In the opening week of the IBA 2014 winter season, Kankakee County Soldiers veteran Fred Gardner rose to occasion by recording a double-double scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (9 offensive) on 11-of-13 (85%) shooting from the field. The terrific effort led the Soldiers to a 121-118 victory over the International Racers in the season opener for both teams.
The Independent Basketball Association was established in 2011 with teams based in the Midwest. The league has expanded to 18 teams while holding two separate seasons per calendar year. A spring season (March-June) is followed by a traditional winter season (September-January) with teams competing in one and/or both competitions each year.