Altitude soars with team effort
ASHEVILLE, N.C., March 2, 2004 - Teamwork, a familiar theme for the Asheville Altitude, was the key again as they defeated the league-leading Charleston Lowgators 124-110 at the Asheville Civic Center Tuesday night. Tierre Brown carried the load for Charleston with a game-high 36 points in the losing effort.
Antonio Meeking led the balanced Asheville attack with 24 points, 18 in the first half, in 24 minutes of play. Momentum was key for the Altitude, rallying for an 18-4 spurt at the end of the first quarter to give them a seven point lead followed by an 11-1 run to close the half with a 61-45 advantage.
"We didnt know if Brandon Kurtz was going to be here and we knew we had to stick together," said Kareem Reid. "We needed Meeking to come out and set an example and he did that for us."
The Altitude held off every attempt the Lowgators made at a comeback by shooting the ball extremely well as they connected on 55.3% of their field goals and 55.6% of their three-point shots. Charleston shot 44.1% overall and struggled mightily from three-point land, connecting on just 4 of 22 long-range attempts.
Seven of the nine Asheville players who saw action scored in double figures including point guards, Kareem Reid and Brandin Knight, who continued their stellar play while sharing the court, pouring in 22 points apiece. Reid also tied the Asheville Altitude assist record, which he set earlier this year, with 12 dimes.
"Our team is basically unselfish and I think that starts with our point guards," said Asheville Head Coach Joey Meyer. "Brandin Knight gives us a spark, hes a tough young man and Kareem is great."
Greg Stevenson added 14 points and six rebounds and, Brandon Kurtz competing in his first game back since injury, chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds after just arriving in Asheville prior to the game after a work out with the Chicago Bulls. Kris Lang registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Lavor Postell netted 12 points and handed out seven assists.
Ime Udoka poured in 23 points and nine rebounds for Charleston while Damone Brown added 19 points and six rebounds. Alpha Bangura chipped in 12 points and Rolan Roberts grabbed 10 rebounds despite joining his teammate Karim Shabazz in foul trouble for most of the night.
The win stops a two-game losing skid for the Altitude and pushes the Charleston road losing streak to six games. Asheville will return to action Friday night as they host the Fayetteville Patriots. Charleston will travel to Huntsville to face the Flight.
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