The Erie BayHawks fell to the Maine Red Claws, 113-111, Thursday night at Erie Insurance Arena. The Red Claws (3-2) are 3-0 on the road. Falling to 2-2, the BayHawks will play at Sioux Falls on Friday night at 8 p.m. Erie is 1-1 in road games.
Once college rivals, rookies Henry Sims and Fab Melo will square off against each other when the Maine Red Claws face the Erie BayHawks on Thursday night at Erie Insurance Arena.
Sims played at Georgetown while Melo, a first-round pick of the Boston Celtics, played at Syracuse. Sims is coming off a 19-point performance in Erie’s 82-80 win Saturday night against the Canton Charge.
The Celtics sent the 7-foot Melo down to Maine where he is averaging seven points and two blocks.
Erik Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 26.3 seconds left in lifting the Erie BayHawks to a 82-80 win in their home opener Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 4,951 at Erie Insurance Arena.
A first-round pick of the BayHawks in their 2008-09 expansion season, Daniels also played for Erie in 2010-11 before returning for a third stint earlier this week. The BayHawks were down by as many as 15 points before avenging a 91-80 loss at Canton on Friday night.
Henry Sims scored a team-high 19 points to lead the BayHawks (2-1). Keith Benson chipped in 13 points while D.J. Kennedy and Oscar Bellfield each had 12. Kyle Gibson scored a game-high 28 points for the Charge (1-4) with 17 coming in the first half.
Erie returns to action Thursday night against the Maine Red Claws.
The Erie BayHawks start their 2012-13 D-League season Friday night at Fort Wayne with a new head coach in Gene Cross. The former Notre Dame assistant replaced Jay Larranaga, who left to become an assistant for the Boston Celtics.