Lakers go one up in finals
RCBL playoff update
The Heat and the Lakers earned the right to meet each other Monday in the RCBL best two of three finals by disposing of the Bulls and the Warriors twice. The Lakers margin of victory over the Warriors in game one was an impressive 119-83. The Heat finished game one of the semi-finals ahead by a single point, 85-84.
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Thursday, at the Boys & Girls Club, the Heat jumped off to a 13 point lead over the Bulls in the first quarter riding on the back of Damon Mello who scored 18 of his team's 25 points in the period.
The Bulls held their own in the second quarter, reducing the Heat's advantage to six at the half, 40-34. Clark Agnew did the heavy lifting as the bovines continued to gain ground in the third quarter; they were down just two points after three, 61-59.
Foul shots spelled the difference in the fourth frame. The Heat took 14 shots from the charity stripe in the period and cashed 9. The Bulls were 0 for 2.
Final score: Heat 86, Bulls 77, and the Heat advance.
Mello's 41 were the game high. Agnew's 22 was high for the Bulls.
The second game, Thursday, was a fingernail chewer.
Halfway through the first 12 minutes the score was tied at 15, but the Warriors edged ahead, taking a six-point lead into the second period, 28-22. They held it to reach the break still six up, 53-47.
The third quarter saw the Lakers catch and pass the Warriors to finish the frame ahead by four, 73-69. In the fourth period the score was tied at 76, at 83, and at the buzzer, 87-87.
A three-minute OT was called for. Nate Scott broke the tie with a layup in a crowd. Adam Rebello added three from the foul line. Pat Ralston dropped two, bringing the Warriors within one. But Heat captain Heath Estrella and Jeff LaBell buried foul shots. Final score: Lakers 95, Warriors 92.
Jade Cash had the game high, 33.
Nate Scott's 29, paced the Lakers.