Erie, PA – The Erie BayHawks (11-29) were taken down by the Grand Rapids Drive (21-21) this evening at Erie Insurance Arena, 119-98.
After being knotted up at 11 points each at the 7:15 mark of the first quarter, Grand Rapids went on an 18-8 run to take a 10-point, 29-19, lead. The BayHawks responded by knocking down three straight three-pointers. Robert Vaden drained two consecutive triples, while TJ Price knocked down one. The first quarter ended with a six-point Drive lead. Grand Rapids extended its lead to 11 points in the second quarter, going up 51-40 with 4:47 left to play in the half. The BayHawks rattled off eight straight unanswered points to narrow their deficit to three, 51-48. At the intermission of tonight’s contest, the Drive held a six-point, 58-52, lead.
Erie cut into Grand Rapids’ lead at the 4:26 mark of the third quarter, 75-70, off of a Gabe York three-pointer. The Drive closed out the third quarter on a 15-9 run, matching their largest lead of the game to that point. The BayHawks found themselves in an 11-point hole heading into the final quarter of play, 90-79. Grand Rapids outscored Erie, 29-19, in the fourth quarter. The Drive finished tonight’s match with a 119-98 win.
Grand Rapids had three players score 20-plus points (Lorenzo Brown-27, Ray McCallum-26, Henry Ellenson-22). The Drive recorded 119 points on 46-87 (.529) shooting from the field, including an 11-27 (.407) mark from three-point territory.
The BayHawks were led by TJ Price with a team-high 20 points on 6-12 (.500) shooting from the floor, including a 4-6 (.667) clip from beyond the arc, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes of action. Branden Dawson notched a double-double, finishing with a game-high 15 rebounds (seven offensive) and 12 points in 35 minutes. Gabe York swiped a game-high five steals, to go along with 16 points, five rebounds and a team-high six assists in 33 minutes of play. York’s five steals was one shy of his season high. Shevon Thompson tallied his third consecutive double-double, with 15 points and 10 rebounds.