Volcanoes offense erupts in 116-99 win over the Great Falls Electric

By Kevin Scott

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After ten games in the TBL, the Great Falls team statistical leaders include Antwaan Cushingberry, the 5’10” guard from Indianapolis, Indiana leads the team in points scored by averaging 23.9 per game and seven assists per outing. Brandon Jamar, whose brother Kareem is also on the squad, tops the squad with eleven rebounds per contest.

The Volcanoes, coached by Curtis Hill, are the top team in the TBL’s West Conference’s Pacific Northwest Division with ten wins in thirteen contests,  are led by Markus Golder (25.9 ppg), Rashaun Coleman (5.9 assists) and Xavier Dupree (11.0 rebounds). Since Great Falls’ last meeting with Vancouver, they had added GaMaun Boykin, who spent most of this season with the Emerald City (OR) Jaguars, who have struggled to find the win column (0-10).

The Electric was hoping for a better outcome in front of the home fans for Friday’s contest.

Four Vancouver Volcanoes scored in double figures led by Markus Golder’s 33 points as the visiting team from Washington state defeated the Great Falls Electric, 116-99 in front of a nice crowd at Swarthout Fieldhouse at Great Falls High School during Friday’s TBL action. Antwaan Cushingberry scored 40 points for Great Falls.

Great Falls exploded for eleven points allowing two from the Volcanoes during the first three minutes of the opening quarter. Antwaan Cushingberry connected on three of this eight baskets from long distance capped off by a dunk by Lamine Komara. Later in the quarter, the Volcanoes offense  went on a 17-7 run that gave them their first lead since the first minute of the game. Both squads traded baskets before Cushingberry pulled up a two-point jumper with 13 seconds left and put the home team ahead, 25-23.

After Vancouver’s Tyshon Pickett evened the score (25-25), the second quarter remained close for a few minutes  before the Volcanoes started to pull away and led 62-40.

Both squads combined for 67 third quarter points with the visiting team taking a 94-75 advantage into the final stanza.

Vancouver climbed as high as seventeen points on multiple occasions in the fourth before the Washington team ended up with a 116-99 win.

Markus Golder (33 points), Vincent Boumann (26 points), Tyshon Picket (20 points) and Thomas Miles finished with 16 points for Vancouver’s tenth win of the season.

Antwaan Cushingberry continues to be the leader on and off the court. He was unstoppable on offense making 14 of his 23 shots in the field including eight three-point baskets, acquired ten assists while playing 43 minutes. Brandon Jamar pulled down 12 rebounds for Montana’s only TBL team.

NEXT CONTEST: Great Falls finishes off their weekend home series against the top-ranked Vancouver (WA) Volcanoes at 7:00PM (MST) on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Swarthout Fieldhouse (Great Falls High School).

After the home games, fans are invited to also to meet the team and coaches at the Stadium Bar and Casino after every home game and enjoy some great food and drinks.


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