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Bolts steal game two in Dakota

March 11, 2004 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) - Rockford Lightning News Release

Rockford, Illinois – Playing without the leading scorer in the CBA, one might have expected problems for the Lightning last night. However, playing in Dakota, the Bolts used Desmond Ferguson’s outside shooting to take Game Two of the five-game series 117-111.

The game was close for the first three quarters once again. The Lightning recovered from an 11-point deficit at one point to tie the game at 82 after three quarters of play. The Bolts won despite being outrebounded 61-40 by the Wizards. Ronnie Fields did not play after suffering a scratched retina in Tuesday night's game. His status is day-to-day.

Ferguson led all scorers with 31 points including 8-12 from outside the arc. Seven of the eight Lightning players who saw action last night scored in double figures. Tim Kisner added 18 points while Muntrelle Dobbins had 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Lightning shot 51% from the floor and 55% from beyond the arc.

Ashraf Amaya had 18 points and 19 rebounds for Dakota. Maurice Carter led the team in scoring with 23 while Ben Ebong had 22. Melvin Sanders did play last night for the Wizards, but point guard Dean Oliver did not dress. Dakota dropped to 21-4 at home this season and 62-12 at home over the past three seasons.

Game Three of the best-of-five series is Sunday in Bismarck. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:05 pm and the game can be heard on WROK-AM 1440. Game Four of the series will take place in Rockford at the MetroCentre on Wednesday, March 17 at 7:05. Tickets are available now by calling the Lightning office at (815) 874-4232 or by stopping by the MetroCentre Box Office.

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