Your playoff-bound Lightning keep striking


The Los Angeles Lightning of the International Basketball League head into its final regular-season game Tuesday night in Tacoma before beginning the playoffs with a best-of-three series in Monroe, Wash.

The winner goes to the IBL championship on July 18 at a site to be determined.

A season-best 28 points from former UCLA and NBA guard Darrick Martin, plus three others scoring 20 or more points, pushed the Lightning (14-3) to their sixth win in a row, 132-111, over the Nevada Pride on Sunday at Cal Lutheran. (Box score linked here)

Center Adam Parada was 10-of-12 from the field to score 25 points with 15 rebounds. Chris Ayer had 22 points and 15 rebounds. Juaquin Hawkins, one of six former NBA players on the team, had 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals off the bench. Former UCLA standout Toby Bailey had 13 points, 12 assists and six rebounds.

Martin, the former Clippers point guard, was 7-of-13 from 3-points and scored 20 of his 28 in the final two quarters.

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