After taking Thanksgiving off to pig out on food, hang out with family and watch mediocre football, the Erie Bayhawks and Greensboro Swarm went back to work on early Friday afternoon to compete in an action-packed game. While both teams went back-and-forth with solid offensive play, the BayHawks ended the game on top by beating Greensboro 133-116.
Erie’s victory was led by the trio of Jordan Sibert, Terrence Jones and R.J. Hunter, who combined to score 95 of the team’s total points. Among that group, Hunter led the way with a career-high 40 points, 3 assists and 2 steals on 11-18 from the field, 5-10 from beyond the arc and a perfect 13-13 from the free throw line.
Hunter’s tremendous offensive execution started in the 2nd quarter as the guard put up 16 points during that period, which included him going 4-6 from beyond the arc. One of those perimeter shots came in the closing moments of the 1st half as he nailed an off-balance buzzer-beating bank shot from several feet behind the three-point line.
In the following two quarters, the 6’6 guard focused his attention ongoing to the rim and getting to the free throw line. He did a pretty good job of that as Hunter was able to get to the rim, as either an on or off-ball threat. On the other end, Hunter seemed to be able to draw a cornucopia amount of fouls as he had 12 free throw attempts in the 2nd half.
While the Friday afternoon against Greensboro was a career-best outing for the veteran guard, this game is a heightened example of how good Hunter has been in the G League. In his first eight games with the BayHawks, he’s averaging 21.9 points, 4.2 assists and 2 steals on 44% from the field, 32% from beyond the arc and 90% from the FT line on 6.2 attempts per game. That has allowed him to maintain a very solid 61% True Shooting Percentage.
Hunter’s solid play is a continuation of him excelling at the G League level as he was a dominating force for the RGV Vipers during the 2017-18 season. Averaging 20.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game on 44% from the field and 38% from beyond the arc, Hunter great play led us to have him as a finalist for G League MVP.
Unless he receives a call-up, which is definitely likely if he becomes a more efficient perimeter shooter, there’s a great chance that Hunter will once again stand out as a finalist for the 2018-19 G League season. Until we’re able to make that decision, fans can continue to watch Hunter compete in the G League as the Bayhawks’ next game is on Tuesday, November 27th against the Raptors 905.