ERIE, Pa. - Erie now advances to 8-5 at home this season.
The first quarter of tonight’s contest was all Erie, as the BayHawks poured in 33 points on 12-20 (.600) shooting from the floor. Raphiel Putney and Jeremy Evans combined for 18 of Erie’s 33 first quarter points. After 12 minutes of play, the BayHawks held a 33-18 lead. Erie commanded a 21-point, 41-20, lead off of a Jordan Mathews finger roll at the 9:12 mark of the second quarter. The Nets were able to close the gap to get within seven points, 51-44, off of a Thomas Wimbush free throw with 2:11 left to play in the first half. Heading into halftime, Erie held a 58-46 lead.
The BayHawks were able to maintain their double-digit lead in the third quarter. After 36 minutes of action, Erie had an 83-69 advantage. Long Island began the final quarter of play on an 18-6 run. Tahjere McCall buried two free throws to bring the Nets within two points, 89-87, with 5:49 left in regulation. The Nets took their first and only lead of the game off of a Shannon Scott three-pointer at the 4:15 mark of the fourth quarter, 90-89. Jeremy Hollowell responded by knocking down a jumper, giving the BayHawks a 91-90 lead. As time expired, Erie came away with a 109-103 win.
Raphiael Putney notched his second consecutive double-double, finishing with a team-high 19 points on 6-11 (.545) shooting from the floor, including a 2-4 (.500) clip from three-point land, a game-high 14 rebounds, two steals and a game-high three blocks in 35.4 minutes. Jeremy Evans recorded his ninth double-double in 10 games tonight, tallying 11 points on 5-7 (.714) shooting, 11 rebounds and one block in 21.2 minutes. Josh Magette dished out a game-high eight assists, to go along with 16 points and a team-high tying two steals in 36.1 minutes. Derrick Marks contributed 17 points, four rebounds and one steal in 28.2 minutes as a reserve. The BayHawks had six players score in double figures tonight (Raphiael Putney-19, Derrick Marks-17, Josh Magette-16, Craig Sword-15, Jeremy Hollowell-14, Jordan Mathews-13, Jeremy Evans-11).
Jeremy Senglin paced Long Island with a game-high 21 points, a 4-8 (.500) mark from beyond the arc, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 35.5 minutes. Akil Mitchell recorded a near double-double, finishing with a team-high tying nine rebounds, 10 points on 4-5 (.800) shooting, two assists and two blocks in 27.1 minutes off the bench. Isaiah Whitehead netted 19 points, two assists and one block in 15.3 minutes.
Up next for the BayHawks is the 2018 NBA G League Showcase. Erie will face the Northern Arizona Suns on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Friday’s game against the Vipers will be broadcasted on ESPNU.
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