By Dave Loveton
Director of Media Relations
Game 4 (Sat., April 26) --
Gary Steelheads 106, Lightning 105
Lightning's heart, 106-105
THOUSAND OAKS -- Adam Schaper hit a 3-pointer
with 5.2 seconds remaining on Saturday night at Cal Lutheran, lifting the Gary
(Ind.) Steelheads over the L.A. Lightning in an IBL pro basketball game.
The Lightning (0-4) got a season-high 29
points and six assists from Fred Vinson and appeared poised to post their first
victory when Vinson hit one of two free throws to give them a 105-101 lead with
18.8 seconds to play at the Gilbert Sports Arena.
Wayne Oliver was called for his sixth foul on
the rebound, however, and Schaper hit two free throws to cut the deficit to
two. The Lightning turned the ball over three seconds later and 5-9 Royce
Parran drove the lane and kicked it out to Schaper in the left corner for the
L.A. had one final chance but Oliver's long
in-bound pass was picked off.
The Lightning got double-doubles from Lamond
Murray (24 points, 19 rebounds), Mingo (22 points, 14 rebounds) and Oliver (16
points, 10 rebounds).
Schaper scored 21 for the Steelheads (9-2),
who won their sixth straight. Parran also had 21 points to go along with nine
rebounds and eight assists.
The Lightning hit four straight 3-pointers in
the final quarter -- two by Murray and two by Oliver -- and built a 12-point
lead (95-83) with five minutes remaining.
There were four technical fouls called in the
first quarter and Gary's Quinell Brown was ejected at the 4:04 mark of the
second quarter, leaving the visitors with eight players.
Murray, an 11-year NBA veteran, had a
double-double in the first half wiuth 13 points and 12 rebounds. L.A., which
hit 14-of-34 from the 3-point line for the game, led 31-21 after one quarter
and 51-45 at the half.
The Lightning continue their 12-game,
season-opening homestand on May 2-3 vs. the Las Vegas Stars.