ERIE, PA - The Erie BayHawks evened their record to 4-4 in the young season with a win over the Maine Red Claws 101-100 at Erie Insurance Arena on Sunday afternoon. BayHawks guard D.J. Kennedy sunk two free throws with 6.2 seconds remaining before Erie made a defensive stop to seal the win.
The BayHawks lead by as many as 18 points in the second quarter before Maine went on a 15-4 run in the final six minutes of the half to narrow the Erie lead to 50-43 at the break. BayHawks big man Henry Sims lead the way with 14 points on 7 of 11 shooting thru the first two quarters.
Maine (6-3) put together another strong run to in the final four minutes of the third quarter outscoring the home team 18-8 in the stanza's final four minutes to pull within one, 74-73, entering the fourth quarter.
Erie managed to increase their lead again to ten points midway thru the final quarter but Shelvin Mack and the Red Claws refused to go away. Mack scored 10 points in the final 6:40 of the game, including a three-point play with 12.5 remaining, to give Maine its first lead since the midpoint of the first quarter. But out of a timeout, a Kennedy drive drew a foul and the Erie guard buried two clutch free throws to retake the lead 101-100. During Maine's final possession Mack put up a fade away baseline jumper as he was defended by Nick Covington but only found the front of the rim and a Chris Wright attempted put-back was after the game's final buzzer.
Sims lead all scorers with 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to complete the double-double. Kennedy added 21 points and 9 assists, with Tirrell Baines (16) and Covington (15) also chipping in double-digit efforts.
Maine was lead by Mack's 25 points and Micha Downs added 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Kris Joseph (20), DaJuan Summers (11), Wright (10) and Chris Ayer (10) contributed to Maine's offensive output.
Both teams remain idle until Friday night when the BayHawks travel to Springfield to face the Armor and Maine returns home to face the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.