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Friday, April 20, 2007


BABSON PARK, Mass. - After a three-year absence the Division III New England Basketball Coaches Association has resurrected its Senior All-Star Game with all proceeds benefiting the Coaches vs. Cancer campaign. The game will be played at Babson's Staake Gymnasium this Sunday, April 22, at 5 p.m.

Tufts seniors Brian Kumf (Milford, MA/Milford) and David Shepherd (Grantham, NH/Proctro) will play for the "Away Team" representing the NESCAC, Commonwealth Coast Conference and North Atlantic Conference. Kumf finished the 2006-07 ranked seventh in NESCAC with a .526 field goal percentage (92/175) and 13th in the league with 5.8 rebounds per game. Shepherd was third in NESCAC with 5.62 assists per game. They were the co-captains of the Jumbos.

Other top players featured in this year's event will feature include Dan Wheeler and Tim McLaughlin of Division III National Champions Amherst College and 2007 Josten's National Player of the Year Ryan Cain of WPI. There are many more stars (listed below) who have garnered All-America status as well as All-Region, All-Conference, and Conference Player of the Year Honors.

The rosters were selected by several committees made up of area college coaches and are being released by Stephen Brennan, the NEBCA Executive Secretary.

In addition to the All-Star Game, there will be a free clinic at 3:30 run by several of the game's participants and area coaches along with raffles that include Boston Celtics memorabilia and a chance to take a half-court shot for $50,000.

Tickets will be sold at the following rates: Adults $10, Students $5 and children under 12 free. We encourage everyone to come out and support this worthy event.

HOME TEAM - Representing the Little East, GNAC, Independents, NEWMAC and MASCAC
10 Kinsey Durgin, RIC
11 Mike Parker, Eastern Conn.
12 Ryan Cain, WPI
12 Chad Pulkkinen, St. Joe's
12 Brandon McCombs, Salem
14 Anthony Pizzo, Springfield
15 Derek Thompson, Bridgewater
15 Chris Matte, Southern Vermont
21 Alfredo Tovar, Emerson
22 John Murphy, Suffolk
30 Brian Zukowski, Wheaton
32 Stephane Abelard, UMass-Dartmouth
32 Steve Morris, Newbury
34 Curtis Gadles, Westfield
35 Tony Barros, UMASS-Boston
40 Eric Downie, Salem
41 David Sontag, Keene
43 Rene Cheatham, Norwich

Coaches: Mike Smiley, Babson and Adam Nelson, Suffolk

AWAY TEAM - Representing the NESCAC, Commonwealth Coast and NAC
1 Jerry Logan, Gordon
3 David Williams, Elms
11 Andreas Vasiliu, Mount Ida
13 Matt Grendal, Salve Regina
14 David Shepherd, Tufts
20 Tim McLaughlin, Amherst
23 Kino Clarke, Trinity
23 Kevin Bradley, Bowdoin
23 Tyler Muzzy, Husson
30 Brian Kumf, Tufts
30 Bryan Gaine, Wentworth
32 Pat Martin, Trinity
33 Jason Harvey, Husson
41 Dan Wheeler, Amherst
50 Mike Sullivan, Endicott

Coaches: Chris Cullinan, Wentworth and Jon Yeh, Eastern Nazarene