KC Kryptonite Debut
Three games were played in Week 4 of the 2014 IBA Winter season over the weekend, including the inaugural game for expansion team Kansas City Kryptonite. KC were welcomed to the league by perennial contender St. Louis Trotters, who won 129-105.
One bright spot for the Kryptonite was the play of Hassan Stewart, who scored 42 points on 15-of-23 shooting. It wasn’t enough to overcome the balanced attack of St. Louis (3-0) with seven players scoring in double-digits, but there is excitement in Kansas.
Brent Schuck, who was unable to travel with the team to St. Louis commented, “we intend to build each game and be where we need to be by the spring season. As a newly formed team, we are still finding a rhythm. We’re all confident in each other and will continue to improve.”
In other action, the International Racers (1-3) earned their first victory of the season by defeating the Lansing Capitals 108-99. It was the first game played at the new home of the Racers (formerly known as Markham City Racers), the Lithuanian World Center in Lemont, Illinois.
The featured attraction of the weekend happened in Kankakee as the Soldiers played host to the Kenosha Ballers. In a tightly-contented game throughout, Kenosha (3-0) came out on top winning 130-22.
IBA Week 4 Player of the Week
Kenosha Ballers guard Tyray Petty was crucial on both ends of the court in that victory, scoring 35 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and four steals. For his efforts, Petty is the IBA Week 4 Player of the Week. The 6’3″ swingman from Milwaukee played two seasons at NCAA Division I Utah Valley (2008-10) after transferring from Allen Community College. Petty was named All-Great West Conference Honorable Mention after his senior season at Utah Valley.
Devron Bostick (27 points), Thomas Cobbs (25 points) and Deveon Jenkins (20 points, 11 rebounds) all were a big part of the offense in the Kenosha victory.
Six Kankakee County players scored in double-digits, led by Billy Rush (32 points) and CJ Hampton (25 points).
2014 IBA Players of the Week
- Week 1: Fred Gardner, Kankakee County Soldiers
- Week 2: Thomas Cobb, Kenosha Ballers
- Week 3: Marlowe Currie, St. Louis Trotters
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-December) with teams competing in one or both competitions each year.
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