Spend Father's Day on the Sidelines with IBL Hoops!
As Father’s Day weekend quickly approaches, so does some of the IBL’s last games of the season! If you have not yet made it to a game this season, what better gift than to give your dad, but tickets to a family friendly IBL basketball game!
This weekend, the newest IBL team the Seattle Flight make another debut on the court against the Vancouver Volcanoes Sunday, June 16th with the intent of continuing their perfect home game winning streak. The game will be at the O’Connell Sports Complex on the campus of Clark College in Vancouver. Doors open at 4:15 pm with tip-off at 5:00pm. This game will be apart of an IBL Military Night, where all military and their families will receive free admission to the game. The Volcanoes will honor all active military, veterans, reserves and retirees throughout the evening. During the half-time, there will be a full-service Honor Guard featuring the various branches of service, and all veterans will be acknowledged and asked to stand when the song of their branch of service. The IBL wants to acknowledge and thank all the members of our armed services,” said Clay Bonds, VP of Business Development and Game Day Operations. “We are grateful for their sacrifices, and this is the very least we can do, by saying ‘thank you.”
The Bellingham Slam and Japan Tornadoes also join the Father’s Day Weekend games. The Slam have ended their 10 game winning streak in Portland and are looking forward to another meeting to keep developing the relationship with our Japanese partners on and off the court. Tip off is at 5pm at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood, WA.
Hope to see more of the Seattle Flight in order to cope from the 2nd Sonics robbing? Or more games in your area? Check the IBL Schedule and find out where and when other teams will be playing for the rest of the 2013 season! Don’t forget to check out the IBL Playoffs too!
IBL Player of the Week presented by Phiten-
For the second time this season 6'9" F Jared Cunningham's stats for the last week, in two games earn him another POTW nod. With outstanding efficiency averaging 37ppg, putting up a season high so far for all scorers in the IBL at 52 points, this 2012 IBL All Star is still leading the league in scoring, and is proving himself during the grind within the grind, his teammates, Coach and competition agree.
“I think Jared has a lot of talent and potential to be a very successful basketball player," fellow Chinooks teammate 6'8" F David Lucas shared. "Leading the league in scoring, this season I have seen his attitude change. He is thinking about the long term, doing things coach needs him to do. Cunningham is committed, comes to at all the practices, to all the games and is playing hard on both ends of the court. He is dedicated and it shows as he is more productive on the court.” Lucas concluded.
Associate Head Coach Wegner of the Chinooks agrees, “Jared has done a great job, his shooting percentages are top notch for a volume shooter, he is a scorer. That is the best thing he does, and he is working on other elements of his game rebounding and passing, willing to work on his game. We talk about those things that it will take to play at the next level and he is a good kid to coach. Jared is exuberant, passionate, energetic and as he matures in different areas he will be a very special player.``
Even the competition agrees, from on and off the IBL court. One of the rivalries in the IBL is two teams with a bridge between them, the Portland Chinooks and the Vancouver Volcanoes. Fellow 2012 IBL All Star and Rookie of the Year is supportive of his workout buddy outside of IBL competition.
“I want to congratulate Jared Cunningham on getting his second POTW, something I did last season" 6'6" F Chehales (Chey) Tapscott of the Volcanoes shared. "There is a strong rivalry with Portland, we are two of the most talented teams. Jared and I worked out all last summer together, guys like him, Ford, Hartune, I have played with all these guys and it has become a fun and competitive rivalry. Jared has got a lot better than last year, come along as a leader, and is really starting to shoot the ball better. I told him basically to get his post game up and he certainly did and it shows so far this season, he is not easy to defend and deserves player of the week. His game helps me improve my game, right now he is outshining me, so I have to outshine him back, every week we kind of raise the bar for each other."
This is Cunninghams second nod this season, but he is after a championship and maybe a scoring title. Putting up 52 points, the highest by a player in the IBL so far this season using his time away from the IBL to help kids through Big Time Individual Skillz Training, this standout is proud of his performance and his teammates.
"I believe I have proven myself within the league showcasing my talent, handling business on and off the court," Cunningham shared. "When my team is winning that makes me look a lot better, and I wouldn’t look like the player I am without my teammates getting it done with me and for me. I am getting more confident as season goes along, in better shape, and doesn't hurt that my shot is falling, it might be my workouts at Shoot 360," he chuckles.
IBL Game Recaps
Vancouver Volcanoes Head Coach Joe Navarro with 6'6F Chehales Tapscott, 6'3"G Josh Tarver and East Bay Pit Bulls 6'1"G Jordan Boreman, 6'9" Thomas 'Tree' Phillips and their Associate Head Coaches Irv Crawl and Mike Allen- photo by Jeff Hinds Photography
Friday Night Hoops
Pit Bulls vs Sabres
The Salem Sabres went up against the newest IBL team, the East Bay Pit Bulls on Friday. Right off the airplane came the Pit Bulls from the greater San Francisco area, to play in the inaugural game of the IBL. Sabres own 6’7” G Cory Largent and 6’5” G Mike Taylor both scored 27 points each throughout the game and 6’8” F Daniel Deane also had 25 points. 6’3” G Tray Britt of the Pit Bulls also had 27 points. The Pit Bulls put up a good fight, but fell to the Salem Sabres, 146-111.
Tornadoes vs Chinooks
The Portland Chinooks took on the Japan Tornadoes yet again in another rematch on Friday. The Chinooks took over in the first quarter scoring 29 points leaving the Tornadoes to play catch up. 6’2” G Hikaru Sasaki scored 30 points and 6’4” G Marcus Bradford led the team with 43 points. Portland Chinooks, 6’8” F David Lucas scored 50 points for the team and the Chinooks took the win, 185-92.
Volcanoes vs Pit Bulls
The Vancouver Volcanoes also took on the newest team in the IBL, the East Bay Pit Bulls on Saturday at O’Connell Sports Center. Vancouver had over 20 steals and improved to 11-3 in the league standings. 6’2” G Andre Murray, playing in only his ninth game after just having ankle injury, led the team with 32 points in only 24 minutes of playing time. "He scores when he wants," Navarro said of Murray. "He can score 36 points and we don't even draw plays for him." The East Bay Pit Bulls, after having played only one game together prior to this one against Vancouver, still rallied hard and came out strong. Both 6’3” G Tray Britt and 6’9” C Thomas “Tree” Philips had 19 points each. The Vancouver Volcanoes beat the East Bay Pit Bulls, 128-90.
Slam vs Pit Bulls
The East Bay Pit Bulls met up with the 2012 IBL Champions, the Bellingham Slam in their final of three in as many days. Coming into the league as a new team the Pit Bulls showed up looking strong with a core group that have been with the team for three years. The Slam had four players who scored 20+ points. 6’10” C Evan Matteson led the way with 25 points. 6’6” F Mike Scott of the East Bay Pit Bulls led the team with 23 points, along with 6’3” G Tray Britt with 16 points. The Slam won 153-100 over the East Bay Pit Bulls. Sunday’s victory makes it 10 straight for the Slam, who lead the conference with a 11-1 record.
Tornadoes vs Chinooks
The Portland Chinooks took on the Japan Tornadoes once again in a game at Eastmoreland Courts on Sunday, June 9th. POTW 6’9” F Jared Cunningham had 52 points and 6 assists in this game alone, along with 6’6” F Germain Jordan with 31 points. The Tornadoes had a slow start in the start of the game but 6’2” G Hikaru Sasaki held the team as top scorer with 30 points. The Chinooks defeat the Tornadoes, 157-102.
Admirals vs Sabres
The Salem Sabres battled it out with the Kitsap Admirals and these two rivals were up and down the court with each other right from the start. It was a close game, and was almost tied up in the first quarter, until the Sabres amped up their points in the 3rd quarter scoring 50 points collectively. The Salem Sabres get the win over the Kitsap Admirals, 149-133.
Tuesday Court Action
Chinooks vs Slam
After a long haul of consecutive wins on and off the road (11-1), the Bellingham Slam have fallen to the Portland Chinooks on Tuesday, at Eastmoreland Courts. These two exceptional teams in the IBL have all the skill and power to create an exciting game and they did not dissapoint. 6’4” G Jacob Stevenson of the Slam lead all scorers with 30 points. 6’3” G Derrick Webb chipped in with 15 points. POTW Jared Cunningham was the top scorer for the Chinooks with 25 points and 3 assists. The Chinooks get a big win against the Slam, 121-113.
Tornadoes vs Reign
The Olympia Reign started their sixth season with the IBL on Tuesday against the Japan Nippon Tornadoes. The “Kings of the Court” as the Reign call themselves have a steady lineup of players that consists of many Evergreen State alum including, 6’0” G Nate Menefee who had over 45 points in the game as the top scorer for the Reign. The Tornadoes who are currently (1-9) this season had a rough start but kept their head in the game. 6’4” G Marcus Bradford led the team with 51 points. The Tornadoes fell to the Olympia Reign, 161-117.
The Reign are looking for a new community partner to continue on as Olympia’s professional basketball team in 2014. Be at South Puget Sound Community College for the rematch against the Tornadoes on Thursday, June 20th at at 7pm.
IBL Hopefuls at NBA D-League National Tryout Sunday
New York, New York, Basketball City, NBA Development League, this is where its at on Saturday for a few IBL hopefuls attending the NBA D-League National Tryout. With just one national event limited to two hundred players, among them IBL POTW and Admirals standout 6'3" G Tysaiah Curry and bj-League stand out with the Ryukyu Golden Kings, soon to be an IBL Nippon Tornado 5'6" G Narito Namizato, these athletes are ready to showcase their skill and talent to the seventeen D-League teams Saturday.
The NBA D-League, the official minor league of the National Basketball Association, will hold its National Tryout in New York City on Saturday, June 15, 2013. This event will challenge NBA D-League hopefuls, via full-court games, to showcase their skills for NBA D-League player personnel Executives, Coaches and industry scouts with the hopes of gaining eligibility for the NBA D-League Draft in November. Seventy-seven prospects identified during the 2012 NBA D-League National Tryouts went on to sign a contract to enter the 2012 NBA D-League Draft.
The IBL has had many players who have come from and gone to the D-League from 6'3" G Josh Tarver and 6'10" C Evan Matteson with Rio Grande, to 6'9" F Jared Cunningham and current IBL double double record holder, 6'11" C Bryson McKenzie`s time with the Idaho Stampede. 2012 NBA D-League draftees 6'6" F Chehales Tapscott and 7'1" C Joe Wolfinger may have not made it to the NBA or D-League court yet, like IBL`s 6'9" F Keith "Tiny" Gallon who has put in time with the MIlwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics to the Maine Red Claws and Bakersfield Jam in the D-League, we see potential in many athletes within the high level of competition the IBL delivers. More to come on the results of the National Tryouts from the D-League, upcoming local tryouts with their seventeen teams and more IBL talent transitioning into the NBA`s official development league.
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Bellingham Slam Dancers