BayRunners hardly kings in Queen City

119-95 loss to Cincinnati is team's 12th defeat in row

March 30, 2000|By Ray Schaefer | Ray Schaefer,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CINCINNATI -- New game. Same old result.

The BayRunners lost their 12th straight last night, 119-95, to the Cincinnati Stuff at Firstar Center.

Cincinnati's magic number for clinching the International Basketball League's East title is now at five, and the Stuff claimed its seventh win over Baltimore in eight games.

And the BayRunners? More misery -- winless in March, a 13-35 overall overall and a 2-20 mark on the road. Still, coach Terry Truax doesn't think his players have given up.

"It looks like there's no incentive," he said. "You play each game, hopefully you improve. These guys are professional athletes. Maybe the pride factor kicks in. We'll stick to our knitting and hope we sneak up on somebody."

Forward Brent Dabbs, who led Baltimore with 22 points and 13 rebounds, is still talking playoffs.

"How do you know it's not playoffs?" Dabbs said. "We're professionals. It's our job."

It didn't help Baltimore that center Mark Blount was out with a contusion he received the previous time the BayRunners played the Stuff. Forward Anthony Elliott stayed home because of blood found in his urine, and starting guard Kurk Lee played just six minutes before turning an ankle.

For the Stuff, Roderick "Moo Moo" Blakney and Wayne Turner each scored 23, and Tremaine Fowlkes added 22 points.

"This is the best game Wayne and `Moo Moo' have played together," Stuff coach Joby Wright said. "We need not just five guys, but nine, 10 guys to play good basketball. It's a challenge."

Baltimore, which trailed 11-0 less than two minutes into the game, kept it close the rest of the first quarter. A pair of Monty Wilson three-pointers closed Cincinnati's lead to 21-16 with 5: 03 left.

The BayRunners travel to St. Louis tomorrow.

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