BayRunners sizzle, then fizzle in OT loss

They build 21-point lead but fall to Stars, 108-105

January 10, 2000|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

The beginning of the BayRunners' game yesterday against Trenton was nothing more than a continuation of Friday night's 42-point victory.

The BayRunners went on a 21-8 run to start the game and looked poised for another double-digit International Basketball League win over a team that had lost six in a row.

It wasn't to be as the BayRunners suffered a startling 108-105 overtime loss in which they blew a 21-point early lead and a four-point margin with 21 seconds left in regulation before 1,856 at Baltimore Arena.

"We played great for 2 1/2 quarters," BayRunners coach Herb Brown said. "Then we just stopped playing. Everybody just wanted to take jump shots and not get the ball to the goal and go to the foul line. Then we gave them too many second-chance shots."

The BayRunners led 78-68 going into the fourth quarter, but saw that dwindle to 96-92 with 21 seconds remaining. After the Stars called a timeout to set up a play, the BayRunners were hit with their second delay-of-game penalty on the inbounds pass, setting up a Lloyd Daniels technical free throw that cut the lead to three.

Stars guard and former Dunbar star Mike Lloyd missed a three-pointer but forward Tyrone Grant got the rebound, scored and made it a three-point play with a free throw to tie the game at 96 with seven seconds left.

Brown chose not to call a timeout, and Shawnta Rogers dribbled the length of the court but missed a shot at the buzzer.

"We put the right people on the floor, and they just battled their brains out in the second half," Stars coach Kevin Mackey said. "Our field-goal percentage in the second half was tremendous."

The BayRunners shot 60 percent in the first quarter, but that dropped to 45 percent by the end of the game.

Lloyd kept the Stars close throughout the game, scoring a team-high 23 points with eight assists while playing in front of family and friends.

Brent Dabbs was the only consistent BayRunners rebounder, grabbing 14 while adding a team-high 24 points. He also was one of the few BayRunners to get a chance to shoot free throws, going 7-for-7 from the line. The Stars had 45 free-throw attempts compared with 23 for the BayRunners.

"Down the stretch, they wanted it more than us," Dabbs said. "They played more physical. They were aggressive, and that's why they got the calls."

Said Lloyd: "They disrespected us on Friday, beating us like that. The whole first half [yesterday], we were playing like Friday. Then we started playing help defense, and rebounded. And we got big shots from everybody."

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