CBA 1979-2000 & 2001-2006
|History||Lancaster Red Roses
The Lightning were the oldest team in the CBA, originally existing as the Lancaster Red Roses from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. That team changed their name to the Lancaster Lightning, then the franchise moved to Baltimore for a year before relocating in Rockford. Their home arena was the MetroCentre.
They were the runners-up in the 2001-02 and 2004-05 CBA seasons, losing a winner-take-all championship game to the Dakota Wizards 116-109 in 2002, and a best-of-5 series to the Sioux Falls Skyforce 3-1 in 2005.
On January 20, 2006, the team's owner announced that the Lightning would cease operations after the season unless other investors purchased the team and continued its operations. An attempt was made to constitute a new local ownership group, but it was unsuccessful, and the team folded. The Lightning's main rivals were the Quad City Thunder.
- Bruce Bowen (1995-97) - Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs
- Earl Boykins (1998-99)
- "Rockford Awarded ABA Team". MyStateline.com. 16 September 2010.
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