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January 29, 2007 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) News Release

CBA ALL-STAR TEAMS, DUNK COMPETITION, LONG DISTANCE SHOOTOUT PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

The Continental Basketball Association has selected the 20 players who will represent the National Conference (Butte, Great Falls, Yakama) and the American Conference (Albany, Indiana, Minot, Pittsburgh) in the 2007 All-Star Classic.

Guard-Forward Galen Young (6'6", 220, UNC-Charlotte) leads five Sun Kings who were named on the team. Young has three of the league's four triple-doubles this season, and earned Player of the Week honors in December 2006 for his efforts. Young currently leads the CBA in assists (6.8 apg), and has a single-game league-high of 14 assists, which he achieved earlier this year. His 8.9 rpg is among the league's best this season. Young, who received the most All-Star votes among his National Conference teammates, previously participated in the 2004 All-Star Classic, as well as in the "Rookie Game" that preceded the 2000 All-Star Classic; both events were held at the Yakima SunDome, home of his Sun Kings. Young received the most votes this season for All-Star consideration for the National Conference.

Among the other Sun Kings on the 2007 National Conference squad are center Chris Alexander (7'1", 260, Iowa State) who, like Young, was named "Player of the Week" in December 2006; Alexander's 59.5% field goal percentage is the best among this year's All-Star team, and he has a single-game high of 7 blocked shots this season. Other Sun Kings on the All-Star squad include forward Rocky Walls (6'8", 235, Oral Roberts), who leads the CBA in offensive rebounds (4.7 orpg); guard Robert Griffin (6'6", 213, Iowa), who is among the leaders in both free-throw percentage (93.3%) and 3-point percentage (46.8%); and guard Ralph Holmes (6'4", 190, Cal State-Fullerton), who led all Sun Kings with 18.6 points per game.

The hometown Butte Daredevils will be represented by three players; guard Odell Bradley (6'4", 245, Indiana University / Purdue University at Indianapolis), who leads the Daredevils in scoring with 17.9 ppg; and center Nick VanderLaan (6'10", 225, Concordia-Irvine), who leads the entire CBA with 10.4 rebounds per game, and was the January 22 CBA Player of the Week with a 25-rebound game; also joining the Daredevils is former Utah Eagles player John Millsap (6'6", 220, Texas-San Antonio); Millsap's 19.0 ppg lead all Eagles in scoring, and he is also among the league leaders in rebounds (8.7 rpg) and offensive rebounds (3.9 orpg).

The Great Falls Explorers, Butte's in-state rivals, will have two guards on the All-Star team; Jamar Howard (6'4", 205, Wichita State), whose 2.1 steals per game augments his 14.7 ppg and 6.2 rpg; and Malik Moore (6'3", 178, American International), who leads the Explorers in both points (17.7 ppg) and assists (6.4 apg). These will be the first men to represent Great Falls in the All-Star Classic since 1983, when Robert Smith and John Douglas were part of Great Falls' earlier CBA team, the Montana Golden Nuggets.

The National Conference team will be coached by Paul Woolpert, who will be participating in his third All-Star Classic.

The Indiana Alley Cats will have four representatives on the American Conference All-Star team; all playing the guard position. Veterans Erick Barkley (6'1", 170, St. John's) and Shaun Fountain (5'11", 180, Wisconsin-Milwaukee) will join newcomer Carl Edwards (6'5", 215, College of Charleston) and Indiana's first-round draft pick J.J. Sullinger (6'5", 210, Ohio State). Fountain and Sullinger earned back-to-back "Player of the Week" honors in January 2007; and all four Alley Cats currently average better than 18 points per game, with Fountain's 23.2 ppg topping his teammates. Fountain also leads the American Conference in steals (3.0 spg), followed closely by his All-Star teammate Erick Barkley (2.8 spg); among Carl Edwards' accomplishments has been the 2006-07 single-game high for field goals made (17).

The Albany Patroons sent three of their top performers to the All-Star Classic. Among the trio are guard T.J. Thompson (5'10", 180, George Washington), who currently leads the CBA in scoring with 24.8 points per game; forward Jamario Moon (6'8", 205, Meridian Community College of Mississippi), whose 2.4 blocked shots per game is third-best in the league; and center Eric Williams (6'10", 260, UMass), who currently leads the league in free throw accuracy (93.4%) and leads the Patroons in rebounds (7.1 rpg). This is T.J. Thompson's second consecutive All-Star Classic appearance; Jamario Moon previously participated in the 2006 skills competition that preceded the All-Star Game.

Desmond Ferguson (6'7", 215, Detroit), who was previously named to the All-Star team in 2002 (in that season, an all-star squad was selected, but no game was played), is one of two Minot Skyrockets on the American Conference squad. Ferguson, who scored 43 points on the first game of the season, currently leads the Skyrockets with 19.8 points per game; his teammate on the Skyrockets, forward Ray Cunningham (6'6", 220, Murray State) is among the league leaders in offensive rebounds (2.7 orpg) and, like Ferguson, averages better than 19 points per game.

The Pittsburgh Xplosion's lone representative on the All-Star squad is the team's leading scorer, rookie forward Kevin Pittsnogle (6'11", 255, West Virginia). Pittsnogle, who was taken in the first round of the 2006 CBA Draft by the Xplosion, is currently second in league scoring with 23.5 points per game, and has achieved a major consistency level by being the Xplosion's leading team scorer for eleven consecutive games. Pittsnogle has also set this year's single-game marks for most points (44) and most free throws made (15).

Jamario Moon and Shaun Fountain both received the most All-Star selection votes as cast by the league's coaches, front office staff, and media representatives. Micheal Ray Richardson will coach the American Conference All-Stars; this is his first appearance in this All-Star Classic, Richardson was a four-time NBA All-Star in the 1980's.

The All-Star Classic will begin with a series of skills competitions, as six players will compete in the Long Distance Shootout (the most 3-pointers hit in an established amount of time), and four players will show their throw-down capabilities in the Slam Dunk Competition.

The 2007 Slam Dunk Competition will feature last year's runner-up, Jamario Moon of the Albany Patroons, as well as high-flying Ray Cunningham (Minot Skyrockets), ball-jamming Carl Edwards (Indiana Alley Cats), and rim-rocker Anthony Richardson (Butte Daredevils).

Since its establishment as a CBA skills competition in 1988, previous winners of the Slam Dunk competition include Shelton Jones (the only two-time winner, 1993 and 1996), Ronnie Fields (currently playing for the Minot Skyrockets), and Renaldo Major (who was recently called up to the NBA's Golden State Warriors).

The Long Distance Shootout, which will challenge players to hit as many three-point baskets as possible from all areas of the arc, will feature nine of this season's top scoring average leaders, with at least one representative from each CBA franchise. Tapped for the competition are David Bell (Butte Daredevils), Desmond Ferguson (Minot Skyrockets), Shaun Fountain (Indiana Alley Cats), Robert Griffin (Yakama Sun Kings), Jamario Moon (Albany Patroons), Kevin Pittsnogle (Pittsburgh Xplosion), Ronald Ross (Butte Daredevils), Keith Salscheider (Great Falls Explorers) and T.J. Thompson (Albany Patroons). Thompson and Moon will be participating in their second Long Distance Shootout; they last appeared in the 2006 event, which was won by the Idaho Stampede's David Jackson.

Since its establishment as a CBA skills competition in 1990, previous winners of the Long Distance Shootout include NBA star and ESPN analyst Tim Legler (1993), as well as NBA players Jose Slaughter (1990), Charles Smith (1995) and Tony Harris (1997).

Although this is the 23rd All-Star Classic in the CBA's "modern" (post-1978) era, the league played several All-Star games in its incarnations as the Eastern Professional Basketball League (1946-70) and Eastern Basketball Association (1970-78), making the 2007 All-Star Classic the 41st All-Star Classic in overall league history. The inaugural All-Star Classic was played in March 1949 as a fundraiser for Tommy Bell, a Pottsville (Pa.) Packers point guard who was diagnosed with a life-threatening intestinal injury. That game featured the Pottsville Packers against an All-Star squad from the rest of the league; the All-Stars won 74-69. Sadly, Bell died the following year; and an award was designated in his memory for the top player of the season, which is today the CBA Most Valuable Player award.

A complete list of All-Star participants, as well as game scores from previous Classics, the winners of the various CBA skills competitions, are available in this week's CBA Weekly.

DID YOU KNOW?

The CBA record for most broken backboards in a single game is 2. In the opening game of the 1977-78 season, the Anchorage Northern Knights hosted the Wilkes-Barre Barons; as the game began, one of the Wilkes-Barre players went up for a dunk - and broke the backboard and the basketball rim, with glass falling on the players and the court. A few seconds later, Anchorage's Ron Davis decided to retaliate, leaping for the backboard and obliterating it with a two-hand jam. It took two hours for replacement backboards to be located and installed - but very few of the 4,000 attendees that night left that game, which Anchorage won 117-112.

UTAH EAGLES DISPERSAL DRAFT

On January 25, 2007, The Continental Basketball Association announced the results of the Utah Eagles Dispersal Draft held via teleconference call from the CBA League Office.

In accordance with Continental Basketball Association rules, all remaining Utah Eagles players on the team roster as of their final game (Wednesday, March 24, 2007) were subjected to a dispersal draft. The seven remaining CBA franchises then picked the remaining players on the Eagles roster. The draft order was determined by lottery.

The results are as follows:

FIRST ROUND

1. Minot Skyrockets - traded pick to Butte Daredevils for a 2nd round pick, 2007 CBA College Entry Draft

With that pick, Butte selected John Millsap (6'6", 220 forward, Texas-San Antonio).

2. Yakama Sun Kings - PASS

3. Great Falls Explorers - Harold Arceneaux (6'6", 240 forward, Weber State)

4. Indiana Alley Cats - PASS

5. Butte Daredevils - PASS

6. Albany Patroons - PASS

7. Pittsburgh Xplosion - PASS

SECOND ROUND

1. Minot Skyrockets - PASS

2. Yakama Sun Kings - PASS

3. Great Falls Explorers - PASS

4. Indiana Alley Cats - PASS

5. Butte Daredevils - PASS

6. Albany Patroons - PASS

7. Pittsburgh Xplosion - PASS

By league rules, after every team in a single round has passed, all remaining Utah Eagles players were declared free agents and are free to sign with any CBA club. Utah Eagles who are now free agents are:

Evric Gray (6'7" 225 forward, UNLV)

Mike Hall (6'3", 198 guard, BYU)

Darnell Jones (6'4", 225 guard, Mesa State, rookie)

Josh Nigut (6'10", 265 center, Northern Colorado)

Julius Nwosu (6'10", 260 center, Liberty)

Bernard Rock (5'10", 175 guard, Utah State)

Matt Vaughn (6'0", 190 guard, California Christian)

CBA CONGRATULATES FLIP SAUNDERS ON 500TH NBA VICTORY

The Continental Basketball Association congratulates Flip Saunders on his 500th career NBA win, which was accomplished on January 28, 2007, when his Detroit Pistons defeated the Indiana Pacers 95-87. Saunders was one of the most accomplished coaches in CBA history, as he became the first coach to lead his teams to seven consecutive 30+ winning seasons. In fact, Saunders always got his CBA squads to the playoffs, and won two CBA titles in 1990 and 1992, both with the La Crosse Catbirds. In Saunders is 500-361 in 11 NBA seasons, and has a record of 253-137 in 7 CBA campaigns. Saunders, who also coached the Rapid City Thrillers and the Sioux Falls Skyforce, was the winning coach in the 1994 and 1995 CBA All-Star Classics.

FLIP SAUNDERS' CBA COACHING CAREER

REG SEAS W L PCT PLAYOFFS W L PCT

88-89 Rapid City 38 16 .704 6 5 .545

89-90 La Crosse C 42 14 .750 11 4 .733

90-91 La Crosse C 32 24 .571 2 3 .400

91-92 La Crosse C 40 16 .714 10 6 .625

92-93 La Crosse C 32 24 .571 2 3 .400

93-94 La Crosse C 35 21 .625 3 3 .500

94-95 Sioux Falls 34 22 .607 1 2 .333

T.J. THOMPSON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Albany Patroons guard averaged 27 points, clutch three-pointers in two wins

The Continental Basketball Association today announced that T.J. Thompson has been named the Player of the Week for the week of January 23 - January 29. Thompson is the second Patroon player to be honored as a Player of the Week, joining Jamario Moon as Patroons earning Player of the Week honors.

Thompson, a 5'10" guard from George Washington, averaged 27 points a game in two games this week. Thompson opened up the week with a 26 point, 2 rebound, 4 assist run in an 89-88 [4.5-2.5] win over the visiting Pittsburgh Xplosion, including two clutch 3-pointers in the final minutes to tie the game. Thompson followed that up with a 28 point, 3 rebound, 4 assist output in an 114-102 [6-1] victory over the same Xplosion.

The Patroons travel to play in Butte tomorrow, January 30, and then have a long layoff due to the CBA All-Star Classic. Thompson will be joined by teammates Jamario Moon and Eric Williams in the 23rd All-Star Classic. Patroons Head Coach Micheal Ray Richardson and Assistant Coach Derrick Rowland will be manning the sidelines for the American Conference.

Other players receiving consideration were:

Nick VanderLaan, Butte

Malik Moore, Great Falls

Shaun Fountain, Indiana

Desmond Ferguson, Minot

Kevin Pittsnogle, Pittsburgh

Galen Young, Yakama

RECENT CBA TRANSACTIONS

January 26, 2007

Pittsburgh Xplosion signed C Tedric Hill. Waived G Michael Lasme at 6 PM EST.

January 25, 2007

Butte Daredevils signed Anderson Ferreira. Waived F Clyde Jordan at 3 PM EST.

Great Falls Explorers selected F Harold Arceneaux in Utah Eagles Dispersal Draft. Placed Arceneaux on Inactive Reserve.

Butte Daredevils selected F John Millsap in Utah Eagles Dispersal Draft.

January 24, 2007

Yakama Sun Kings activated G Ralph Holmes.

Pittsburgh Xplosion signed G Drew Schifino. Waived C Tedric Hill.

January 23, 2007

Pittsburgh Xplosion signed F Lewis Monroe, G Michael Lasme, and G Dajuan Tate. Waived F Janerio Spurlock and G Andre Joseph.

CBA SCORES NEW JOINT VENTURE WITH BRITISH BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

The Continental Basketball Association today announced that it has entered into a partnership with the The British Basketball Association (BBA) aimed at developing players and raising the profile of the British game ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The BBA/CBA partnership will focus on increasing player, coaching and officiating standards as well as grassroots development of the next generation of British basketball talent. Other areas of concentration will include joint promotion, sponsorship marketing, media coverage, access to foreign talent and international competition. Importantly, the partnership will benefit from each group's talents in the areas of corporate finance, business strategy and basketball operations.

Professional basketball in the United Kingdom has been in a state of decline over the past five years resulting in lower overall attendance and decreased player standards. The current professional league has experienced financial and operational difficulties leading to the departure of franchises in key markets.

Commenting on the announcement, BBA Chief Executive Ron Scott said, "We have always stated our objectives are to leverage our network and business experience in order to bring better basketball to Great Britain. Partnering with the CBA with their established platform and record of achievement will give BBA clubs access to the advice, ideas and guidance required to build successful businesses."

Ricardo Richardson, Chief Executive of CBA Properties, LLC said, "Our new direction at the CBA is to develop and market basketball on a global level by working closely with countries that have rich potential and a passion for sport. Working with the BBA and Great Britain as a whole presents us with an exceptional opportunity to use our talents and experience to help build a professional league which will become one of the most competitive in Europe."

The CBA is the world's oldest professional basketball league and is currently entering its 61st year of operation. It is registered with USA Basketball and FIBA and has standing agreements with all major global leagues in the world for the development of players, coaches and management executives. Over 600 players and coaches have been called up to the NBA since 1979. Several high profile coaches and players are currently serving in the NBA including Phil Jackson, Maurice Cheeks, George Karl, Bruce Bowen, Earl Boykins and Avery Johnson.

The BBA, based in London and New York, was formed last year by a consortium of British and American businessmen including technology entrepreneur Ken Olisa and former Los Angeles Laker AC Green. Their website is http://www.bbauk.com.

TEAM REPORTS

Albany Patroons (16-7, 98.0 QP, 4.26 AVG, 1st place, American Conference)

After a long layoff, the Patroons hosted the Pittsburgh Xplosion for two games at the Washington Avenue Armory. Over 2,100 fans crammed into the building to watch a nip-and-tuck battle between two of the league's top scorers, T.J. Thompson and Kevin Pittsnogle. Thompson started off slow, but finished the game with 26 points - including back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minutes - to give Albany an 88-87 [4.5-2.5] victory. Jamario Moon continued his hot defensive streak, slapping away a season-high nine blocks and grabbing a clutch steal in the final seconds, to give the Patroons the win. On Sunday night, in the second game of the series, Albany fell behind 22-0 in the opening quarter, but eventually foraged forward and won the final three quarters - and the game, 114-102 [6-1], to remain atop the American Division. T.J. Thompson's 28 points led the Pats, while Jamario Moon continued as the "super sub" for the Pats, hitting 23 points and pulling down nine rebounds.

Butte Daredevils (10-12, 73.5 QP, 3.34 AVG, 3rd place, National Conference)

The Butte Daredevils continued their four-game home series against the lame-duck Utah Eagles with a Tuesday night 113-96 [6-1] victory at the Butte Civic Center. Of the eight Daredevils who dressed that night, six scored in double figures, and two - Odartey Blankson (16 pts, 10 rebs) and Nick VanderLaan (14 pts, 12 rebs) scored double-doubles on the night. David Bell led the team with 23 points on the night, and three Daredevils - Bell, Donald Ross and Odell Bradley - each dished out seven assists apiece. On Wednesday night, in the Eagles' final game of their existence, the Daredevils actually fell behind 22-17 at the quarter and 44-43 in the half, until the team spurred on to a 101-91 [6-1] victory. Anthony Richardson grabbed 10 boards and dropped 26 points, while Nick VanderLaan continued his dominance in rebounding with 15 boards. Butte then took to the road for a two-game series with the Indiana Alley Cats. The first game, held on Saturday night at the Wigwam, Butte suffered a 111-89 [6-1] road loss, even though CBA All-Star Nick VanderLaan took his second double-double for the week (14 pts, 11 rebs), while fellow All-Star Odell Bradley notched 16 points and dished out four assists. VanderLaan earned his third double-double of the week on Sunday night, when the Daredevils finished their two-game series with Indiana by taking a 129-120 [5-2] road victory. VanderLaan's 24 points and 17 rebounds led the Daredevils in both categories; while both Ronald Ross and David Bell each distributed six assists.

Great Falls Explorers (13-8, 84.0 QP, 3.82 AVG, 2nd place, National Conference)

The Explorers, trying to hold on to second place in the National Conference, visited Minot for a two-game series. The first game, on Janaury 25, saw the Skyrockets lose a heartbreaker 100-99 [6-1]. Both teams played close and tight all game, and the Explorers were able to pull ahead in the third quarter 75-68, but could not close the deal in the end. Jamar Howard and Travis Garrison each had 17 points; Garrison also led the team with 15 boards. In the second game, on January 26, the Explorers were only able to snag 1 1/2 quarter points in a 115-108 [5.5-1.5] road loss to the Skyrockets, despite Keith Salscheider's 22 points on the night. Ali Dauda returned to the Explorers after taking a family leave; the CBA congratulates Ali Dauda and his wife on the birth of their second child.

Indiana Alley Cats (15-10, 98.0 QP, 3.92 AVG, 2nd place, American Conference)

The Alley Cats hosted Butte at the Wigwam on Saturday night, and took away a 111-89 [6-1] victory to keep the Cats in the American Conference playoff mix. Seven of the ten Alley Cats who dressed that night scored in double figures, led by All-Star J.J. Sullinger's double-double (21 pts, 11 rebs). Shaun Fountain and Carl Edwards, two of the Alley Cats' other All-Stars, dropped 19 points apiece in the match. The second matchup, Sunday night at the Wigwam, held a different story, as the Daredevils flew over the Alley Cats 129-120 [5-2]. Shaun Fountain scored 34 points and gave out 8 assists, leading his team in both categories; while J.J. Sullinger added 22 points and 7 rebounds for the team.

Minot Skyrockets (14-11, 94.5 QP, 3.78 AVG, 3rd place, American Conference)

Minot hosted the Great Falls Explorers for a two-game series, and the Skyrockets continued their hot streak with a two-game sweep of the Explorers. On January 25, Minot fought a tough battle and pulled out 100-99 [6-1] victory on the basis of a 32-24 fourth quarter. Ronnie Fields led the team with 26 points, including a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe. On January 26, Minot ran their winning streak to five games with a 115-108 [5.5-2.5] triumph over the Explorers. With less than three seconds on the clock, and Great Falls holding on to a slim 99-98 lead, Desmond Ferguson popped a jumper to put Minot ahead to stay. Ferguson finished the night with 21 points, including going 4-7 from behind the arc, while David Harrison yanked down 9 rebounds for the night. As for Ronnie Fields, he is now 29 points away from joining the 5,000 CBA Career Points club.

Pittsburgh Xplosion (2-23, 44.0 QP, 1.76 AVG, 4th place, American Conference)

The announcement of Kevin Pittsnogle as the team's representative at the All-Star Classic, along with the addition of three new players and the release of Andre Joseph and Janerio Spurlock, hoped to spur the Xplosion to a win. Unfortunately, they hosted the top team in the National Conference, the Yakama Sun Kings, and came up short in the two-game series, 107-72 [7-0] on Tuesday night, and 108-98 [5-2] on Wednesday night. In the first game, Pittsnogle's 17 points led his team for the twelfth consecutive game, while new addition Dajuan Tate (Mountain State University, NAIA) added 16 points in his Xplosion debut. Pittsnogle's streak ended on Wednesday night, when teammate Shawn Hawkins scored 28 points to lead the team (Pittsnogle scored 25 as the team's second-leading scorer that evening). Isaac Jefferson led the Xplosion with 11 assists. The Xplosion then traveled to Albany for a two-game series; although Pittsburgh played hard and strong on Friday night, they lost by only a single point, 88-87 [4.5-2.5], despite 28 points from Shawn Hawkins and 13 rebounds from Isaac Jefferson. On Sunday night, the Xplosion looked to get some measure of revenge against Albany, and began the game with an impressive 22-0 outburst - but could only win that one quarter, and eventually fell 114-102 [6-1]. For the third consecutive game, Shawn Hawkins was the Xplosion's top scorer, with 22 points on the night; four different Xplosion players had six rebounds apiece.

Utah Eagles (6-16, 48.0 QP, 2.180 AVG, 4th place, National Conference)

In the team's final two games, the Utah Eagles lost a tough match in Butte, 113-96 [6-1] despite Harold Arceneaux's season-high 34 points on the night. The team's final contest, also held in butte, saw the team dress only six players for the game, and despite winning the first quarter 22-17, the team lost its final game 101-91 [6-1]. Harold Arceneaux was the team's final points leader with 25 in the game; while Josh Nigut had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the team's last double-double.

Yakama Sun Kings (19-7, 125.0 QP, 4.81 AVG, 1st place, National Conference)

The Sun Kings visited Pittsburgh for a two-game series; it was the first time for the Sun Kings in the Steel City since the two cities battled for the 1995 CBA Championship - and came away with a 107-72 [7-0] decimation of the Xplosion, and became the Sun Kings' fourth 7-0 shutout of the season. Six of eight Sun Kings scored in double figures, led by Rob Griffin's 24 points; two players scored double-doubles on the night, as Rocky Walls (15 pts, 15 rebs) and Galen Young (10 pts, 11 rebs) achieved this feat. The next night's game, won by Yakama 108-98 [5-2], featured the return of Ralph Holmes from a four-game stint on the Inactive Reserve List. In his first game back with the Sun Kings, "Ralphy" led his team with 37 points off the bench; starter Elvin Mims was the top rebounder for the Sun Kings with 11 boards. In fact, in the Wednesday night contest, the Sun Kings' bench actually outscored the Xplosion bench 76-15. With the two wins at Pittsburgh, Paul Woolpert passed Bill Musselman for 11th place on the list of the most CBA head coaching wins (189), and is now only two wins behind Gerald Oliver (191) for 10th place.

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