That’s what the Erie BayHawks finished in the NBA D-League Showcase, which concluded today in South Padre Island, TX.
The BayHawks (14-7) beat Idaho, 79-74, on Tuesday, but had defending D-League champion Rio Grande Valley ended their season-best five-game winning streak with a 124-106 loss on Wednesday. The 124 points is the most Erie has allowed this season.
Those were highlights of Erie’s win against Idaho in which former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker shot 2-of-13 from the field for the Stampede.
Former Erie BayHawks point guard Cedric Jackson, who was traded to Idaho late last month for a 2011 first-round draft pick, had a game-high 20 points and seven assists against his former team.
Veteran point guard Blake Ahearn, who Erie teacquired when trading Jackson, had a team-high 16 points and five assists.
The BayHawks didn’t fare as well against power forwrad Jeff Adrien and the Vipers. Erie traded Adrien, a former UConn standout who played 15 games in the NBA this season with the Golden State Warriors, after he played just five games for shooting guard Garrett Temple.
Adrien had 20 points, a career-high 16 rebounds (eight offensive) and four blocks. He has had eight double-doubles in 11 D-League games. Power forward Ivan Johnson, who had played for the Vipers in 2007-08, had a game-high 25 points to lead the BayHawks.
In terms of BayHawks that helped themselves in terms of drawing the interest of NBA teams, Johnson tops the list. Although he did show signs of frustration and picked up a technical against Idaho, he played head up with Adrien and fared well. Just showed the entire offensive arsenal.
Forward Nate Linhart also made an impression in terms of being someone who can do a little bit of everything. In the two games, Linhart averaged 14.5 points and shot 5-of-8 from 3-point range. He had eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks and only turned the ball over three times in the two games.