Blast Earns 12-8 Victory Over the KiXX Friday

Chuck Hatcher, Sam Jones and Wali Jones are Coming to Baltimore

Led by a hat trick from Denison Cabral, the Baltimore Blast improved to 9-7 on the season with a 12-8 win over the visiting Philadelphia KiXX Friday night at 1st Mariner Arena. 

Forward Lucio Gonzaga gave Baltimore an early 2-0 lead but the lead was short-lived as the February MISL Defender of the Month, Pat Morris, tied the game at 2-2 a minute later.  The Blast took over in the tenth minute when Cabral went on a three-goal scoring spree that lasted just two minutes and 29 seconds to put the Blast on top 8-2.

The Blast started the second quarter with another goal, this time from Giuliano Celenza, extending the lead to 10-2.

After almost 12 scoreless minutes in the third quarter, KiXX player/head coach Don D'Ambra scored to cut the Blast lead to 10-4.

The KiXX scored two goals early in the fourth quarter, cutting into Baltimore's lead to make it 10-8 with 11 minutes remaining before rookie Max Ferdinand scored his eighth goal of the season to keep the Blast on top and seal the 12-8 victory.  

The Baltimore Blast teamed up with the Island Soccer League, Hope4Life and Champions4Champions to bring several world-renown sports legends to the Blast game.  Chuck Hatcher, Sam Jones and Wali Jones attended the Blast game, broadcasted their “Sports Inside and Out – Legends of Sports” Internet radio show from the game and were available for autographs.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for the Baltimore Blast to bring these legends to town," said Blast President and General Manager Kevin Healey.  "I am honored that they have decided to come to the Blast game on March 5th.  The Hope4Life program, headed up by Blast assistant coach David Bascome, is a program that we believe will help the children in our community.  Being a positive role model in the community is an important goal for the Blast and I hope everyone takes the opportunity to attend the game, meet these legends and support the Hope4Life cause."

The third-place Baltimore Blast have won their last four games.  The team will host the Monterrey La RaZa Saturday night in their second home game in 24 hours.

About the Legends:

"Coach" Chuck Hatcher heads up the Champions4Champions program, a group of retired sports legends and celebrity athletes who offer a variety of programs and services that support the morale, welfare, social and entertainment needs of American service men and women and their families.  C4C is committed to positively impacting the lives of underprivileged and disadvantaged youth.  Hatcher, the first African American high school basketball player to be named to the All City, All District and All State teams, is well known for pioneering the integration of high schools through basketball.  During the 1980s he served as a motivational speaker for the Pro Athletes in Action “Stay in School” Program which has since become the NBA “Stay in School” Program.

Sam Jones, who spent all of his twelve seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics, scored more than 15,000 points in his career, participated in five NBA All-Star Games and played on ten championship teams.  He was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984, was named to the NBA's 25th Anniversary team in 1970 and in 1996 he was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.

Wali Jones, the Philadelphia 76ers star who began his NBA career with the Baltimore Bullets, was a member of the 1967 championship 76ers squad that defeated the eight-time champion Boston Celtics.  He was named to the NBA All-Rookie team after his season with the Bullets and developed the Shoot for the Stars program for kids.

The Blast has four regular season games remaining and is battling for a spot in the 2010 MISL postseason.  In other team news, the Blast will induct Pat Ercoli and Cris Vaccaro into the Hall of Fame tomorrow night.  Single-game tickets cost $30, $22, $19 and $16 and are on sale at the 1st Mariner Arena Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 410-547-SEAT or online at  Group discounts are available for all games.  For additional information on all Blast tickets, call the Blast office at 410-73-BLAST.

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