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The hometown Clovers dropped a three-point decision (135-132) to the visitors from the north at Hyde Park High School on Saturday.
"After three straight weeks of training camp the Cedar Valley CourtKings, Waterloo/Cedar Falls new minor league basketball team, is set to open up their inaugural season in the newly formed Midwest Basketball League! The CourtKings travel to Chicago this weekend to take on the Chicago Clovers.
"Here is what we know about the Clovers. They are owned by Othell Mitchell, Jr who has his own clothing line in Chicago. He also runs all the Pro-Am basketball in the city of Chicago. Othell had wanted to get into the MBL this season and when Sioux City pulled out a month ago that opened the door for the Clovers to be in the league in year one instead of waiting until next year. Their roster is just getting finalized but their owner has told the MBL league president that he will have some former pro players on his team."
"The MBL will use the college rule book with NBA rule adaptions such as four 12 minute quarters, 6 fouls per player, jump ball on all held ball calls and a 24 second shot clock are the main ones."
There's also a Chicago Fury in the league.
"Thoughts and prayers from the Midwest Basketball League are sent to the Chicago Fury, who recently lost their teammate Marvin Lee.
"The 30-year old Lee was shot and killed late Wednesday night after an altercation at a bar in Chicago.
"After a stand-out career at Hyde Park Academy Lee went on to play college basketball at Pratt Community College for two seasons. He transferred to NCAA Division I Binghamton University for the 2006-07 season before finishing his collegiate career at Division II Emporia State."
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