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Posted: January 6th, 2011
BayHawks back home to face Rice, Sioux Falls…

Former BayHawk Maureece Rice will make his Sioux Falls' debut against his former team Friday night at Tullio Arena.

Sioux Falls Skyforce (2-12) at Erie BayHawks (11-6)

Friday, 7 p.m., Tullio Arena.
▀  On the air: WFNN-AM 1330; www.nba.com/dleague/

Players to watch
▀  Erie — PF Ivan Johnson (Leads team in scoring at 17.1 points a game. Johnson is the only player on the team to start every game the BayHawks have played this season. … C Solomon Alabi (A rookie with the Toronto Raptors, Alabi is making his second trip to the D-League. In his first run with the BayHawks, Alabi averaged 8.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and three blocks in seven starts. … SG Blake Ahearn (Had a season-high 16 points in his third game with Erie after being reacquired by them. He averaged 25.7 points in 13 games with the BayHawks last season).

▀  Sioux Falls — PG Maureece Rice (Played for Erie in its expansion season in 2008-09. Rice averaged 18.7 points that season as a rookie. Erie waived him during training camp this season due to injury (back). With them retaining his rights, the BayHawks traded him Tuesday to the Skyforce for a 2011 second-round pick. … C Dexter Pittman (A rookie center with the Miami Heat, Pittman is making his second trip to the D-League. In his first run with the Skyforce, Pittman averaged 16.6 points and nine rebounds in eight starts. … SF Anthony Mason (The son of former NBA All-Star Anthony Mason, Mason, Jr. is averaging 15.1 points and eight rebounds).

Fast facts
▀  Erie — Won five of its last six games …. The BayHawks are 7-2 against teams with losing records, 4-4 against teams with winning records. … Erie has picked up 26 technical fouls this season … After Sunday’s game against Maine at home, Erie plays its next five games away from Tullio Arena. The BayHawks are 6-5 on the road.

▀  Sioux Falls — Acquired forward Kevin Lyde, 30, on Tuesday. Lyde is the sixth-leading rebounder (1,279) and third-leading shot blocker (289) in D-League history. Having played for four D-League teams, Lyde helped Dakota win the 2007 title. … Sioux Falls has lost seven straight games. … The Skyforce are averaging 19.9 turnovers.

▀  BayHawks up next: Maine (Sunday, 2 p.m.)
— Duane Rankin

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