ERIE, Penn. — The Erie BayHawks dropped a hard fought, triple overtime loss, 141-143, against the Raptors 905 on Saturday night in the team’s annual “Salute Our Troops” game.
Josh Gray notched another impressive offensive outing for Erie (2-5), logging a game-high 35 points, six rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes of action. In his last three games with the BayHawks since returning from his transfer to New Orleans, Gray has totaled 107 points. Those 107 points mark the highest three-game scoring output so far this season (prev. Marial Shayok, 105 PTS, 11/9-11/15).
The BayHawks edged the Raptors 905 in field goal percentage (.510-.495), fast break points (18-8) and rebounds (62-44), but turnovers proved to be crucial once again as Erie committed 27, compared to just 13 from the 905.
Zylan Cheatham registered his fifth-straight double-double with the BayHawks, notching a season-high 23 points, a game-high 16 rebounds and four assists in 42 minutes. Through the first two weeks of the G League season, Cheatham is the only player in the G League averaging at least 14.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
Solid all around play from Erie was not enough, as the 905 (1-4) picked up their first win of the season, thanks to four players recording 20-point outings. Leading the Raptors in scoring was Tyler Ennis. The Toronto Raptors affiliate player tallied a season-high 29 points, a team-high eight assists and seven rebounds in a game-high 43 minutes. Ennis connected on a game-tying three-pointer with 2.0 seconds left double overtime to send the game to its final period.
Shamorie Ponds also provided huge contributions off the bench for the 905. The two-way guard tallied 27 points on 11-18 shooting, knocking down a game-high tying five three pointers, four rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes.
Despite the loss, the BayHawks continue to see promising play from rookie guard Jalen Adams. He finished the night with his second double-double of the season, totaling 27 points on 11-16 shooting, a season-high tying 10 assists, six rebound and two steals in 43 minutes. The New Orleans Pelicans affiliate player has scored 20 or more points in all five games he has seen action in this season.
Following tonight’s contest, Erie hits the road for another three-game road trip. The BayHawks square off with the Grand Rapids Drive on Monday, Nov. 25 and Wednesday, Nov. 27, before taking on the Wisconsin Herd on Friday, Nov. 29.