Welcome to the thirteenth issue of the International Basketball League's weekly newsletter!

The IBL This Week

2012 Season
Issue 13

Welcome to the International Basketball League's weekly newsletter! Over the course of the season, we'll keep you informed with all the news from around the league and give you an inside look at the IBL's top teams and players.

IBL Playoff Results

First Round:
Thursday, July 5

#6 Olympia 101
vs. #3 Edmonton 89
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#5 Salem 117
vs. #4 Vancouver 131
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Friday, July 6

#6 Olympia 113
vs. #2 Portland 118
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#4 Vancouver 98
at #1 Bellingham 127

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Sunday, July 8

#2 Portland 109
at #1 Bellingham 142
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IBL in the News

Energy unplugged in IBL Playoffs
(Edmonton Journal)

Poole's hard work makes up for his less than ideal size
(Bellingham Herald)

Volcanoes season ends with playoff loss
(The Columbian)

Slam set to battle in title game
(Bellingham Herald)

Slam earn second IBL title in runaway
(Bellignham Herald)

Bellingham runs away with 2012 Championship

Bellingham Slam 142, Portland Chinooks 109

The Bellingham Slam rode a big second quarter effort to a 142-109 victory over the Portland Chinooks to claim the 2012 International Basketball League Championship on Sunday, July 8 inside a raucous Whatcom Pavilion in Bellingham.

Trailing 31-30 after a back-and-forth first quarter, the Slam posted 40 points in the second, with 23 coming from guard Morris Anderson and center Blake Poole combined. The turning point came with 2:19 left as Anderson drained a t hree-pointer that sparked a 12-4 run to round out the half. Bellingham led 70-60 in halftime.

Portland prevented the deficit from getting any worse until the late stages of the third quarter, when the Slam again manufactured a late run. Bellingham scored 11 of the quarter's last 14 points as they extended their lead to 20, at 101-81.

In the fourth quarter, the Slam offense put on a clinic, outscoring the Chinooks 41-28 and at one point putting up 16 straight tallies to turn the result into a laugher. Veteran guard Jared Stevenson ended the scoring with a fade-away baseline shot as time expired, sending the Pavilion crowd into a confetti-launching frenzy.

Anderson led the Slam with 29 points, including a 4-for-5 showing from three-point range, and picked up the game's Most Valuable Player honors, in addition to being announced as the league's Defensive Player of the Year earlier in the tournament. Guard Jacob Stevenson finished with 27 points and a season-high 11 assists, while Poole rounded out a fine sophomore season with 23 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

Portland forward David Lucas led four Chinooks players in double figures with 30 points. Guard Ryan Scott added 22 points but was hindered by 11 turnovers. As a team, Portland gave away the ball 31 times.

The 33-point margin of victory was the largest for a championship-winning team in the IBL since the league was formed in 2005.

For the Slam, the title is the team's second in franchise history after coming away with their first championship victory in 2008 over the Elkhart Express. Bellingham reached the title game again in 2010, but lost to the Albany Legends.

The IBL thanks the Bellingham Slam, fans and community for hosting the IBL Playoffs and congraulates them on a great season! For scores and stats from every IBL Playoff game, visit

2012 IBL All-Stars and Award Winners

The IBL announced its league all-stars and individual award winners for the 2012 season at the IBL Playoffs in Bellingham.  Click on a player's name to view his season statistics.

First Team

Chehales Tapscott 6'6" F - Salem Soldiers (not in photo)
Blake Poole 6'5" C - Bellingham Slam
David Lucas 6'8" F- Portland Chinooks
Paul Hafford 6'4" G - Bellingham Slam
Andre Murray 6'2" G - Vancouver Volcanoes

Second Team
Gjio Bain 7'0" C - Olympia Reign
Jared Cunningham 6'9" F - Portland Chinooks
Devin Uskoski 6'6" F - Vancouver Volcanoes
Mike Ward 6'4" G - Olympia Reign
Morris Anderson 6'3" G - Bellingham Slam

Third Team
Calvin Hampton 6'10" C - Vancouver Volcanoes
Alex Hartman 6'7" F - Vancouver Volcanoes
Corey Largent 6'6" F - Salem Soldiers (not in photo)
Steve Sir 6'5" G - Edmonton Energy (not in photo)
Jeremiah Dominguez 5'6" G - Salem Soldiers (not in photo)

Most Valuable Player - Andre Murray (Vancouver Volcanoes)
In his third year in IBL, Andre Murray ranked in the top five in scoring in 2011 with 24.7 points per game and now 26.9 ppg during the  2012 season.  A two-time IBL All-Star and 2011 IBL Champion, this IBL Veteran stepped up on the court with loss of veterans this season, and is second in the league in scoring and held the number one spot at times this season.

Rookie of the Year - Chehales Tapscott (Salem Soldiers)
With 28.5 points per game, we are watching a new pro develop before us in Chehales Tapscott,
right out of Portland State.  Also with 12.7 rebounds per game, ranking him second and leading much of the season in this category, he received an unprecenteded 2 IBL Player of the Week awards during the 2012 season.

Defensive Player of the Year - Morris Anderson (Bellingham Slam)
When Morris Anderson steals the ball you know it and he makes it worth some points on the other end. Leading the IBL in steals per game at 2.8 and putting up 21.1 points per game, the robust play this season from the two-time IBL All-Star has helped his team take the #1 spot in the IBL. 

Sixth Man of the Year - Robbie Sihota (Edmonton Energy)
Robbie Sihota is an impact player who not only gets possession away from the opposition, but creates new possessions for his team, rebounds and  puts points on the scoreboard. Averaging 15.7 points per game and 9.7 rebounds, he also came away with an IBL Player of the Week award in May.

Most Improved Player - Paul Hafford (Bellingham Slam)
Going from 23.7 points per game versus 16 in 2011 and 16.8 in 2010, that is a great improvement by a talented athlete.  Another Portland State product and IBL Player of the Week this season, with three double doubles, Paul Hafford also increased his rebounds, helped his team win with clutch shots and is fifth in scoring this season.

Commissioner's Corner

A new look, new partners and leaders, this season the IBL boasted some of the best competition in our eight years.  Close games, good competition, where at times the score does not reflect the effort in our fast-paced 22-second shot clock, fans enjoyed high energy games up close and personal.  From coast-to-coast across North America, our teams put on exciting events on and off the court, engaging fans and communities in professional basketball.

New teams joined the league giving more depth to the regional reach from Salem who was very competitive handing the #1 team two losses.  To the East Coast where we saw first year Jersey G-Force lead by NBA’s Wes Matthews put together a very competitive team.  Further down south the Orlando Venom took to the court, building a new team with the Venom Vixens on the sidelines. The international team from Japan supported by IBL partner, BJ League enjoyed great camaraderie with the US and Canadian players, exchanging gifts and most importantly how the western game is played to combine with the Japan basketball game, creating their own application of skills, game plan and execution which will continue to develop.
The Portland Chinooks returned with their original ownership stronger than ever on the court and look towards next season to take the title, keep engaging with fans and a new venue to be unveiled.  Three new venues made their debut to great reviews this season, the Edmonton Energy have a new home in the largest basketball facility in North America the Saville Sports Center featuring 9000 square feet of hardwood.  With an expanded partnership the Olympia Reign were the talk of the Pacific Northwest at their new home inside the Skookum Events Center at Little Creek Casino Resort with a new NBA court in a 1200+ seat venue where you could hear the cheers of new fans.  Returning as a branding team looking towards full season in 2013, the Yamhill Highflyers hit their new court at Linfield College’s Ted Wilson gymnasium continuing their growth.

We saw the Volcanoes hand out Championship rings from their 2011 win, change head coaches and put together a competitive team without some key seasoned veterans.  The number one team stayed that way all season, with veterans, many who played together in college with the IBL Coach of the Year Rob Ridnour leading them, win it all.  It has been four years since the Bellingham Slam have won and IBL Championship, this season they let it be known after their first and only loss at home ‘not in their house’ and took over the IBL Playoff Championship Tournament as the host.  Taking out the 2011 Champs, then a tough Portland team, Morris Anderson IBL Championship MVP and his teammates held the trophy proudly in front of their home crowd. 

A league of collaboration, our owners and team leaders will seek growth lead by the league office to support our currently isolated teams, continue to spread on the west coast where you have seen great basketball talent given the strong AAU, high school and college programs turning out champions and pros; as well as showcasing the talent from the east coast, up north and abroad stepping up the competition, raising the standards and creating new partnerships.  The goal of the IBL is to provide a place for athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and communities to get in the game, improve, enjoy the up close, exciting atmosphere and follow the progression of talented athletes.

Next up is moving our athletes to their fall positions domestically with the NBDL or overseas to the BJ League, CBA and more.  2013 starts now as we ensure our teams get stronger, engage communities and fans in the off season and create opportunities together as we continue to GET IN THE GAME!

IBL at the Southern California Summer Pro League

The IBL All-Stars will get noticed as they compete in the original Southern California Summer Pro League (SPL) in Los Angeles at the Roybal Center from July 24-29 playing 5 games in 6 days looking to secure one of the top two winning percentages out of 12 teams to earn a spot in the SPL Championship July 30. 

The SPL is entering its 39th year as the premier summer showcase for basketball's greatest teams and showmen. The League is the summer stage where undiscovered players perform. It is the medium through which both raw and experienced basketball talent can maintain and hone their skills through competitive league play. 

Every NBA team has participated in the SPL throughout its unprecedented history. Not surprisingly, SPL has served as a launching pad for many great NBA careers. Over 800 current and former NBA players have participated in the League. No basketball organization in the world possesses the quality and diversity of great competitors that the League has enjoyed for over three decades. NBA players, international teams, and the greatest college players in America--the Summer Pro League has it all!
Three players have been featured in the first Diamonds in the Rough scouting report to NBA, NBDL and overseas General Managers, Coaches and Scouts, 2012 IBL All Stars David Lucas of the Portland Chinooks, 2012 IBL MVP Andre Murray of the Vancouver Volcnoes and Rookie of the Year Chehales Tapscott. 

The team of All-Stars going to L.A. boasts 2012 Champions and award winners.  Here are your IBL All Stars taking on the competition in the SPL under Coach Joe Navarro of the Vancouver Volcanoes:

Chehales Tapscott 6'6" F - Salem Soldiers
Blake Poole 6'5" C - Bellingham Slam
Paul Hafford 6'4" G - Bellingham Slam
Andre Murray 6'2" G - Vancouver Volcanoes
Gjio Bain 7'0" C - Olympia Reign/Orlando Venom
Jared Cunningham 6'9" F - Portland Chinooks
Mike Ward 6'4" G - Olympia Reign
Corey Largent 6'6" F - Salem Soldiers
Jeremiah Dominguez 5'6" G - Salem Soldiers 

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