BayRunners suffer 19th straight loss

Division-leading Swarm posts 108-96 victory

April 16, 2000|By Keith Schildroth | Keith Schildroth,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ST. LOUIS -- The BayRunners and St. Louis Swarm are teams going in different directions in the International Basketball League.

St. Louis leads the Western Division, while Baltimore is bringing up the rear in the Eastern Division.

Their paths continued to diverge last night as the Swarm kept the BayRunners' losing streak alive at 19 with a 108-96 win at Family Arena. The Swarm improved to 43-15; the BayRunners fell to 13-42.

"This was a good example of what St. Louis is like," BayRunners coach Terry Truax said. "They played very well tonight and we kept chipping away but we couldn't do it.

"I have no complaint about the effort from us. We played hard but St. Louis is just a very good ballclub. They showed what it's like to play together and to be winning."

The BayRunners, the best three-point shooting club in the IBL, made it close in the fourth quarter. When Shawtna Rogers hit a three-pointer to bring Baltimore's deficit to 95-85, Swarm coach Bernie Bickerstaff called a timeout.

"That was tough," Bickerstaff said. "We had to fight and scratch to get this one.

"Baltimore always plays us well and tough. Anytime you have the best three-point shooting team in the league playing against you, no lead is safe. Three or four shots and they're back in the game."

The BayRunners' LaMar Greer led all scorers with 21 points.

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