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2014 IBL PLAYOFFS


June 28-29


at the O'Connell Sports Complex


Clark College
Vancouver, WA



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Full IBL Playoff Schedule:




SATURDAY,
JUNE 28






#5 Seattle Flight
vs.


#4 Salem Sabres
2:00pm at Clark College





#3 Portland Chinooks
at


#2 Vancouver Volcanoes
5:00pm at Clark College




Seattle or Salem
vs.


#1 Bellingham Slam
7:30pm at Clark College






SUNDAY,
JUNE 28





2014 IBL Championship Game
5:00pm at Clark College




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Recent Results




FRIDAY,
JUNE 20




Flight 118 at
Slam 139





SUNDAY,
JUNE 22




Volcanoes 139 at
Slam 137 (OT)





TUESDAY,
JUNE 24




Volcanoes 133 at
Chinooks 131 (OT)





 


In-Game Watch List Top Three



#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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Overtime needed to settle Battle of the Bridge series






A big win on the road makes it six straight for the Volcanoes






Slam end regular season with 139-137 overtime loss to Volcanoes







Slam clinch top playoff seed with 139-118 win





 



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Overtime needed to settle exciting 2014 regular season in IBL

The IBL’s top three contenders for the championship – the Bellingham Slam Portland Chinooks and Vancouver Volcanoes – all had an opportunity last week to gain some momentum heading into this weekend’s playoff tournament and all three teams delivered.

Last Friday, the Slam took advantage of an opportunity to clinch the top seed in the playoffs by defeating the Seattle Flight 139-118 in a game played in Mount Vernon for the first time. 5'11" G Rico Wilkins scored 27 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting while rookie 6’3” G Sam Freeman added 22. 5’11” G Dwayne Wright and 6’1” G Carlos Singer did their best to keep Seattle in the game combining for 53 points.

With the top playoff seed locked up, the Slam had little to play for in their regular season finale on Sunday against the Volcanoes , but nonetheless the fans were treated to a thriller as Vancouver posted a 139-137 overtime win thanks to a late put-back by 6’10” C Calvin Hampton, who finished with 29 points. The victory marked the first win in Bellingham for the Volcanoes since the Slam joined the IBL in 2008. It also snapped a 12-game winning streak for the Slam, who finished the regular season with 13-3 record. The season leaders for the each team, 6’3” G Morris Anderson for Bellingham and 6’2” G Andre Murray, both capped fine regular seasons with 30 and 37 points in the game, respectively.

The final regular season game on Tuesday between the Volcanoes and Portland Chinooks fittingly went to overtime as the two rivals needed extra time to settle their “Battle of the Bridge” series which was knotted at two games apiece. Thanks to 35 points from 6’6” F Germain Jordan, the Chinooks got the win in this one, 141-133, to finish 10-5 and slotted third in the league standings. Rookie F 6’6” Adam Herman finished a fine rookie season by leading Vancouver (12-5) with 30 points.

The Volcanoes/Chinooks rivalry won’t have much time off as the two teams are set to meet in the quarterfinals of the IBL Playoffs on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Clark College. But prior to that game, the Salem Sabres and Seattle Flight will tip off the tournament at 2 p.m., with the winner advancing to face the #1 seeded Bellingham Slam at 7:30 p.m.

The two semi-final winners from Saturday will advance to the 2014 IBL Championship game on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Clark College.
 


 

Andre Murray and Rico Wilkins earn co-POTW honors



Andre Murray (left) helped the Volcanoes earn their first win against Rico Wilkins (right) and the Slam in Bellingham on Sunday. Photo by Jon Bergman

In The Game Watch List regular season front-runner Andre Murray, and valuable Bellingham Slam guard Rico Wilkins have been named IBL Co-Players of the Week presented by PRiNK Technologies.

Both Murray and Wilkins had impressive stats to close out the IBL regular season, while helping their respective teams earn important victories. Murray is in his sixth IBL season and is perhaps enjoying his most productive year yet. In 16 games, Murray has averaged 34.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists. In Murray’s regular season finale, the Portland State alum tallied 37 points and 10 assists in a key win over the Bellingham Slam.

“Any win on the road is a good win, but we have a large amount of respect for Bellingham so we wanted to prove ourselves. It was similar to a playoff atmosphere, and I just wanted to do what I could to help the team get the win,” Murray said.
 
Murray and the Volcanoes will host the IBL Playoffs this weekend, and he is hopeful that his team can take home the championship. “We know on any given day that any team can win in this league, so we know that we have to be ready even though we will have home court advantage. I’m sure we will get great support from our home fans, and we hope that we can play well for them,” Murray added.

The co-Player of the Week honor concludes an incredibly impressive regular season for Murray. Now, the talented guard will hope to cap off his regular season with a championship run to highlight his fantastic 2014 season.

Rico Wilkins has been familiar with success nearly all season long as a member of the top seeded Bellingham Slam. Wilkins turned in his two best outings in the final two contests as he scored 27 and 25 points. In both games, Wilkins logged under 30 minutes of action, but was incredibly efficient. Knowing that he had to do more without the likes of Blake Poole, Wilkins turned up his offensive game.

“I finally feel like I’m getting back into my flow this year. I went overseas and it was totally different, but lately I’ve been feeling like my old self again,” Wilkins commented.

Wilkins continued, “playing for the Slam prepares me for opportunities elsewhere, and for that it’s been really great playing in the IBL again.”

Wilkins has played 16 games, and averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.2 steals. In order for the Slam to achieve the regular season success that they accomplished this past season, Wilkins’ play was important and needed. Moving forward into the playoffs, Wilkins likes the Slam’s chances. “We have a good solid core of players that know how to play with each other. If we’re playing the way we know how to play, we feel like we can beat anyone.”
 

 

 

IBL in-game watch list for week 12
 


The Chinooks' Jared Cunningham comes in at #3 on the IBL watch list.
Photo by Brian Drake


1. 6'2" G Andre Murray (Vancouver Volcanoes)
Murray finished the regular season off in style with a cool 37 point, 7 rebound, and 10 assist effort. Overall, the 2012 IBL MVP, 2013 IBL All Star, and perhaps odds on 2014 IBL MVP favorite has averaged 34.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and 4.1 steals.

2. 6'6" F Germain Jordan (Portland Chinooks)
Jordan has logged a double-double in his last five games. In each of his last three games he’s tallied 14 rebounds in addition to impressive all-around numbers. The 2013 IBL Most Improved Player is averaging  27.4 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.

3. 6'9" F Jared Cunningham (Portland Chinooks)
Cunningham helped the Portland Chinooks win their last three straight games by scoring 20 or more points in each contest. In thirteen games for the Chinooks, Cunningham averaged 25.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.

4. 6’3’’ G Morris Anderson (Bellingham Slam)
Anderson started in all 13 games that he played in this season and logged a crazy 52 minutes in his last regular season contest. In those 52 minutes, Anderson scored 30 points and dished out 13 assists with no turnovers. He averaged 22.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 2.4 steals.

5. 6'5" C Blake Poole (Bellingham Slam)
Poole finished the regular season as the IBL’s top rebounder, and the 2013 IBL Championship Game MVP has been in the top half of the Watch List all season long. He has averaged 18.2 points, 14.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 2.8 steals in 14 games.
 
6. 6’7’’ G Tyrone White Jr. (Salem Sabres)
White Jr. proved to be a very talented scorer for the Sabres this season. He averaged 27.0 points, 5.0 rebounds 3.0 assists, and 2.8 steals and situated himself next in line only to Andre Murray and Germain Jordan in terms of scoring overall in the league.

7. 6’5’’ F Terrence Glynn (Salem Sabres)
In six games for the Sabres, Glynn averaged a double-double, and even more impressively notched back-to-back 20 rebound games. The Western Oregon University alum averaged 16.8 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 2.7 steals.

8. 6’9’’ F Brian Morris (Vancouver Volcanoes)
In the final seven games of the season, Morris logged 30 minutes or more in every game and for good reason. Morris blossomed into a key piece for Vancouver as the season progressed. In the regular season, he averaged 21.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.
 
9. 6’9’’ C Frantz Dorsainvill (Salem Sabres)
Dorsainvill scored a season high 27 points in his final regular season contest for the Salem Sabres. In five games, the big man averaged 18.8 points, and 9.8 rebounds.

10. 6’8’’ C Teeng Akoi (LoneStar Strikers)
In 38 minutes of work, Akoi scored a season high 36 points in his regular season finale. In five total IBL games, Akoi averaged 22.8 points, and 8.6 rebounds in 30.6 minutes. Akoi’s numbers increased significantly as the season progressed.
 

 

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