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Posted: March 19th, 2013

After leaving Erie to play in the Philippines, Keith Benson is back with the Erie BayHawks. Benson, a 6-foot 11-inch, 230-pound center, played 17 games with Erie before leaving for the Philippines this season. He averaged 10.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks with the ‘Hawks. Over in the Philippines, Benson played or the Talk N Text Tropang Texters and averaged 23.6 points, 15.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in five games. Wesley Witherspoon was placed on the inactive list to make room for Benson, who will be in uniform tonight at Springfield.

–Tom Reisenweber

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Posted: November 25th, 2011

After leading the Iowa Energy to the 2011 D-League title, head coach Nick Nurse headed to the team he beat in the league finals – Rio Grande Valley.

The Vipers open the season tonight (8 p.m.) against the Erie BayHawks at State Farm Arena. Earlier this week, Duane Rankin caught Nurse on the phone and talked to him about why he left Iowa, being part of hybrid partnership and the change in weather.

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Posted: December 22nd, 2010

Kobe Bryant is still the game's best player.

I made my list.

Checked it twice

Now you’re going to find out.

The NBA players I think are oh so nice.

These guys are why I love the game of basketball. Here are my 10 favorite players in the league right now.

These are the guys if I had the money to buy NBA authentic jerseys instead of the replicas, these guys would be on my wish list. They not only provide the highlights, but you have to keep your eyes on them every play because the moment you go to grab a slice of pizza, they’ve done something you may never see again.

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Posted: May 11th, 2010

Cleveland was rolling. Up 29-21.

Boston called a timeout with 9:44 left in the half.

Came back out and started slicing the Cavaliers up like pizza.

The Celtics went on a 16-0 run to take a 37-29 lead. Cleveland didn’t score until 3:41 left in the half when LeBron James made a free throw. That’s a drought of six minutes and three seconds.

Speaking of LeBron, he has taken just four shots in the half and made none.

As good as the run was for Boston, LeBron scored five straight points on free throws, then had two assists withthe later leading to a Mo Williams 3-pointer to get within 3 points.

Cleveland got it down to 2, but the Celtics closed out the quarter on an 8-4 run to take a 50-44 lead at the half.

 Had Zydrunas Ilgauskas not got that 3-point play, it would have been worse, but then again, little-used Sheldon Williams scoring three points at the end of the half made the play a wash.

Second half should be very interesting.

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Posted: February 27th, 2010

“I truthfully don’t listen to that. The team drafted me there. They saw what I have and that’s why they drafted me. Again, I’m out here getting better for myself and my team and that’s it,” – Hasheem Thabeet on hearing negative talk of him being the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and getting sent down to play in the D-League.

The Memphis Grizzlies sent down their 7-foot-3 rookie Hasheem Thabeet, to the D-League's Dakota Wizards.

One block.

Some would say that number should have read 11 or more, but Hasheem Thabeet was only credited for one block in his D-League debut Friday night for the Dakota Wizards against the Erie BayHawks at Tullio Arena in Erie. The Wizards won, 108-103.

Personally, I thought he got two, but he finished the game with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, two rebounds, two turnovers and four fouls in 17 minutes and 51 seconds of play.

The Memphis Grizzlies sent Thabeet down to the Wizards on Thursday and he played his first of scheduled six games with Dakota.

The second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Connecticut is scheduled to return to Memphis on March 8, Dakota coach Rory White said. The Grizzlies and Washington Wizards are Dakota’s NBA affiliates. An NBA team can send down first or second-year players up to three times a season.

Playing just 17 minutes and 51 seconds, Thabeet also had his shot blocked from behind by Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Danny Green, who at 6-foot-6 is much shorter than the 7-3 center.

Green was returning the favor as Thabeet blocked his shot within 25 seconds of him entering the game for the first time in the first quarter. An NBA affiliate for Erie, The Cavalier sent Green down to play for the BayHawks.

A rookie out of North Carolina, Green finished with a game-high 36 points Friday.

After the game, I interviewed Thabeet, who arrived in Erie hours before the 7 p.m. game.

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Posted: February 16th, 2010

No, not just Cedric Jackson.

Alade Aminu.

After representing the Erie BayHawks in the D-League All-Star game, Aminu was back in Erie for Tuesday’s practice. I caught up with him after practice at LECOM. Aminu scored four points for the East, which lost 98-81 to the West on Saturday in Dallas.

On his experience in Dallas for the All-Star Weekend: Ah it was lovely, man. Great atmosphere, man. Every basketball Hall of Fame name you could think of was there. I was in the elevator with Bill Russell. Who else was out there? Dominique Wilkins. All the Hall of Fame guys were out there. It was a beautiful atmosphere.”

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Posted: February 6th, 2010

The Erie BayHawks are now 0-6 against Iowa after Friday night’s 97-94 loss to the Energy on Friday night.

Just as they did in their 101-87 loss Wednesday night at Tullio Arena, the BayHawks (12-18) folded in the second quarter defensively. The Energy (24-6) scored 35 points in the second quarter to build a double-digit lead in their win at Erie.

On Friday night, Iowa put up 30 to help build a 58-46 lead at the half. The two teams face each other again today at 8 p.m. and Tuesday at the same time.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2010

The Erie BayHawks will look to bounce back from Tuesday’s loss at Austin tonight against Rio Grande Valley, which has the best record in the West Conference. Below are highlights from the Austin-Erie game.

Thing to look for tonight is to see if Cedric Jackson can continue to play at a high level, how will Jackie Manuel fare with the injured wrist and will Rio Grande Valley speed up the game with Mike Harris and not allow Erie’s defense to control it.

Posted: January 22nd, 2010
Jazz Lakers Basketball

Kobe Bryant's 31 points were not enough to lead the Lakers past the Cavaliers.

After his Los Angeles Lakers lost 93-87 at Cleveland to the Cavaliers, Kobe Bryant didn’t pull any punches when talking about his team after the game.

Were they more physical?
“Yeah. Their bigs were very active. Very physical. Wore us down.”

Disappointed to lose twice to them now?
Yeah. It was a test for us. We got another test here later on on this trip. See how we respond to it. Got another physical team in Boston. So it’s going to be interesting to see how we respond.”
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Posted: January 6th, 2010

Newly acquired guard Mike Gansey made his Erie debut in today’s game against Reno in the D-League Showcase. Last week, the BayHawks traded their 1st-round pick – Donell Taylor – to get the former WVU star.

Gansey started the game and finished with 15 points on a shaky 5-of-17 shooting from the field in the 92-88 overtime win for the BayHawks.

Now let’s look a little further into his performance. I watched the game on NBA TV and this is what I noticed.

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