BayRunners' free fall at 15 with defeat in last second

Two free throws at : 0.3 rescue Richmond, 101-99

April 05, 2000|By Bob Dolgan | Bob Dolgan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RICHMOND, Va. -- Just when the BayRunners, mired in a 14-game losing streak, received a much-needed break late in last night's game against the Richmond Rhythm, it was cruelly trumped by a bigger break in Richmond's favor.

Jason Miskiri hit two free throws with 0.3 of a second left to give the Rhythm (19-32) a 101-99 International Basketball League victory over the BayRunners before 1,152 at Richmond Coliseum.

BayRunners forward Anthony Tucker missed two free throws with 26.6 seconds left and Baltimore trailing by one.

The BayRunners (13-38) received their big break moments later. The Rhythm's Korleone Young inbounded the ball from half court after a timeout and threw it to John Morton in the backcourt, a violation.

On the ensuing possession, the BayRunners' Monty Wilson hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 99 after Morton was whistled for a reach-in with 13 seconds left.

Wilson was called for a suspect foul when Miskiri made a last-ditch drive to the basket. Miskiri calmly made the free throws.

The BayRunners tried a lob inside at the buzzer, but Morton swatted the ball away.

"I hate to see the game put in the hands of the officials," BayRunners coach Terry Truax said. "I'd like to see the players decide it. But what it comes down to is free-throw shooting."

Both teams played without their leading scorers. The BayRunners' Rodney Elliott missed the game because of "medical reasons," and Richmond's A. J. English was sidelined with a sore back.

The BayRunners' Kurk Lee left the game in the fourth quarter with a broken nose.

BayRunners 16 30 35 18 -- 99

Richmond 17 32 24 28 -- 101

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