By Dave Loveton
Director of Media Relations
Game 18 – Battle Creek Knights 104, L.A. Lightning 99
Sunday, June 15, 2008
rally late to beat Lightning
25 from Minor but still goes 0-4 on trip
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The long and winding road through the Midwest ended on a sour note Sunday as the Battle Creek Knights closed with an
8-2 run to edge the L.A. Lightning 104-99 in an IBL basketball game.
Greg Minor tossed in 6-of-13 from 3-point
range and scored a season-high 25 points for the Lightning (7-11) but it wasn’t
enough to prevent the fourth loss in five days. Five of the L.A.
players also competed in the All-Star Game on Thursday in Gary, Ind., which means they were playing their fifth game in
Wayne Oliver added 17 points and Ronell Mingo
finished with 16 points and five boards despite playing only 18 minutes due to
foul trouble. Point guard Kamran Sufi had eight points, eight assists and five
The game was tight for three quarters before
the Knights opened the fourth on an 8-2 run that gave them their biggest lead,
89-81. The Lightning stormed back with a 9-2 burst. Minor scored the first
seven in that run on four free throws and a bucket from downtown.
L.A. regained the lead with 2:01 remaining on a trey by
Sufi to beat the shot clock and two free throws by Mingo that made it 97-96.
The Knights responded with a layup by Rashi Johnson and a 3-pointer by Kendrick
Cornelius to go back up by four.
The Lightning had a
chance to win despite being outrebounded for the third straight game (48-33)
and commiting nine more turnovers than assists (23-14). L.A. had seven turnovers in the last quarter, including
three on shot-clock violations.
Ed McCants collected 22 points and eight
rebounds while Bobby Madison had 18 points, 11 boards and six assists for Battle Creek (8-9), which snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Lightning will complete their home
schedule at Cal Lutheran on June 20-21 against the Arizona Flame. On June
27-29, L.A. will travel to Snohomish County, Wash., for the IBL West playoffs.