By Dave Loveton, Director of Media Relations
Sunday, June 24, 2012
IBA All-Star Game at Gary, Ind.
West Stars 84, East Stars 76, OT

Ayer leads West Stars to overtime win
He has 22 points, 17 rebounds; Knight rallies West
Chris Ayer of the L.A. Lightning racked up 22 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots on Sunday, leading the West to an 84-76 overtime win over the East in the inaugural Independent Basketball Association All-Star Game at Gary, Ind.

Billy Knight tallied 15 of his 17 points in the second half and OT. Knight also had eight rebounds and nine assists for the West, which trailed by 10 (32-22) midway through the first half.

Ayer, a 6-11 forward, posted 16 points, nine boards and five blocks in the first half. He ended the opening half with a lefty slam, an assist on a Knight layup and a follow shot that put the West ahead 47-46 at intermission.

Eight of Ayer’s 17 rebounds came at the offensive end.

Knight tied the game at 74 on a 3-pointer from the right side with 29.5 seconds to play. The West won the OT session 8-0 with Knight scoring the first four on two free throws and a 10-foot baseline jumper.

Jerry Dupree had 13 points for L.A. and all six field goals were dunks. Dupree added three rebounds, three steals and two assists while teammate Tarron Williams had four points and two boards.

The West Stars were coached by L.A. head coach Ron Quarterman.

Trayvon Lathan, the Lightning’s top scorer at 25.5 per game, missed the All-Star Game with a foot injury.