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Idaho's Clancy named CBA Defensive Player of the Year

March 17, 2005 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) - Idaho Stampede News Release

Boise, ID (March 17, 2005) — The Continental Basketball Association League Office announced today that Idaho Stampede forward/center Sam Clancy was honored as the 2004-05 CBA Defensive Player of the Year, as voted by the league’s head coaches. Clancy headlines the 2004-05 All-Defensive Team which includes Dakota Wizards guard/forward Melvin Sanders, Sioux Falls Skyforce guard DeSean Hadley, Rockford Lightning guard/forward Marshall Phillips, and Yakima Sun Kings forward Noel Felix.

“We consistently put Sam on the other team’s best post-up player,” stated first-year Stampede Head Coach Joe Wolf. “His job every night was to guard the best player, and he did it night in and night out, even if we played six games in nine nights. He was a true leader on our ball club and he provided great leadership throughout the season.”

Clancy, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound University of Southern California alum, averaged 10.8 rebounds (2nd in the league) and 2.2 blocked shots (3rd in the league) per game in 48 games played (46 started) for the Stampede. He led the team in scoring with 19.1 points per game (tied for 7th in the league) and minutes played with 37.7 per contest (1,809 total), while also adding 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

Joining Clancy on the defensive squad is Sioux Falls Skyforce guard and 2003-04 Defensive Player of the Year DeSean Hadley. In 48 games played (44 started) for the Skyforce, Hadley posted 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per contest, while also adding 16.9 points and 3.4 assists per game. Alongside Hadley in the backcourt is Dakota Wizards guard/forward Melvin Sanders, who averaged 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 0.4 blocked shots per game. He also posted 18.7 points and 3.0 assists per game in 48 games played (41 started).

Noel Felix earned his Defensive Team honor at the forward position after posting 7.4 rebounds (8th in the league) and 1.3 blocked shots (6th in the league) per game. He also added 15.7 points per contest for the Sun Kings, and was second on the team in minutes played with 1,032. Lightning guard/forward Marshall Phillips rounds out the All-Defensive Team with 2.2 steals (3rd in the league) and 6.2 rebounds per game. In 40 games played, Phillips also posted 19.4 points (6th in the league), 3.1 assists, and 0.6 blocked shots per contest.

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