Lightning head to Canada for three-game set
Defending champs have best record in IBL
The Los Angeles Lightning will embark on the longest road trip of their IBL pro basketball season with a potential six games in the next nine days in two countries and two states.
The trek opens on Friday night with a three-game weekend series at the Edmonton Energy in Canada. The defending champion Lightning (13-2) have the best record in the IBL and are riding a seven-game win streak. The Energy have the fourth-best record at 12-5.
On June 30, the Lightning will complete the regular season at the Olympia Reign (16-3) in Washington. Two days later, they'll compete in the National Bracket of the IBL playoffs in Portland, Ore.
The Lightning added Dajuan Tate to their roster for the road trip. Tate, a 6-5 guard, was the second-leading scorer in the IBL in 2007 when he averaged 35.6 points for the Las Vegas Stars. Later that year, he was drafted by the Chinese Basketball Association and scored an eye-opening 68 points in a game.
Lightning guard Trayvon Lathan ranks fourth among IBL scorers (26.9) and third in rebounds (11.2). He recorded his seventh straight double-double (25 points, 15 rebounds) in last Saturday's 133-123 triumph over the Arizona Raptors.
Fred Vinson is L.A.'s third-leading scorer (19.3) and averages more than five 3-pointers a game with a 41.5 percentage (78-188).