ERIE, Penn. — The Erie BayHawks (8-13), NBA G League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, defeated the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (11-10) tonight at Erie Insurance Arena, 111-104, behind double-doubles from DeAndre’ Bembry and Jeremy Evans.
Down 23-18, the BayHawks went on an 8-2 run to close the first quarter. After the first 12 minutes of action, Erie held a slim one-point, 26-25, lead. The BayHawks outscored the Mad Ants 32-20 in the second quarter, holding a 58-45 advantage heading into halftime. Jeremy Evans led the way in the first half, finishing with 14 points on 7-8 (.875) shooting from the floor and four rebounds in 16.2 minutes.
Atlanta Hawks assignee Mike Muscala opened the second half by knocking down a triple, assisted by Hawks two-way guard Josh Magette. Jeremy Evans followed Muscala’s three-pointer with a finger roll, extending the BayHawks lead to 18, 63-45. Heading into the final quarter of play, the BayHawks held a 14-point, 91-77 lead. Fort Wayne closed the gap to single digits, 82-91, off of Jarrod Uthoff trey at the 10:34 mark of the fourth quarter. The Mad Ants went on a 14-6 run in the fourth, getting within four points of the BayHawks, 102-98, with 4:13 left in regulation. Erie was able to sustain its lead tonight, winning 111-104.
DeAndreâ€™ Bembry, assigned by the Atlanta Hawks, notched a double-double tonight, finishing with 18 points on 8-15 (.533) shooting from the floor, a game-high tying 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 32.4 minutes of play. Jeremy Evans registered his sixth straight double-double, finishing with a team-high 19 points on 9-10 (.900) shooting from the floor, a game-high tying 10 rebounds, three blocks and one steal in 32.0 minutes. Evansâ€™ sixth straight double-doubles marks the longest double-double streak in the NBA G League this season, per Elias Sports Bureau. Raphiael Putney recorded six blocks, to go along with nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and four points in 26.6 minutes off of the bench. Jordan Mathews poured in 15 points on 5-8 (.625) shooting from the floor, including a 2-4 (.500) clip from three-point territory and two assists in 18.2 minutes as a reserve.
Jarrod Uthoff recorded a game-high 24 points on 9-18 (.500) shooting, five rebounds and three assists in 43.3 minutes for the Mad Ants. Stephan Hicks pulled down a team-high nine boards, to go along with 14 points and two steals in 22.2 minutes of action. Trey McKinney-Jones led all bench scoring tonight, tallying 18 points on 6-10 (.600) shooting, four assists and two steals in 34.5 minutes.