Orlando Lighning Escape with a Home Victory Over Pompano Beach

Updated Saturday July 19, 2014 by American Basketball League.

The Orlando Lightning escape with a home victory, 73-69, over the Pompano Beach Cobras in Orlando, Florida, Friday night.

The Orlando Lightning raced out to a 20 point halftime lead of 51-31 over the visiting Cobras from Pompano Beach only to see their lead dwindle to two points late in the fourth quarter.  The Cobras came out in the third quarter and out scored the Lightning, 22-8.  From there, the Cobras couldn't get over the hump, as they committed three straight turnovers in the last two minutes of the game which ultimately proved costly and eventually dropped a close one, 73-69.

The Orlando Lightning were led by Ronnell Grant's 18 points and Anthony Poindexter's 17 points.

The Pompano Beach Cobras were led by Charles Funches, a 6'10" wing player from Hampton University, with 21 points and 9 rebounds.  Point guard Chris Elder scored 16 points and former Auburn University standout Daniel Hayles contributed 13 points and 7 rebounds.

The Orlando Lightning travel to visit the first place Fort Lauderdale Sharks, Saturday, July 19th. Tip-off is set for 6pm.

The Pompano Beach Cobras return home Saturday to face the Palm Beach Hurricane. Game time is set for 8pm.

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