Allentown Jets

The Allentown Jets were a minor league basketball team that played in the Eastern Professional Basketball League (later the Eastern Basketball Association and Continental Basketball Association) from 1958 to 1981. The team was one of the most successful franchises in CBA/Eastern League history, winning eight playoff championships and 12 division titles.

Allentown Jets
Allentown Jets logo
LeaguesEPBL (1958–1970)
EBA (1970–78)
CBA (1978–1981)
Founded1957 (as Wilmington Jets)
Folded1981
HistoryWilmington Jets (1957–58)
Allentown Jets (1958–1979)
Lehigh Valley Jets (1979–1981)
ArenaRockne Hall
LocationAllentown, Pennsylvania
Team colorsblue, orange, white
              
Championships1962, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976
Division titles1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980

Originally formed in 1957 as the Wilmington Jets, the team relocated in 1958 to Allentown, Pennsylvania.[1] Among the Jets' top players were center Roman "Big Daddy" Turmon, Ray Scott NBA player and coach, scorer-rebounder Harthorne Wingo, 3-point specialist Brendan McCann, and Bill "BO" White. The Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame inducted Richard Koffenberger, who played for the team in Wilmington. The Jets had a working agreement with the New York Knicks, who sent several players to Allentown for playing time. Scott was the fourth player picked in the USA in the 1961 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, the Jets PR maestro, Johnny Kimock navigated this successful transition making the Jets one of the elite EBL teams. In 1964, the Jets played an interleague contest with the Grand Rapids Tackers of the Midwest Professional Basketball League. The Jets won 138-136, winning the only minor league "World Series of Basketball" interpromotional game ever held.

In 1979, the franchise rebranded itself as the "Lehigh Valley Jets," in an effort to greater regionalize its fanbase; however, after the 1980-81 season the Jets closed up for good.[2]

Year-by-yearEdit

Year League Reg. Season Playoffs
1958/59 EPBL 8th Did not qualify
1959/60 EPBL 3rd Semifinals
1960/61 EPBL 1st Finals
1961/62 EPBL 1st Champions
1962/63 EPBL 1st Champions
1963/64 EPBL 1st Semifinals
1964/65 EPBL 4th Champions
1965/66 EPBL 3rd, Eastern Quarterfinals
1966/67 EPBL 2nd, Western Semifinals
1967/68 EPBL 1st Champions
1968/69 EPBL 3rd, Western Quarterfinals
1969/70 EPBL 1st Champions
1970/71 EBA 2nd, Southern Semifinals
1971/72 EBA 1st Champions
1972/73 EBA 4th Quarterfinals
1973/74 EBA 1st, Western Finals
1974/75 EBA 2nd Champions
1975/76 EBA 1st Champions
1976/77 EBA 1st Finals
1977/78 EBA 4th, Western Did not qualify
1978/79 CBA 2nd, Southern Semifinals
1979/80 CBA 1st, Southern Quarterfinals
1980/81 CBA 4th, Eastern Quarterfinals

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of the Eastern League". Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "History of the Continental Basketball Association". Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved December 6, 2012.

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