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LNB Standings
North
 1. Metros STGO 3-1 
 2. Indios SFM 1-2 
 3. Huracanes PP 1-2 
South-East
 1. Titanes Licey 2-0 
 2. Caneros LR 1-2 
 3. Leones SD 1-2 
Stage One Standings
Full Standings
Last:7/22/2017
Santiago League Standings
 1. CDP 8-2 
 2. Pueblo Nuevo 6-3 
 3. Plaza 5-5 
 4. Sameji 5-5 
 5. Cupes 4-6 
 6. GUG 1-9 
Last:4/19/2017
La Vega League Standings
 1. Parque Hostos 5-2 
 2. Enriquillo 4-4 
 3. Dosa 3-3 
 4. Mattica 3-3 
 5. La Villa 2-4 
Last:11/10/2016
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.7 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR23.2 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .20.7 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.5 
 6. Santana, Titanes .18.6 
 7. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.17.9 
 9. Miller, Leones SD17.3 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 10
 1. Araujo, Leones SD10.0 
 2. Williams, Titanes .9.8 
 3. Shannon, Indios S.8.9 
 4. Jones, Huracanes PP8.6 
 5. Santana, Titanes .8.2 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.7.8 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD7.7 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR7.3 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.6.7 
 10. Evangelista, Caner.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Reales LV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Coronado, Reales LV6.5 
 2. Miller, Leones SD5.5 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM5.0 
 4. De-Leon, Metros S.5.0 
 5. Soliman, Caner.4.9 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD3.9 
 7. Carter, Huracane.3.6 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.3.6 
 9. Suero, Indios SFM3.5 
 10. Fortuna, Titanes .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Elpidio FORTUNA
  Leones SD
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fortuna, Leones SD2.1 
 2. Jones, Huracanes PP1.8 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 4. Valdez, Huracane.1.7 
 5. Beidler, Huracane.1.6 
 6. Suero, Indios SFM1.5 
 7. De-Leon, Metros S.1.5 
 8. Santana, Titanes .1.4 
 9. Fortuna, Titanes .1.4 
 10. Gilder, Caneros LR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Huracanes PP
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Jones, Huracanes PP1.5 
 2. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 3. Evangelista, Caner.1.3 
 4. Vargas, Metros S.1.1 
 5. Nunez, Metros S.1.1 
 6. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 7. Santana, Titanes .0.9 
 8. Glenn, Metros S.0.8 
 9. Garcia, Indios SFM0.8 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD0.8 

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Round 3 (Second Stage)

Metros STGO 83% Jul.25 Huracanes P
Titanes Lice 90% Jul.24 Caneros LR
Indios SFM 58% Jul.23 Huracanes P
Titanes Lice 86% Jul.22 Leones SD
De La Cruz dominating US Minor League Basketball, ex CDP - Apr 5, 2017


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RICARDO DOMINGUEZ
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Will De La
Cruz
Copa Mitchell Cup News
4/5/2017

A Personal Insight into Will De La Cruz's Basketball Franchise

Would you take on the challenge of turning around a team that has placed last in its conference five years in a row? Would you even want this task after leading this very team to its only UBA Championship in 2011? Turning a team around is no easy task, yet just two years into his tenure, first-time Head Coach Will De La Cruz (Dominican native) took Minor League Southern Generals' basketball franchise from 19th to number one. We asked Coach De La Cruz what has been key to this transformation.

Coaching Philosophy

The Foundation of Will's success is his holistic approach to coaching. The "Dominican Power" Coaching Philosophy focuses on all areas of his pro-athletes' development, not only the on-court tactics. In doing so, Coach De La Cruz executes one of the fundamental elements to success in the sporting environment: maintaining great coach-athlete relationships.

'I think my role in the UBA is to help guide the players who truly want it. If I get a player who has the tools but has not figured out how to put it all together, I can guide them through that process. It's my job to meet them on the ground-level and help them reach their potential'

Leadership

Will has a unique approach to leadership in professional basketball. He sees every player as a future pro, regardless of their skill-level. This was an important factor in addressing the challenge of the 2012-2015 season where five of the seven starting players were first year players out of small universities. Coach De La Cruz stresses that there are no super stars on his team; everyone influences the game in their own unique way. One of his key team mottos is 'Star in your role.' If you're a great passer, then create opportunities for others. If you can score, be the best scorer; be the most efficient at what you do.

'We had a group of guys during that time-span that were 'me guys.' They were accustom to losing, and that was a huge challenge for us. Everyone became use to us being the door mat of the UBA But I knew if I continued to teach the game the right way and challenge them we would be where we are today,' he said.

Adaptability

Another skill in De La Cruz's coaching kit is his adaptability. He knows that, like every sporting team, there are going to be egos and pride of past accomplishments from former college players. For this reason, he helps his players find their role on the team. Being a former professional basketball player, De La Cruz understands the struggle of an overlooked minor league player. Starting his college career at a NCAA 2 school, and a 3 time All-American at Point University, then after college attending minicamp for the Houston Rockets before joining the UBA and later, going on to play overseas (China & Dominican Republic), Will has learned what it takes to succeed at all levels.

'Having the ability to relate to their struggle as a pro helps me provide valuable advice that helps make a difference in their play. My past accomplishments make my players listen more, which helps me coach them. It gives me a great opportunity to teach them in that respect'

Furthermore, there are two qualities that Coach De La Cruz will always instill in his players: honesty and punctuality.

Team Culture

The Southern Generals minor league franchise has dramatically improved in performance since Will retired and became Head Coach. Not only does De La Cruz want to see scoreboard improvements, he is also committed to developing his professional players as people through sports. When taking over, Coach De La Cruz set about making some 'radical' changes to the pro team's culture. He felt his improvements as a professional coach would improve his knowledge of teaching his high school program also.

Pro Development

One major gift of Coach De La Cruz is his ability to improve players. In just two short seasons Will has produced four professional athletes who were finding it difficult to be signed prior to working with Will.

'For me, I take pride in coaching every player differently. I believe in using what you have and mastering it to get to the next level. So our staff took a lot of time studying the players by position to see how to train effectively'

And how has it helped the players?

In 2014 the Southern Generals signed Johnathan Murphy (199-PF-89, college: Columbus St.). An undersized (6'6) power forward from Columbus State University. Murphy only averaged 5 points per game for the Cougars his senior season before joining the UBA. After two season under Coach De La Cruz, Murphy is now playing in Barcelona, Spain in the EBA Professional Basketball League. He is currently averaging a team best 17 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

When asked what's "Dominican Power"? This is it.   




Maurice
Carter
Carter's 28 points and 6 assists give him Player of the Week award - 3 hours ago
34-year old guard Maurice Carter (183-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Huracanes PP and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage). He had the game-high 28 points adding two rebounds and six assists for Huracanes PP in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Indios SFM (1-2) 84-80. Thanks to this victory Huracanes PP moved-up to the 3rd position in their group in Dominican Rep. league. Huracanes PP is rather a weak team placed in...   [read more]

Sterling
Gibbs
LNB Round 2 (Second Stage): Indios SFM hands first loss to Metros STGO - 1 day ago
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in LNB. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader. The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Metros STGO (3-1) in Santiago on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Indios SFM (1-2) 80-78. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-17. But Metros STGO won second period 22-19. However it w...   [read more]

Jason
Siggers
Jason Siggers (ex Titanes Licey) signs at Maccabi Rishon - 1 day ago
Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Winner League) landed 32-year old American small forward Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany). He played in the summer at Titanes Licey in LNB league in Dominican Republic, but left the team in June. In 6 LNB games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg. The last season Siggers played at Galil Gilboa where in 33 Winner League games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 17.1ppg and recorded 4.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg. It was a very successful...   [read more]


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