The Minot SkyRockets were a team in the Continental Basketball Association. They played their home games at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. The team began play in 2005 as the San Jose Skyrockets of the American Basketball Association. The team had a very successful first season, finishing first in the Ron Boone division with a 29-5 record. The team advanced to the semifinals of the ABA Great Eight, losing to the Rochester Razorsharks, 106-103.

Minot SkyRockets
Minot SkyRockets logo
LeaguesABA 2005–2006
CBA 2006-2009
Founded2005
Folded2009
HistorySan Jose SkyRockets
2005–2006
Minot SkyRockets
2006–2009
ArenaMinot Municipal Auditorium
LocationMinot, North Dakota
Team colorsred, black, white
              
Head coachMichael Sanders
OwnershipMinot CBA Investment Group, LLC
Championships0
Websitewww.minotskyrockets.com

At the end of the season, the team announced they were joining the Continental Basketball Association and relocating to Minot, North Dakota. The Minot SkyRockets spent three years in North Dakota, losing the 2008 CBA finals to the Oklahoma Cavalry 3-2 before disbanding in 2009.

2006–07Edit

DayShawn Wright, Dee Brown, Marco Killingsworth, Ryan Hollins, Pele Paelay, and Ed Nelson were selected in the 2006 CBA Draft.

2007–2008Edit

In the 2007 draft, Larry Turner, Brad Brickens, Jeremy Overstreet, James Hughes, Courtney Bohannon, Avis Wyatt, and Adam Haluska were picked by the SkyRockets.

In January 2008, 20 local investors led by Chris Lindbo formed the Minot CBA Investment Group, LLC and purchased the SkyRockets from APEX Sportstainment.[1] APEX also sold their CBA franchise in Great Falls, MT to Michael Tuckman in November 2007.

The Skyrockets lost the CBA championship to the Oklahoma Cavalry 96-86. The series was 3-2.

In the 2008 draft, Brian Butch, Brandon Smith, Othyus Jeffers, Dion Dowell, Sasha Kaun, and Dominique Kirk were picked by the Skyrockets

Year-by-yearEdit

Regular Season
Year Wins Losses Percentage League Division
2005-2006 29 5 .853 Semi-Finals (defeated by the Rochester Razorsharks) 1st - Ron Boone Division
2006-2007 31 17 .646 3rd - CBA (didn't qualify for the playoffs) 2nd - American Conference
2007-2008 42 13 .763 2nd - CBA Finals (defeated by the Lawton-Fort Sill, Oklahoma Cavalry) 1st - American Conference
2008-2009 38 10 .791 4th - American Conference
Overall 140 46 .752

RosterEdit

2005-2006 Season

2006-2007 Season

  • Steve Castleberry
  • Ray Cunningham
  • Lewis Fadipe
  • Desmond Ferguson
  • Ronnie Fields
  • Kenyon Gamble
  • David Harrison
  • Darnell Miller
  • Jason Smith
  • Jitim Young

2007-2008 Season

  • Ray Cunningham
  • Eric Davis
  • Ronnie Fields
  • Sidney Holmes
  • Kevin Johnson
  • Darius Mattear
  • Kellen Miliner
  • Kevin Rice
  • Lee Scruggs

2008-2009 Season

  • Courtney Bohannon
  • Ronnie Fields
  • Cory Hightower
  • Sidney Homes
  • Darius Mattear
  • Kellen Miliner
  • Kevin Rice
  • Maurice Shaw
  • John Strickland
  • Derek Wabbington

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