The South Bay Lakers won their second game of the weekend as they beat the Erie BayHawks, 127-118, on Saturday night. Travis Wear scored a game-high 26 points for South Bay (8-8) and Johnathan Williams pitched in his eighth double-double with 21 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Daniel Hamilton paced Erie (6-6) with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lakers fell behind early, trailing 39-31 after the first quarter, despite a combined 18 points from Alex Caruso and Wear. Hamilton scored nine quick points to give his team the lead. South Bay recovered in the second quarter, tying up the game at 64 apiece heading into the half. Joel Berry II and Derrick Griffin Jr. combined for 16 points in the second to regain momentum.
The Lakers took a 99-91 lead going into the final frame, as Wear poured in 14 points in the third quarter alone, connecting on 4-of-5 from three-point range. A balanced effort by the Lakers finished off the game, including a powerful reverse alley-oop slam from Griffin Jr. that put a stamp on the win.
Hamilton’s double-double led the BayHawks, while John Gillon scored a team-high 24 points and RJ Hunter finished with 22 points of his own. Jordan Sibert also scored in double figures with 16 points off the bench, as Terrence Jones finished with 15 points and eight assists.
Wear’s impressive night (26 points, nine rebounds, three steals) and a career-night from Williams (21 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three blocks) guided the Lakers to the win. Caruso tallied 18 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals while Jemerrio Jones finished with six points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks. Berry II scored 13 points, Justin Harper finished with 12 and Griffin Jr. recorded 11 points and seven boards.