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Big Fourth Quarter leads Asheville over Flame

February 19, 2005 - NBA G League (G League) - Asheville Altitude News Release

ASHEVILLE, N.C., – Asheville Altitude guard Lenny Stokes led a balanced scoring attack with 21 points Saturday as Asheville rolled to a 110-97 win over the Florida Flame at the Asheville Civic Center.

The Altitude (19-12) put the game out of reach late outscoring the Flame 34-19 in the fourth quarter. In addition to Stokes, Ron Slay (19), Kirk Penney (16), Cedric Suitt (16) and Tim Bowers (15) all reached double-figures for the Altitude.

Suitt added a team-high seven rebounds and four blocks while Stokes chipped in with eight assists and six rebounds.

Smush Parker paced Florida (8-24) with a game-high 30 points on 10-of-21 shots from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Hiram Fuller added 15 points while Carl English and Tim Pickett chipped in with 10 points each.

“We were able to get good spurts of energy when we really needed them,” said Altitude head coach Joey Meyer. “We had our problems containing Parker, but I told our guys I was only concerned with the final score.”

After battling to a 22-22 tie to end the first quarter, Florida took a seven point advantage into the half knocking down 58.8 percent (10-of-17) of the shots they took in the second quarter. Florida’s Kirk Haston and Byron Mouton were huge in the Flame’s second stanza notching six points each to help open the lead.

But in the third quarter, it was the exceptional play from Suitt that helped Asheville overcome its halftime deficit. Suitt netted seven of his 16 points and pulled down both of his offensive rebounds in the third cutting the Flame lead to just two points (78-76) going into the final period. Suitt also helped keep a lid on the Flame basket recording two of his four blocks in the third.

“We didn’t come out hard at all in the first half,” said Suitt. “But coach (Meyer) talked to us after the half about getting back into the game. We came out with more intensity and really played well to start the third. It was good to have momentum going into the fourth.”

In the fourth quarter, Slay made sure the Flame could not mount a comeback scoring 11 of his 19 in the fourth quarter. Florida’s only chance at making a late rally was squashed by poor shooting knocking down just 29.4 percent (5-of-17) of its fourth quarter shots.

Asheville finished the game shooting 50.6 percent from the field while holding Florida to just 40.7 percent.

Florida will next play against the Columbus Riverdragons on the road Saturday. Asheville travels to face the Roanoke Dazzle Monday night.

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