BayRunners' free fall reaches 20

107-84 loss in Cincinnati ends with 24-6 Stuff run

April 17, 2000|By Ray Schaefer | Ray Schaefer,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CINCINNATI -- With two weeks left in the season, the question is quickly becoming whether the BayRunners will win another game.

It didn't happen yesterday against the Cincinnati Stuff. The BayRunners lost their 20th straight, 107-84, at Firstar Center -- their ninth loss in 10 games against the Stuff.

Coach Terry Truax wasn't sure what to say. "I don't think there's been a game that we've not been in going into the last three minutes," Truax said. "Then we don't sustain it. It's hard to explain."

Yesterday was one of the BayRunners' best chances to break the streak.

Rodney Elliott's three-pointer (part of his game-high 19 points) and LaMarr Greer's dunk made it 83-78 Cincinnati with 5: 44 left.

But the Stuff closed with a 24-6 run as the International Basketball League's East Conference leader joined West Conference king St. Louis in the 40-win club at 40-18.

Moo Moo Blakney, Alex Sanders and Tremaine Fowlkes led Cincinnati with 25, 21 and 20 points, respectively.

"If it's not one thing, it's another," Elliott said. "It's a combination of things. We know we're a good comeback team. It means nothing when you come back and lose."

The BayRunners (13-43) did take one lead, on Anthony Tucker's bucket 25 seconds into the game to give them a 2-0 advantage.

But that was their last highlight of the first quarter.

Cincinnati's Eric Taylor scored five points to make it 5-2 Stuff with 90 seconds gone, and the Stuff was off to a 17-4 advantage that it retained at 30-17 after 12 minutes.

The BayRunners' familiar pattern developed: drop behind by a lot, cut the lead to single digits, fall back to double figures.

They travel to Trenton tomorrow.

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