BayRunners lose 17th straight

St. Louis sets IBL mark with 45 first-quarter points during its 106-96 victory

April 10, 2000|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

The switch came about 45 points and nine three-pointers too late.

That was BayRunners guard Monty Wilson's analysis after St. Louis put up those remarkable numbers in the first quarter of the Swarm's 106-96 win in front of 2,876 at Baltimore Arena.

It was the 17th straight loss for the BayRunners (13-40).

The 45 points by St. Louis (41-14) was an International Basketball League record, and it opened a 16-point lead after the opening quarter that the BayRunners had trouble trimming the rest of the game.

Twenty points and four three-pointers came from Swarm guard Danny Johnson before BayRunners coach Terry Truax switched Wilson on him for the rest of the game.

Johnson scored only six more points, finishing with 26, and eventually was ejected midway through the fourth quarter after receiving a double-technical foul.

"If there is one thing I can do well, it is play defense," said Wilson, who also led the team with 23 points. "I think Coach knows that. The thing is, you can't let a guy hit 20 points, then put me on him, even though I definitely slowed him down.

"We just have to start to recognize that early. We have to start recognizing when a guy has eight or 10 points. Then you have to switch. We just made that switch a little too late."

This does not necessarily mean the BayRunners would have won.

But Truax agrees that things may not have gotten so out of hand early had they been able to contain Johnson.

Part of the problem was the BayRunners were without three of their starters. Shawnta Rogers, Kurk Lee and Anthony Tucker all missed the game with minor injuries.

That vaulted LaMarr Greer, LaBradford Smith and Mark Blount into the starting lineup. The shooting was there -- 52 percent in the first half -- but the defense was not, and the BayRunners trailed 69-49 at halftime.

"I never thought I'd coach a team where we'd score 49 points in the first half and we are down 20," Truax said.

"That really doesn't say a whole lot about our defense. But Danny Johnson was lighting it up. When we switched defensive assignments and put Monty Wilson on him, I knew he has defended Johnson well before.

"I'm not making excuses for our team. The effort is there. Are the other teams that much better than us? I don't think so. But I think at this stage of the season, teams like St. Louis and teams like Cincinnati are playing with a lot more confidence. I think when they come to the Baltimore Arena, they expect to win. And I don't know if our team expects to win."

St. Louis 45 24 19 18 -- 106

BayRunners 29 20 21 26 -- 96

ST. LOUIS -- Jabbar 0-0 0-0 0, Sims 4-8 2-2 11, Claggett 3-5 0-0 8, Smith 6-18 3-4 16, Houston 0-4 4-4 4, Tarver 0-1 2-2 2, Johnson 10-19 2-3 26, Hollender 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 3-5 2-4 10, Grimm 4-11 5-5 14, Shaw 0-0 3-4 3, Bullard 4-9 4-5 12. Totals 34-80 27-33 106.

BAYRUNNERS -- Smith 5-8 2-2 13, Rogers 0-0 0-0 0, Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Elliott 4-7 1-1 9, Blount 3-8 3-4 9, Goodrich 5-9 5-6 15, Harrell 1-3 2-2 5, Wilson 8-14 4-5 23, Greer 6-9 4-10 18, Dabbs 2-7 0-0 4, Werdann 0-0 0-0 0, Tucker 0-0 0. Totals 34-65 21-30 96.

3-point goals--St. Louis 11-28 (Johnson 4-7, A. Smith 1-5, Claggett 2-4, Sims 1-3, Grimm 1-4, D. Smith 2-3, Bullard 0-2); BayRunners 7-15 (Wilson 3-5, Greer 2-4, Smith 1-2, Harrell 1-2, Elliott 0-2). Rebounds--St. Louis 41 (Sims 7); BayRunners 40 (Elliot, Wilson 8). Assists--St. Louis 17 (Johnson 5); BayRunners 8 (Greer 7). Total fouls--St. Louis 29, BayRunners 26. A--2,876.

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