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National team wins 23rd CBA All-Star Game in overtime thriller

February 7, 2007 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) News Release

ALBANY, NY (February 6, 2007) - The Continental Basketball Association today played their 23rd Annual CBA All-Star Classic in Butte, Montana at the Butte Civic Center. In front of 3,283 fans, the National Conference came out on top 134-131 in overtime.

The night began with a Slam Dunk Contest followed by a Long Distance Shootout. The dunkers put on an amazing show that the fans enjoyed. Hometown favorite Anthony Richardson of the Butte Daredevils dazzled the crowd throughout and was won the Slam Dunk title over Carl Edwards from the Alley Cats. Edwards didn't make it easy on Richardson, as he had to pull the Dr. J jam out of the bag for his final dunk. Taking off from the free-throw line Richardson captured the "750" he needed for the victory.

Next up was the Long Distance Shootout. Eight shooters squared off and showed their shooting skills. Albany's Jamario Moon captured the last of three spots in the finals with a score of 16. Unfortunately for Moon that meant he had to shoot first in the finals and came up with only 10. Next up was Desmond Ferguson from the Minot Skyrockets.

Ferguson put up 15 points to move ahead of Moon. The Butte Daredevils David Bell was last to shoot by way of his 1st Round score of 20. Bell put up a score of 17 to capture the Long Distance Shootout. This is the third consecutive year that the hometown players captured both Contests.

The night continued with the 23rd Annual CBA All-Star Classic. Both teams put on a dazzling display of athleticism and talent for all to see. The American Conference was led by the exploits of Erick Barkley of the Indiana Alley Cats. Barkley had 25 points and hit a three pointer to put the game into overtime with 3.4 seconds left in regulation. Barkley also scored six of his 25 points in overtime and missed a half-court shot that would have put the game into a second overtime. Jamario Moon was fabulous in defeat. Moon had 17 points and 10 rebounds before suffering a sprained ankle early in the third quarter. Moon also swiped 5 steals and had 2 huge blocks. J.J. Sullinger had 22 points, T.J. Thompson had 18 points and Ray Cunningham chipped in with 14 points for the Micheal Ray Richardson coached American Conference team.

Leading the way for Paul Woolpert's National Conference team was a familiar face, Ralph Holmes of his own Yakama Sun Kings team. Holmes had 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to earn himself Most Valuable Player honors. The hometown Butte Daredevils were well represented with John Millsap scoring 22 points, Odell Bradley had 19 points, and the man in the middle Nick VanderLaan pulling down a game high 16 rebounds.

"This was a great game for all of the fans of the CBA and Butte," said Paul Woolpert, coach of the National Conference team. "Ralphie was outstanding for us tonight. Nick pulled down some key boards and Galen Young was his usual steady self. My whole team was great to work with for a few days and I am glad I had the opportunity to coach each and every one of them. Micheal Ray's team put up a great fight and tonight was one of those games that it was too bad that someone had to lose. Erick Barkley hit a three to put the game into overtime and almost hit another one from half-court to do it again. Tonight 24 great players and coaches showed why they are All-Stars. I hope we put a put on a great show for the CBA and the fans of Butte had a good time."

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