By Dave Loveton
Director of Media Relations
Game 10 – Lightning 158, China
Shanxi Zhongyu 133
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
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.