The Bellevue Blackhawks of the American Basketball Association came up short in their bid to claim the 2004-05 league championship, falling...

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The Bellevue Blackhawks of the American Basketball Association came up short in their bid to claim the 2004-05 league championship, falling to the Arkansas RimRockers 118-103 last night before 14,989 fans at Alltel Arena in Little Rock, Ark.


Kareem Reid led the RimRockers with 36 points, and ex-NBA player Todd Day had 32.


The Blackhawks, who finished the regular season with a 10-16 record in their first ABA campaign, made an improbable run — helped by a little luck — after getting the 13th seed in the 16-team tournament.


Bellevue (13-17) beat fourth-seeded Texas in the first round, fifth-seeded Maryland in the second round and advanced to the championship game when Utah withdrew from the tournament before the teams’ semifinal matchup because of financial reasons.


The Blackhawks, made up mostly of local players such as Jimmie Haywood (Franklin High School) and Tim Ellis (Rainier Beach High School), had ended the regular season on a six-game losing steak.


Arkansas, which also has former NBA player Oliver Miller and ex-Oregon State Beaver Brian Jackson, finished the season 32-5, winning 18 of its final 19 games.


It is the first ABA championship for the RimRockers.