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TIME CAPSULE OF SEMI-PRO HOOPS

CANADIAN STYLE

- CANADIAN BOBBY CROFT PLAYS IN 62 GAMES FOR THE TEXAS CHAPPARALS AND KENTUCKY COLONELS AVERAGING 5.2 PPG AND 3.3 RPG DURING THE 1970-71 SEASON.

- FOLLOWING A CUP OF COFFEE WITH THE CHICAGO STAGS IN 1946 (B.A.A.) NORM BAKER - VOTED CANADAS GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE HALF CENTURY 1900-1950 - PLAYS FOR THE VANCOUVER HORNETS OF THE PACIFIC COAST BASKETBALL LEAGUE. AFTER TWO YEARS WITH THE HORNETS HE SUITS UP TO PLAY AGAINST THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS AS A MEMBER OF THE BOSTON WHIRLWINDS, NEW YORK CELTICS AND STARS OF AMERICA CLUBS.

- BASED IN LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA THE ALBERTA DUSTERS JOIN THE RANKS OF THE CONTINENTAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION IN 1980. AVERAGE 1,250 FANS PER GAME WITH A 1-31 RECORD. NO CANADIANS PLAY ON TEAM BUT ONE PRODUCT OF A CANADIAN UNIVERSITY....NEW YORKER FREDDIE LEE WHO PLAYED TWO YEARS AT BRANDON UNIVERSITY.

- DUSTERS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE 12-34 RECORD FOR 1981-82 SEASON. GUARD TOM SIENKIEWICZ LEADS LEAGUE IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE 146 OUT OF 156 FOR A 94.8  BRUCE KING LEADS THE TEAM IN SCORING 22.3 PPG. KENNY NATT MAKES ALL-STAR STATUS AT GUARD POSITION.

- MAY 27, 1982 DUSTERS OWNER PAT SHIMBASHI CALLS IT QUIT CITING RENTAL COSTS. DUSTERS FINISH WITH A RECORD OF 11-31 AND 12-34.

- TORONTO TORANDOS JOIN THE CBA FOR THE 1983-84 SEASON.

- TORNADOS FINISH AT 16-28 IN YEAR NO.1. INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE 5-FOOT-11 ROBERT SMITH HITTING GAME WINNING THREE-POINTER AT ALL-STAR GAME IN CASPER WYOMING 128-125. CARL NICKS LEADS TEAM IN SCORING 24.3 PPG AND LARRY McNEIL (ONE-TIME NBA SLAM DUNK CHAMP) ALSO SHOWS TALENT.

- SEVEN GAMES INTO THE 1985-86 SEASON THE TORNADOS RELOCATE TO PENSACOLA FLORIDA. THERE TWO FULL SEASONS IN THE CBA HAD THEM AT 16-28 AND 26-22.

- IN 1985 THE INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR A LEAGUE RESTRICTED TO PLAYERS UNDER 6-FOOT-5, NARROW LANE, NO FOUL-OUTS, 40-SECOND CLOCK AND A 4-POINT SHOT. THE FIRST FRANCHISE WILL BE THE WINNIPEG GOLDEN BOYS.

- MARCH 22, 1988 "I.B.A." SAYS IT IS "NOT READY" TO START LEAGUE PLAY BUT OUT OF THE ASHES FORMS THE WORLD BASKETBALL LEAGUE WITH FOUR U.S.A. TEAMS AND TWO CANADIAN TEAMS: CALGARY 88s AND VANCOUVER NIGHTHAWKS.

- CALGARY 88S AVERAGE OVER 3,000 FANS PER GAME AND DESPITE 32-22 RECORD FAIL TO GET PAST CHICAGO EXPRESS IN OPENING PLAYOFFS. VANCOUVER NIGHTHAWKS FOLD FOLLOWING A 11-36 SHOWING.

- CALGARY HOSTS INAUGURAL ALL-STAR GAME AT SADDLEDOME WITH OVER 7,000 IN ATTENDANCE.

- CALGARY LONE CANADIAN TEAM IN 1989 AND LOSES TO YOUNGSTOWN PRIDE IN CHAMPIONSHIP 118-116.

- SASKATCHEWAN STORM JOINS THE 1990 WBL RANKS AND ATTRACTS 8,279 TO OPENING NIGHT AT SASK PLACE. FINISH SEASON AT 19-27 WITH OVER 4,000 FANS PER GAME. ONCE AGAIN CALGARY FALLS TO YOUNGSTOWN IN FINALS.

- THE HALIFAX WINDJAMMERS JOIN THE WBL IN 1991 TO MAKE IT THREE CANADIAN TEAMS WHILE THE WINNIPEG THUNDER AND HAMILTON SUIT UP FOR THE 1992 SEASON....WHICH ENDED IN TOTAL CONFUSION AND BAD PRESS...AND THATS SAYING IT KINDLY.

- GOODBYE WBL HELLO NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE WITH THE NBL TIPPING OFF THE 1993 SEASON WITH SEVEN TEAMS: CAPE BRETON BREAKERS, HALIFAX WINDJAMMERS, HAMILTON SKYHAWKS, MONTREAL DRAGONS, SASKATOON SLAM, WINNIPEG THUNDER AND THE CANADIAN NATIONAL MENS TEAM, PLAYING 22 GAMES OF THE 46 GAME SCHEDULE.

- SASKATCHEWAN STORM WIN THE 1993 NBL TITLE. HAMILTON RELOCATES TO EDMONTON DURING THE PLAYOFFS. CALGARY OUTLAW S JOIN FOR THE 1993 SEASON.

- THE NBL LIKE ITS PREDECESSOR THE WBL FOLDS AFTER A SHAKY FINISH. HOOP FANS AWAIT THE ARRIVAL OF THE GRIZZLIES AND RAPTORS

- THE INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION FINDS A HOME WITH THE WINNIPEG CYCLONES FROM 1995-2001. DURING THIS TIME DARRYL DAWKINS IS NAMED LEAGUE CO-COACH AND PLAYER ANDREKK HOARD CO-MVP (28.6 PPG) BOTH IN 1998-99. THE SASKATCHEWAN HAWKS JOIN THE LEAGUE IN 1999 AND LOSE OUT IN THE 2001 DIVISIONAL FINAL TO DAKOTA WIZARDS. HAWKS' RASAUN YOUNG IS A FIRST TEAM ALL-STAR (1999-2000)

- WIZARDS WIN CHAMPIONSHIP AND FOLD. SASKATCHEWAN HAWKS LINK UP WITH THE CONTINENTAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION FOR ONE SEASON 2001-2002.

- 2003 THE CANADIAN NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE HAS PLANS FOR SIX TEAMS BASED IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO.

Toronto Tornados: The Tornados were owned by Ted Stepien, best remembered as the controversial and often-criticized owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers during the early 1980s. Stepien's CBA club had about as much success as his Cavs teams, going 16-28 in 1983-84, the team's inaugural season. The team improved to 26-22 to qualify for the postseason the following year, its last full season in Canada before moving to Pensacola, Fla., nine games into the 1985-86 campaign. Toronto guard Carl Nicks, who spent time with Utah, Denver, and Cleveland in the NBA, finished in the top five in scoring in 1983-84 CBA action. Walter Jordan, Reggie Gaines, Lewis Jackson and 5-foot-11 guard Robert Smith, who'd earned CBA MVP honors in 1983, were the keys to the Tornados' improvement in 1984-85. Smith, in particular. The former UNLV star, a veteran of more than 200 NBA games, averaged 25 points, 8 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. He also led the league in free throw percentage on his way to earning a spot on his fourth consecutive All-CBA team.
 
The WBL was originally formed as the International Basketball Association (IBA) in November 1987, but changed its named to the WBL the following year. The Memphis-based WBL and its predecessori the IBA, for which NBA legend Bob Cousy served as an advisor, was designed to highlight smaller, quicker players. No players taller than 6-foot-5 were permitted, although teams routinely signed players known to exceed the height restriction. The WBL began play in 1988 with six teams. It had expanded to 10 franchises when it folded on August 1, 1992, prior to the end of its fifth season. Former USFL executive Steve Ehrhart served as WBL commissioner in the league's first four seasons. Notable WBL coaches included Tom Nissalke, Sonny Allen, Mike Thibault, Dave Robisch, Roger Lyons, and Bob Patton
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Calgary 88's: A cornerstone franchise for the WBL, the 88's reached the league finals three times. Edit

Calgary 88's: A cornerstone franchise for the WBL, the 88's reached the league finals three times. Although the team never won a WBL title, Calgary posted the league's best regular season record in 1988, 1989, and 1991. In five seasons, the 88's went 151-78. Starring for Calgary were Carlos Clark, David Henderson, Andre Turner, Sidney Lowe, Chip Engelland, Jim Thomas, Jerry Stroman, Kelsey Weems, Perry Young, John Hegwood, Corey Gaines and David Boone. Calgary coaches included Mike Thibault and Roger Lyons
Montreal Dragons: The Dragons only made it through 17 games of their 46-game NBL schedule in 1993, going 6-11despite a roster stocked with talented veterans like Daimon Sweet, Eldridge Recasner, Roy Marble, George Ackles, Derral Dumas, Corey Gaines, Reggie Cross, and Alfrederick Hughes, who scored a league-high 47 points on May 12, 1993, just before the team folded. Sweet would go on to play for Cape Breton, which lost in the championship game to Saskatoon, 109-107
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Montreal Dragons
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Vancouver Nighthawks
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Vancouver was awful in 1988, its only season -- compiling a record of 18-36, including a miserable 4-23 road mark. The team won just two of its 15 games in July 1988 and surrendered 148 points to Calgary in an August 1988 game. Bryan Pollard was the lone standout for the Nighthawks, averaging 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game to earn All-WBL and All-Defensive honors. Also suiting up for Vancouver were Andre Patterson, Willie Scott, Lester Rowe, and Jose Slaughter, who was named the MVP for the league's first All-Star game
 
HALIFAX WINDJAMMERS Despite a roster that featured a number of NBA and minor league veterans, including Ken (The Animal) Bannister, A.J. Wynder, James Martin, Rod Mason, Jerry Stroman, J.J. Eubanks and Tat Hunter, the Jammers went 20-26 in the NBL's first season in 1993. The team came back the following season, the league's last, to go 15-6, including 10-1 at home. The league folded prior to the postseason. Edit

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Based in Saskatoon, the Storm entered the WBL in 1990, posting a 19-27 record in its first season. The team reached the second round of the league playoffs the next season, despite finishing a game under .500. The Storm was 12-21 in 1992 when the league collapsed on August 1. Kenny Sanders, Johnny Brown, Dudley Bradley, Bryan Pollard, Keith Gatlin, and Mario Donaldson were among the players suiting up for Saskatchewan.

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE [1993 TO 1994]
                                    Contributed by Robert Zwarun and Chris Anderson
                                    
                                    NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE [1993 TO 1994]
                                    Calgary Outlaws           1994
                                    Cape Breton Breakers      1993 to 1994
                                    Edmonton Skyhawks         1993
                                    Halifax Windjammers       1993 to 1994
                                    Hamilton Skyhawks         1993
                                    Montreal Dragons          1993
                                    Saskatoon Slam            1993 to 1994
                                    Winnipeg Thunder          1993 to 1994
                                    
                                    
                                    NBL 1993                   W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Cape Breton Breakers      30  16  .652  ..
                                    Winnipeg Thunder          29  17  .630   1
                                    Saskatoon Slam            25  21  .543   5
                                    Hamilton Skyhawks***      24  22  .522   6
                                    Halifax Windjammers       20  26  .435  10
                                    Montreal Dragons*          6  11  .353  ..
                                    Canadian National Team     9  13  .409  ..
                                    A.C.C. All-Stars**         1   5  .167  ..
                                    Big East All-Stars         0   6  .000  ..
                                    Athletes in Action         0   7  .000  ..
                                    
                                    *Montreal disbanded 10Jun93
                                    **replaced Atlantic 10 All-Stars
                                    ***moved to Edmonton prior prior to the start of the playoffs
                                    
                                    NBL SEMIFINALS
                                    Edmonton 115 at Cape Breton 123
                                    Edmonton 118 at Cape Breton 124
                                    Cape Breton 118 at Edmonton 114
                                    
                                    Saskatoon 79 at Winnipeg 93
                                    Saskatoon 106 at Winnipeg 103
                                    Winnipeg 97 at Saskatoon 96
                                    Winnipeg 103 at Saskatoon 118
                                    Winnipeg 98 at Saskatoon 107
                                    
                                    NBL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
                                    Cape Breton 114 at Saskatoon 122
                                    Cape Breton 119 at Saskatoon 107
                                    Cape Breton 89 at Saskatoon 120
                                    Cape Breton 107 at Saskatoon 109
                                    
                                    NBL 1994                   W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Halifax Windjammers       15   6  .714  ..
                                    Calgary Outlaws           13  11  .542   3.5
                                    Cape Breton Breakers      11  10  .524   4
                                    Saskatoon Slam            10  13  .435   6
                                    Edmonton Skyhawks         10  14  .417   6.5
                                    Winnipeg Thunder          10  15  .400   7
                                    
                                    The league disbanded 9Jul94 prior to the conclusion of the season
                                    
                                    
                                    NBL AWARD WINNERS
                                    
                                    NBL ALL-LEAGUE
                                    
                                    1993
                                    Darryl McDonald
                                    Fred Cofield
                                    Lee Campbell
                                    Roy Marble
                                    Eric Mudd
                                    A.J. Wynder
                                    Darryl Johnson
                                    Richard Hollis
                                    Larry Robinson
                                    Ralph Lewis
                                    
                                    NBL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
                                    1993  Lee Campbell
                                    
                                    NBL PLAYOFF MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
                                    1993  Roy Marble
                                    
                                    NBL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
                                    1993  Jared Miller
                                    
                                    
                                    NBL HOME COURTS
                                    Cape Breton Breakers      Centre 200
                                    Halifax Windjammers       Halifax Metro Centre
                                    Hamilton Skyhawks         Copps Coliseum
                                    Montreal Dragons          Verdun Arena
                                    Saskatoon Slam            Saskatchewan Place
                                    Winnipeg Thunder          Winnipeg Arena
                                    Canadian National Team    Humber College (Toronto)
                                    
                                    
                                    1993 NBA GAME-BY-GAME
                                    1May93  Cape Breton 98 at Halifax 94
                                    2May93  Saskatoon 81 at Winnipeg 67
                                    Montreal 101 at Hamilton 104
                                    4May93  Hamilton 102 at Halifax 92
                                    Montreal 98 at Winnipeg 109
                                    5May93  Montreal 97 at Saskatoon 83
                                    6May93  Hamilton 101 at Cape Breton 112
                                    7May93  Saskatoon 82 at Cape Breton 92
                                    Halifax 117 at Montreal 110
                                    10May93  Winnipeg 99 at Cape Breton 91
                                    Saskatoon 101 at Hamilton 86
                                    11May93  Winnipeg 98 at Halifax 100
                                    12May93  Montreal 129 at Cape Breton 142
                                    13May93  Montreal 120 at Halifax 109
                                    Winnipeg 99 at Saskatoon 98
                                    14May93  Athletes In Action 70 at Winnipeg 95
                                    15May93  Hamilton 105 at Montreal 98
                                    Athletes In Action 90 at Saskatoon 113
                                    16May93  Halifax 112 at Cape Breton 105
                                    17May93  Athletes In Action 73 at Hamilton 95
                                    18May93  Cape Breton 110 at Winnipeg 98
                                    Halifax 82 at Saskatoon 91
                                    19May93  Montreal 102 at Hamilton 107
                                    Cape Breton 95 at Saskatoon 84
                                    20May93  Athletes In Action 96 at Canadian National Team 117
                                    Halifax 115 at Montreal 109
                                    22May93  Saskatoon 94 at Halifax 97
                                    Winnipeg 101 at Canadian National Team 117
                                    23May93  Athletes In Action 77 at Montreal 112
                                    24May93  Winnipeg 101 at Hamilton 104
                                    Saskatoon 103 at Canadian National Team 84
                                    25May93  Winnipeg 98 at Halifax 101
                                    Cape Breton 107 at Montreal 110
                                    26May93  Athletes In Action 114 at Cape Breton 139
                                    Saskatoon 89 at Hamilton 87
                                    27May93  Winnipeg 104 at Cape Breton 108
                                    Athletes In Action 102 at Halifax 104
                                    Saskatoon 88 at Montreal 96
                                    30May93  Hamilton 81 at Winnipeg 110
                                    31May93  Cape Breton 116 at Halifax 119
                                    Montreal 103 at Winnipeg 93
                                    Hamilton 88 at Saskatoon 89
                                    1Jun93  Montreal 100 at Saskatoon 107
                                    2Jun93  Halifax 88 at Winnipeg 108
                                    3Jun93  Halifax 93 at Saskatoon 104
                                    6Jun93  Montreal 110 at Cape Breton 112
                                    7Jun93  Hamilton 108 at Cape Breton 105
                                    Winnipeg 100 at Saskatoon 74
                                    8Jun93  Montreal 97 at Halifax 112
                                    Saskatoon 96 at Halifax 93
                                    9Jun93  Hamilton 103 at Halifax 100
                                    Cape Breton 98 at Saskatoon 74
                                    10Jun93  Hamilton 105 at Halifax 83
                                    Cape Breton 107 at Winnipeg 115
                                    (MONTREAL DRAGONS FOLD)
                                    11Jun93  Big East All-Stars 92 at Hamilton 123
                                    12Jun93  Cape Breton 122 at Hamilton 119
                                    13Jun93  Big East All-Stars 98 at Canadian National Team 114
                                    14Jun93  Halifax 112 at Cape Breton 115
                                    15Jun93  Big East All-Stars 96 at Winnipeg 115
                                    16Jun93  Halifax 120 at Cape Breton 126
                                    Hamilton 95 at Winnipeg 100
                                    Big East All-Stars 78 at Saskatoon 117
                                    17Jun93  Cape Breton 114 at Halifax 108
                                    18Jun93  Big East All-Stars 96 at Halifax 107
                                    Hamilton 90 at Saskatoon 96
                                    20Jun93  Big East All-Stars 102 at Cape Breton 120
                                    21Jun93  Halifax 108 at Hamilton 112
                                    Canadian National Team 91 at Saskatoon 98
                                    23Jun93  Winnipeg 111 at Canadian National Team 105
                                    24Jun93  Cape Breton 125 at Hamilton 143
                                    25Jun93  Halifax 131 at Canadian National Team 106
                                    26Jun93  Winnipeg 109 at Hamilton 126
                                    28Jun93  Halifax 115 at Cape Breton 122
                                    Canadian National Team 97 at Hamilton 106
                                    29Jun93  Winnipeg 88 at Saskatoon 90
                                    30Jun93  Canadian National Team 108 at Cape Breton 111
                                    5Jul93  Cape Breton 118 at Hamilton 128
                                    Halifax 98 at Saskatoon 111
                                    6Jul93  Hamilton 107 at Canadian National Team 92
                                    Halifax 108 at Winnipeg 103
                                    7Jul93  Cape Breton 116 at Canadian National Team 125
                                    8Jul93  Hamilton 108 at Cape Breton 127
                                    Saskatoon 89 at Winnipeg 92
                                    Halifax 111 at Canadian National Team 113
                                    9Jul93  Saskatoon 95 at Winnipeg 93
                                    11Jul93  Winnipeg 104 at Cape Breton 114
                                    Saskatoon 105 at Canadian National Team 95
                                    12Jul92  Winnipeg 83 at Halifax 80
                                    Saskatoon 95 at Hamilton 94
                                    14Jul92  Winnipeg 100 at Hamilton 92
                                    16Jul92  Halifax 110 at Hamilton 123
                                    Cape Breton 101 at Saskatoon 107
                                    17Jul92  Winnipeg 120 at Canadian National Team 109
                                    Hamilton 92 at Saskatoon 89
                                    19Jul93  Cape Breton 126 at Winnipeg 116
                                    20Jul93  Canadian National Team 87 at Halifax 113
                                    Hamilton 90 at Saskatoon 87
                                    22Jul93  Saskatoon 106 at Cape Breton 113
                                    Hamilton 107 at Hamilton 109
                                    23Jul93  Saskatoon 111 at Halifax 95
                                    24Jul93  Winnipeg 108 at Cape Breton 107
                                    25Jul93  Hamilton 108 at Canadian National Team 111
                                    26Jul93  Winnipeg 102 at Halifax 106
                                    27Jul93  Cape Breton 138 at Halifax 128
                                    Saskatoon 91 at Hamilton 97
                                    28Jul93  Winnipeg 127 at Hamilton 94
                                    29Jul93  Halifax 115 at Cape Breton 118
                                    30Jul93  Winnipeg 109 at Hamilton 106
                                    31Jul93  Hamilton 104 at Cape Breton 110
                                    Saskatoon 97 at Winnipeg 99
                                    2Aug93  Hamilton 122 at Halifax 128
                                    Cape Breton 123 at Winnipeg 135
                                    3Aug93  Hamilton 132 at Halifax 145
                                    Cape Breton 93 at Saskatoon 106
                                    5Aug93  Halifax 136 at Hamilton 132
                                    A.C.C. All-Stars 90 at Winnipeg 126
                                    Cape Breton 81 at Saskatoon 73
                                    7Aug93  A.C.C. All-Stars 78 at Saskatoon 107
                                    8Aug93  Cape Breton 108 at Hamilton 138
                                    9Aug93  A.C.C. All-Stars 96 at Hamilton 123
                                    Cape Breton 94 at Canadian National Team 107
                                    Halifax 92 at Saskatoon 93
                                    10Aug93  Halifax 106 at Winnipeg 124
                                    11Aug93  A.C.C. All-Stars 101 at Canadian National Team 104
                                    Hamilton 104 at Saskatoon 115
                                    12Aug93  Cape Breton 130 at Halifax 134
                                    Hamilton 104 at Winnipeg 117
                                    13Aug93  A.C.C. All-Stars 117 at Halifax 112
                                    Winnipeg 107 at Saskatoon 111
                                    14Aug93  Canadian National Team 94 at Hamilton 90
                                    15Aug93  A.C.C. All-Stars 105 at Cape Breton 125
                                    16Aug93  Saskatoon 97 at Halifax 112
                                    17Aug93  Saskatoon 107 at Cape Breton 118
                                    Canadian National Team 81 at Winnipeg 85
                                    18Aug93  Halifax 121 at Cape Breton 124 (OT)
                                    19Aug93  Cape Breton 139 at Halifax 126
                                    Saskatoon 100 at Winnipeg 104
                                    Hamilton 111 at Canadian National Team 102
                                    20Aug93  Hamilton 97 at Canadian National Team 95
                                    Saskatoon 105 at Winnipeg 106
                                    
                                    INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION HISTORY
Compiled by - Robert Bradley
                                    Contibutors -  Irv Fettig, Joe Hulsebus and Robert Bradley
                                    
IBA FRANCHISE CHRONOLOGY 1995-96 - 2000-01
1995-96
                                    In-  Black Hills Posse        1995-96 - 1997-98 (charter franchise)
                                    Dakota Wizards           1995-96 - 2000-01 (charter franchise)
                                    Fargo-Moorhead Beez      1995-96 - 2000-01 (charter franchise)
                                    St. Cloud Rock'n Rollers 1995-96           (charter franchise)
                                    Winnipeg Cyclones        1995-96 - 2000-01 (charter franchise)
1996-97
                                    In-  Magic City Snowbears     1996-97 - 2000-01 (expansion franchise)
                                    St. Paul Slam!           1996-97 - 1997-98 (formerly St. Cloud Rock'n Rollers)
                                    Out- St. Cloud Rock'n Rollers                   (to St. Paul Slam!)
1997-98
                                    In-  Des Moines Dragons       1997-98 - 2000-01 (expansion franchise)
                                    Wisconsin Blast          1997-98 - 1998-99 (expansion franchise)
                                    Out-
1998-99
                                    In-  Billings RimRockers      1998-99 - 2000-01 (expansion franchise)
                                    Mansfield Hawks          1998-99           (expansion franchise)
                                    Rapid City Thrillers     1998-99           (formerly Black Hills Posse)
                                    Rochester Skeeters       1998-99 - 1999-00 (formerly St. Paul Slam!)
                                    Out- Black Hills Posse                          (to Rapid City Thrillers)
                                    St. Paul Slam!                             (to Rochester Skeeters)
1999-00
                                    In-  Black Hills Gold         1999-00           (formerly Rapid City Thrillers)
                                    Saskatchewan Hawks       1999-00 - 2000-01 (formerly Mansfield Hawks)
                                    Out- Mansfield Hawks                            (to Saskatchewan Hawks)
                                    Rapid City Thrillers                       (to Black Hills Gold)
                                    Wisconsin Blast                            (disbanded)
                                    
                                    2000-01
                                    In-  Salia Rattlers           2000-01           (formerly Black Hills Gold)
                                    Siouxland Bombers        2000-01           (expansion franchise)
                                    South Dakota Gold        2000-01
                                    Out- Black Hills Gold                           (to South Dakota Gold)
                                    Rochester Skeeters
                                    
IBA LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP 1995-96 - 2000-01
BIL - Billings RimRockers [Billings, MT]           1998-99 - 2000-01
                                    BHG - Black Hills Gold [Rapid City, ND]            1999-00
                                    BHP - Black Hills Posse [Rapid City, ND]           1995-96 - 1997-98
                                    DAK - Dakota Wizards [Bismark, ND]                 1995-96 - 2000-01
                                    DMD - Des Moines Dragons [Des Moines, IA]          1997-98 - 2000-01
                                    FMB - Fargo-Moorhead Beez [North Fargo ND]         1995-96 - 2000-01
                                    MAN - Mansfield Hawks [Mansfield, OH]              1998-99
                                    MCS - Magic City Snowbears [Minot, ND]             1996-97 - 2000-01
                                    RCT - Rapid City Thrillers [Rapid City, ND]        1998-99
                                    ROC - Rochester Skeeters [Rochester, MN]           1998-99 - 1999-00
                                    STC - St. Cloud Rock'n Rollers [St. Cloud, MN]     1995-96
                                    STP - St. Paul Slam! [St. Paul, MN]                1996-97 - 1997-98
                                    SAL - Salina Rattlers [Salina, KS]                 2000-01
                                    SAS - Saskatchewan Hawks [Saskatoon, Saskatchewan] 1999-00 - 2000-01
                                    SLB - Siouxland Bombers [Sioux City, IA]           1999-00 - 2000-01
                                    SDG - South Dakota Gold [Mitchell, SD]             2000-01
                                    WIN - Winnipeg Cyclone [Winnipeg, Manitoba]        1995-96 - 2000-01
                                    WIS - Wisconsin Blast [Appleton, WI]               1997-98 - 1998-99
1995-96 - BHP  DAK  FMB  STC  WIN
                                    1996-97 - BHP  DAK  FMB  MCS  STP  WIN
                                    1997-98 - BHP  DAK  DMD  FMB  MCS  STP  WIN  WIS
                                    1998-99 - BIL  DAK  DMD  FMB  MAN  MCS  ROC  RCT  WIN  WIS
                                    1999-00 - BIL  BHG  DAK  DMD  FMB  MCS  ROC  SAS  WIN
                                    2000-01 - BIL  DAK  DMD  FMB  MCS  SAS  SAL  SDG  SLB  WIN
                                    
IBA YEARLY STANDINGS 1995-96 - 2000-01
1995-96 IBA                W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Black Hills Posse         20   4  .833  ..
                                    Winnipeg Cyclone          14  10  .583   6
                                    Fargo-Moorhead Beez       10  14  .417  10
                                    St. Cloud Rock'n Rollers   8  16  .333  12
                                    Dakota Wizards             7  17  .292  13
IBA SEMIFINALS
                                    Winnipeg 90, Fargo-Moorhead 86
                                    Fargo-Moorhead 84, Winnipeg 83
                                    Fargo-Moorhead 97, Winnipeg 87
Black Hills 110, Minnesota 98
                                    Black Hills 103, Minnesota 91
IBA FINALS
                                    Black Hills ???, Fargo-Moorhead ??
                                    Black Hills ???, Fargo-Moorhead ??
                                    Fargo-Moorhead 84, Black Hills 82
1996-97 IBA              
                                    W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Black Hills Posse         26   4  .867  ..
                                    Dakota Wizards            17  13  .567   9
                                    Magic City Snowbears      15  15  .500  11
                                    Winnipeg Cyclone          13  17  .433  13
                                    St. Paul Slam!            13  17  .433  13
                                    Fargo-Moorhead Beez        6  24  .200  20
IBA SEMIFINALS
                                    Magic City 127, Dakota 107
                                    Dakota 103, Magic City 92
                                    Dakota 127, Magic City 92
Black Hills 128, St. Paul 115
                                    Black Hills 139, St. Paul 111
IBA FINALS
                                    Dakota 110, Black Hills 104
                                    Black Hills 120, Dakota 101
                                    Black Hills 107, Dakota 102
1997-98 IBA
                                    WEST DIVISION              W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Black Hills Posse         23  11  .676  ..
                                    Winnipeg Cyclone          15  19  .441   8
                                    Dakota Wizards            14  20  .412   9
                                    Magic City Snowbears      11  23  .324  12
EAST DIVISION   
                                    W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Fargo-Moorhead Beez       24  10  .706  ..
                                    Des Moines Dragons        22  12  .647   2
                                    Wisconsin Blast           19  15  .559   5
                                    St. Paul Slam!             8  26  .235  16
IBA SEMIFINALS
                                    17Feb98 Black Hills 110, Winnipeg 91
                                    19Feb98 Winnipeg 94, Black Hills 89
                                    22Feb98 Black Hills 111, Winnipeg 70
17Feb98 Fargo-Moorhead
                                    117, Des Moines 116
                                    22Feb98 Fargo-Moorhead 114, Des Moines 107
IBA FINALS
                                    26Feb98 Black Hills 118, Fargo-Moorhead 103
                                    27Feb98 Fargo-Moorhead 130, Black Hills 110
                                    1Mar98 Fargo-Moorhead 121, Black Hills 111
1998-99 IBA
                                    East Division              W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Mansfield Hawks           26   8  .765  ..
                                    Des Moines Dragons        18  16  .529   8
                                    Rochester Skeeters        17  17  .500   9
                                    Wisconsin Blast           14  20  .412  12
                                    Fargo-Moorhead Beez       14  20  .412  12
West Division   
                                    W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Winnipeg Cyclone          22  12  .647  ..
                                    Magic City Snowbears      17  17  .500   5
                                    Rapid City Thrillers      16  18  .471   6
                                    Billings RimRockers       14  20  .412   8
                                    Dakota Wizards            12  22  .353  10
IBA DIVISION SEMIFINALS
                                    19Feb99 Wisconsin 96, Mansfield 93 OT
                                    21Feb99 Mansfield 109, Wisconsin 81
                                    22Feb99 Mansfield 116, Wisconsin 105
20Feb99 Des Moines 105,
                                    Rochester 97
                                    21Feb99 Des Moines 99, Rochester 95
18Feb99 Billings 127, Winnipeg
                                    118
                                    20Feb99 Winnipeg 120, Billings 108
                                    21Feb99 Winnipeg 146, Billings 123
18Feb99 Rapid City 119, Magic
                                    City 109
                                    21Feb99 Magic City 100, Rapid City 98
                                    24Feb99 Magic City 102, Rapid City 96
IBA DIVISIONAL FINAL PLAYOFFS
                                    28Feb99 Des Moines 87, Mansfield  83
                                    2Mar99 Mansfield 109, Des Moines 93
                                    3Mar99 Mansfield 89, Des Moines 86
26Feb99 Winnipeg 119, Magic
                                    City 113
                                    28Feb99 Magic City 129, Winnipeg 117
                                    2Mar99 Magic City 118, Winnipeg  108
IBA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
                                    5Mar99 Mansfield 96, Magic City 90
                                    7Mar99 Mansfield 99, Magic City 96
                                    10Mar99 Mansfield 114, Magic City 109
1999-00 IBA
                                    East Division              W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Des Moines Dragons        25  11  .694  ..
                                    Fargo-Moorhead Beez       21  15  .583   4
                                    Saskatchewan Hawks         9  27  .250  16
                                    Rochester Skeeters         8  28  .222  17
West Division   
                                    W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Dakota Wizards            30   6  .833  ..
                                    Black Hills Gold          22  14  .611   8
                                    Magic City Snow Bears     19  17  .528  11
                                    Winnipeg Cyclone          15  21  .417  15
                                    Billings RimRockers       13  23  .361  17
IBA DIVISION SEMIFINALS
                                    18Feb00 Des Moines 105, Billings 99
                                    20Feb00 Des Moines 112, Billings 94
19Feb00 Fargo-Moorhead 115,
                                    Saskatchewan 94
                                    20Feb00 Fargo Moorhead 87, Saskatchewan 74
19Feb00 Dakota 127,
                                    Winnipeg 118
                                    21Feb00 Dakota 116, Winnipeg 108
20Feb00 Magic City 116, Black
                                    Hills 97
                                    22Feb00 Magic City 89, Black Hills 83
IBA DIVISION FINALS
                                    24Feb00 Des Moines 99, Fargo-Moorhead 96
                                    Feb00 Des Moines 115, Fargo-Moorhead 99
                                    27Feb00 Des Moines 104, Fargo-Moorhead 98
28Feb00 Magic City
                                    98, Dakota 95
                                    29Feb00 Dakota 125, Magic City 118
                                    3Mar00 Magic City 104, Dakota 100
                                    5Mar00 Magic City 116, Dakota 108 (OT)
IBA FINALS
                                    8Mar00 Des Moines 95, Magic City 87
                                    Mar00 Magic City 106, Des Moines 95
                                    12Mar00 Des Moines 126, Magic City 106
                                    13Mar00 Des Moines 109, Magic City 103
                                    
                                    2000-01 IBA
                                    East Division              W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Des Moines Dragons        28  12  .700  .. 
                                    South Dakota Gold         21  19  .525   7 
                                    Siouxland Bombers         19  21  .476   9 
                                    Fargo-Moorhead Beez       15  25  .375  13 
                                    Salina Rattlers            9  31  .225  19 
West Division  
                                    W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Dakota Wizards            30  10  .750  .. 
                                    Billings RimRockers       26  14  .650   4 
                                    Saskatchwan Hawks         21  19  .524   9 
                                    Magic City Snowbears      20  20  .500  10 
                                    Winnipeg Cyclone          11  29  .275  19 
IBA DIVISION SEMIFINALS
                                    27Feb01 Dakota 104, Magic City 90 
                                    1Mar01 Dakota 97, Magic City 82
28Feb01 Des Moines 115, Fargo
                                    87
                                    1Mar01 Des Moines 108, Fargo 80
27Feb01 Siouxland 105, South
                                    Dakota 96 
                                    28Feb01 South Dakota 117, Siouxland 111 (OT)
                                    3Mar01 Siouxland 98, South Dakota 90 (OT)
28Feb01 Saskatchewan
                                    108, Billings 103 
                                    4Mar01 Billings 113, Saskatchewan 99
                                    5Mar01 Saskatchewan 115,  Billings 105
IBA DIVISION FINALS
                                    5Mar01 Des Moines 93, Siouxland 82
                                    8Mar01 Des Moines 105, Siouxland 91
9Mar01 Dakota 122, Saskatchewan
                                    116
                                    11Mar01 Dakota 120, Saskatchewan 90
IBA FINALS
                                    14Mar01 Des Moines 88, Dakota 87 (OT)
                                    14Mar01 Des Moines 104, Dakota 91
                                    18Mar01 Dakota 106, Des Moines 84
                                    19Mar01 Dakota 92, Des Moines 85
                                    20Mar01 Dakota 73, Des Moines 65
                                    
IBA AWARD WINNERS 1995-96 - 2000-01
IBA MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
                                    1995-96 - Isaac Burton, BHP
                                    1996-97 - Dennis Edwards, BHP
                                    1997-98 - Andrell Hoard, WIN
                                    - Mike Lloyd, MAN
                                    1998-99 - Andrell Hoard, WIN
                                    - Mike Lloyd, MAN
                                    1999-00 - Brian Green, DAK
                                    2000-01 - Lonnie Cooper, DMD
IBA COACH OF THE YEAR
                                    1995-96 - Duane Ticknor, BHP
                                    1996-97 - Duane Ticknor, BHP
                                    1997-98 - Duane Ticknor, BHP
                                    1998-99 - Darryl Dawkins, WIN
                                    - Kevin Mackey, MAN
                                    1999-00 - Duane Tickor, DAK
                                    2000-01 - Dave Joerger, DAK
                                    Mike Born, DMD
IBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
                                    1997-98 - Kenya Capers, STP
                                    1998-99 - Roderick Blakney, DAK
                                    1999-00 - Antonio Reynolds-Dean, DAK
                                    2000-01 - Marcus Hicks, SLB
IBA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
                                    1997-98 - Ron Bayless, DMD
                                    1998-99 - Roderick Blakney, DAK
                                    1999-00 - Johnny McCrimmon, FMB
                                    2000-01 -
IBA SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
                                    1997-98 - Damon Jones, BHP
                                    1998-99 - Rob Feaster, ROC
                                    1999-00 - Kevin Beard, DAK
                                    2000-01 -
IBA PLAYOFF MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
                                    1997-98 - Tyrone Hopkins, FMB
                                    1998-99 - Mike Lloyd, MAN
                                    1999-00 - Lonnie Cooper, DMD
                                    2000-01 -
IBA ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
                                    1997-98 - Des Moines Dragons
                                    1998-99 - Des Moines Dragons
                                    1999-00 - Des Moines Dragons
                                    2000-01 -
ALL-IBA TEAMS
1995-96
First Team
                                    Isaac Burton, BHP
                                    Antione Gillespe, BHP
                                    Townsend Orr, FMB
                                    Nate Tubbs, STC
                                    David Vik, DAK
Second Team
                                    Luther Burks, WIN
                                    Erik Coleman, BHP
                                    Nate Driggers, DAK
                                    Alvin Mobley, STC
                                    Todd Johnson, FMB
Honorable Mention
                                    Shane Drisdom, WIN
                                    Kwesi Coleman, WIN
                                    Marcus Grant, BHP
                                    Chris Baker, STC
                                    Mike Moore, DAK
1996-97
First Team
                                    Dennis Edwards, BHP
                                    Bryant Basemore, MCS
                                    Mike Jones, DAK
                                    Chuck Evans, BHP
                                    G.J. Hunter, BHP
Second Team
                                    Calvin Rayford, MCS
                                    Johnny Hilliard, STP
                                    Peter Patton, DAK
                                    Robert Bennett, DAK
                                    Corey Williams, WIN
Honorable Mention
                                    Clarence Caeser, FMB
                                    Larry Daniels, STP
                                    Willie Murdaugh, DAK
                                    Darren Sanderlin, WIN
                                    Johnelle Stone, MCS
                                    Mark Hutton, BHP
1997-98
First Team
                                    Artie Griffin, BHP
                                    Bryant Basemore, MCS
                                    Curt Smith, DMD
                                    Lorenzo Orr, WIS
                                    Kenya Capers, STP
Second Team
                                    Willie Murdaugh, DAK
                                    Shawn Bankhead, DAK
                                    Tyurone Hopkins, FMB
                                    Ron Bayless, DMD
                                    Martin Lewis, WIN
Honorable Mention
                                    Seldon Jefferson, FMB
                                    Kenny Pratt, FMB
                                    Brian Shorter, BHP
                                    Thaddeus Delaney, BHP
                                    Darren Sanderlin, WIN
1998-99
First Team
                                    Andrell Hoard, WIN
                                    Mike Lloyd, MAN
                                    DeRon Rutledge, DAK
                                    Curt Smith, DMD
                                    Kip Stone, RCT
Second Team
                                    Tim Gill, ROC
                                    Lonnie Harrell, RCT
                                    Garth Joseph, MAN
                                    Seth Marshall, MAN
                                    Gary Williams, BIL
Honorable Mention
                                    Bryant Basemore, MCS
                                    Roderick Blakney, DAK
                                    Jamie Booker, BIL
                                    Rob Feaster, ROC
                                    Sean Tyson, WIN
1999-00
First Team
                                    Brian Green, DAK
                                    Andre McCollum, FMB
                                    Antonio Reynolds-Dean, DAK
                                    LeRon Williams, BHG
                                    Rasaun Young, SAS
Second Team
                                    Katu Davis, BHG
                                    Malik Dixon, DAK
                                    Mac Irvin, MCS
                                    Kwan JOhnson, WIN
                                    Carl Pickett, DMD
Honorary Mention
                                    Bryant Basemore, MCS
                                    Louis Davis, WIN
                                    Willie Farley, ROC
                                    Curt Smith, DMD
                                    Jason Winningham, DMD
                                    
                                    2000-01
                                    
                                    First Team
                                    Lonnie Cooper, DMD
                                    Jason Williams, DMD
                                    DeRon Rutledge, DAK
                                    Kevin Rice, DAK
                                    Mac Irvin, MCS
                                    
                                    Second Team
                                    Lou Davis, WIN
                                    Marcus Hicks, SLB
                                    Tim Winn, SAS
                                    Carl Boyd, SAL
                                    Fred Williams, FMB
                                    
                                    Honorable Mention
                                    
IBA LEAGUE LEADERS 1995-96 - 2000-01
SCORING AVERAGE
                                    1995-96 - Isaak Burton, BHP            24.0
                                    1996-97 - Dennis Edwards, BHP          33.6
                                    1997-98 - Artie Griffin, BHP           26.8
                                    1998-99 - Andrell Hoard, WIN           28.6
                                    1999-00 -
                                    2000-01 - Mac Irvin, MCS               21.7
REBOUNDING AVERAGE
                                    1995-96 - E. Coleman, BHP              10.0
                                    1996-97 - Mark Hutton, BHP             10.8
                                    1997-98 - Brian Shorter, BHP           10.5
                                    1998-99 - DeRon Rutledge DAK           13.6
                                    1999-00 -
                                    2000-01 - Jason Williams, DMD          12.1
ASSISTS AVERAGE
                                    1995-96 - Townsend Orr, FMB             7.8
                                    1996-97 - Calvin Rayford, MCS           8.9
                                    1997-98 - Darren Sanderlin, WIN         8.3
                                    1998-99 - Curt Smith, DMD               8.5
                                    1999-00 -
                                    2000-01 - Tim Winn, SAS                 7.2
STEALS AVERAGE
                                    1995-96 - Isaak Burton, BHP             2.5
                                    1996-97 - Calvin Rayford, MCS           2.9
                                    1997-98 - Willie Murdaugh, DAK          3.1
                                    1998-99 - Roderick Blakney, DAK         2.8
                                    1999-00 -
                                    2000-01 - John Thomas, FMB              2.8
BLOCKED SHOTS AVERAGE
                                    1995-96 - Shane Drisdom, WIN            3.2
                                    1996-97 - Shane Drisdom, WIN            3.0
                                    1997-98 - Chad Allen, DAK               2.4
                                    1998-99 - Garth Joseph, MAN             2.5
                                    1999-00 -
                                    2000-01 -
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
                                    1995-96 - Keith Johnson, BHP           .609
                                    1996-97 - Keith Blankenship, BHP       .669
                                    1997-98 - Thaddeous Delaney, BHP       .676
                                    1998-99 - Garth Joseph, MAN            .647
                                    1999-00 -
                                    2000-01 -
THREE-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
                                    1995-96 - 
                                    1996-97 - 
                                    1997-98 - Peter Patton, MCS            .448
                                    1998-99 - Melvin Watson, FMB           .433
                                    1999-00 -
                                    2000-01 -
FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
                                    1995-96 - Dave Vik, DAK                .912
                                    1996-97 - Kwesi Coleman, WIN           .875
                                    1997-98 - Ron Bayless, DMD             .856
                                    1998-99 - Darren Sanderlin, WIN        .903
                                    1999-00 -
                                    2000-01 -
PACIFIC COAST PROFESSIONAL
                                    BASKETBALL LEAGUE 1946-47 to 1947-48
                                    Conributed by J. Michael Kenyon
                                    
                                    The following summary is largely incomplete, it being a work-in-progress. The
                                    author hopes to have a fully fleshed-out history available in this space
                                    before 1999.
                                    
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                                    PCPBL 1946-47
                                    
                                    FINAL STANDINGS (through Sunday, 23Feb47)
                                                           W   L  Pct.   GB
                                    Portland Indians      33  10  .767   ..
                                    Bellingham Fircrests  26  12  .684    4.5
                                    Vancouver Hornets     24  14  .632    6.5
                                    Seattle Blue Devils   18  19  .486   12
                                    Salem Trailblazers*    8  21  .276   ..
                                    Yakima Ramblers*       8  25  .242   ..
                                    Spokane Orphans*       1  17  .056   ..
                                    *dropped by league
                                    
                                    ROUND ROBIN PLAYOFFS   W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Bellingham Fircrests   9   3  .750  ..
                                    Portland Indians       7   5  .583   2
                                    Vancouver Ramblers     6   6  .500   3
                                    Seattle Trailblazers   2  10  .167   7
                                    
                                    INDIVIDUAL SCORING     GP  Pnts PPG
                                    Gale Bishop, Bell      39  771  19.8
                                    Norm Baker, Van        37  694  18.8
                                    John Mandic, Port      42  642  15.3
                                    Slim Wintermute, Port  42  440  10.5
                                    Norm Dalthorp, Sea         436
                                    Fred Osterhaus             352
                                    Al Maul, Sea               344
                                    Ernie Maskovich            333
                                    George Andrews, Van        330
                                    
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Spokane's team
                                    was operated by Rufus Fox of that city. The Salem franchise,
                                    owned by Dan Hay, investigated the possibility of moving to Grays Harbor
                                    County in western Washington (Aberdeen and Hoquiam are the principal cities)
                                    but nothing came of that exploration (the four remaining teams engaged in a
                                    12-game, round-robin playoff, each team playing two games at home and two away
                                    with the other three teams).
                                    
                                    TEAM ROSTERS
                                    Bellingham Fircrests- Gale Bishop F, Chuck Patterson F, Bob Cotton C, Bobby
                                    Dorr G, Al Akins G, Ray Wark G, Smith, Olson, Simon, V. Sindern, Marcell G
                                    
                                    Portland Indians- Urgel (Slim) Wintermute C (player-coach) (Oregon), Bill
                                    Taitt F, Mike Hafenecker, John Mandic F (Oregon State), Harry Parrish (earlier
                                    with Yakima) (Presbyterian College), Ted Sapola (Oregon), Jack Butterworth G,
                                    Howard G, Frank Mandic, Roy Pflugard G, Don Durdan, Bob Hamilton
                                    
                                    Salem Trailblazers- Ernie Maskovitch, O'Brink G, "Stretch" Osterhaus C, Don
                                    Stitt G, Len Yandle (Oregon), Kolb G, Johnson, Stroyan, Gray, Teyama, Anton,
                                    Vaughn
                                    
                                    Seattle Blue Devils- Norm Dalthorp F, Al Maul F, Glavin, "Sig" Sigurdson C,
                                    Parsons, Wally Leask G (Washington), Chase, Frankie Watson (Gonzaga), Ernie
                                    Maskovich, Logg, Bill Fleming, John Katica F (St. Martin's)
                                    
                                    Spokane Orphans- Johnson, Bill Magruder, Stroyan, Howard, Don Stitt, Bowen,
                                    Oberstaller, Olson (some of these players may have transferred from the Salem
                                    franchise when it ceased operation)
                                    
                                    Vancouver Hornets- Doug Peden G, Norm Baker F, Ritchie Nicol G, Arthur
                                    Chapman, Ken Lawn F, Reg Clarkson, Sykes, George (Porky) Andrews G (player-coach?)
                                    
                                    Yakima Ramblers- Harold (Moose) Schlicting C (Washington), Smith, Joe Matanich
                                    (Cle Elum, WA High), John Matanich (Cle Elum High), Don Sanders (Central
                                    Washington), Emil Drovetto G (Cle Elum High), Clipper Carmody G (Central
                                    Washington), Sorenson, Harry Parrish (later with Portland)
                                    
                                    Bellingham declined an invitation to the World Pro Tournament in Chicago
                                    following the season. Portland, picking up Norm Baker and George Andrews from
                                    the Vancouver Hornets to replace Mike Hafenecker and Bill Taitt, who were
                                    unable to make the trip, went instead as regular-season champions and playoff
                                    runnerups. The Indians met the Sheboygan Redskins in a first-round game on
                                    Sunday, 6Apr47 and led after three quarters, 43-35, before
                                    bowing, 62-48.
                                    
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                                    PCPBL 1947-48
                                    
                                    FINAL STANDINGS (First half through games of Saturday, 31Jan48, second half
                                    through games of Saturday, 21Feb48)
                                    
                                    FIRST HALF              W   L  Pct   GB 
                                    Seattle Athletics      22  10  .688  ..
                                    Bellingham Fricrests   21  10  .677   0.5
                                    Tacoma Mountaineers    16  13  .552   4.5
                                    Vancouver Hornets      16  15  .516   5.5
                                    Astoria Royal Chinooks 11  19  .367  10
                                    Portland Indians        7  26  .212  15.5
                                    
                                    SECOND HALF             W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Bellingham Fircrests   14   7  .667  ..
                                    Vancouver Hornets      13   7  .650   0.5
                                    Seattle Athletics       8  10  .444   4.5
                                    Portland Indians        9  14  .391   6
                                    Tacoma Mountaineers     5  11  .312   8
                                    
                                    LEADING SCORERS             FG   FT  Pnts
                                    Norm Baker, Van            215  135  585
                                    Noble Jorgensen, Port      188  100  478
                                    Al Brightman, Sea**        183  137  443
                                    Al Maul, Sea                         425
                                    Ken Hays, Ast-Bell                   314
                                    Arvid Sutherland, Port               299
                                    Boody Gilbertson, Sea                288
                                    Bill Osterhaus                       282
                                    Ray Wark, Bell                       266
                                    Bill Taitt, Port                     238
                                    John Katica, Tac                     236
                                    Bob Graf, Tac                        233
                                    Wally Leask, Sea                     233
                                    Norm Dalthorp, Sea                   216
                                    Ernie Endress, Tac                   203
                                    Rube Wirkkunem, Ast-Bell             199
                                    Erland Anderson, Ast-Port            199
                                    Otto Kerber, Port                    196
                                    Jack Voelker, Sea                    187
                                    Ken Lawn, Van                        172
                                    
                                    **Gale Bishop of Bellingham had scored in excess of 400 points before being
                                    sidelined in February and for the remainder of a season with a "cut hand."
                                    
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                                    PCPBL RECORDS
                                    Most Points, Team, Game   88, Portland vs. Bellingham, 14Dec47
                                    Most Points, Team, Game   89, Astoria vs. Bellingham, 17Dec47
                                    Most Points, Team, Game   97, Vancouver vs. Astoria, 27Dec47
                                    Most Points, Team, Game- 108, Bellingham vs. Portland, 4Jan48
                                         Bellingham (108)- Bishop 41, Wark 18, Gainer 4, Gaffney 14, Akins 19,
                                         Baker 5, Thompson 0, Pattran 2, Chamberlin 5; Portland (67) -- Smith 2,
                                         Sutherland 15, Jorgensen 21, Kerber 14, Taitt 0, Hashhagen 2, Stitt 3,
                                         Roos 5, Rodrigues 5
                                    Most Points, Individual, Game  41, Gale Bishop, Bellingham vs. Portland,
                                         4Jan48 (Bishop made 15 field goals and 11 of 17 from the free-throw line;
                                         he had 15 points at halftime, and added another 16 in the third quarter
                                         in the game, played in the Portland armory on a Sunday afternoon; Bishop
                                         played 42 of the 48 minutes; this was also the first time that a Coast
                                         Pro team had scored 100 or more points in a game; although research is
                                         incomplete, it may have been the only time, too; the loss, for Portland,
                                         was league-record 10th straight)
                                    Most Points, Individual, Game- 42, Noble Jorgensen, Portland vs. Bellingham,
                                         Saturday, 21Feb48 (Jorgensen made 16 field goals and 10 free throws for
                                         the record total); Portland won the game, 86-76, before a good crowd of
                                         1,500 at the Portland armory.
                                    Most Points, Individual, Game- 43, Ken Hays, Bellingham vs. Portland, Monday,
                                         15Mar48 (playoff game at Bellingham)
                                    
                                    League president Clark announced plans for a Southern Division (never to be
                                    realized) on 9Jan48. He named Oakland as the first franchise to be accepted
                                    and said the other five teams would come from the following cities: San Jose,
                                    San Francisco, Stockton, Sacramento, Redding or Long Beach, CA.
                                    
                                    On Monday, 2Feb48, the Astoria club (Palmberg Brothers, Inc., named after
                                    three brothers -- William, H.G. and Wally Palmberg) announced it would suspend
                                    operations due to "lack of attendance." President Clark later said that the
                                    franchise might be relocated to either Everett (WA), or Bremerton (WA). It was
                                    not revived, given that the league was in its last season. The team's star
                                    player, ex-Oregon "skyscraper," 6-foot-7-inch Ken Hays, was assigned to the
                                    Bellingham team. At about the same time, Tacoma franchise owners Eddie Mays
                                    and Milton Bay, both of Portland, were said to be seeking new buyers.
                                       
                                    ALL-STAR TEAMS
                                    First Team- Gale Bishop, Bellingham; Al Maul, Bellingham; Noble Jorgensen,
                                    Portland; Norm Baker, Vancouver; Al Brightman, Seattle.
                                    Second Team- Tom Smith, Portland; John Katica, Tacoma; Ken Hays, Astoria-Bellingham;
                                    Ray Wark, Bellingham; "Boody" Gilbertson, Seattle.
                                    
                                    TEAM ROSTERS
                                    Astoria (Lower Columbia River) Royal Chinooks- Bill Magruder F, Rube Wirkkunem
                                    F, Ken Hays C (Oregon), Jack Howard G, Vernon G, Ty Lovelace G (Eugene, OR
                                    High), Wally Palmberg G (player-coach-part owner) (Oregon State), Bob Warren
                                    G, Erland (Andy) Anderson F (Oregon State), Frank Smith
                                    
                                    Bellingham Fircrests- Al Maul F (Bremerton, WA High), Gale Bishop F (player-coach)
                                    (Washington State), Chuck Patterson C, Ray Wark G, Bobby Dorr G, Cliff
                                    Gaffney, Chamberlin, Al Akins G, Elmer Gainer (later with Seattle)
                                    
                                    Portland Indians- Bill Taitt F, Tom Smith F-C, Arvid (Suds) Sutherland C, Don
                                    Stitt G, Roy Pflugard G (player-coach in mid-season), F. Smith, John Bianco G
                                    (player-coach at beginning of season), Noble Jorgensen C (joined team upon
                                    demise of Waterloo franchise in BAA), Bill Dwyer F (Seton Hall), Good, Bowen,
                                    Ken Hashhagen (Pennsylvania), B. Anderson, Otto Kerber G (Waterloo in BAA),
                                    Harry Roos G (player-coach in late season) (Waterloo in BAA), Dave Teyema G
                                    (later joined Vancouver), Mike Hafenecker, Jack Butterworth, Ted Sarpola,
                                    Durdan, Abel (Rod) Rodrigues G, Stan Williamson G (Oregon), Al Popick G
                                    (Oregon), Jack Goldsmith
                                    
                                    Seattle Athletics- Wally Leask G (Washington), Price, Hal Kottman C, Al
                                    Brightman G (player-coach) (Boston Celtics of BAA), "Boody" Gilbertson G
                                    (Washington), Dean White C (later with Vancouver), Frankie Watson F (Gonzaga),
                                    Norm Dalthorp F (Washington), Bill Glavin, Ken Suesens G (Sheboygan of NBL),
                                    Elmer Gainer (with Bellingham earlier)
                                    
                                    Tacoma Mountaineers- John Katica F, Bob Voelker F (Washington), Bob Graf C,
                                    Hoffler F, Jack Voelker (Washington), Ernie Endress F, Sig Sigurdson G, Marv
                                    Harshman F (Pacific Lutheran), Tom Wark, Tom Cross
                                    
                                    Vancouver Hornets- Norm Baker F, Ken Lawn F, Bill (Stretch) Osterhaus C,
                                    Ritchie Nicol G, Doug Peden G, Arthur Chapman, Jack Vaughn, George (Porky)
                                    Andrews G (player-coach), Dave Teyema G (from Portland), Dean White C (with
                                    Seattle earlier)
                                    
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                                    The top four teams then engaged in a round-robin playoff series to see if
                                    another team would join first-half champion Seattle and second-half champion
                                    Bellingham in the playoffs. Seattle and Portland finished with 4-2 playoff
                                    records, necessitating a March 29 playoff in Portland, won by the Indians,79-76.
                                    President Clark -- remember, he was majority owner of the Portland team --
                                    then announced that Seattle would play a best-of-three series with Bellingham,
                                    with the winner facing Portland in a best-of-five series for the playoff
                                    championship.
                                    
                                    Bellingham, for reasons not yet understood by this researcher, picked up Norm
                                    Baker from the Vancouver roster for the opening playoff game at home against
                                    Seattle. The Fircrests won, 84-77, but a protest by Seattle owner Don Adams to
                                    league president Clark over Baker's status resulted in Clark forfeiting the
                                    game to Seattle. Upon learning of this, Bellingham player-coach Gale Bishop
                                    declared his team would withdraw from the playoffs if the decision was not
                                    reversed. It wasn't and the Fircrests withdrew, leaving Seattle to host the
                                    first two games of a best-of-five playoff for the title. Portland won those
                                    two games and went home with a chance to close out the series, but Seattle
                                    continued the visiting- team success rate by winning the first game in the
                                    Rose City. Then came the fourth game of the series, and more excitement.
                                    
                                    On Friday night, 9Apr48, in the Portland armory, the home team led by 81 to 80
                                    with 20 seconds remaining when Al Brightman, the Athletics' player-coach and
                                    star, came out of a rebound struggle with the ball and only ten, unmolested
                                    feet between him and his basket. As he took the first step, though, Portland
                                    timekeeper M.L. Wingate -- "accidentally" he said   tripped the game-ending
                                    buzzer. Referee Frank Mandic (who had played for Portland the season before,
                                    along with his brother John) responded by blowing his whistle. Brightman, in
                                    mid-step to the hoop, hesitated slightly and then laid the ball up and in.
                                    After much heated discussion, league president (and Portland owner) Ray Clark
                                    declared the game "no contest" and said Game 4 would take place the following
                                    day.
                                    
                                    Portland prevailed in that game by a count of 76 to 74 and thus won the
                                    series, three games to one. It was to be the last game ever played in the
                                    Pacific Coast Professional Basketball Association, or League.
                                    
                                    By the time the 1948-49 basketball season got under way, the Coast Pro loop
                                    was defunct and a number of the Portland and/or Oregon-area players were to be
                                    seen performing in the Portland Basketball Association's Major League,
                                    ostensibly an amateur organization. Brightman, Harshman, Katica, Graf, the
                                    Voelker brothers, etc., began playing as a semi-pro team, called the
                                    Athletics, which scored a few wins in the next 2-3 seasons over the Harlem
                                    Globetrotters' western squad. Those Trotter games were all nip-and-tuck
                                    affairs and have become part of the lore of Pacific Northwest basketball,
                                    because at that time the Trotters were losing precious few games to any team.
                                    
                                    The Pacific Coast Professional Basketball Association, usually referred to as
                                    the Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League, or Coast Pro League, was a
                                    shortlived entity that lasted two seasons, 1946-47 and 1947-48. It was the
                                    brainchild of a Portland (OR) hotel magnate named Ray Clark, who also was the
                                    majority owner of the Portland Indians franchise in the league (along with
                                    co-owner Otis Anderson). Clark spent freely in an attempt to build the Indians
                                    into a competitive club and succeeded, winning the regular-season championship
                                    the first year and the playoffs the second season. A number of Clark's
                                    business cronies were dotted among the ownership of the other franchises, only
                                    a couple of which -- the Bellingham (WA), Fircrests and Vancouver (BC) Hornets
                                    -- were moderately successful at the gate.
                                    
                                    The Seattle Athletics, nee Blue Devils, and Tacoma Mountaineers pretty much
                                    were disappointments both at the gate and on the floor, but made it through
                                    both seasons as well.
                                    
                                    The Salem (OR) Trailblazers (a nickname that would one day be attached to an
                                    NBA team in the same state), Yakima Ramblers, Spokane Orphans and Astoria
                                    (Lower Columbia River) Royal Chinooks were flops, the first three failing to
                                    complete the first season and the latter team a second-half dropout in the
                                    second campaign. Astoria was chosen for a franchise location in the second
                                    season because occasional Portland games played there during the first season
                                    drew reasonably well. Bellingham played at least one game in neighboring
                                    Lynden (WA), and Tacoma's Mountaineers played at least one game in Centralia
                                    (WA). There may have been other "neutral" site games played which will be
                                    produced by additional research into the two seasons of play.
                                    
                                    A number of playing notables graced the league's rosters over the two seasons:
                                    Gale Bishop, Norm Baker, Urgel (Slim) Wintermute, Noble Jorgensen and Ken
                                    Suesens among them. Bishop, probably the most dominant scorer to play
                                    intercollegiately (Washington State) in the Pacific Northwest before the
                                    arrival of Seattle University's Johnny O'Brien and Elgin Baylor, was the
                                    mainstay of the Bellingham club, which had its origins as a solid amateur club
                                    in the 1930s. Bishop played a lot of top-flight amateur basketball, in and
                                    around the formation of the Coast Pro loop, and was for a time a star in the
                                    old "amateur" American Basketball League (predecessor to the "amateur"
                                    National Industrial Basketball League).
                                    
                                    The bulk of the PCPBL rosters were made up of former Pacific Coast Conference
                                    (Northern Division) collegiate stars, plus a few high-school standouts who,
                                    for one reason or another, didn't test the college waters. Almost all the
                                    coaches employed by the various teams were of the playing variety, ranging
                                    from ex-Boston Celtic Al Brightman (Seattle), who remained in town to coach
                                    the first of Seattle University's star squads built around the O'Brien twins,
                                    to Wintermute in Portland and to Bishop with the Bellingham club.
                                    
                                    The league rules called for 48 minutes of playing time, divided into four,
                                    12-minute quarters, and allowed for six fouls before an individual's
                                    disqualification. Most of the games were played in local National Guard
                                    armories or in municipal arenas such as Seattle's Civic Auditorium. The
                                    Spokane team, living up to its Orphan sobriquet, began the 1946-47 season as a
                                    road team, having been unsuccessful in finding a regular place to play. After
                                    playing a couple of home games on the Whitworth University floor, the Orphans
                                    made a deal with Gonzaga University in Spokane to use the Bulldog gymnasium
                                    for the remainder of its abbreviated schedule.
                                    
                                    A good crowd for the Coast Pro league was between 1,000 and 1,500, with a
                                    couple houses approaching the 2,000 mark in Portland. But, all too often, the
                                    lesser members of the loop played before thin gatherings of barely 100 or
                                    more. The major-city newspapers of Vancouver, Seattle and Portland were
                                    sparing in their coverage of the new league, which sprang from the prosperous
                                    times immediately following World War II and which produced an explosion of
                                    new leagues in most major sports.
                                    
                                    These, in turn, fell prey to a variety of circumstances, most notably
                                    over-expansion, inadequate playing facilities and the advent of television's early
                                    days. The Coast Pro Basketball league was one of the casualties, with Clark
                                    declining to launch a third season in 1948-49.
 
HISTORY OF THE WORLD BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Contibutors - Chris Anderson, David Bender, Robert Bradley, James Clark and
                                    David Stewart-Candy.
The World Basketball League was founded
                                    as the International Basketball
                                    Association in November 1987, but changed its name prior to the 1988 season.
                                    The league allowed only players under 6'5" tall, changing the restriction to
                                    6'7" in 1992.
                                    
WBL FRANCHISE CHRONOLOGY 1988 - 1992
1988
                                    In-  Calgary 88s              1988 - 1992 (charter franchise)
                                         Chicago Express          1988        (charter franchise)
                                         Fresno Flames            1988        (charter franchise)
                                         Las Vegas Silver Streaks 1988 - 1990 (charter franchise)
                                         Vancouver Nighthawks     1988        (charter franchise)
                                         Youngstown Pride         1988 - 1992 (charter franchise)
1989
                                    In-  Illinois Express         1989 - 1990 (formerly Chicago Express)
                                         Worcester Counts         1989        (disbanded)
                                    Out- Chicago Express                      (to Illinois Express)
1990
                                    In-  Erie Wave                1990 - 1992 (expansion franchise)
                                         Memphis Rockers          1990 - 1992
                                         Saskatchewan Storm       1990 - 1992 (expansion franchise)
                                    Out- Worcester Counts         1989
1991
                                    In-  Dayton Wings             1991 - 1992 (expansion franchise)
                                         Florida Jades            1991 - 1992 (expansion franchise)
                                         Halifax Windjammers      1991 - 1992 (expansion franchise)
                                         Nashville Stars          1992        (formerly Las Vegas Silver Streaks)
                                    Out- Illinois Express                     (disbanded)
                                         Las Vegas Silver Streaks             (to Nashville Stars)
1992
                                    In-  Hamilton Skyhawks        1992        (expansion franchise)
                                         Jacksonville Stingrays   1992        (expansion franchise)
                                         Winnipeg Thunder         1992        (expansion franchise)
                                    Out- Erie Waves                           (disbanded during season)
                                         Florida Jades                        (disbanded during season)
                                         Jacksonville Stingers                (disbanded during season)
                                         Nashville Stars                      (disbanded)
                                    
WBL FRANCHISES BY SEASON 1988 - 1992
CAL - Calgary 88's [Calgary, AB]                   1988 - 1992
                                    CHI - Chicago Express [Chicago, IL]                1988
                                    DAY - Dayton Wings [Dayton, OH]                    1991 - 1992
                                    ERI - Erie Wave (Erie, PA]                         1990 - 1992
                                    FLO - Florida Jades [Boca Raton, FL]               1991 - 1992
                                    FRE - Fresno Flames [Fresno, CA]                   1988
                                    HAL - Halifax Windjammers [Halifax, NS]            1991 - 1992
                                    HAM - Hamilton Skyhawks [Hamilton, ON]             1992
                                    ILL - Illinois Express [Springfield, IL]           1989 - 1990
                                    JAC - Jacksonville Stingrays [Jacksonville, FL]    1992
                                    LVS - Las Vegas Silver Streaks [Las Vegas, NV]     1988 - 1990
                                    MEM - Memphis Rockers [Memphis, TN]                1990 - 1991
                                    NAS - Nashville Stars [Nashville, TN]              1991
                                    SAS - Saskatchewan Storm [Saskatoon, Saskatchewan] 1990 - 1992
                                    VAN - Vancouver Nighthawks [Vancouver, BC]         1988
                                    WIN - Winnipeg Thunder [Winnipeg, Manitoba]        1992
                                    WOR - Worcester Counts [Worcester, MA]             1989
                                    YOU - Youngstown Pride [Youngstown, OH]            1988 - 1992
1988
                                    - CAL  CHI* FRE  LVS  VAN  YOU
                                    1989 - CAL  ILL  LVS  WOR* YOU
                                    1990 - CAL  ERI  ILL* LVS* MEM  SAS  YOU
                                    1991 - CAL  DAY  ERI  FLO  HAL  MEM  NAS* SAS  YOU
                                    1992 - CAL  DAY  ERI# FLO# HAL  HAM  JAC# SAS  WIN  YOU
Notes:
                                    * - franchise disbanded or relocated after season
                                    # - franchise disbanded or relocated during season
                                    
WBL ARENAS 1988 -1992
CAL - Olympic Saddledome, Calgary, ALB 1988 - 92
                                    CHI - Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL 1988
                                    DAY - Ervin J. Nutter Center, Dayton, OH 1990 - 92
                                    ERI - Louis J. Tullio Center, Erie, PA 1990 - 92
                                    FLO - Florida Atlantic University Arena, Boca Raton, FL 1991 - 92
                                    FRE - Selland Arena, Fresno, CA 1988
                                    HAL - Halifax Metro Center, Halifax, NS 1991 - 92
                                    HAM - Copps Colisium, Hamilton, ON 1992
                                    ILL - Praire Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL 1989 - 90
                                    JAC - Jacksonville Coliseum, Jacksonville, FL 1992
                                    LVS - Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV 1988 - 90
                                    MEM - Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN 1991
                                    NAS - Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN 1991
                                    SAS - Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon, SK 1990 - 92
                                    VAN - S.C. Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC 1988
                                    WIN - Winnipeg Arena, Winnipeg, Manitoba 1992
                                    WOR - Worcester Centrum, Worcester, MA 1989
                                    YNG - Beeghlt Center, Youngstown, OH 1988 - 92
                                    
 
WBL YEARLY STANDINGS 1988 - 1992
1988 WBL           
                                           W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Calgary 88's              32  22  .593  ..
                                    Las Vegas Silver Streaks  32  22  .593  ..
                                    Youngstown Pride          28  26  .519   4
                                    Chicago Express           27  27  .500   5
                                    Fresno Flames             25  29  .463   7
                                    Vancouver Nighthawks      18  36  .333  14
WBL SEMIFINALS
                                     8Sep88 Chicago 109, Calgary 107
 8Sep88 Las Vegas 105, Youngstown
                                    103
WBL CHAMPIONSHIP
                                     9Sep88 Las Vegas 102, Chicago 95
1989 WBL                 
                                     W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Calgary 88's              31  13  .704  ..
                                    Youngstown Pride          30  14  .681   1
                                    Illinois Express          29  15  .659   2
                                    Las Vegas Silver Streaks  26  18  .591   5
                                    Worcester Counts          18  26  .409  13
                                    International Teams*       1  49  .020  ..
*Composite record
                                    of Finland, Greece, Holland, Italy, Norway and Soviet Union
WBL
                                    SEMIFINALS
                                    27Aug89 Youngstown 100, Illinois 95
                                    28Aug89 Youngstown 99, Illinois 97
27Aug89 Calgary 122, Las
                                    Vegas 115
                                    28Aug89 Las Vegas 116, Calgary 115
                                    29Aug89 Calgary 120, Las Vegas 115
WBL CHAMPIONSHIP
                                    30Aug89 Youngstown 107, Calgary 98
                                    1Sep89 Youngstown 118, Calgary 116
1990 WBL                
                                      W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Youngstown Pride          38   8  .826  ..
                                    Las Vegas Silver Streaks  32  14  .696   6
                                    Calgary 88's              29  17  .630   9
                                    Illinois Express          27  19  .587  11
                                    Memphis Rockers           27  19  .587  11
                                    Saskatchewan Storm        19  27  .413  19
                                    Erie Wave                 12  34  .261  26
                                    International Teams*       5  51  .089  38
*Composite record
                                    of Finland, Greece, Holland, Italy, Norway and Soviet Union
WBL
                                    FIRST ROUND
                                    25Aug90 Calgary 113, Erie 98
                                    26Aug90 Calgary 135, Erie 105
25Aug89 Illinois 110, Memphis
                                    108 (OT)
                                    26Aug89 Memphis 105, Illinois 101
                                    28Aug89 Memphis 108, Illinois 98
27Aug90 Las Vegas 128, Saskatchewan
                                    124 (OT)
                                    28Aug89 Las Vegas 120, Saskatchewan 107
WBL SEMIFINALS
                                    30Aug90 Memphis 92, Youngstown 89
                                    31Aug90 Youngstown 106, Memphis 97
                                    2Sep90 Youngstown 107, Memphis 104 (OT)
31Aug90 Las Vegas 125,
                                    Calgary 112
                                     1Sep90 Calgary 125, Las Vegas 114
                                     2Sep90 Calgary 127, Las Vegas 121
WBL CHAMPIONSHIP
                                     4Sep90 Youngstown 111, Calgary 102
                                     5Sep90 Calgary 111, Youngstown 106
                                     7Sep90 Calgary 105, Youngstown 104
                                     8Sep90 Youngstown 123, Calgary 104
                                    11Sep90 Youngstown 109, Calgary 99
1991 WBL
                                    NORTHERN DIVISION          W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Calgary 88's              37  14  .725  ..
                                    Youngstown Pride          26  25  .510  11
                                    Saskatchewan Storm        25  26  .490  12
                                    Halifax Windjammers       21  30  .412  16
                                    Eire Wave                 18  33  .353  19
SOUTHERN DIVISION
                                             W   L  Pct.  GB
                                    Dayton Wings              36  15  .706  ..
                                    Florida Jades             30  21  .588   6
                                    Memphis Rockers           29  22  .569   7
                                    Nashville Stars           23  28  .451  13
                                    International Teams*       7  38  .156  ..
*Composite record
                                    of Finland, Greece, Holland, Italy, Norway and Soviet Union
WBL
                                    FIRST ROUND
                                    24Aug91 Saskatchewan 105, Youngstown 99
                                    26Aug91 Saskatchewan 108, Youngstown 99
24Aug91 Florida 115,
                                    Memphis 111 (OT)
                                    25Aug91 Memphis 120, Florida 107
                                    27Aug91 Florida 114, Memphis 98
WBL SEMIFINALS
                                    29Aug91 Calgary 146, Saskatchewan 93
                                    31Aug91 Calgary 108, Saskatchewan 103
29Aug91 Dayton 111, Florida
                                    107
                                    30Aug91 Dayton 125, Florida 112
WBL CHAMPIONSHIP
                                     3Sep91 Dayton 112, Calgary 96
                                     4Sep91 Dayton 135, Calgary 110
                                     6Sep91 Dayton 120, Calgary 89
1992 WBL                   W
                                      L  Pct.  GB
                                    Dayton Wings              26   7  .788  ..
                                    Calgary 88's              22  12  .647   4.5
                                    Youngstown Pride          22  13  .629   5
                                    Halifax Windjammers       19  14  .576   7
                                    Hamilton Skyhawks         17  17  .500   9.5
                                    Winnipeg Thunder          15  22  .405  13
                                    Saskatchewan Storm        12  21  .364  14
                                    Florida Jades*             9  10  .474  ..
                                    Erie Wave**               12  16  .429  ..
                                    Jacksonville Stingrays*    5  14  .263  ..
                                    Esonian Nationals          1  14  .067  ..
                                    Abruzzo (Italy) All-Stars  1  14  .067  ..
                                    Kiev All-Stars             1  14  .067  ..
                                    Bahamas Nationals          1  14  .067  ..
*Florida and Jacksonville
                                    disbanded 15Jun92
                                    **Erie disbanded 20Jul92
                                    Dayton disbanded 31Jul92
                                    League disbanded 1Aug92
                                    
WBL AWARD WINNERS 1988 - 1991
ALL-WBL TEAMS
1988
                                    Jamie Waller, LVS
                                    Anthony Jones, LVS
                                    Jim Les, CHI
                                    Carlos Clark, CAL
                                    Bryan Pollard, VAN
1989
                                    Willie Bland, YOU
                                    Dave Henderson, CAL
                                    Alfredrick Hughes, ILL
                                    Andre Turner, CAL
                                    Jamie Waller, LVS
1990
                                    Fred Cofield, YOU
                                    Mario Elie, YOU
                                    Chip Engelland, CAL
                                    Alfredrick Hughes, ILL
                                    Jamie Waller, LVS
1991
                                    Joe Dawson, MEM
                                    Alfredrick Hughes, DAY
                                    Tracy Moore, FLO
                                    Milt Wagner, MEM
                                    Daren Queenan, NAS
WBL ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
1988
                                    Barry Mitchell, YOU
                                    Juden Smith, FRE
                                    Johnny Brown, LVS
                                    Bryan Pollard, VAN
                                    Jim Thomas, CAL
1989
                                    Barry Mitchell, YOU
                                    Carlos Clark, CAL
                                    Cedric Hunter, LVS
                                    Perry McDonald, ILL
                                    Keith Smart, WOR
1990
                                    Barry Mitchell, YOU
                                    Mark Wade, YOU
                                    Carlos Clark, CAL
                                    Cedric Hunter, LVS
                                    Perry McDonald, ILL
1991
                                    Dudley Bradley, SAS
                                    Willie Glass, YOU
                                    Darryl McDonald, NAS
                                    Perry McDonald, DAY
                                    Keith Smart, HAL
WBL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
1988
                                    22May88 - Jim Thomas, CAL
                                    29May88 - Jose Slaughter, VAN
                                     5Jun88 - Jim Les, CHI
                                    12Jun88 - Clyde Vaughan, YOU
                                    19Jun88 - Jamie Waller, LVS
                                    26Jun88 - Kenny Natt, FRE
                                     3Jul88 - Alfredrich Hughes, CHI
                                    10Jul88 - Barry Mitchell, YOU
                                    17Jul88 - Anthony Jones, LVS
                                    24Jul88 - Greg Jones, YOU
                                    31Jul88 - Prerry Young, FRE
                                     7Aug88 - Sidney Lowe, CAL
                                    14Aug88 - Mark Wade, LVS
                                    21Aug88 - Willie Bland, YOU
                                    28Aug88 - Anthony Jones, LVS
                                              Jamie Waller, LVS
1991
                                     7May89 - Freddie Banks, LVS
                                    21May89 - Alfredrick Hughes, ILL
                                    28May89 - David Henderson, CAL
                                     4Jun89 - Jamie Waller, LVS
                                    11Jun89 - Doug Lee, ILL
                                    18Jun89 - Sherman Williams, WOR
                                    25Jun89 - Andrew Moten, ILL
                                     2Jul89 - Willie Bland, YOU
                                     9Jul89 - Dale Blaney, YOU
                                    16Jul89 - Darryl Kennedy, LVS
                                    23Jul89 - Barry Mitchell, YOU
                                    30Jul89 - George Jackson, CAL
                                     6Aug89 - Kenny Natt, YOU
                                    14Aug89 - Willie Bland, YOU
                                    20Aug89 - David Henderson, CAL
                                     3Sep89 - Barry Mitchell, YOU
1990
                                    13May90 - Mario Elie, YOU
                                    20May90 - Andre Turner, MEM
                                    27May90 - Perry Young, CAL
                                     3Jun90 - Bryan Pollard, SAS
                                    10Jun90 - Alfredrick Hughes, ILL
                                    17Jun90 - Jamie Waller, LVS
                                    24Jun90 - Fred Cofield, YOU
                                     1Jul90 - Chip Engelland, CAL
                                     8Jul90 - Mario Elie, YOU
                                    15Jul90 - Vincent Askew, MEM [WBL All-Star Game MVP]
                                    22Jul90 - Sherman Williams, ERI
                                    29Jul90 - Kenny Sanders, SAS
                                     5Aug90 - Jamie Waller, LVS
                                    12Aug90 - Jim Barton, MEM
                                    19Aug90 - Perry McDonald, ILL
                                    26Aug90 - Barry Mitchell, YOU
WBL SIXTH MAN AWARD
                                    1988 - Chip Engelland, CAL
                                    1989 - Keith Smart, WOR
                                    1990 - Troy Lewis, YOU
                                    1991 - Kelsey Weems, CAL
WBL COACH OF THE YEAR
                                    1988 - Mike Thibault, CAL
                                    1989 - Bob Patton, YOU
                                    1990 - Sonny Allen, LVS
                                    1991 - Pat Haley, DAY
WBL CHAMPIONSHIP MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
                                    1988 - Jamie Waller, LVS
                                    1989 - Barry Mitchell, YOU
                                    1990 - Barry Mitchell, YOU
                                    1991 - Perry McDonald, DAY
WBL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
                                    1991 - Tracy Moore, FLO
WBL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
                                    1991 - J.J. Eubanks, NAS
WBL ALL-STAR GAME MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
                                    1988 - Jose Slaughter, VAN
                                    1989 - Darryl Kennedy. LVS
                                    1990 - Vincent Askew, MEM
                                    1991 - Craig Neal, FLO
WBL SLAM DUNK CHAMPION
                                    1988 - Jeff Collins, LVS
                                    1989 - Willie Bland, YOU & Tim Legler, YOU [2-man competition]
                                    1990 - Mario Donaldson, SAS
                                    1991 - Milt Newton, HAL
WBL 3-POINT CHAMPION
                                    1988 - Chip Engelland, CAL
                                    1989 - Chip Engelland, CAL
                                    1990 - Fred Cofield, YOU
                                    1991 - Fred Cofield, YOU
WBL ALL-STAR GAMES
                                    7Jul88 - Calgary, AB      WBL West 131, WBL East 120
                                    12Jul89 - Las Vegas, NV   Las Vegas 144, WBL All-Stars 148
                                    11Jul90 - Youngstown, OH  WBL West 150, WBL East 123
                                    10Jul91 - Halifax, NS     WBL South 130, WBL North 120
                                    
WBL LEAGUE LEADERS
SCORING AVERAGE
                                    1988 - Jamie Waller, LVS      26.7
                                    1989 - Jamie Waller, LVS      21.7
                                    1990 - Jamie Waller, LVS      26.5
                                    1991 - Jamie Waller, NAS/ERI  26.3
REBOUNDING AVERAGE
                                    1988 - David Boone, CAL        9.8
                                    1989 - Alfredrich Hughes, ILL 11.5
                                    1990 - Vincent Askew, MEM      9.8
                                    1991 - Willie Bland, HAL      12.3
ASSISTS AVERAGE
                                    1988 - Mark Wade, LVS         12.8
                                    1989 - Cedric Hunter, LVS     11.0
                                    1990 - Mark Wade, YOU         11.5
                                    1991 - Mark Wade, YOU          8.7
STEALS AVERAGE
                                    1988 - Mark Wade, LVS         1.83
                                    1989 - Darryl Johnson, ILL    1.86
                                    1990 - Andre Turner, MEM      2.43
                                    1991 - Darryl McDonald, NAS   2.47
BLOCKED SHOTS AVERAGE
                                    1988 - Andre Patterson, VAN   2.18
                                    1989 - Perry Young, CAL       1.33
                                    1990 - John Hegwood, CAL      1.30
                                    1991 - Willie Glass, YOU      1.65
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
                                    1988 - Don Jacobs, LVS/FRE    .601
                                    1989 - Willie Bland, YOU      .608
                                    1990 - Vincent Askew, MEM     .606
                                    1991 - Mack Joyner, FLO       .696
3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
                                    1988 - Jim Les, CHI           .467
                                    1989 - Chip Engelland, CAL    .513
                                    1990 - Chip Engelland, CAL    .513
                                    1991 - Chip Engelland, CAL    .494
FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
                                    1988 - Scott Brooks, FRE      .884
                                    1989 - Chip Engelland, CAL    .864
                                    1990 - Chip Engelland, CAL    .936
                                    1991 - Chip Engelland, CAL    .935
                                    
WBL COACHES 1988 - 1991
                                    
                                    CAL -     Mike Thibault, 1988
                                              Cory Russell, 1989                   
                                              Roger Lyons, 1989 - 1992
                                    DAY -     Pat Haley, 1991
                                              Mike Sylvester, 1992
                                    ERI -     Steve Hayes, 1990
                                              Bill Kalbaugh, 1990, 1991 - 1992
                                              Denny Hovanec, 1990
                                    FLO -     Matt Creamer, 1991 - 1992
                                    FRE -     Ted Owens, 1988
                                    HAL -     Ian MacMillan, 1991
                                              Mickey Fox, 1991 - 1992
                                    HAM -     Kevin Billerman, 1992
                                    CHI/ILL - Rich Falk, 1988
                                              Walt Perrin, 1988
                                              Dave Robisch 1989 - 1990
                                    JAC -     Eric Dennis, 1992
                                    LVS -     Sonny Allen, 1988, 1990
                                              Denny Hovanec, 1989 - 1990
                                    MEM -     Tom Nissalke, 1990
                                              Ron Ekker, 1991
                                    NAS -     Ron Greene, 1991
                                    SAS -     Mike Frink, 1990
                                              Mike Riley, 1991 - 1992
                                    VAN -     Mike Frink, 1988
                                    WIN -     Tom Nissalke, 1992
                                    WOR -     John Clark, 1989
                                    YOU -     Mike Rice, 1988
                                              Bob Patton, 1988 - 1991
                                              Floyd Kerr, 1992
                                    
                                          
                                    WBL VS. INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 1988 - 1991
1988  
                                     3-0  1.000  Belgium SunAir Tournament
                                    1989    3-0  1.000  Belgium SunAir Tournament
                                            5-1   .833  Haarlem [Holland] Basketball Week
                                           49-1   .980  WBL regular season
                                    1990    2-1   .667  Belgium SunAir Tournament
                                            5-0  1.000  Haarlem [Holland] Basketball Week
                                           51-5   .911  WBL regular season
                                    1991    4-1   .800  Singapore Merlion Cup
                                            1-1   .500  Belgium SunAir Tournament
                                            2-2   .500  Haarlem Basketball Week
                                           38-7   .844  WBL regular season
                                    1992   56-4   .933  WBL regular season
                                    Total  25-6   .806  International Tournaments
                                          138-17  .890  WBL regular season games
                                          218-31  .876  All games
 
 
ENTIRE LEAGUE GOES BELLY UP
 
 
 
A new six team semi-pro league again trys to open the doors in Canada. Unusual rule is 3-points for dunks?

USA talent: Randy Livingston 63 point guard, Louisiana State University. Randy just finished the season with the LA Clippers of the NBA. He has also played with the Houston Rockets, Seattle Sonics, and the New Orleans Hornets, and is playing in the OPBA in its inaugural season to keep in shape during his NBA off-season.

Acie Earl 70 center, University of Iowa. The former Toronto Raptor and Boston Celtic has just finished playing a pro season in Europe and is excited about Canadas first professional league. He enjoyed his best seasons as a Raptor and is looking forward to spending the summer here in Canada.

Chris King 68 forward, Wake Forest. Originally drafted to the Seattle Sonics, Chris King spent time with the Vancouver Grizzlies before their move to the city of Memphis. King also played a season with the Utah Jazz.

Canadian Content

Mike King 69 forward, University of Wisconsin Green-Bay. King has just completed his senior year with the UWGB Phoenix where he led his team in scoring. A member of the Canadian National team, Mike King is a native of Guelph, Ontario.

Andy Kwiatkowski 67 guard/forward, University of Western Ontario. This former Mustang and member of the Canadian National team has just completed a season of professional basketball in Germany. The CIS all-star and player of the year is a native of Cambridge, Ontario.

Kyle Julius 64 guard, University of Guelph. Julius has just completed his senior year at the U of G where he finished his career as the second all-time leading scorer in Guelph history. Julius, who was a CIS all-star, as well as the OUA west scoring leader this past season, is looking to start his pro career right here at home in Canada

Niagara Gamblers profiles

deanthonybowden.jpg   DeAnthony Bowden       stephencox.jpg Stephen Cox

jermainemedley.jpg  Jermaine Medley    marquisholmes.jpg Marquis Holmes

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Canadian legends who played in the semi pro ranks include Carl English with the NBDL Charleston Lowgaters

Full Name: Carl Jerome English
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 205
Birthdate: February 2, 1981 (St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada)
High School: Fatima Academy (St. Brides, Newfoundland, Canada)
College: Hawaii

BACKGROUND


Participated in NBA training camp with the Indiana Pacers in 2003.

Early entry candidate for the 2003 NBA Draft. Finished collegiate career as the seventh all-time leading scorer in Hawaii history with 1,259 career points. Holds the schools single-season record for most three-point field goals made with 89. Ranks second in school history in three-point field goals made with 162, fourth in three-point field goals attempted with 414, and fifth in career three-point percentage at 39.1 percent. Posted 20 career 20-point games and four 30-point games. Scored in double figures 59 times.

As a junior, averaged 19.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Started all 31 games. Ranked second in the WAC and 48th in the nation in scoring. Had the fifth-highest single-season point total in school history. Scored 20 or more points 11 times and surpassed the 30-point mark three times. Posted season-high 33 points against Tulsa. Registered 30 points against Rice and Fresno State. Scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Louisiana Tech. Tallied 17 points, seven rebounds and season-high six assists against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Named First Team All-WAC, NABC District 13 Second Team, and USBWA District 9 First Team.

As a sophomore, averaged 15.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Started all 33 games. Ranked ninth in the WAC in scoring and fourth in field goal percentage. Scored 20 or more points eight times, with a season-high 33 points against Fresno State. Sank five three-point shots and shot 11-for-16 from the floor for 28 points against Tulsa. Tallied 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists at SMU. Posted first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game of the WAC Tournament at Tulsa. Named Second Team All-WAC.

As a redshirt freshman, averaged 4.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Came off the bench in all 28 games. Posted season-high 25 points against Tulsa. Scored 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting at San Jose State. Tallied 44 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in three WAC Tournament games.

As a freshman, played in two games before undergoing season-ending surgery on his left ankle. Made his only field goal attempt and sank both free throw attempts. Was granted a medical redshirt

Canadians to play in the USBL

Ron Crevier: Springfield Fame 1985

William Njoku: Jersey Turnpikes 1995 and Atlantic City Seagulls 1996

Stewart Granger: Wildwood Aces 1986

Dwight Walton  Suncoast Sunblasters 1991

Canadians to play in the CBA

Brian Heaney

David Daniels: Rochester Renegades and the Yakima Sun Kings 1994

Leo Rautins: 1989-91 LaCrosse, Sioux Falls

Novell Thomas Saskatchewan Hawks

International Basketball Association

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2000-2001 Season Awards 
CHAMPIONS Dakota Wizards 
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Lonnie Cooper - Des Moines Dragons 
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR Michael Born - Des Moines Dragons 
Dave Joeger - Dakota Wizards 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Marcus Hicks - Siouxland Bombers 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Willie Murdaugh - Dakota Wizards 
SIXTH MAN AWARD Rasheed Brokenborough - 
South Dakota Gold

PLAYOFF MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Michael Johnson - Dakota Wizards 
ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR Dakota Wizards 
FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS 
Lonnie Cooper Des Moines Dragons 
DeRon Rutledge Dakota Wizards 
Mac Irvin Magic City Snowbears 
Jason Williams Des Moines Dragons 
Kevin Rice Dakota Wizards
SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS 
Marcus Hicks Siouxland Bombers 
Louis Davis Winnipeg Cyclone 
Tim Winn Saskatchewan Hawks 
Carl Boyd Salina Rattlers 
Fred Williams Fargo / Moorhead Beez  

HONORABLE MENTIONS 
Michael Moten Billings RimRockers 
Katu Davis South Dakota Gold 
Melvin Levett Saskatchewan Hawks 
Dante Mathis Billings RimRockers 
John Thomas Fargo / Moorhead Beez 

  March 21, 2001 
Despite being held to their season's lowest offensive output, the Dakota Wizards still battled their way to a 73-65 victory over the Des Moines Dragons Tuesday in Game 5 of the IBA finals, capturing their first President's Cup in the six-year history of the franchise.
Finals: Dakota - Des Moines 3-2

 
Feb.9, 2001 
Des Moines - Siouxland 90-89 (Williams 23, Mack 15, Walker 14, Anderson 12 - Jones 29, Young 12, Eaton 11, Boone 10)

  Feb.9, 2001 
Dragons' Lonnie Cooper was named IBA's Eastern Division Player of the Week for second straight week.

  Feb.8, 2001 
Magic City - Dakota 102-96 (Green 25, Hyatt 20, Jackson 16, Williams 13, Pledger 11 - Rutledge 32, Scott 16, Johnson 15, Rice 13)
South Dakota - Billings 118-109 (Brokenborough 23, Martin 18, Jackson 18, Davis 16, Johnson 13, Coleman 13 - Green 24, Moten 24, Alexander 20, Spoja 16, Knight 10)

Stats Leaders

All Players Stats

Points

1.M.Irvin, MagicC. 21.8
2.D.Rutledge, Dak. 20.8
3.F.Williams, Fargo 20.5
4.L.Davis, Winnip. 18.9
5.C.Groves, Salina 18.5
6.L.Cooper, DesM. 18.5
7.T.Winn, Saskat. 18.5
8.M.Hicks, Sioux. 18.3
9.C.Boyd, Salina 17.2
10.K.Rice, Dakota 17.0

Rebounds

1.J.Williams, DesM. 12.0
2.L.Thompson, Winnip. 11.1
3.C.Boyd, Salina 9.6
4.D.Rutledge, Dakota 9.4
5.F.Williams, Fargo 8.9

Assists

1.T.Winn, Saskat. 7.3
2.L.Cooper, DesM. 6.7
3.L.Davis, Winnipeg 5.9
4.J.Thomas, Fargo 5.5
5.G.Johnson, S.Dakota 5.5

The 1999-2000 season started with a restructuring of the Executive Office and relocation to St. Paul, Minnesota, while the Operations Office remained in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. To handle the ever-increasing management duties, the IBA expanded its Executive Committee to five positions: President, Vice-President, Past-President, Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Director. The league welcomed Youngstown, Ohio to the IBA family, where the Mansfield Hawks found a new home for the first ten games before finishing their season in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Wisconsin Blast also relocated to Rapid City due to venue difficulties. The Des Moines Dragons concluded a spectacular season by defeating the Magic City Snowbears 3 games to 1. They also won their third consecutive Organization of the Year award, after breaking the record for regular season total attendance (71,104) and average attendance (3950). They also broke the record for single game attendance by hosting an astonishing 6,253 spectators on January 22, 2000. Dakota Wizards Head Coach Duane Ticknor clinched his fourth Coach of the Year award. The Wizards went undefeated at home for the first time ever in IBA history and also smashed the previous playoff attendance record by averaging 4050 fans per game. Former IBA player Rick Hughes graduated to the NBA, seeing time with the Dallas Mavericks in the 1999-2000 season.

  Season Awards 99-00 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Brian Green - Dakota Wizards 
COACH OF THE YEAR Duane Ticknor - Dakota Wizards 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Antonio Reynolds-Dean Dakota Wizards 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Johnny McCrimmon Fargo-Moorhead Beez 
SIXTH MAN AWARD Kevin Beard - Dakota Wizards 
PLAYOFF MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Lonnie Cooper - Des Moines Dragons 

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS 
Brian Green Dakota Wizards 
Andre McCollum Fargo-Moorhead Beez 
Antonio Reynolds-Dean Dakota Wizards 
LeRon Williams Black Hills Gold 
Rasaun Young Saskatchewan Hawks 

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS 
Katu Davis Black Hills Gold 
Malik Dixon Dakota Wizards 
McGlother Irvin Magic City Snowbears 
Kwan Johnson Winnipeg Cyclone 
Carl Pickett Des Moines Dragons

Final Standings

West Division

Dakota Wizards 30-6
Black Hills Gold 22-14
Magic City Snowbears 19-17
Winnipeg Cyclone 15-21
Billings Rimerock 13-24

East Division

Des Moines Dragons 26-11
Fargo-Moorhead Beez 21-15
Saskatchewan Hawks 9-27
Rochester Skeeters 8-28


Stats Leaders

Points

1. R.Young, Saskatchewan 27.6
2. B.Green, Dakota 26.8
3. A.McCollum, Fargo-Moorh. 24.9
4. L.Davis, Winnipeg 24.3
5. W.Farley, Rochester 24.0
6. K.Johnson, Winnipeg 22.0
7. L.Williams, Black Hills 20.7
8. M.Dixon, Dakota 20.7
9. C.Pickett, Des Moines 20.2
10. M.Irvin, Magic City 19.6

Rebounds

1. A.Dean, Dakota 12.2
2. M.O'Quinn, Winnipeg 10.6
3. J.Winningham, Des Moines 9.4
4. L.Williams, Black Hills 9.3
5. C.Tyson, Fargo-Moorhead 9.0
6. J.McCrimmon, Fargo-Moorh. 9.0
7. G.Malone, Saskatchewan 8.5
8. J.Scales, Black Hills 8.5

Assists

1. M.Dixon, Dakota 7.9
2. T.J.Walker, Saskatchewan 6.2
3. A.McCollum, Fargo-Moorh. 5.8
4. L.Cooper, Des Moines 5.8
5. K.Davis, Black Hills 5.8
6. G.Johnson, Magic City 5.8
7. K.Johnson, Winnipeg 5.7
8. C.Smith, Des Moines 5.0
 
 The IBA's fourth season (1998-99) was its best ever. The league grew by two teams the Billings RimRockers and the Mansfield Hawks and maintained a 34-game schedule and two divisions. The league achieved greater prominence in North America by virtue of the IBA's first-ever national television broadcast, Dec. 12. NBA backboard-breaking legend Darryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins came to the IBA as coach of the Winnipeg Cyclone. Dawkins gave the IBA and the Cyclone heightened popularity as nearly every major media outlet produced stories and features on him and the league. In 1998-99, the expansion Mansfield Hawks swept the Magic City Snowbears in three straight games to claim the President's Cup. The league was the largest professional basketball league that operated during the winter in North America other than the NBA. Speaking of the NBA, three IBA grads were featured on NBA squads during the 1998-99 season: William Cunningham with the New Jersey Nets, Damon Jones with the Boston Celtics and Trevor Winter with the Minnesota Timberwolves. As well, IBA scores and standings regularly appeared on the Associated Press newswire and in USA Today by the season's end. The inaugural IBA Media Guide was produced, providing reporters and fans with information about the league and its players. All in all, the year was one many firsts and triumphs.

  Season Awards 98-99 

CO-MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Andrell Hoard - Winnipeg Cyclone
Mike Lloyd - Mansfield Hawks 
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR Darryl Dawkins - Winnipeg Cyclone
Kevin Mackey - Mansfield Hawks 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Roderick Blakney - Dakota Wizards 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Roderick Blakney - Dakota Wizards 
SIXTH MAN AWARD Rob Feaster - Rochester Skeeters 
PLAYOFF MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Mike Lloyd - Mansfield Hawks 

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS
Andrell Hoard Winnipeg Cyclone 
Mike Lloyd Mansfield Hawks 
DeRon Rutledge Dakota Wizards 
Curt Smith Des Moines Dragons 
Kip Stone Rapid City Thrillers 

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS
Tim Gill Rochester Skeeters 
Lonnie Harrell Rapid City Thrillers 
Garth Joseph Mansfield Hawks 
Seth Marshall Mansfield Hawks 
Gary Williams Billings RimRockers
 
The 1997-98 season was one of great growth for the league. The IBA added two expansion teams (the Wisconsin Blast and the Des Moines Dragons), increased the schedule to 34-games and played in two divisions. The FM Beez defeated the Black Hills Posse to become the IBA champions and win the President's Cup.

The credibility of the IBA was reaffirmed when NBA great and Basketball Hall-of Fame member Alex English signed on as IBA Commissioner. One of the greatest players in NBA history, Alex was the NBAs leading scorer during the 1980s and was the sixth NBA player to score over 25,000 points.

  Season Awards 97-98
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Artie Griffin Black Hills Posse 
COACH OF THE YEAR Duane Ticknor Black Hills Posse 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Kenya Capers St. Paul Slam 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Ron Bayless Des Moines Dragons 
SIXTH MAN AWARD Damon Jones Black Hills Posse 
PLAYOFF MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Tyrone Hopkins FM Beez 

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS
Bryant Basemore Magic City Snowbears 
Kenya Capers St. Paul Slam 
Artie Griffin Black Hills Posse 
Lorenzo Orr Wisconsin Blast 
Curt Smith Des Moines Dragons 

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS
Shawn Bankhead Dakota Wizards 
Ron Bayless Des Moines Dragons 
Tyrone Hopkins Fargo-Moorhead Beez 
Martin Lewis Winnipeg Cyclone 
Willie Murdaugh Dakota Wizards 

 

 1996-97 the IBAs second year St. Cloud relocated to St. Paul where they became the St. Paul Slam. The league also added its first expansion team, the Magic City Snowbears of Minot, North Dakota. Over 170,000 fans passed through the gates during the IBA regular season and playoff games, an increase of over 54% from the first season. During the second season, Winnipegs Martin Lewis signed with the Toronto Raptors. This further enhanced the leagues credibility. The Black Hills Posse defeated the Dakota Wizards to become the AmeriSport Cup Champions.

  Season Awards 96-97 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Dennis Edwards Black Hills Posse 
COACH OF THE YEAR Duane Ticknor Black Hills Posse 

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS
Dennis Edwards Black Hills Posse 
Chuck Evans Black Hills Posse 
G. J. Hunter Black Hills Posse 
Mike Jones Dakota Wizards 
Bryant Basemore Magic City Snowbears 

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS
Johnny Hilliard St. Paul Slam 
Peter Patton Dakota Wizards 
Robert Bennett Dakota Wizards 
Calvin Rayford Magic City Snowbears 
Corey Williams Winnipeg Cyclone 

 

In the summer of 1995, a group of committed basketball-loving businessmen founded the International Basketball Association. Assembled by AmeriSport International President Tom Anderson, these owners realized that there were only about 400 jobs for professional basketball players in the United States (300 NBA, 100 CBA) and that there was an overabundance of talent available to further stock professional teams. The IBA began with five charter teams that operated with the following goal to bring affordable family entertainment to basketball fans and also provide an outlet for talented athletes to further their professional careers.

The first season featured a 24-game schedule and a championship playoff. The Fargo Beez captured the inaugural AmeriSport Cup in February 1996. The other four teams were the Dakota (Bismarck) Wizards, the Black Hills (Rapid City) Posse, the Winnipeg Cyclone and the St. Cloud Rockn Rollers.

The league was a success both on and off the court. League President Earl J. Barish directed the growth process from Day 1 of the Leagues existence. He had hoped for an average attendance of 1,200 people per game while the final tally was an average of 1,696 with Rapid City averaging over 2,500 fans per game. In all, over 110,000 people turned out for the regular season and playoffs. The IBA also hoped to increase exposure for the players and did so by providing over 70 playing jobs in the inaugural season. Player Nate Driggers, who came from tiny Montevallo College in Alabama, couldnt get a tryout with a professional team. He came to play in Bismarck and became an IBA All-Star. The NBAs Boston Celtics noticed Driggers and signed him to play for part of the 1996-97 season. The IBA had been noticed.


  Season Awards 95-96 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Townsend Orr Fargo-Moorhead Beez 
COACH OF THE YEAR Duane Ticknor Black Hills Posse 

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS
Isaac Burton Black Hills Posse 
Nate Tubbs Minnesota Rockin Rollers 
Dave Vik Dakota Wizards 
Townsend Orr Fargo-Moorhead Beez 
Antoine Gillespie Black Hills Posse 

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS
Luther Burks Winnipeg Cyclone 
Nate Driggers Dakota Wizards 
Todd Johnson Fargo-Moorhead Beez 
Alvin Mobley Minnesota Rockin Rollers 
Erik Coleman Black Hills Posse

 



 

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