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LNB Standings
 1. Indios SFM 1-0 
 2. Metros STGO 1-0 
 3. Titanes Licey 1-0 
 4. Huracanes PP 0-0 
 5. Soles SD 0-0 
 6. Caneros LR 0-1 
 7. Leones SD 0-1 
 8. Reales LV 0-1 
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Last:5/27/2017
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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 
Last:11/10/2016
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Points Per Game
 Giancarlos ACOSTA
  Leones SD
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Acosta, Leones SD11.0 
 2. De Leon, Metros S.9.0 
 3. Tineo, Metros S.7.0 
 4. Rhett, Leones SD6.0 
 5. Glenn, Metros S.5.0 
 6. Corporan, Leones SD4.0 
 7. Filion, Metros S.4.0 
 8. Richardson, Leones S.2.0 
 9. Ramirez, Metros S.2.0 
 10. Morillo, Metros S.0.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 M.J. RHETT
  Leones SD
  (206-PF-92)
  Avg: 15
 1. Rhett, Leones SD15.0 
 2. Glenn, Metros S.7.0 
 3. Filion, Metros S.6.0 
 4. Acosta, Leones SD4.0 
 5. Corporan, Leones SD4.0 
 6. Soliver, Metros S.3.0 
 7. De Leon, Metros S.2.0 
 8. Tineo, Metros S.1.0 
 9. Morillo, Metros S.1.0 
 10. Ramirez, Metros S.0.0 
Assists Per Game
 M.J. RHETT
  Leones SD
  (206-PF-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Rhett, Leones SD4.0 
 2. Filion, Metros S.2.0 
 3. De Leon, Metros S.2.0 
 4. Glenn, Metros S.1.0 
 5. Acosta, Leones SD1.0 
 6. Corporan, Leones SD1.0 
 7. Morillo, Metros S.1.0 
 8. Soliver, Metros S.1.0 
 9. Richardson, Leones S.0.0 
 10. Ramirez, Metros S.0.0 
Steals Per Game
 M.J. RHETT
  Leones SD
  (206-PF-92)
  Avg: 1
 1. Rhett, Leones SD1.0 
 2. Morillo, Metros S.1.0 
 3. De Leon, Metros S.1.0 
 4. Filion, Metros S.0.0 
 5. Acosta, Leones SD0.0 
 6. Soliver, Metros S.0.0 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.0.0 
 8. Tineo, Metros S.0.0 
 9. Corporan, Leones SD0.0 
 10. Richardso. Leones S.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 M.J. RHETT
  Leones SD
  (206-PF-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Rhett, Leones SD4.0 
 2. Filion, Metros S.1.0 
 3. Glenn, Metros S.0.0 
 4. Corporan, Leones SD0.0 
 5. Richardson, Leones S.0.0 
 6. Acosta, Leones SD0.0 
 7. Morillo, Metros S.0.0 
 8. Tineo, Metros S.0.0 
 9. De Leon, Metros S.0.0 
 10. Soliver, Metros S.0.0 
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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.   




Travis
Daniels
Leones de Santo Domingo lands Travis Daniels, ex Balkan - 6 days ago
Defending champion Leones de Santo Domingo (LNB) tabbed 25-year old American forward Travis Daniels (202-98kg-92, college: Mississippi State). He moved there from Balkan in Bulgarian NBL league where he started the season. In 23 games he averaged 11.6ppg and 7.3rpg this season. Daniels helped them to make it to the Bulgarian Cup Semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Bulgarian League All-Star Game. He also played that season for Phoenix Galati in Roma...   [read more]

Tony
Mitchell
Tony Mitchell (ex Star Hotshots) agreed terms with Metros de Santiago - 6 days ago
Metros de Santiago (LNB) inked 25-year old American forward Tony Mitchell (203-107kg-92, college: N.Texas). He moved there from Star Hotshots in Filipino PBA league where he started the season. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.3ppg, 14.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg and 2.9bpg this season. Mitchell also spent pre-season at Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) in French league that year. The other team he played that season for was Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel. In 17 PBA games he aver...   [read more]

Frank Gaines
Frank Gaines (ex Vechta) agreed terms with Metros de Santiago - 6 days ago
Metros de Santiago (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American shooting guard Frank Gaines (191-88kg-90, college: IPFW). He moved there from SC Rasta Vechta in German ProA where he started the season. In 32 games he recorded 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Gaines played at Wilki Morskie in Polish TBL. In 36 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. In 2013 he was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in second round (18...   [read more]


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Beidler comes back to Caneros de La Romana - 10 days ago  
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Caneros de La Romana signs Solomon Jones - 12 days ago  
Club Domingo Paulino clinch Santiago title - 14 days ago  
Indios de San Francisco adds Gibbs to their roster, ex Terme Olimia - 14 days ago  
Rafael Barias one game shy of the title in Distrito Nacional's Finals - 14 days ago  
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The ugly truth of what happened to Americans DeVoe Armstrong and Drae Murray with BC Zivinice! - 14 days ago  
Indios de San Francisco inks Carlos Novas Mateo - 18 days ago  
Club Domingo Paulino step closer to the title - 21 days ago  
CDP takes 2-0 Santiago Final lead - 23 days ago  
Sammy Mejia's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dominicans playing currently abroad: - 24 days ago  
Indios de San Francisco lands Francisco Garcia - 25 days ago  
Pueblo Nuevo and CDP reach Santiago League Final - 26 days ago  
Alonzo Nelson-Ododa (ex Ceglie) is a newcomer at Indios de San Francisco - 27 days ago  
Jerome Frink is No.1 pick in 2017 LNB Draft - 28 days ago  
De La Rosa is back at Indios de San Francisco - 29 days ago  
Indios de San Francisco adds Salvador to their roster - 29 days ago  
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