San Diego Surf beat No. 3 San Francisco Rumble, climb to ninth in rankings
By Darren Feeney / KFMB Interactive
The Surf opened up their 2010-2011 season unranked and on a three-game road trip up to Northern California. They returned 1,500 miles later with a 2-1 record and a top ten spot in the American Basketball Association (ABA) Power Rankings out of 60-70 teams nationwide.
In their first matchup of the season, San Diego had a slim, two-point lead at halftime against the San Francisco Rumble, who were ranked third prior to the game. The Surf turned it on in the fourth quarter, fueled by aggressive defense and an upbeat transition game to pull away for the 140-123 victory.
The Surf outscored the Rumble 43-29 in the final quarter, led by the superior efforts out of guard Tim Denson and the sharp shooting of Glen Dandridge.
Denson, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound point guard from Cal St. San Bernardino, dropped a game-high 43 points. Dandridge, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound swingman from the University of Missouri, knocked down six three-pointers in his 33-point effort.
Other impressive performances came from former Long Beach State 49er's Cornell Williams and Maurice Clady, who added 23 and 18 points, respectively. Kalonji Kadima out of Wisconsin- Stevens Point chipped in for 17.
San Francisco was led in scoring by DeVaughn Lamont with 35 and Derek Foster added 24 points.
The Surf followed their impressive showing with a come-from-behind victory in their next game against the Mid-Valley Titans.
After trailing most of the game, the Surf once again used the entire 48 minutes to seize the win.
Dandridge was dialed in again from three-point range, knocking down five treys as part of his 37 points. Denson had another strong performance with 27 points, while Williams added four key three pointers.
A noticeably tired Surf unit couldn't sweep the final leg of their three-game road trip, falling to the Sacramento Heat Wave 116-111. It was again the Dandridge-Denson duo, but it wasn't enough to handle the Heat Wave.
Denson racked up 32 points, while Dandridge contributed 36 points, including another six three-pointers to give him 17 through the first three games.
Come join the Surf for their home opener this Saturday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m., as San Diego hosts the Santa Barbara Breakers at the HourGlass Arena at Miramar College. Tickets are $10 at the door.