The game was played at Erie’s pace. The score is indicative of it.
Erie limited Iowa to 38 percent shooting.
Still, the Energy found a way to edge the BayHawks, 85-82, Tuesday night at home. Othyus Jeffers had a big game – 21 points and 13 rebounds – for Iowa, but Erie shot just 12-of-30 from the free throw. When you’re playing a team like Iowa (26-6), every point matters and you can’t leave any free points on the table.
Since Erie’s game against Fort Wayne today has been postponed, this is the last game for the BayHawks (12-20) heading into the All-Star break. They’ve lost their last four games all to Iowa.
Now there is no shame for them to lose to Iowa, which is more talented, but the BayHawks can’t use the excuse they don’t have point guard Cedric Jackson, who is closing out his second 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The haven’t had him for a while, but will likely get him back after the All-Star break.
If Erie has any hopes of making the playoffs, I say they’ve got to get their record even heading into the last week of the season. They need to be say 22-22 with six games left.
They need a long win streak to make that possible.