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Altitude outlast Dazzle

March 10, 2004 - NBA G League (G League) - Asheville Altitude News Release

Roanoke, Va., (Mar. 10) - The visiting Asheville Altitude used the strong inside presence of Kris Lang to score a 116 – 113 win over the Roanoke Dazzle in tonight’s NBDL action.

The Asheville win over Roanoke flip-flops the two teams in the standings, with Asheville now enjoying second place and a half game lead over the Dazzle. “They are missing two guys and they’re still pretty good,” said Asheville head coach Joey Meyer referring to recent Roanoke NBA call-ups Mikki Moore and Matt Carroll.

The two teams played back and forth basketball for the first twelve minutes. Asheville (19-15) led 44-40 at the 5:16 mark of the second quarter. The Dazzle (19-16) never got closer than that before the half as the Altitude went on an 8-0 run to take a 58-49 lead into the break.

Throughout the game Roanoke found it hard to answer the cutting big men of the Altitude. Starting center Kris Lang posted a 29 point, 10 rebound double-double to pace Asheville. Lavor Postell and Antonio Meeking each contributed 16 in the winning effort.

Terrence Shannon lead the Dazzle with 34 points off the bench, while February Player of the Month Marque Perry chipped in 21 points and 11 assists in the losing effort.

The Dazzle did rally in the third quarter, outscoring the Altitude 34-24 to hold an 83-82 lead at the end of three. Roanoke head coach Kent Davison liked the way his team responded after the halftime break. “It’s disappointing to lose, but I’m not disappointed about how we played in the second half.”

The game was back and forth in the final quarter as the lead changed hands five times. The quarter boiled down to a shoot-out between the nights leading scorers, as Lang tallied 18 and Shannon 19 in the fourth quarter alone.

Asheville travels to Fayetteville to take on the Patriots on Friday night. The Dazzle will play their second of three home games this week on Friday hosting the Huntsville Flight.

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