With another run for an International Basketball League championship coming up, the Vancouver Volcanoes put the finishing touches on the regular season on Sunday with a resounding win over the Japan Nippon Tornadoes, 154-127.
For the third time this season, the Volcanoes pummeled the Tornadoes as well as capped a perfect 11-0 home record at the O’Connell Center.
Vancouver (15-4) — the 2011 IBL champs — now prepares for a road playoff game against the Portland Chinooks at 2:30 p.m. July 4 at Eastmoreland Courts.
“Our real goal was to go undefeated the whole season,” point guard Josh Tarver said. “We’re not expecting to lose any (more) games.”
Tarver paced Vancouver’s second-highest scoring output with his first triple-double of the season, 14 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. Forward Chehales Tapscott led the Volcanoes with 27 points, and also chipped in 12 rebounds, while guards Andre Murray and Mike Ward both scored 21 points.