BayHawks Best the Mad Ants in Triple OT
ERIE, PA - In an exciting, 131-124, triple overtime victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Erie BayHawks made history becoming the first team in NBA G League history to play in back-to-back triple overtime games at home.
The BayHawks (4-7) were led by two-way guard, Josh Gray. In a game-high 45 minutes, Gray notched a game-high 40 points, 10 rebounds, a team-high tying six assists and a season-high six steals. The third-year G League player notched his fifth double-double of the season and his first point-rebound double-double.
Fort Wayne (2-9) jumped out to an early 12-0 lead, thanks in part to seven quick points from Stephan Hicks. The Mad Ants forward finished the evening with 13 points on 6-10 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 33 minutes.
Despite trailing early in the contest, Erie fought back to gain a one-point lead going in to halftime. In a game that saw 21 lead changes in its entirety, Gray continued to be a spark for the BayHawks offense as he tallied 22 of his 40 points in the first half.
Rebounds played key for the BayHawks, as they edged Fort Wayne 61-46. Kavell Bigby-Williams and Jalen Adams both totaled season-highs in rebounds, as they corralled 15 and 12 boards, respectively.
Heading in to the fourth quarter down three, Vitto Brown connected on back-to-back threes, finishing the night with a season-high tying 27 points. Brown gave Erie solid minutes as he shot 10-15 from the field, including a 5-7 mark from beyond the arc.
Other notables for Fort Wayne were Walt Lemon Jr. and Brian Bowen II. Lemon Jr. contributed a team-high 29 points, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes off the bench, while Bowen II added a double-double with 21 points and a game-high 16 rebounds in 43 minutes.
Following two overtimes in which neither team could pull ahead, the BayHawks outscored Fort Wayne, 12-5, in the final overtime period. Brown totaled five of those 12 points, including a tip-in at the rim with 40 seconds remaining to give Erie a five-point lead.
Following tonight's contest, Erie squares off with the Westchester Knicks this Saturday. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at Erie Insurance Arena.
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