With former NBA stars Bryon Russell and Lammond Murray dominating at the offensive end, the Newport Beach Surf upset the Beijing Aoshen Olympian’s 122-118 at the Don Bosco Sports Arena.
Aided by 3 point scoring, the Surf quickly jumped out to a 21-12 score in the first quarter. Sheldon Pace (34 points) took notice and went on a torrid scoring pace inside and out to lead a comeback and lead 31-28 at the end of the
With Mark Dawson controlling the boards (11 caroms) and point guard Bruce Prince scoring and distributing, the Surf re-took command of the game, leading 60-53 at the half. Prince finished with 27 points, 7 assists and 9 rebounds. He was
also a thorn in the side at the free throw line, nailing 11 of 12. Coming off the bench and providing offensive support was guard James Reynolds with 15 (4-6 treys); Cornell Williams 11 points and Jason Harris 10 points.
In the second half, the Surf lead by 19 points, 112-93. This hit a nerve with the Olympians. Behind Huo Nan’s scoring both from outside and off the fastbreak (23 points), the Olympian’s made a valliant comeback and actually led 118-116 with 27 ticks remaining in the game. This called for game heroics and veteran Lammond Murray provided such. With 13 seconds left in the game, Murray launched a rainbow deep from the left corner, over 6’10 Li Wei’s outstretched arms. It was nothing but net and the Surf were back up one. The Olympian’s were unable to score on their last two possessions and the Surf had their first victory of the 2009 WCBL season.
Scoring for the Olympian’s, besides Pace and Nan, was Tyree Jones 20; Wei 11 and Zhang Songtao’s 10 points/12 rebounds.