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The Independent Basketball
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.

Contents

1 History 2 Teams

2.1 Former teams

3 Champions 4 Awards 5 References 6 External links

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
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
Toronto
3D) played a partial schedule in anticipation of full league membership in 2015. CyFair Cobras, Houston Xperience and Louisiana Soul
Louisiana Soul
also were to compete as "branding teams" in the Fall season. None played an IBA game. In December 2014 Schenectady Legends
Schenectady Legends
captured their first IBA championship, defeating Kenosha 154-137.[4] Albany High School graduate Lloyd "Pooh" Johnson score an IBA championship game record 61 points and was named the game MVP.[5] Kankakee County won their league-best sixth championship in the Fall of 2015 by avenging their finals loss to St. Louis for the Spring title. Teams[edit]

Team City Arena Founded First season in IBA

Grand Rapids Fusion Grand Rapids, Michigan City High Middle School 2014 2014

Kenosha Ballers Kenosha, Wisconsin Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha 1995 2012

Memphis Blues Memphis, Tennessee Bert Ferguson Community Center 2016 2017

Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Falcons Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Academy of Science 2016 2016

Peoria Panthers Peoria, Illinois Peoria High School 2013 2017

St. Louis Trotters St. Louis, Missouri Mathews-Dickey Boy's & Girl's Club 1970 2011

Vehicle City Royals Flint, Michigan Hamady High School

2017

Windy City Blazers Aurora, Illinois Prisco Community Center 2011 2013

Former teams[edit]

Team City Arena Founded Last season in IBA

Battle Creek Flight Battle Creek, Michigan Kellogg Arena 2004 2011

Binghamton Pioneers ^ Binghamton, New York Binghamton High School 2014 2014

Chicago Redline Chicago, Illinois Calument Park Recreation Center 2011 2013

Gary Splash Gary, Indiana Genesis Convention Center 2010 2013

Holland Dream Holland, Michigan Holland Civic Center 2005 2012

Illinois Hoopville Warriors Belleville, Illinois Hoopville Athletic Center 2010 2016

International Racers Lemont, Illinois Lithuanian World Center 2014 2014

Jersey G-Force ^ Union City, New Jersey Union City Sports Complex 2011 2014

Kankakee County Soldiers Kankakee, Illinois KVPD RecCenter 2007 2016

Kansas City Kryptonite ^ Kansas City, Kansas travel team 2014 2014

Lake County Stars Deerfield, Illinois Trinity International University 2011 2014

Lansing Capitals Dimondale, Michigan Aim High Sports 2006 2016

Los Angeles Lightning Thousand Oaks, California Gilbert Sports Arena 2007 2012

Malibu Pirates Moorpark, California Moorpark High School 2012 2012

Rockford Riverdawgs Loves Park, Illinois Clinton Sports Complex 2010 2011

Schenectady Legends Scotia, New York Scotia-Glenville High School 2010 2014

Springfield Xpress Springfield, Illinois Lanphier High School 2012 2013

Toronto
Toronto
3D ^ Toronto, Ontario The RISE Centre 2014 2014

^ = affiliate members (did not compete for championship) Champions[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Result

2011 Fall Kankakee County Soldiers Gary Splash 2-0 (best-of 3 series)

2012 Spring Kankakee County Soldiers Albany Legends 150-116

2012 Fall Kankakee County Soldiers Battle Creek Knights 2-1 (best-of 3 series)

2013 Spring Kankakee County Soldiers Gary Splash 116-99

2013 Fall Kankakee County Soldiers St. Louis Trotters 118-112

2014 Spring Grand Rapids Fusion Markham City Racers 104-92[6]

2014 Fall Schenectady Legends Kenosha Ballers 154-137

2015 Spring St. Louis Trotters Kankakee County Soldiers 100-85

2015 Fall Kankakee County Soldiers St. Louis Trotters 95-81

2016 Spring Kenosha Ballers St. Louis Trotters 87-83

2016 Fall Kenosha Ballers Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Falcons 117-98

2017 Spring St. Louis Trotters Windy City Blazers 123-116

Awards[edit]

Season League MVP Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year General Manager of the Year

2011 Fall Ryan Edwards, Kankakee County Soldiers Chris Wesby, Gary Splash Barry Bradford, Kankakee County Soldiers Melvin Smith, Rockford Riverdawgs

2012 Fall Billy Baptist, Kankakee County Soldiers Thomas Cobbs, Kenosha Ballers Terry Sare, Battle Creek Knights Barry Bradford, Kankakee County Soldiers

2013 Fall Ryan Edwards, Kankakee County Soldiers Willie Davis, St. Louis Trotters Harold Webster, St. Louis Trotters Barry Bradford, Kankakee County Soldiers

2014 Fall Lloyd Johnson, Schenectady Legends Nicholas Reed, St. Louis Trotters Scott Knapp, Schenectady Legends Mike Ceolho, Schenectady Legends

2015 Fall

Jay Bradford, Kankakee County Soldiers Barry Bradford, Kankakee County Soldiers

2016 Spring Nicholas Reed, St. Louis Trotters Thomas Cobbs, Kenosha Ballers Tony Moore, Kenosha Ballers Tony Moore, Kenosha Ballers

2016 Fall Devron Bostick, Kenosha Ballers Thomas Cobbs, Kenosha Ballers Richard Moe, Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Falcons

References[edit]

^ " Battle Creek Knights
Battle Creek Knights
to join new league". USbasket. Retrieved 13 July 2011.  ^ "New basketball league brings hoops to Springfield". Illinois Times. Retrieved 12 April 2012.  ^ "The nasty breakup and the online sniping". Times Union. 3 June 2013.  ^ " Schenectady Legends
Schenectady Legends
Win First IBA Championship". USbasket. 14 December 2014.  ^ "Knapp goes undefeated in first season as coach". The Daily Gazette. 17 December 2014.  ^ "Grand Rapids Fusion are Spring Champions". USbasket. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Official IBA website IBA blog @IBA_ball

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Grand Rapids Fusion Illinois Hoopville Warriors International Racers Kankakee County Soldiers Kenosha Ballers Lansing Capitals Los Angeles Lightning Malibu Pirates Rockford Riverdawgs Schenectady Legends St. Louis Trotters Windy City Blazers

Former teams

Battle Creek Flight Binghamton Pioneers Chicago Redline Gary Splash Holland Dream Jersey G-Force Kansas City Kryptonite Lake County Stars Springfield Xpress Toronto
Toronto
3D

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