Stars top BayRunners, who lose 22nd straight

Wilson's 22-point effort isn't enough, 130-117

April 22, 2000|By Eric Prisbell | Eric Prisbell,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TRENTON, N.J. -- Mark Blount, the BayRunners' towering 7-footer, sat in the locker room, legs spread wide, and tried to decipher why the season has eroded so completely.

"It's everything and everybody," said Blount, shaking his head. "In reality, there is no certain explanation -- although it happened again last night."

The BayRunners (13-45) continued redefining the word futility, dropping a 130-117 game to the Trenton Stars at Sovereign Bank Arena. They have now lost 22 consecutive games, having last won on Feb. 29 against San Diego.

It appears difficult to derive a way for the BayRunners to win on Easter Sunday.

"After watching this," said BayRunners coach Terry Truax, "I'd probably say the same thing."

That is the challenge of the moment, however, as the BayRunners must regroup to play host to East-leading Cincinnati at 7: 30 tonight.

Swing man Monty Wilson dropped 22 points on the Stars, while forward Anthony Tucker scored a season-high 21.

Trenton (29-30) was led by Alvin Young's 20 points, on 8-for-9 shooting, and Ray Tutt's 22. A Tutt three-pointer at the onset of the final quarter gave the Stars a 96-79 lead.

The BayRunners would not challenge again -- not to say it did at any point last night. They posed a gentle rally toward the end of the first half, whittling the gap to seven before the Stars finished the first half up nine.

Truax can only wonder if some players have already ended the season in their minds, with postseason hopes dashed. The BayRunners were out-hustled by a team that played the previous night.

"I hope not," Truax said. "I think that is what I have seen in the past couple of weeks. "You hope -- as an athlete, as a competitor -- that you have character and pride and don't want to continue to be embarrassed."

NOTE: The BayRunners' final home game on April 30 has been changed from a 1: 30 to a 7: 30 p.m. start, so as to not conflict with the Cal Ripken 3,000 hit ceremony that afternoon at Camden Yards.

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