Altitide strikes first in back-to-back match-up
Asheville, N.C., March 5, 2004 - Greg Stevenson registered a career-high 23 points and seven rebounds to lead the Asheville Altitude past the Fayetteville Patriots, 111-101. The win, which snapped a three-game win streak by the Patriots, extends the Altitudes overall record to 16-15.
"I didnt do anything different to prepare because I was playing against Fayetteville," said Stevenson. "I was just more focused on getting a win tonight and it just happened to be against Fayetteville."
The game remained close throughout the first half despite poor shooting from Asheville who connected on just nine of their 25 field goal attempts. The Altitude picked it up in the second half, opening up a 14-point lead (79-65) in the third quarter with a 10-0 run. Kris Lang provided the spark to start the run with 11 points in the first 7:30 of the third quarter.
Fayetteville made several attempts at a comeback in the fourth quarter, pulling within five points twice in the final four minutes, but would get no closer as Stevenson hit two clutch shots followed by two successful opportunities behind the charity stripe for Brandon Kurtz.
Kris Lang added nine rebounds to his 15 points despite fouling out of the game and Lavor Postell netted 14. Antonio Meeking and Brandon Kurtz each chipped in 13 points and Kurtz added 10 rebounds for a double double in his second game back from injury. Kareem Reid scored 12 points and handed out a team-high five assists, coming off the bench. Leonard Stokes wowed the Asheville fans with several athletic moves to the basket on his way to eight points and five rebounds in his Altitude debut.
Asheville held Fayettevilles Kenny Satterfield, who has scored 20 or more points in three straight games for the Patriots, to just 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting. Jason Collier led the Patriots with 20 points and 11 rebounds off the bench while Britton Johnsen poured in 18 points and pulled down five rebounds, also off the bench. Junie Sanders added 15 points while Jason Capel contributed 14 points, six rebounds and four assists for Fayetteville.
Both teams headed to their respective buses to leave for Fayetteville where they will have a rematch tomorrow night at the Crown Coliseum. Asheville now holds a 4-1 lead in the season series between the two clubs.
"I didnt think we were very effective offensively," said Asheville Head Coach Joey Meyer. "Well have to play better tomorrow night to get another win."
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