2000 Season News Archive


ValleyDawgs Hold Off Legend in Title Game
July 1, 2001 - Bethlehem, PA
In an upset-filled tournament that saw the top four seeded teams eliminated in the first round, the seventh-seeded Dodge City Legend came up short in their bid to defend their 2000 USBL title, loosing to the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs, 100-91, in the USBL championship game.

Dodge City got to the title game by defeating the second-seeded Maryland Mustangs in dramatic come-from-behind fashion, and the Lakeland Blue Ducks. Lakeland upset the Kansas Cagerz in the quarterfinals to move to the semi-finals.

The Legend trailed the Mustangs by as many as 19 points in their quarterfinal machup before making a fourth-quarter charge, capped by a Donte Mathis jumper at the buzzer to give Dodge City the 108-106 win.

Rookie swingman, Jeff Boese, led Dodge City with 21 points (including 3-3 from three-point range) in their 95-79 semifinal victory over Lakeland.

In the championship game the Legend went to their inside game and their pair of seven-foot post players. Lorenzo Coleman and Anthony Pelle combined for 31 points and 12 rebounds, but poor outside shooting, critical turnovers, and the ValleyDawg home-court advantage were too much to overcome.

The title is Pennsylvania's first in three years of existence. Dodge City won the title last season in their first year.

ValleyDawg players, Frantz Pierre-Louis and Ace Custis were named co-MVP's for the tournament.

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As a member of the 2000 United States Basketball League Champion Dodge City Legend, Brian Taylor was the popular fourth point guard on the team and usually played in the final minutes of games already in hand.

Today he is fighting for a roster spot with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.

The 6-foot guard out of South Florida was invited to the Bucks training camp after impressing Bucks guard Rafer Alston during a summer tour. After scoring 43 points in NBA player Sam Cassell's charity game, Taylor stuck around Milwaukee for two weeks of informal workouts with several Bucks players in advance of training camp.

After returning home to Chicago, he received a phone call from Bucks Assistant General Manager Larry Harris asking him to return to Milwaukee,and be there in three hours.

Taylor made his unofficial Bucks debut in front of nearly 10,000 fans at a scrimmage. He received a welcoming response from the crowd. He responded by throwing down a dunk during one of the drills to wow the crowd.

"That sounds like the Brian Taylor who was in Dodge City." Legend General Manager Tom Nelson said. "He made the most appearances, including many that were not scheduled by the team. He just enjoyed being around kids and was one of the most popular players on the team."

Since leaving Dodge City after the 2000 season, Taylor has been in Venezuela and with the Indiana Legends of the ABA2000 league.

"Brian worked very hard when he was here." Nelson continued. "He always stayed after practice and dedicated himself to getting better. Who knows what will happen, but it is a very pleasant surprise to see another Legend player get a chance in the NBA."

Taylor becomes the fourth Legend player to sign with an NBA team after a season in Dodge City, joining Sean Colson, Darrin Hancock and Lorenzo Coleman.

Another Legend Player to the NBA
August 27, 2001 - Charlotte, NC
The Charlotte Hornets announced that they have signed free-agent Lorenzo Coleman. Coleman, a 7-1 center, will join the Hornets for training camp beginning on October 2.

Coleman spent last season in the CBA and IBL with the Fort Wayne Fury and Gary Steelheads. Coleman also appeared in 26 games with the USBL's Dodge City Legend in 2001, averaging 12.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.04 blocks.

Coleman was on the Chicago Bulls' training camp roster last season and has played overseas in Hungary and Greece. He is originally out of Tennessee Tech University.



Levingston Gets First Head Coaching Win
June 14, 2001 - Dodge City, KS
With head coach Kent Davision away from the team for a couple of games, Legend assistant coach, and Wichita State Hall-Of-Famer, Cliff Levingston took over the reigns of the defending USBL Champions and led them to a 97-91 victory over the Kansas Cagerz at the Dodge City Civic Center.

Dodge City was led in scoring by Marshall Phillips (19), Kelvin Price (15), Donte Mathis (14), and Anthony Pelle (13 points and 14 rebounds).

The Legend returns to action Friday night, hosting the USBL-leading Oklahoma Storm. Following a three-day, three-game road trip (Florida, Long Island and Atlantic City), Dodge City returns to the Civic Center for the final two home games of the season against Lakeland (June 21) and Brooklyn (June 23).

June 9, 2001 - Enid, OK
After loosing by one point to the Oklahoma Storm at the Civic Center on Friday Night, the Legend traveled to Enid on Saturday and handed the Storm only their second home loss of the season, 109-106.

Seven Dodge City players scored in double figures, let by Donte Mathis (17), Lorenzo Coleman (16 points, 12 rebounds), Tim Pledger (16) and Jeff Boese (15).

After hosting Long Island on June 11, the Legend continues their homestand with games against Southern Division rivals Oklahoma (June 12 and 15), and Kansas (June 14).

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June 2, 2001 - Dodge City, KS
Bouncing back from a heartbreaking loss at Salina earlier in the week, the Dodge City Legend downed the division-leading Kansas Cagerz 98-96 at the Dodge City Civic Center.

The Legend were led by Marshall Phillips, (35 points), and Kelvin Price (19 points and 20 rebounds)

Before the game, Alvin Jefferson was presented with his 2000 USBL Championship ring. Jefferson, who broke his foot during the CBA season, has joined the team and should be ready for action in about a week.

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Boese Runner-Up for Rookie Honors
The United States Basketball League handed out "Player of the Week" and "Rookie of the Week" honors for the week ending May 27th. There were "Co-Players of the Week" this week and they went to Marshall Phillips and Kelvin Price of the Dodge City Legend. The "Rookie of the Week" was Terrence Shannon of the Maryland Mustangs.

Marshall Phillips

Kelvin Price

Marshall Phillips, a 6'6'' guard from Appalachian State and Kelvin Price, a 6'8'' forward from UNC-Charlotte both had an outstanding night for the Legend in a 139-114 win on May 27th over Pennsylvania. Phillips scored a game high 41 points and pulled down 7 rebounds 44 minutes. While Price crashed the boards and ripped down a Legend team record 20 rebounds in 43 minutes. Price averaged 14 points and 16.3 rebounds and Phillips averaged 23.7 points and 6 rebounds for the week, helping the Legend to a 3-0 record for the week.

The "Rookie of the Week" went to Terrance Shannon of the Maryland Mustangs.

The runner up for "Rookie of the Week" was Jeff Boese of the Dodge City Legend. Boese a 6'8" forward from Mesa St. averaged 14.3 points per game and 3 rebounds through May 27th. On May 27th Boese scored 18 points and pulled down 4 rebounds in a win over Pennsylvania.

May 27, 2001 - Dodge City, KS
The Dodge City Legend opened the game with a 18-0 run and never looked back, handing the Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs a 139-114 defeat at the Dodge City Civic Center.

Marshall Phillips led all scorers with 41 points, while Kelvin Price added 17 points and 20 rebounds. Jeff Boese (18), Lorenzo Coleman (15), Marvin Gay (14), Tyson Patterson (13), and Donte Mathis (11) also scored in double figures.

One night earlier the Legend downed the Atlantic City Seagulls 137-97. Eight Legend players scored in double figures, led by Marshall Phillips and Lorenzo Coleman with 17 points each.

With three wins in a row, the Legend now plays their next six games against Southern Division rivals Kansas and Oklahoma.
Dodge Globe Photo

May 15, 2001 - Dodge City, KS
Donte Mathis scored 23 second half points to lead the Legend to a 105-93 victory over the Florida Sea Dragons.

Mathis led all scorers with 29 points. Kelvin Price (17), Lorenzo Coleman (16), Tim Pledger (14), Anthony Pelle (11) and Tyson Patterson (10) also scored in double figures.

The Legend are at home again on Wednesday, May 23 facing the Maryland Mustangs. The Mustangs are coached by former Celtic great Robert Parish.

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May 8, 2001 - Upper Marlboro, MD
Marshall Phillips joined the Legend and made an immediate impact, leading the Legend to their first win of the season, a 107-97 double overtime victory over the Maryland Mustangs.

Marshall led the Legend with 37 points, 13 rebounds, 9 steals and a blocked shot in 58 minutes played.

The Legend shot only 37 percent for the game, but out-rebounded the Mustangs 81-40. Four of the five Legend starters tallied double-doubles.

The Dodge City Legend, 2000 United States Basketball League Champions, have selected Southwest Missourt State star Jackie Stiles in the 2001 USBL draft. Stiles was the Legend's second round pick, the 19th overall.

Stiles, a 5'-9" guard, became the all-time leading scorer for a career (3393) points, and for one season (1040) as she led the Lady Bears to a Missouri Valley Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Final Four. She led the nation in scoring at 33.3 points per game.

She was names the 2001 Player of the Year by the Women's Basketball News Service and by ESPN.

Stiles, a native of Claflin, Kansas, played some of her final high school games in a Class 1A sub-state tournament at the Dodge city Civic Center, the home court of the Legend.

"Jackie Stiles is an unbelievable athlete, and a better person." stated Legend General Manager Tom Nelson. "She has family involved with the Legend ownership and attended Legend games last season. After talking with her about the draft she was very excited about joining the Legend in some capacity."

The Legend, who captured the USBL Championship last summer, open season on Sunday, April 29 against the Kansas Cagerz at the Dodge City Civic Center.

The Dodge City Legend selected Iowa State center Paul Shirley in the first round of the USBL draft, the 10th pick overall.

Shirley helped lead the the Cyclones to the Big XII regular-season title, and a second seed in the NCAA tournament.

The 6'-10" graduate of Jefferson West High School in Meridan, Kansas was named an Academic All-American with a 4.0 GPA in mechanical engineering at Iowa State.

In his senior season, Shirley started all 31 games for the Cyclones, averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per game.

Legend fans crowd downtown Dodge City during Legend Appreciation Day.

Dodge City players celebrate after winning the USBL Championship.

The Houston Rockets have signed guard Sean Colson for the remainder of the season, General Manager Carroll Dawson announced on March 20.

Colson signed the first of two consecutive 10-day contracts with Houston on February 28 and has played in three games for the Rockets, totaling one assist in six minutes.

Colson joined the Rockets after leading the IBL with averages of 29.5 points and 9.0 assists in four games with the Grand Rapids Hoops. As a professional, the 25-year old has played for the Grand Rapids Hoops in both the CBA and the IBL, the Dodge City Legend of the USBL and the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. The 6-foot, 165-pound point guard played three games with the Hawks this season, totaling three rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes.

A teammate of Cuttino Mobley's as a freshman at Rhode Island, Colson played his final two seasons at North Carolina-Charlotte, leading Conference USA in assists both years. He earned Conference USA First Team honors as a senior after earning second team selection as a junior.











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