Armor Drop New Years Eve Tilt

SPRINGFIELD, MA Dec. 31, 2010 –The Erie BayHawks ended 2010 with a 107-84 victory over the Springfield Armor Friday night at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

After a back and forth first quarter, which ended with the BayHawks holding a slim one-point lead, Erie seized control of the game and never looked back.

In the second quarter, The BayHawks opened up the lead to double digits with an 11-2 run. Erie received great production off the bench from Tasmin Mitchell and Kyle Spain, who both scored 11 first-half points. “We have a good depth on our team,” said BayHawks head coach Jay Larranaga. “We expect anyone we call on to contribute.”

In the second half, the BayHawks continued to rout the Armor, stretching the lead to a game-high 26 in the third quarter. Mitchell was all over the board as he pulled down 7 rebounds in the first half, 4 of them on the offensive end. Erie got the most of their offensive rebounds, scoring 24 points off second chance opportunities. “Coming off a loss yesterday, we were motivated and came out with great energy,” Larranaga said.

The Armor struggled all night, shooting 42 percent from the field and committing 29 turnovers. “We didn’t take too many chances,” Larranaga said. “We tried to play really good help defense.”

Erie had 6 players in double figures including Mitchell, who recorded a double-double off the bench with 20 and 10. Christian Eyenga finished with 20 as well. “We have very unselfish players. It’s been a characteristic of our team all year,” Larranaga said.

The Armor were led by Chas McFarland, who scored 18 points, while JamesOn Curry chipped in 14.

Erie improves to 10-6 on the year, while Springfield falls to 4-10. These two teams meet again Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.