Kansas City Pioneers Press Releases

  • Schwalje Named 2021 OBWL Coach of the Year +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) – After a regular season that saw the Kansas City Pioneers tie the franchise record for wins with a league-leading 67-13 record, head coach Cosmo Schwalje was named 2021 OBWL Coach of the Year by the Associated Press. Here are some of the highlights and records achieved this season by the 57-year-old head coach of the Pioneers following one of the most successful seasons in team history: * In his 8th season as head coach of the Pioneers, Schwalje was named Coach of the Year for the second time, having previously won the award in 2018. * On April 19th, Schwalje recorded his 500th career win with a 100-95 win in St. Louis. * Schwalje ended the regular season with Read More
  • Allan Named League MVP +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- Kansas City Pioneers fifth-year guard Colby Allan has been named 2021 OBWL Most Valuable Player by the Associated Press. For the season, Allan averaged 29.7 points (3rd in the OBWL), 5.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.6 steals in 35 minutes per game. Allan shot a career-best 49.7% from the field (14th in the OBWL) and 43.3% from three (12th in the OBWL). Allan led the Pioneers to a league-leading 67-13 (.838) regular season record and the fourth American Conference championship in franchise history. "First of all, I'd like to thank the Pioneers organization" said Allan at a press conference held at Kingsford Coliseum prior to the Pioneers' Game 1 matchup with the Vancouver Highlanders in the Read More
  • Pioneers Round 1 Playoff Recap +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- The Kansas City Pioneers advanced to the second round of the American Conference playoffs, defeating the 8th seeded Kentucky Stallions, 4-1 in first round. Kansas City, the #1 seed after finishing an OBWL-best 67-13 in the regular season was dominant at home, winning Games 1, 2, and 5 by an average margin of 35.0 points. The Pioneers' defense was strong throughout the series, holding Kentucky to just 87.2 points per game on 38.5% shooting overall. "We knew Kentucky has a talented team, despite their record" said GM Ben Johnson after the series. "RB2 (Richard Burke II) is an All Star, one of the best post players in the game today. Duncan Mitchell is a veteran floor Read More
  • Five Out, All In +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) — Point guard Darell Edwards had 26 points and 12 assists and Colby Allan and Blake Cobb added 27 points a piece as the Pioneers defeated the Sun Kings 118-98 Friday night at Kingsford Coliseum. Kansas City was on fire from beyond the arc, tying the OBWL record for three point field goals made, going 20 of 33 (60.6%) from downtown. For the game the Pioneers shot 52.4% from the field and assisted on 34 of made baskets. “I was pleased with the way we moved the ball tonight,” said Pioneers head coach Cosmo Schwalje. “St. Louis is a quick, aggressive team defensively so it was important for us to be precise with our passing. I thought Read More
  • Pioneers 2021 Midseason Report Card +

    LONDON (AP) — The Kansas City Pioneers enter the OBWL’s All Star break with a league-leading 37-9 (.804) record. In the first half of the season the Pioneers have established themselves as the league’s best road team, going 18-6 (.750) away from the friendly confines of the Kingsford Coliseum. The Pioneers have been getting it done at both ends of the court, being one of only two teams in the entire OBWL (the other being division rival Anaheim) to rank in the Top 5 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. The Pioneers are led once again by the perimeter trio of Darell Edwards, Marshall Gaudett, and MVP candidate Colby Allan. In late January, GM Ben Johnson acquired versatile 6th man Blake Read More
  • The Goot That Roared +

    “Fuck that guy.” Simply put, that is how new Pioneers guard Noah Gutierrez summed up his opinion of Thunderbirds guard Mark Marble following Kansas City’s 121-112 win in Arizona on Tuesday night. Gutierrez was a key factor in leading the Pioneers on a 14-0 run in the middle of the 3rd quarter that broke the game open for Kansas City. During a three minute span Gutierrez held Marble scoreless while contributing 6 points, 3 blocks, and an assist to lead the charge. Gutierrez finished the game with 19 points (8-13 fgs, 2-5 3fgs, 1-2 fits), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks in just 28 minutes.  Colby Allan led the Pioneers with 37 points and a career-high 12 rebounds   Read More
  • My Summer Vacation +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- Sun-burned and jet-lagged, Pioneers GM Ben Johnson agreed to a rare sit-down interview recently upon his return from an overseas trip to India. Johnson was in Mumbai for Games 1 and 2 of the OBDL Finals to watch the Pioneers' D-League affiliate, the Wichita Barnstormers, take on the Avatars. Johnson spoke briefly on a number of subjects including the Pioneers' disappointing postseason, the development of the young players on the Barnstormers, and whom he's rooting for in the OBWL Finals. AP: "Did you ever think you'd be spending the last week in May in India of all places?" Johnson: "Heh, no, not really. I mean, I absolutely love Indian food and planned to visit someday but Read More
  • Pioneers Pilfer #1 Seed in AmCon +

    LAS VEGAS, NV (AP) -- Darell Edwards had 33 points (8-14 fgs, 5-7 3fgs, 12-14 fts), 6 assists, and 4 steals to lead the Kansas City Pioneers to a come-from-behind win over the Las Vegas Blackjacks, 104-95 on Monday night. The Pioneers trailed the Blackjacks by ten points entering the final stanza but used a 14-0 run over the first 3:16 of the 4th quarter to take control of the ball game and secure their 59th win of the season. The victory capped an improbable run at the end of the season that saw the Pioneers overtake the defending OBWL champion Tampa Bay Tritons for the #1 seed in the American Conference playoffs on the final night of the regular season. Read More
  • Colby Allan Signs 4-year, $62.9 Million Extension +

    FORT WORTH, TX (AP) -- Hours after signing a lucrative multi-year contract extension, fourth year guard Colby Allan scored a game-high 39 points (13-25 fgs, 7-9 3fgs, 6-6 fts) to lead the Pioneers to a 124-117 win over the Fort Worth Dragoons. The win capped a week where Allan earned American Conference Player of the Week honors after averaging 37.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 7.3 assists while leading Kansas City to a 4-0 record. Prior to the game the Pioneers announced that they had agreed to terms with the 23 year-old All Star on a 4-year extension reportedly worth nearly $63 million dollars. By signing Allan to the maximum amount they could offer, the Pioneers avoided the possibility of the team's Read More
  • Burning Down the House +

    CHICAGO, IL (AP) -- Point guard Darell Edwards scored a career-high 51 points and Colby Allan added 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 12 assists as the short-handed Pioneers defeated the Blaze 115 - 103 in Chicago. Edwards shot 18-33 from the field (54.5%) and 10-19 from three (52.6%) in 40 minutes of playing time. The 10 triples set a Pioneers team record for three pointers made and is tied for second in the OBWL all-time. The 6'1" Edwards joins Lane Burton and Garrett Burris as the only players in OBWL history 6'3" or under to score 50+ points in a game. In a post-game interview, Edwards said: "I knew when Rudy [Akamine] left this summer that coming into the season I was Read More
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