ERIE, PA – The Erie BayHawks notched their third win in the team’s last four games, escaping Erie Insurance Arena with a 109-107 victory over the Oklahoma City Blue on Friday evening.
Trailing by seven points with 7:46 left in regulation, the BayHawks (7-13) went on a 19-6 run over a span of six and a half minutes to give them what was thought to be a comfortable 107-101 lead.
Back-to-back threes from Devon Hall and Markel Brown, however, would notch it at 107 apiece, as the Blue (7-13) looked to give Erie their third-straight home loss. Hall contributed 14 points and five rebounds, while Brown notched 13 points, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes as a reserve.
It was Jalen Adams’ two free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining that wound up giving Erie the two-point victory. Adams finished the contest with a game-high 23 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals in a game-high 41 minutes.
The BayHawks led by as many as 14 in the first half, but watched their lead slowly dissipate as Oklahoma City took a three-point lead just two minutes in to the third quarter.
DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell played a big part in the Blue’s surge. He notched 18 first-half points, going 7-11 from the field, eight rebounds and two blocks in 14 minutes.
Erie’s starters were a difference maker on the evening, as they edged the Blue’s first five in scoring, 89-60. The trio of Jalen Adams, Vitto Brown and Zylan Cheatham went a combined 26-43 (.605) from the field, totaling 65 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.
Brown recorded 21 points and four rebounds, while Cheatham added 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 24 minutes.
Another notable stat line on the night was Josh Gray. The Pelicans two-way player tallied his sixth double-double of the season with 18 points, a game-high 11 assists and six rebounds in 39 minutes.
The BayHawks have two days off before a three-game road trip against the Raptors 905 (Jan. 6), College Park Skyhawks (Jan. 8) and Greensboro Swarm (Jan. 10).