Volcanoes reach title game

first_imgIF YOU GOInternational Basketball League Championship game: Vancouver Volcanoes (14-6) vs. Edmonton Energy (15-6), 1 p.m. today at O’Connell Center, Clark College.Tickets: $10.The fireworks may come a day early for the Vancouver Volcanoes. After stampeding through the first two rounds of the International Basketball League playoffs, they now find themselves one win away from their first championship, and haven’t shown too many signs of vulnerability. Just look to Saturday’s 105-96 victory over the top-seeded Bellingham Slam at the O’Connell Sports Center for proof. The Volcanoes entered the semifinal contest after surviving the Portland Chinooks 105-98 Friday in a game that nearly got away from them. But they were supposed to win that one. The seedings said Saturday would yield a different result, but Vancouver (14-6) apparently neglected to take notice. The teams seemed evenly matched in the early going, with the score tied at 25-25 at the end of the first quarter. However, as the game progressed, so did the Volcanoes’ lead — albeit slowly. By halftime they led Bellingham (14-7) 45-42. At the end of the third quarter, they were up 69-64. Midway through the fourth? They had established a 16-point lead. Due to the holiday weekend, the Volcanoes bench was a bit thin, but the players on the floor more than made up for it. Even if they almost didn’t make it to the floor.Andre Murray, the Volcanoes’ leading scorer, nearly sat out due to a back spasm he suffered after landing awkwardly Friday. Instead, he gave Vancouver 18 points in 35 minutes.last_img

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