BayRunners can't stand prosperity in 105-98 loss

Team takes leads of 14, 11, but Rhythm rushes past

January 13, 2000|By Bob Dolgan | Bob Dolgan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RICHMOND, Va. -- The BayRunners couldn't take advantage of leads of 14 and 11 points against the Richmond Rhythm last night and failed to earn a win at Richmond Coliseum.

Having lost nine of 10 games before last night, the BayRunners were hoping to get untracked against a team that had lost four straight. Instead, they were beaten by the Rhythm, 105-98, before a crowd of 1,013.

BayRunners coach Herb Brown didn't sugarcoat his team's performance.

"When your starting forward [Rodney Elliott] plays 31 minutes and gets one rebound and your other forward [Steve Goodrich] plays 24 minutes and gets one and your point guard [Shawnta Rogers] gets six rebounds, there's something wrong," Brown said.

Baltimore squandered leads of 11 and 14 points in the second and third quarters, respectively.

"We played tough the whole game," BayRunners forward Brent Dabbs said. "but we stopped doing it at the end."

Dabbs led the BayRunners with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Ledell Eackles came off the bench to pace the Rhythm with 22 points. Monty Wilson added 15 points for the visitors, and Rogers and LaMarr Greer had 13 apiece.

"We had a little bit more effort tonight," Richmond coach Ralph Sampson said. "We made some adjustments and changes and pulled it out down the stretch."

The Rhythm led 101-98 with 18.4 seconds to go when A. J. English made two free throws. The BayRunners' Lonnie Harrell misfired on a three-pointer for the tie, and Kermit Holmes collected the rebound and proceeded to hit two free throws to seal it.

The BayRunners gained an 11-point lead early in the third quarter, but Richmond followed with a 13-3 tear. A pair of free throws by Phil Cartwright brought the Rhythm to 67-66, and Richmond knotted the game for the first time with just over 50 seconds remaining in the quarter on John Morton's three-pointer.

Morton didn't join the Rhythm until two hours before tip-off but scored 13 points in 21 effective minutes.

The Rhythm finished with a 26-17 rebounding edge in the second half, including 9-2 on the offensive end.

"We have a great team, but we need to do the little things as a team," Dabbs said.

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