Tri-State 66ers bring minor league basketball to Pittsburg

The 66ers are in their first season playing in the Mid-South division of the PBA.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Minor league basketball has come to Pittsburg.

“We’re trying to structure it like it’s the best basketball in the spring and summer outside of the NBA.”

The Tri-State 66ers play their home games at the YMCA in Pittsburg.

They’re in the first season playing in the Mid-South division of the Professional Basketball Association.

“The way it’s structured, it’s a great league,” says 66ers owner and head coach Tim Simpson, “It gives some opportunities…because we’re also partnered with the EuroLeague. Film, stats and anything that’s generated this season goes over to places like that, so they’re able to scout and hopefully give these guys an opportunity to play overseas.”

“I’ve seen players go different places and play for different teams. I just want to be one of them, you know?” says player Lee Reliford, “I’m just seeing where I can take it, and see where it goes from here. It just feels good to be back out here playing again.”

“My goal is to get these guys somewhere in a league where they can be making some serious money,” Simpson adds.

The roster is mostly made up of players from the Pittsburg, Joplin, Springfield and Kansas City areas – giving local guys a chance to show what they can do.

“It is pretty nice…=not having to drive three hours to go play somewhere,” Reliford says with a laugh, “It’s been pretty nice. I think it should be pretty fun.”

Those guys are hoping the local community comes out to see for themselves.

“We play a very exciting brand of basketball,” Simpson says, “We play up-tempo. Defense-wise, we’re always up in peoples’ faces.”

“We’re going to put on a show. It’s going to be a great time,” Reliford finishes, “We’re going to make it worth the time.”

The 66ers have a home game on Saturday (6/12) at 5 PM against the Oklahoma Kings. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

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