American Professional Basketball League

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American Professional Basketball League (APBL)
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American Professional Basketball League
Sport Basketball
Founded 2010
Owner(s) Brian Graham
No. of teams 12
Country  United States
Most recent
New Jersey Thunder (2016)
Most titles New Jersey Thunder (2)
Official website

The American Professional Basketball League (APBL) is a semi-professional men's basketball league that began play in 2010. Originally known as the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL),[1] the league changed their name before the 2012-13 season.

Teams are located up and down the Atlantic Coast from New York to Northern Virginia.


Formed in 2010 as the ACPBL, the league initially was made up of two teams (Buffalo Stampede, Washington GreenHawks) formerly of the Premier Basketball League, three teams (Beltway Bombers, Garden State Rebels, Tru Hope Trailblazers) formerly of the Eastern Basketball Alliance, and three expansion teams (Hudson Valley Kingz, New York Lions, Westchester Wildkatz).


Former teams[edit]

  • Bay Area Shuckers (2011-16)
  • Brooklyn All Game (2012-14)
  • Brooklyn Firebirds (2012-13)
  • Buffalo Stampede (2010-11)
  • Capital City Express (2012-14)
  • D.C. Drew All Stars (2014)
  • Garden State Rebels (2010-12)
  • Gotham City Revolution (2013-14)
  • Hartford Lightning (2011-12)
  • Hudson Valley Hype (2014)
  • Long Island United (2014)
  • Metropolitan All-Stars (2012-14)
  • New York Lions (2010-11)
  • North Jersey Pros (2011-12)
  • Philadelphia Destroyers (2011-14)
  • Toms River Shooters (2011-12)
  • Tri-City Suns (2011)
  • Tru Hope Trailblazers (2010-11)
  • Washington GreenHawks (2010) - team dissolved and replaced by Tri-City Suns in January 2011
  • Westchester Wildkatz (2010-11)


Year Champion Runner-up Result
2011 Tru Hope Trailblazers Garden State Rebels 97-96
2012 Beltway Bombers The Destroyers 127-118
2013 NYC 524 Rockville Victors 118-116
2014 Metropolitan All-Stars NYC 524 95-74[2]
2015 New Jersey Thunder Rockville Victors 99-98[3]
2016 New Jersey Thunder Hudson Valley Kingz 100-99

League Awards[edit]

Season Most Valuable Player Coach of the Year
2010-11 Hugh Jones, Beltway Bombers Emory Addison, Tru Hope Trailblazers
2011-12 Antoinne Morgano, Garden State Rebels Dallas Comegys, The Destroyers
2012-13 Fahreed Cheatham, The Destroyers Jamaal Schools, Rockville Victors
2013-14 Aaron Collins, NYC 524 Alvin Brown, Metropolitan All-Stars
2014-15 Semaj Inge, New Jersey Thunder Kenny Avent, New Jersey Thunder
2015-16 Dele Ojo, Rockville Victors Chaz Dudley, Beltway Bombers

Notable players[edit]

Lonny Baxter, Rockville Victors

Adrian Bowie, Bay Area Shuckers[4]

Elyon Bush, Metropolitan All-Stars

Terrance Carter, Metropolitan All-Stars

Fahreed Cheatham, The Destroyers

Kevin Clark, Bay Area Shuckers

Aaron Collins, NYC 524

Edward Jones, NoVA Hawks

Phil Grant, NYC 524

Camontae Griffin, Beltway Bombers, Bay Area Shuckers

Doug Herring Jr., Hudson Valley Kingz

Semaj Inge, New Jersey Thunder

Hugh "Baby Shaq" Jones, Rockville Victors

Antoine Morgano, New Jersey Pros

William "Smush" Parker, NYC 524

Dele Ojo, Rockville Victors

Chaz Williams, Brooklyn Blazers

James "Stixx" Williams, NYC 524


  1. ^ "American Professional Basketball League Announces League Structure". 18 October 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-12-04. 
  2. ^ "All-Stars are APBL champions". 6 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "New Jersey Thunder are crowned champions". 4 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Out of the Shell: Interviewing Adrian Bowie". Testudo Times. 30 June 2013. 

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