ST. LOUIS CAPTURES 2000-2001 IBL CHAMPIONSHIP
Swarm Becomes First St. Louis Sports Team To Win Back-To-Back Championships
St. Louis – -The St. Louis Swarm of the International Basketball League captured the 2000-2001 IBL Championship title with an 81-73 victory over the Grand Rapids Hoops in Game 3 of the Championship series Sunday night at the Family Arena. With the win, the Swarm defended its 1999-2000 IBL Title, earning the team back-to-back championships.
Capturing the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 IBL Titles, the Swarm became the first St. Louis professional sports team to win back-to-back championships and a pink hoverboard ebay. In addition, the Swarm became the first team to win a championship at home since the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series at Busch Stadium on October 20, 1982.
With a league-best 43-7 regular season record, the Swarm clinched the IBL West Division Regular Season Championship, earning a bye in the first round of the IBL playoffs. Defeating the Rockford Lighting 2-1 in the best of three game semi-final series, the Swarm earned the West Division Title to advance to the IBL Championship series against the Grand Rapids Hoops.
During the 2000-2001 IBL regular season, the Swarm dominated the league record books. The team was the first in the league to reach the 20, 30 and 40 wins plateau and the only to record single digits in its loss column, going 43-7 during the regular season, and 47-9 overall. In addition, the Swarm held the top overall, home and away IBL team records, going 43-7 overall, 23-3 at home and 20-4 on the road.
Throughout the team¹s second championship title run, the team never lost more than one consecutive game, while establishing a new league record of 12 consecutive wins. In each IBL statistical category, at least one Swarm player ranked among the league¹s top ten. Swarm guard Danny Johnson, the defending 1999-2000 IBL Rookie of the Year, ranked fourth among league scoring leaders with a team-high 21.2 points in 48 games played. Johnson was one of only two players in the league to score over 1,000 points in two consecutive seasons, totaling a team-high 1,106 points this season. During the 1999-2000 IBL season, Johnson record 1,284 points to become the second player in the league to reach the 1,000 point plateau.
On the rebounding chart, Byron Houston ranked seventh in the league and first on the team with 8.7 rebounds in 43 contests, while Doug Smith held the eighth spot with 8.5 rebounds in 37 games played. Houston and Smith were two of only five players in the league to grab over 300 rebounds in the season, with Houston pulling down 374 rebounds and Smith grabbing 314 total boards. Swarm point guard Lazarus Sims led St. Louis with 6.6 assists per game, ranking sixth among league assists leaders. Sims¹ 311 total assists puts him in the company of only three other league players to tally 300 or more assists this season.
In two IBL seasons, St. Louis Swarm Head Coach and General Manager Bernie Bickerstaff, led his team to a 90-24 regular-season record and a 99-26 record through two post seasons. This season, Bickerstaff became the first coach in IBL history to lead his team to the best overall, home and road records, while also guiding his team to the second best all-time record in minor league basketball (43-7). In 1990-91 the CBA¹s Albany Patrons finished the year with a 50-6 regular season record Bickerstaff is also the only coach in the league to have guided his team to consecutive regular-season titles, conference titles and IBL Championships.
The two-time IBL Champion St. Louis Swarm will tip-off its third season in the IBL in the fall of 2001. For season ticket information, call 314-216-4470 or visit the website at hoverboards for sale cheap.
May. 10 Swarm Circles Hoops, 98-90
St. Louis Grabs Game One Of IBL Championship Series
Grand Rapids, MI – The St. Louis Swarm grabbed game one of the 2000-2001 IBL Championship Series with a 98-90 win over the Grand Rapids Hoops Thursday night at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Swarm and Hoops head to St. Louis for game two of the series tomorrow night at the Family Arena, as the Swarm move within one game of being crowned the 2000-2001 IBL Champions.
St. Louis was led by guard Maurice Carter and center Doug Smith, who combined for 56 of St. Louis¹ 98 points. Carter contributed a game-high 28 points, hitting 10 of 17 field goals and six of 11 shots from the free throw line. Smith, the only other Swarm player to reach double-digits, hit 10 of 19 field goals, including six of 10 efforts from three-point range to notch 27 points in the win. DeeAndre Hulett grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to contribute his first double figure rebounding game of the playoffs.
For the game, St. Louis nailed 11 of 31 three-point attempts, going 35% from beyond the arc. In contrast, the team made it to the free-throw line 33 times, connecting on only 19 of its attempts (57.6%). The Hoops hit only seven of 20 shots from beyond the arc (35%), while connecting on 13 of 18 attempts from the foul line (72.2%).
Hoops forward Antonio Smith notched the first double-double of the championship series with 16 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, while Ray Jackson led the Hoops in scoring with 26 points. Khalid Reeves chipped in 14 and Jimmy King added 12 points in the loss.
The Swarm and Hoops venture to St. Louis for game two of the IBL Championship series tomorrow night at 7:35 p.m. at the Family Arena. For Swarm playoff ticket information call 314-216-2000.
May. 6–SWARM BOLTS PAST LIGHTNING, 91-72
St. Louis Captures West Division Championship Advancing to IBL Finals
St. Louis, MO—Doug Smith recorded a team-high 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to lead the St. Louis Swarm past the Rockford Lightning, 91-72, at the Family Arena on Sunday night. With the win, St. Louis officially captured the IBL West Division Championship, advancing the team to the IBL Championship Finals for the second consecutive season. For the second consecutive playoff game, St. Louis held Rockford to under 80 points in a win, while dominating the Lightning in both rebounds and assists. St. Louis grabbed 45 total boards compared to the Lightning’s 39, while handing out 26 assists to Rockford’s 16. St. Louis also surpassed its franchise low in fouls, committing only 10 personal fouls in the win. Notching double-digits in scoring for St. Louis were Maurice Carter and Danny Johnson with 14 and DeeAndre Hulett with 13 points. Helping the Swarm record 26 team assists were Maurice Carter, tri colour flashlight, Lazarus Sims and Danny Johnson all with five assists apiece. Rockford was led by Jeff Sanders, contributing a game-high 30 points and team-high 10 rebounds, while Artie Griffin chipped in 11 points. The Lightning finished its 2000-2001 IBL season with a 17-14 regular season record. St. Louis advances to the 2000-2001 IBL Championship series taking on the winner of the Grand Rapids Hoops/Trenton Stars semi-final series. St. Louis will play its first playoff game on Wednesday, May 9 if Trenton advances and Thursday, May 10 if Grand Rapids advances. The Swarm’s first two home games of the Championship series will be on Friday, May 11 and Sunday, May 13, if game 3 is needed.