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Super subs score big in Stallions' victory

Coach Kyle Macy said in the days before his Bluegrass Stallions ever played an American Basketball Association game that it wouldn't matter who he started.

Everyone would play, and the best would finish.

Witness Saturday's 113-106 victory over the Seattle Mountaineers, played at the sparkling Kentucky Horse Park Indoor Arena.

The Stallions bench provided 78 points.

Luke Fitzgerald and Aubrey White led the attack of the super subs.

Fitzgerald, a 6-foot-8 post player out of Cumberlands, totaled 25 points and 17 rebounds in 361/2 minutes.

White, a 6-3 guard out of Henry Clay and Georgetown College, had 23 points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds.

"It was a good game (personally), but I'm happy with the 'W,'" White said. "Anything to motivate my guys."

Justin Taylor, the former Tates Creek and Georgetown standout, paced the starters with 17 points. Lamar Castile and sub William Harris scored 11 each, with Harris adding nine rebounds.

A small (estimated 450) but appreciative crowd saw the Stallions lead at each quarter break.

The fans didn't miss a beat when the Stallions twice scored close-range three-point shots. An ABA rules quirk adds a bonus point when a team possession starts with a turnover. The rule rewards defense and favors a high-paced, pressing style.

"It's a lot faster than college," Fitzgerald said. "It's up and down, and you've got to really defend quick."

The Stallions (4-2) have won three in a row. The Mountaineers opened their season Friday with a loss at Nashville.

Tyler Amaya, a 6-7 slasher who began his collegiate career at Gonzaga and finished at Western Washington, led the Mountaineers with 38 points and played nearly all 48 minutes. Marques Hayden, out of Kansas State, had 23 points and 15 rebounds.

Seattle's Don Sims, who has been coaching minor-league pro ball about 10 years, was impressed with the visit.

"The facility is on top. It's first class," Sims said. "There are places that get more people, but I think Tony (Chase, Stallions CEO) is doing a great job, and I think as the team continues to gel he'll get more people in here."

White, who won an ABA title last season with the Kentucky Bisons, gave props to the fans and the facility.

"The crowd's really into it. By far the best place I've ever played in the ABA."

Trailing 52-47 at halftime, Seattle scored the first 13 points of the second half to take a 60-52 lead.

Bluegrass responded with a 19-5 flurry to lead by six and was never caught.

■ The Stallions' guest "13th player" was former Kentucky forward Jared Prickett.

STALLIONS 113, MOUNTAINEERS 106

SEATTLE (106) — Amaya 13-24 7-8 38, Speilman 1-4 1-2 3, Johnson 5-9 4-5 15, Hayden 8-18 6-11 23, Dalvit 0-0 0-0 0, Troyer 1-7 2-2 4, Knight 2-5 0-1 4, Keller 4-13 3-4 14, Oliver 2-7 1-1 5, Manning 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-88 24-34 106.

BLUEGRASS (113) — Murrell 2-3 3-4 7, Castile 4-15 2-2 11, Dialls 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 6-16 2-4 17, Obrzut 0-2 0-0 0, Scott 1-5 0-0 3, Brown 3-8 3-4 9, White 11-16 0-1 23, Turner 2-7 3-4 7, Harris 3-10 5-9 11, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Fitzgerald 9-14 7-8 25. Totals 41-97 25-36 113.

Seattle 18 29 22 37—106

Bluegrass 27 25 25 36—113

Three-point goals—Seattle 10-32 (Amaya 5-13, Troyer 0-3, Knight 0-2, Keller 3-10, Johnson 1-3, Hayden 1-1), Bluegrass 6-23 (Scott 1-5, Brown 0-1, White 1-1, Castile 1-6, Dialls 0-1, Taylor 3-6, Harris 0-3). Rebounds—Seattle 53 (Hayden 15), Bluegrass 64 (Fitzgerald 17). Assists—Seattle 13 (Amaya, Hayden 3), Bluegrass 20 (White 5). Total fouls—Seattle 27, Bluegrass 25. Technicals—Castille, Harris. A: 450 (est.).

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