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Suns Never Trail, Open NBA G League Showcase with a Win

By Jacob Withee | January 10, 2018

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada – Playing at the NBA G League Showcase in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, the Northern Arizona Suns brought the defense to defeat the Erie BayHawks 102-96.

The Suns (10-14) remain undefeated in 2018, setting a season-long three-game winning streak with the win. Northern Arizona hasn’t trailed in 11 straight quarters, leading ever since the first quarter against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Jan. 2. There was just one tie in this one (3-3).

This was their first ever matchup against the BayHawks (11-15).

Reigning NBA G League Player of the Week Josh Gray made big shots at the end and led the team with 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, plus 6-of-7 from the free throw line. He added five rebounds, four assists and two steals in his third straight game scoring 20+ points.

For the sixth consecutive game, the Suns led after the first quarter, this time 35-21. Northern Arizona is now 10-6 when tied or leading after the opening frame (0-8 when trailing).

The BayHawks caught up three points through the next two quarters, but still trailed by 11 entering the fourth. They would eventually make it a game, however. After Erie trailed 95-83 with just over four minutes remaining, the BayHawks went on a 10-0 run in the next minute-and-a-half to creep within two points. Gray ended the bleeding with a 26-foot three-point field goal to increase the Suns’ lead to five. The BayHawks again would get the game within two points with 50.7 seconds left, but again, Gray had an answer. He went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to ice the game, lifting the Suns to the win.

Xavier Silas tallied 17 points, hitting three three-pointers in the process, to go with four rebounds. He extended his career-long streak of games with at least one three-point make to 24 straight games.

Phoenix Suns Two-Way forward Alec Peters recorded 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-8 from distance, and five rebounds.

Mike Young had the Suns’ lone double-double, achieving 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks off the bench. Archie Goodwin, who the Suns acquired in a three-team trade on Sunday, tallied 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting and six rebounds off the bench. Phoenix Suns assignee Davon Reed had five points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

The BayHawks were led by Jeremy Hollowell and his 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting, to go with seven rebounds. Raphiael Putney had Erie’s lone double-double with 11 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks, while Atlanta Hawks Two-Way guard Josh Magette tallied 13 points and eight assists.

The Suns will stay in Canada to wrap up their Showcase set on Friday at 10 a.m. MT, a game that will be televised on ESPNU, against the Canton Charge. Erie will take on the Vipers at 6:30 p.m. MT on Friday.

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