Erie, PA (March 15, 2017) – The Erie BayHawks (13-30) took down the Salt Lake City Stars (14-28) this evening, 86-77. Tonight’s contest marked the BayHawks second win in three games.
The first 12 minutes of tonight’s match was all Erie, as the BayHawks recorded 25 points on 11-21 (.524) shooting, while holding the Stars to 14 points on 6-21 (.286) shooting from the floor. Salt Lake City went on a 20-8 run to start the second quarter, taking its first lead of the game at the 2:29 mark of the second quarter, 34-33, off of a pair of Sundiata Gaines free throws. At the midway point of tonight’s contest, the score was tied, 39-39.
The Stars won the third quarter, 31-24. Heading into the fourth quarter, Salt Lake City led Erie, 70-63, matching its largest lead of the contest. Gabe York started the final quarter off with back-to-back jump shots and TJ Price knocked down a free throw to bring the BayHawks to within two points, 70-68. After a pair of Kalin Lucas free throws, Erie tied the game up, 73-73, at the 5:27 mark of the fourth. TJ Price buried a three-pointer with 3:53 left to play to give the BayHawks a three-point, 76-73, lead. Erie held Salt Lake City to seven fourth quarter points.
Kalin Lucas notched a game-high 20 points, three rebounds, a game-high eight assists and a game-high tying three steals in 38 minutes of action. Stefan Jankovic recorded a double-double, tallying 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in 36 minutes. Reggis Onwukamuche pulled down 10 rebounds in 26 minutes, while Gabe York contributed 18 points in 33 minutes as a reserve.
Defensively for Erie, the BayHawks held the Stars to 77 points on 25-77 (.325) shooting, including a 7-30 (.233) mark from beyond the arc.
DeAndre’ Bembry finished with a double-double for Salt Lake City, notching a team-high 19 points on 7-11 (.636) shooting from the floor and a team-high 11 rebounds in 25 minutes of play. Henry Sims netted 14 points on 4-8 (.500) shooting and three rebounds in 33 minutes.
The BayHawks will hit the road for a contest with the Maine Red Claws on Friday. Tipoff for Friday’s match is slated for 7:00 PM ET.