BayRunners' road slide extends to San Diego

Stingrays cap season sweep

losing streak hits six games

March 19, 2000|By Bryan Rodgers | Bryan Rodgers,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SAN DIEGO -- An already dreadful season became even more unbearable for the BayRunners as they lost to the San Diego Stingrays, 101-90, last night before 4,826 at the Sports Arena.

The BayRunners' losing streak reached six games and their road record dropped to 2-17.

Making matters worse for the BayRunners, the loss came at the hands of the Stingrays, the International Basketball League's worst team.

San Diego (10-32) has been a cellar-dweller for most of the season. Against the BayRunners (13-29), however, the Stingrays have looked impressive in sweeping the two-game season series.

San Diego's trapping defense forced nine second-quarter turnovers, and a once-close game instantly turned into a laugher.

Trailing 24-21 after one quarter, the BayRunners shot 3-for-14 in the second period as the Stingrays built a 49-28 lead at halftime.

The BayRunners' second-quarter output, seven points, is a season low for one quarter. Their first-half total of 28 points also tied a record for ineptness, first set against Cincinnati in January.

San Diego started the third quarter with a quick burst and built its lead to 25 points.

But Mark Blount scored 10 of his team-high 20 points in the period, helping to power a rally in the closing minutes of the third quarter that cut the BayRunners' deficit to 67-57 at one point.

Baltimore's run stalled when it committed a series of turnovers. The BayRunners were extremely sloppy handling the ball, committing 51 turnovers in the two games.

Randy Duck, a 6-foot-3 guard from California, was among four Stingrays to score in double digits. He finished with 18 points, along with six rebounds and seven assists.

The Stingrays, who won consecutive games for only the second time this season, got 15 points from Demetrius Alexander and John Strickland chipped in with 14.

Shawnta Rogers added 12 points for the BayRunners.

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