A College Park comeback came up short on Friday night, as the Skyhawks fell to the Erie BayHawks 113-97 on the road in the first game of their inaugural season.
Trailing by as many as 19 points in the second quarter, the Skyhawks used four quick points from Marcus Derrickson to spark a 20-6 run and get back in the game, before Erie’s Josh Gray finished a lay-in to put the home team up 57-55 at the break.
After the two teams traded baskets in the opening minutes of the second half, Anthony “Cat” Barber scored on back-to-back possessions to put the Skyhawks up by six heading into the final quarter of play. College Park struggled to hang on to the lead, however, and a 10-2 Erie run mid-way through the fourth quarter put the game out of reach for the visitors.
Charlie Brown, Jr. led College Park with 21 points (including the franchise’s first two points) and five rebounds while Barber contributed 18 points and six rebounds to provide a spark off the bench. Derrickson and Jordan Sibert added 12 and 10 points, respectively, while Brandon Goodwin had 13. Kenny Gabriel finished with 11 points to round out the scoring effort.
The Skyhawks return to action on Nov. 11, taking on the Long Island Nets on the road.