A 7-2 run and two fourth-quarter layups by Clearwater's Allen Williams keyed the Suncoast Sunblasters' first win of the season, a 91-86 squeaker over the Atlanta Eagles. Luther Burks had three points in the key run, which started just under four minutes into the fourth period, making the score 85-78. Atlanta came back with two baskets to make it 85-82 before Williams got two fast-break layups to give the Sunblasters a seven-point lead with 23 seconds remaining. Burks added two foul shots in the final 10 seconds for good measure.
Jose Slaughter led the Sunblasters with 24 points. Burks had 19 and Williams 13. James Scott led Atlanta with 19 points, and Lanard Copeland had 16.
The Sunblasters improved to 1-2, and Atlanta fell to 1-1.
"It wasn't pretty, but it was a win," said Sunblasters coach Curtis Pickering. "The first quarter was the best we've had out of 12 this year. That's what we want to build on."
Neither team shot well in the first two periods _ Atlanta was 22 percent from the floor while Suncoast was 37 percent. Still, the Sunblasters hit often enough to take an 11-point lead in the opening period, keyed by Slaughter, who had 13 in the first half.