BayHawks Let One Slip Away in 134-133 OT Loss

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The Erie BayHawks (7-12), NBA G League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club, fell to the Delaware 87ers (6-12) in overtime tonight at Erie Insurance Arena, 134-133. In tonight’s game, Josh Magette dished out a franchise-record 19 assists. 

The first quarter saw six lead changes and five ties. Jeremy Hollowell buried a half court triple as time was expiring in the first quarter, giving the BayHawks a 38-32 lead heading into the second quarter. The 87ers opened up the second quarter 10-2 run, holding a two-point, 42-40, lead at the 9:48 mark of the second quarter. Erie regained the lead off of a Craig Sword slam dunk with 4:56 left in the first half, 54-52. At the intermission of tonight’s contest, the BayHawks held a 64-56 lead. Erie’s 64 points scored in the half marks a season-best for points scored in a first half.

Erie built its lead to 16 at the 7:52 mark of the third quarter off of a Tyler Dorsey triple, 78-62. Delaware went on a 32-15 run to close out the quarter. Heading into the fourth, the 87ers held a one-point 94-93 lead. With 4:04 left in tonight’s contest, the BayHawks took a one-point lead, 113-112, off of a Craig Sword layup. Down 124-121, Tyshawn Abbott knocked down a triple for Delaware to tie the game at 124 with 4.9 seconds left in regulation. At the end of the fourth quarter, the game was knotted up, 127-127. 

Each team exchanged three-pointers to begin tonight’s overtime, remaining tied. Christian Wood threw down a slam dunk with 7.4 seconds on the clock, giving the 87ers a one-point lead. As the clock expired, the 87ers walked away with a 134-133 overtime win.

Josh Magette dished out a a franchise-high 19 assists, to go along with 18 points, three rebounds and two steals in 40.2 minutes of action. Magette also shot 9-10 (.900) from the charity stripe in tonight’s game. Jaylen Morris paced the BayHawks with a game-high 29 points on 10-16 (.625) shooting from the floor, including a 3-6 (.500) clip from deep and one steal in 40.1 minutes. Jeremy Evans recorded his fourth straight double-double, finishing with 24 points on 10-16 (.625) shooting, a team-high 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 32.6 minutes of play. Atlanta Hawks assignee Tyler Dorsey contributed 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 39.0 minutes.

Delaware was led by Christian Wood’s 23 points on 9-14 (.643) shooting, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and game-high six blocks in 28.3 minutes. Shawn Long poured in 19 points on 9-15 (.600) shooting, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 18.2 minutes. James Webb II notched a double-double for the 87ers, finishing with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in 38.6 minutes of action.

Erie will hit the road for a matchup against the Long Island Nets on Tuesday, before ending 2017 with a pair of home games.

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