Anchorage to get new ABA team (Basketball)

August 15, 2011

Professional basketball appears to be coming back to Anchorage.

The Alaska Quake is scheduled to tip off this winter in the ABA under the ownership team of Shana Harris and Carol Taylor from the CGRS Entertainment Group.

They are looking to succeed where the Alaska Dream and Alaska Wild failed.

“I understand your concern about the Alaskans being skeptical,” Harris told me. “We have planned this for many months and have put together a great staff for this project to be successful. We understand it’s going to be an uphill battle, but we are prepared for the challenge.”

Harris grew up in a military family and after high school joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Rich. She stayed and is currently serving in the Alaska Air National Guard. She also owns a touring business called Alaska Dine Around.

Taylor has lived here since 1985. She has experience as a trainer for sports teams and current works in the gastroenterology clinic at Alaska Regional Hospital.

“The interest in the ABA in Alaska has been very high for the last several years,” ABA CEO Joe Newman told the league’s website. “The problem has been the cost of travel to and from Alaska and we believe that problem has been solved by the new ownership group.

“If it all works as planned, we will be sending at least seven teams to play games there are part of the regular-season schedule this season. We are very excited and know that this will be a very successful organization.”

The Alaska Quake will be coached by Adam Lewis, who has experience at the high school and men’s league levels.

“Now is the time for a fresh new talented coach like Adam Lewis to lead a professional team to showcase his skills as an ABA head coach,” Harris said. “He will be a great head coach for our team and we are looking forward to an exciting season.

His assistant is Robert Harris, who doubles as VP of Basketball Operations.

The Alaska Quake will host 14 home games, beginning Dec. 3 against the Seattle Mountaineers, although they don’t have a place to play quite yet.

“Our home game facility is still under contract but will be announced soon,” she said.

As far as the nickname goes, they went with something we can all relate with.

“Just like an earthquake creates a shift and movement, that’s what the Alaska Quake wants to do in the ABA,” Harris said.