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Eight’s great for Titans

The red hot B.C. squad closes out its regular season this weekend.

Ready… set… about to swing

by Troy Landreville

tlandreville@langleyadvance.com

There are winning streaks, then there is what the B.C. Titans are currently doing. The Titans are in the midst of a megaroll, and, in the process, are rolling over all International Basketball League comers in convincing fashion. Lopsided home court wins over the Oregon Waves and Tacoma Tide over the weekend extends the Titans’ win streak to eight games with two contests remaining in the IBL season. “The difference is the leadership,” Titans head coach Scott Allen said. “The plan of action has been the same from the beginning of the year.” Allen added that the Titans have tightened up defensively. Meanwhile, the players’ collective confidence continues to grow. “I think they believe they can beat anybody right now,” Allen said. “The ‘bigs’ [big players] are playing well, and our shooters are shooting the ball well. Now it’s limiting the number of turnovers and second-chance points.” Saturday at the Langley Events Centre (LEC), the Titans made it seven wins in a row with a 153-93 blowout of the Oregon Waves.

Mike Bains of the Whalley Cardinals kept his eyes on the ball during the Challenger Jamboree, held Saturday at Walnut Grove Park. The tournament attracted 24 teams and roughly 266 baseball players with cognitive and physical challenges. Teams from North Langley and Langley welcomed out-of-town entries to the daylong competition.

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B.C. attacked from all angles, led by Lawrence Blackledge’s 32 points. Josh Washington (27 points) and Casey Archibald (25 points, 12 rebounds, and 17 assists) also had big nights for the home team. All told, seven Titans hit double figures in scoring. Also reaching the double digit mark were Emmy Unaegbu and Wayne Marshall with 15 points apiece, Terrence Hundley with 13 points, and Chad Troyer with 12 points. Sunday afternoon at the LEC, the Titans combined solid defence with another pile of points to quell the Tacoma Tide 129-72. Blackledge’s 24 points, Washington’s 23 points, and Marshall’s 22 points spearheaded B.C.’s balanced attack. Randy Nohr added 18 points while Archibald’s chipped in with 12 points. Troyer and Hundley tallied 10 points apiece for the home team, which won its eighth game in a row. The Titans – now 13-7 on the season and sitting in third place in the IBL’s International Division – will look to end the IBL regular season on a 10-game unbeaten run when they host the Olympia Reign in back-to-back games at the LEC this weekend. The Titans’ streak will be put in jeopardy by a Reign team that sits on top of the International Division. Olympia is an impressive 15-3 and is looking to avenge a 115-104 loss to the Titans suffered May 9. The IBL rivals tip off at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Senior A lacrosse

Thunder fumbles in final frame during loss to Lakers by Troy Landreville

tlandreville@langleyadvance.com

A third-period meltdown burned the Langley Thunder in Western Lacrosse Association action Friday in Burnaby. The host Burnaby Lakers outscored the Thunder 6-1 in the final period on their way to an 11-7 win over the Langley visitors at Bill Copeland Arena.

The Thunder led 6-5 after two periods of play. Langley scored four goals to Burnaby’s one in the middle frame and looked in good shape, in search of its fourth win of the season. Beginning at the 6:19 mark of the third period, when Burnaby’s Chase Williams tied the game at 6-6, the Thunder unraveled. Williams’ goal was the first of five unanswered markers from the Lakers, who moved ahead 10-6. The teams exchanged goals over the final three minutes and change to cap the scoring. “We kind of fell asleep,” Thunder head coach Randy Delmonico said. “We had a lot

of shots on their goal and the back-to-back games this weekball didn’t go in. That usually end. translates into something bad On Friday, they are in Victoria happening,” to play the Shamrocks. After The Thunder, who outshot that, they travel to Nanaimo the Lakers 44-41, including 33Saturday to take on the 27 after the first two periods, Timbermen. received four-point efforts from Delmonico said a road trip Garrett Billings that will see the (three goals, one players spend “We kind of fell assist) and Alex two days in close Turner (two goals, quarters could be a asleep.” two assists). good way of bringRandy Delmonico With a 3-5 recing them together. ord, the Thunder “We’ll see are currently in what happens a three-way tie with Nanaimo on the island this weekend,” (3-6) and Burnaby (3-4) in the Delmonico said. “We’re there bottom portion of the WLA for a couple of days, so that standings. will be good [for] team buildThe Thunder hit the road for ing. It happened last year when

we went to the island, so we’re hoping the same thing will happen this year.” On paper, Friday’s game looks to be the tougher of the two contests. The Victoria Shamrocks sit on top of the WLA standings with a 7-3 record, and are four points clear of New Westminster, Maple Ridge, and Coquitlam, mired in a three-way deadlock in second place with five wins each. Thunder fans will get another chance to see the local WLA squad in action Wednesday, June 30, when they host Burnaby at the Langley Events Centre. Game time between the Thunder and Lakers is 7:45 p.m.

Join us for a celebration to recognize our sponsors! We would like to take an opportunity to honour you. Come and view our Wall of sponsors, our book of sponsors, enjoy a tour of the Gateway of Hope as well as some entertainment and refreshments. Where: The Gateway of Hope Date: July 10th, 2010

Address: 5787 Langley Bypass Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Please RSVP by email to info@gatewayofhope.ca or by telephone to 604-514-7375 by July 1st, 2010. 06229602

Out-scored 6-1 by Burnaby in the third period of Friday’s WLA contest, Langley suffered its fifth loss of the season.

Langley Advance June 22 2010  
Langley Advance June 22 2010  

Langley Advance June 22 2010

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