Indiana Alley Cats

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Indiana Alley Cats
Indiana Alley Cats logo
Leagues ABA 2005-2006
CBA 2006-2007
Founded 2005
Folded 2008
History Indiana Alley Cats
2005-present
Arena O.C. Lewis Gymnasium
2005-2006
Anderson High School Wigwam
2006-2007
Location Anderson, Indiana
Team colors Red, white and black
Head coach Carlos Knox
Ownership Rob Blackwell
Championships 0

The Indiana Alley Cats was a member of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). They are based in Anderson, Indiana and formerly played at Anderson High School Wigwam. The team was formerly a part of the American Basketball Association.

History[edit]

2005-2006[edit]

The Alley Cats were originally announced as an expansion franchise for Indianapolis, Indiana.[1] Later on, however, the team moved to Anderson, where they played at O.C. Lewis Gymnasium, on the campus of Anderson University.[2] On the court, the Alley Cats were one of the most successful franchises in ABA history, posting a 27-4 record. Their winning percentage is only topped by that of the 2005-2006 Utah Snowbears, who were 25-1.[3] The Alley Cats were coached by Greg Graham.[4] Despite this level of success, the second seed Alley Cats were upset by the 13th seed Strong Island Sound. Off the court, the Alley Cats struggled. Crowds hovered around 400-500 fans. The team was also featured in a SLAM Magazine story.[5]

2006-2007[edit]

Although the Alley Cats were considered an upper-echelon team, they chose to join the CBA. In addition to this, the team also hired Carlos Knox as head coach,[6] and moved home games to the Wigwam, a larger venue. The Alley Cats also became part of the Trinity Sports and Entertainment Group (led by NFL Quarterback Jay Fiedler, and remain there to this day.[7]

While the Alley Cats enjoyed the comforts of a set schedule and a larger arena, success was hard to come by both on and off the court. The Alley Cats finished a mediocre 23-25.[8] Brights spots were found in Shaun Fountain, who led the team in scoring[9] and was named CBA Newcomer of the Year,[10] and Will Caudle, who was named to the CBA All-Rookie Team.[11] The Alley Cats did not make the playoffs, as for 2006–2007, only the top two teams in the league made the playoffs.[12] Off the court success was limited as well, the Anderson Herald-Bulletin reported that the team was having considerable difficulty marketing itself.[13]

2007-2009[edit]

In a statement released by Trinity Sports & Entertainment Group, it was revealed that the Alley Cats were planning to move, most likely to Indianapolis[14] Trinity Sports & Entertainment Group was formed to acquire and manage professional sports franchises domestically and internationally and to provide quality, affordable entertainment to the masses. The Company owns 100% of both the Miami Majesty (formerly the Florida Pit Bulls) and the Indiana Alley Cats (fully acquired in May, 2007), both of which played in the ABA (American Basketball Association) during the 2005-2006 season. Both teams were ranked in the top 5 ABA teams throughout the 2005-2006 season. It was also revealed that over $800,000 had been poured into the team since Trinity took over operations. Another announcement stated that the Alley Cats would not resume play until 2008-2009;[15] but the team appears to be defunct.[16]

Standings[edit]

Regular Season
Year Wins Losses Percentage Points League Division
2005-2006 (ABA) 27 4 .871 The ABA does not use a point system. 1st - ABA 1st - Freddie Lewis Division
2006-2007 (CBA) 23 25 .479 163.5 3rd - CBA 3rd - American Division

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