BayRunners can't hold on, go down to Bandits, 99-94

Rhythm pulls within game of final playoff spot in East

March 06, 2000|By Tim Neverett | Tim Neverett,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LAS VEGAS -- Rocky Walls' 24-rebound performance was an International Basketball League season high as the Las Vegas Silver Bandits held off the BayRunners, 99-94, at the Thomas & Mack Center last night.

The win for Las Vegas left it five games behind the St. Louis Swarm in the West.

The BayRunners are now just one game ahead of the Richmond Rhythm in the battle for the third and final playoff spot in the East.

Las Vegas (25-17) had five players score in double figures, led by Dee Andre Hulett, Harold Ellis and J. R. Henderson who had 19 points apiece; 17 of Henderson's came in the second half.

Isaac Burton finished with 13 points and had a game-high eight assists. Eric Schraeder added 12 points.

The BayRunners (13-24) started off strong and led 30-20 after the first period. But Las Vegas chipped away, outscoring the visitors in the second quarter 29-21.

The BayRunners held a 51-49 halftime lead.

The BayRunners trailed by three in the final seconds but were unable to get any closer.

"We had a chance in the last four seconds to tie it," said BayRunners coach Terry Truax. "They were shots I've seen them make before, but not tonight."

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