BayRunners rebound in a big way, 104-95

Domination on boards puts away Richmond

January 15, 2000|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

BayRunners coach Herb Brown watched the Minnesota Timberwolves on television Thursday night and came away impressed by the team's tenacity.

He was able to convey what he saw on TV to his team in practice yesterday morning, leading to a 104-95 win in front of 2,816 at Baltimore Arena last night.

One statistic shows just how tenacious the BayRunners were on their home floor against a team that had beaten them two nights before. The BayRunners out-rebounded Richmond, 54-26, a rare rebounding victory for a team ranked last in the league.

"I just asked our guys to dive and crash and not stand as spectators on the outside," Brown said. "And that is what they did. Rebounding is a mentality. We came in with that mentality tonight. It is just something that you have to keep talking about and talking about. If it sinks in, we'll be a good team."

Center Brent Dabbs has had that mind-set since he has been with the team, but he usually does not have any help. Dabbs recorded his fourth straight double double, with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Last night, forward Rodney Elliott pitched in, getting 10 rebounds and scoring a game-high 23 points.

The two players dominated the paint, with Elliott making 12 trips to the free-throw line, converting 11. Brown needed those kind of performances from his low-post players because point guard Shawnta Rogers missed the game due to the flu.

"We really worked on rebounding this week," Dabbs said. "We did a really good job rebounding as a team, and that is why we won."

The game was tied at 46 at halftime, thanks mostly to a Richmond press that forced the BayRunners into 14 first-half turnovers. The BayRunners went on a 12-3 run midway through the third period to open a 70-59 lead with four minutes left in the period.

The Rhythm cut the deficit to two on a Kermit Holmes three-pointer with nine minutes left in the game, but the BayRunners went on 12-2 run, capped by Steve Goodrich's layup to go up 88-76 and put the game away.

Richmond 24 22 21 28 -- 95

BayRunners 17 29 26 32 -- 104

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