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MPBA Standings
 1. Pontiac 66ers 12-4 
 2. Chicago WCG 9-5 
 3. Chicago B. 8-6 
 4. St.Louis RS 7-6 
 5. Lima E. 5-9 
 6. Champaign S. 5-11 
 7. Gateway S. 4-9 
 8. Bloomington E.. 0-0 
 9. Eureka B. 0-0 
 10. Jacksonville G. 0-0 
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Points Per Game
 1 Michael Rogers27.6 
 2 Dion Cooksey26.8 
 3 Cordaryl Ballard26.6 
 4 Justin Bocot26.3 
 5 Alfonzo Houston25.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 1 Isiah Martin9.4 
 2 Al Rapier9.3 
 3 Johnny Elliott8.6 
 4 Marcus Hammonds7.7 
 5 Connell Crossland7.7 
Assists Per Game
 1 Cordaryl Ballard5.4 
 2 Dion Cooksey4.8 
 3 Jordan Walker4.4 
 4 Oliver McGlade4.0 
 5 Johnny Elliott3.4 
Steals Per Game
 1 Jordan Walker2.2 
 2 Dion Cooksey1.6 
 2 C.J. Hampton1.6 
 4 Terrell Williams1.5 
 5 Ed Jenkins1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 1 Jordan Walker2.0 
 2 Shakir Johnson1.5 
 3 Isiah Martin1.4 
 4 3 tied at1.3 
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MPBA 2016 Final Report - playoff results, top performances and season awards - Apr 6, 2016


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Alfonzo
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Midwest Professional Basketball Association Weekly Report
April 6, 2016

An electronic copy of this report, complete with links to all game results and players, may be found on the MPBA website.

Recent players advancing from MPBA:
Bruce Massey (6'3''-G-90, college: Middle Tenn.St.), St. Louis RiverSharks (Grand Rapids Drive, NBDL)
18 total players advanced in-season to foreign leagues or NBA D-League - click here for full list.

Game Results:
Date Result
April 1 Chicago Blues 113 Windy City Groove 95 (MPBA Semi-Finals)
April 1 Pontiac 66ers 104 Lima Express 97 (MPBA Semi-Finals)
April 2 Chicago Blues 114 Pontiac 66ers 113 (MPBA Championship)

MPBA Final Standings
Team W L Pct. GB
Pontiac 66ers 12 4 .750 -
Windy City Groove 8 5 .615 2.5
St. Louis RiverSharks 7 5* .583 3.0
Chicago Blues 8 6 .571 3.0
Lima Express 5 9 .357 6.0
Gateway Steam 4 9 .308 6.5
Champaign Swarm 5 11 .313 7.0

Top Playoff Performances
Jarrell Thomas, 4/1 vs Windy City - 26 pts., 6 rebs.
Jakeem Hill (6'5''-F-89, college: Webber Intern.), 14 pts., 11 rebs., 7 blocks
Alexandre Rapier (6'7''-F-89, college: Stony Brook, agency: Dynamics Global Management), 4/1 vs Windy City - 16 pts., 9 rebs.
Deveon Jenkins (6'3''-G/F-87, college: Jarvis Christian), 4/1 vs Chicago - 17 pts., 17 rebs.
Ray Miller, 4/1 vs Chicago - 17 pts., 9 rebs., 4 blocks
Shakir Johnson, 4/1 vs Windy City - 5 blocks
Jody Hill, 4/1 vs Pontiac - 28 pts., 11 rebs., 44 mins.
Kyle Meyer (6'6''-F-88, college: Ohio Northern), 4/1 vs Pontiac - 20 pts., 5 rebs., 46 mins.
Cordaryl Ballard (6'5''-G-87, college: USC Aiken), 4/1 vs Pontiac - 19 pts., 8 rebs. 48 mins.
Alfonzo Houston (6'3''-G-92, college: N.C.Central), 4/1 vs Lima - 29 pts., 6 rebs., 43 mins.
Marcus Hammonds (6'5''-F/G-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: KBA/Omnia Europe), 4/1 vs Lima - 19 pts., 11 rebs.
Alfonzo Houston, 4/2 vs Chicago - 41 pts., 6 rebs., 42 mins.
Diante Watkins, 4/2 vs Pontiac - 29 pts.
Alex Marzette, 4/2 vs Chicago - 16 pts., 4 blocks
Marcus Hammonds, 4/2 vs Pontiac - 13 pts., 12 rebs.

For links to game video, please email your request to info@thempba.com. Full MPBA stats can be found by clicking here.

2016 MPBA Season Awards
As voted on by a panel of MPBA coaches and media staff

Most Valuable Player - Alfonzo Houston, Pontiac 66ers
Defensive Player of the Year - Connell Crossland (6'7''-F-91, college: TCU), Gateway Steam
Coach of the Year - Durrell Robinson , Pontiac 66ers
Sixth Man of the Year - C.J. Hampton (6'4''-G, college: William Penn), Windy City Groove

All-MPBA (First Team) - Alfonzo Houston, Pontiac 66ers (unanimous selection); Dion Vance Cooksey (6'0''-PG-87, college: Pikeville), Windy City Groove; Connell Crossland, Gateway Steam (unanimous selection); Kyle Meyer, Lima Express (unanimous selection); and Marcus Hammonds, Pontiac 66ers.

All-MPBA (Second Team) - Cordaryl Ballard, Lima Express; Michael Rogers, Champaign Swarm; Alexandre Rapier, Chicago Blues; Isiah Martin (6'8''-F-89, college: Indiana St.), Windy City Groove; Aaron Williams (6'6''-G, college: Chicago St.), St. Louis RiverSharks; and Deveon Jenkins, Windy City Groove.

MPBA All-Defensive Team - Jordan Walker (6'6''-F, college: Missouri Baptist), Champaign Swarm; Dion Cooksey, Windy City Groove; Jakeem Hill, Chicago Blues; Connell Crossland, Gateway Steam; Marcus Hammonds, Pontiac 66ers; and Aaron Williams, St. Louis RiverSharks.
  



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