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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 
Stats Leaders
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 

MPBA - Eureka Blaze debut - Sep 22, 2016

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September 22, 2016

ST. LOUIS - Fans in Eureka now have a face to go with their new team's name, as the club has unveiled its logo and colors in preparation for its inaugural season beginning in January.

The colors for the expansion Eureka Blaze of the Midwest Professional Basketball Association are red, yellow and black, with accents of orange and white, and the logo features a flaming basketball to the left of the team name.

The logo was designed by MPBA Chief Creative Officer Joyce Thomas, who has created most of the logos for the league and its teams.

"Joyce did an amazing job making it a unique look," said Craig Fata, associate commissioner and chief communications officer for the MPBA. "You obviously expect something fire-related with a name like Blaze, and so you worry about coming too close to the Miami Heat logo, but her take on the flaming basketball concept is top notch."

A.J. Guyton, associate commissioner and director of basketball personnel, continues to lead the search for the team's first coach.

The Eureka Blaze begin their inaugural season in January 2017. The team's schedule is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

The logo can be seen on the MPBA website,, and on the team's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

2016 Joyce Thomas All Rights Reserved


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