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6/07/2020 1:03 pm  #81


Re: Silverian Basketball Assocation

1972 SBA Preview West Division

Stratford Stars
Owner: Lou Burton (Silverian-72)
Coach: Neils Van Der Vennen (Dutch-46)
Starters:
#8 PG Carroll Murphy (Silverian-31) *2
#2 SF Bob Bass (American-27) *4
#5 SF Jan Holt (German-24) *1
#1 PF Grant McCoy (Silverian-29) *1
#1 C Randal Franklin (American-29) *2
Bench:
#8 SG Doug Averill (Silveria-24) *1
#8 C Tony Peters (American-28) *2
#14 PG Denny Hamilton (Australia-25) *1
#17 SG Coleman McKee (Silverian-34) *1
#17 PF Bernie Kitchens (Silverian-24) *2

The Stars lost Neil Harlow at PG, but still look to be the SBA Championship front runner with Carroll Murphy taking his place. Martin Noguera also left the Stars, but his impact was minimal at best in Stratford. While not as defensively talented, Murphy gives the starting lineup another scoring punch, but Murphy will likely have to play make more than in the past. He, Bob Bass, and Tony Peters all re-signed this offseason which may leave them in a pickle in terms of the impending free agencies of Grant McCoy, Jan Holt, and a few of their bench pieces. As far as new players, Denny Hamilton is the one to watch, a dynamic playmaker and solid shooter could be the key to keeping the Stars going if Murphy starts to lose his touch. Coleman McKee has long been abroad mostly playing in Europe, the 34-year-old will likely only make a short stint for the Stars, but adds a decent veteran presence. We’re going to have to wait and see on Bernie Kitchens, he’s still pretty young, but won’t get much playing time.

Trent Engineers
Owner: Jackie McCarthy (Silverian-72)
Coach: Ervin Fowler (American-39)
Starters:
#4 PG Ciaran Levy (Silverian-27) *3
#1 SG Sal Banks (American-31) *2
#7 SF Fred Love (American-31) *2
#3 SF Geoff Owens (Avonian-25) *3
#10 C Alonzo Doyle (American-33) *1
Bench:
#11 SG Leon Mack (American-29) *1
#11 C Milton Massey (Silverian-32) *1
#13 PF Curt Osbourne (American-26) *2
#18 SG Ramiro Villa (Pacifico-23) *1
#23 PG Connor Ingham (Silverian-21) *2

The Engineers were still picked to finish 2nd in the division by many, but it’s clear the gap between them and the Chiefs is closing. Sal Banks continues to get older and with a long Injury history it’s possible that any game could be the last in his prime. Trent lost respected veteran Sheldon Underwood to retirement this offseason, and the benchwarming SG Robin Serrano. Both were unlikely to make much of a difference this season regardless, and the Engineers were still able to re-sign Levy, Love, and Owens. While, Love could be out the door after this contract, Levy and especially Owens hold the key to the Engineers future. Free agents next offseason are not super likely to be re-signed, but expect at least one to return. Those signed this offseason include Osbourne, Villa, and Ingham. Osbourne will probably be the only of the three getting consistent minutes. Villa and Ingham will both have to prove they belong in the SBA, mainly by route of showing potential for a future without Banks.

O’Connor Chiefs
Owner: Ozzie Fitzsimmons (64)
Coach: Blair Darwin (61)
Starters:
#3 PG Chuck McLaughlin (Silverian-29) *2
#5 SG Brian Morris (Silverian-30) *1
#6 SG Grant Goodwin (Silverian-28) *3
#12 PF Randall Lennon (American-25) *2
#7 C Sidney Wade (Silverian-27) *2
Bench:
#9 SF Norman Peck (Silverian-28) *1
#11 SF Harvey Griffiths (Silverian-29) *1
#14 PF Jerry Hennessy (American-32) *1
#20 C Ely Cox (Silverian-25) *1
#19 SG Zeke Cleary (Silverian-22) *1

Despite his relative success with the Chiefs, there have been rumors that coach Blair Darwin could be on the hot seat if his team fails to make the playoffs yet again this year. This offseason they lost two of their older players, PF John-Lee Coles to his home USA, and PG Kent Reeves to retirement. Without a doubt it weakens the Chiefs, but there’s still plenty of talent on this roster. O’Connor re-signed their 6th man in Norman Peck and Coles’ backup from last year Randall Lennon, who will likely take that starting spot. The Chiefs picked up some more help up front by signing Hennessy and Cox. Hennessy should be a solid player right away, with Cox more so being preferred for his potential. Either way these two will likely only be solid backups in the best case scenario. The entire bench will be free agents next offseason along with Brian Morris, it’ll be interesting to see if the Chiefs are good enough to keep the latter.

St. Patrick Happies
Owner: Wally O’Leary (66)
Coach: Hayden Briggs (54)
Starters:
#5 PG Bobby Ellis (Silverian-28) *2
#7 SG Tommie Fowler (Silverian-23) *1
#13 SG Ed Harrington (Silverian-23) *3
#3 PF Cary Joseph (Silverian-28) *4
#7 PF Darrell Crawford (American-24) *2
Bench:
#10 PG Marlon Young (American-30) *1
#10 PF Harvey Lynch (Avonian-30) *1
#14 SF Sylvester Carr (Silverian-36) *1
#15 SF Eddie Janowski (American-30) *1
#20 PG Claude Webb (Silverian-25) *1

Like many others, I’m pretty confident in the Happies surpassing the Captains this year. Finally St. Patrick fans get to witness a non-last place team. Bobby Ellis showed some life after returning from a major injury halfway through last season, but there’s still some ground to make up in terms of getting back to the level he was at with the Whalers. Obviously the other big news is the Cary Joseph signing. Joseph took a risk on himself, being a consistent SBA All Star and signing a 1 Year deal last season. But, this offseason he cashed in. Breaking the record for a contract signed by a PF (It will almost surely be broken again this offseason due to Grant McCoy’s free agency). Coach Hayden Briggs is on thin ice going into season 3 at the healm, but he certainly has talent to play with now. Outside of the signings of their two best player to be, the Happies also re-signed Claude Webb. Their whole bench is to be free agents this offseason along with Tommie Fowler. You wouldn’t be crazy to think the Happies could let Fowler walk after spending so much this offseason.

Silver Point Captains
Owner: Aubrey Sherman (Silverian-60)
Coach: Mart Tracey (Silverian-59)
Starters:
#12 PG Jamie McFarland (Silverian-26) *1
#9 SG Nathan Lloyd (American-28) *3
#12 SF Tom Griffin (American-27) *1
#4 PF Saul Rodriguez (Spanish-20) *1
#6 C Shane Conway (Silverian-31) *2
Bench:
#16 PG Ed O’Mooney (Silveria-25) *1
#17 C Heath O’Toole (Silverian-25) *2
#19 SF Bill Ziegler (American-26) *1
#17 PG Olaf Frye (Silveria-27) *1
#20 SF Lynton Underhill (Silveria-22) *2

After finishing a disappointing 4th in the division last year due in large part to Grant McCoy’s signing with Stratford, the Captains lost their longtime PG Jordy Jensen too. This leaves them as possibly the least star studded team in the SBA. Many would argue that shouldn’t be the case in Silveria’s second biggest market. Coach Bradford Duncan was fired in the offseason, and the Captains will replace him with another traditionally minded coach, Mart Tracey. PF Saul Rodriguez was reportedly unhappy with the move, as he is definitely one of the more modern players in the league, opting for mid-rangers over post ups. Outside of Jensen, the Captains also lost longtime PF Hugo Ortega, who left for his home Pacifico where he will likely finish his career. SG Courtney Simon retired after a few years riding the Silver Point bench. The Captains only re-sign came in Nathan Lloyd, many fans thought the American’s price was too high to warrant, but management didn’t want to lose yet another piece. To fill out the roster they signed O’Toole and Ziegler. Probably the worst bench in the SBA, these guys will get some minutes, especially O’Toole would could be used if the Captains plan to play Rodriguez some at SF.

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6/14/2020 3:17 pm  #82


Re: Silverian Basketball Assocation

1972 SBA Preview East Division
Bangor Farmers
Owner: Colin Burns (Silverian-64)
Coach: Bryan Harris (Silverian-52)
Starters:
#1 PG Santos Garza (Puerto Rican-30) *3 years remaining
#2 SG Dom Byrd (Avonian-31) *2
#4 SF Eugene Shaw (Silverian-35) *1
#4 C Cristo Ventura (Pacifico-29) *1
#9 C Adam Lowe (Silverian-36) *1
Bench:
#12 SG Toby Dunn (American-26) *2
#15 PF John Hall (Silverian-23) *1
#16 SF Malcolm Nichols (Silverian-22) *2
#18 C Vytautas Paulauskas (Lithuanian-24) *1
#21 PG Willie Angus (Silverian-26) *1

While it was considered a possibility that Adam Lowe would want to play with specifically his longtime co-star teammate Eugene Shaw one more time, few thought he had the motivation to keep going after back to back disappointing seasons. Both of which finished with the Farmers failing to win the SBA Championship. However, he defied this logic and officially announced that he will be retiring after this season regardless of Shaw's decision. Expect some pageantry, even at away games for Lowe, he'll go down as maybe the second best player in team history after Shaw. The biggest loss for the Farmers came in Cary Joseph's move to St. Patrick. The Happies have not been spending very much thus far, Joseph was their first foray into big name free agents. Unfortunately for the Farmers this means losing their starting 4 man and one of the best in the league. In response, Bangor chose to slot Cristo Ventura into the starting lineup finally. Over the past two seasons, Ventura has been a premier bench big man and would've started at C for a lot of SBA teams. His move to the starting lineup also means losing some bench production, but Toby Dunn ensures they still have a quality 6th man. After a sub par year with few minutes and poor production, the Farmers chose not to try sign SF Pierce Cochran, instead the 27-year-old will return to Brackley Bulls of the EBA, half of the second division of Silverian basketball. Re-signings include Garza, Lowe as previously mentioned, Dunn, and Nichols. While Garza was linked with some Spanish teams, the veteran Farmer was extended for 3 years. He of course hopes this isn't his last big contract, but we'll have to wait and see. Lowe signed on for one more year in his longtime home of Bangor. Dunn is definitely an underrated pickup, while not usually in the conversation for best scorers in the SBA, he's certainly one of its best shooters. He also is the best of the players not quite yet in their prime for the Farmers. Nichols is an interesting case. He clearly has some potential, and the Farmers will need a 3 once Shaw retires, but he hasn't done that much on the court yet. Although they are looking pretty old, expect Bangor to be firmly part of the contention for the SBA championship.
 

Rivers End Rowdies
Owner: George Castille (Silverian-74)
Coach: Carlton Bates (Silverian-48)
Starters:
#9 PG Del Davis (American-34) *1
#11 PG Cesar Manfredonia (Argentine-30) *1
#6 PF Dario Hurst (Silverian-27) *3
#2 PF Ira Diaz (Pacifico-31) *2
#2 C Pete Murphy (Silverian-24) *4
Bench:
#6 PG Neil Harlow (Silveria-30) *2
#13 SF Rickey Waters (American-25) *1
#16 SG Lars Johnston (American-28) *1
#19 C Juan Quintana (Pacifico-25) *1
#19 PG Hector Perez (American-32) *1

After a disappointing season in which the Rowdies failed to make the East Division Championship despite winning the SBA championship the previous year, Rivers End needed to make some changes. Questions came up about the safety of Carlton Bates' job, but George Castille firmly shut them down urging the media not to forget the heights which Bates had brought them to. However, the Rowdies let SG Gregoire Fabien walk in attempt to get younger, he chose to return home to play in the French first division. Fabien also had a tendency to take too many shots when he was frustrated. Another of their older players, SF Johnny Hume, a native Silverian, retired after two seasons with the Rowdies. With two of their larger salaries off the books, the Rowdies had some room to make some moves. Neil Harlow signed on from Stratford Stars, and looks to be the 6th man before taking over for Del Davis. The Rowdies re-signed Pete Murphy first and foremost, a pretty hefty 4-year contract for the 24-year-old. When Ira Diaz can't be the guy anymore, expect Murphy to take over. They were also able to lock up Dario Hurst for the next few years and convince Argentine Cesar Manfredonia to make another run at the SBA Championship. The fit with 3 PG's of this level should be interesting, but Manfredonia is definitely the purest scorer of the three and Davis was kept in the starting lineup due mainly to legacy and a big contract, think Adam Lowe last year for the Farmers. Harlow, Manfredonia, and Davis are likely to play pretty similar minutes at the end of the day. With the Whalers weakening quite a bit this offseason, a bounce back season is a possibility for the Rowdies.


Haydon Hounds
Owner: Carson Singleton (Silverian-54)
Coach: Len Hess (Silverian-51)
Starters:
#3 SG Brent McCormick (Silverian-30) *5
#4 SG Rufus Simon (Silverian-21) *1
#6 SF Stefane Lachance (Niveau-30) *1
#8 PF Allen Davies (Silverian-26) *3
#5 C Kenneth Tate (Silverian-32) *2
Bench:
#7 PG Noah Foster (Silverian-30) *1
#10 SF Beau Whittle (American-24) *2
#13 C Eddie Duarte (Brazilian-28) *1
#13 PG Davey O’Gallagher (Silverian-26) *1
#16 PF Pep Cassano (Silverian-22) *1 

While Len Hess doesn't have the greatest record as head coach in his first two years, it's pretty clear he's been a huge part of their getting better and the Hounds will certainly be playing at their highest level yet this year. Quite frankly this top 4 in the East could form in just about any way and I wouldn't be too surprised. But, it was a huge offseason in Haydon this year. Veteran Noah Foster, as well as young stars Rufus Simon and Allen Davies, all looked to get sizeable contracts. And, yet the Hounds still made room to make possibly the biggest move this offseason. First, SF Isaac Ross would return home to Australia, his time in the SBA was marred by injury, but he still managed to be productive at times. Simon was the priority for the Hounds of course, but with Simon considering oversees options, possibly even in the USA, Haydon was able to keep him on a relatively cheap 1-year deal. This ended up being huge as the Hounds re-signed Allen Davies and then surprised everyone in signing longtime Whaler Brent McCormick, to the richest deal in SBA history. Noah Foster was signed at the last moment to a pretty team friendly deal. Simon and Foster's deal were somewhat controversial as it was evident both took pay cuts relative to their value in order for the Hounds to make a push for the SBA Championship. In terms of their chance to win, I wouldn't say it's super high in their first year with this pretty loaded roster, but making the playoffs for the first time is a reasonable expectation. If Rufus Simon decided to stay longer this could be the team of the future.

Sherborne Whalers
Owner: Carl Patterson (Silverian-63)
Coach: Walt Ramsey (American-56)
Starters: 
#2 PG Jordy Jensen (Silverian-30) *4
#8 SF Terrance Burris (American-29) *2
#1 SF Clarence Ward (American-26) *1
#11 PF Ari O’Neil (Silverian-25) *2
#14 C Jeff Davenport (American-25) *1
Bench:
#12 C Andy Haas (American-32) *2
#14 SG Tomas Carlson (Silverian-32) *1
#16 C Ozzie Brant (American-24) *1
#18 SF Eric Kimball (American-31) *1
#22 PG Otto Vincent (Silverian-21) *1

The Whalers surprised many in winning the East Division Championship despite their very evident weakness in the frontcourt last season. They were able to trade for Javi Blanco and that helped a lot, but the Stars were still able to exploit the Whalers and swept Sherborne in the SBA Championship. It's a theme Whalers fans are getting a little too used to, being good but not quite good enough to get over the hill. They're firmly seen in 4-5 range in terms of the success of SBA teams. And, this season with the loss of Brent McCormick to Haydon, it looks like they may drop out of the 4-year long top 3 in the East. However, it should be pretty close. Javi Blanco followed McCormick in leaving, opting for the first division of his home country, Pacifico, despite what looked to be a bright future in Sherborne. Both of these losses are crucial and Carl Patterson knew he had to make a move. However, the Whalers weren't quite able to replace that level of production with both gone. They did sign Jordy Jensen from the Captains after he became disgruntled with the team in the wake of Grant McCoy leaving. This means Walt Ramsey will have a more traditional PG this time around, but make no mistake Jensen can still score. As far as big men go, the Whalers definitely would've liked to bring in someone like Blanco that could solidify their frontcourt. They re-signed there remaining 3 big mean, O'Neil, Davenport, and Brant, but none had shown to be at starting level yet. In turn they made one of the bigger international signings with addition of Andy Haas. Haas provides a veteran presence and someone the Whalers can rely on if their young bigs can't live up to their competition.


Wells Phoenix
Owner: Levi Philips (Silverian-70)
Coach: Glen Massey (American-52)
Starters:
#15 PG Ian Emmett (Silverian-28) *2
#10 SG Johnny Jackson (American-24) *1
#9 PF Larry Hester (American-31) *1
#5 PF Emanuel Fields (Silverian-24) *2
#3 C Rick Howell (Silverian-27) *3
Bench:
#15 SG Marcelino Tapia (Pacifico-27) *1
#17 SF Bernie Zhu (Silverian-23) *2
#15 C Louis MacGillen (Silverian-24) *1
#18 PG Oscar Jordan (Australian-20) *1
#21 SF Colin Duffy (Silverian-23) *1

Despite a pretty similarlily sub par season in 1972, coach Glen Massey was kept on and is going into what many pundits are considering a make or break season. The Phoenix are still quite young, but greater signs of improvement will certainly be Massey's primary test. Wells was one of the least active teams in free agency despite having some of the SBA's richest owner. You could argue they're saving money in preparation to switch energy resources as the oil fields in Rivers End look to be on their last leg, or that they are trying to figure out the direction they want to go before handing out big salaries, in reality it's probably somewhere in between. SF Gerri Vinci and SG Reggie Thorne both left for their home countries where they likely plan to retire. Vinci's loss definitely leaves the starting lineup without much shooting. Larry Hester while a decent shooter at the 4 can't really hit from distance, nor can Jackson or Emmett. This leaves Marcelino Tapia as possibly the best wing shooter, and while he's a nice bench piece, I don't know if you can rely on him for backcourt scoring. Without a doubt the Phoenix will be pounding it in to the paint on every possession. Fields and Howell are both pretty young too, so it's possible Wells could go to playoffs soon, but not this year, not with the four teams in front of them.

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6/25/2020 2:33 pm  #83


Re: Silverian Basketball Assocation

1972 SBA Regular Season First Half: West Division

Stratford Stars (18-8)

Owner: Lou Burton
Coach: Neils Van Der Vennen
Starters: 1 Carroll Murphy, 2 SF Bob Bass, 3 Jan Holt, 4 Grant McCoy, 5 Randal Franklin
Bench: 6 SG Doug Averill, 7 C Tony Peters, 8 PG Denny Hamilton, 9 SG Coleman McKee, 10 PF Bernie Kitchens
***Injuries: Bob Bass (games 1-10), Denny Hamilton (games 16-21)

As expected, the defending champion Stars started hot out of the gate. It's yet to be shown that the other West Division teams can even keep up. While continuing to impress on offense, thanks in large part to the grit and soft touch of Grant McCoy, they've excelled defensively. Even without arguably their best defensive player during the first 10 games of the season, the Stars still rallied behind their other top tier defender, Randal Franklin, en route to being the best defense in PPG so far this season. Carroll Murphy was about the only player that really didn't quite meet expectations. His new contract is only this year and next, but definitely looking like a little bit of an overpay after a pretty fantastic postseason from Murphy in 1971. The Australian signee from this offseason, Denny Hamilton, did a decent job in his minutes and ended up playing 15 minutes a game. However, he suffered a minor injury in game 16 and Bob Bass had to step in and take the backup PG duties. The other re-sign this offseason, Tony Peters, continues to be one of the best bench players the SBA has seen. He and Doug Averill don't get enough credit for their contributions to the Stars first SBA Championship last season. Both allow this team to be very versatile, almost always only having starting caliber players on the court. Jan Holt also went under-the-radar averaging 12,5, and 3. Other than their struggles with Murphy not quite playing to the bar he set last playoffs, another struggle came against the Farmers. While the Stars led or tied every other series so far this season, they're down 0-2 to East Division leaders. All Star considerations are Bass (despite being out 10 games), Holt, McCoy, and Franklin.


 O’Connor Chiefs (14-12)
Owner: Ozzie FitzsimmonsCoach: Blair Darwin
Starters: 1 Chuck McLaughlin, 2 Brian Morris, 3 SG Grant Goodwin, 4 Randal Lennon, 5 Sidney Wade
Bench: 6 SF Norman Peck, 7 SF Harvey Griffiths, 8 PF Jerry Hennessy, 9 C Ely Cox, 10 SG Zeke Cleary
***Injuries: Ely Cox (games 1-14)

I think the general consensus on the Chiefs is that we still don't really know if they're ready to be contenders. They continue to be decent not great, but they do have a top offense in the SBA. The backcourt of McLaughlin, Morris, and Goodwin has been hyper-efficient when compared to the rest of the league. There's certainly an argument to be made that Bangor and Haydon have better offenses, but they also are more talented teams. So, in other words O'Connor continues to do the most with the least out of the teams that have a shot of making the playoffs. It doesn't look like that's going to win them championships right now, but it definitely earns them some respect. Coach Blair Darwin should be careful though, this is the third season in a row they've been hanging around .500, and while that's better than being in the position of St. Patrick or Wells, 1970 expansion teams yet to even get close to playoff basketball, it's not the most secure position to be in either. Brian Morris had a bit of a down start to the season shooting only 37% from the field. However, McLauglin and to a lesser extent were still able to carry the offense. On defense the Chiefs rely on their big guys, and it was Sidney Wade who really flourished in that role. As far as the bench goes, Ely Cox missed the first 14 games, but not having a huge role on the team, his absence didn't affect much. Norman Peck and Harvey Griffiths probably didn't get as many minutes as they'd like, this team is just a little small especially in terms of where the bulk of their talent is located. This meant both played the 4 at times, but neither really showed much potential of staying their long term. Mainly due to their mismatches with bigger guys, Randall Lennon continued to get a lot of minutes despite being the least talented of the three. The Happies finally aren't last in the division, but they shouldn't be much of a challenge, leaving the Chiefs and Engineers as the main competitors for 2nd place in the division and a playoff spot. The Engineers have the best player of the two teams in Sal Banks, so the Chiefs are going to have to continue playing good team basketball, and maybe with some better shooting from Brian Morris they can hold on. McLaughlin, Morris, Goodwin, and Wade are to be among the All Star considerations.

Trent Engineers (12-14)
Owner: Jackie McCarthy
Coach: Ervin Fowler
Starters: 1 Ciaran Levy, 2 Sal Banks, 3 Fred Love, 4 SF Geoff Owens, 5 Alonzo Doyle
Bench: 6 SG Leon Mack, 7 C Milton Massey, 8 PF Curt Osbourne, 9 SG Ramiro Villa, 10 Connor Ingham
***Injuries: N/A

Despite having no injuries the Engineers struggled in the First Half. The blame can't all really be put on the best player here either, it was largely his teammates who underachieved. Ciaran Levy had probably his worst season in the SBA thus far. Not to mention, Alonzo Doyle is showing some pretty heavy aging signs, and you can see Fred Love isn't quite the same player either although still very useful for his shooting. Geoff Owens is probably the best undersized guy playing the 4 right now, his ability to guard 4 positions is almost unmatched in the SBA, Bob Bass is another name that comes to mind. Make no mistake though, with a top 5 player in the league in Banks, even at 31, owner Jackie McCarthy wants championships. The Engineers are a storied club, and they've been good with Ervin Fowler at the healm, but haven't been able to quite get over the hump. Fowler is definitely trending toward the hot seat, but it's not unrealistic to expect Trent back in the playoffs, the real question is if they can still keep up with the Stars. Levy, Banks, Love, and Owens are to be considered for the All Star Game.

St. Patrick Happies (10-16)
Owner: Wally O’Leary
Coach: Hayden Briggs
Starters: 1 Bobby Ellis, 2 Tommie Fowler, 3 SG Ed Harrington, 4 Cary Joseph, 5 PF Darrell Crawford
Bench: 6 PG Marlon Young, 7 PF Harvey Lynch, 8 SF Sylvester Carr, 9 SF Eddie Janowski, PG Claude Webb
***Injuries: Bobby Ellis (games 9-18)


It's a miracle. Two years after their acceptance into the SBA, the Happies have finally crawled out of last place. This offseason was huge for St. Patrick as they were able to re-sign Bobby Ellis who was acquired in a trade from Sherborne, and sign Cary Joseph from Bangor. Joseph earned a lot of respect from his peers last year in signing a one-year "prove it" deal and thus St. Patrick signed him to the biggest deal at PF outside of Grant McCoy. The Happies have chosen to keep coach Hayden Briggs around despite some awful years, but he hasn't had much star power to this point. And, there's definitely some improvement to be seen with this team. Bobby Ellis has been solid, but has yet to really return to his past self after a major injury which continued into the first half of last season. His playmaking ability is still evident however, and having good shooters in Fowler and Harrington around him is always a good idea. Unfortunately Ellis suffered a minor injury in his opposite knee to the one previously injured, while minor it's left many critics skeptical of the PG's ability to stay healthy. Being the SBAPA player representative, Ellis was still the vocal leader of the Happies even in his absence, but Joseph led them on the floor. He comes into the all star break averaging a team high 18ppg to go along with 8rpg, as well as fulfilling his reputation as a defensive stalwart. Overall, it's been a pretty good season for the Happies, but they may want to move in a new direction at coach if they want to contend in the future. Darrell Crawford struggled for the most part as the starting 5, whether it was the reduced role on offense or the inability to stay in front of some of the league's best Joseph may need to move to C. Young and Lynch a both pretty solid bench guys and for the most part were positives for the team. Sylvester Carr really hasn't played all that much and I wouldn't be too surprised if rumors begin to swirl of his impending contract expiration and possible retirement at 36. All Star considerations are Ellis, Fowler, and Joseph.

Silver Point Captains (8-18)
Owner: Aubrey Sherman
Coach: Mart Tracey
Starters: 1 Jamie McFarland, 2 Nathan Lloyd, 3 Tom Griffin, 4 Saul Rodriguez, 5 Shane Conway
Bench: 6 PG Ed O’Mooney, 7 C Heath O’Toole, 8 SF Bill Ziegler, 9 PG Olaf Frye, 10 SF Lynton Underhill
***Injuries: Nathan Llyod (games 17-26, expected to be out a few more games)


Although the Engineers were the most disappointing of the playoff contending teams, the Captains were certainly the most miserable team. After losing two star players in consecutive offseasons, they're pretty barren in terms of talent. Quite frankly the only guys they have on their roster that are pretty good are Saul Rodriguez and Shane Conway, the rest are largely young guys they hope might turn into something. Even at just 20 years old it's clear Rodriguez is the key to the Captains future. The Spaniard is easily one of the highest potential players in the SBA. But, as is the case with most of the guys on that list, there's some concern he may leave for a better league and that would put the Captains in an even worse position. When his contract expires this offseason they'll have to be ready to overpay if they want to keep him. Not much went right outside of Rodriguez's play. Even Shane Conway struggled offensively, but was a respectable defensive leader. Secondary scorer was largely taken on by Nathan Llyod who has been hot and cold all season long. He did get injured at the tail end of the first half though, which left the Captains even thinner at scoring. Not a great start for new coach Mart Tracey, I wouldn't rule out us seeing possibly the first SBA coach to be let go after one season. Rodriguez and Conway are to be considered for the All Star team.

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6/29/2020 2:36 pm  #84


Re: Silverian Basketball Assocation

1972 SBA Regular Season First Half: East Division
Bangor Farmers (19-7)
Owner: Colin Burns
Coach: Bryan Harris
Starters: 1 Santos Garza, 2 Dom Byrd, 3 Eugene Shaw, 4 C Cristo Ventura, 5 Adam Lowe
Bench: 6 SG Toby Dunn, 7 PF John Hall, 8 SF Malcolm Nichols, 9 C Vytautas Paulauskas, 10 PG Willie Angus
***Injuries: Willie Angus (games 16-26, expected to miss a few more)

Despite the clear decline of Adam Lowe and the steadier decline of Eugene Shaw, the Farmers continue to be the class of the SBA. Dom Byrd has been with the team since the inaugural SBA season in 1968, as for the Farmers second and what's looking more and more like their third best player, in Santos Garza and Cristo Ventura respectively, both have been signed on as international free agents. That ability to turn these sort of unknowns into superstars is something no other team has been able to master quite as well as Bangor. It's a talent that really enabled them to let a great player like Cary Joseph walk. Although you're talking about a top tier front office too, the Farmers are getting a little old and don't have too many options after this core gets to Lowe and Shaw's age. The youngest player in the starting lineup being Ventura at 29. That being said right now they are clearly one of two favorites to win the SBA crown. Offensively they've been nothing short of elite, setting the record for most 100-point games to this point in the season. And, while they aren't exactly known as a fantastic defensive team, they are more than capable to stop other powerful offenses as has been showcased in their 2 victories and 0 defeats against the defending champ Stars. The consensus may still be that the Stars will overcome them in the end, but there's a reason the Farmers are not behind in any single series so far this season. Another major part of their season thus far has been the retirement tour of Adam Lowe, even in his longtime rival's home of Hamstead (Rivers End), a standing ovation was nothing short of a given. There have been many rumors that Lowe wanted to retire alongside Shaw, but no announcement has been made by the one time best player in the league. Garza (30), Byrd (31), Shaw (35), and Ventura (29) are to be considered for the All Star game.


 Rivers End Rowdies (15-11)
Owner: George Castile
Coach: Carlton Bates
Starters: 1 Del Davis, 2 PG Cesar Manfredonia, 3 PF Dario Hurst, 4 Ira Diaz, 5 Pete Murphy
Bench: 6 PG Neil Harlow, 7 SF Rickey Waters, 8 SG Lars Johnston, 9 C Juan Quintana, 10 PG Hector Perez
***Injuries: Hector Perez (games 7-11)
 

Regardless of his struggles, losing Gregoire Fabien was a big deal this offseason. Not to mention they lost another starter in Johnny Hume. However, with both beginning their mid-30's it was only a matter of time before they would need replacements. In turn, the Rowdies elite combination of Manfredonia and Hurst off the bench will moved into the starting lineup. So, the question became how will their bench retain meaningful production. The answer has largely come in the form of newly signed Neil Harlow. Although many would argue he might be the best all around PG on the team, we've mainly seen him come off the bench. That may change as we get closer to the playoffs. Davis at 34 isn't quite the same player he once was, but his playmaking ability is still enough to earn him some minutes. But, Harlow is a similar yet younger player. Of course as has always been the case with the Rowdies in recent memory, the real focus is in the frontcourt with two absolutely dominant big men in Diaz and Murphy. Their reign of terror continued being a clear top two defense along with the Stars. The experiment with a taller guy at the 3 has gone pretty well, as Hurst known for being a pretty solid shooter, has been able to adapt well with the sheer level of defensive talent behind him regardless of his average quickness. The main question for the Rowdies for the rest of the season will be with their guards, finding the right balance of who to play and when to play them will be crucial if they hope to topple the Farmers. Their other SBA rival in Sherborne isn't looking too strong this year, expect a bigger challenge from the up and coming Hounds. Hurst (27), Diaz (31), and Murphy (24) are to be considered for the All Star Game.

 Haydon Hounds (14-12)
Owner: Carson Singleton
Coach: Len Hess
Starters: 1 SG Brent McCormick, 2 Rufus Simon, 3 Stefane Lachance, 4 Allen Davies, 5 Kenneth Tate
Bench: 6 PG Noah Foster, 7 SF Beau Whittle, 8 C Eddie Duarte, 9 PG Davey O’Gallagher, 10 PF Pep Cassano
***Injuries: N/A
 

Another star Whaler joined the Hounds this offseason in SG turned PG Brent McCormick. That makes it 3 on this team that is slowly becoming Sherborne incarnate with Rufus Simon being selected first in the 1970 expansion draft and Tate and McCormick being signed in free agency. Make no mistake, although the Matula Ben Highlands, an offshoot of the greater Manakakwan mountain range, =13.3333pxseparate Haydon and Sherborne, these teams are only located 35 miles apart and a rivalry is just as likely to develop as with Haydon and in-province Bangor Farmers. Not to mention the disdain caused by the acquisition of Haydon's main players. While they have received some boo's, Sherborne just hasn't quite played up to the same level as Haydon, but if the competition gets closer it develop into a bitter rivalry.=10pt While McCormick is considered to be more of an iso guy, he does have some playmaking ability. 6th man Noah Foster will be key if the Hounds want to make a playoff run as McCormick can become a little turnover prone. It has been a pretty good season for Haydon so far, with their fans being voted some of the best in the league after this rapid improvement. It's very evident this team can make the playoffs, at this point the question is if they have the stuff to make it past Rivers End. Either way you could consider both teams to be among the top 4 in the league, but only 2 teams can make the playoffs from the East Division, so it should be a fight til the end. Rufus Simon has had a pretty good year, but has been taken a little bit out of the spotlight by the McCormick signing. Some believe this could cause some tension, especially considering the rumors of his leaving abroad last offseason. McCormick (30), Simon (21), Lachance (30), and Tate (32) are to be considered for the All Star Game.

 Sherborne Whalers (11-15)
Owner: Carl Patterson
Coach: Walt Ramsey
Starters: 1 Jordy Jensen, 2 SF Terrance Burris, 3 Clarence Ward, 4 Ari O’Neil, 5 Jeff Davenport
Bench: 6 C Andy Haas, 7 SG Tomas Carlson, 8 C Ozzie Brant, 9 SF Eric Kimball, 10 PG Otto Vincent
***Injuries: Tomas Carlson (games 1-26, will miss rest of season), Jeff Davenport (games 14-19)


Not a great season for the Whalers so far. Coach Walt Ramsey has said on multiple occasions that expects more out of his team. And, while signing Jordy Jensen gave them a replacement at PG, he's not quite the scorer that Brent McCormick was. The real weakness is the froncourt for the Whalers. It's 1972, even in the SBA, an early adopter of the 3-point line you cannot expect to succeed without a single starting level big man on your team. O'Neil, Davenport, Haas, Brant, none of these guys are bad players, but you expect these to be names coming off the bench. Clarence Ward has had to carry this team far too much, especially defensively. One shining spot has been the continued improvement from Terrance Burris who has started at the 2 for the Whalers all season and has had to take on even more minutes with the major ankle injury to Tomas Carlson. At 32, we don't really know if Carlson can ever be the same, a saving grace for him may be his shooting stroke which has often been considered one of the best in the SBA. Adding to the list of concerns for the Whalers going forward, it's been rumored one time coach of the year winner Walt Ramsey is considering a move to another team if he can't figure out this teams struggles in a timely fashion. Owner Carl Patterson has indicated that he is willing to do almost anything to keep his longtime coach. Jensen (30) and Ward (26) are to be considered for the All Star Game.

Wells Phoenix (9-17)
Owner: Levi Phillips
Coach: Glen Massey
Starters: 1 Ian Emmett, 2 Johnny Jackson, 3 PF Larry Hester, 4 Emanuel Fields, 5 Rick Howell
Bench: 6 SG Marcelino Tapia, 7 SF Bernie Zhu, 8 C Louis MacGillen, 9 PG Oscar Jordan, 10 SF Colin Duffy

With Gerri Vinci returning home to Italy this offseason, the Phoenix are pretty bare in terms of scoring options. Even when compared to Sherborne it's clear they don't quite have what it takes to compete, especially in the notoriously stronger East Division. Deep pockets help, but they only help so much. Bangor has proved time and time again that it's personnel that really counts. It's hard to know where to start for Wells in terms of finding a way to a brighter future. The best route may be through free agency, but in-province rival Rivers End has got to be the more attractive oil-funded location. Wells is easily the least exciting city in the SBA, with Haydon being the only other city remotely close. That could leave the Phoenix front office in a pickle where they have money, but can't quite use a whole lot of it with the team unable to generate much money. This season they've continued to be carried by Emanuel Fields and Rick Howell, with both taking important roles on offense and defense. Larry Hester has been okay at the 3, but he hasn't quite translated as well as a PF such as Dario Hurst. Strangely these in-province look pretty similar outside of a noticeable talent gap. The Phoenix bench has been surprisingly pretty decent considering the state of their starting lineup. You'd have to think coach Glen Massey seat is on fire right now with the aimless direction Wells is going, many consider his firing just a matter of time. Fields (24) and Howell (27) are to be considered for the All Star Game.
   

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6/29/2020 3:01 pm  #85


Re: Silverian Basketball Assocation

1972 SBA All Star Game

East wins 106-97
MVP: Santos Garza

West Starters:
PG Chuck McLaughlin (Chiefs) 1 start, 3 apps
SG Sal Banks (Engineers) 1,3
SF Bob Bass (Stars) 1,4
PF Grant McCoy (Stars) 3,5
C Randal Franklin (Stars) 5,5
West Bench:
PG Bobby Ellis (Happies) 2,4
SG Grant Goodwin (Chiefs) 1,2
SF Geoff Owens (Engineers) 0,5
PF Cary Joseph (Happies) 0,5
C Shane Conway (Captains) 0,2

East Starters:
PG Santos Garza (Farmers) 3,4
SG Dom Byrd (Farmers) 5,5
SF Clarence Ward (Whalers) 5,5
PF Ira Diaz (Rowdies) 5,5
C Pete Murphy (Rowdies) 5,5
East Bench:
PG Jordy Jensen (Whalers) 0,3
SG Brent McCormick (Hounds) 3,5
SF Eugene Shaw (Farmers) 3,5
PF Cristo Ventura (Farmers) 0,1
C Kenneth Tate (Hounds) 2,5

Biggest Snubs:
1. C Rick Howell (Phoenix)
2. SG Rufus Simon (Hounds)
3. SG Brian Morris (Chiefs)
4. PF/SF Dario Hurst (Rowdies)
5. C Sidney Wade (Chiefs)

Other News
-Eugene Shaw became the oldest player to play in the SBA All Star Game (35)
-Wells Phoenix didn't have a single player in the SBA All Star Game
-St. Patrick Happies announce plans to rebrand this offseason including the introduction of a primary logo other than their classic script, the first time in team history


 
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7/04/2020 3:44 pm  #86


Re: Silverian Basketball Assocation

SBA Regular Season Second Half: West Division

Standings
Stratford Stars 14-12 (32-20)
Owner: Lou Burton
Coach: Neils Van Der Vennen
Starters: 1 Carroll Murphy, 2 SF Bob Bass, 3 Jan Holt, 4 Grant McCoy, 5 Randal Franklin
Bench: 6 SG Doug Averill, 7 C Tony Peters, 8 PG Denny Hamilton, 9 SG Coleman McKee, 10 PF Bernie Kitchens
***Injuries: N/A
 

Trent Engineers 14-12 (26-26)
Owner: Jackie McCarthy
Coach: Ervin Fowler
Starters: 1 Ciaran Levy, 2 Sal Banks, 3 Fred Love, 4 SF Geoff Owens, 5 Alonzo Doyle
Bench: 6 SG Leon Mack, 7 C Milton Massey, 8 PF Curt Osbourne, 9 SG Ramiro Villa, 10 Connor Ingham
***Injuries: N/A


O'Connor Chiefs 12-14 (26-26)
Owner: Ozzie Fitzsimmons
Coach: Blair Darwin
Starters: 1 Chuck McLaughlin, 2 Brian Morris, 3 SG Grant Goodwin, 4 Randal Lennon, 5 Sidney Wade
Bench: 6 SF Norman Peck, 7 SF Harvey Griffiths, 8 PF Jerry Hennessy, 9 C Ely Cox, 10 SG Zeke Cleary
***Injuries: Brian Morris (games 32-52, may miss some next season), Norman Peck (games 41-49)


Silver Point Captains 12-14 (20-32)
Owner: Aubrey Sherman
Coach: Mart Tracey
Starters: 1 Jamie McFarland, 2 Nathan Lloyd, 3 Tom Griffin, 4 Saul Rodriguez, 5 Shane Conway
Bench: 6 PG Ed O’Mooney, 7 C Heath O’Toole, 8 SF Bill Ziegler, 9 PG Olaf Frye, 10 SF Lynton Underhill
***Injuries: Lynton Underhill (games-38-52, may miss some next season)


St. Patrick Happies 9-17 (19-33)
Owner: Wally O’Leary
Coach: Hayden Briggs
Starters: 1 Bobby Ellis, 2 Tommie Fowler, 3 SG Ed Harrington, 4 Cary Joseph, 5 PF Darrell Crawford
Bench: 6 PG Marlon Young, 7 PF Harvey Lynch, 8 SF Sylvester Carr, 9 SF Eddie Janowski, PG Claude Webb
***Injuries: Sylvester Carr (games 28-52), Darrell Crawford (games 47-52)


While 1st place was never really in question despite the Stars not playing up to their full ability, the Engineers and Chiefs fought for 2nd until the last day of the regular season. Neither could quite get on a roll though with both finishing at an unremarkable 26-26. It was the Engineers championed by the scoring of Sal Banks and defensive mastermind of Geoff Owens that won out in the end. You could even argue O'Connor has more depth than Trent, but the Engineers probably have the 2 players when you're comparing the teams. Chuck McLaughlin, Brian Morris, and Grant Goodwin are all solid pieces, but don't quite have that same combination of talent and experience. Certainly it'll be the Engineers who would give the Stars a better competition in the West Division Championship. More controversy was brought up with how the SBA does tie-breakers as the Engineers and Chiefs finished even against each other, but since Trent had one a game most recently the spot was given to them. Much of the blame for just missing the playoffs was put on O'Connor coach Blair Darwin, after all it was he who let Brian Morris go back on the floor after tweaking his knee in game 32. The major injury that followed would be the most significant player to suffer a major injury this season. The Captains finished the season pretty respectably after a slow start just barely edging out the Happies in the standings. While they were a little weak on the wings by SBA standards, it was the two man game between PF Saul Rodriguez and C Shane Conway that led the way on both ends. They continued to struggle a bit on defense, but no one is afraid to take shots. Much in reverse form from Silver Point, the Happies lagged into the end of the regular season. PF Cary Joseph continued to be reliable, but it was PG Bobby Ellis who struggled to score. While there are decent shooters around him, it's no secret the Happies need Joseph and Ellis firing on all cylinders if they want to sneak into the playoffs sometime in the near future. Sylvester Carr was another big name player who suffered a major injury, while not quite the player he once was for the Rowdies, he still provided a good veteran presence for the Happies. After the injury he announced his retirement effective at the end of this season. His last game in Hamstead was probably the second most emotional only after Adam Lowe in Bangor.

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7/06/2020 5:30 pm  #87


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SBA Regular Season Second Half: East Division

Bangor Farmers 16-10 (35-17)
Owner: Colin Burns
Coach: Bryan Harris
Starters: 1 Santos Garza, 2 Dom Byrd, 3 Eugene Shaw, 4 C Cristo Ventura, 5 Adam Lowe
Bench: 6 SG Toby Dunn, 7 PF John Hall, 8 SF Malcolm Nichols, 9 C Vytautas Paulauskas, 10 PG Willie Angus
***Injuries: N/A

I haven't mentioned this, but the injury column only shows injuries 3 games or more, so if you were wondering why there aren't a ton of injuries. But, shockingly one of the SBA's oldest teams got through the second half of the season without any significant injuries. The story of the season for Bangor was of course the retirement tour of SBA legend Adam Lowe. Although Eugene Shaw has continued to tip toe around the question of his retirement, he and Lowe were honored together throughout the season especially at home. Aside from their aging stars, their new core trio of talent continued to guide the Farmers. This time around finishing with a 16-10 record after the All Star break, not quite as dominant as their first half, but still the best record of any team in the second half and in total. The Farmers will face the Hounds for the first time in the playoffs, an interesting matchup especially offensively, this could be a rivalry reborn if both continue to contend for the SBA Championship.
 

Haydon Hounds 15-11 (29-23)
Owner: Carson Singleton
Coach: Len Hess
Starters: 1 SG Brent McCormick, 2 Rufus Simon, 3 Stefane Lachance, 4 Allen Davies, 5 Kenneth Tate
Bench: 6 PG Noah Foster, 7 SF Beau Whittle, 8 C Eddie Duarte, 9 PG Davey O’Gallagher, 10 PF Pep Cassano
***Injuries: Davey O'Gallagher (games 43-51)

The Hounds came firing out of the gate in the second half. And, the traditional 2nd place team in the East, the Rowdies, had to pay for it. A mediocre second half for Rivers End let the potent offense of McCormick, Simon, and Lachance to sneak into the playoffs, making the Hounds the second of the 4 SBA teams that joined in 1970 to make the playoffs. I think it's generally understood that while Len Hess uses McCormick a PG a fair bit, he's not quite as comfortable playing a natural scorer at the position as Sherborne coach Walt Ramsey was. This played a part in the injury of Davey O'Gallagher, but it didn't slow the Hounds down much at all. Hess being maybe not the most forward looking coach, but more in the middle of the pack in that sphere really makes Noah Foster a great guy to have as their 6th man. When they did struggle it was with their backcourt defense, but two solid defenders down low was able to produce a decent defense. It's hard to say what the strategy of the Hounds will be against the Farmers in the East Division Championship, as they are relatively similar looking teams. Although both teams have elite offenses, which should make for a very entertaining and close series, you'd have to think the Farmers have a little bit of a defensive edge, although having a 35 and 36 year old in the starting lineup would indicate that their defense isn't impenetrable either.


Rivers End Rowdies 12-14 (27-25)
Owner: George Castile
Coach: Carlton Bates
Starters: 1 Del Davis, 2 PG Cesar Manfredonia, 3 PF Dario Hurst, 4 Ira Diaz, 5 Pete Murphy
Bench: 6 PG Neil Harlow, 7 SF Rickey Waters, 8 SG Lars Johnston, 9 C Juan Quintana, 10 PG Hector Perez
***Injuries: Del Davis (games 31-37)

Make it two years in a row the Rowdies kind of choked away a playoff spot. With their best player in Ira Diaz being 31, it could get worse before it gets better. And, although coach Carlton Bates has an SBA title under his belt, he should be on the hot seat going into next year. The biggest disappointment came in Del Davis, who's game is really getting up their as a 34 year old. Whether it was poor play, his injury, or the solid play from Manfredonia and Harlow, it'd be a surprise if the Rowdies don't move on from Davis in the offseason. Manfredonia will also be a free agent this offseason. You'd have to think they'll want to re-sign the Argentine, but as is usually the case with international players, there's a significant risk he'll return home or play elsewhere abroad. There hasn't been much change in how the Rowdies have operated around Diaz, with the ball being pounded down low on offense, and the team being a consistent defensive stalwart. Once again, their failure came in their inability to get over the hump. Both Bangor and Haydon's strongest offensive players are on the wings which suits them nicely against Rivers End, who's best defense is played inside the paint.


 Sherborne Whalers 13-13 (24-28)
Owner: Carl Patterson
Coach: Walt Ramsey
Starters: 1 Jordy Jensen, 2 SF Terrance Burris, 3 Clarence Ward, 4 Ari O’Neil, 5 Jeff Davenport
Bench: 6 C Andy Haas, 7 SG Tomas Carlson, 8 C Ozzie Brant, 9 SF Eric Kimball, 10 PG Otto Vincent
***Injuries: Tomas Carlson (games 26-52, should be ready next season), Jordy Jensen (games 39-43)

Despite injuries to two of their top 3 scorers the Whalers managed to finish with a better record in the second half than the first half. Whether you attribute that to good coaching or players just getting more used to playing with each other is up for debate. Jensen did only miss 4 games though. Coach Walt Ramsey going with another one of the SBA's more score first PGs is no coincidence. And, Jensen was great fit alongside defensive superstar Clarence Ward. Unfortunately for the Whalers, it was their usual problem that has plagued them, that being the lack of really good talent in the frontcourt. Carlson being hurt thee entire season has also really limited where they can get points from as Terrance Burris is more of a defensive option at the 2. The biggest name free agent for the Whalers this offseason is without a doubt Clarence Ward, it's a huge decision for the future of this franchise, Ward is still only 26, but can they build around him right now. Tomas Carlson is also an interesting situation as he will be coming off a major injury at 32, but was once of the SBA's best shooters. Jeff Davenport doesn't have quite the same name recognition, but being a starter they could bring him back, but Haas is also waiting in the wings if they want to move away from Davenport.


Wells Phoenix 12-14 (21-31)
Owner: Levi Phillips
Coach: Glen Massey
Starters: 1 Ian Emmett, 2 Johnny Jackson, 3 PF Larry Hester, 4 Emanuel Fields, 5 Rick Howell
Bench: 6 SG Marcelino Tapia, 7 SF Bernie Zhu, 8 C Louis MacGillen, 9 PG Oscar Jordan, 10 SF Colin Duffy
***Injuries: Ian Emmett (games 28-38), Rick Howell (games 43-50)

The Phoenix were another team that probably did a little bit better than you'd expect in the 1972 season's second half. The SBA was more compact in terms of records though, with East Division continuing to outshine the West. Despite not playing the most exciting brand of basketball, Wells was able to make it through two injuries to their starters and a respectable second half. Coach Glen Massey was given a lot of credit for making his pretty traditional style work well. Similar to the first half much of the gameplan revolved around Rick Howell and to a lesser extent Emanuel Fields, but he did take the biggest role when Howell was out. During Emmett's missed time, it was Johnny Jackson and Marcelino Tapia who manned the backcourt and they did a solid job having already done so last season. It'll be interesting to see if the Phoenix decide to keep Emmett in the future as his signing was largely an experiment with a more tradtional PG than Jackson, and having a really good option at the 6th in Tapia. The three biggest free agents for the Wells this offseason will be Jackson, Larry Hester, and Tapia. All three are internationals, so definitely some increased risk of their leaving. But, at the very least Jackson and Tapia should be considered as the two younger options. Hester is only 31, but hasn't quite lived up to the expectations made when he got to Wells.

Other News
-Chiefs coach Blair Darwin let go after 3 decent/mediocre seasons, 1 playoff appearance
-Happies coach Hayden Briggs let go after 3 pretty bad seasons, looked better this year, but the team wants to move in a different direction to really get better
-Other Silverian basketball championships to begin including those for the WBA (2nd division), EBA (2nd division), UBC (university club), SAAL (academy), and NSL (high school club)

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