By Dave Loveton
Director of Media Relations
Game 5 – Las Vegas Stars
106, Lightning 95
Friday, May 2, 2008
stumbles in second half, 106-95
THOUSAND OAKS – The L.A. Lightning couldn’t
hold a big second-half lead for the second straight game Friday night and the
Las Vegas Stars were happy to take advantage and post their first win, 106-95,
at the Gilbert Sports Arena.
Demario Butler scored 31 points and grabbed
eight rebounds for the Stars (1-4), who are playing their first six IBL pro
basketball games on the road.
Wayne Oliver led the expansion Lightning (0-5)
with 22 points and 10 boards while 6-9 center Ronell Mingo notched his third
straight double-double with 19 points and 15 boards. Harry Lum added 16 points,
nine assists and six rebounds for L.A.
Fred Vinson scored 13 but had a tough shooting
night, making just 6-20 overall and 1-10 from the 3-point arc.
The Lightning built a 47-30 advantage with 3:50
to go in the second quarter and still led 65-50 with five minutes to go in the
third. L.A. commited 23 turnovers, leading to 32 points for the visitors.
Eddie Shelby tallied 24 points, seven rebounds
and six assists for the Stars, who trailed 78-71 in the waning seconds of the
third quarter. They scored 15 of the next 17 points, however, and took an 86-80
lead on a layup by Shelby with 6:31 to play.
The Lightning got within three (90-87) on two
free throws by Oliver at the 4:29 mark but the Stars put the game away with an
8-1 run that made it 98-88 with 1:12 remaining.
Mike Tabb scored 12 points off the Stars’
bench and grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds.
The same teams will meet at Cal Lutheran on
Saturday at 7:30 p.m.