By Dave Loveton,
Director of Media Relations
Game 7 – Lightning 128,
Holland Blast 123
Friday, May 16, 2008
leads Lightning to first win
THOUSAND OAKS – It wasn’t easy but it was the
first IBL basketball win in franchise history and that’s all the L.A. Lightning
cared about after holding off the Holland (Mich.) Blast 128-123 on Friday night
at Cal Lutheran.
Ex-NBA star Lamond Murray tossed in a
season-high 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Lightning (1-6), who led
66-45 at intermission and stretched the margin to 31 (82-51) on a 3-pointer by
Fred Vinson with 7:42 to go in the third period.
The Blast cut the deficit to 100-87 entering
the fourth and got within three with 18 seconds to play.
“It feels good, I’m happy for the guys,” said
L.A. coach Ron Quarterman. “In this game, no lead is safe. That’s a
high-powered offense over there (Holland averages a league-best 143) and they
got on a roll. I was happy that my guys stayed focused.”
Dennis Springs, a 5-6 point guard, led all
scorers with 34 points for Holland, which dropped its fourth straight to fall
to 8-4. Springs nearly had a triple-double with nine rebounds and nine assists.
Vinson knocked down 6-of-10 from 3-point
country and tallied 22 points while Murray hit five treys, including four straight
in the second quarter. Wayne Oliver collected 17 points and 10 rebounds. Ronell
Mingo tossed in 22 points and grabbed eight of his nine boards on offense.
The Lightning outrebounded the visitors 68-53.
Holland’s Jerad Bledsoe, the No. 3 scorer in
the IBL at 29.3, missed the contest with a torn Achilles.
The Blast cut the deficit to six at 112-106 on
a tip-in by Bryan Edwards (22 points) with six minutes to play. Two minutes
later, Oliver jammed in an alley-oop pass
by point guard Haron Hargrave to make it 120-108.
Holland hit two quick 3’s, however, and got
within three on a layup with 21 seconds left before Hargrave hit two free
throws to seal the win.
Phil Givens added 17 points and Hargrave had
eight points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals in his Lightning