For BayRunners, Stars prove an early nemesis

Team 0-2 after comeback on road falls short, 111-108

November 28, 1999|By Anthony Coleman | Anthony Coleman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TRENTON, N.J. -- The BayRunners, who lost their International Basketball League debut Friday night at home to the Shooting Stars, are in danger of making a habit of it, falling again to Trenton last night, 111-108.

The Shooting Stars led by 19 in the fourth quarter before the BayRunners rallied within 105-100 with 1: 56 to go on a three-pointer by Kurk Lee (Towson State). Two baskets by the Stars' Dennis Edwards put the game out of reach before Rodney Elliott (Maryland, Dunbar) made the score appear close with the game's final four points on a free throw and three-point shot at the buzzer.

"I am really pleased with the last quarter," said BayRunners coach Herb Brown. "I am not pleased with certain things that happened earlier. I saw some encouraging things. I saw five guys who really busted their butt."

Lee led the BayRunners with 24 points. Clifford Rozier had the franchise's first double double with 20 points and 12 rebounds, but he also turned the ball over seven times. Elliott added 21 points and six rebounds.

"Last night, we didn't play well," Brown said. "Tonight, we played much better. We are turning the ball over too much, but I think it's a good learning experience."

The BayRunners will play their third game Wednesday against the San Diego Stingrays at Baltimore Arena at 7 p.m.

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