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Lightning open playoffs with overtime loss

March 16, 2005 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) - Rockford Lightning News Release

Birch Run, MI- The Lightning and Great Lakes Storm opened up the 2005 CBA Playoffs as one would expect, with a close encounter. The top two teams in the East needed an overtime session to decide matters, and the Rockford Lightning dropped Game 1 of their series with a 130-127 loss in Birch Run.

Rockford and Great Lakes tied the first quarter of Tuesday night's game, but the Lightning won the second 30-21 and led by eight at the half. Great Lakes edged the Bolts by four points in the third, and five points in the final quarter, and then outscored Rockford 17-14 in the overtime to capture the close victory. Rockford was led by Jermaine Walker, who scored 33 points for the night, going 10-for-22 from the field, 3-for-4 from three point land, and 10-for-12 from the free throw line. Stais Boseman chipped in 24 points, and Marshall Phillips added 20 points and five assists. Jarrod Gee led the rebounding for Rockford with nine boards in Tuesday night's contest. Mark Jones paced the Great Lakes Storm, going 11-for-24 and totaling 40 points in the Great Lakes victory. Great Lakes takes the 1-0 lead in the series, with Game 2 coming up Thursday night in Birch Run.

Tip off time for Thursday night's game between Great Lakes and Rockford will be at 6:05 p.m. Then the Lightning and Storm come to the Rockford MetroCentre for Game 3 on Saturday, March 19 and Game 4 if necessary on March 20. Tip off time on Saturday and Sunday is 1:05 p.m. Not only will you be able to watch exciting CBA Playoff basketball, but you'll not miss a minute of the NCAA tournament, as televisions will be set up in the Miller Lite Beer Garden, courtesy of American TV and Appliance. Order your tickets by calling the MetroCentre box office at 815-968-5222.

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