Independent Basketball Association
|No. of teams||14|
|Country|| United States
|Continent||FIBA Americas (Americas)|
|Most recent champion(s)||Schenectady Legends (Fall 2014)|
|Most titles||Kankakee County Soldiers (5)|
The Independent Basketball Association (IBA) is a semi-professional men's basketball league that began play in the fall of 2011. The six charter members were Battle Creek Knights, Chicago Redline, Gary Splash, Kankakee County Soldiers, Lake County Stars and Rockford Riverdawgs.
IBA play two separate seasons each calendar year: a Spring season (March–June) and a Fall season (September–January). Teams compete in one or both league competitions.
Commissioner of the IBA is Barry Bradford, president of the Kankakee County Soldiers.
The first league championship (2011–12) was won by the Kankakee County Soldiers, who also won the 2012 Spring season championship.
In the Spring of 2012 the league expanded beyond its midwest footprint, adding a total of seven teams: Albany Legends, Kenosha Ballers, Lansing Capitals, Los Angeles Lightning, Malibu Pirates, Springfield Xpress and St. Louis Trotters.
The Holland Dream were added to the IBA for its third season in 2012-13, bringing the league total to 14 teams.
IBA and PBL joined forces in 2013, but the merger was short-lived. Travel issues, questions of league rules and other issues were too much to overcome and the two parted ways before the end of the Spring season.
2013-14 began with the addition of the Windy City Blazers, who played previously as the Windy City Monsters in the ABA. Grand Rapids Fusion and Markham City Racers entered league play for the 2014 Spring season.
In the Fall season of 2014-15 four teams (Binghamton Pioneers, Jersey G-Force, Kansas City Kryptonite, and Toronto 3D) are scheduled to play a partial schedule in anticipation of full league membership in 2015. CyFair Cobras, Houston Xperience and Louisiana Soul also were to compete as "branding teams" in the Fall season. None played an IBA game.
In December of 2014 Schenectady Legends captured their first IBA championship, defeating Kenosha 154-137. Albany High School graduate Lloyd "Pooh" Johnson score an IBA championship game record 61 points and was named the game MVP.
* = IBA Branding Division (provisional league member)
|Team||City||Arena||First season in IBA||Last season in IBA|
|Battle Creek Flight||Battle Creek, Michigan||Kellogg Arena||2004||2011|
|Chicago Redline||Chicago, Illinois||Calument Park Recreation Center||2011||2013|
|Holland Dream||Holland, Michigan||Holland Civic Center||2005||2012|
|Lake County Stars||Deerfield, Illinois||Trinity International University||2011||2014|
|Los Angeles Lightning||Thousand Oaks, California||Gilbert Sports Arena||2007||2012|
|Malibu Pirates||Moorpark, California||Moorpark High School||2012||2012|
|Springfield Xpress||Springfield, Illinois||Lanphier High School||2012||2013|
|2011-12 Fall||Kankakee County Soldiers||Gary Splash||2-0 (best-of 3 series)|
|2012 Spring||Kankakee County Soldiers||Albany Legends||150-116|
|2012-13 Fall||Kankakee County Soldiers||Battle Creek Knights||2-1 (best-of 3 series)|
|2013 Spring||Kankakee County Soldiers||Gary Splash||116-99|
|2013-14 Fall||Kankakee County Soldiers||St. Louis Trotters||118-112|
|2014 Spring||Grand Rapids Fusion||Markham City Racers||104-92|
|2014-15 Fall||Schenectady Legends||Kenosha Ballers||154-137|
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