Sunday, April 27, 2014
- by B.B. Branton
East Ridge alum Alex Wells scored 22 points,
while Jonathan Adams (Baylor School) added 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead
the Chattanooga Rail Runners to a 102-94 win against the Fort Wayne Flite
Sunday at the Rossville Athletic Complex in a Central Basketball Association
The Rail Runners (7-2) lead the CBA and host
St. Louis Hawks Sat. May 10 in the final regular season game.
The Rail Runners led by 21 at halftime
54-33,but Fort Wayne rallied to pull within one at 85-84 with 5:37 in the
fourth. Chattanooga outscored the visitors 17-10 down the stretch to secure the
Fast Start: Fort Wayne led 4-0, but Chattanooga went on an 8-0
run to take the lead for good at 8-4.
"Fort Wayne came out hot to start
the second half and made a good run at us and I thought our bench
really saved us," said Chattanooga coach Rodney English.
Wells' 22 points came in a reserve role,
while UTC alum Dontay Hampton had nine off the bench.
Fort Wayne was led by Montique Taylor with 28
points, seven rebounds and five assists, while teammate Antonio Cannon scored
Free Throws: Rail Runners (19-35) Fort Wayne (18-35)
First Quarter: Fort Wayne held a 4-0 lead in the first
minute, but the Rail Runners took its first lead at 6-4 on a Mike Roberson
basket as part of an 8-0 run.
The Rail Runners held their largest lead of the
quarter at 11 (22-11) on a tip in by Dominique Harper at 1:20
Second Quarter: Wells led the Rail Runners with 12
points in the second quarter, including three 3-pointers as the hosts held the
lead throughout the entire 12 minutes.
The Flite did pull within six at 35-29 on a 3-pointer
by Antonio Cannon at 5:25, but the Rail Runners outscored the visitors 19-4
down the stretch
The Rail Runners Jonathan Adams’ had a 3-pointer of
his own on the next possession to negate Cannon’s trey, followed by Roberson ‘s basket and made
charity toss and a trey by Wells as part of an 11-0 run to push the lead to 17
with 1:20 before intermission.
Third Quarter: The Flite outscored the Rail Runners
35-24 to pull with 10 at 78-68 … Fort Wayne’s Montique Taylor had 11 points …
Fourth Quarter: Fort Wayne kept the pressure on and
pulled within seven (82-75) on a 3-point play by Cannon at 8:12 … The Flite
were within three at 83-80 on a Cannon lay in … and all but wiped out the 21
point halftime deficit when # 9 hit one
of two free throws to make it 85-84 Rail Runners. But missed free throws by the Flite all
afternoon (18-35) proved to be their downfall … Chattanooga then pushed the
lead back to seven with less than three minutes (93-86) remaining as Wells hit
a big 3, plus baskets but Alex Dean and Quincy Scates ... The Flite could never
get closer than five (93-88) down the stretch.
Chattanooga 102, Fort Wayne 94
Fort Wayne 14 - 19 - 35 - 26 --
Rail Runners 22 - 32 - 24 - 24 -- 102
Chattanooga (7-2), Fort Wayne (4-4)
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