2014 FBA Season

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The 2013–14 FBA season is the IC 53nd/OOC 5th season of the Furry Basketball Association (FBA). The traditional Howlereen Invitational kicked off the pre-season on October 31, 2013 with the newly crowned champion Dakota Bikers playing the Montana Howlers in Billings, MT. The regular season will begin on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 and is scheduled to end on Tuesday May 20, 2014. The 2014 FBA All-Star Game was scheduled during the Furry Fiesta break, at 11:00am CST (UTC-6) on Sunday February 23, 2014.

Transactions

Free agency

Free agency offers opened on September 8, 2013, with players being able to sign starting Sunday October 13, after the closing of the offer window with the start of the 2013 FBA Draft.

Mid-season

Teams had until the trade deadline of April 30, 2014, to make trades with other franchises for players, cap space, and draft picks. The trade deadline also marked the last day that teams had to sign walk-on players at league minimum contracts. (see the Notable occurences section below for key transactions)

Preseason

The preseason lasted for one week, starting on Thursday, October 31, 2013, with the traditional Howlereen Invitational game that the Montana Howlers hosted against the visiting Dakota Bikers. The full preseason schedule is listed below.

Regular season

The regular season started on Wednesday November 6, 2013, and ended on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. For the majority of the season, all 24 teams had games scheduled on the same day, with single days off and some extended breaks in between matches. Some teams did have back-to-back games scheduled for New Year's Eve.

Standings

By division

Team Record Conf. Div. GB
Mountain Division
y-Edmonton Totems 45-35 33-23 16-8 ---
x-Spokane Rapids 38-42 25-31 10-14 7
Las Vegas Wildcards 33-47 25-31 13-11 12
Montana Howlers 33-47 18-38 9-15 12
Plains Division
z-Winnipeg Voyageurs 57-23 42-14 16-8 ---
x-Santa Fe Whips 48-32 30-26 14-10 9
x-Dakota Bikers 45-35 26-30 7-17 12
Texas Lone Stars 31-49 26-30 11-13 26
Pacific Rim Division
y-Alaska Arctics 47-33 36-20 18-6 ---
x-Santa Ana Spectrums 45-35 33-23 12-12 2
x-San Jose Thrust 41-39 28-28 11-13 6
Hawaii Kahunas 25-55 14-42 7-17 22

     

Team Record Conf. Div. GB
Northern Division
c-Plymouth Taproots 49-31 36-20 15-9 ---
x-Newark Pride 37-43 24-32 9-15 12
x-Bangor Tides 36-44 29-27 13-11 13
Albany Alphas 36-44 27-29 11-13 13
Central Division
y-Lorain Firestorm 43-37 28-28 11-13 ---
x-Williamsburg Minutemen 40-40 30-26 16-8 3
x-Baltimore Spirits 40-40 25-31 11-13 3
Pittsburgh Keystones 36-44 26-30 10-14 7
Southern Division
y-Tennessee Moonshiners 47-33 32-24 12-12 ---
x-Tallahassee Typhoons 44-36 32-24 14-10 3
Biloxi Voodoo 33-47 25-31 12-12 14
Huntsville Mayors 31-49 22-34 10-14 16

By conference

# Western Conference
Team Record Conf. GB
1 z-Winnipeg Voyageurs 57-23 42-14 ---
2 x-Santa Fe Whips 48-32 30-26 9
3 y-Alaska Arctics 47-33 36-20 10
4 y-Edmonton Totems 45-35 33-23 12
5 x-Santa Ana Spectrums 45-35 33-23 12
6 x-Dakota Bikers 45-35 26-30 12
7 x-San Jose Thrust 41-39 28-28 16
8 x-Spokane Rapids 38-42 25-31 19
9 Las Vegas Wildcards 33-47 25-31 24
10 Montana Howlers 33-47 18-38 24
11 Texas Lone Stars 31-49 26-30 26
12 Hawaii Kahunas 25-55 14-42 32

     

# Eastern Conference
Team Record Conf. GB
1 c-Plymouth Taproots 49-31 36-20 ---
2 y-Tennessee Moonshiners 47-33 32-24 2
3 x-Tallahassee Typhoons 44-36 32-24 5
4 y-Lorain Firestorm 43-37 28-28 6
5 x-Williamsburg Minutemen 40-40 30-26 9
6 x-Baltimore Spirits 40-40 25-31 9
7 x-Newark Pride 37-43 24-32 12
8 x-Bangor Tides 36-44 29-27 13
9 Albany Alphas 36-44 27-29 13
10 Pittsburgh Keystones 36-44 26-30 13
11 Biloxi Voodoo 33-47 25-31 16
12 Huntsville Mayors 31-49 22-34 18

Notes

  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • y – Clinched division title
  • x – Clinched playoff spot
  • †teams banned from this season's playoffs due to salary cap violations

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Value
Points per game Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F) Albany Alphas 22.0
Rebounds per game Paul Teronura (Otter, C) Tennessee Moonshiners 9.49
Assists per game Valencia Zeraus (Lioness, G) Newark Pride 6.79
Steals per game Luukas Hirvonen (Cougar, G) Santa Ana Spectrums 2.53
Blocks per game Dirk Von Stryker (German Giant Rabbit, C) Winnipeg Voyageurs 2.08
Turnovers per game Siegfried Romanoren (White Lion, C/F) Edmonton Totems 3.15
Minutes per game Godfrey Zindendel (Goat, F) Santa Fe Whips 41.8
Fouls per game Dirk Von Stryker (German Giant Rabbit, C) Winnipeg Voyageurs 4.14
FG% (min 100 att) Russell Savoy (Binturong, G/F) Tallahassee Typhoons 0.558
FT% (min 100 att) Stephanie Beck (Deer, G) Dakota Bikers 0.905
3FG% (min 100 att) Ain Iannizzi (Cougar, F) Santa Ana Spectrums 0.431

Awards

Voting opened on May 29th to determine the winners for the six awards given out at the end of the season. During the regular season, players are also recognized for their efforts and talents. Other players were also highlighted for setting records during the regular season as well.

End of Season Honors

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Most Valuable Player:
Rocky Caracal (Lynx, G, EDM)

 

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Defensive Player of the Year:
Dirk Von Stryker (German Giant Rabbit, C, WPG)

 

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Rookie of the Year:
Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C, PLY)
Sixth Fur of the Year:
D’Angelo MacQuilkin (Lion, G, HNT)
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Most Improved Player:
Ambrose Slade (Eurasian Lynx, G, ALK)
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Coach of the Year:
Angus Nelson, Alaska Arctics
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Weekly Honors

One player from the Eastern Conference and one from the Western Conference are chosen for the Player of the Week title.

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference
Week 1 (11/06 - 11/12) Valencia Zeraus (Lioness, G, NWK) Zoie Wilds (African Hunting Dog, G, WPG)
Week 2 (11/13 - 11/19) Charles Yotechuk (Coyote, F, TAL) Julio Onca (Black Panther, F/C, LVG)
Week 3 (11/26 - 11/30) Klaus Korber (Doberman, G, TAL) Siegfried Romanoren (White Lion, C/F, EDM)
Week 4 (12/01 - 12/08) Barton Rouge (Red Fox, G, BGR) Carl Esteban (Jaguar, G/F, ALK)
Week 5 (12/09 - 12/15) Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F, ALB) Shane Rufus (Red Wolf, G, SJT)
Week 6 (12/16 - 12/23) Paul Teronura (Otter, C, TEN) Dirk Von Stryker (German Giant Rabbit, C, WPG)
Week 7 (12/26 - 01/01) Nina Lime (Wolf, G/F, PLY) Rocky Caracal (Lynx, G, EDM)
Week 8 (01/02 - 01/08) Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C, PLY) Siegfried Romanoren (White Lion, C/F, EDM)
Week 9 (01/09 - 01/19) Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F, ALB) Luukas Hirvonen (Cougar, G, SAS)
Week 10 (01/20 - 01/26) Jamie Velasquez (Seagull, G/F, TEN) Dylan Redfield (Red Deer, F, DAK)
Week 11 (01/27 - 02/02) Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C, PLY) Bruce Bounder (Hare, G, WPG)
Week 12 (02/03 - 02/11) Blanc Mange (White Wolf, F, BGR) Billy Joe James (Mule, F/C, SJT)
Week 13 (02/12 - 02/18) Lance Freewell (Clouded Leopard, C, NWK) Michael Porter (Mallard, F/C, SFW)
Week 14 (02/25 - 03/01) Jack Hinks (Landseer Dog, C, BLV) Luukas Hirvonen (Cougar, G, SAS)
Week 15 (03/02 - 03/10) Klaus Korber (Doberman, G, TAL) Li Ho Fook (Red Panda, G, LVG)
Week 16 (03/11 - 03/18) Alan Murphy (Kangaroo, F, PIT) Godfrey Zindendel (Goat, F, SFW)
Week 17 (03/19 - 03/25) D’Angelo MacQuilkin (Lion, G, HNT) Zoie Wilds (African Hunting Dog, G, WPG)
Week 18 (04/01 - 04/06) Aisha Melbourne (Mink, F/C, LOR) Ezra Rosenbaum (Lioness, G, HWI)
Week 19 (04/07 - 04/13) Urayak Monogoyak (Wolverine, F, TEN) Luukas Hirvonen (Cougar, G, SAS)
Week 20 (04/14 - 04/21) Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F, ALB) Dirk Von Stryker (German Giant Rabbit, C, WPG)
Week 21 (04/22 - 04/30) Cheeto Wolfote (Wolfote, G, PLY) Lenny Hicks (Coydog, F, EDM)
Week 22 (05/01 - 05/06) Lance Freewell (Clouded Leopard, C, NWK) Zack Tate (Zorilla, C, ALK)
Week 23 (05/07 - 05/13) Aragon Fisher (Otter, G, TEN) Godfrey Zindendel (Goat, F, SFW)
Week 24 (05/14 - 05/20) Jamie Velasquez (Seagull, G/F, TEN) Devon Kellendyne (Cacomistle, G, SJT)

Monthly Honors

One veteran and one rookie are selected for the monthly honors of being the featured player and rookie in the league.

Month Player of the Month Rookie of the Month
November Valencia Zeraus (Lioness, G, NWK) Jerry Ratillian Michaels (Fancy Rat, G, LOR)
December Carl Esteban (Jaguar, G/F, ALK) Siegfried Romanoren (White Lion, C/F, EDM)
January Dylan Redfield (Red Deer, F, DAK) Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C, PLY)
February Blanc Mange (White Wolf, F, BGR) Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C, PLY)
March Klaus Korber (Doberman, G, TAL) Terrence Tolliver (Pronghorn, G, PIT)
April Paul Teronura (Otter, C, TEN) Zack Plushpaw (Pine Marten, G, SAS)
May Joey Cox (Roadrunner, G, BAL) Luna St. Peter (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, F, WIL)

Season Records

Record Value Player Team Date of record
Minutes Played 53 Sarah Lancaster (Cheetah, G) Hawaii Kahunas Nov 10, 2013
Field Goals Made 19 Aisha Melbourne (Mink, F/C) Lorain Firestorm Dec 4, 2013
3 Pointers Made 7 John Stoat (Stoat, G) Huntsville Mayors Nov 8, 2013
Free Throws Made 15 Jake Velox (Swift Fox, G) Tallahassee Typhoons May 18, 2014
Offensive Rebounds 8 Alan Chesuk (Moose, C) Santa Fe Whips Dec 21, 2013
Total Rebounds 22 Lance Freewell (Clouded Leopard, C) Newark Pride Feb 2, 2014
Assists 15 Mike Timmids (Pronghorn, G) Winnipeg Voyageurs Nov 8, 2013
Turn Overs 10 Siegfried Romanoren (White Lion, C/F) Edmonton Totems Apr 8, 2014
Steals 10 Ian Histon (Leopard, G) Lorain Firestorm Jan 21, 2014
Blocks 7 Dirk Von Stryker (German Giant Rabbit, C) Winnipeg Voyageurs Feb 2, 2014
Points 44 John Stoat (Stoat, G) Huntsville Mayors Nov 8, 2013

Postseason

The playoffs began on Friday May 30, 2014, and will conclude with the 2014 Finals.

Bracket

Conference quarterfinals
Best-of-7
Conference semifinals
Best-of-7
Conference finals
Best-of-7
FBA finals
Best-of-7
            
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Western Conference
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Eastern Conference
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July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23
TEN @ EDM TEN @ EDM
  • Games in yellow are played only if necessary.
  • Games in green finish the series.

Game Log

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

FBA Finals

Notable occurrences

  • On January 29th, 2014, after a close 6-point loss at home to the Santa Ana Spectrums, rookie Travis Buckner (Grey Koala, F) of the Texas Lone Stars punched a reporter and knocked him out after said vole outed the koala as being a eunuch during a post-game press conference. The incident resulted in a suspension and fine for the forward, as well as an indictment against the rodent for violating the medical rights of the player.
  • The Hawaii Kahunas are noteworthy for their draft of a street rat named Alphonse Norwich IV (Street Rat, F) who's made waves from his surprising history and popularity.
  • Barnaby Jazz (Shark, F/C) stirred up controversy with his questionable costume selection and subsequent actions in the final round of the 2014 FBA Dunk Contest. Shortly into the second-half of the season, an apparent collision with then teammate Buck Hopper (Rabbit, G) saw the superstar veteran come up injured and the rookie receiving not only a team suspension but also a league suspension (10 games) and fine ($50,000).
  • Both the Las Vegas Wildcards and the Montana Howlers chose to buy out the contracts of Vishnu Cross (Grey Tuxedo Cat, G) and the aforementioned Wendy Brown, respectively, pushing both teams over their salary cap for the season. Neither team made any effort to rectify their budget issues and voluntarily prevented themselves from post-season qualifications, even though Montana was still in the thick of the playoff hunt. The controversy led to a managerial and coaching change with the Howlers, as well as the creation of The Amnesty Rule.
  • The Albany Alphas and the Pittsburgh Keystones both suffered from late-season skids that kept them from making the playoffs, with the Alphas losing their last eleven games of the season and the Keystones losing 17 of their last 20 games of the season.
  • With the defeat of the reigning champions in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, Dakota Bikers' owner Bernard Dwight instituted "The Purge" and let go of nearly everyone in upper management, including former Finals MVP and General Manager Vicki Turner.
  • Despite his team going into the playoffs, Shane Rufus had announced that he would retire at the end of this season. He waited a full month after his defeat in the Western Conference Semifinals before holding a press conference to finalize his official departure as a player in the league.
  • The Santa Ana Spectrums not only earned their first ever winning record in franchise history by ending the regular season five games above .500 but they also advanced to the second and the third rounds of the playoffs before falling to the Edmonton Totems after a grueling schedule of 21 post-season games.

Links

2014 Most Current Regular Season Box Scores (CSV)
Complete 2014 Preseason Box Scores (Wikitable)
2014 Complete Preseason Box Scores (CSV)