Silverbacks roar back to 23-10 win over Spirit Cincinnati's 11-0 run leads to fourth loss

November 13, 1997|By David Pierson | David Pierson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CINCINNATI -- Danny Barber and Bernie Lilavois each scored five points as the Cincinnati Silverbacks defeated the Baltimore Spirit, 23-10, last night before 5,284 at The Crown.

The Silverbacks (2-0) outscored the Spirit 11-0 midway through the first half to erase a 4-0 deficit and cruise to the win.

Cincinnati had six different players score in the offensive spurt, shredding the Spirit's defense in beating goaltender Khalil Azmi, who was pulled in favor of Jim McCombs after the run.

"We played quite well in the first half," Silverbacks coach George Fernandez said. "We moved the ball well and were in constant motion. That always works for us."

Ronnie Simmons and DeJhan Belic put the Spirit (0-4) ahead 4-0 with first-period goals before Cincinnati saw its offense kick into gear.

Scott Blokker, Wes Sechrist, Gino DeFlorio and Franklin McIntosh joined Lilavois and Barber on the goal-scoring goals as Cincin- nati took an 11-4 lead.

Bojan Vuckovic scored a two-point goal with 3: 02 left in the first half to get the Spirit back into the game at 11-6. However, Barber's second goal of the game with 12 seconds left in the half pushed the lead to 13-6.

The Spirit controlled the tempo early in the third period, but Cincinnati outscored its opponent 10-4 in the second half on goals by Paul Agyeman, Barber, Lilavois and Danny Creech, who notched a three-pointer late in the game.

Spirit coach Mike Stankovic said his team was schooled.

"We definitely learned something about Cincinnati tonight," he said. "They're a counter-attacking team and that's how they score most of their goals. They're an experienced team with good players who can find the open hole."

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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