*** 3/12/20: Due to public health concerns relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus), this game has been postponed until further notice.***
DANVILLE, IN – Hendricks County’s own professional basketball team, the Indiana Lyons, begin the American Basketball Association (ABA) playoffs on Saturday, March 14, by hosting the Chicago Steam. The game will be played at Bosstick Gym, located within Danville Town Hall at 49 N. Wayne Street in Danville. Doors open at 4 p.m with tipoff at 5 p.m.
The Indiana Lyons (20-4) just completed their second regular season in franchise history and are ranked #7 in the ABA out of more than 150 teams. Lyons players come from all over the country and have a wide variety of college and international basketball experience.
The Steam bring a 10-3 record to the playoffs. The Lyons and the Steam did not meet during the regular season.
In the Lyons’ inaugural 2018-19 season, the team won its first-ever game, finished with a 14-9 record, and qualified for the ABA playoffs – a single-elimination tournament. A home loss in the first round of the playoffs left a sour taste in their mouths, so they’ve cranked up their intensity and level of play this year.
“The Chicago Steam are a tough, physical team,” said head coach Tyrone Brown, an Avon businessman who owns the team with his wife, Deborah. “It’s going to be a battle. We’re going to need the stands full of loud Lyons fans because our guys feed off of that positive energy.”
The Indiana Lyons are a family-friendly organization that is heavily involved in the community. Players interact with fans before and after games, and every contest ends with a group photo of players and fans at center court.
ABA rules are designed to create exciting, fast-paced, high-scoring games. The most noticeable and unique aspect of ABA basketball is the 3D light – a flashing red light that is most often triggered by a team losing possession of the ball in their own backcourt. While the 3D light is flashing, the opposing team earns an extra point for any field goal made.
Today’s ABA is a resurrection of the original ABA that brought about many current NBA players and teams, including the Indiana Pacers. One of the cofounders of the original ABA and the Pacers is a cofounder of the modern-day ABA. Current ABA teams are located throughout the United States, Mexico, Australia, and Japan.