Florida Basketball Association

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Florida Basketball Association (FBA)
Sport Basketball
Founded January 11, 2012
No. of teams 5
Country USA
Continent FIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent champion(s) Miami Midnites (2014)
Most titles 3 teams with 1 title
Official website www.theFBA.com

The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) is a professional men's basketball minor league in Florida, in the United States that was formed in 2010[1] and began play in May 2012.[2] Former NBA player Greg Kite serves as league commissioner.

History[edit]

In January 2012, the Florida Flight and Palm Beach Titans left the Continental Basketball League, joining with the Tampa Bay Rebels to start the FBA. The Miami Stars were initially going to be the fourth franchise, but were replaced prior to the launch of the FBA by the Heartland Prowl, a former team in the CBL.

After an 11-1 regular season, the Tampa Bay Rebels won the inaugural championship in 2012 over the Heartland Prowl 131-106.

Tampa Bay finished 10-2 in 2012 while the Heartland Prowl (9-3) earned a rematch in the championship. This time the Prowl came out on top, defeating the Tampa Bay Rebels 111-109 to be crowned champions.[3]

The expansion franchise Miami Midnites defeated the three-time finalist Tampa Bay Rebels 98-82[4] to claim the 2014 FBA Championship.

Teams[edit]

Miami Midnites[edit]

Miami Midnites
Leagues FBA (2014-present)
ABA (2014-Present)
History Miami Midnites (2011–present)
Arena David Posnack Jewish Community Center
Location Davie, Florida
Team colors White, Green
Head coach Shakey Rodriguez
Ownership Jeff Rosen / Maccabi Haifa
Website miamimidnites.com/

The Miami Midnites are a team in the Florida Basketball Association based in Davie, Florida. Their home venue is David Posnack Jewish Community Center. The Midnites were founded by Triangle Entertainment, the owner of the Maccabi Haifa B.C., in Israel.[5] After winning the FBA championship in the inaugural season, they announced they would be joining the American Basketball Association for the 2014–15 ABA season.[6]

2014 Season[edit]

The Miami Midnites, were established in 2014, as a professional developmental basketball team of the Israeli Premier League team, Maccabi Haifa,[7] by owner Jeff Rosen.[8]

The Miami Midnites played their inaugural season at the Michael & Ann Feinberg Gymnasium in the David Posnack Jewish Community Center.[9]

During the month of July, Midnites player Tremaine Stevens was named player of the month. Stevens averaged 32.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game, while shooting a field goal percentage of 53%, including 43% on three point shots, in addition to 73% on free throws.[10]

The Midnites finished in first place, with an 11-1 record.[11] They went on defeat the Palm Beach Knights in the semifinals and the Tampa Bay Rebels in the finals, to win the championship.[12][13]

Tampa Bay Rebels[edit]

Tampa Bay Rebels
Leagues FBA (2012-present)
Founded 2011
History Tampa Bay Rebels (2011–present)
Arena Freedom High School
Location Tampa, Florida
Team colors White, Navy
Website tampabayrebels.com

The Tampa Bay Rebels are a team in the Florida Basketball Association (FBA) based in Tampa, Florida. Their home venue is Freedom High School.

History[edit]

The Tampa Bay Rebels won the championship in 2012 and lost in the championship game in 2013 and 2014.

Heartland Prowl[edit]

Heartland Prowl
Heartland Prowl logo
Leagues ABA: 2010-2011
CBL: 2011
FBA: 2012-Present
Founded 2009
History Savannah Prowl (2009)
Georgia Prowl (2009-2010)
Heartland Prowl (2010-present)
Arena Sebring High School
Location Riverview, Florida
Team colors Red, White, Blue
Head coach Kevin Pruett
Ownership Cornell Young
Championships 2 (2011 CBL South), (2013 FBA)
Website heartlandprowl.com

The Heartland Prowl are a basketball team based in Sebring, Florida in the Florida Basketball Association. Founded in 2009, the team played two seasons in the new American Basketball Association, and was previously based in McDonough, Georgia (as the Georgia Prowl) and then in Avon Park, Florida. They then played in the Continental Basketball League for the 2011 season. They play their home games at Sebring High School.

History[edit]

The team was founded in 2009 as an expansion team in the new American Basketball Association. During the planning stages they were intended to be based in Savannah, Georgia as the Savannah Prowl, but relocated before the season to McDonough, Georgia, adopting the name Georgia Prowl. They played for one season in McDonough, using the Eagle's Landing High School gym as their home facility. For the 2010-2011 season they relocated to Avon Park in Highlands County, Florida, changing their name to the Heartland Prowl. After the season they announced they would be joining the Continental Basketball League.[14] They moved to nearby Sebring, Florida and played their games at Sebring High School. At some point in 2012, they left the CBL and joined the FBA. The Prowl won the 2013 FBA Championship.

Palm Beach Knights[edit]

The Palm Beach Knights are from West Palm Beach, Florida and their home arena is Inlet Grove High School. They were founded in 2013, which was also their first year in the league.

Florida Flight[edit]

The Florida Flight are from Avalon Park, Florida. Their home arena is the Avalon Middle school and were founded in 2010. The Flight are owned by former National Basketball Association player Greg Kite, who had previously played for the Orlando Magic.[15]

Championships[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Result
2012 Tampa Bay Rebels Heartland Prowl 131-106
2013 Heartland Prowl Tampa Bay Rebels 111-109
2014 Maimi Midnites Tampa Bay Rebels 98-82

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