Sun Kings Defeat Steelheads 91-87, Forcing Deciding Game in CBA Finals
GARY, Indiana (March 26, 2006) - The Yakama Sun Kings proved why they are the best in the CBA West this season, pulling out a "must win" victory over the Gary Steelheads at the Genesis Center Sunday night, 91-87. The Sun Kings' victory forced a third and deciding game, to be played at the Genesis Center Monday night.
Things started well for the Steelheads as they won the first two quarters, building a 45-36 lead at half. But Gary hit the wall offensively in the third quarter, scoring only one field goal for the quarter and being outscored 22-2 over the final 6:18 of the quarter. A 9-point halftime lead turned into a 15-point deficit by the end of the third quarter, as the Sun Kings outscored the Steelheads 34-9.
Gary mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter, pulling within one point when forward Carl Mitchell hit two free throws at 3:32 to close the gap to 84-83. But Rosell Ellis answered with a basket, and the Sun Kings fought off the Steelheads' surge and held on for the victory.
The Sun Kings were paced by guard Anthony Goldwire, who scored 22 points and handed out 7 assists. A dozen of his points came from the foul line. Center Anthony Miller contributed a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while guard Antwain Barbour added 18 points with 8 rebounds.
The Steelheads were paced by guard Brian Chase, who tossed in 19 points while handing out five assists in a losing cause. Swingman Renaldo Major and forward Randy Holcomb added 17 points each, while forward Carl Mitchell added a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds and guard Eric Chatfield added 11 points with 6 assists. Center Chris Alexander grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked 3 shots, along with 6 points.
With the victory, the Sun Kings pulled even with the Steelheads in the CBA Finals with each team having one win. In a reversal of the first playoff round, both Finals games have been won by the visiting team.
The third and deciding game of the CBA Finals will be held Monday night at the Genesis Center. Tickets for the game are available through Ticketmaster, the Genesis Center Box Office or by calling the team office at 219-882-4CBA(4222). Ticket prices remain at regular season rates.
Monday night's game will be airing in Northwest Indiana over WJOB in Hammond (1230khz) and WIMS in Michigan City (1420khz) with Bill Hazen handling the play-by-play. The broadcast can also be heard over the Internet at SportsJuice (www.sportsjuice.com), beginning at 7:00PM CST. KUTI in Yakama (1460khz) will also originate a broadcast of the game, which can also be heard over the Internet at www.sunkings.com. Mike Bastinelli will describe the action for KUTI.
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