BayHawks Hang on to Beat Springfield, 115-111
Erie, Pennsylvania - The Erie BayHawks returned home on Friday night, looking to end a three game losing skid. After opening up a 26 point lead, the BayHawks were able to weather an Armor comeback effort and escape with a 115-111 win.
The BayHawks (24-23) took the lead four minutes into the game and never looked back. After one quarter, Erie led 27-21.They extended their lead to 14 on a Demonte Harper three-pointer with seven minutes remaining in the first half. When the quarter ended, the BayHawks led the Armor (18-28) by 13. Harper led all scorers with 16 points off the bench.
Erie's hot shooting continued in the third frame and they extended their lead to 22 entering the final twelve minutes. Nick Covington buried a three-pointer to give the BayHawks their largest lead of the game at 26. The Armor went on an 18-4 run to cut the deficit to five with 36 seconds left. The BayHawks struggled from the free throw line in the final minute but hung on to win 115-111.
Harper finished with a game-high 23 points. Cory Higgins scored 20 points, marking the tenth consecutive game that he has reached that plateau. Keith Benson had a solid effort with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Carleton Scott finished with 20 points for the Armor while Ramone Moore scored 17 and Edwin Ubiles added 16 off the bench.
The win keeps the BayHawks alive in the playoff race with just four regular season games remaining. They're battling with Fort Wayne, Sioux Falls and Maine for the final two spots in the 2013 NBA Development League Playoffs.
Both teams will rest over the weekend before squaring off again at the Erie Insurance Arena for a special 1:00 pm Monday matinee. All Main Level tickets are just five dollars.
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