A first in Independent Basketball Association (IBA) history will happen on November 21-22 in upstate New York when the Schenectady Legends play host to newcomer Toronto 3D. The weekend will mark the first non-American based team playing a game in the league, which began play in 2011.
Toronto 3D may be new to the IBA, but the team has had much success north of the border. 3D finished a perfect 13-0 in the 2014 North of the Border Basketball League (NBBL) summer season, winning the 13-team league. NBBL Playoff MVP Tramar Sutherland averaged 23 ppg and 8.9 rpg to lead Toronto and was recently signed to a professional contract by the Moncton Miracles of the NBL Canada.
A roster that features former Canadian college stars along with a handful of former NCAA players, Toronto hope to make a statement south of their border home playing a 4-game partial league schedule this winter before anticipated full-membership in Spring 2015.
Hosting Toronto will be the longtime semi-professional franchise Schenectady Legends. Established in 2010 as the Albany Legends, the club played two seasons in the International Basketball League (IBL) winning a championship in their first season. After a runner-up finish in the 2012 IBA Spring season the Legends went on hiatus. The team reorganized and made a move from Albany to Schenectady upon their return in 2014 and are currently undefeated at 4-0.
Toronto will make the six-hour trek to Scotia, New York on Friday night to play at Scotia-Glenville High School. A post-game celebration is being planned at The New San Souci Restaurant in Scotia. The setting will change Saturday to Canajoharie High School. Game time is scheduled for 7 PM both nights.
The Independent Basketball Association was established in 2011 with teams based in the Midwest. The league has expanded to 16 teams while holding two separate seasons per calendar year. A spring season (March-June) is followed by a traditional fall season (September-January) with teams competing in one or both competitions each year.