ERIE, Penn. — The Erie BayHawks (23-19), NBA G League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club, defeated the Lakeland Magic (20-20) on Friday night, 110-106, inside Erie Insurance Arena. Erie now has a two-game lead over Lakeland for the top spot in the Southeast Division.
The Magic jumped out to a 17-12 lead. Erie responded by going on a 5-0 run, to take a two-point, 19-17, lead with 3:42 left to play in the first quarter. The BayHawks ended the opening quarter holding a slim, 28-27, advantage. Erie opened the second quarter on an 18-9 run, building a 10-point, 46-36 lead, with 7:23 left in the first half. The BayHawks extended their lead heading into the intermission of tonight’s tilt, holding a 14-point, 66-52, lead.
The Magic went on a 14-0 run midway through the third quarter, bringing themselves within one point of the BayHawks, 80-79. Erie responded by closing the quarter on a 10-0 run. At the end of the third quarter, the BayHawks held a 90-79 lead. Lakeland began the fourth quarter on a 14-5 run, closing the gap to two points, 95-93. The BayHawks would outscore the Magic by two points the rest of tonight’s contest, 15-13, and take a 110-106 win. The BayHawks finished the 2017-18 regular season 3-1 against the Lakeland Magic.
Erie had three players record double-doubles in tonight’s win. Raphiael Putney pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds, to go along with 17 points, two assists and a game-high three blocks in 35.3 minutes. Josh Magette notched a team-high 24 points, a game-high 11 assists, two rebounds and a team-high tying two steals in 33.4 minutes. Jeremy Evans also finished with a double-double, tallying 19 points on 6-8 (.750) shooting from the floor, 13 rebounds (four offensive), two assists, one steal and one block in 32.1 minutes of play. Jeremy Hollowell contributed 22 points on 9-14 (.643) shooting, six rebounds, three assists, a team-high tying two steals and one block in 24.1 minutes as a reserve.
Byron Mullens poured in a game-high 25 points on 9-17 (.529) shooting, seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 32.3 minutes off the bench for the Magic. Troy Caupain tallied a near triple-double, finishing with a team-best 12 rebounds (four offensive), a team-best nine assists and 11 points in 37.6 minutes. Lakeland’s bench outscored Erie’s bench by 19 points (52-33).