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Wilmington Sea Dawgs

Wilmington Sea Dawgs
Founded 2006
League ABA (2006-2007)
PBL (2007-2009)
CBL (2009-2011)
TRBL (2011-present)
Team history Wilmington Sea Dawgs (2006-present)
Based in Wilmington, North Carolina
Arena Blizzard Athletics
Colors Carolina Blue, Tan, White, Black
Owner(s) Peter Gratale
Head coach Louis Defeliceantonio
Division titles 2 (2007, ABA Blue Central), (2010 CBL regular season champions)
Dancers Sea Dolls
Mascot Salty Dawg
home jersey
Team colours
Team colours
away jersey
Team colours
Team colours

The Wilmington Sea Dawgs are a team and founding member of the Tobacco Road Basketball League in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Sea Dawgs began play in 2006 as a member of the American Basketball Association and later played as a founding member of the Premier Basketball League and a founding member of the Continental Basketball League . In 2013, they will play at Blizzard Athletics, having previously played at the Joe and Barbara Schwartz Center on the campus of Cape Fear Community College.


  • 2006-2007 1
  • 2007-2008 2
  • 2008-2009 3
  • 2009-2010 4
  • 2010-2011 5
  • 2011-2012 6
  • 2012-2013 7
  • Season-By-Season records 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The Sea Dawgs won the ABA Blue Central division in their first year with a record of 19-8 and advanced to the playoff semi-finals, losing to the eventual champion Vermont Frost Heaves. In their playoff run, they were scheduled to meet the defending champion Rochester Razorsharks, but weather-related travel problems caused the game to not be played. The ABA CEO then refused to reschedule the game although the two teams had agreed to a make up date. The CEO instead tried to force Rochester to accept a forfeit.[1] This incident motivated the Razorsharks to leave the ABA and help form the Premier Basketball League (PBL).


The team moved to the PBL for the 2007-08 season.[2] They played in the East Division. They finished the regular season at 11-9 and tied for second in the division with the Reading Railers behind the Rochester Razorsharks. They made the playoffs and faced the Maryland Nighthawks in the first round but lost. On April 22, 2008, Kevin Whitted resigned as head coach of the Sea Dawgs [3] On October 17, Dale Kuhl was named head coach.[4]


The team took a much more defensive approach compared to previous years and after a slow start sprinted to second place in their division and a wild card berth in the PBL playoffs with a record of 15-5. The Sea Dawgs were the first team this season to defeat the Battle Creek Knights (who finished 18-2 and were 12-0 at the time of their second meeting). The Sea Dawgs swept four games against the Detroit Panthers and five games against the Augusta Groove. The Sea Dawgs ended their season losing in the playoff semi-finals to the Knights.


On 2 November 2009, the Sea Dawgs announced via e-mail their move to the spring season Continental Basketball League.[5] The team finished with an 11-5 record and was the number one seed for (and thereby host for) the CBL Championship, which they lost in overtime to the Savannah Wildcats.


One of the teams previous co-owners left the team to found the Cary Invasion.[6] The Sea Dawgs's four year playoff streak was snapped in a rather mediocre campaign where the club finished 5-6 and missed the playoffs.


The team announced (with the Cary Invasion) the formation of the Tobacco Road Basketball League and their membership therein.[7]


The TRBL added divisional play, moving the Sea Dawgs to the East Division. The Sea Dawgs also changed their home venue to Blizzard Athletics. Dale Kuhl was replaced as coach by Louis Defeliceantonio. Long time player Joseph King also assumed assistant coaching duties.

Season-By-Season records

Year Regular Season Post-season
Record Win % Record Win % Result
American Basketball Association (2006–07)
2006-07 19-8 .704 2—1 .667 Round 1 - Won vs. Rochester Razorsharks, forfeit
Round 2 - Won vs. Mississippi Miracles, 130-112
Round 3 - Lost vs. Vermont Frost Heaves, 85-113
Premier Basketball League (2007–09)
2007-08 11-9 .550 0—1 .000 Round 1 - Lost vs. Maryland Nighthawks, 112-125
2008-09 15–5 .750 2—2 .500 Round 1 - Won vs. Vermont Frost Heaves, 96-90
Round 2 - Lost vs. Battle Creek Knights, 1-2 (Best of 3 series)
Continental Basketball League (2010–11)
2010 11–5 .688 0-1 .000 Championship - Lost vs. Savannah Wildcats, 86-96 (OT)
2011 5–6 .454 0-0 .000 Missed the playoffs
Tobacco Road Basketball League (2012–present)
2012 6–6 .500 0-1 .000 Round 1 - Lost vs. Cary Invasion, 104-127
2013 2–8 .222 0-0 .000 -
Totals 69–47 .595 4–6 .400 0 Championships


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External links

  • Wilmington Sea Dawgs official website

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