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title icon Vinson triples his pleasure with 15 treys

He eclipes his IBL record for 2nd time in 3 weeks; Breakers win 8th straight

Dave Loveton – 6/22/2007

There was bound to be an eruption with the Volcanoes in town Friday night. Fred Vinson provided the fireworks for the red-hot Santa Barbara Breakers, who beat the Vancouver Volcanoes 133-117 for their eighth straight IBL pro basketball victory. Vinson dazzled the crowd of 1,471 (second-largest of the season) at SBCC’s Sports Pavilion with 46 points on 15-of-26 shooting from 3-point land. He broke his own IBL record of 14 treys, which he set on June 2 in the Breakers’ previous home game.

In his last two home games, the 6-4 guard has knocked down 29 triples in 47 attempts for a sizzling 61.7 percent. “You get in a rhythm and just let it go,” said Vinson, 36, who played in the NBA for Atlanta and Seattle. “It’s kind of tough to defend a guy when you don’t know when he’s going to shoot it. I was just shooting it wherever I caught it. And the ball was going in.”

With 5:29 to go, Vancouver (5-15) called a timeout with the Breakers comfortably ahead, 122-98. Santa Barbara coach Curt Pickering was planning to take Vinson out but the sharpshooter knew he was close to his IBL record. He ran over to the scorer’s table and found out that he had tied the mark with 14 3-pointers. “I told coach that I had to go back in and get one more,” said Vinson. He didn’t waste any time, draining a turnaround triple from the left side just 15 seconds later.

Vinson, the Breakers’ third-leading scorer at 18.9, has been burning up the nets lately with 50 3-pointers in his last six games. He’s averaging 30.7 points during that span, thanks to 58.1 percent shooting from downtown and a healthy average of 8.3 treys per game. The IBL uses the college distance of 19 feet, 9 inches (4 feet shorter than the NBA) but Vinson can also hit the target from 25 feet and beyond, which he did on several occasions on Friday.

Ex-UCLA star Toby Bailey, who also played in the NBA, had 25 points and five 3-pointers for the Breakers, who’ve won 10 of their last 11 to improve to 14-5 in their inaugural IBL campaign. Brad Lechtenberg and Porter Troupe paced the visitors from Vancouver, Wash., with 24 points apiece. Mike Garrett added 16 points for Santa Barbara and Trayvon Lathan chipped in 14.

After taking a 61-56 halftime lead, the Breakers broke the game open with a 44-point third quarter that featured eight 3-pointers. Vinson had six of those triples, including three during an 18-4 run that boosted the lead to 85-65 with 6:01 left in the third. Santa Barbara has dominated the third stanza in the last four games, with an average margin of 40-28. The teams combined for 39 long-range shots in the fast-paced game but both struggled from the free-throw line. The Breakers made just 40 percent (6-15) and the Volcanoes finished at 50 percent (16-32).

The same teams will clash Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at SBCC in the Breakers’ final regular season game. The contest will be televised by Cox 8 at 11 p.m. Saturday night and repeated on Sunday at noon and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. The Breakers will travel to Portland, Ore., for the IBL West Playoffs on June 29-July 1.

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