BayRunners sharper, but fall, 110-100

Elliott has 27, but Swarm follows Johnson's lead

April 01, 2000|By Keith Schildroth | Keith Schildroth,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ST. LOUIS -- The Baltimore BayRunners didn't play like a team that was in the midst of a 12-game losing streak last night as they met the St. Louis Swarm at the Family Arena.

In the end, though, the result was the same.

The BayRunners started the first half shooting well from the floor (.500), but Swarm guard Danny Johnson came up hot, too.

Johnson ended up with a game-high 28 points and offset a good night by BayRunners forward Rodney Elliott, who had 27, to lead St. Louis to a 110-100 win over the BayRunners. St. Louis improved to 38-13 and the BayRunners fell to 13-36.

St. Louis led 55-48 at halftime. Elliott was good for 17 points in the first half. In fact, he didn't miss a shot in five attempts from the field and six from the line.

"Baltimore played a very good game tonight, especially in the first half," said Swarm coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "They shot the ball very well and they worked hard."

BayRunners coach Terry Traux said he had no complaints about the play of his club, even though its losing streak reached 13 games.

"The guys worked and played hard tonight," Truax said. "We're just going to keep working hard and try to work through this. We shot the ball well in the first half, but we kind of fell apart in the second half.

"We need to keep working on a few things, namely pressuring the shooter and boxing out under the basket. One thing's for sure, we're growing closer as a team in this streak."

St. Louis started to pull away in the second half. The Swarm outscored the BayRunners 21-17 in the third. Johnson picked up the pace with seven points in the quarter. He hit a three-point shot to close out the period and make it 76-65.

The game got interesting when Doug Smith picked up a technical at 7: 49. The BayRunners' Shawnta Rogers hit the free throw and Lonnie Harrell hit two free throws at 7: 48 to make it 87-80.

Monty Wilson and Steve Goodrich finished with 17 points each for the BayRunners. Johnson, who became only the second player in IBL history to score 1,000 points, led the Swarm. Lazarus Sims added 20 and Marcus Bullard had 18.

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