With a revamped roster, the Vancouver Volcanoes will need more than just two games into the International Basketball League season to mesh.
However on Sunday, the Volcanoes united long enough to earn their first win of the season.
Vancouver defeated the IBL reigning champion Bellingham Slam, 94-86, in its home opener at the O’Connell Sports Complex at Clark College. By avenging the season-opening loss in Bellingham on Friday night, the Volcanoes improve to 1-1.
Point guard Josh Tarver scored 16 points and although Vancouver’s free-throw shooting had been a problem throughout the game, his pair gave the Volcanoes the lasting lead with 2:08 remaining in the game.
“I couldn’t hit any shots,” Tarver complained, but actually he was a rare Volcano player who finished with a decent field-goal percentage (6 of 12 for 50 percent). “But free throws got to go down in clutch time.”