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CBA introduces new playoff system

Boise, ID (Sports Network) - The Continental Basketball Association announced that it will use a new format for the 2006 playoffs, which includes a unique quarter point system.

The six postseason teams will play three games each during the round-robin portion. Under this new format, each team will receive three points for a victory, as well as a point for every quarter that it outscored its opponent.

The two clubs that accumulate the most points advance to the best-of-three finals.

"Not only is this an exciting change for our playoff format, but this will also increase interest during our regular season games," said vice-president of basketball operations Eric Chapman. "The intensity by now having each team play in essence 12 mini-games in the first round and battling for each quarter point should be very exciting for our fans league-wide."

The CBA has used the quarter point system during the regular season since the 1981-82 campaign, but never applied it to the playoffs.

Ties will be broken based first on head-to-head play, and then by higher seed.

Rockford is the top seed in the Eastern Conference as of the all-star break followed by Gary and Albany. In the West, Yakama is No. 1, with Idaho the second seed and Sioux Falls No. 3. During the round-robin, each squad will play the teams from the opposite conference once.

The playoffs are slated to begin during the second week of March.

01/20 18:44:14 ET

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