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Wizards outlast Lightning in game one

March 10, 2004 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) - Rockford Lightning News Release

Rockford, Illinois – Game one of the CBA playoffs had the feel of a heavyweight title fight. Both teams jabbed all game long, but the Dakota Wizards had the knockout punch late in the game. The Wizards took Game One of the best-of-five series 111-105 with a late run that sealed the victory.

The game was nip and tuck throughout with neither squad having much of a run until the fourth quarter. The score was tied at 23 after one quarter and tied at 48 at the half. Dakota took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter, 76-75. Rockford held an 86-81 lead with 7 minutes to go in the game, but the Wizards rattled off six straight points and outscored the Bolts 14-5 over the next few minutes.

Ronnie Fields led all scorers with 31 points on the night. Snap Hunter added 29 while Carlos Daniel and Muntrelle Dobbins both recorded double-doubles. Daniel had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Dobbins had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Lightning shot 41% from the floor and 34% from beyond the arc.

The Wizards’ Melvin Sanders missed the game with a sprained ankle and is expected to be out again tonight. Billy Keys paced the team with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Porter added 24 points and 10 boards. Ben Ebong had 16 points and 15 rebounds. Dakota improved to 21-3 at home this season and 62-11 at home over the past three seasons.

Game Two of the best-of-five series is tonight in Bismarck. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 pm and the game can be heard on WROK-AM 1440. Game Three will take place Sunday night at 6:05 in Dakota.

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