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Sea Dawgs take bite out of Battle Creek

April 3, 2009 - Premier Basketball League (PBL) - Wilmington Sea Dawgs News Release

Wilmington, NC - Cedric McGinnis had a game high 35 points and 14 boards, and Wilmington had to fight off a late rally by Battle Creek in their 112-108 victory over the Knights. With the victory the Sea Dawgs lead their first round best of three playoff series 1-0.

Wilmington, who defeated Vermont on Wednesday night for the right to play top seeded Battle Creek, led by five after one but went down one at the break.

In the third, Wilmington stormed out of the gate going on an 8-2 run to take a seven point lead. Later in the quarter, the Sea Dawgs went on an 11-0 run led by back to back hoops by Cedric McGinnis and a pair of Alex Harper free throws. After three, the Sea Dawgs were up by a dozen.

In the fourth, the Knights showed why they have the best record in the league as to start the fourth, they went on a run of their own, this one 8-0 to cut the lead down to four. Wilmington would come back and up their lead to ten on a Jermaine Williams jumper, but Rashii Johnson came right back with a three to cut the lead back to seven. Back and forth it would go until the 3:26 mark when down nine, the Knights started another run and were able to cut the lead to two with 20 seconds to go in the game. Cedric McGinnis nailed a couple of free throws with 14 seconds to go and the Sea Dawgs come out with a four point victory.

For the Sea Dawgs, Alex Harper added 21 and Kris Clark had 19. Jermaine Williams had a double double with ten points and ten boards. For the Knights it was Rashii Johnson and Frank Phillips with 22 points each.

The two teams continue the series on Sunday afternoon in Battle Creek. If necessary, the two teams will play the third game on Monday.

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