Certainly, a big jolt in the Los Angeles Lightning (team site linked here) of the International Basketball League getting off to a 10-3 start is a healthy home schedule. Their last four games, in fact, are on their Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks site, including Saturday and Sunday against the Phoenix Red Rock Raptors, and then June 27-28 against the Nevada Pride. Tip off is 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays.
There’s one more road game (June 30 in Tacoma) before the IBL playoffs on July 1-3 in Seattle.
Six former NBA players dot the roster, including leading scorer (and former Clipper) Lamond Murray (25.3 points a game). Ex-UCLA stars Darrick Martin, Billy Knight and Toby Bailey are also there, plus Byron Russell, Juaquin Hawkins and Fred Vinson (a current Clippers assistant coach). Former UC Irvine 7-footer Adam Parada had 22 points and 12 rebounds in a 160-123 win over Grand Rapids on June 14 — the same night Bailey had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists.
But the player who leads the team in field-goal percentage? Tony Strickland, the Republican state senator from Thousand Oaks, who is 16-for-23 shooting (69.6 percent). The former Whittier College standout is averaging 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10 games this season.
Obama that one, prez.
The Lightning plan to honor 10 firefighters, law enforcement and correctional officers from Ventura County, the CHP and Santa Barbara at Saturday’s game at the Gilbert Sports Arena.
Fathers and sons are admitted free for Sunday’s Father’s Day game.