BayHawks Split Weekend Series With Win Over Charge
The Erie BayHawks defeated the Canton Charge, 109-88, in front of 3,541 at the Memorial Civic Center on Saturday night. The loss drops Canton to 25-17 on the season and sets their East Division lead at 2.5 games with nine to play, while Erie improved their mark to 23-20 and currently sits in second place behind the Charge.
In a first period that saw six lead changes and four ties with no team leading by more than two buckets, Canton ended up pulling ahead for the 28-24 lead. Arinze Onuaku led the Charge in the opening quarter with eight points and six rebounds early on.
The BayHawks turned up the defensive intensity in the second quarter from the start, holding the Charge without points for the first 4:21 of the period. Erie ultimately held Canton to 4-of-18 shooting in the second, outscoring them 27-15 and taking a 51-43 lead into the half.
Erie extended their lead in the third quarter to as many as 18, led by Cory Higgins’ effort of 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting as they increased their advantage to 80-66. The BayHawks would never trail the rest of the way and finished the year with the 5-2 edge in the season series between the two teams.
Onuaku had a team-high 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting with 10 rebounds and a steal in 22 minutes for his 15th double-double of the season. Kevin Jones added 17 points on 8-of-17 shooting with five rebounds and a steal in 34 minutes. Kyle Gibson added 16 points, including 8-of-8 from the free-throw line, with five assists and a steal in 33 minutes. Antoine Agudio scored 10 points with four rebounds and three assists in 41 minutes.
Higgins finished with a game-high 24 points with five rebounds in 39 minutes. Mustafa Shakur supplied 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting with six assists and two steals in 37 minutes. Erik Daniels netted 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting in 22 minutes, while Kyle Goldcamp scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 27 minutes.
Canton will wrap up this four-game home stand with a visit from the Maine Red Claws this Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Memorial Civic Center. Tickets start as low as $7 and fans can receive more information by heading HERE.
CHARGE HEAD COACH ALEX JENSEN
(On Erie winning four out of the last five against Canton):“A guy who plays good against us is Cory Higgins. We go into the game and we tell our guys what he does well and for some reason, we play into his hands. We take pride in taking away guys strengths and making them score at their weaknesses, but for instance he (made) shot fakes a lot. We probably went for three or four shot fakes both games. We played hard most of the time, but now we need to add the mental aspect of it. It’s like (Mustafa) Shakur; he’d rather get to the rim than shoot a jump shot. They knew that, but he got to the rim and had 21 points tonight and was 0-for-2 from three-point range. We knew that going in, we just didn’t translate it acting out.”
(On not being able to hit shots in stretches):“They were switching, which caused us some problems. They would switch and it would speed us up. We would either hold the ball or we would try to make it happen off of the first ball screen instead moving and swinging it, like a couple times in the second half when we got caught in the switch. That’s always the dangerous thing. I was worried about it last night because we hit some difficult shots, worried that we would come in tonight and shoot early and we did. Some of them were good looks that they didn’t make. We relied on that and didn’t rely on defending.”