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2006-07 CBA TEAMS (Links to official sites)
AMERICAN CONFERENCE:
Albany Patroons
Indiana Alley Cats
Minot Skyrockets
Pittsburgh Xplosion
NATIONAL CONFERENCE:
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Great Falls Explorers
Utah Eagles
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CBA ALL-STAR CLASSIC SKILLS COMPETITION | Jan. 29, 2007

The Continental Basketball Association today announced the participants in the All-Star Classic skills competitions. The CBA All-Star Classic will begin with the Slam Dunk Competition followed by the Long Distance Shootout.

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).

“These are some of the best players we have ever had participate in the skills competition,” said CBA Director of Operations Dennis Truax. “The Slam Dunk Competition has four guys who will excite and show the fans something new and creative. The Long Distance Shootout features nine outstanding shooters and will be something no fan will want to miss.”



CBA PLAYER OF WEEK: SHAUN FOUNTAIN | Jan. 8, 2007

The Continental Basketball Association today announced that Shaun Fountain has been named the Player of the Week for the week of January 2 – January 7. This is a first a member of the Indiana Alley Cats franchise has been so honored. Fountain has been a steady force for the Alley Cats all season long. Fountain is currently second in the CBA in scoring (23.2), third in assists (6.2), and first in steals (3) per game. The Alley Cats are on a four game winning streak and have moved to second place in the American Conference, largely because of Fountain’s play.

In his first game of the week, Fountain had 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists in a 117-105, 7-0 sweep of Minot. Shawn was 11/19 from the field and 3/6 from behind the arc for Indiana. The Alley Cats were off to Pittsburgh and Fountain again led the way with 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists in a 110-105 win. Fountain finished the week at home, as the Alley Cats hosted conference rival Minot. Down one, Fountain hit a reverse lay-up with seven seconds left in regulation to put the Indiana ahead for good, 112-111. Fountain scored 34 points, and had 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the Alley Cats.

With the win, the Alley Cats finished the week 3-0 and moved ahead of Minot to capture second place in the American Conference. Fountain averaged 31.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2 steals a game on the week for Indiana.

Other players receiving consideration were: T.J. Thompson (Albany), Nick VanderLaan (Butte), Jamar Howard (Great Falls), Ray Cunningham (Minot), Kevin Pittsnogle (Pittsburgh), John Millsap (Utah) and Galen Young (Yakama).



CBA WEEKLY REVIEW | Jan. 3, 2007

The Continental Basketball Association announced today that Albany Patroons head coach Micheal Ray Richardson has been named CBA Coach of the Month for December 2006. Richardson, a former NBA All-Star and member of the 1987-88 CBA champion Patroons, guided his team to a 10-3 record, earning 61.5 quarter points, for an average of 4.73 quarter points per game. Richardson is the first Patroon head coach to win the award since the Patroons' return to the CBA in the 2005-06 season. In December, the Patroons went 7-1 against teams from the American Conference, and took three victories out of five contests on the team's first National Conference road trip of the season.

During this time period, Richardson's players have been at or near the top of several statistical fields; guard T.J. Thompson (24.3 ppg) leads the league in scoring; while forward Jamario Moon (2.7 blocks per game) and center Eric Williams (8.5 rpg) are among the tops in their categories.

This is Richardson's second year as head coach of the Patroons; he had previously patrolled the sidelines as both a coach and player-coach for several European teams. This honor is a first for an Albany Patroons coach since the Pats returned to the CBA in 2005.

Kevin Pittsnogle has been named CBA Player of the Week. The West Virginia product has been a steady force for the Xplosion early this season as they have been competitive every game but has been unable to capture a win until this week. Pittsnogle started the week off in Yakama with a 12 point, 6-rebound effort. Next for Pittsnogle was a 19 point, 10-rebound effort against Utah. Kevin next traveled to Butte where he put up 33 points in a 119-118 victory. Pittsnogle hit the game winner for the Xplosion’s first win this season. In his final game of the week, Pittsnogle exploded for 42 points and 9 rebounds in a heart breaking 132-130 loss to conference leader Albany. Pittsnogle’s 42 points is the second most points scored in a game this season, behind only Desmond Ferguson’s 43 points on opening night against Utah. Pittsnogle averaged 26.5 points and 8.3 rebounds over a four game span. He shot 89.3% (25/28) from the line and 40% (13/33) from behind the arc.

CBA FRONT OFFICE NEWS | June 16, 2006

The Continental Basketball Association today announced that Joe Clark has been elected to the position of Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee for the 2006-07 season. Clark is the CEO and Managing Partner of Apex Sportstainment, LLC, the holding company of four CBA franchises, including San Jose Skyrockets, Butte Daredevils, and Great Falls Explorers.

“I am very pleased in the new direction of the league,” stated Joe Clark, Vice Chairman. “In the past week, we announced two new dynamic franchises in the great state of Montana, which will compete for the CBA crown. We are anticipating that we will be adding more competitive, visionary teams for the upcoming season."

Clark continued, “When you look at the 60 year history of the CBA, you see a very resilient league that keeps redefining itself. We will be able to write a new chapter in the historic CBA book with the staff we have in place.”



NEW CBA CHAIRMAN | June 13, 2006

The CBA today announced that Ben Fernandez has been appointed Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Continental Basketball Association. Fernandez is currently the President and CEO of Albany Patroons, based in Albany, NY. Fernandez is one of the veteran CBA owners in the league, having owned the Patroons in the late 1980's and being the driving force behind the reestablishment of the Patroons and the Washington Avenue Armory, the home of the Patroons.

The Patroons has produced some of the finest basketball players and coaches including Phil Jackson, the famed head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA club. The Patroons are now coached by NBA legend Michael Ray Richardson, who also played for the team in 1987 - 1988.

"The league is currently redefining itself in its 61st year of operation," said Ben Fernandez, Chairman of the Board. "I am proud to be associated with a league of such rich history as the CBA. We understand that the market is changing, and we want to position the league to be able to give the fans what they want, affordable, family events, including basketball and entertainment. We are on the right track. This is an exciting time for the CBA and its fans."

"We have had several inquiries about our corporate structure. The league will make several more additions to the corporate staff, including in a new Commissioner, and support staff, which will be named in July," stated Fernandez.



CBA BUSINESS NEWS | May 24, 2006

The Continental Basketball Association announced today that Ricardo A. Richardson has joined the CBA as a Consultant for the 2006-07 season. Richardson will focus in the areas of business development and expansion.

Richardson was Chairman and CEO of Verias Consulting Group, a group of season executives that are retained by corporations to advise in corporate development, financing, marketing, and expansion. He was recently contracted by Marketing Informatics, TEC Management, and the American Basketball Association (ABA). At the ABA, he facilitated corporate and team development, as well as meeting with city and venue officials in various markets. He developed the business plans and models, sponsorship and partnership proposals for several top ABA franchises. A native of the Bahamas Island, Richardson attended St. John's University on a basketball scholarship, and graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Statistics.

The CBA recently completed its 60th anniversary season on March 27 with the Yakama Sun Kings defeating the Gary Steelheads on a best of three series. That series featured the CBA's 2006 Player of the Year, Anthony Goldwire (Sun Kings) and the CBA's 2006 Coach of the Year, Jaren Jackson (Steelheads).



CBA OFF-SEASON | Apr. 11, 2006

The Continental Basketball Association announced today that the remaining teams are make preparations for the upcoming 2006-2007 CBA Season. The remaining teams are solidifying operations for the upcoming season with many changes afloat.

The CBA is currently in talks with interested expansion groups in Montana, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington for the 2006-07 season. Interested parties from Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, and Indiana have also contacted the CBA League Office to inquire about the opportunity for an expansion team in the upcoming season.

The CBA is optimistic that the 2006-07 season will feature 10 to 12 teams in either two or three divisions, depending on geography and location of the member teams.

The CBA recently completed its 60th anniversary season on March 27 with the Yakama Sun Kings defeating the Gary Steelheads in a best-of-three-game series. That series featured the CBA's 2006 Player of the Year, Anthony Goldwire (Sun Kings), and the CBA's 2006 Coach of the Year, Jaren Jackson (Steelheads).

CBA FACTS

· The CBA had 13 NBA call-ups this season, giving the league 600 NBA call-ups since the league began keeping track in 1978.

· Currently, 10 NBA head coaches have either coached or played in the CBA. Included in that list are: Rick Carlisle (Indiana), Maurice Cheeks (Philadelphia), Bob Hill (Seattle), Phil Jackson (Los Angeles Lakers), Eddie Jordan (Washington), George Karl (Denver), Sam Mitchell (Toronto), Flip Saunders (Detroit), Jerry Sloan (Utah), and Terry Stotts (Milwaukee).

· There were 37 members of NBA coaching staffs this season that had ties to the CBA.

· 38 CBA alums were on 2005-06 NBA opening-night rosters.

· The average attendance for CBA games this season was 2,426 (192 games). The Yakama Sun Kings led the league with an average attendance of 3,824.

· The CBA is the oldest professional basketball league in the world, having recently completed its 60th anniversary season.



2006 CBA Championship Tonight | Mar. 27, 2006

The Yakama Sun Kings evened the 2006 Continental Basketball Association Finals series at one game apiece with a 91-87 road victory over the Gary Steelheads on Sunday at the Genesis Convention Center. Therefore, the CBA Championship will be decided on Monday, March 27, at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary, Ind. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 (CST).

Yakama rebounded from a 45-36 halftime deficit by putting together a 22-2 run in the third quarter, outscoring the Steelheads 34-9 in the period. The Sun Kings took a 70-54 lead into the fourth quarter and held on in the end, converting on four free-throw attempts in the final 15 seconds of the game. Gary cut its deficit to two points twice in the final minute, but could not get any closer.

"We wanted to come out and be aggressive from the jump," said Yakama forward Antwain Barbour, who scored 18 points to go with eight rebounds. "We wanted to make them (Gary) do things that they didn't want to do. We wanted to push the ball and get up and down the court. We know we can play well on the road."

The Sun Kings bounced back after dropping game one of the 2006 CBA Finals on their home court on Thursday, March 23, 119-103.

After shooting a sizzling 58.5 pct. in its game-one victory in Yakima, Wash., the Steelheads shot only 36.4 pct. (28-of-77) on its home court in Sunday's loss. The Sun Kings didn't fair much better in that category, connecting on just 38.8 pct. (33-of-85) of its attempts from the field. However, Yakama forced 21 Gary turnovers and made 25-of-32 free throw attempts, while Gary was 23-of-36 from the charity stripe.

Yakama guard and 2006 CBA Most Valuable Player, Anthony Goldwire, scored a game-high 22 points with seven assists. Anthony Miller had 19 points and Leonard White had 14 points for the Sun Kings. Five Steelheads hit double figures, led by Brian Chase with 19 points, while Randy Holcomb and Renaldo Major each has 17 points each. Gary held a 57-50 advantage in rebounding for the game.

CBA Finals Notes

Gary finished the regular season with a 29-19 record and a league-best 197.0 quarter points (4.10 avg.), capturing the Eastern Conference title and the overall No. 1 seed for the CBA Playoffs. Yakama finished the regular season with a league-best record of 31-17 with 195.5 quarter points (4.07 avg.), good enough to win the Western Conference and earn the No. 2 seed for the CBA Playoffs. The Sun Kings have won their three previous CBA Finals appearances (1995, 2000 and 2003).

Prior to the start of the 2005-06 season, the Sun Kings changed the spelling of its name from Yakima to Yakama in honor of the Yakama Nation Tribal Council who took over ownership of the team.

2006 CBA Playoff First-Round Results (Home Team in CAPS)

Tuesday, March 14: Yakama 114, Rockford 108 (6,1)
Wednesday, March 15: Sioux Falls 106, Albany 97 (5,2)
Thursday, March 16: Rockford 108, Idaho 105 (5,2) Thursday, March 16: Gary 106, Yakama 98 (6,1)
Saturday, March 18: Albany 108, Idaho 104 (5.5, 1.5)
Saturday, March 18: Gary 124, Sioux Falls 92 (7,0)
Monday, March 20: Sioux Falls 104, Rockford 93 (7,0)
Tuesday, March 21: Idaho 100, Gary 90 (6,1)
Tuesday, March 21: Yakama 132, Albany 114 (7,0)

2006 CBA Finals Results
Thursday, March 23: Gary 119, YAKAMA 103
Sunday, March 26: Yakama 91, GARY 87
Monday, March 27: Yakama at Gary (7:05 p.m. CST)



2006 CBA Finals | Mar. 22, 2006

The field for the 2006 Continental Basketball Association Finals has been set following the Yakama Sun Kings' 132-114 (7,0) defeat of the Albany Patroons last night. The No. 1 seed, and Eastern Conference and regular season champions, Gary Steelheads, will take on the No. 2 seeded and Western Conference-champion Yakama Sun Kings. The Sun Kings and Steelheads each finished with 14 total quarter points, the two highest totals of the six teams in the first round of the playoffs.

Gary will have the home-court advantage for the best-of-three-game series due to its overall No. 1 seed. The best-of-three-game series will begin Thursday, March 23, at the Yakima Valley SunDome. Tip-off for Thursday's game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (PST). Game two will be played in Gary, Ind., at the Genesis Convention Center on Sunday, March 26, with tip-off scheduled for 3:05 p.m. (CST). Game three, if necessary, will be played in Gary on Monday, March 27 at 7:05 p.m. (CST).

All nine first-round games of the 2006 CBA Playoffs were won by the home team, with Gary and Yakama each going 2-1 in their three contests.

Gary finished the regular season with a 29-19 record and a league-best 197.0 quarter points (4.10 avg.), capturing the Eastern Conference title. This will mark Gary's first appearance in the CBA Finals in the franchise's six-year history. The Steelheads were led by CBA Coach of the Year, Jaren Jackson, in addition to All-League Second Team forward Randy Holcomb (19.2 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 3.1 apg.).

Yakama finished the regular season with a league-best record of 31-17 with 195.5 quarter points (4.07 avg.). The Sun Kings were paced by the CBA Player of the Year, Anthony Goldwire, who averaged 17.7 ppg. to go along with a league-high 341 assists (8.5 apg.). Sun Kings coach Paul Woolpert will be making his second CBA Finals coaching appearance, having led Yakama to the 2000 Championship.

The Sun Kings are 3-0 in the CBA Finals, winning the league championship in 1995 (Mo McHone), 2000 (Paul Woolpert) and 2003 (Bill Bayno).

The end to the 60th anniversary season of the CBA was one of the greatest ever. It was the closest finish between the top four teams in the CBA since the league began the quarter point system 25 years ago. The top four seeds ended the regular season separated by only 5.0 quarter points.



2006 CBA Playoff First-Round Results (Home Team in CAPS)

Tuesday, March 14
Yakama 114, Rockford 108 (6,1)

Wednesday, March 15
Sioux Falls 106, Albany 97 (5,2)

Thursday, March 16
Rockford 108, Idaho 105 (5,2)
Gary 106, Yakama 98 (6,1)

Saturday, March 18
Albany 108, Idaho 104 (5.5, 1.5)
Gary 124, Sioux Falls 92 (7,0)

Monday, March 20
Sioux Falls 104, Rockford 93 (7,0)

Tuesday, March 21
Idaho 100, Gary 90 (6,1)
Yakama 132, Albany 114 (7,0)

CBA Newcomer of Year | Mar. 14, 2006

The Continental Basketball Association announced today that Albany Patroons forward James Thomas has been named the CBA Newcomer of the Year for the 2005-06 season, as voted on by the eight CBA head coaches. Thomas garnered five of the possible eight first-place votes from the coaches, finishing with 25 total points.

Thomas, originally drafted as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 CBA College Draft by the Yakama Sun Kings, signed with Albany on Dec. 23, 2005. The 2004 University of Texas alum made the Philadelphia 76ers' 2005 opening-night roster and played in 15 games, averaging 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds, before being released. He recently received a 10-day call-up by the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 27, appearing in seven games and averaging 3.7 minutes with 1.1 rebounds per game. Over the past two seasons, Thomas has played in 33 NBA games for Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Portland.

He appeared in 19 games this season for the Patroons, just short of the 24-game minimum required to be listed among the CBA league leaders. The 6-foot-8 forward has registered 17 double-doubles this season, averaging 19.6 points and 14.6 rebounds on the year. Thomas played in this year's 22nd CBA All-Star Classic on Jan. 17 for the Eastern Conference squad, scoring 17 points with a game-high 16 rebounds in 35 minutes of action.

Gary's Randy Holcomb garnered two first-place votes and finished second in the voting for the 2006 Newcomer of the Year with 17 total points. Sioux Falls' Corey Williams recorded one first-place vote and was third with 11 total points.

This Week in the CBA | Feb. 28, 2006

Two more teams clinched berths in the 2006 Continental Basketball Association Playoffs this week, including the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Yakama Sun Kings. The Sun Kings clinched a spot Saturday, Feb. 25, thanks to earning two quarter points in a loss to Sioux Falls (97-90). Two days later, the Skyforce returned the favor of earning a spot in the postseason when it tallied 5.5 quarter points in another victory at Yakama (100-92). Both teams assured themselves of not finishing lower than third in the Western Conference.

Sioux Falls currently sits in first place in the Western Conference with a 27-16 record and 4.50 QP average. Yakama is second with a 27-17 record and 3.93 QP average, while Idaho is third (22-20, 3.70 QP avg.) and Dakota is fourth (17-25, 3.07 QP avg.).

The Gary Steelheads and the Rockford Lightning became the first two teams to punch their tickets for the 2006 CBA postseason on Feb. 17 when Gary recorded 6.5 quarter points in a 123-95 victory over the Michigan Mayhem. With the defeat, both Gary and Rockford assured themselves of not finishing lower than third in the Eastern Conference. Those two teams sit one-two in the Eastern Conference standings, respectively, with Gary at 26-18 with a 4.06 QP average and Rockford at 27-16 with a 3.99 QP average. Albany is third (17-25, 3.02 QP avg.) while Michigan is fourth (7-33, 2.04 QP avg.).

The CBA regular season ends on Sunday, March 12. The playoff dates and times will be determined based on the order of finish and arena availability.

Albany Patroons (17-25, 3rd Eastern Conference, 127.0 points, 3.02 QP Avg.) Last week, Albany captured two more wins to push its winning streak to season-best four games. The first victory came at home against Michigan, Feb. 23, when the Patroons tallied a CBA season-high 144 points to the Mayhem's 110 points. In the win, Albany collected all seven possible quarter points for the first time this season. Albany then traveled to Rockford to win its second game of the week and fourth in a row, Feb. 28, by the score of 122-118. Albany collected six quarter points in its win, which was just its second of the season over the Lightning. Albany's Player-of-the-Week, Jamario Moon, contributed a double-double in points (27) and rebounds (13) against Michigan, as well as averaging 25 ppg., 9.0 rpg., and shooting 91.0 pct. from the free-throw line. Three Patroons registered ouble-doubles in the victory over Rockford, including forward James Thomas ( 17 pts., 20 reb.), forward Edmund Saunders (11 pts., 10 reb.), and forward Chris Sockwell (27 pts., 8 reb.). The Patroons travel to Michigan on Wednesday, March 1, before returning home Thursday for back-to-back games against the Eastern Conference-leading Gary Steelheads.

Dakota Wizards (17-25, 4th Western Conference, 129.0 points, 3.07 QP Avg.) Dakota gave the Western Conference-leading Yakama Sunkings all they could handle during last week's homestand... The Wizards dropped a couple of hard-fought games, 113-110 on Feb. 20 and 109-104 on Feb. 22. In Wednesday's loss, Dakota was led by Kasib Powell who finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Powell has tallied 20-plus points in five of his last eight games. Newly signed guard Rashad Phillips found his shooting touch at the Bismarck Civic Center, scoring 16 points and adding seven assists... The Wizards are prepared to battle it out with the team they are trying to chase down for a playoff berth, the Idaho Stampede, in their last two home games of the season, which will be played tonight (Feb. 28) and tomorrow (March 1), with each game slated to tip-off at 7:05 p.m.

Gary Steelheads (26-18, 1st Eastern Conference, 178.5 points, 4.06 QP Avg.) The Gary Steelheads took to the road for their most challenging trip of the year last week. Their nine-game winning streak, the longest in the CBA this season, ended in Rockford in a 123-120 overtime loss Feb. 21. Guard Jimmie "Snap" Hunter tossed in 44 points in a losing cause. It was the Steelheads' first overtime loss of the season as well. One night later, the Steelheads went to overtime again in a 128-122 loss at Sioux Falls. Gary dropped to 4-2 in overtime games this season. "Snap" tossed in 43 in that game. On Feb. 24, Gary traveled farther West to Yakima for a matchup of conference leaders. The Steelheads prevailed, 102-92. In a balanced scoring effort, Gary had six players in double figures. The following night, after a six-hour bus ride to Boise, Idaho, Gary played their fourth game in five days against the Idaho Stampede. Idaho prevailed 103-98. Forward and All-Star Game MVP Randy Holcomb remained sidelined with a groin injury. He missed every game this past week. Despite losing three of four games, the Steelheads finished the week in first place in the Eastern Conference, narrowly in front of the Rockford Lightning.

Idaho Stampede (22-20, 3rd Western Conference, 155.5 points, 3.70 QP Avg.) Saturday, Feb. 25 was a historical night for two Stampede members. Center Eric Chenowith broke the Stampede single season rebounding record and the win also gave head coach Joe Wolf his 45th career coaching victory, the most in Stampede franchise history... Desmond Ferguson joined the Stampede last Friday, Feb. 24, and played in the weekend homestand. The Michigan native scored 26 points in 60 minutes of play... The Stampede are down to their final six games with a three-game road and home split. Four games are against the Dakota Wizards, which have playoff implications, and the other two are against Sioux Falls, who have just taken the lead in the Western Conference.

Michigan Mayhem (7-33, 4th Eastern Conference, 81.5 points, 2.04 QP Avg.) Michigan took on only two opponents last week, falling at Albany on Feb. 23, 144-110, and then losing at home against Rockford on Feb. 24, 105-101. In the loss at Albany, Michigan was lead by rookie Marcus Wallace with 21 points and four steals. Michigan turned around the next night looking to snap their eight-game losing streak against the Rockford Lighting. The Mayhem were unsuccessful in their quest, though. John D. White led the Mayhem in points with 21 while shooting 80.0 percent from the field. Leading the league for the week in 3-point feild-goals was forward Keith Salsheider, connecting on 5-of-6 attempts, followed by three other Mayhem players in the top six: White (70 percent), Wallace (63 percent), Karlton Mims (57 percent). This week Michigan plays at Rockford (Feb 28), followed by a home game March 1 against Albany, and another away game at Sioux Falls on March 4.

Rockford Lightning (27-16, 2nd Eastern Conference, 171.5 points, 3.99 QP Avg.) Rockford remains in second place in the Eastern Conference standings after going 2-1 last week. The team has lost three of its last four home games after starting the season 15-2 at the MetroCentre. Guard Ronnie Fields was named the CBA Player of the Week as he averaged 33.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 2.3 steals for the Lightning for the week of February 20th through 26th. He scored a season high 42 points in a 122-118 Lightning loss to the Albany Patroons on Feb. 26. The 6-foot-4 guard led Rockford to a 123-120 overtime victory over rival Gary earlier in the week on Feb. 21 at the MetroCentre as he scored 30 points including, a three-point play to win it for the Lightning. Fields had just one 30-plus point performance in the first 33 games of the season, but has reached that plateau five times in his last nine games. Forward Roger Powell averaged 21.3 points a game while picking up his team high 10th double-double of the season in Michigan with 24 points and 10 rebounds. The rookie forward needs 88 points (17.6 pg) over the final five games of the season to break Kendrick Warren's scoring record of 1,012 points by a Lightning rookie. Guard Cordell Henry had another solid week while averaging 21.3 points a game and starting all three games for Rockford. Guard Marlon Parmer rejoined the Lightning after spending the last two weeks on the injured reserve list with an injured finger. Rico Hill was waived on Feb. 24.

Sioux Falls Skyforce (27-16, 1st Western Conference, 174.0 points, 4.05 QP Avg.) Sioux Falls moved into first place in the Western Conference standings after winning a home game and three straight road games over their last four contests... the 'Force won on Feb. 22 at home against the Gary Steelheads, 128-122 (5,2), in overtime to improve to a league-best 18-3 at home... the 'Force then finished a three-game road trip 3-0 as they beat the Idaho Stampede 97-91 (5.5,1.5) and Yakama Sun Kings 97-90 (5,2) on Feb. 25 and 100-92 (5.5 ,1.5) on Feb. 27... with the win on Monday night the 'Force clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season under head coach Dave Joerger... Skyforce forward Noel Felix was nominated for CBA Player of the Week after averaging 25.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg in three games, including a career-high 39 points against Gary... guard Billy Thomas was called-up to the Washington Wizards on Feb. 24, the fourth call-up for the Skyforce this season... former 'Force guard/forward Stephen Graham was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the remainder of the season that same day.. the 'Force plays their final regular season home games this weekend as they host the Idaho Stampede on Friday, March 3, and the Michigan Mayhem on Saturday, March 4, and Monday, March 6... Saturday, March 4, will be the third annual "Throwback Jersey Night" as the 'Force will be wearing uniforms from the 1996-97 season in honor of the squad that went 47-9 (.839 pct.), the best regular season record in Skyforce history.

Yakama Sun Kings (27-17, 2nd Western Conference, 173.0 points, 3.93 QP Avg.) Yakama honored Head Coach Paul Woolpert on Saturday, Feb. 25. In a pre-game ceremony, Woolpert received a blanket from the Yakama Nation, owners of the team, a recognition plaque, a banner in the Sun King Ring of Honor and had the Yakima Valley SunDome court renamed "Paul Woolpert Court." Woolpert, who has been with the Sun Kings organization for seven seasons including six as head coach, holds the record for most coaching victories, with 133... Yakama has won 27 games this season, exactly the combined total of the team's victories in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 campaigns... the Sun Kings qualified for the 2006 CBA Playoffs by winning the third quarter of Saturday's loss to Sioux Falls. The Sun Kings had missed the playoffs for the past two seasons. Yakama's last postseason appearance was in 2003 when the franchise won its third CBA Championship. Yakama is the only CBA franchise to have won three titles in the same city... The Sun Kings are 7-4 against the top three teams in the Eastern Conference. Yakama owns 2-2 records against Gary and Albany and are 3-0 vs. Rockford... The Sun Kings have four games remaining in the regular season; March 5 vs. Dakota, March 7 at Rockford, March 8 at Michigan, and the regular season finale on March 12 vs. Sioux Falls.

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Anthony Goldwire Named CBA Player of Week | Feb. 20, 2006

The Continental Basketball Association announced today that Yakama Sun Kings guard Anthony Goldwire has been named the CBA Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 13 through Feb. 19. Goldwire averaged a double-double in points and assists in four games last week while cracking the CBA's top-40 list for career assists. He currently has dished out 958 assists over his five CBA seasons.

Last week, Goldwire averaged 24.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 12.8 assists and 1.0 steal to help the Western Conference-leading Sun Kings to a 2-2 record. Yakama split two games at home and two games on the road with the Idaho Stampede.

Other players receiving consideration based on the submission of each team were: Jason Boucher, G, Michigan (17.0 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 7.0 apg.) ... Ronnie Fields, G, Rockford (31.0 ppg., 13.0 rpg., 11.0 apg.)... Noel Felix, F, Sioux Falls (19.5 ppg., 7.5 rpg., 3.0 apg.)... Jimmie Hunter, G, Gary (24.3 ppg., 8.0 rpg., 7.3 apg.)... David Jackson, G, Idaho (25.5 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 4.0 apg.)... T.J. Thompson, G, Albany (34.5 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 5.5 apg.)... Rocky Walls, F, Dakota (15.0 ppg., 16.0 rpg., 2.5 apg.).

CBA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK TO DATE | Feb. 19, 2006

11/18-11/27 Maurice Baker - Dakota Wizards
11/28-12/04 Jimmie Hunter - Gary Steelheads
12/05-12/11 Brandon Hunter - Sioux Falls Skyforce
12/12-12/18 Roger Powell, Jr. - Rockford Lightning
12/19-12/25 Eric Chenowith - Idaho Stampede
12/26-01/01 Matt Freije - Idaho Stampede
01/02-01/08 Jimmie Hunter - Gary Steelheads
01/09-01/15 Maurice Baker - Dakota Wizards
01/16-01/22 Marlon Parmer - Rockford Lightning
01/23-01/29 Willie Simms - Michigan Mayhem
01/30-02/05 Kasib Powell - Dakota Wizards
02/06-02/12 Jimmie Hunter - Gary Steelheads
02/13-02/19 Anthony Goldwire - Yakama Sun Kings

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