The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 29, 2001 · Page 18
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Salina, Kansas
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C2 SUNDAY. APRIL 29. 2001 BASKETBALL THE SALINA JOURNAL MEET THE 2001 CAGERZ BARNES CARTER CORTEZ BARNES Height — 6-7. Weight —215. Position — Guard. Age — 29. Hometown — Wichita. Status — Veteran. College — Southern Indiana. USBL experience — Kansas (2000). Coach's scouting report — "Cortez is mostly an outside player ;and will play the three for us. He likes to . shoot the bail and is explosive going to the basket. He's not a physical type of player, he's not a banger, but he can score." ERIC CARTER ; Height — 6-9. : Weight — 220. ' Position — Forward. Age — 22. Hometown — Over• brook. Status — Rookie. College — Washburn. USBL experience — None. Coach's scouting report — "Eric will come off the bench and play the three or four for us. He's been shooting the ball very well in practice. He also does a lot of things that don't show in the boxscore. He sets some great picks and gets other players open, and if he's left alone, can bury the shot." WAYNE HOUSTON Height — 6-9. Weight — 225. Position — Forward. Age — 27. Hometown — Clinton, Md. Status — Veteran. College — Southern Indiana. USBL experience — None. Coach's scouting report — "Wayne was playing extremely well, but sprained his ankle (Thursday). He can shoot the ball pretty good up to 18 feet and is pretty strong inside. We're counting on him to do a couple things for us — to board heavily and score on the inside." JERMAINE JACKSON Height — 6-5. Weight — 205. Position — Guard. Age — 24. Hometown — Clinton, Miss. Status — Veteran. College — Detroit Mercy. Cagepz schedule HOME GAIMES IN CAPS April 29 — At Dodge City, 7:30 p.m. May 2 —^ At Lal<elanct, 6:05 p.m. May 4 — At Florida, 6:35 p.m. M^y 11 — LAKELAND. 7 p.m. May 12 — FLORIDA, 7 p.m. M|);:^13 —FLORIDA. 7 p.m. May 14 — LAKELAND, 7 p.m. MSy 17,— At Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. May 19 — At Lakeland, 6:05 p.m. Maj^ 20i^ At Rorida, 6:35 p.rn. Ivlay 24 —At Florida, 6:35 p.m. Me^ 25 —• MARYLAND. 7 p.m. May 26 — PENNSYLVANIA, 7 p.m. May 28 — ATLANTIC CITY, 7 p.m. MAY 29 — DODGE CITY, 7 p.m. May 30 — OKLAHOMA, 7 p.m. June 1 — At Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. June 2 — At Dodge City, 7:30 p.m. June 4 — DODGE CITY, 7 p.m. June 5 — OKLAHOMA, 7 p.m. June 7 — At Brooklyn, 6 p.m. JuneB— At Long Island, 6:30 p.m. June 9 — At Maryland, 6:30 p.m. June .JO — At Pennsylvania. 3:05 p.m, June 11 — At Atlantic City, 6:30 p.m. Jim^Zf-LONG ISLAND. 7 p.m. June 14 — At Dodge City, 7:30 p.m. June €9 ~ FLORIDA, 7 p.m. June 21 — BROOKLYN, 7 p.m. June«4 — DODGE CITY. 7 p.m. HOUSTON JeJACKSON USBL experience — None. Coach's scouting report — "Jermaine is a big, strong point guard. He's going to cause a few matchup problems in the US­ BL when smaller guards are on him. He's strong and knows the game very well. He's our on-the-court leader and he'll be running the offense most of the time for us." JOHNNY JACKSON Height — 6-7. Weight —215. Position — FonNard. Age — 27. Hometown — Waukegan, III. Status — Veteran. College — Mississippi. USBL experience — JoJACKSON None. Coach's scouting report — "Johnny is one of the biggest surprises we have in camp. He's a physical, aggressive ball player. He goes after every rebound offensively and defensively. He sets good picks and has a short range jumper that is very effective." GARY JOHNSON Height — 6-0. Weight — 175. Position — Guard. Age — 25. Hometown — Washington, D.C.. College — Southern California. USBL experience — Kansas Cagerz (1999). Coach's scouting report — "Gary is pushing hard for a starting spot at the guard position. It's helped him going up against Sedric (Webber) and Jermaine (Jackson) every day. What's he's been doing, other than running the club, is shooting the ball very well." JOHNSON KAMARA MOHAMMED KAMARA Height — 6-0. Weight —170. Position — Guard. Age — 29. Hometown — Silver Spring, Md. Status — Veteran. College — West Texas A&M. USBL experience — Pennsylvania (1998), Washington (1999). Coach's scouting report — "Mohammed is a streak type shooter. He has been shooting the ball very well. He needs a little refinement on his ball handling skills, but he gives us good depth at the guard spot." JOHNNY PHILLIPS Height — 6-9. Weight — 245. Position — Forward. Age —21. Hometown — Lubbock, Texas. Status — Rookie. College — Texas Tech. USBL experience — None. Coach's scouting report — "Johnny, of course, hasn't practiced that much, but is now back with us after finishing his school work. He's a big. strong low post type of player who will bang inside and that's where we need him to play." CRAIG RODGERS Height —6-11. Weight — 240. Position — Center. Age — 23. Hometown — East Rochester, Ohio, Status — Rookie. College — Toledo. USBL experience — None. Coach's scouting report — "A big, strong inside player. He needs to get a little more physical, but he has great touch from the free throw line on in. So, after he sets his pick and the guys roll off him. if you give him the ball In the open he'll bury it. And I like him because he's left-handed." SMITH PHILLIPS RODGERS WALKER NINO SMITH Height —6-5. Weight—185. Position — Fonward. Age — 26. Hometown — Minneapolis. Status — Veteran. College — Central Methodist. USBL experience — None. Coach's scouting report — "Nino will eventually be on the taxi squad. He can play the two, three or four for us. He's shown that he's a pretty good rebounder among this group of guys. He's not very physical by stature." TORY WALKER Height —6-8. Weight—190. Position — Fonvard. Age —21. Hometown — Westwego. La. Status — Rookie. College — New Orleans. USBL experience — None. Coach's scouting report — 'Tory is a pure shooter. He is athletic. He can shoot it from the outside and he can shoot it from inside. The thing I like most about him Is he will go in and mix it up on the inside even though he's not extremely physical as far as his stature goes." SEDRIC WEBBER Height — 6-6. Weight — 200. Position — Guard. Age — 24. Hometown — Charleston, S.C.. Status — Veteran. College — College of Charleston. USBL experience — Kansas (1999). Coach's scouting report — "We moved Sedric to the two guard. That gives a big two guard that can post up a smaller guard. He's very good on the outside and very active. It's going to create some mismatches for the other teams." COACHING STAFF Head coach: Francis Flax Assistant coaches: Jon Bishop, Jerry Jones and Lorln Miller. — By HAROLD BECHARD WEBBER USBL AT-A-G LANCE ATLANTIC CITY SEAGULLS Location — Atlantic City, N.J. Head Coach — John Pace. Division — Northern. Arena — Atlantic City Convention Hall (2,000). Team Colors — Gray and Orange. Franchise History — Atlantic City Seagulls (1995-present). 2000 Finish — Northern Division (4th); 12-19 overall; 0-1 In playoffs. BROOKLYN KINGS Location — Brooklyn, N.Y. Head Coach — George Johnson. Division — Northern. Arena — Schwartz Athletic Center (1,000). Team Colors — Black, White and Gold. Franchise History — Brooklyn Kings (1999-present). 2000 Finish — Northern Division (5th); 11-19 overall; did not make playoffs. DODGE CITY LEGEND Location — Dodge City, Kan. Head Coach — Kent Davison. Division — Southern. Arena — Dodge City Civic Center (2,500). Team Colors — Purple, Silver and Black Franchise History — Dodge City Legend (2000-present). 2000 Finish — Southern Division (1st); 25-8 overall; 3-0 in playoffs; USBL champion. FLORIDA SEA DRAGONS Location — Ft. Myers, Fla. Head Coach — Kevin Mackey. Division — Southern. Arena — TECO Arena (7,000). Team Colors — Green, Silver and Gold. Franchise History — Tampa Bay Wind- jarnmers (1996-99); Florida Sea Dragons (2000-present). 2000 Finish — Southern Division (3rd); 16-15 overall; 0-1 in playoffs. LAKELAND BLUE DUCKS Location — Lakeland, Fla. Head Coach — Rex Morgan Division — Southern. Arena — Jenkins Field House (2,500). Team Colors — Blue and Gold. Franchise History — Jacksonville Hooters (1988-1992); Daytona Beach Hooters (1993); Jacksonville Hooters (1993-1994); Jacksonville Shooters (1995); Jacksonville Barracudas (1995-1998); Gulf Coast SunDogs (1999-2000); Lakeland Blue Ducks (first year). 2000 Finish — Southern Division (5th); 8-22 overall; did not make playoffs. KANSAS CAGERZ Location — Salina, Kan. Head Coach — Francis Flax. Division — Southern. Arena — Bicentennial Center (6,200). Team Colors — Red, White and Black. Franchise History — Columbus Cagerz (1998); Kansas Cagerz (1999- present). 2000 Finish — Southern Division (2nd); 19-13 overall; 1-1 in playoffs. LONG ISLAND SURF Location —West Hempstead, N.Y. Head Coach — James Ryans Division — Northern. Arena — Island Garden Sports Arena (3,000). Team Col'ors — Black, Teal and Pink Franchise History — Long Island Surf (1991-present) 2000 Finish — Northern Division (3rd); 15-16 overall; 0-1 in playoffs. MARYLAND MUSTANGS Location — Upper Marlboro, Md. Head Coach — Robert Parrish. Division — Northern. Arena — The Show Place Arena (5,500). Team Colors — Maroon and Gold. Franchise History — First year. OKLAHOMA STORM Location — Enid, Okla. Head Coach — Bryan Gates. Division — Southern. Arena — Mark Price Arena (2,000). Team Colors — Red, Black and White Franchise History — Oklahoma Storm (2000-present). 2000 Finish — Southern Division (4th); 16-17 overall; 2-1 in playoffs. PENNSYLVANIA VALLEYDAWGS Location — Easton, Pa. Head Coach — Darryl Dawkins. Division — Northern. Arena — Stabler Arena (5,600). Team Colors — Navy Blue and Golden Yellow. Franchise History — Pennsylvania Val- leyDawgs (1999-present). 2000 Finish — Northern Division (1st); 20-11 overall; 0-1 in playoffs. USBL DAILY SCHEDULE 27 — Lakeland 115, Atlantic City 87; Maryland 112, Pennsylvania 109; Florida 84, Oklahoma 82. 28 — Atlantic City at Florida; Brooklyn at Pennsylvania; Long Island at Maryland; Oklahoma at Lakeland. 29 — Florida at Lakeland; Pennsylvania at Long Island; Kansas at Dodge City, 7:30 p.m. 30 — Oklahoma at Atlantic City. May 1 — Pennsylvania at Brooklyn. 2 — Maryland at Atlantic City; Oklahoma at Long Island; Kansas at Lakeland, 6 p.m. 3 — Dodge City at Florida; Long Island at Pennsylvania; Oklahoma at Brooklyn. 4 — Dodge City at Lakeland; Kansas at Florida; Brooklyn at Long Island; Maryland at Pennsylvania. 5 — Pennsylvania at Atlantic City; Maryland at Brooklyn; Dodge City at Lakeland. 6 — Atlantic City at Pennsylvania. 7 — Brooklyn at Long Island; Lakeland at Oklahoma. 8 — Dodge City at Maryland. 9 — Dodge City at Pennsylvania; Florida at Oklahoma; Atlantic City at Maryland. 10 — Florida at Oklahoma; Dodge City at Brooklyn. 11 — Lakeland at Kansas; Brooklyn at Atlantic City; Long Island at Maryland. 12 — Florida at Kansas; Lakeland at Dodge City; Maryland at Long Island; Oklahoma at Pennsylvania. 13 — Florida at Kansas; Long Island at Brooklyn. 14 — Lakeland at Kansas; Florida at Dodge City; Oklahoma at Maryland; Pennsylvania at Brooklyn. 15 — Atlantic City at Long Island; Brooklyn at Maryland; Florida at Dodge City. 16 — Dodge City at Oklahoma; Lakeland at Pennsylvania; Maryland at Atlantic City. 17 — Florida ta Maryland; Kansas at Oklahoma. 18 — Florida at Pennsylvania; Lakeland at Maryland; Atlantic City at Brooklyn. 19 — Long Island at Atlantic City; Oklahoma at Florida; Kansas at Lakeland; Brooklyn at Maryland. 20 — Brooklyn at Atlantic City; Kansas at Florida; Oklahoma at Lakeland. 21 — Long Island at Brooklyn. 22 — Atlantic City at Brooklyn; Oklahoma at Lakeland; Pennsylvania at Maryland. 23 — Maryland at Dodge City. 24 — Kansas at Florida; Long Island at Pennsylvania; Maryland at Oklahoma. 25 — Maryland at Kansas; Lakeland at Florida. 26 — Atlantic City at Dodge City; Brooklyn at Long Island; Pennsylvania at Kansas. 27 — Atlantic City at Oklahoma; Pennsylvania at Dodge City. 28 — Long Island at Brooklyn; Atlantic City at Kansas. 29 — Dodge City at Kansas; Pennsylvania at Oklahoma. 30 — Atlantic City at Brooklyn; Florida at Long Island; Oklahoma at Kansas. 31 — Lakeland at Long Island. June 1 — Pennsylvania at Oklahoma; Florida at Brooklyn; Kansas at Oklahoma. 2 — Lakeland at Atlantic City; Kansas at Dodge City; Pennsylvania at Long Island. 3 — Florida at Atlantic City; Lakeland at Brooklyn; Dodge City at Oklahoma; Maryland at Long Island. 4 — Dodge City at Kansas. 5 — Long Island at Atlantic City; Pennsylvania at Lakeland; Maryland at Brooklyn; Oklahoma at Kansas. 6 — Atlantic City at Long Island; Florida at Lakeland. 7 — Kansas at Brooklyn, 7 p.m.; Pennsylvania at Florida. 8 — Oklahoma at Dodge City; Kansas at Long Island; Brooklyn at Pennsylvania. 9 — Lakeland at Florida; Kansas at Maryland; Brooklyn at Atlantic City; Pennsylvania at Long Island; Dodge City at Oklahoma. 10 — Kansas at Pennsylvania. 11 — Kansas at Atlantic City; Long Island at Dodge City. 12 — Maryland at Lakeland; Long Island at Kansas; Oklahoma at Dodge City. 13 — Long Island at Oklahoma. 14 — Atlantic City at Pennsylvania; Maryland at Florida; Kansas at Dodge City; Long Island at Lakeland. 15 — Oklahoma at Dodge City; Brooklyn at Florida. 1 6 — Long Island at Pennsylvania; Florida at Lakeland; Atlantic City at Maryland. 17 — Pennsylvania at Maryland; Brooklyn at Lakeland; Dodge City at Florida. 18 — Dodge City at Long Island. 19 — Dodge City at Atlantic City; Lakeland at Oklahoma; Florida at Kansas. 20 — Maryland at Pennsylvania; Lakeland at Oklahoma. 21 — Brooklyn at Kansas; Lakeland at Dodge City. 22 — Atlantic City at Maryland; Long Isind at Florida. 23 — Brooklyn at Dodge City; Maryland at Pennsylvania; Lakeland at Florida. 24 — Maryland at Atlantic City; Brooklyn at Oklahoma; Dodge City at Kansas. News. Life. Sports. Classified, ^ S»^lin£t Journal Ccmnecting with i-nfortnatlon ^l €ake It Mooove! Sell your old wheels fast and save big!— Reach thousands of readers each day. Readers "skim" our classifieds daily for great deals. Call 785^23.6363 or 1.80M27-6363 ^ Salina Journal Hax / Start important FROM PAGE C1 The question mark for the Cagerz is on the frontline where two of this year's draft picks — 6-11 center Craig Rodgers of Toledo and 6-8 forward Tory Walker of New Orleans — will be in the starting lineup tonight. Both are considered finesse players. "We're not very physi- FLAX cal on the inside," Flax said. "I feel a little better with (Texas Tech rookie) Johnny Phillips here because he's a little stronger type of kid. But if a big, strong post-up team plays against us, it could cause us some problems." The Cagerz may have found a diamond in the rough in 6-7 forward Johnny Jackson, who signed a free agent contract a few days ago. The 220-pound power forward from Mississippi, along with the 245-pound Phillips, adds some much- needed muscle inside. Although the Cagerz are expected to pick up veterans like Billy Thomas, Martin Lewis, Tony Kitt and Reggie Bassette in the next few weeks, Flax said those players will not be handed a spot on the roster "The guys here have put in a week of hard, hard work and it's going to be tough if I have to let some of them go," Flax said, "but on the other hand, the veterans are going to have to earn their spot. We'll give these so-called youngsters a chance to compete before we make those decisions." After tonight's game, the Cagerz travel to Florida for games with the Lakeland Blue Ducks (Thursday) and Florida Sea Dragons (Friday). Flax said it's important for his team to get off to a positive start before returning to Salina for a four-gam.e homestand. "I think the first three games are very important," Flax said. "I don't it's necessary that we win the games, or how much we win by If we're in the game and competitive, I think the interest in the team will increase." Z notes The Cagerz can be heard home and away this season on Salina radio station KQNS (95.5 FM) ... Flax said the Cagerz have sold around 500 season tickets for the upcoming season with 10 days still left before the home opener. ... The Cagerz are playing another 30-game schedule this year, but the season has been shortened by one week. ... The 2001 USBL Tournament will be hosted by the Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs. Cagerz / Two rookies start FROM PAGE 01 and 6-8 rookie Tory Walker at the forward positions and 6-11 rookie Craig Rodgers in the middle. Although he is concerned about going to Dodge City with two rookies in the starting lineup. Flax expects his team to play well. "We've watched these young men develop in a week ... if we run our things offensively and rebound the way we've been in practice, we're going to be a handful for Dodge City as well," Flax said. "So, we're relatively confident going in there." Dodge City, who like the Cagerz will add more veterans to its roster in a couple weeks, will counter with four players in the starting lineup who played for coach Kent Davison last year. Leading the way is 5-10 guard Tyson Patterson, who was one of the USBL Tournament's top players last season. Patterson averaged 12.1 points and 4.4 assists per game in 2000. Also starting are 6-2 guard Donte Mathis (4.1 ppg.), 6-9 forward Marvin Gay (2.9) and 6-8 forward Kelvin Price (10.0 ppg., 8.1 rpg.). Rounding out the Legend's starting lineup is 70 center Anthony Pelle, who played for two different teams in the ABA 2000 this year Flax, who has resurrected the Cagerz's franchise in less than two months, is anxious for the season to get started. "I want to get this first game over with because I'm just afraid there will be some aspect we're not as prepared for as we should be," Flax said. "But we've come a long way in a week and we've been able to put in all the offensive sets that I think we'll need for now." Both teams enter the season shorthanded. The Cagerz expect the likes of Billy Thomas, Martin Lewis, Reggie Bassette and Tony Kitt to join the club sometime in May, while Dodge City is waiting for Darrin Hancock and Artie Griffin. Another former Legend player, 6-9 forward Alvin Jefferson, is with the team, but is not expected to play because of a foot injury. Both teams have until noon today to fax their opening-game rosters to the US­ BL office in New York City. -] Kansas at Dodge City PROBABLE STARTERS KANSAS (0-0) POS. (0-0) DODGE CITY Johnny Jackson (6-7) F (6-9) Maivin Gay Tory Walker (6-8) F (6-6) Donte Quinine Ciaig Rodgers (6-11) C (7-0) Anthony Pelle Sedric Webber (6-6) G (6-2) Donte ^Aat^li5 Jemiaine Jackson (6-5) G (6-5) Tyson Patterson Tlpoff — 7:30 p.m. Where— Dodge City Arena— Civic Center (Z,500). Radio — Star 95.5 (FM). Coaches — Kansas' Francis Flax (1st year); Dbdge City's Kent Davison (2nd year, 25-8).

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