By Dave Loveton, Director of Media Relations
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Harwell named GM of the Year
Lightning had best regular-season record in IBA
Mark Harwell, the owner and general manager of the Los Angeles Lightning pro basketball franchise, has been named General Manager of the Year by the Independent Basketball Association.

“I'm very grateful to be a part of the IBA this year and to receive this award,” said Harwell, who launched the team in 2008. “I feel the credit should go to all the talented individuals in our organization. We're a family and I'm really proud of this team.”

The Lightning captured the 2009 International Basketball League title with a half-dozen former NBA players on the roster. They joined the IBA for the 2012 Spring season and posted the top regular-season record of 12-2.

L.A. was edged 148-145 by Kenosha in the quarterfinals of the IBA Playoffs on June 22 in Gary, Ind. The Kankakee County Soldiers beat the New York-Albany Legends 150-116 in the championship game.

Lightning guard Trayvon Lathan was the No. 8 scorer in the league at 25.4 per game, Chris Ayer was No. 2 in rebounds at 11.9 and Kamran Sufi was second in assists with 8.5.

Ryan Edwards of Kankakee, the leading scorer in the league at 36.2, was named MVP. Other awards went to Brandon Morris of the Kenosha Ballers (Community Award), Christopher Wesby of the Gary Splash (Defensive Player of the Year) and Barry Bradford of Kankakee (Coach of the Year).