BayHawks Drop Contest to Westchester Knicks
White Plains, NY, February 26, 2017 – The Erie BayHawks (11-26) were stalled by the Westchester Knicks (16-21), 101-91. After heading into the All-Star break winning four of five games, the BayHawks have now dropped two straight.
Westchester opened the game on a 10-2 run with Marshall Plumlee and Damien Inglis scoring on four consecutive possessions. Erie was not rattled by the Knicks’ hot start, and after taking advantage of a few Westchester turnovers, tied the game with 2:32 to play. The Knicks went down for only 41 seconds until John Jenkins nailed a three-point shot, which allowed Westchester to exit the opening quarter with the lead. Erie stayed right on the Knicks’ trail as the second quarter began, but Westchester gradually started to wear down its opponent through precise ball movement. Westchester never trailed in the second quarter, extending its lead as high as 11 points.
Courtney Fells heated up in the third quarter as the Knicks did everything in its power to protect the lead. Erie clawed its way to a tie, but a Jaylen Bond layup ensured that Westchester got the lead back. As the game’s final quarter got underway, it was clear that victory loomed closer with every dribble. Eight of Westchester’s ten players managed to score in the final quarter of a commanding 101-91 victory.
Branden Dawson paced the BayHawks with a game-high 24 points on 10-17 (.588) shooting from the field, six rebounds and a game-high four steals in 34 minutes. Kalin Lucas added 22 points on 9-14 (.643) shooting and a team-high tying four assists in 27 minutes as a reserve. In two games against the Knicks this season, Lucas is averaging 17.5 points and 4.5 assists in 28.5 minutes. Anthony Brown finished tonight’s tilt with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes. Over the past two games, Brown’s tallied 22.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 37.0 minutes of action.
The BayHawks are back at it on Friday, March 3rd to take on the Delaware 87ers at 7:00 p.m. Following Friday night’s contest, Erie will play seven of its next nine games at home, including two three-game home stands.