History

The Early Years (2011-2014)

The Independent Basketball Association (IBA) formed in the fall of 2011. The six charter members were: Battle Creek Knights, Chicago Redline, Gary Splash, Kankakee County Soldiers, Lake County Stars and Rockford Riverdawgs.

IBA play two separate seasons each calendar year: a spring season (March-June) and a winter season (September-January). Teams compete in one or both league competitions.

The first league championship (2011-12) was won by the Kankakee County Soldiers, who also won the 2012 spring season championship.

In the spring of 2012 the league expanded beyond it’s midwest footprint, adding a total of seven teams: Albany Legends, Kenosha Ballers, Lansing Capitals, Los Angeles Lightning, Malibu Pirates, Springfield Xpress and St. Louis Trotters.

The Holland Dream were added to the IBA for it’s third season in 2012-13, bringing the league total to 14 teams.

IBA and PBL joined forces in 2013, but the merger was short-lived. Travel issues, questions of league rules and other issues were too much to overcome and the two parted ways before the end of the spring season.

2013-14 began with the addition of the Windy City Blazers, who played previously as the Windy City Monsters in the ABA.

In the winter season of 2014-15 four teams (Binghamton Pioneers, Jersey G-Force, Kansas City Kryptonite and Toronto 3D) are scheduled to play a partial schedule in anticipation of full league membership in 2015.

IBA Champions

Season Champion Runner-up Result
2011-12 Fall Kankakee County Soldiers Gary Splash 2-0 (best-of 3 series)
2012 Spring Kankakee County Soldiers Albany Legends 150-116
2012-13 Fall Kankakee County Soldiers Battle Creek Knights 2-1 (best-of 3 series)
2013 Spring Kankakee County Soldiers Gary Splash 116-99
2013-14 Fall Kankakee County Soldiers St. Louis Trotters 118-112
2014 Spring Grand Rapids Fusion Markham City Racers 104-92[6]
2014-15 Fall Schenectady Legends Kenosha Ballers 154-137
2015 Spring St. Louis Trotters Kankakee County Soldiers 100-85
2015 Fall Kankakee County Soldiers St. Louis Trotters 95-81

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