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By Dave Loveton
Director of Media Relations

Game 17 – Elkhart Express 157, L.A. Lightning 121

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Express outguns Lightning, 157-121

Elkhart drains 26 treys against weary L.A.  

 ELKHART, Ind. – Three wasn’t the charm for the road-weary L.A. Lightning on Saturday night in a 157-121 pro basketball loss to the two-time defending IBL champion Elkhart Express.

 It was the third loss in four nights of a Midwestern trip for the Lightning (7-10), an IBL expansion team that dropped its third straight game. Los Angeles tied a season high with 19 3-pointers in 38 attempts but the Express was even better, draining 26-of-50 from downtown.

 Fred Vinson poured in 19 of his 23 points in the first quarter, thanks to 5-9 long-distance shooting but the Lightning still trailed 40-35.

 After falling behind by 14, the visitors closed with a 17-7 run to pull within four at intermission, 70-66. Billy Knight, who scored a season-high 29 points, hit a trio of treys during that stretch.

 The Lightning was still within four, 79-75, when Knight drilled another 3 at the 8:42 mark of the third quarter. The Express took control with a 23-4 run that was fueled by offensive rebounds and second-chance points.

 They ended the third stanza on a 36-12 tear that gave them a 115-87 lead heading into the final period. Cedric Moodie hit 8-14 from 3-point range and led Elkhart with 32 points.

 Ronell Mingo had 18 points and eight rebounds for L.A. Greg Minor scored all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter, hitting 5-8 from beyond the 3-point arc.

 Elkhart outrebounded the Lightning 65-45, including 28-10 at the offensive end. The Lightning had more turnovers (26) than assists (24) for the second straight night.

 L.A. will complete its six-game, 10-day road trip on Sunday at the Battle Creek (Mich.) Knights.

 “Fatigue is settling in and we didn’t have our full crew,” said Lightning coach Ron Quarterman, referring to the absence of top scorers Lamond Murray and Toby Bailey.