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LNB Standings
 1. Leones SD 4-2 
 2. Soles SD 4-3 
 3. Indios SFM 3-1 
 4. Reales LV 2-2 
 5. Metros STGO 2-2 
 6. Titanes Licey 2-4 
 7. Caneros LR 2-5 
Full Standings
Last:6/20/2018
Santiago League Stage Two Standings
 1. CDP 4-2 
 2. Pueblo Nuevo 4-2 
 3. Plaza 4-2 
 4. GUG 0-6 
Stage One Standings
Last:5/22/2018
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:5/22/2018
TBS Standings
Group A
 1. Rafael Barias 6-4 
 2. El Million 6-4 
 3. Huellas Del Siglo 4-6 
 4. Bameso 2-8 
Group B
 1. Mauricio Baez 8-2 
 2. San Carlos 7-3 
 3. San Lazaro 5-5 
 4. Los Prados 2-8 
Last:5/22/2018
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Suero, Indios SFM26.0 
 2. Liz, Metros S.23.0 
 3. Johnson-C., Titanes .22.8 
 4. Coronado, Reales LV22.5 
 5. Guzman, Soles SD18.9 
 6. Suero, Indios SFM18.5 
 7. Mendoza, Reales LV18.3 
 8. Santana, Indios S.17.3 
 9. De-Leon, Metros S.17.3 
 10. Woodbury, Titanes .17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Caneros LR
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Araujo, Caneros LR11.7 
 2. Wachsmann, Indios S.9.8 
 3. Williams, Titanes .9.8 
 4. Guerrero, Leones SD9.8 
 5. Gray, Soles SD8.6 
 6. Santana, Indios S.8.5 
 7. Townes, Reales LV8.0 
 8. Vargas, Metros S.8.0 
 9. Suero, Indios SFM7.5 
 10. Sutton, Leones SD6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Juan Miguel SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (198-SG-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Suero, Indios SFM6.0 
 2. De-Leon, Metros S.5.3 
 3. Solano, Reales LV5.0 
 4. Coronado, Reales LV4.8 
 5. Fortuna, Titanes .4.5 
 6. Soliman, Caner.4.3 
 7. Mendoza, Reales LV4.3 
 8. Corporan, Leones SD4.2 
 9. Valdez, Soles SD4.1 
 10. Nunez, Metros S.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jaison VALDEZ
  Soles SD
  (188-PG-95)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Valdez, Soles SD2.9 
 2. Solano, Reales LV2.5 
 3. De-Leon, Metros S.2.3 
 4. Fortuna, Leones SD2.2 
 5. Coronado, Reales LV1.8 
 6. Fortuna, Titanes .1.7 
 7. Soliman, Caner.1.6 
 8. Liz, Metros S.1.5 
 9. Ruiz, Titanes Licey1.5 
 10. Suero, Indios SFM1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Reales LV
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Townes, Reales LV3.3 
 2. Sutton, Leones SD2.0 
 3. Vargas, Metros S.1.8 
 4. Santana, Indios S.1.5 
 5. Guerrero, Leones SD1.2 
 6. Sanchez, Caneros LR1.1 
 7. Gray, Soles SD1.1 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM1.0 
 9. Araujo, Caneros LR1.0 
 10. Frink, Metros S.1.0 
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Titanes Lice Jun.23 Metros STGO 63%
Metros STGO 58% Jun.22 Soles SD
Indios SFM 86% Jun.21 Caneros LR
Leones SD 74% Jun.21 Reales LV
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.   




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