Tuesday, Sept. 26th, the CBA announced the Xplosion would be playing their second season in the 'Burgh. The team played in the ABA (American Basketball Association) last season, primarily at Mellon Arena.
The Explosion finished last season with an 18-11 record, second in the Freddie Lewis Division. They were defeated by the Bellingham Slam, 122-115.
The Xplosion joins the Trinity Sports & Entertainment Group Inc. (TSEG), that "... was formed by Jay Fiedler (10-year veteran NFL quarterback), Tim Hardaway (5-time NBA All-Star) and Demetrius Ford (South Florida investment banker) to acquire and develop professional sports franchises throughout the United States, and eventually, internationally."
The team is led by former-NBAer and Pittsburgh area native Armon Gilliam, who was an All-American at UNLV. Five (5) other local area players return from last season's roster. The coach this season is Larry Anderson, a South Hills HS and Point Park grad, who has coached at CMU, Pitt women's team, Point Park, Schenley HS and, most recently, Woodland High School.
The team's draft picks include West Virginia's Kevin Pittsnogle, Pitt's Carl Krauser and George Mason's Jai Lewis, who tried the move from basketball to football at the New York Giants preseason camp.
The league opens play on December 1, 2006.
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