Volcanoes’ tip-in a bit too late in one-point loss

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Despite 28 points and 11 assists from Andre Murray, the Vancouver Volcanoes came up just short Monday in a 111-110 International Basketball League loss to the Portland Chinooks at Beaverton, Ore.

The Volcanoes (10-5) had a one-point lead before Portland’s Quentin Patin made two free throws with 15 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Vancouver’s Devin Uskoski had a shot near the rim but couldn’t convert.

“In our opinion, he was fouled,” Volcanoes coach Bryan Hunter said. “It got blocked, and he got knocked down.”

With three seconds to play, Vancouver inbounded the ball and Jake Carlisle missed a 12-foot jumper. The Volcanoes attempted one tip-in and then converted a second tip-in, but the basket came after the final buzzer.

Murray finished 11 of 24 from the field, leading six Volcanoes in double figures. Lawrence Blackledge finished with 16 points, and Kevin Bloodsaw added 15.

Patin and Robert Day led Portland with 21 points apiece, while David Lucas had 20 as the Chinooks (6-11) ended a four-game losing streak.

“They finally have all their players, and they’re a very talented team,” Hunter said.

The Volcanoes and Chinooks meet again at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, also at The Beaverton Hoop.

PORTLAND CHINOOKS 111, VANCOUVER VOLCANOES 110

VANCOUVER (10-5) — Lechtenberg 3-6 0-0 9, Bloodsaw 5-8 5-6 15, Williams 1-9 0-0 2, Tarver 3-8 6-6 13, Hartman 3-12 3-4 11, Blackledge 7-12 2-3 16, Murray 11-24 3-4 28, Uskoski 2-10 7-10 11, Carlisle 2-8 1-4 5, Moritz 0-0 0-0 0, Nevels 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-97 27-37 110.

PORTLAND (6-11) — Tyson 3-6 0-1 8, Hopson 4-13 10-14 19, Day 8-10 2-2 21, Lucas 10-19 0-1 20, Ferguson 0-1 0-0 0, Morris 7-15 0-0 15, Patin 9-15 3-6 21, Arigbon 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Ford 2-4 3-7 7. Totals 43-85 18-31 111.

Vancouver 27 33 28 23—110

Portland 20 31 35 24—111