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Posted: March 28th, 2009
Updated playoff positioning for BayHawks…

Combo guard Tony Bethel and the Erie BayHawks need to get it moving in the right direction now or they're going to miss the D-League playoffs in their first year in the league.

Boy oh boy.

The Erie BayHawks are sliding out of the playoff picture.

Not only have they lost five of their last six games, the BayHawks have fallen to 10th in the D-League playoff chase; eight teams make the playoffs.

Erie (23-22) came into Saturday’s games tied with Albuquerque and Sioux Falls for the eighth and final playoff spot. The BayHawks own the tiebreaker against Sioux Falls, but they don’t own it against Albuquerque.

As we enter Saturday’s final hour, the BayHawks are now 10th heading into Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles D-Fenders (15-29).

Here’s why.

The Skyforce (24-22) beat the Austin Toros, 98-87, Saturday night to move a half game ahead of Erie to take that eighth spot. Sioux Falls is now only a half game behind Dakota for the seventh spot.

The Thunderbirds (22-21) and BayHawks are still tied, but as I mentioned earlier, Albuquerque owns the tiebreaker against Erie.

Now check this.

If the BayHawks can win their last five games, they have a realistic chance of moving up to sixth. Erie is only two games out of the sixth spot held by Bakersfield and the BayHawks own the tiebreaker against the Jam (25-19).

If Iowa just collapsed in its final six games and Erie won its last five, the BayHawks could still win the Central Division and snatch up one of those top three seeds and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The BayHawks are 3-1/2 games behind Iowa (26-18), but they own the tiebreaker against the Energy. Then again, Dakota (23-20) would have to fold up shop, too, because Erie doesn’t have the tiebreaker edge against the Wizards.

Boy oh boy.

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