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 1. Metros STGO 6-0 
 2. Leones SD 6-0 
 3. Reales LV 2-3 
 4. Soles SD 1-4 
 5. Titanes Licey 1-4 
 6. Huracanes PP 0-5 
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 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
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 1. Parque Hostos 5-2 
 2. Enriquillo 4-4 
 3. Dosa 3-3 
 4. Mattica 3-3 
 5. La Villa 2-4 
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Points Per Game
 Wendell MCKINES
  
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. McKines, Reales LV24.8 
 2. Liz, Metros S.22.4 
 3. Terry, Caneros LR20.8 
 4. Glenn, Metros S.20.0 
 5. Suero, Soles SD18.6 
 6. Tucker, Huracane.18.5 
 7. Johnson, Reales LV18.5 
 8. Greene, Leones SD18.3 
 9. Bassett, Huracane.17.1 
 10. Carmona, Soles SD17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Araujo, Indios SFM10.9 
 2. Moore, Titanes10.3 
 3. Richard, Soles SD10.0 
 4. Vargas, Metros S.9.5 
 5. McKines, Reales LV9.2 
 6. Sutton, Titanes8.7 
 7. Santana, Titanes8.5 
 8. Montas, Huracane.8.4 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD7.9 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Alex ABREU
  
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 5
 1. Abreu, Leones SD5.0 
 2. Nunez, Soles SD4.9 
 3. Suero, Soles SD4.4 
 4. Green, Reales LV3.8 
 5. Caracter, Soles SD3.7 
 6. De Leon, Metros S.3.6 
 7. Bassett, Huracane.3.4 
 8. Freeman, Titanes3.4 
 9. De La Rosa, Indio.3.4 
 10. Taylor, Huracane.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  
  (188-SG-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Liz, Metros S.2.2 
 2. Solano, Reales LV1.8 
 3. De Leon, Metros S.1.8 
 4. Behanan, Metros S.1.8 
 5. Valdez, Huracane.1.8 
 6. Tucker, Huracane.1.7 
 7. Fortuna, Leones SD1.7 
 8. Milbourne, Caner.1.5 
 9. Suero, Soles SD1.5 
 10. Greene, Leones SD1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan RICHARD
  
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Richard, Soles SD3.5 
 2. Penn, Metros S.1.9 
 3. Sutton, Titanes1.5 
 4. Buckner, Metros S.1.4 
 5. Simms, Indios SFM1.3 
 6. Rodriguez, Huracan.1.3 
 7. Vargas, Metros S.1.2 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD1.2 
 9. Green, Reales LV1.1 
 10. Evangelista, Cane.0.9 
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De La Cruz dominating US Minor League Basketball, ex CDP - Apr 5, 2017


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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.   




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The semifinals are set in Baloncesto Superior de Santiago - 9 days ago
The semifinals are set in Baloncesto Superior de Santiago after the final matches of the season. Domingo Paulino will play against La Plaza Valerio, while Sameji will take on Pueblo Nuevo. In the latest games Sameji beat Cupes 92-87 as Kavon Lytch (199-PF-87, college: Oklahoma City, agency: DTMones) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Nehemias Morillo (196-G-92, college: S.Florida) and Jerry Flores (PG) followed him with 15 points each, while Ramel Brown (180-PG) netted 14. Earlie...   [read more]

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - 13 days ago
We bring you last week's top performances from Dominicans who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. Karl-Anthony Towns (213-F/C-95) could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-50) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-50) were edged 110-109 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers.    [read more]

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Illinois Basketball hires former South Florida coach Orlando Antigua as an assistant - 20 days ago
Brad Underwood has added a second member to his new coaching staff, and it looks to be a big development for Illinois basketball's future recruiting efforts. According to a source, former South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua is poised to join the Fighting Illini after reaching a contract agreement Wednesday. Antigua, 44, was fired by USF in January after a lackluster two and a half seasons that featured a 23-55 overall record. The Bulls are also currently under a NCAA investigation in...   [read more]

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