Maine Lumberjacks

Maine Lumberjacks were an American minor league basketball team formed as an expansion team in 1978.[1] The franchise played 17 seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), calling six different cities home. The team was originally based in Bangor, Maine.

Maine Lumberjacks
LeaguesCBA
Founded1978
Folded1995
HistoryMaine Lumberjacks (1978–83)
Bay State Bombardiers (1983–86)
Pensacola Tornados (1986–91)
Birmingham Bandits (1991–92)
Rochester Renegade
(1992–94)
Harrisburg Hammerheads
(1994–95)
LocationBangor, Maine
Team colorsgreen, black
         
OwnershipMorrill Worcester

HistoryEdit

Bay State Bombardiers (1983-86)Edit

After five seasons in Bangor the team was relocated to Brockton, Massachusetts and were renamed the Bay State Bombardiers. After one season in Brockton, the Bombardiers moved their home games to Worcester, Mass., and the Worcester Auditorium. The 1985-86 season was the most successful in franchise history, going 30-18 (third-best in the CBA) during the regular season. The Bombardiers eliminated the Baltimore Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, but fell to eventual champion Tampa Bay Thrillers in the Eastern Division Finals.

Pensacola Tornados (1986-91)Edit

Three seasons in Massachusetts were followed by a relocation to Pensacola, Florida for the 1986-87 season. The team was renamed Pensacola Tornados, the second CBA team to use the name.

Birmingham Bandits (1991-92)Edit

Another relocation and name change came before the 1991-92 season, this time to Birmingham, Alabama. The team was known as the Birmingham Bandits for just one season before team owner Bob McMillan moved the team again.

Rochester Renegade (1992-94)Edit

Rochester, Minnesota was the next home of the franchise, now renamed the Rochester Renegade.[2] The first year was the worst in franchise and CBA history, winning just six games. The off-season saw the hiring of Bill Musselman as head coach, leading the Renegades to a 31-25 record. Ronnie Granderson was named league MVP.

Harrisburg Hammerheads (1994-95)Edit

After two seasons in southeast Minnesota the team was sold and relocated for the fifth and final time. The Harrisburg Hammerheads played 33 of 56 regular season games during the 1994-95 season before the CBA terminated the franchise for failure to keep financial commitments.[3]

Amongst other noteworthy points was responsible for the drafting of Billy Ray Bates into the NBA.

Season-by-seasonEdit

Season W-L Regular Season CBA Playoffs
1978-79 17-30 4th - Northern Division DNQ
1979-80 21-23 3rd - Northern Division Defeated Leigh Valley Jets 2-0

Lost to Rochester Zeniths 2-0

1980-81 16-24 5th - Northern Division DNQ
1981-82 18-28 3rd - Northern Division DNQ
1982-83 22-22 3rd - Northern Division DNQ
1983-84 22-22 3rd - Eastern Division Lost to Albany Patroons 3-2
1984-85 28-20 6th - Eastern Division DNQ
1985-86 30-18 2nd - Eastern Division Defeated Baltimore Lightning 4-2

Lost to Tampa Bay Thrillers 4-1

1986-87 20-28 3rd - Eastern Division Lost to Rapid City Thrillers 4-1
1987-88 28-26 2nd - Eastern Division Defeated Mississippi Jets 4-1

Lost to Albany Patroons 4-0

1988-89 30-24 3rd - Eastern Division Lost to Tulsa Fast Breakers 4-1
1989-90 32-24 2nd - Eastern Division Defeated Grand Rapids Hoops 2-1

Lost to Albany Patroons 3-2

1990-91 27-29 3rd - Eastern Division DNQ
1991-92 25-31 2nd - Eastern Division Defeated Albany Patroons 131-122

Lost to Quad City Thunder 3-1

1992-93 6-50 4th - Mideast Division DNQ
1993-94 31-25 4th - Mideast Division DNQ
1994-95 15-18 3rd - Eastern Division Did not finish regular season
TOTALS 388-442[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1978-1983 – Maine Lumberjacks". Fun While It Lasted. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Rochester's revolving turnstile". Rochester Magazine. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  3. ^ "1994-95 Harrisburg Hammerheads". Fun While It Lasted. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  4. ^ "History of the Continental Basketball Association". APBR.org. Retrieved 3 December 2014.

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