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March 14, 2006 > Tri-City Ballers

Tri-City Ballers

by Justin Hamady

In December 2005, the San Jose Ballers, a professional basketball team playing under the IBL (International Basketball League), moved to the Union City, Fremont, and Newark area; the team is now called, Tri-City Ballers. In the spring '05 season, the Ballers (then representing San Jose) were armed with the top two leading scorers in the league: Jovan Harris and Alejandro Thomas, Harris averaging 35.3 points and Thomas at 28.3 points per game.

The Ballers are owned by Ivan White, founder and CEO of Medelex- a medical and industrial diagnostics imaging company based in Sunnyvale, Calif., whose vision is to bring a greater sense of community to the area. The team hopes to create a family-oriented atmosphere during their April - June 2006 basketball season. Game rules have been modified to speed things up allowing only one timeout per quarter and shortening the time between plays with immediate inbounds and there will be more to the weekend events than simply the game. Each home game will include dance performances, singers, concessions, DJs, sponsor tables providing information and raffles.

The first game of the season will be on April 7 at 7:15 p.m. in the Newark Memorial High School gym. Entertainment includes Landon Campbell, an 8-year-old boy singing the National Anthem and a halftime dance performance by the Jr. Ballers. The season opener will offer a chance for ticket holders to win a trip to wherever Southwest Airlines flies and certificates for Starbucks and Hometown Buffet.

Current team sponsors include: Sea Brooke Group, After Hours Formal Wear, and Karam Abdou Dentistry. Additional sponsorships are welcome. For those interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Carmella Medeiros or Tracie Dunston at (408) 774-0720.

Support your local team. Come out to the first game of the season and help them make it to the championships! As Chief of Operations, Tracie Dunston puts it, "We have a professional sports event right here in our backyard; who knows the potential."

Tri-City Ballers schedule















































































































































Day

Date

Time

Visitor

Home

Fri

April 7

7:15pm

Portland

Tri-City

Sat
April 8
7:15pm
Chico
Tri-City*

Sat

April 15

7:15pm

Tri-City

Chico

Sat

April 22

7:15pm

Central Oregon

Tri-City
Fri

April 28

7:15pm

Oakland

Tri-City

Sat

April 29

7:15pm

Tri-City

Oakland

Sat

May 6

7:15pm

Tri-City

Chico

Thu

May 11

7:15pm

Tri-City

Colorado

Fri

May 12

7:15pm

Tri-City

Aurora

Sat

May 13

7:15pm

Tri-City

Colorado

Sun

May 14

5:00pm

Tri-City

Aurora

Fri

May 19

7:15pm

Oakland

Tri-City

Sat

May 20

7:15pm

Chico

Tri-City

Fri

June 2

7:15pm

Salem

Tri-City

Fri

June 9

7:15pm

Oakland

Tri-City

Fri

June 16

7:15pm

Aurora

Tri-City

Sun

June 18

5:00pm

Aurora

Tri-City

Fri

June 23

7:15pm

Tri-City

Oakland

Fri

June 30

7:15pm

Tri-City

Chico


* James Logan High School, 1800 H Street, Union City
 
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