Greer steps in, leads 2nd win in row

BayRunners get well behind fill-in guard, clobber Stingrays, 110-80

January 17, 2000|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

BayRunners coach Herb Brown admits he could have a problem soon, but it's the type of problem that brings a smile to his face.

The dilemma could come when starting point guard Shawnta Rogers, who has missed the last two games, returns from the flu. Brown's team has flourished with LaMarr Greer running the point in place of Rogers, notching its second straight win yesterday, a 110-80 decision over the San Diego Stingrays in front of 2,853 at the Baltimore Arena.

"I want to enjoy this game and then decide what I'm going to do," said Brown, who could get Rogers back as early as today's 1: 30 game against the New Mexico Slam at the Arena.

"We're playing very well. We're distributing the ball, we're doubling the ball, we're running the ball. If we continue to do that, then I have problems. But wonderful problems. For a while there, I had no problems."

Greer scored 16 points, handed out seven assists and turned the ball over twice.

"I thought he had a great game," Brown said. "LaMarr Greer is a player. He does everything you ask him to do willingly. He is doing a terrific job.

"He's courageous as heck. He's taking it to the goal, and they're knocking the heck out of him."

Greer, 6 feet 5, 220 pounds, played point guard in high school and for two years at Florida State before moving between shooting guard and small forward.

Brown has asked Greer to play all three positions with the BayRunners.

"I've been here almost two weeks now so I'm starting to feel real comfortable," Greer said. "I'm learning the plays, although every time I learn one play, Coach throws three or four more at me. But I'll be all right. Whatever my team needs me to play to win, I will."

Greer and Rodney Elliott helped turn a 47-40 halftime lead into a runaway late in the third quarter.

The Stingrays (3-14) had closed the gap to 56-53 with six minutes left in the third before the BayRunners (7-14) went on a 21-4 run to close out the period.

Elliott hit three three-pointers during the run, and Greer added five points. Elliott finished with a game-high 25 points.

"My three-point shot was falling," said Elliott, who made 3 of 5. "But I wasn't going out there intentionally looking for that shot.

"My first thought as far as offense is concerned is to make sure everybody knows the play."

Today's game against the Slam will be a step up in competition from the Stingrays, the International Basketball League's worst team. The Slam has battled St. Louis most of the season for first place in the West Division.

"You always want to play against the best team you can possibly play because that's the only way you are going to get better," Brown said.

BayRunners today

Opponent: New Mexico Slam

Site: Baltimore Arena

Time: 1: 30

Outlook: The BayRunners have won back-to-back games for the first time since early December. This will be the first meeting of the season between these two teams. The Slam is led by G Keith Carter, who is averaging 16 points a game, and G Corey Brewer. A win today would mark the BayRunners' first three-game winning streak. The BayRunners will be without LaBradford Smith, who is on the injured list with a calf problem.

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