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Interleague play between the Independent Basketball Association and the Premier Basketball League has ended, it was announced on Thursday.

The PBL, which includes the Bloomington Flex, had formed a partnership with the IBA prior to this season.

“I’m disappointed that what started wasn’t finished,” said Flex owner Scott Henderson, whose team won last year’s PBL title. “As the season wore on, it became apparent that the professional expectations and standards of the PBL and its teams were not being met by the merged league.

“There were problems with the playoff structure with two weeks to play in the regular season, and there were also two instances of IBA teams failing to appear for games against PBL teams last weekend.”

The PBL teams will conduct a four-team playoff that includes the Flex, Sauk Valley Predators, Rochester RazorSharks and Indiana Diesels.

The Flex will host the Indiana Diesels in the opening best-of-3 playoff series on May 31 and June 1. Both games will get underway at 7:05 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. If necessary, a third game would be played in Indianapolis.

In a statement, PBL board chairman Dr. Sev Hrywnak said, “Looking forward to a competitive playoff series for our PBL teams.”

The Flex have one more regular-season game before the playoffs begin, traveling to Indianapolis to play the Diesels at 1 p.m. (CDT) Sunday.

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