Rejuvenated Dabbs sparks BayRunners

Visit home helps center clear head, score 27 in 115-109 win over Vegas

February 25, 2000|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

BayRunners center Brent Dabbs left Baltimore Arena after Sunday's win over Richmond out of sync with his team and somewhat disillusioned as to what his role was.

Last night, after a one-day sole-searching trip to his home in New York, Dabbs may have found his place.

He scored a season-high 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting in the BayRunners' 115-109 victory over Las Vegas before 2,956 at the Arena.

"I went home, got some of mom's cooking and cleared my head," Dabbs said. "Now I'm just going to try and take it how it comes and not lose it mentally. I let the new system throw me off mentally."

Dabbs was so frustrated Sunday that he checked himself out of the game after scoring three points. He looked like a different player last night.

Dabbs had the outside game going, shooting 3-for-3 from behind the three-point line, as well as posting defenders up and scoring in the paint.

He was the leader off a BayRunners bench that racked up 72 points, including 17 from Monty Wilson, 14 from LaBradford Smith, and 10 from Kurk Lee.

The bench also helped force a season-high 31 turnovers, none more important than the two in the final seconds of the third period.

Down 81-79 with 12 seconds left in the third, Lee stole the ball from Silver Bandits guard Michael Johnson, then tied the game at 81 on a layup. The BayRunners then forced Las Vegas forward Harold Ellis to travel with four seconds left, and inbounded the ball to Dabbs, who made a fall-away three-pointer at the buzzer to give the team an 84-81 lead.

It was part of a 23-8 run in which the BayRunners took over the game.

"I think they cracked right after that," Lee said. "Their feelings of winning the game were let down. Going into the fourth quarter we had the momentum. After Brent's shot, everybody's spirits got up to take the game over in the fourth."

And they did. The BayRunners opened the quarter on a 7-1 run, and eventually built an 11-point lead midway through the period.

The Silver Bandits, playing with only eight players, did not have the energy to mount a comeback.

"Overall, I just think it was a great team effort," said BayRunners coach Terry Truax, whose team will play Trenton at home Sunday night at 7: 30. "Guys who came off the bench tonight really made a difference.

"We are going to need that kind of effort with LaMarr [Greer] out, because he may be out another six weeks."

LAS VEGAS -- Schraeder 5-8 2-3 16, Swenson 0-1 0-0 0, Martin 5-14 1-2 15, Henderson 5-13 10-15 21, Ellis 8-9 3-5 19, Hulett 2-12 6-6 10, Walls 8-14 11-14 28. Totals 33-71 33-45 109.

BAYRUNNERS -- Smith 4-6 3-3 14, Rogers 5-10 3-4 14, Lee 1-4 8-9 10, Elliott 1-6 2-2 4, Blount 2-2 0-0 4, Goodrich 3-5 1-2 9, Harrell 2-6 2-2 6, Wilson 6-13 2-2 17, Dabbs 11-17 2-4 27, Tucker 4-8 2-2 10. Totals 39-79 25-30 115.

3-point goals--Las Vegas 10-24 (Schraeder 4-5, Martin 4-11, Henderson 1-4, Hulett 0-3, Walls 1-1). BayRunners 12-23 (Smith 3-4, Rogers 1-3, Lee 0-1, Elliott 0-3, Goodrich 2-3, Harrell 0-2, Wilson 3-4, Dabbs 3-3). Fouled out--Goodrich. Rebounds--Las Vegas 51 (Walls 16), BayRunners 33 (Wilson 7). Assists--Las Vegas 19 (Henderson 8), BayRunners 20 (Rogers 7). Total fouls--Las Vegas 27, BayRunners 36. A--2,956.

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