Aces Momentum Halted by Mystics & Earthquake

By: TC Martin

The buildup was warranted.  The Washington Mystics are considered the best team in the WNBA.  They arrived in Las Vegas with a five game winning streak including a 95-72 victory in the same building two weeks ago. For the first half, much was the same as the Mystics showed their superior offensive skills in building a 51-36 halftime lead.  Then it happened.

Unbeknownst to those at court-side including myself and Bill Laimbeer, play was halted and the crowd screamed.  As we looked around thinking there was a T-Shirt toss going on with 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter, the Aces were getting ready to take the ball out of bounds underneath their own basket and play was stopped.  Only for brief minute, as officials pretty much ignored there was an earthquake that reportedly registered 7.1 on the richer scale in the Vegas valley.

After play resumed, the Aces couldn’t get off a shot and we headed to halftime watching Laimbeer fuming toward the locker room.  He later said he didn’t feel it and was focused on yelling at his team because he felt they weren’t ready to play a big game like this.

After halftime was extended to approximately 60 minutes to make sure the facilities and everyone was safe, the game was called by league officials and the game was officially suspended.

Word spread via social media that the NBA Summer League suspended their games at the Thomas & Mack Center, so officials at the Mandalay Bay did the same.  It was one of the stranger nights and evenings of basketball in Las Vegas as no one could recall something like this happening before.

It was better to play it safe since one day earlier the area was hit with a similar tremor.  No word on a makeup date at this time but luckily for the Aces they only felt slight vibrations of the earth and not an avalanche in the second half of Mystic proportion.

Author: TC Martin

“The Doctor” TC Martin is back in Las Vegas where his sports talk radio career began. The TC Martin Show has informed and entertained millions of sports talk radio listeners both nationally and locally since 1992. The program is unique in so many facets. From TC’s high octane personality and diverse knowledge to innovative production elements and quality special guests, the show is truly one of kind. The show focuses on the hot daily sports topics with energetic commentary and live listener interaction with a call-in format. The program is high on information and entertainment while giving listeners the opportunity to hear from the biggest names in the sports and the entertainment industry. Listeners appreciate the wide range of guests, knowledge and topics that TC brings on a daily basis giving listeners a much needed reason to tune in everyday. The TC Martin Show has aired nationally in over 100 markets on the Sports Entertainment Network and Sports Fan Radio Network originating from the Las Vegas studios. In local markets TC worked at KVEG (Las Vegas), KHTK (Sacramento) WDUZ and WNFL (Green Bay) and WSSP (Milwaukee). He worked very closely with all the professional and collegiate teams in those markets including hosting pre and post game shows and players and coaches shows. TC has a unique entertaining and passionate style that immediately connects with listeners. He is known as one of the most entertaining and well-rounded knowledgeable sports talk show hosts in the country. The TC Martin Show is an addictive and fun experience for all sports fans. More about TC... Wrestling and Boxing fans in Las Vegas may remember that TC founded the NWC (National Wrestling Conference) in 1994 and hosted the locally produced television program “NWC Slammin”. The NWC sold out monthly shows at it’s home venues The Silver Nugget and Aladdin Hotel & Casino. The NWC featured the biggest names in professional wrestling including The Ultimate Warrior, Cactus Jack, Sabu, Terry Funk, Rob Van Dam, Jake The Snake Roberts, Junkyard Dog, Honky Man and so many more. TC also has been very involved in the boxing industry while announcing many boxing events in Las Vegas and promoting shows and managing world championship fighters.