Kansas City Pioneers Press Releases

  • 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
  • Akamine Era Closes in KC +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- Pioneers icon and free agent shooting guard Rudy Akamine agreed to terms on a sign and trade deal this week that delivered him to the New Jersey Enforcers in exchange for combo forward Johnathon Honea. The 33-year-old Akamine signed a two year, $14.3 million dollar deal and joins a new-look Enforcers squad that will also include newly signed free agent center Gene Cantell, formerly of the Anaheim Archers. Akamine leaves the Pioneers after nine seasons that included three Slam Dunk contest titles (2011, 2012, 2017), two 1st Team All OBWL selections (2014, 2015), one 2nd Team All OBWL selection (2016), three All Star selections (2014, 2015, 2016), one league scoring title (35.0 ppg in 2014) and Read More
  • Pioneers Retain GM and Coaching Staff +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- The Kansas City Pioneers kicked off the 2020 offseason by giving General Manager and Team President Ben Johnson a four-year contract extension. Financial details were not disclosed but the deal ensures that Johnson, the 2017 OBWL GM of the Year and a two-time Heikkinen Cup winner, remains with the franchise through the 2024 season. Hired by Kansas City in 2014, during Johnson's tenure the Pioneers have made six straight American Conference Finals appearances, advancing to the OBWL Finals three times but failing to capture a league championship. "I'm grateful to owner James Snyder for this vote of confidence and would like to thank him for all the support he's given me and this organization the last Read More
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