Jackie Manuel made it back just in time.
Talking to him on the phone Monday, Manuel said he was back in Erie after tending to some personal matters back home and just beat the winter storm the city is experiencing.
The Erie BayHawks are glad to hear that because they’re going to need him for these final two regular-season games as they try to make the playoffs in their first year in the D-League.
The 6-foot, 6-inch small forward missed Erie’s last two games to tend to personal matters. The West Palm Beach, Fla., native, who resides in North Carolina, said everything is fine now.
The BayHawks went 1-1 on their road trip without Manuel. They won at Los Angeles on Friday night, but were unable to beat Reno the following night.
With Manuel back in the fold, the BayHawks have their defensive perimeter stopper back and are going to need him to help defend Fort Wayne, which can create match up problems with its array of size and versatility in terms of personnel.