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Hot Hoops Hit the Walled City

JUNE 15 Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today confirmed that the Quebec City Kebekwa ownership is now Club de basketball de Quebec Inc., a company based in Quebec City, Canada and is in good standing with the league.

Club de basketball de Quebec Inc is a company formed by a group of nine prominent business people including Vincent Bernier, Raymond Boisvert, Francois Bourassa, Real Bourassa, Steve Joncas, Brune Levesque, Jean-Marc Mercier, Dennis Parent and Pierre Savard. Vincent Bernier will serve as President of the team.

"We wish them well," stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. "They were a real force in the league last season and we look for them to be even better this season. Lots of great experience, enthusiasm and the fans of Quebec City are tremendous also." For more information, email vbclemag@hotmail.com, rboisvert@qc.aira.com or visit www.abalive.com.


Selden, NY -- The Strong Island Sound won their third consecutive game by defeating the Quebec City Kebekwa at Suffolk Community College, 113-96. The Sound had five players score in double digits and had another strong second half to improve to 18-12.

Raphael Edwards had a double-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and added 5 assists. He was instrumental in leading the Sound to an important victory which dropped the Kebs to 18-13, one half-game behind Strong Island in overall record.

"A win like this means a lot this time of year," said Edwards. "We need to get a head of steam."

At the end of the first quarter, the Sound led by five. The Kebs came back in the second quarter and took a 47-44 lead but the Sound recovered and the half ended with them up 54-53.

The Sound went on a 13-2 run to open up an 85-74 lead at the end of three.

It was all Sound in the fourth as they outscored the Kebs 28-19 with a dominant defense. Greg Plummer added 18 points. "We're starting to jell and showing some real chemistry," said Coach Mixson. "But I still don't feel that we've played our best basketball yet. We'll be scary when we do."

Mixson commented on the upcoming game on Thursday in Rochester against the defending champion Rochester RazorSharks. "It'll be like a playoff game. It is important to take that game and we'll have to play our best."

Cordell Jeanty led the Kebs with 18 points and 8 rebounds; Manix Auriantal had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Including the Rochester game, the Sound will play on four consecutive nights. Friday, they will be in Newark to face the Express. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the Sound will host the Brooklyn Comets and Express, respectively. The games will have playoff ramifications for sure.

Newark Ecpress 103 Quebec 99

The first game featured a hard fought battle between the two teams that went back and forth for most of the game until Newark pulled away for a 103-99 victory over the Kebs. Led by Phillip Smith with 21 points and an impressive 6 blocked shots, the Express had five players in double figures. Duquan Everett again commanded the boards with 15 rebounds  and 12 points. Quebec was led by Paul Lermand with 22 points.


Montreal , 23 rd February 2007-. The Montreal Royal capped off an amazing comeback to come out on top against the Quebec City Kebekwa`s in front of 1000 fans at the Pierre Charbonneau Center. It was the Royal`s second win in a row.

Trailing 36-34 at the half, Montreal found themselves down by as many as 15 points in the 3 rd quarter as Quebec took advantage of many miscues by Royal players. Entering the 4 th quarter the Royal, down 11 points battled back and took the lead for good when guard Burky Reid stole the ball at half court and converted a running lay-up to put Montreal up 66-64. Quebec could not withstand the defensive pressure applied by the Royal as they committed 4 turnovers in the last 3 minutes of the game. Quebec was forced to foul in the last seconds of the game and guard J.J Brade converted two free throws to make it 85-82 and seal the win. Reid and centre Eche Okafor were the Royal`s (6-17) high scorers with 17 a piece. Forward Damon Jones chipped in with 14. Quebec (16-11) was led by all-star forward Cordell Jeanty who had a game high 22 points. It was the 7 th and final meeting between the two teams this year with Quebec winning the first 5 meetings and Montreal coming out on top in the last two.

The Royal will take part in a charity event for the heart foundation tomorrow night at 7.p.m at the Pierre Charbonneau Centre, with Royal players facing off against the Global television staff. All proceeds will be donated to the heart foundation. Montreal’s next home game will be held on Sunday February 25 th as the league leading Vermont Frost Heaves will visit the Royal. Tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m. For more information please call 514-872-6644 or visit www.montrealroyalaba.com


Quebec City, Canada. The ABA Quebec Kebekwa won their 14th victory of the season with back-to-back wins over a tough Twin City Ballers team. On Saturday, ABA All Star Cordell Jeanty led the Kebs to a 111-106 victory with 32 points for one of the best wins of the season for the team. On Friday, it was a little easier with a 113-92 victory led by Paul Larmand with 31 points. The two wins helped keep Quebec in the top 16 of the ABA Power Rankings and set up two good games in Quebec City of Feb 9 & 10 when they meet the Buffalo Silverbacks and Cape Cod Frenzy.


Frost Heaves top Kebekwa for 8th straight victory

February 19, 2007

QUEBEC CITY – The league-leading Vermont Frost Heaves overcame sickness as well as a determined comeback bid from Quebec in Sunday's 89-76 American Basketball Association victory.

The Kebekwa trailed 50-44 at halftime and pulled within four points in the second half, but the Frost Heaves secured the victory with four players in double figures. Vermont has now won eight straight games and 13 of its last 14.

"This was a really gutsy win from start to finish," Frost Heaves coach Will Voigt said. "We've been hit with the flu bug, so we played without Antonio Burks, Kevin Mickens and Markus Austin. We were a little undermanned and players had to play more minutes than they were accustomed to, but we put in a great effort on defense. The guys executed the game plan perfectly. We held them to 35 percent shooting, and that will usually lead to a win."

Aaron Cook paced Vermont with 20 points, followed by teammates Kelvin Parker (16 points), Issa Konare (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Tyrone Levett (14 points, eight rebounds).

"I only took 11 shots, so my shot count was down, but I was just able to pick and choose my spots by what Quebec gave me."

According to Cook, his teammates rallied to the cause after it became clear that three regular contributors would not be in the lineup.

"It started out with Antonio being out – he didn't make the trip – and Kevin and Markus ended up being sick when we were up here," Cook said. "But we all came together to do what we had to do to get the win."

Vermont improves to 25-4 and holds the No. 1 spot in the ABA power rankings. The Frost Heaves return to action on Wednesday when they travel to play the Buffalo Silverback.

"This road trip that we're about to face, that's going to tell a lot about where we're at going into the playoffs," Cook said. "Right now we're just concentrating on the areas we can improve on – the smaller things that can make us a better team."

"We're hitting the brutal stretch of our schedule," Voigt said. "Buffalo has lost only one time all year at home, and it was to Rochester, the defending ABA champs, and they've also beaten Rochester. So it's going to be a tough game."


Quebec, Canada -- The Quebec Kebekwa had two losses and one victory this weekend against three strong ABA teams but remains in the top 16 in the ABA Power Rankings because of difficulty to schedule.

With the return of Manix Auriental from the injured reserve list, the team is now ready to make a move up the rankings and hopes to improve on its current 15-9 record and move into the top eight before season's end.

According to Marie-Helene Cayer, "We're happy with our team, with Manix back, we will be in contention. Count on it."

For more information, visit www.quebecbasket.com.


Selden, NY -- Miguel "Slim" Milliem had his second consecutive double-double and led the Strong Island Sound to a 120-111 victory over the Quebec City Kebekwa at Suffolk Community College.

Coming off the bench at the start of the second quarter with his team down by three, Milliem ignited the Sound and the crowd with high-flying slams and blocks. But things did not appear to be going the home team's way at the start of the contest. The Kebs scored the first 10 points of the game before the Sound got off the board. But, the Sound came back and it was 35-32 after one. In the second quarter, the Sound outscored the Keb 37-23 and led at half 69=-58.

QC went on an 11-0 run to start the third and took a 2 point lead. They were outscoring the Sound 27-9 before the home team found their touch outside and the score was tied at 92 at the end of three. Milliem, 30 points, 15 rebounds, 9 blocks was all over the court and was instrumental in giving the Sound second opportunities with 9 offensive rebounds.

"Earlier this season, I had toe and wrist injuries that held me back," Milliem said. "Now I'm feeling very comfortable."

Williams scored 17 points, had 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the Sound. The Sound will host the Maryland Nighthawks and 7'9" center Sun Ming Ming in their next game on Saturday, Feb. 24th. Tickets are available by visiting
www.strongislandsound.com. The game can be heard on 98.5FM WBZB, with Dave Greenwald and Rob Hahn on the call.

ABA Quebec Kebekwa Have A Lot To Smile About, With New Player And An All-Star Inclusion

MLN Newswire - www.mlntherawfeed.com – Quebec, Canada. - The Quebec Kebekwa had reasons to be happy this week - the addition of a new player, Joshua King, and the announcement that Cordell Jeanty will perform at the ABA All Star Weekend in Halifax next week (the second Canadian to be an All Star, with Manix Auriental named last season).

"While we lost this weekend to the Montreal Royal (105-101), we defeated the very good Strong Island Sound 101-95 and feel that we are putting things together for a stretch run. Our goal is to get into the Top Eight," said GM Pascal Jobin. "And we'll start the push on February 2nd with we battle the Twin City Ballers for the first time."


Number Name HT. WT. Pos. School
6 Auriantal, Manix 6'2" 185 lb G New York Tech
17 Brunson, Ty 6'8" 225 lb F
22 Fortier, Charles 6'4" 212 lb G Laval, Quebec
33 Horth, Marc-Antoine 6'7" 245 lb F Laval, Quebec
23 Jeanty, Cordell 6'5" 215 lb F Southern Illinois
11 Levros, Louis-Patrick 6'4" 182 lb G Rhode Island C.C.
Mattew, Morgan 5'10" 165 lb G St. Foy
7 Pierre, Jonas 6'10" 240 lb C Lincoln University
21 Pierre, Jean-Marley 6'6" 235 lb F Dowling College
15 Soucy, Dominique 6'4" 205 lb G Laval University, Quebec
Tshimbomba, Filose 6'8" 242 lb C Edouard-Montpetit
24 Ward, Jamal 6'5" 235 lb F American
2 Williams, Aaron 6'2" 185 lb G Deleware State University


The Quebec City Kebekwa is a new American Basketball Association team for the 2006-07 season. They were announced as a new franchise in the league May 30, 2006. The team will begin its season in November 2006 at the gymnasium of Université Laval. Tryouts for the team will occur on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of September in Quebec. The owner of the team is Réal Bourassa. In the initial announcement, it was also suggested that Quebec might be the location of the 2007 All-Star Game or Championship Series.

The team will be called the Quebec Kebekwa (In french known as le kebekwa de Québec or by their nickname keb's). The team held a survey to name the team and 66% of the people preferred the name Kebekwa (a phonetic spelling of the word Québécois, "Quebeckers") to the Quebec Jumping Frogs, a suggestion that generated a notable amount of controversy as "frog" is a derogatory term for a French Canadian. The frog, which will be named "Dunky" will still be featured on the team logo and as the team mascot.

Heave Ho to Quebec

Everyone wants something. A player wants a different picture in the yearbook because, since he posed, he has rounded into shape. A fan wants tickets, and because he's a state senator thinks they should be comps. Coaches want coaching shoes; sponsors want extra p.a. announcements; investors want-imagine that!-a return.

As if pleasing fans, sponsors, coaches, players and investors weren't enough, I've got editors on my case. Apparently these dispatches aren't meeting with universal pleasure back at the home office.

One editor is troubled that fellow staffers ask him if SI or si.com has a financial interest in the team. Believes that, if the question's being asked around the office, the perception is surely out there in the world at large.

Having just glanced at the pile of bills on the desk behind me, I told this editor that, when asked if SI has a stake in the Heaves, his answer should be, "No. Fortunately."

Another editor would like me to create a persona, that of the befuddled owner. "Like John Cleese in Fawlty Towers," he says. "It's got to be funny."

Oh, there's plenty of pratfall in all this. That box of red, white and blue ABA balls that we thought the assistant G.M. had recycled by the curb? Turns out that I'd left them back at a gym on the other side of the state. That wad of bills I riffled through just before the doors opened for our home opener in Barre on Thursday night? "An ABA wad"-all singles, for making change at the ticket window. John Cleese himself couldn't have pulled off the half-gainer I did on the team bus in Quebec 10 days ago, when the bus stopped short and I pitched forward, doing a face plant in the aisle.

But Fawlty Towers may be a bit too far. When a player collapses in practice, what am I supposed to do? Wave it off with an "Oh, that's Melvin. He's from Barcelona?"

It seems as if I now live, travel and work among editors. An assistant coach queries where he's listed in the program. A statistician, a social worker by trade, points out that my reference to one of our players as "an epileptic" might better be swapped out for "a person with epilepsy."

Even our players are editors. We beat Quebec City 117-87 on Thursday. Gov. Jim Douglas threw up the ceremonial jump ball, and joined the 1,200 people rocking the Barre Municipal Auditorium. We got every player into the scoring column. Even our Northfield Savings Bank 110% Community All-Star, Barre mayor Thom Lauzon, checked into the game. But for the fuse that melted down and forced us to curtail the postgame autograph opportunity, it was a boffo night. And then we gathered for our postgame meal, where one of our players went red-pencil on me.

Melvin Creddle picked up our yearbook. He pointed to the sash on the cover that reads INAUGURAL SEASON. And he said, "Couldn't you just say 'first?'"

The Vermont Frost Heaves open in Burlington tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium against the Buffalo Silverbacks. Special guest Bobbito Garcia of Project Playground will perform at halftime. Tickets are available at the door, or you can follow the action on WSNO AM 1450 in Barre, WJOY AM 1230 in Burlington or on the Web at vermontfrostheaves.com.


Cape Cod Frenzy Still Undefeated as they Beat Quebec Kebekwa 101-99 - ABA

Sainte Foy, Quebec.  The ABA Cape Cod Frenzy and Quebec Kebekwa had something in common: both squads were coming off dramatic, gut-wrenching victories the night before and stood undefeated at 1-0.  Quebec rallied from a 25 point halftime deficit to defeat the Vermont Frost Heaves 108-100 in overtime and the Frenzy emerged victorious against the Matrix 110-108 on a tip in at the buzzer.  Last night, something had to give.
The Kebs jumped out to a 14-10 early lead, but the Frenzy stayed close on a Rich Pittman up-and-under layup and three pointer from the corner.  Both teams were feeling each other out in the early going, like two boxers sparring back and forth.  The Frenzy also had their own small cheering section - since Frenzy guard Korran Rivers played his high school basketball in a gym that the game was held in.  A penetration and drop by Jermaine Watson led to as easy dunk by center Ife Anosike, cutting the Quebec lead to 21-19.  Still, a strong finish by the Kebekwa gave them a 26-19 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Frenzy forward Rob Sanders, the hero from last night's win, found himself in foul trouble early and spent the rest of the half on the bench.
In the second quarter, Anosike grabbed an offensive rebound and scored plus the foul making the score 31-26 Quebec.  Several steals by the Frenzy players helped them get back into the game and led to breakaway layups.  A three pointer by Watson tied the score at 39-39 with 5:26 left in the half. Quebec stayed tough, still keeping the Frenzy at bay. However, a 2nd three pointer by Rich Pittman and a strong defensive finish to the half gave the Frenzy a 52-50 halftime lead.
"Psychologically, we were glad to have the small lead at the half after fighting through our own errors and miscues," stated Frenzy head coach Dr. Keith Clarke.
In the third quarter, both teams went back and forth but the Frenzy dug their heels in with tough defensive pressure.  The result was a series of fast breaks and two alley oop slam dunks by Rob Sanders. The Frenzy took a commanding 74-65 lead at the close of the third quarter, and held an 81-72 lead with 8 minutes to go in the game.  But Quebec was not going away.  Showing the same resolve that earned them a 25 point comeback the night before, the Kebekwa players responded and went into a full court press.  Forward Jamal Ward hit two three pointers cutting the Frenzy lead to 89-88 with 5:25 left.
Keb center Jonas Pierre blocked a shot and then scored a 10 foot jumper on the other end for a 90-89 Quebec lead. However, Frenzy point guard Steve Hailey responded with a tough baseline floater in traffic to reclaim the lead for the Frenzy at 91-90.
Then things to out of hand. After two free throws by Quebec, the Frenzy turned the  ball over several time and the Kebs made them pay "3-D" style.  Five more free throws upped the Quebec lead to 97-91 at the 2:24 mark. Once again, the young Cape Cod squad was challenged with the question: would they just quit and go away or could they dig down deep and find a way to win?
Critical back-to-back three pointers by Frenzy guard Dustin Hellenga cut the deficit to one at 98-99 with just 50 seconds remaining!  Then a steal and a driving lay in by Jermaine Watson wrenched the lead back for the Frenzy 100-99.  On the ensuing play the Frenzy stopped Quebec and Rich Pittman came up with a huge rebound and was promptly fouled with 24.3 seconds left. Pittman missed both free throws but miraculously the carom fell into the hands of Frenzy guard Jermaine Watson.  Watson went to the charity stripe and made one of two free throws to up the score to 101-99.  Quebec forward Jamal missed a three point attemp and Jermaine Watson was fouled again with just 6.7 seconds on the clock.  Watson missed both free throws and the Kebs tried a long bomb pass that was tipped away harmlessly by Pittman and the game was over.
Frenzy head coach Clark after the game: "Our guys proved they have heart, determination, and talent - I am proud of the effort they put forth tonight, they left it all out there on the court."
The Frenzy were led by Watson's 21 and 3 steals, Pittman's 17 points and 11 rebounds. Sanders, plagued by foul problems had 17 and Ife Anosike played huge with 16 pionts, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.  Hellenga had 14 points, Hailey 9 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds.  Korran Rivers contributed 7 points in his homecoming.  Quebec was led by Charles Fortier with 22 points.

Frost Heaves drop opener

November 11, 2006

QUEBEC CITY – The Vermont Frost Heaves squandered a 23-point halftime lead in their franchise opener Friday, suffering a 108-100 overtime loss to the Quebec City Kebekwa.

Vermont grabbed a 56-33 advantage after the second quarter, but Quebec City rallied to force overtime behind a strong effort from Jamal Ward. The Kebekwa closed the gap largely because of the American Basketball Association's 3-D rule, which gives a team more points if they score a basket following a steal in the back court.

Quebec City took its first lead with 2:00 left in the game, pulling ahead 99-98, and both teams ended regulation in a tie. Ward hit a three-pointer with 1:15 remaining in overtime and Vermont never got close again.

"It was enormously exciting," Frost Heaves owner Alexander Wolff said. "It was their opening game too and it was a sellout crowd. Normally with a 56-33 halftime score, half the fans would leave if the visiting team were up. But instead they stayed and they watched their home team come back."

Antonio Burks provided a bright spot for the Frost Heaves, hitting five three-pointers to score 17 points in the second quarter.

Burks finished with 21 points, followed by teammates Melvin Creddle (19 points) and Murkus Austin (17 points).

The Frost Heaves fall to 0-1 and will travel to play the Montreal Matrix on Sunday at 4:05 p.m.

Vermont will host Quebec City for its home opener on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at the Barre Auditorium.




Quebec City Kebekwa
Quebec City Kebekwa logo
Founded 2005
League ABA 2005-present
Team History Quebec City Kebekwa
Arena PEPS
Based in Quebec City
Team Colors Green, red, orange, tan
Owner Réal Bourassa
Head Coach Pascal Jobin
Championships 0
Division Titles 0

Saturday November 11 2006
Tuesday November 7 2006
Thursday November 2 2006
Thursday September 21 2006


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