McAllister Signed by Pittsburgh CBA team

Bryant McAllister

Bryant McAllister, Duquesne's top scorer last season and an All-Atlantic 10 pick, signed with the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) Xplosion on August 26, 2006.

Bryant McAllister, a native of West Mifflin, led the Atlantic 10 in scoring and was second in assists last season. He shot .771 from the free throw line for his career, including .816 percent (252-of-309) as a junior and senior and finished ranked in DU's all-time Top 10 in nine different statistical categories.

Tuesday, Sept. 26th, the CBA announced the Xplosion would be playing their second season in the 'Burgh. The team played in the ABA (American Basketball Association) last season, primarily at Mellon Arena.

The Explosion finished last season with an 18-11 record, second in the Freddie Lewis Division. They were defeated by the Bellingham Slam, 122-115.

The Xplosion joins the Trinity Sports & Entertainment Group Inc. (TSEG), that "... was formed by Jay Fiedler (10-year veteran NFL quarterback), Tim Hardaway (5-time NBA All-Star) and Demetrius Ford (South Florida investment banker) to acquire and develop professional sports franchises throughout the United States, and eventually, internationally."

The team is led by former-NBAer and Pittsburgh area native Armon Gilliam, who was an All-American at UNLV. Five (5) other local area players return from last season's roster. The coach this season is Larry Anderson, a South Hills HS and Point Park grad, who has coached at CMU, Pitt women's team, Point Park, Schenley HS and, most recently, Woodland High School.

The team's draft picks include West Virginia's Kevin Pittsnogle, Pitt's Carl Krauser and George Mason's Jai Lewis, who tried the move from basketball to football at the New York Giants preseason camp.

The league opens play on December 1, 2006.

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