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By Dave Loveton
Director of Media Relations

Game 6 – Las Vegas Stars 121,  Lightning 107

Saturday, May 3, 2008 

Stars run past Lightning, 121-107  

 THOUSAND OAKS – The fourth-quarter blues struck the Los Angeles Lightning for the second straight night as they were outscored 37-27 en route to a 121-107 IBL basketball loss to the Las Vegas Stars.

 Demario Butler poured in 35 points and Mike Tabb added 29 for the Stars (2-4), who outshot the home team 61.9 to 34.6 percent in the final quarter at the Gilbert Sports Arena.

 The Lightning (0-6) trailed 84-80 entering the final period and were outscored 7-2, stretching the Stars’ lead to nine, 91-82. L.A. never got closer than eight the rest of the way.

 Ronell Mingo topped the Lightning with a season-high 27 points and 11 rebounds. Ex-NBA player Lamond Murray added 22 points and 16 boards while Fred Vinson tossed in 22 points, thanks to 6-of-9 shooting from 3-point range, and handed out seven assists.

 Eddie Shelby nearly had a triple-double for Las Vegas with 26 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

 Wayne Oliver tallied 19 points (on 9-13 shooting) and pulled down seven rebounds for the Lightning, who trailed 52-50 at intermission.

 L.A. will continue its 12-game homestand at Cal Lutheran on May 16-17 against the Holland (Mich.) Blast.