The Cedar Valley CourtKings minor league basketball team, the 2016 Midwest Basketball League Champions, have their schedule set for the 2017 season. The MBL has grown from 11 to 14 teams with 7 teams in the MBL WEST and 7 in the MBL EAST with the CourtKings playing in the MBL WEST again this season.
The CourtKings will play a 16 game schedule with 8 home games and 8 away contests. They will open up their season at Milwaukee on Saturday April 8 against the Storm and then come home on Sunday April 9 for their home opener against the Minnesota Broncos. After a game on Saturday April 15th at the Chicago Fury the CourtKings play back at home on Sunday April 23 vs the Lincoln Lions. They will then embark on a 3 game road trip with games on Sunday April 30 at the Minnesota Pitbulls, a new team in the league headquartered out of Eagan, Minnesota, then at Fort Wayne, Indiana on Saturday May 6 vs the Vision, another new team in the league that will play in the MBL EAST this year. Wrapping up the 3 game road trip is a Saturday May 13 meeting against the team the CourtKings beat in last years Championship game, the Minnesota Rangers in St. Paul.
Cedar Valley then hosts the Milwaukee Storm on Sunday May 14th before a two game road trip to Minneapolis to take on the Broncos on Saturday May 20 and the Rangers on Sunday May 21.
The regular season schedule then turns favorable for the CourtKings as they will play 5 of their last 6 games at home. Saturday May 27 they play at home against the MBL Select squad coached by former WNBA star Tamara Moore and then on Sunday May 28th host the Minnesota Broncos. After a road game to Lincoln to take on the Lions on Sunday June 4 the CourtKings play their final 3 regular season games at home. Saturday June 10 vs the Minnesota Pitbulls, Saturday June 17 hosting the Minnesota Rangers and then the final game of the regular season is on Saturday June 24 as the CourtKings bring the Kentucky Flash to town. They are a new team in the MBL East located in Louisville.
The MBL playoffs will take place in July. The top 4 teams in the MBL West will play for the right to play in the MBL Championship game with the West division playoffs taking place on July 1 and 2 at the site of the West division regular season champions. The MBL WEST vs EAST championship series will take place on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of July at a site to be determined.
Once again all Cedar Valley CourtKings home games will be played in the beautiful 27 million dollar Cedar Valley SportsPlex at 300 Jefferson Street in Waterloo. All home games will start at 7:30pm. The Cedar Valley CourtKings not only won the MBL League Championship in its first year of existence but led the league in attendance.
Season Tickets go on sale starting December 1st.
The CourtKings will be announcing player signings in the near future. A number of players off last years championship team will return along with some new additions as the CourtKings look to defend the title they won last year.
MBL WEST Division
Cedar Valley CourtKings-Waterloo, Iowa
Chicago Fury————Chicago, Illinois
Minnesota Pitbulls——Eagan, Minnesota
Lincoln Lions———–Lincoln, Illinois
Minnesota Rangers——-St. Paul, Minnesota
Milwaukee Storm———Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Minnesota Broncos——-Minneapolis, Minnesota
MBL EAST Divison
Fort Wayne Vision——Fort Wayne, Indiana
Kentucky Flash———Louisville, Ky
Indiana Dream———-Muncie, Indiana
Dayton AirStrikers—–Dayton, Ohio
Indiana Fury———–Fort Wayne, Indiana
Central Indiana Crusaders–Anderson, Indiana
Springfield Panthers—-Springfield, Illinois