Hot Blaze surges past Bombers

Maqueen scores 36 as team rolls to 139-110 win

Pro Basketball

July 08, 2000|By Kevin B. Howell | Kevin B. Howell,SUN STAFF

Playing in a nearly empty arena with dim lighting didn't seem to bother the Baltimore Blaze of the National Rookie League as they defeated the Charlotte Bombers, 139-110, in their home opener at the Towson Center on the campus of Towson University.

Frank Maqueen led the Blaze with 36 points - 24 of which came on three-pointers. Maqueen, who played high school basketball at Dunbar in Washington D.C., went 8-for-11 on three-pointers and said he could have done more.

"I'm known as a shooter, so I have to try to get open and hit shots," Maqueen said. "I was supposed to have a better game, but I came off the bench."

The Bombers came within seven points with 6:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. However, the Blaze pulled away with a 16-2 run over the next three minutes and held the Bombers to only six points for the rest of the game.

The Bombers are not part of the NRL, and most of the players are over 30. The team had a five-hour ride to the game, but head coach David Spurlock did not want to use that as an excuse.

"We played good in the first half. ... We dug ourselves a hole in the second half, because we had no continuity. We didn't get enough people involved in the offense. We didn't get back on defense and gave up a lot of second shots," Spurlock said.

The Blaze's Jabarri Outzz hit five second-half three-pointers, finishing with 30 points. Wayne Casey led Bombers with 29 points.

After trailing by nine after one quarter, the Blaze went on a 10-0 run to start the second. Maqueen got hot from outside, hitting five three-pointers. The teams left their defenses in the locker room at halftime, and the game reflected that in the second half.

The Bombers hit the 100-point mark before the fourth quarter and outscored the Bombers 40-33 in the third. The high scoring brought enjoyment to the small crowd.

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