Independent Basketball Association

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Independent Basketball Association (IBA)
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Sport Basketball
Founded October 2011
Inaugural season 2011-12
No. of teams 14
Country  United States
 Canada
Continent FIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent champion(s) Schenectady Legends (Fall 2014)
Most titles Kankakee County Soldiers (5)
Official website www.IBAball.net

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.[1]

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.

History[edit]

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[2] 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[3] 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.[4]

Teams[edit]

* = IBA Branding Division (provisional league member)

Former teams[edit]

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Result
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[5]
2014-15 Fall Schenectady Legends Kenosha Ballers 154-137

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Battle Creek Knights to join new league". USbasket. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "New basketball league brings hoops to Springfield". Illinois Times. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "The nasty breakup and the online sniping". Times Union. 3 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Knapp goes undefeated in first season as coach". The Daily Gazette. 17 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Grand Rapids Fusion are Spring Champions". USbasket. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 

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