Salem's Tapscott Picks Up Second Player of the Week Award
Chehales Tapscott is performing at such a high level in the International Basketball League as a member of the Salem Soldiers, who comes from a military family, his performance just cannot be ignored. Leading the league in points (28.3 ppg) and rebounds (13.6 rpg) with consistent play throughout the season so far, he earns IBL Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, after grabbing the award after the first week of the season as well.
In talking with Tyler Geving, Head Coach of Portland State for the past seven years, he shared that Tapscott was a late bloomer, playing as a freshman in high school, not on the AAU circuit, who went to junior college before landing on his roster. Out seven games last season with injury, he had a good year in the 2011-2012 season posting 14.1 ppg and 9.3 rpg as a Big Sky All-Conference player.
“Chehales has his best basketball ahead of him, he’s been a gym rat since the end of the season and is performing well in the IBL,” Coach Geving shared. “He such a hard working kid who will be missed in our program next year; a guy that you can count on every night for a double-double. His strengths include being a great person with a good work ethic which makes him who he is. Tapscott knows he has to improve his game from 18 feet and out, and he is really working on it. Combine those good qualities with that development, and you have a special player on your hands.”
His current coach, Price Johnson has seen Tapscott as a stand out from college to the pros. “He is so coachable and does everything we ask him to do. Chehales is good, wants to be good and is a pleasure to be around as a coach. Playing with my son Dane at Portland State, it was a different game in college that handcuffed him as many players are, as it is so structured. Our offense is inside-out basketball and we let our guys play their game. With ten more points and rebounds per game you can see in his production that the pro game is a better place for him,” shared Coach Johnson.
We asked Tapscott why he is scoring so much and he simply stated, “I let the game come to me.” When asked about what he is doing different to stay at the top this season in points and rebounds, he gave the expected responses that will raise the eyebrows of his competitors. “I am staying aggressive, taking good shots. I take all shots that are open and can create open space at any time, to try and win the game. I am a match-up problem I think because I have good skills with my size and athletic ability, and I can beat someone off the dribble. My teammates are always helping to mix it up and do a great job of finding me and giving me the ball in the right position. I am working on the 18-feet and out game like my college coach said, shooting every day working on my [Kevin Durant] pull up and spot-up 3-point shot; it’s working out so far.”
Making the transition from college to pro has been a welcome challenge for Tapscott. “I appreciate the opportunity to be in this league and appreciate my teammates for supporting me with all this. The transition is tough because the game is faster, especially with the 22-second shot clock in the IBL. I see stronger athletes and they are more experienced because many of them have already played professionally. I got used to it fast and I am in my flow.”
Like many athletes to get pumped up for a game, Tapscott likes to listen to music, particularly Drake and Lil Wayne, who will most likely be in his iPod as he prepares for the IBL Playoffs. “We are down in the standings, but we believe as a team we can win. Come playoff time we will find a way and we like our chances to win it all.”
For more information on Tapscott and the Salem Soldiers, visit www.ibl.com/salem_soldiers.
Volcanoes' VP Joins Vancouver Sports Commission
The Vancouver Volcanoes’ Vice President and Director of Business Operations, Clay Bonds, was recently appointed as one of the commission members of the Vancouver USA Regional Sports Commission. The Sports Commission, a division of the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office, will ultimately consist of 20 to 30 members from across Clark County that are representative of sports-related industries and organizations. The commission’s mission is to promote Vancouver USA and Clark County, Washington, as a sports event destination, while positively influencing the quality of life and economic vitality in Clark County.
Earlier this month the Washington Society of Association Executives held their annual conference here in Vancouver. With the convention theme of “Game On,” it was a natural for the Volcanoes to provide an enthusiastic and energizing welcome to the delegates at an evening event hosted by the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office. With over 100 attendees at the conference, the Volcanoes, Volcano Cheerleaders, and mascot “Cano” were able to share some Volcanoes-style excitement to association executives from the northwest region. The convention was also a great opportunity to showcase Vancouver and Clark County as an ideal destination for business meetings and conventions, which have a significant positive impact on the local economy.
For more information on the Vancouver USA Regional Sports Commission, visit their website at at www.visitvancouverusa.com/sports.asp . To learn more about the Vancouver Volcanoes, go to www.ibl.com/vancouver_volcanoes.
IBL Weekend in Review
Thursday, June 7: Nippon Tornadoes 109 at Portland Chinooks 157
The Portland Chinooks improved to 8-4 with their win on Thursday night after beating the Nippon Tornadoes 157-109. Everett Spencer went 15-19 from the field for 32 points and chipped in 10 rebounds to lead the Chinooks – who also had big performances from Jared Cunningham and Germain Jordan. The visiting Japanese team got 32 points and 17 rebounds from big man Joe Wolfinger. Portland committed only 8 turnovers in the game and controlled the boards with a 22 rebound advantage.
Friday, June 8: Olympia Reign 126 at Bellingham Slam 130
The Bellingham Slam survived a huge fourth quarter comeback by the Olympia Reign and got their 11th straight win, 130-126 Friday night in Bellingham in front of a loud home crowd. The Slam built a 25-point lead in the 3rd quarter behind strong play from Jacob Stevenson (33 points & 11 rebounds) and Paul Hafford (26 points & 10 rebounds). But the visiting Reign battled back and had a chance to tie or take the lead late but turned the ball over and Morris Anderson scored on the other end to seal the victory. Nate Menefee had 28 points for the Reign, who lost all four games to Bellingham this season.
Friday, June 8: Oregon Waves 92 at Orlando Venom 111
Saturday, June 9: Oregon Waves 99 at Orlando Venom 105
The Oregon Waves branding team (guest coached by Joel Abelson of the NBDL) fell to the Orlando Venom 111-92 Friday night. Playing their first of three games this season, the Waves shot only 36% and 4-24 from three-point range. The Venom had big contributions off the bench from Miles Taylor (21 points) and Larry Jackson (18 points) and overcame poor shooting as well – 2 of 15 from three. The Waves’ Josh Peppers poured in 29 points, albeit on 28 shots.
On Saturday, the Waves and Venom played their second game of the weekend with Orlando winning again, 105-99. After losing by 19 the previous night, the Waves kept it close throughout while getting 27 points and 14 rebounds from Marc Sola Lopez. Both teams struggled from the field but Orlando was slightly better on this night led by David Wood’s 19 points and a double-double from William Boatwright.
Friday, June 8: Yamhill Highflyers 103 at Edmonton Energy 143
Saturday, June 9: Yamhill Highflyers 91 at Edmonton Energy 118
On Friday, The Edmonton Energy took on the Yamhill Highflyers, playing their first game of the 2012 season, 143-103. The Highflyers couldn’t keep up with the blistering pace of the Energy who managed to shoot 59 percent and make 18 threes. Edmonton had 8 players in double figures and won their fifth game in a row. Yamhill got 31 points from Jason Hartford but struggled from deep, missing 25 of their 35 three-point attempts.
On Sunday, The Highflyers and Energy battled for the second night in a row with Edmonton prevailing 118-91 to get their sixth straight win. Robbie Sihota gave the Energy 26 points and 12 rebounds off the bench and the defense added 15 steals in the game. Yamhill was led by Jermaine Blackburn who had 21 points, but the team struggled on the boards finishing with a 23 rebound disadvantage. Yamhill hopes to get their first win next week as they host the Nippon Tornadoes at their new home, Ted Wilson Gymnasium.
Saturday, June 9: Portland Chinooks 137 at Salem Soldiers 126
With a huge performance by forward Jared Cunningham, Portland was able to sneak past the Salem Soldiers 137-126 on Saturday night. With 27 points and an amazing 37 rebounds (22 offensive) Cunningham put together an impressive performance. The Soldiers got another great game from Chehales Tapscott with 33 points and 21 rebounds; this Soldier is leading the league in points and rebounds.
Sunday, June 10: Bellingham Slam 138 at Salem Soldiers 146
Salem, the only team to beat Bellingham this season, was able to do it again and snap the Slam’s 11-game win streak with a 146-138 victory on Sunday. Chehales Tapscott continued his high caliber of play with 34 points and 16 rebounds. He was helped out by Jeremiah Dominguez’s 25 and Ryan Skinner’s 24. Paul Hafford had 33 for Bellingham but the team was only able to make 6 three-pointers compared to 16 for the Soldiers. Bellingham is now 12-2 for the season, still leading the league, and Salem improved to 4-8 with the win.
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