RCBL Playoffs begin
The Lakers and the Heat went one up in the RCBL playoffs by defeating the Warriors and the Bulls at the Boys & Girls Club, Monday evening.
The Lakers, who finished the season in fourth place, outscored the top-seeded Warriors in the first quarter, 35-24 and added 13 more to their lead by the half, 62-38.
Photos by Ralph Stewart
They grew that lead to the final score of 119-83.
It was the third time in four meetings that the Lakers had bested the league-leading Warriors.
Lakers scoring in double figures were Jeff LaBell (34), Caleb Nicholson (15), Nate Scott (14), Karl Kallinich (14), Adam Rebello (13), and Jared Silvia (10).
For the Warriors, Tim Scott was high with 21, Pat Rolston added 17 and Jade Cash had 10.
In the second game of the evening, the Heat singed the Bulls, fueled by Damon Mello's 30 points and Jason Dyer's 20. Each of the Heat's big men, Sterling Bishop and Vic Cruz, added 11.
Top-scoring Warriors were Tim Scott (21), Pat Rolston (17), and Jade Cash (10).
The game started slowly with a combined total of 29 points posted in the first 12 minutes. Players warmed to the task in the second period with a combined point total of 54. At the half the Bulls led by one, 43-42. At the three-quarter mark, the Heat had a three-point edge, 69-66.
The lead was tossed back and forth like a hot potato in the final frame and it took 15 minutes to play the final ten seconds after Ryan Murtha's three-pointer brought the Bulls within one. Both teams called time out repeatedly to stop the clock or retain possession of the ball. When the buzzer sounded, the Heat still held the one point advantage, 85-84.
Three referees enforced the rules: Greg Rollins, Mark Rivers, and Richie Roy.
The teams go back at it tonight, Thursday, beginning with the Heat-Bulls imbroglio at 6:15 to be followed at 7:45 with the Lakers - Warriors skirmish.
The playoffs continue next Monday.