February 22, 2012

Red Claws beat buzzer, snap 4-game skid

Kenny Hayes hits the winning shot as Maine pulls out an 86-84 victory over the Tulsa 66ers.

From staff reports

TULSA, Okla. — Kenny Hayes hit a jump shot with two-tenths of a second left to lift the Maine Red Claws to an 86-84 victory over the Tulsa 66ers Tuesday night at the Tulsa Convention Center.

The basket stopped a fourth-quarter rally by the 66ers (16-20), who trailed 71-63 with 10:05 left, and avenged a 108-83 blowout on Jan. 7 at Tulsa.

The Red Claws (13-12), who ended a four-game slide, are 5-5 in their last 10 games. They play at Rio Grande Valley tonight.

Maine led by as many as 11 in the second half after going ahead 48-42 at the end of the second quarter.

Tulsa recovered on the shooting of Xavier Alexander, who scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter.

Alexander started an 11-3 run with a 3-pointer and a field goal to make it 71-68 with 8:59 left. Delroy James followed with a dunk and gave Tulsa the lead, 72-71, on its next possession with a layup.

Craig Brackins got the lead back for Maine with a 3-pointer.

The teams then traded points with Morris Almond tying it at 84 on a layup with 53 seconds left.

Maine acquired guard Mike Gerrity from the available player pool. Gerrity averaged 7.3 points in 18 games this season with the Erie BayHawks.


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