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LNB Stage Two Standings
North
 1. Metros STGO 5-1 
 2. Huracanes PP 2-4 
 3. Indios SFM 2-4 
South-East
 1. Leones SD 5-3 
 2. Titanes Licey 4-4 
 3. Caneros LR 3-5 
Stage One Standings
Last:8/4/2017
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: 26.1
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.1 
 2. Gilder, Caneros LR23.2 
 3. Woodbury, Titanes .20.7 
 4. Guzman, Soles SD20.5 
 5. Bailey, Reales LV19.5 
 6. Santana, Titanes .18.7 
 7. Miller, Leones SD18.2 
 8. Gaines, Metros S.18.1 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.18.1 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian WILLIAMS
  Titanes .
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Williams, Titanes .9.8 
 2. Shannon, Indios S.8.9 
 3. Jones, Huracanes PP8.5 
 4. Santana, Titanes .8.3 
 5. Araujo, Leones SD8.3 
 6. Vargas, Metros S.7.4 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD7.0 
 8. Gilder, Caneros LR6.9 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.6.7 
 10. Evangelista, Caner.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CORONADO
  Reales LV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Coronado, Reales LV6.5 
 2. Miller, Leones SD6.3 
 3. De-Leon, Metros S.5.1 
 4. Suero, Indios SFM5.0 
 5. Soliman, Caner.4.8 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD3.8 
 7. Fortuna, Titanes .3.5 
 8. Carter, Huracane.3.5 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.3.4 
 10. Ruiz, Soles SD3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Juan Miguel SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (198-SG-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 2. Fortuna, Leones SD1.8 
 3. Jones, Huracanes PP1.8 
 4. Beidler, Huracane.1.7 
 5. De-Leon, Metros S.1.7 
 6. Valdez, Huracane.1.6 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM1.6 
 8. Fortuna, Titanes .1.4 
 9. Rojas, Leones SD1.4 
 10. Gilder, Caneros LR1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Huracanes PP
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Jones, Huracanes PP1.5 
 2. Evangelista, Caner.1.5 
 3. Okosun, Reales LV1.3 
 4. Vargas, Metros S.1.2 
 5. Shannon, Indios S.1.1 
 6. Nunez, Metros S.0.9 
 7. Guerrero, Leones SD0.8 
 8. Santana, Titanes .0.8 
 9. Williams, Titanes .0.8 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.0.8 

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De La Cruz dominating US Minor League Basketball, ex CDP - Apr 5, 2017


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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.   




Stanley
Robinson
Keflavik tabs Stanley Robinson, ex Mauricio Baez - 3 days ago
Keflavik (Dominos League) inked 29-year old American forward Stanley Robinson (206-100kg-88, college: Connecticut). He played in the summer at Mauricio Baez in District National in Dominican Republic. Robinson helped them to make it to the final. The last season he played at Defensor in Uruguayan LUB where in four games he averaged 11.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. In 2010 Robinson was drafted by Orlando Magic (NBA) in second round (59th overall). The former University of Connecticut st...   [read more]

Ronald
Roberts
Ronald Roberts (ex 36ers) agreed terms with Hapoel Jerusalem - 6 days ago
Defending champion Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American (has also Dominican passport) forward Ronald Roberts (203-102kg-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: Pensack Sports). He already started the season at 36ers in Australian NBL league. The last season Roberts played at Tofas in Turkish BSL where in 10 games he recorded 11.7ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.3apg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015....   [read more]

Darian
Cartharn
Darian Cartharn (ex Espoo Basket) joins HAB Caicos Sonics for 2018 Copa Mitchell Cup - 9 days ago
HAB Caicos Sonics (P.A.B.A.) added to their roster 25-year old American point guard Darian Cartharn (183-PG-91, college: Mo.-St.Louis). He played last season at Espoo Basket Team in Finnish 1st Division. In 12 games he had very impressive stats: 23.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.6apg and Steals-1 (2.7spg). The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Cartharn won UBA Northern Conference championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He was also voted All-GLVC Newcomer of...   [read more]


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