February 19, 2008 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) News Release
DARYAN SELVY EARNS CBA NATIONAL CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Oklahoma forward helps Cavalry maintain winning streak
The Continental Basketball Association is pleased to announce that Oklahoma Cavalry forward Daryan Selvy was named CBA National Conference Player of the Week for the week ending February 17, 2008. This is the second time that Selvy has won this award; he previously was honored on December 3, 2007.
Selvy was instrumental in the Cavalry's three wins this week; on February 11, in a 118-86 victory over Rio Grande Valley at the Great Plains Coliseum, Daryan Selvy was the leading scorer with 23 points. Two days later, Selvy scored 23 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and stole the ball six times in Oklahoma's 108-103 win over Butte; Selvy would score 36 points for the Cavalry in the rematch against Butte a day later.
Other players given consideration for National Conference Player of the Week include Desmond Ferguson, Yakama; Gordon Klaiber, Rio Grande Valley; Marlyn Bryant, Great Falls; Odell Bradley, Butte.
JAMES "BOO" JACKSON EARNS CBA AMERICAN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Miners' forward pours on the points in four-game stretch
The Continental Basketball Association is pleased to announce that East Kentucky Miners forward James "Boo" Jackson is the CBA American Conference Player of the Week for the week ending February 17, 2008. This is the second time Jackson has won the award this season, and the third time the Miners had one of their players receive notice (Josh Pace won the award at the beginning of the season).
The 6'9" forward from Eastern Michigan was at or near the top of the Miners' scoring tallies in a four game stretch. On Monday, February 11, in the Miners' victory over Pittsburgh, Jackson notched 27 points and 10 rebounds. He followed that up with two games in Great Falls, hitting a franchise-high 40 points on a Friday night win against the Explorers, and then 25 more points in the rematch against Great Falls the next day. Finishing out the week, with a Sunday night road win against the Patroons, Jackson finished with 26 points and 16 rebounds.
Other players under consideration for the award included Chaz McCrommon, Pittsburgh; Bilal Simmons, Atlanta; DayShawn Wright, Albany; and Ray Cunningham, Minot.
DID YOU KNOW?
When the Great Falls Explorers defeated Atlanta 173-120 [7-0] Sunday night, the Explorers were ten points shy of tying the CBA record for most points scored in a single game. That record was set by the Anchorage Northern Knights on February 19, 1979, when they defeated the Maine Lumberjacks 183-140.
CBA GOVERNORS' TROPHY STANDINGS
The Yakama Sun Kings' magic number to claim the Governors' Trophy for best overall quarterpoint average is
over the Minot Skyrockets. Any combination of quarterpoints won by Yakama, or quarterpoints lost by Minot, that total 69, will give the Sun Kings their third Governors' Trophy (Yakama previous won the trophy in 1994-95 and 2006-07).
CBA TEAM REPORTS
CEO: Benito R. Fernandez
GM: Dave Bestle
Head Coach: Vincent Askew
Assistant Coach: Darrell Skeeter
Public Relations: Julie LaFrano
Phone: (518) 694.7160
Fax: (518) 694.8291
Albany Patroons (19-17, 130.0 QP, 3.61 AVG, 3rd place, American Conference)
The Patroons returned to the friendly confines of the Washington Avenue Armory for a Wednesday night matchup against the Minot Skyrockets. But despite taking the first and third quarters of the game, the Patroons fell 109-104 [5-2] to the division-leading Magic City crew. Nat Burton led the Patroons with 33 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Ian Young notched 27 and Lucious Jordan put 17 points on the board. Friday night, the Patroons were at the Petersen Events Center as guests of the Pittsburgh Xplosion. The Patroons fell behind in the game, and were down by seven in the fourth quarter - but Albany turned on a 14-0 run and eventually took the victory 110-107 [5-2]. It was 28 points for Nat Burton, while Chad Timberlake returned from a groin injury to notch 25. Jason "J-Bird" Williams notched 21 point and pulled down a team-leading 13 rebounds. The Patroons would later host the East Kentucky Miners in a Sunday night showdown at the Armory, but with Ian Young sick and unable to suit up, the Patroons fell 129-112 [6.5-0.5]. Nat Burton and DayShawn Wright finished with 25 points apiece; Wright also had five steals in the game. Lucious Jordan added 24 points, while Jason "J-Bird" Williams had 18 points and 9 rebounds.
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Atlanta , GA 30314
President: Duane Hughes
Vice President: Freedom Williams
Special Counsel: Andrew Schwab
Business Affairs: Llew Haden
Head Coach: Kenny Anderson
Fax: (404) 581-5948
Atlanta Krunk (9-28, 71.5 QP, 1.93 AVG, 5th place, American Conference)
After a weather-delayed flight, the Krunk arrived at Yakama for a two-game series with the Sun Kings. On Tuesday night, the Krunk put up a tough fight, but were eventually beaten down by the Sun Kings 148-103 [7-0], despite Terrance Hunter finishing with 36 points and 11 rebounds, Waki Williams putting up 29 points, and Bilel Simmons adding 22 points to the mix. It was more of the same on Wednesday night, as the Krunk stayed in their funk against the Yakama Sun Kings, losing 134-92 [6-1]. Larry Williams finished the night with 27 points and 14 rebounds, while Terrance Hunter notched 26 points and pulled down 11 boards. A Saturday road game against the Great Falls Explorers was postponed. The Sunday game, however, was one of the most brutal games in Krunk history, as Atlanta was defeated by Great Falls 173-120 [7-0]. Even with Bilal Simmons putting up 44 points and Terrance Hunter adding 40 points and 10 rebounds, the Krunk tied a record with their seventh 7-0 quarterpoint loss, a season mark set by the 1989-90 Columbus Horizon.
Owner: Apex Sportstainment
CEO: Joe Clark
General Manager: TBD
Head Coach: Odell Bradley
Public Relations: TBD
Phone: (406) 782-2859
Fax: (406) 782-2193
Butte Daredevils (15-24, 115.0 QP, 2.94 AVG, 3rd place, National Conference)
If the Butte Daredevils hope to play meaningful games at the end of March, they needed to take some wins against the Oklahoma Cavalry at the Butte Civic Center. No such luck. In the Wednesday night contest, the host Daredevils were defeated by Oklahoma 108-103 [5.5-1.5], as Martane Freeman scored 23 points to lead the Copper City crew. The returning Jibril Hodges notched 22 points for Butte in a losing effort. Things didn't get any better on Valentine's Day, as the Daredevils were crushed by the Oklahoma Cavalry 110-99 [5-2], despite 24 points from Odell Bradley, 21 from Martane Freeman, and a nine-rebound night for Carl Boyd. On Sunday night, the Daredevils hosted Rio Grande Valley at the Butte Civic Center, and won the game 96-95 [4-3] on what would be Odell Bradley's last game with the team. Bradley finished the night with 26 points and 8 rebounds, and after the game it was announced that his 38 would be retired and never worn again by another Daredevil player. Martane Freeman had 22 points in the victory, while Carl Boyd finished with 20; Boyd and Freeman each had 9 rebounds apiece.
EAST KENTUCKY MINERS
237 2nd Street, Suite 5
Pikeville , KY 41501
Owner: Trinity Sports & Ent. Group
GM: Kyle Macy
Head Coach: Kevin Keathley
Dir. Public Relations: Steve LeMaster
Sales & Marketing Mgr: Brian Levy
Dir. Basketball Ops: Brandon Paquin
Phone: (606) 437-9715
Fax: (606) 437-9725
East Kentucky Miners (21-20, 146.0 QP, 3.56 AVG, 4th place, American Conference)
The Miners hit the road for a game against the Pittsburgh Xplosion Monday night, hoping to catch up to the second-place franchise. Led by Steve Thomas' 34 points and 17 rebounds, the Miners picked up a crucial victory over Pittsburgh, winning 131-117 [6-1]. James "Boo" Jackson notched 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Jason McLeish's 31 points also helped bring the Miners to victory. Next up was a two-game trip to Great Falls, as the Miners went from the Xplos to the Explos. In a contest played at Cascade High School, 25 miles from Great Falls, the Miners proved victorious in a 111-103 [6-1] road win. This time, it was James "Boo" Jackson with the scoring punch, hitting a franchise-high 40 points for the Pikeville crew. The Valentine's Day rematch at Cascade was not as fortuitous for the Miners, as they fell 126-108 [6-1] to the Explorers. James "Boo" Jackson was top scorer for the Miners, finishing the game with 25 points. Josh Pace added 24, Jason McLeish 20 and Mike Dean 15. Jackson's skills were featured in the Miners' 129-112 [6.5-0.5] Sunday night road victory against the Albany Patroons; Jackson finished with 26 points and 16 rebounds to give the Miners another win. Steve Thomas finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Josh Pace finished with 25 points.
GREAT FALLS EXPLORERS
Owner: Michael Tuckman
West Coast Sports
General Manager: TBA
Head Coach: Rick Turner
Phone: (406) 216-3033
Fax: (406) 216-3035
Great Falls Explorers (12-22, 88.5 QP, 2.60 AVG, 4th place, National Conference)
Returning to Montana after a long road trip, the Explorers hosted the East Kentucky Miners for two games in Cascade, a town 25 miles down I-15 from Great Falls itself. In the first game Wednesday night, the Explorers fell 111-103 [6-1] to the Miners, as veteran swingman Marlyn Bryant led Great Falls with 22 points, Mike Peeples add 21 and 6-9 forward Junior Burrough contributed 19 points and 14 rebounds. Paele Paelay scored 17 and Maurice Carter scored 11 for the Explorers. The Explorers returned the favor on Thursday night, with a 126-108 [6-1] beating of the Miners at Cascade. Six of the seven Great Falls players finished in double figures scoring, led by 6-4 guard Pele Paelay with 27 points and 6-7 swingman Mike Peeples with 26. Peeples had a superb all-around effort, adding five blocked shots, four assists and two steals. Junior Burrough added 22 points, Maurice Carter had 15, Jason Clark 14 (plus 14 rebounds), and Marlyn Bryant finished with 15 points. A Saturday afternoon home date with the Atlanta Krunk was postponed. The Sunday evening match, played at Fairfield High School, saw the Explorers completely decimate the Atlanta Krunk, 173-120 [7-0], in a game where the Explorers had 65 field goals, 68 rebounds, and were 35-for-45 from the free throw line. Marlyn Bryant was the top scorer for Great Falls, with 42 points and 12 rebounds; Maurice Carter had 40 points, while Pele Paelay had 32 on the night.
Minot Skyrockets (30-10, 191.0 QP, 4.77 AVG, 1st place, American Conference)
Minot seems to have the Albany Patroons' number, as the Skyrockets visited the Washington Avenue Armory for the first time this season. With Ray Cunningham's 29 points leading the way, Minot took a 109-104 [5-2] victory over the Patroons. Ronnie Fields ended the game with 24 points, while Marshall Phillips notched 16 on the scoreboard. Next was a return to the Minot Municipal Auditorium for a two-game series with the National Conference leading Yakama Sun Kings. The Skyrockets continued their momentum toward the postseason, taking a 106-100 [5-2] win over Yakama on Friday night. Once again, the big gun was Ray Cunningham with 27 points, while Marshall Phillips added 20. Sidney Holmes had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Skyrockets' momentum did not hold out on Saturday night, as they fell to the Sun Kings in the return match, 99-95 [5-2]. This time the top scorer was Ronnie Fields, with 21 points; Ray Cunningham led the team with 14 rebounds.
Oklahoma Cavalry (20-14, 135.0 QP, 3.97 AVG, 2nd place, National Conference)
Look out, everybody, the Cavalry are coming. Micheal Ray Richardson's squad is peaking at just the right time, as the Cavs destroyed the Rio Grande Valley Silverados on Monday night with a 118-86 [6-1] win at the Great Plains Coliseum. While Daryan Selvy was the leading scorer for the Cavalry with 23 points, it was a rebounding combination of Marvin Phillips (15 rebs, 14 pts) and Curtis Haywood (10 rebs, 13 pts) that helped the Cavalry continue their winning streak. Next up was a return trip to the Butte Civic Center for a two-game series against the Butte Daredevils. On Wednesday night, the Cavalry took out the host Daredevils 108-103 [5.5-1.5], with four players scoring 20 points or more in the game - Curtis Haywood (26 pts, 10 rebs), Daryan Selvy (23 pts, 11 rebs, 6 steals), DeAnthony Bowden (22 pts) and Tony Key (20 pts). The return match on Thursday night was another major Cavalry triumph, as Oklahoma defeated the Butte Daredevils 110-99 [5-2], behind the scoring punch of 36 points from Daryan Selvy. Shawn Daniels was the top rebounder for the Cavs, with 10 boards.
Pittsburgh Xplosion (22-18, 156.5 QP, 3.91 AVG, 2nd place, American Conference)
As the Xplosion heads into the homestretch, every game becomes more crucial to the city hosting postseason basketball for the first time in fourteen years. Unfortunately, the Xplosion discovered that the East Kentucky Miners also want to go to the postseason, and took the Xplosion apart on Monday night, 131-117 [6-1]. Tyrone Anderson led the Xplosion with a triple-double, scoring 26 points, pulling down 11 rebounds, and dishing out 12 assists. John DeGroat added 24 points, while Darnell Miller put up 21. The Albany Patroons visited the Petersen Events Center on February 15, and the Xplosion watched as a 7-point lead in the fourth quarter evaporated into a 7-point deficit, and eventually a 110-107 [5-2] loss to the Patroons. Chaz McCrommon did score 34 points in the game, John DeGroat finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
Rio Grande Valley Silverados (7-33, 83.5 QP, 2.08 AVG, 5th place, National Conference)
A two-game winning streak was dashed on Monday night as the Silverados were upended in the Great Plains Coliseum by the Oklahoma Cavalry, 118-86 [6-1]. While Gordon Klaiber's 22 points were a high-water mark for the Silverados, the team could not get quality rebounds in the match - they were outrebounded by the Cavs 54-23, with only Klaiber's 6 boards the high-water mark for Rio Grande Valley. A chance to win a match in the Butte Civic Center on Sunday night came down to the wire, but Jason Forte could not convert the final two free throws to win the game, and Butte defeated the SIlverados 96-95 [4-3]. Gordon Klaiber was the high scorer with 32 points, while Renaldo Norman finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Jason Forte notched 18 points and 13 boards in the game.
Yakama Sun Kings (34-3, 207.0 QP, 5.59 AVG, 1st place, National Conference)
The Yakama Sun Kings took two games from the Atlanta Krunk, beating them in a weather-delayed Tuesday matchup 148-103, in which Jason Sasser snapped off 43 points and 11 rebounds, Harvey Thomas finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Tim Ellis had 25 points. Moochie Norris kept his lead on the assist title with 12 assists on the night. Desmond Ferguson was ill with the flu and did not play on Tuesday night; he made up for it on Wednesday in the Sun Kings' 134-92 [6-1] clobbering of the Krunk. Ferguson scored 34 points, including eight three-pointers, tying a team record for threes set by Darren McClinton in a 1999 game against the Connecticut Pride. The Sun Kings tied a team mark with 46 assists in the game, including twelve by Moochie Norris and 10 apiece by Tim Ellis and Dennaryl Rice. Next up was a two-game series on the road against the American Conference leading Minot Skyrockets. In the Friday night contest in Minot, the Sun Kings struggled and lost their third game of the season, 106-100 [5-2], despite Jason Sasser's 25 team-leading points. Desmond Ferguson put up 20 points, including four 3-pointers. The second game, on Saturday night, was more suitable for the Sun Kings, as they took out Minot 99-95 [5-2]. Jason Sasser finished with 21 points, Moochie Norris added 15 assists to his totals. Desmond Ferguson had 15 points, including another four 3-pointers against his old squad, moving Ferguson into fifth place all-time on the career three-pointers list.
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