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Skyrockets Even Cba Finals With Win Over Cavalry

March 29, 2008 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) News Release

ALBANY, NY (March 29, 2008) - The Minot Skyrockets bounced back from Wednesday's defeat to even the CBA Finals at two games apiece, with a 96-82 victory over the Oklahoma Cavalry. The CBA Finals ends tomorrow with the deciding game of the five game series. The Cavalry won games one and three, while Minot has won games two and four. The final 48 minutes of the CBA season will decide the CBA Championship.

Game four started like game three with the Cavalry opening up an early lead before the Skyrockets were able to battle back. This time the Skyrockets were able to hold their lead and build upon it. The Skyrockets led at halftime, 48-41. Sidney Holmes led Minot with 10 points and Shawn Daniels had 11 points for Oklahoma.

Minot then used a big third quarter, 24-16 to open up a 72-57 third quarter lead and then played a conservative form of basketball to finish with a 96-82 victory. Ray Cunningham led seven Skyrockets players in double figures with 16 points. Kevin Johnson had 14 points off the bench and both Ronnie Fields and Sidney Holmes had 13 points in the win. CBA Player of the Year Daryan Selvy had 16 points in the loss for the Cavalry. Nate Green had 13 points and Curtis Haywood and DeAnthony Bowden both had 12 points for Oklahoma.

This is the first time the CBA Finals have gone to a deciding game in a series of five games or longer since the Quad City Thunder defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce in seven games in the 1997-98 season. A win by the Cavalry would return the CBA Championship to the state of Oklahoma for the first time since the 1996-97 season. A CBA championship would go back to North Dakota with a Minot win since the Dakota Wizards took the 2003-04 CBA Championship.

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