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Bolts force game five in overtime thriller

March 21, 2005 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) - Rockford Lightning News Release

Rockford, IL- Saturday, the Lightning needed a victory to stay alive in their best-of-five Eastern Conference series against Great Lakes. Now, the Lightning are one victory away from moving on to the CBA finals after defeating the Great Lakes Storm, 115-114 at the MetroCentre on Sunday afternoon.

The Lightning led by eight at the half, but Great Lakes opened up the second half to the tune of a 32-24 third quarter victory, and ended the third tied at 86-86. The teams played close in the fourth quarter, and at the end of regulation, the game was tied at 108-108. Great Lakes led Rockford 114-113 after Marshall Phillips missed a free throw that would have tied the game, but Phillips made up for it with the game-winning jumper in the lane at the buzzer. Jermaine Walker was the high scorer for the Lightning as he rang up 28 points in the victory to lead all scorers. Phillips' buzzer beater was two of his 18 points, and notched himself a double-double with ten rebounds. Phillips had a big game for the Bolts, as he also shared the lead in assists with Stais Boseman (6) and led the steals category (4). James Head led the way for the Storm, scoring 24 points in the Great Lakes loss. The series between Rockford and Great Lakes moves on to Game 5 at the Birch Run Expo Center on ! Tuesday, March 22, at 6:05 p.m.

If Rockford wins Game 5, then they would either take on Sioux Falls or Dakota in the CBA Finals. Sioux Falls leads the series 2-1 after their 133-129 Game 3 victory Sunday night. Regardless of who they play in the finals, the Lightning would open up the series on the road, either at Dakota on Saturday, March 26, or at Sioux Falls on Monday, March 28.

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