Game Review: Erie BayHawks 78, Iowa Energy 102

Saturday, February 6, 2010

So that happened.

It wasn't the most lopsided loss of the season for the BayHawks. That would be the 26-point shellacking the BayHawks suffered against Maine in their home opener back in December. It wasn't even the most demoralizing loss of the season. That would have to be the one they lost at Tullio Arena 100-95 in overtime against Iowa after blowing a 30-point lead in regulation.

I don't know what superlative to attach to tonight's loss, but it wasn't a good game for the BayHawks at all. The final score was 102-78, and the BayHawks needed a 29-point fourth quarter just to reach 78. I'll do the math for you: they scored 49 points through the first 36 minutes.

Jackie Manuel returned to the lineup for the BayHawks after missing last night's game, but I don't think he was 100 percent as he finished with more turnovers (5) than points (4). The rest of the team wasn't much better as Erie shot a woeful 36 percent for the night, including just 2-12 from 3.

Alade Aminu struggled yet again: 0-5 shooting, 2 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 3 personal fouls in just 12 minutes of action. If I can paraphrase Seinfeld, what's the deal with Aminu? Since being named a D-League All-Star, his production has swooned. He's averaging 11.7 points and just 4.7 rebounds per game in the past three games against Iowa. I don't know if it's an Iowa Energy thing, a lack of energy thing, or what, but the BayHawks cannot be competitive without a better showing from Aminu.

Jarvis Gunter was a small ray of sunshine for Erie in this one. The reserve forward came off the bench to play 33 minutes, scoring 8 points on 3-4 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds (8 offensive). Ivan Harris led the team in scoring with 21 points on 8-19 shooting.

The BayHawks are now 12-19 on the season, including 0-7 versus Iowa. The East Conference-leading Energy improve to 25-6. The teams play again in Iowa on Tuesday night.


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Blog Talk BayHawk is an unofficial Erie BayHawks blog covering the NBA D-League. It features opinions and information about the NBADL and the Erie BayHawks. Blog Talk BayHawk is written from a basketball fan’s perspective to fill In the gaps left by professional journalists’ coverage of BayHawks basketball and the Erie professional basketball scene.

Matt Hubert is a 25-year-old writer and basketball fanatic born and raised in Erie, Pa. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in English and a dual concentration in writing and creative writing. Matt's not wavering from his stance as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, but he will cover the BayHawks' NBA affiliates in Cleveland and Toronto when it makes sense to do so throughout the year.

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