American Basketball Association Team hosting meet & greet and practice September 10
The American Basketball Association’s St. Joseph Shields Basketball Team will be hosting a meet and greet and practice at Heartland Recreation Center in Tarkio Sunday, September 10, 2017. The public is encouraged to come meet the players and see them in action. The team will be playing its home games at the Rec Center in Tarkio due to lack of an available gym in St. Joseph, Missouri. The season begins in November and lasts until April.
The American Basketball Association (ABA) is an American semi-professional men’s basketball minor league that was founded in 1999. The league is based out of Indianapolis and includes 120 teams. To be eligible for the playoffs, teams have to play at least 16 games, eight home and eight away. Coached by Roger Nichols, the Shields will play on weekends.
This will have a huge impact on Tarkio, shining a positive light on the town and boosting the economy with the influx of people here on practice and game days. Heartland Recreation Center Director Rachel Meyer said, “We are really excited about this opportunity for our community. We are hoping to generate interest and involvement from not only Tarkio, but the surrounding communities and counties. This will be a great family oriented activity for everyone to enjoy this winter.”
The St. Joseph Shields’ 2017-18 schedule follows:
November 4 – Away KC, 7:00 p.m.
November 11 – Away Salina, 7:00 p.m.
November 18 – Home at Heartland Rec Center vs. Salina, 6:00 p.m.
November 26 – Away at Chicago, 5:00 p.m.
December 2 – Away at Colorado, 5:00 p.m.
December 9 – Home at Heartland Rec Center vs. KC, 6:00 p.m.
December 16 – Away at Topeka, 7:00 p.m.
December 30 – Home at Heartland Rec Center vs. St. Louis, 6:00 p.m.
January 6 – Away at St. Louis, 6:00 p.m.
January 13 – Home at Heartland Rec Center vs. KC, 6:00 p.m.
January 14 – Home at Heartland Rec Center vs. Chicago, 5:00 p.m.
January 20 – Away at Salina, 6:00 p.m.
January 27 – Home at Heartland Rec Center vs. Colorado, 5:00 p.m.
January 28 – Home at Heartland Rec Center vs. Oklahoma, 1:00 p.m.
February 3 – Away at Topeka, 6:00 p.m.
February 10 – Home at Heartland Rec Center vs. Topeka, 6:00 p.m.
February 17 – Home at Heartland Rec Center vs. Salina, 6:00 p.m.
February 24 – Home at Heartland Rec Center vs. Topeka, 6:00 p.m.
March – Division Tournament TBA
April – ABA Playoffs TBA