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By Dave Loveton
Director of Media Relations

dave@losangeleslightning.net

Game 10 – Lightning 158, China Shanxi Zhongyu 133

Saturday, May 24, 2008

  Lightning rolls to fourth straight win  

 THOUSAND OAKS –  Strong shooting and a second-quarter explosion propelled the L.A. Lightning to its fourth straight win over the China Shanxi Shongyu on Saturday night at Cal Lutheran.

 The Lightning (4-6) shot 60.4 percent, including 46.2 percent from 3-point country, to beat the IBL expansion team for the second straight night, 158-133.

 Ronell Mingo, a 6-9 center, hit 10 of 11 shots and led the Lightning with 22 points and nine rebounds in just 24 minutes. Former UCLA star Toby Bailey hit 4-9 from downtown and scored 21. Phil Givens added 21, Lamond Murray had 19 and Billy Knight contributed 18 points, five rebounds and five assists.

 Knight scored 14 points in the second quarter and Bailey had 12, helping the Lightning to a 45-28 advantage. L.A. hit 37 shots from downtown for the weekend, 19 on Friday and 18 more on Saturday.

 Wayne Oliver scored 16 off the bench and Greg Minor added 14. China trimmed the lead to 12 in the second quarter before Oliver knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers, Minor nailed a jumper and Givens slammed one home for a 70-48 lead.

 Kamran Sufi had nine points and nine assists for L.A., which led 38-22 after one quarter and 83-50 at halftime. The 158 points were a season high for the Lightning, which beat the Shongyu 157-109 on Friday.

 L.A. hit 18-39 from 3-point land and outrebounded the visitors 49-35.

 A trio of Chinese players combined for 99 points. Sun Chun Lei had 37, Yu Tao had 34 and Du Jia Teng  had 28. The Shongyu fell to 0-3.