ERIE, Pa. – The Erie BayHawks (5-8) fell to the Grand Rapids Drive (6-8) in overtime tonight, 108-105. Grand Rapids now holds a 2-0 regular season series lead over Erie.
The BayHawks jumped out to an early 14-point, 16-2, lead at the 8:48 mark of the first quarter. Erie finished the first quarter on a 17-2 run, behind back-to-back three-pointers by Atlanta Hawks assignee Nicolas Brussino. The BayHawks scored a season-high 39 points in the first quarter of tonight’s match. After the first 12 minutes of action, Erie held a 39-16 lead. With 2:50 left in the opening half, Grand Rapids narrowed its deficit to single-digits, 54-46, off of two made free throws by Derek Willis. At the intermission of tonight’s contest, Erie had a nine-point, 61-52, advantage.
At the 4:56 mark of the third quarter, the Drive tied the game up at 69, off of a Derek Willis slam dunk. Zeke Upshsaw nailed a three-pointer with 1:46 remaining in the third quarter to give Grand Rapids its first lead of the game, 77-76. Heading into the final quarter of play, Erie found itself in a four-point, 82-78, hole. The BayHawks overcame an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to force tonight’s game into overtime, when Tyler Dorsey knocked down a trey with 31.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Heading into extra time, the score was tied at 101.
The Drive struck first in overtime, with a Kenneth Smith layup. The BayHawks would eventually fall tonight, 108-105. The Drive overcame a 26-point deficit in tonight’s contest.
Josh Magette had a near-double-double for the BayHawks, finishing with a team-high 19 points, a team-high tying nine assists, four rebounds and a game-high tying three steals in 38.0 minutes of play. Roscoe Smith finished in double figures for the fifth straight game, tallying 16 points on 7-13 (.538) shooting from the floor, three rebounds and one steal in 28.4 minutes as a reserve. Jaylen Morris pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, to go along with 16 points on 6-11 (.545) shooting and one steal in 37.1 minutes of play.
For Grand Rapids, Derek Willis finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-16 (.500) shooting, four rebounds and two steals in 34.1 minutes. Kenneth Smith notched a double-double, dishing out a game-high 16 assists, to go along with 12 points on 5-8 (.625) shooting from the floor, six rebounds and a game-high tying three steals in 43.3 minutes. Landry Nnoko also finished with a double-double for the Drive, registering a game-high 13 rebounds, in addition to 18 points on 7-14 (.500) shooting, one steal and four blocks in 32.4 minutes.