Kansas City Pioneers Press Releases

  • Friendly Competition +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- Training camp is a memory and preseason is over, so once again the basketball world is abuzz as the 80-game trench warfare known as the OBWL regular season kicks off in 2025. It's time to set aside the friendly exhibitions of October basketball as 28 teams fight and compete to become the ones to lift the Heikkinen Cup in June. The Kansas City Pioneers opened up the 2025 season at home against a pair of teams featuring familiar, friendly faces with connections to last season's blockbuster trade: The Honolulu Inferno, Pioneers center Richard Hardee's former team; and the Tampa Bay Tritons who now feature former KC superstar Colby Allan. Inferno 91 at PIONEERS 109 Richard Hardee Read More
  • Cazares Arrives in KC +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- It's been nearly a month since the Kansas City Pioneers acquired PF Charles Cazares from the Denver Demons in exchange for PF Andrew Sutton, PG Nelson Jones, PG Abe Gutierrez, and C Chris Hauck. The Demons had a mandate from ownership to reduce payroll and had been stymied in talks with other teams regarding a trade involving the 1st Team All Defense forward. In the end Kansas City agreed to take on the remaining 4 years and $98.2 million on Cazares' contract in return for two players on expiring contracts (Jones, Hauck) and two with team options for next season (Sutton, Gutierrez). The deal gives Denver the option to effectively wipe over $20 million from their Read More
  • Pioneers Get Back to Business +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- It's been a quiet two months around Pioneers HQ since the team's disappointing second round playoff loss to the eventual American Conference champion Kentucky Stallions. A very successful 66-14 season came to an unsatisfying early conclusion. The Pioneers actually outscored Kentucky in the series, by an average of 101.4 to 98.6, but the Stallions took the series by making all the right plays in the clutch. Kentucky won four games by a combined total of 14 points, and as result went on to defeat the defending champion St. Louis Sun Kings in the Conference Finals before losing to Colby Allan and the London Knights in the OBWL Finals. "This one was tough. I'm going to be Read More
  • The Art of Progress +

    "The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order."— Alfred North Whitehead, 1929 KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) — In news that stunned some and surprised many, the Kansas City Pioneers announced today that they have traded their longtime starting backcourt of 2-time All Star and 2021 Playoff MVP Darell Edwards and 4-time All Star and 2021 OBWL MVP Colby Allan. As part of a three-team blockbuster, Edwards has been sent to the Honolulu Inferno and Allan moves to the London Knights. In return the Pioneers will receive 2-time All Star center Richard Hardee, G/F Mack Lavoie, and PG Nelson Jones. Pioneers GM and President of Basketball Operations Ben Johnson met with the press to Read More
  • Marble Making a Difference in KC +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- The Kansas City Pioneers have found their stride lately, going 12-1 in February and posting the 2nd best record in the OBWL at 44-12 (.786). While Player of the Month and team centerpiece Colby Allan certainly has had a big hand in the hot streak, Mark Marble, the team's big free agent acquistion this offseason has had a big impact as well. After getting off to a slow start with his outside shooting this season, Marble has found his groove as the team's sixth man. In February Marble averaged 21.4 points (47.1% shooting overall, 39.7% from three), 4.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in a little less than 29 minutes per game off the bench. Projected over Read More
  • Respect, Walk +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- Pioneers guard Colby Allan was named American Conference Player of the Month for February. For the month Allan averaged 24.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists while shooting 49.2% from the field and 47.7% from three. The Pioneers went 12-1 in February and are currently on an 11 game win streak. The player of the month award comes shortly after Allan failed to make the All Star team for the first time in four seasons and -- somewhat related -- at a time when an intense debate has erupted on social media regarding a few of the AmCon's rising stars (Timothy Adler, Lynwood Emmert, Lynwood Jamison). Local reporters recently caught up with Allan at a post-practice media scrum: "Colby, Read More
  • Pioneers 2023 Midseason Report +

    KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- Although they had no players selected to play in the All Star Game this year, with a 36-12 record at the break the Kansas City Pioneers find themselves leading the American Conference by a single game over the defending champion Anaheim Archers and the surging St. Louis Sun Kings. The Pioneers rank 1st in the OBWL in offensive efficiency (106.7) and 4th in defensive efficiency (94.0) after some early season struggles on defense.  The team's balance at both ends of the court has resulted in the 2nd best record in the OBWL at midseason and the best point differential (+12.5) overall. Offensively the team ranks around the middle of the pack in terms of pace (18th) Read More
  • 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
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