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Storm loses heartbreaker

March 22, 2005 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) - Great Lakes Storm News Release

Birch Run, MI (March 22, 2005) – The Great Lakes Storm lost tonight against the Rockford Lightning 105-104 (5.0, 2.0) to end their outstanding season. The Storm played without the services of Mark Jones and Ezra Williams and still almost pulled off the game five victory on their home court.

The Storm led almost the entire opening quarter and led 29-22 after one. Rockford took a brief lead early in the second quarter, however, the Storm regained the lead and went into halftime winning 55-52 behind 13 points from James Head. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter as neither team could take control. The Storm then went on a 13-2 run to finish the quarter capped off by a 3-pointer from Trevor Huffman just before the buzzer to give them the 84-73 lead going into the final quarter. Jermaine Walker would not let his team go down without a fight as he scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the final stanza. Rockford Stormed back and took the lead by five with less than two minutes to go in the game. The Storm then outscored the Lightning 9-2 in the final two minutes as they took the lead 104-102 on a bucket by James Head with :08 to go. The Lightning rushed the ball down court and Brian Lubkeck was fouled on a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds on the clock. He made three clutch free throws and gave the Lightning the one point lead, 105-104. Joe Dabbert missed a fadeaway at the buzzer as the Storm lost their second straight game in the final seconds.

Game Highlights:

STORM: James Head 23 points, 6 rebounds

Joe Dabbert 22 points, 16 rebounds

LIGHTNING: Jermaine Walker 26 points

Brian Lubeck 18 points

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