By Dave Loveton, Director of Media Relations
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Game 9 on Friday, June 4, 7:30 p.m. – Lightning vs. USA All-Stars at Calabasas High
Game 10 -- Saturday at Cal Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Game 11 -- Sunday at Cal Lutheran, 7 p.m.

Lightning to hold benefit at Calabasas High
Billy Knight expected to play in weekend tripleheader

The Los Angeles Lightning will play a benefit game on Friday at Calabasas High to help out the Coyotes' athletic program. Half the proceeds from the IBL pro basketball game at 7:30 p.m. against the USA All-Stars will go to the school.

"It's really important for us to be a part of the community," said Lightning owner Mark Harwell. "One of the biggest components is education and our schools. Because of so many budget cuts, the money we raise is sorely needed. We're happy to partner with local high schools and have fun at the same time."

The Lightning and All-Stars will meet three times this weekend -- on Friday at Calabasas, Saturday at Cal Lutheran (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday at Cal Lutheran. Sunday's game, originally scheduled for 3 p.m., will tip off at 7 p.m.

The Lightning will stage benefits at Royal High and Agoura High on June 18-19.

Billy Knight, a left-handed guard from UCLA, is expected to make his 2010 Lightning debut, fresh off a championship in the bj-league of Japan. He averaged 14.1 points for the Lightning last year, including a 42-point performance that was the second-best in team history.

Los Angeles (6-2), the defending IBL champion, won its first six games this year before falling last weekend to the Kankakee County (Ill.) Soldiers. Trayvon Lathan, a 6-8 guard, is fourth in IBL scoring (27.0) and ninth in rebounding (9.5).

Fred Vinson, one of four ex-NBA players on the current roster, is averaging 20.4 points and shooting 42.7 percent from 3-point range. Bryon Russell and Tyus Edney, two other NBA veterans, are averaging 17.7 and 17.3, respectively. Edney leads the squad in assists with 11.7.