MPBA Basketball – Gateway Steam & St. Louis RiverSharks
Suburban St. Charles will have the honor of hosting the inaugural game of the new St. Louis-based Midwest Professional Basketball Association, as the two clubs that call Family Arena their home tangle at 7:00 p.m. Friday to tip off the MPBA season.
The matchup will feature the Gateway Steam and the St. Louis RiverSharks, with the Steam designated as the home team.
Durrell Robinson, head coach for Gateway, is excited to be a part of the MPBA’s opening night. “I believe we will have a team on the floor Friday night that the community will find both competitive and fun to watch. I am especially excited to see the end-product of the work we have put in during training camp.”
Robinson’s counterpart for the RiverSharks is Al Grushkin, a 30-year college coaching veteran who will be making his professional coaching debut. “I am very proud of the team we have assembled. I expect a competitive match-up on Friday between two athletic teams,” Grushkin said.
Following their head-to-head matchup Friday, both teams will play again in a double-header matinee on Sunday. The RiverSharks play first, at 1:00 p.m. against the Bloomington (Illinois) Flex, who will be making their season debut. The Flex won back-to-back championships in the Premier Basketball League in 2012 and 2013, and were 18-0 in 2014 before the league kicked them out before the start of last year’s playoffs over a scheduling conflict.
The second game of the afternoon will feature the Gateway Steam against the Chicago Force, another team playing its season—and franchise—opener. Tip-off for the nightcap is set for 4:00 p.m.
Tickets range from $10 to $25 and can be purchased at the Family Arena box office. The box office can be reached during regular business hours at (636) 896-4200. For more information about the teams and the MPBA, fans can go to the league website at www.theMPBA.com.
- Friday, January 2 @ 7:00pm Steam vs. RiverSharks
- Sunday, January 4 @ 1:00pm RiverSharks vs. Bloomington Flex
- Sunday, January 4 @ 4:00pm Steam vs. Chicago Force
- Sunday, January 25 @ 1:00pm RiverSharks vs. Chicago Force
- Sunday, January 25 @ 4:00pm Steam vs. Bloomington Flex
- Thursday, February 5 @ 7:00pm Steam vs. RiverSharks
- Thursday, February 19 @ 4:00pm RiverSharks vs. Windy City Groove
- Thursday, February 19 @ 7:00pm Steam vs. Bloomington Flex
- Sunday, February 22 @ 1:00pm Steam vs. Chicago Force
- Sunday, February 22 @ 4:00pm RiverSharks vs. Champaign Swarm
- Thursday, February 26 @ 4:00pm Steam vs. Windy City Groove
- Thursday, February 26 @ 7:00pm RiverSharks vs. Bloomington Flex
- Sunday, March 1 @ 1:00pm RiverSharks vs. Windy City Groove
- Sunday, March 1 @ 4:00pm Steam vs. Champaign Swarm
- Saturday, March 28 @ 1:00pm RiverSharks vs. Chicago Force
- Saturday, March 28 @ 4:00pm Steam vs. Champaign Swarm
- Sunday, March 29 @ 1:00pm RiverSharks vs. Windy City Groove
- Sunday, March 29 @ 4:00pm Steam vs. Champaign Swarm