Late Three-Pointer Sinks Charge

Erik Daniels’ hit a three-point shot from the top of the key with 26.3 seconds left to propel the Erie BayHawks past the Canton Charge, 82-80, at Erie Insurance Arena on Saturday Night. The loss dropped the Charge to 1-4 on the season with the loss, while Erie’s home-opener victory improved them to 2-1.

After holding a 22-19 advantage through the end of the first quarter, Canton outscored Erie 27-19 in the second quarter to extend their lead to 49-38 at the intermission. Kyle Gibson had the hot hand throughout the first half as he went for 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond three-point range.

Erie was able to climb back late in the third, as they pieced together a 9-0 run and held Canton scoreless over a span of 4:24 of game time. The Charge’s lead was cut down to 65-59 after three quarters of play. Canton found themselves up 10 with 6:20 left, but the BayHawks again mustered another staunch defensive stand to finish out the game with a 14-2 run that culminated with Daniels’ triple that proved to be the difference-maker. After the Charge scored 49 points on 21-of-44 for 48% in the first half, the BayHawks held them to 31 points on 10-of-34 for 29% in the second.

Gibson finished with a game-high 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting and three rebounds in 37 minutes. Micheal Eric gave a solid effort of 12 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes for his first double-double of the season. Kevin Jones’ streak of four games with a double-double was snapped, and he added 10 points, nine rebounds and a steal in 42 minutes. Ryan Rossiter contributed two points, six rebounds, two steals and a block in twenty minutes off the bench.

Henry Sims led the BayHawks’ scoring efforts with 19 points and seven rebounds in 38 minutes. D.J. Kennedy added 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in 42 minutes. Oscar Bellfield came off the bench to supply 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes. Erie pressured Canton into 21 turnovers for 22 points after forcing 29 miscues for 34 points last night.

The Charge are back in action next Saturday, December 8th at 8:00 p.m. when they head to Springfield to take on the Armor.

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