Rail Runners Edge Fort Wayne, 102-94

Chattanooga in First at 7-2

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 game.

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 win.

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 26.

Free Throws: Rail Runners (19-35)  Fort Wayne (18-35)

Game Recap

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 -- 94

Rail Runners 22 - 32 - 24 -  24 -- 102

Chattanooga (7-2), Fort Wayne (4-4)

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net

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