 11 17 1.5
4. Jeremy Veal, Yakima 11 22 0.500 4. Kareem Poole, Michigan 11 15 1.4
5. Donald Williams, Idaho 11 23 0.478 5. Lonny Baxter, Yakima 6 8 1.3
6. Robert Griffin, Michigan 9 19 0.474 6. Scott Burrell, Idaho 6 7 1.2
7. Rich Melzer, Sioux Falls 10 23 0.435 7. Kasib Powell, Great Lakes 12 13 1.1
8. Tim Ellis, Yakima 13 30 0.433 8. Justin Rowe, Yakima 9 9 1.0
8. John Thomas, Sioux Falls 10 10 1.0

10. UPCOMING SCHEDULE (From Games of Dec. 14 - 20)
Tuesday, December 14
Gary at Yakima

Wednesday, December 15
Sioux Falls at Dakota

Thursday, December 16
Great Lakes at Rockford
Idaho at Yakima

Friday, December 17
Michigan at Gary
Yakima at Idaho

Saturday, December 18
Great Lakes at Dakota
Sioux Falls at Idaho
Michigan at Rockford

Sunday, December 19
Michigan at Rockford
Sioux Falls at Yakima

Monday, December 20
Great Lakes at Dakota


Florida Beachdogs center Manute Bol blocks 13 shots against the Rockford Lightning on December 16, 1995. The feat still stands as an all-time CBA record for blocks in a single game. Bol went on to total 93 blocks in 22 games during the 1995-96 season, for an average of 4.2 per game.

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