By Dave Loveton
Director of Media Relations
Game 20 – Lightning 140, Arizona Flame 124
Saturday, June 21, 2008
pours in 57 in Lightning win
Mingo tallies 27 in regular-season finale
THOUSAND OAKS – On a hot summer night, it was
raining points in Cal Lutheran’s Gilbert Sports Arena and Phil Givens had most
The 6-2 left-hander poured in 57 -- more than
four times his season average -- in the L.A. Lightning’s 140-124 victory over
the Arizona Flame on Saturday. He had a chance to tie the IBL single-game high
this season but missed his last free throw with 21 seconds remaining.
Givens started fast in the IBL regular-season
finale, with 21 first-quarter points on 9-of-10 shooting. L.A. led 33-22 after the first 12 minutes.
“All the other cats on the team know I can
play,” said Givens, who once scored 54 in a prep summer league. “They told me,
‘Don’t think, just do what you do.’
“I can score the ball and that’s what I
Ronell Mingo had a solid game with 27 points (on
11-16 shooting) and 13 rebounds for the Lightning (9-11), who will travel to Seattle next weekend for the IBL West playoffs. Greg Minor scored
14 of his 20 points in the second half and Billy Knight had all 15 of his
points in the opening half, helping L.A. to a 62-48 advantage.
Kamran Sufi, the IBL assist leader, handed out
13 dimes and 7-3 Keith Closs collected nine blocks, eight rebounds and seven
Jonathan Heard led Arizona with 28 points while Johnnie Parker (23 points, 16 rebounds) and Amani
Daanish (23 pts, 15 rebs) both posted double-doubles.
Givens, a slashing driver, entered the game
with a 13.7 scoring average. He made 23-35 field goals, including a trio of
3-pointers, and 8-10 free throws.
After scoring 26 in the first half, Givens
tallied 27 points in the third quarter, matching the Flame’s total. L.A. outscored the visitors 47-27 in the third period and took a 28-point
lead (103-75) into the final quarter.
“Phil is a real good player and he brought it
tonight,” said Coach Ron Quarterman. “I started him and once he got it rolling,
he was rolling. He’s a solid player – inside and out – and he can shoot the 3.”
Lamond Murray scored
28 points and grabbed nine rebounds, leading the L.A. Lightning to a 132-120
triumph over the Arizona Flame on Friday night at the Gilbert Sports Arena.