Welcome to the fifth edition of the International Basketball League's weekly newsletter for our tenth season in 2014!
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IBL season 10 week three schedule:


FRIDAY,
MAY 9



Olympia Reign
at


Bellingham Slam
7:00pm at Whatcom Pavilion




Salem Sabres
at


Portland Chinooks
7:00pm

at Eastmoreland Courts



Vancouver Volcanoes
at

Venice Beach Warriors
6:00pm



SATURDAY,
MAY 10



Bellingham Slam
at

Olympia Reign
7:00pm



Vancouver Volcanoes
at


Santa Barbara Breakers
7:00pm



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Recent Results


FRIDAY,
MAY 2


Portland 109 at
Bellingham 106


Salem 102 at
Vancouver 112



SUNDAY,
MAY 4


Portland 124
at Vancouver 128


 


In-Game Watch List


#1

Volcanoes 6'2" G Andre Murray


#2

Chinooks 6'6" F Germain Jordan


#3

Sabres 6'7" C Joe Burton

 


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IBL Official Matt Morales
Morales with Commissioner Graf and Director of Officials Tommy Nunez




Chinooks Coach Trevor Kiser
Kiser discusses strategy with his players during a timeout




Slam announcer Brian Young
Young always entertains the crowd during Slam home games


 


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Germain Jordan's impressive road trip secures him Player of the Week honors

Now in his third IBL season, 6’6’’ F Germain Jordan is continuing his own trend of improving every season, and early into the 2014 campaign Jordan is at it again.

The Portland Chinooks forward has earned IBL Player of the Week honors presented by Prink Technologies based upon his hot start which includes a 30-point game, and a triple-double. “I’m comfortable playing with the Chinooks, but what’s new for the team and myself is to build chemistry with the new guys. I also have a bigger role this year,” Jordan says.

Jordan led his team in scoring against both the Bellingham Slam and Vancouver Volcanoes on their most recent road trip. Leading his team the Chinooks took an unprecedented win in Bellingham, the Slam have not been beaten at home in two years. The third year player has been an instrumental piece for the Chinooks, and with goals laid out both as a team and personally, look for Jordan to continue his dominating ways.

“Our team goal this year is to make a statement, and let people know that we’re not playing around. As for myself, I’m going to keep on trying to stay aggressive, and also focus on keeping my teammates involved,” Jordan adds.

By succeeding collectively as a team, and individually as a player in the IBL, Jordan knows he can take his game to the next level. “The IBL is great, it helps a lot of players get to that next level, I enjoy playing in the IBL and with the Chinooks,” Jordan comments.

Jordan and his Portland Chinook teammates will host the Salem Sabres this Friday, May 9 at the Eastmoreland Courts. It will be a fierce and highly entertaining match-up. Given how Jordan has played so far, look for supremely athletic forward to be heavily involved in the action.
 


 

IBL week two game recaps


Rico Wilkins defends Dontae Bryant during the Chinooks game in Bellingham.
Photo by Jon Bergman


Week two of the IBL season featured a long win streak snapped and one team defending their home court twice.

On Friday, May 2, the Portland Chinooks shocked the Bellingham Slam on their home floor, holding on for a 119-116 victory and snapping the Slam’s 22-game home court winning streak that dated back to the 2012 season. Germain Jordan paced the Chinooks, which held a 19-point lead late in the third quarter, with a triple-double of 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. The shorthanded Slam, with just eight players suited up, were able to fight back and tie the game late thanks to hot shooting from 6’3” G Mo Anderson who finished with 27 points, but were unable to take the lead. The loss put the Slam at 1-2 on the year, giving them their first losing record since early in the 2009 season.

Also on May 2, the Vancouver Volcanoes, coming off a big win against Bellingham the weekend prior, successfully defending their home court against the Salem Sabres, winning 112-102. The Volcanoes had a different look with 6’6” F Chehales Tapscott now in Australia, but 6’2” G Andre Murray kept his hot start going with 36 points to seal the win. 6’7” C Joe Burton, back from his first season in Denmark, looked impressive for Salem, picking up a double-double with 22 points and 18 rebounds.

On Sunday, May 4, the undefeated Chinooks took their 3-0 into Vancouver as the two teams reignited their fierce rivalry. It looked as if Portland would cruise to their fourth victory, leading by 22 at halftime, but Vancouver stormed back in the second half and won the game late, 128-124, thanks to 27 points from rookie 6’6” F Adam Herman in his debut. The Chinooks got another outstanding effort from Germain Jordan, who nearly had another triple-double with 34 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. The win now puts Vancouver atop the early season standings with a 3-0 record, with Portland close behind at 3-1.

 

 

IBL provides valuable experience for officials on the rise

The IBL not only presents an opportunity for players to hone their skills, but officials as well. The skill-level, pace, and timing of the season provides the perfect platform for officials to fit in some added work and training. With the help of Tommy Nunez Jr., who is now in his second season as Director of Officials for the IBL, tomorrow’s next great official may be found in the IBL.
 
Nunez Jr. officiated in over 200 NBA games from 2004-2012, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his position in the IBL. According to Nunez Jr., “I can teach things based off my own experiences. The process is always changing with regard to finding officials. I’m trying to direct guys who want to be professionals to the right places for the best exposure. I’ve made a lot of connections, so this is where I can help them.”
 
One official who will benefit again from the IBL stage, and working with Nunez Jr. this season is Matt Morales. Morales just completed the NBA D-League season a short while ago, where he worked games and gained valuable exposure. “The D-League and IBL are comprised of people who are ultimately trying to make it to a higher level, most everyone is trying to prove that they should be given the opportunity to advance their careers,” Morales comments.
 
Morales is pleased to work games in the IBL and to have the opportunity to learn from a veteran such as Nunez Jr. “I‘ve been very fortunate to work for some great coordinators, and Tommy is one of those people. He entrusts his staff to perform on the court and is always available to provide constructive feedback. It’s not often that you can work for someone who has experienced the officiating business like Tommy has. I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity to work for him. What I appreciate most about Tommy is that he really wants to help all of his staff become better officials and see them succeed. He is a great teacher of the game and is a very positive person to be around, a real class act,” Morales adds.
 
In addition to actual games in the IBL and the NBA D-League recently, Morales stresses the importance of camps as well. “Camps are extremely important. They give us the opportunity to work on some tendencies that we may have noticed during the season that need to be corrected. It allows us as officials the chance to identify our weaknesses and correct them before next season. Just as players work on their game over the summer officials do the same.  If you aren’t attending camps you aren’t getting better, officiating requires continuous learning and growth.”
 
Morales is piecing together the necessary background to advance himself in the officiating field. Working games in the IBL will help prepare Morales for the next step, which is certainly on his mind. “My end goals are to become an NCAA tournament official and make it to the NBA.  With continuous improvement and development every year as an official I hope that opportunities will be provided through persistence and hard work.  In officiating you’re only as good as your last game. The expectation is that I can always stay focused and recognize that. I can’t predict an exact timetable on when these goals will happen – a lot of factors that you sometimes can’t control are also involved, but if I continue to work hard and stay positive I’m confident good things will transpire,” Morales concludes.

 

 

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