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    Oklahoma Calvary owner/GM Ben Hopgood announced the Calvary will have their games on KMGZ (Magic) 95.3.

    Rio Grande Valley Silverados sign 7'2" center Jeff Daisey from the ABA's Buffalo Silverbacks and a WBA team based in Dallas called the Summer of the Mayas, Mexico. 18 players will make their way into the Silverados training camp. So will the Great Falls Explorers with 15 players.

    Josh Pace, a G/F formerly with Syracuse University, was the first player signed by the Eastern Kentucky Miners.
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    According to a USBL spokesperson, plans are going forward toward the 2008 season with the potential of interested new franchises and owners as expansion. He also didn't mention anything about the status of the teams already in the USBL.
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    CBA season has just started. I'll get to it in a matter of days....
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    Yakima Sun Kings are atop of the CBA standings winning all of their first six games. Pittsburgh Xplosion is much better this time than they were a season ago at 4-2, second place in the CBA standings. ABA defectee the Rio Grande Valley Silverados are the only CBA team currently winless. Eastern Kentucky Miners are 2-3, and the Oklahoma Calvary are 2-0 but have just now started playing.
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    A much better CBA website design than what was offered last two season is up and running. www.cbahoopsonline.com

    Kyle Macy stays put in Kentucky following his dismissal from his coaching post at Morehead St. with a post as Eastern Kentucky Miners' GM.
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    Oklahoma Calvary made a coaching change: out goes Michael Ray Richardson in comes Gary Steelheads coach Cliff Levingston for the remainder for the season.
    www.cbahoopsonline.com/news.php?read=1018

    Also another coach axing comes from the expansion (and ABA defectee) Rio Grande Valley Silverados with an attempt to jump start their fortunes after going a dismal 0-13 so far (reminds me of the Pittsburgh Xplosion at this time last season) as their cross-valley rivals the NBDL's Rio Grande Valley Vipers meanwhile are second in the Southwest Division at 7-3. RGV dumps inaugural coach Steve Tucker on December 7 for former Oklahoma assistant Derrick Rowland, who actually got them their first win in his debut as coach.
    www.rgvsilverados.com
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    Yakima Sun Kings are 12-0 after beating the Minot SkyRockets 99-91.

    Pittsburgh Xploison signs Cory Underwood.
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    The USBL has suspended operations for the 2008 season. Based on what I've been writing to you here, why should we be surprised over this?
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    More on the USBL's suspending 2008 play from Salina, Kansas.
    www.saljournal.com/rdsports/story/USBL_quits
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    I have a modest suggestion: why don't the USBL teams that may be ready to play next year but couldn't along with the Brooklyn Kings and the Oklahoma Storm and those prospective franchises for 2009 comtemplate merging (or absorbing) with the IBL? This helps find a place in basketball at that time since their seasons run concurrently. Plus it limits the alphabet soup of basketball leagues going on.

    The Oklahoma Storm was part of a group of four Midwestern-based USBL teams thinking about forming its own league last summer, but Oklahoma officials wanted to set out on its own and see if they had anything viable to add. It's seemingly too late to join the IBL at this point...

    Speaking of Oklahoma and the CBA/USBL, the Calvary signed Greg Plummer following an impressive stint with Mexico's Halcones UV Xalapa. At 33-9 the Halcones reside atop the Mexican Southern Division and tied overall with the Lobos Grises. Plummer played with finalists Brooklyn Kings last season and the now-defunct ABA's Strong Island Sound.

    Albany Patroons sign Gordon Malone. Will Bowers was placed on IR with Tom Sadler waived.

    Great Falls Explorers sign C Joe Prinicipe, 28-years old in his first foray into pro basketball from Old Dominion...and waived 4 players: Omar Guinea, Mike Harmon, Vinson Smith, and Mike Chavez--all forwards though Chavez is a G/F.
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    Eastern Kentucky Miners signs Anthony Slater and lets go Bryant Northern.

    Rio Grande Valley Silverados bring in former Austin Toros swingman Patrick Fields and waived Colin Lien to make way in another attempt to jump start things.
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    Disturbing news emerging out of Great Falls, Montana: The Great Falls Explorers, one of Montana's few pro sports teams, could be on the way out after this season due to the fact that several of their players aren't paid and refused to play last Saturday's game against their in-state rivals the Butte Daredevils. Coach Scott Wedman and his coaching staff were already been fired earlier in the day due to "poor coaching" (I doubt that to a point). And the team is behind $10,000 in rent to the Four Seasons Arena and its management company SMG.
    www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll ... /801060303

    (No wonder why Great Falls waived four players...)
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    http://albany.bizjournals.com/albany/st ... 1200286800^1573981&ana=e_vert
    Albany is not joining for USBL play, even taking legal action against the league. Here's why.

    This action may spell the end of the USBL, and it poses questions about what marketers here in America think about summer pro basketball, even if it was about developing players to be NBA-ready: do we, it is assumed, actually need it?
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    The CBA announces the players for the National and American rosters in the CBA All-Star Classic in Yakima

    AMERICAN:
    Amal McCaskill--Albany Patroons
    Nat Burton--Albany Patroons
    Ronnie Fields--Minot SkyRockets
    James "Boo" Jackson--Eastern Kentucky Miners
    Josh Pace--Eastern Kentucky Miners
    Mike Dean--Rio Grande Valley Silverados/Eastern Kentucky Miners
    Kevin Rice--Minot SkyRockets
    Shaun Fountain--Pittsburgh Xplosion
    John Strickland--Pittsburgh Xplosion
    Steve Thomas--Atlanta Krunk
    Zack Marbury--Atlanta Krunk

    Coach--Chris Daleo (Minot SkyRockets)

    NATIONAL:
    Jason Sasser--Yakima Sun Kings
    Desmond Ferguson--Yakima Sun Kings
    Jermaine Blackburne--Yakima Sun Kings
    Moochie Norris--Yakima Sun Kings
    Odell Bradley--Butte Daredevils
    Aaron Cook--Butte Daredevils
    Daryan Selvy--Oklahoma Calvary
    Melvin Phillips--Oklahoma Calvary
    Nate Green--Great Falls Explorers
    Demorris "Toby" Smith--Rio Grande Valley Silverados

    Coach--Paul Woolpert (Yakima Sun Kings)
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    Some players who picked to participate in the now-completed CBA All-Star Classic in Yakima, Washington couldn't due to callups to the NBA's 10-day contract.

    Before I go forth with the game itself, here's the CBA All-Star Classic preview from SLAM's Chuck Miller (you get a nice education on it too).
    www.cbahoopsonline.com/news.php?read=1042

    The National Conference squeaks by the American with a 109-107 win with 4000 people, many of them Yakima Sun Kings fans, in attendance. The press release additionaly reveals details on the winners of the 3-Point Shootout and the Slam Dunk Contest.
    www.cbahoopsonline.com/news.php?read=1043
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    and the expansion Colorado 14ERS,
    That's the worst name I've ever heard.
    Maitland Mustangs.

    West Sydney Razorbacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HunterPirates
    and the expansion Colorado 14ERS,
    That's the worst name I've ever heard.
    Why Colorado 14ERS so bad? It's of course no different from Sixers, both 76ERS and 36ERS. Name is a reference to many of the high 14,000-feet mountain peaks Colorado is justly famous for.
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    Four Seasons kicked out the Explorers out of their home court last week for failing to pay $8000 in its rent. Now the Explorers since found a new (temporary) home court 25 miles south of the city--a high school gym at Cascade when no other local gymnasium could accomodate them.
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    Eastern Kentucky Miners shattered the CBA record for most points scored by a team in a game this past weekend. This one even puts the 184 points the Detroit Pistons scored back in 1984 against the Denver Nuggets to shame. The Miners scored an unbelievable 194 points over the Atlanta Krunk, shattering the 183 points record set by the Anchorage Northern Knights back in 1979. The Miners drained 58 points scored in the third quarter. Where was the Krunk's D that night? Nonexistant! :P
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    Regular season already ended in the CBA and now it's playoff mode. The Pittsburgh Xplosion, who when they entered the league from the ABA were a sad sack team, constantly losing, are now in the American Conference Final to face the Minot SkyRockets in Pittsburgh for Game 1 before going to Minot. The Xplosion knocked the visiting East Kentucky Miners 129-121, an exciting that kept you on the edge of your seat until the dying moments.

    Meanwhile the Oklahoma Calvary opened the National Conference title series against the Yakima Sun Kings in a narrow 101-99 victory. The Calvary lead with 22 points in the first half only to see that deteriorate and appeared trailling late in the second half with the Sun Kings holding on to a 3 point cushion at the :10 mark. It wasn't until Curtis Haywood shot a jumper and then another jumper to regain the lead. Calvary guard Brandon Dean stole the ball and got fouled and subsequently sank both free throws to seal it for Oklahoma. Both teams now head to Yakima for the next two games.

    Both conference finals are best of three series.
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    The Minot SkyRockets knocked off the Pittsburgh Xplosion in the American Conference Finals to head into the CBA Finals. Minot won both games in Pittsburgh and Minot to sweep the series. The SkyRockets two wins were confident ones, 105-87 and 103-89. Now they are facing the National Conference champs Oklahoma Calvary and have just evened the CBA Finals series.

    The Calvary have just announced a rebranding to the Lawton-Fort Still Calvary for next season before Game 1. The Calvary won Game 1 despite letting Minot get aggressive early and never letting up--stretching the lead up to 17 at one point--until the Calvary gradually got back in it and trimmed the deficit. Things tensed with the score near the end until Oklahoma came out on top 112-108. Minot used this as a way to get back into focus for Game 2 and won that one in Lawton as it now moves to Minot. Like with the first game Minot started out in the lead and finished with a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter, then a 3-point lead at halftime. Daryan Selvy, CBA Player of the Year, and Marvin Philipps had the Calvary leading in the final minutes but Minot refused to lose, squaring it at 89 in the dying seconds. Ronnie Fields scored Minot's only three of the game that gave them the lead for good at 1.5 seconds to give him 30 points for the game. Selvy had a double of 19 and 10 and Curtis Haywood had 14+19 in a losing cuase. Tomorrow Game 3 commences at the Minot Auditorium.
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    The Oklahoma (soon to be Lawton-Ft. Still) Calvary are the 2007-08 CBA champs after defeating the Minot SkyRockets 86-76 in the 3-2 Calvary Finals series win. The important thing was that the Calvary are in their first season of existence AND had a midseason coaching change.

    More will arrive next week.
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    With Vancouver coming into the IBL as the Titans next year, I honestly doubt there will be a CBA's Vancouver Dragons will make their way to play for 2008-09. I'd be shocked if that happened since the pro basketball culture in Van-City is still unfertile that it can't support two minor league teams, even when they play opposite ends of the season.
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    The Yakima Sun Kings are one of the successful and long-standing CBA franchises, but the team's future is bleak. Last week the Yakima Nation Tribal Council, owners of the Sun Kings, voted 10-1 to cease its operations for losing millions during their three-year ownership, but it won't take effect until mid-May at the earliest as they noted in a letter to the CBA regarding its status.

    Another problem lies in the fact the SunDome still holds their Sun Kings lease for another season. Meanwhile the league is looking for fresh options to keep the Sun Kings alive, as the Yakima Sun-Herald reports.
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    Vancouver Dragons will attempt to wait until the conclusion of the 2010 Winter Olympics before starting play in the CBA for 2010-11. They deferred participation this season citing arena issues.

    Apparently Seattle and Bend, OR won't be playing after all.
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    The beleagured Atlanta Krunk is seriouly looking into going south after its year in the CBA (notbaly not getting fans at the Morris Brown Gym and that giving up 195 points to East Kentucky)in a city that so divided with sports both pro and college to the home of The Masters and of James Brown. Yes, I'm talking about August, Georgia, friends, and becoming the Augusta Groove at the James Brown Arena. But will it work there in this minor league sports city each minor-team all scratching for a niche?
    http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/05 ... 8190.shtml

    Does Albany really care about its minor pro sports teams, not just the Patroons?
    http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/st ... TextPage=2

    Looks as though the Yakima Sun Kings might live on after all with potential new owners
    http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/3898
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