Solomon Alabi's shot blocking ability came to the front for Erie on Friday night.
In their D-League debuts, Toronto Raptors rookie center Solomon Alabi and Cleveland Cavaliers rookie forward Christian Eyenga were pretty solid Friday night.
They started and contributed to Erie’s 109-71 win against the Springfield Armor. Alabi had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks while Eyenga had 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.
Let’s look a little deeper than the numbers.
Alabi. At 7-foot-1, he’s going to block shots, but he did his job. At the same time, he didn’t finish as well around the basket on a consistent basis. Alabi even admitted he could have gotten more than seven boards, but he played hard, had fun and you could see he has talent.
Eyenga. Very athletic. Had a block in which he just came out of nowhere and swatted the ball out of bounds and his one-handed dunk l0oked effortless as he took off outside the lane to throw it down. However, he admitted his defense could have been better and he even drew a technical foul.
The key for both guys is to see how they’ll play in a back-to-back as Erie and Springfield meet Saturday night at 7 at Tullio Arena.
Will they have the same energy? Will one or the other or both raise their level of play? In the case of Alabi, Springfield wanted to go at him to get him in foul trouble, but Vernon Goodrich got in foul trouble early.
If Goodrich can stay on the floor, he may make Alabi work. As for Eyenga, I’d like to see Erie put him on Scottie Reynolds just to see if he can stay in front of a shorter, quicker guard. Reynolds had 21 last night.