CBA All-Star game Jan. 17

The Rockford Lightning and ESPN Radio 1380 “The Jock” are teaming up to bring the 2006 22nd annual Continental Basketball Association (CBA) All-Star game. The game will be broadcast live to Lightning fans from the Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The Lightning will be well represented this season with four players named to the Eastern Conference roster. Roger Powell Jr., a 6-foot-6-inch forward out of the University of Illinois, and Kenyon Gamble, a 6-foot-11-inch shot-blocking center out of Tuskegee University, will make their first appearances at this season’s festivities. Marlon Parmer and Ronnie Fields will join their teammates for their second All-Star game appearance each.

Parmer was on the Western Conference team last season that lost to Lightning Head Coach Chris Daleo’s Eastern All-Stars 114-110.

Fields was a member of the 2003 American team that was coached by Daleo. Fields was also a part of the 1997 festivities in which he was crowned the Slam Dunk Champion.

“The Lightning are excited to be teaming up with ESPN Radio 1380 ‘The Jock,’ the stateline sports leader,” said Lightning General Manager Michael Neville. “Basketball fans can listen to what is expected to be a very competitive but fun CBA All-Star game.”

Station Manager Keith Williams said: “We’re excited to bring this CBA broadcast and wish the Lightning representatives good luck. You can count on ESPN 1380 to bring Rockford and the stateline area local coverage of your favorite teams.”

Eastern Conference selections were announced Wednesday, Jan. 4, with Western Conference selections following on Thursday, Jan. 5. Head coaches for this year’s game would not be named until Monday, Jan. 9. The Hopkins Financial Slam Dunk competition and the Long Distance Shootout will begin at 7 p.m. with the All-Star game beginning at 8:15 p.m. Coverage of the ’06 CBA All-Star Game on ESPN Radio 1380 “The Jock” will begin at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17.

From the Jan. 11-17, 2006, issue

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