ERIE, Penn. — A fourth quarter collapse by the Erie BayHawks (9-21) led the team to its fourth-straight defeat, losing to the Delaware Blue Coats (17-12) 103-111 on Saturday evening.
Leading by nine (87-78) heading to the fourth quarter, Erie was outscored 33-16 in the final frame, thanks to Blue Coats guard Xavier Munford. Munford tallied 11 points in the fourth, finishing the night with 24 points, nine rebounds, a team-high five assists and two steals in 34 minutes.
Christ Koumadje was also dominant on both sides of the court for Delaware, as the big man tallied a triple-double with 18 points, a game-high 20 rebounds and a game-high 12 blocks in 37 minutes. Koumadje registered the first opposing player triple-double at Erie Insurance Arena this season.
Despite the loss, Zylan Cheatham kept the BayHawks (Pepperoni Balls) in the game all night, tallying his 13th double-double of the season with a game-high 29 points, a team-high 18 rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes. The two-way forward continues to provide an offensive surge for Erie, as he knocked down a season-high six three-pointers in tonight’s contest.
One of Erie’s biggest problems on the night was its inefficiency with defensive rebounds. The BayHawks were edged 68-51 tonight on the glass, due to Koumadje’s 20 rebounds and Haywood Highsmith also corralling 15. Highsmith contributed a double-double as well for Delaware with 11 points, 15 rebounds, a team-high three steals and two assists in 38 minutes.
Another notable outing for the Pepperoni Balls, however, was Josh Gray. He logged his first double-double of the season with zero turnovers, notching 11 points, a game-high 12 assists, five rebounds and a team-high tying three steals in 37 minutes.