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LOS ANGELES LIGHTNING RELEASE
By Dave Loveton, Director of Media Relations
dave@losangeleslightning.net
July 27, 2009
IBL Finals -- Game 3: Tuesday, July 28 @ Cal Lutheran -- Lightning vs. Oregon
Game 1 (Sat.) -- Lightning 142, Waves 131
Game 2 (Sun.) -- Waves 108, Lightning 107
Best-of-3 series tied 1-1


Lightning seek IBL title in decisive Game 3
L.A. will take on Oregon Waves on Tuesday at Cal Lutheran


The Los Angeles Lightning will be shooting for their first International Basketball League title on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Cal Lutheran's Gilbert Sports Arena. The Lightning (17-5) will take on the Oregon Waves (16-8) in the third and deciding game of the best-of-3 championship series.

L.A. captured Game 1 on Saturday 142-131 behind 33 points from former NBA star Lamond Murray. The Waves rode 32 points by 3-point sharpshooter Robert Day and two free throws by Mike Johnson in the closing seconds to win Game 2, 108-107, on Sunday.

Left-hander Darrick Martin missed a right-handed 14-footer with one second remaining.

"It was a hard-fought game," said Lightning coach Ron Quarterman. "We ran the high pick-and-roll for Darrick. The defender stepped out, showed real hard and made a good play that forced us to take a tough shot. Now, we have to get ready for Tuesday night."

The Lightning, a second-year franchise, features six former NBA players, led by Murray (28.5 ppg in finals), Toby Bailey (15 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 6.5 apg) and Bryon Russell (9.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg). Murray and Martin each scored 24 points in Game 2.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. The game will be on local radio (KVTA 1520, KKZZ 1400) and on the internet at www.lalightning.net.