ERIE, Penn. — The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, got off to an insanely hot start, and rolled to their 6th straight victory, a 138-126 win over the Erie Bayhakws Tuesday on the road. Maine (16-6) won its 6th straight game. It is the first time that the Red Claws have won 6 straight games since February 2016.
The Red Claws were led by Boston Celtics Two-Way Player Tremont Waters. The reigning NBA G League Player of the Week finished with 26 points, 6 assists and 3 steals in the win. Yante Maten added 19 points, while Bryce Brown scored 18, and Justin Bibbs added 17 in the win. Jaysean Paige led the bench with 16 points, while Kaiser Gates scored 14. Tacko Fall and Boston Celtics assignee Carsen Edwards each scored 11 points, with Fall recording his 8th double-double of the season (10 rebounds).
Erie (8-16) was led by Jalen Adams with 33 points. Scottie Lindsey added 26 points, and former Red Claw Vitto Brown scored 24 in the loss.
Maten started the game scoring two quick lay-ups. Brown’s three gave Maine a 9-5 early lead. Former Red Claw Vitto Brown paced the Bayhawks, making three three-pointers in the 1st quarter alone. Waters continued to be white hot, burying multiple threes, as Maine led 36-32. Both teams shot the lights out in the early going, with Maine going 8-8 from downtown to start the game, and Erie shooting 9-12 from beyond the arc. When the dust settled, the Red Claws set a franchise record with 46 points in the 1st quarter, but led 46-43 after a wild 1st. Maine shot 68% in the 1st, with Waters scoring 18 in the opening period.
In the 2nd, the Red Claws continued to pour it on. Bibbs’ three followed by a Gates bucket put the Claws up 10. Gates’ three-point play extended the lead to 76-61. The Red Claws came within three points of a franchise record for points in a half, and lead Erie 79-69 at the break. Maine shot an astounding 65% (30-46) from the field and 63% (12-19) from beyond the arc in the first half. Waters led all scorers with 20 points on 8-10 shooting.
The Bayhawks were not done. With Brown leading the charge, a lay-up cut the Claws lead to three at 84-81. Brown’s three stopped the run. Waters’ tough lay-in made it 92-85 Maine. Bibbs hit a contested lay-up, but Lindsay answered with a three the other way. Edwards’ circus-shot three, plus the foul, put Maine back up by 8. Maine hit 100 points with 5:00 to go in the 3rd on an Edwards lay-up. Tacko entered the game and scored 5 straight, extending the lead to 107-95. After a 33 point third quarter, the Red Claws led 112-99 after 3.
In the 4th, Jaysean Paige scored 10 straight points to extend Maine’s lead further to 122-103. Gates’ tough lay-up continued to pace the Claws, as they cracked the 130-point barrier. Maine rolled to victory from there. The Red Claws wound up shooting 56% (56-107) from the floor, a whopping 53% (19-36) from three-point range, and 4-9 from the free throw line. Erie shot 49% (50-102) from the floor, 40% (19-48) from downtown, and 5-5 from the charity stripe.