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season 10
week seven
schedule:


FRIDAY,
JUNE 6




IBL All-Stars
at


Bellingham Slam
7:00pm at Whatcom Pavilion



SATURDAY,
JUNE 7





Salem Sabres
at


Vancouver Volcanoes
7:00pm at O'Connell Sports Complex





Bellingham Slam
at


Seattle Flight

7:00pm at North Seattle C.C.



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Recent Results


FRIDAY,
MAY 30



Bellingham 150 at
Venice Beach 109




SATURDAY,
MAY 31



Bellingham 130 at
Los Angeles 118


Seattle 128 at
Vancouver 131




SUNDAY,
JUNE 1



Vancouver 131 at
Portland 134




TUESDAY,
JUNE 3



Salem 126 at
Portland 122



 


In-Game Watch List


#1

Volcanoes 6'2" G Andre Murray



#2

Chinooks 6'6" F Germain Jordan



#3

Chinooks 6'9" F Jared Cunningham



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Cunningham scores season high, nets Player of the Week award

In his third season as a Portland Chinook, 6’9’’ F Jared Cunningham has taken his game to another level while embracing a leadership role with his team. Cunningham and the Chinooks have established themselves as contender yet again in the IBL this season, and Cunningham’s evolution as a player is a large reason for their success.

Last weekend, Cunningham and the Chinooks edged out the Vancouver Volcanoes 134-131 in a classic Battle of the Bridge matchup to take a 2-1 lead in their five-game regular season series. Cunningham finished the contest with a season high 36 points, and his impact on the game ultimately earned him IBL Player of the Week honors presented by Prink Technologies.

Entering his third season, Cunningham came in with a few goals in mind. “This season I knew I wanted to take pride in my defense. I also wanted to have a better focus on being more of a well-rounded player.” In addition to his immediate goals, Cunningham also placed importance on a few other areas. “My rebounding, assists and just trying to be a great teammate remain important to me as well.”

With a few IBL seasons under his belt, this 2012 and 2013 All Star understands what to expect in terms of style, and the overall level of competition in the league. “I can certainly say that the talent level in the league has gone up since I arrived here three seasons ago.”

With his experience, Cunningham understands that there are high expectations from his teammates. “I feel I’m a leader on the team for sure, guys look up to me and I think they should because of my experience. Still, we all hold each other accountable, and I think that’s what makes us such a strong team.”

In addition to their togetherness, Cunningham feels that his team has a few more bright spots in relation to the rest of the league. “I think we are more athletic and play way faster than we ever have before. We get up and down the court really well, and I think that’s one of our main strengths.”

Cunningham and the Chinooks will hit the road to take on Vancouver in their building this Sunday, June 8th at the O’Connell Sports Complex. The action gets under way at 5:00pm, and will figure to be another classic installment in the Battle of the Bridge.
 


 

IBL week five game recaps


Portland prevailed over Vancouver in the latest Battle of the Bridge on June 1.
Photo by Brian Drake


There was significant shifting in the standings following another week of exciting action in the International Basketball League.

The Bellingham Slam took care of business on the road, picking up two wins in Southern California. On May 30, Head Coach Tyler Amaya donned a Slam uniform for the first time since 2011 and led his team to a 150-109 rout of the Venice Beach Warriors, scoring a game-high 39 points on 12-of-15 shooting from the floor.

The next night, with Amaya back on the sideline, the Slam had a tougher time against the Los Angeles Summer Pro League All-Stars, but still prevailed 130-118. IBL all-time leading scorer 6’4” G Jacob Stevenson scored a career-high 41 points in the win. The victory was the Slam’s eighth straight.

Meanwhile, in the Northwest, on May 31 the Vancouver Volcanoes survived a scare from the Seattle Flight, winning 131-128. 6’2” G Andre Murray kept up his league-leading scoring numbers with 30 points, but it was 6’3” G Josh Tarver who was the hero, hitting a pair of clutch free throws in the final seconds to preserve the win.

The winning ways for Vancouver didn’t last long, however, as they fell to the Portland Chinooks, 134-131, in another classic Battle of the Bridge matchup on June 1. 6’9” F Jared Cunningham and 6’6” F Germain Jordan combined for 70 points in the game and helped spark a fourth quarter run that sealed the victory.

But like Vancouver, Portland’s win streak lasted only a game as they were upset by the Salem Sabres on Tuesday by the score of 126-122 in a thrilling IBL game. 31 points from 6’7” G Tyrone White and 24 from former 6’9” Oregon Duck C Frantz Dorsainvil helped Salem earn their first victory of the season.

The two road wins by Bellingham, coupled with Portland’s loss to Salem, vaulted the Slam into the top spot in the standings with a 9-2 record, with the Chinooks in second at 7-3. Vancouver sits a game behind Portland in third at 6-4.

 

 

In-game watch list for week eight
 


Andre Murray once again finds himself atop the IBL's in-game watch list.
Photo by Brian Drake


1. 6'2" G Andre Murray (Vancouver Volcanoes)
In eight of his ten games this season, Murray has scored 30 points or more. The 2012 IBL MVP and 2013 IBL All Star continues to lead the IBL in points, assists, and steals per game. On the season, Murray is averaging 32 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 7.8 assists.
 
2. 6'6" F Germain Jordan (Portland Chinooks)
Jordan can flat out do it all it seems, and his 30.9ppg this season is very telling of that. Jordan, the 2013 IBL Most Improved Player is averaging  24.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 5 assists in 8 games so far this season.
 
3. 6'9" F Jared Cunningham (Portland Chinooks)
Cunningham is the most recent IBL Player of the Week, a 2012 & 2013 All Star and is looking to keep the Chinooks within striking distance of the top spot in the standings. In eight games, Cunningham is averaging 25.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 34.8 minutes.
 
4. 6'5" C Blake Poole (Bellingham Slam)
Poole remains the IBL’s top rebounder, and the 2013 IBL Title Game MVP has been a walking double-double for the Slam this season. Poole is averaging 17.7 points, 14.3 rebounds (leads the league), 5.8 assists, and 2.9 steals.
 
5. 6’3’’ G Morris Anderson (Bellingham Slam)
Arguably the league’s top three point shooter, Anderson and is averaging 21.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 6.2 assists. The 4-time All Star has forced opponents to keep track of his whereabouts at all times due to his sharpshooting ways.
 
6. 6’5’’ G Mike Taylor (Salem Sabres)
Taylor was huge in Salem’s recent upset over the Chinooks. On the season, Taylor is shooting over 40% from the field and from three point range. In three games (three starts), the former Globetrotter is averaging 20.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5 assists.
 
7. 6’5’’ F Marcellus Kemp (Seattle Flight)
Despite a loss, Kemp came up big for Seattle in a recent battle with Vancouver. Kemp finished with an impressive 44.4 PER, and ended the evening with 39 points (15-25 FG, 4-7 3pt). The effort catapulted Kemp into the rankings, and Player of the Week discussion.
 
8. 6’10’’ C Calvin Hampton (Vancouver Volcanoes)
While his shots blocked per game have dropped, Hampton’s high percentage shooting from the field combined with his ability to rebound in traffic keep him in the Watch List. Hampton is averaging 15.5 points and 9.6 rebounds in 28.4 minutes.
 
9. 6'7" C Joe Burton (Salem Sabres)
With only two games under his belt, the 2013 IBL Rookie of the Year put up impressive numbers for Salem, and remains a top prospect who is set to go back overseas. In those two games for the Sabres, Burton averaged 22.5 points, and 14.5 rebounds.

10. 6’4’’ G Jacob Stevenson (Bellingham Slam)
Stevenson has started in all 11 games for the Slam this season and rightly so. The 2013 All Star is averaging 19.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.5 steals in 32 minutes per game.
 

 

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