HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, fell 105-98 to the Erie Bayhawks in Pennsylvania Tuesday night.
Windy City was without the services of Diamond Stone, Jon Octeus, Jarell Eddie and Duje Dukan who missed the game due to injury, while Antonio Blakeney is on assignment with the Chicago Bulls. Despite playing with only eight available players, the team achieved many milestones during the contest.
Six players scored in double figures including two players who tallied double-doubles. Tyler Harris paced the Bulls setting career-highs in points (22) and rebounds (13) while adding three assists for his fifth consecutive double-figure game. Mychal Mulder recorded his first career double-double scoring 11 points and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with three assists and three steals. Ryan Arcidiacono dished out 16 assists, which set a franchise record, while Brandon Wood, Derick Newton and Karrington Ward all set career-highs in points scored.
The Bulls jumped out to an early 9-4 lead with Jaylen Johnson scoring seven of his 13 points in the opening four minutes. Windy City hit four of its first five shots as part of the hot start. Even with the early offensive success, the Bulls would not run away and hide. The BayHawks would tie the game at 20, but the Bulls closed the quarter on an 8-2 run to lead by six at the end of the first.
The BayHawks, who won their fourth consecutive game, had five double-figure scorers led by Raphiael Putney who poured in a game-high 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Josh Magette posted a double-double with 22 points and 10 assists to add to his league-leading 11.3 assists per game. Jordan Mathews added 21 points and Jaylen Morris pitched in with 12.
The Bulls would hold on to their six-point advantage for the majority of the second quarter. They grabbed the lead with 90 seconds left in the first quarter and would hold it for nearly 10 game minutes. However, Erie would tie the game at 46 on a Putney three-point basket with 3:52 remaining in the period. The BayHawks outscored the Bulls by 10 in the period and ended the half on an 8-4 run to take a 54-50 lead.
The BayHawks momentum carried into the third quarter as they began the second half on an 11-4 run to take a double-digit lead. However, the Bulls would turn an 11-point deficit into a three-point lead, as the team shot over 50 percent in the quarter and turned nine Erie turnovers into 10 points. Despite a combined 18 points for Josh Magette and Jordan Mathews, Windy City would use the final 3:52 to go on a 15-3 run and lead 80-77 at the end of three quarters.
The fourth quarter featured six lead changes and a tie on three occasions. The Bulls lead by as many as three and jumped ahead 90-88 with a little over six minutes to play, but that would be the last time Windy City held the lead. Brandon Wood tied the game at 92 on a pull-up jumper with 4:52 left, but on the ensuing position, Erie would grab the lead for good. The BayHawks finished the game with a 13-6 run to hand the Bulls their second consecutive loss. Windy City falls to 2-5, while Erie improved to 4-4.
Windy City has two remaining games on this season-long five-game road swing. They will head south and take on the Lakeland Magic this Friday before finishing the trip in Westchester, NY on Monday.
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