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Posted: April 16th, 2010

Averaging 27.1 points and 10.5 boards, Mike Harris was a man on the inside for Rio Grande Valley this season.

I’m sitting here looking at the All-NBA D-League teams and that first-team squad is nice, but then I checked out the honorable mention list.

Hmmmm.

I could pick five guys from that list and seriously challenge the first team.

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Posted: March 11th, 2010

Here's Mike Sweetney in this season's training camp with the Boston Celtics.

I saw this guy when he was at Georgetown years ago when I was a beat writer for The Dominion Post in Morgantown, W.Va.

Big wide body. Space eater. Score a ton (seventh on Georgetown’s all-time career scoring list at 1,750 points).

Michael Sweetney was an effective college player, but after being the ninth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks, his pro career fizzled. Sweetney only averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 boards in 233 games and with two teams in the Knicks and the Chicago Bulls.

Now he’s going to attempt to rekindle his career in the D-League.

Hmmmm.

The BayHawks are filling the roster void left by rookie point guard Cedric Jackson, who signed a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week.

Since All-Star point guard Tony Parker will be out six weeks with a broken right  hand for the Spurs, San Antonio will likely keep Jackson for at least two 10-day contracts and might keep him for the remainder of the season.

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Posted: March 11th, 2010

The BayHawks must contend with Albuquerque's Keith McLeod, who has averaged 31.1 points in his last six games.

Erie BayHawks (15-25) at Albuquerque Thunderbirds (18-22)

Saturday, 9 p.m., Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, N.M.

On the air: WJET-AM 1400, www.nba.com/dleague (live stream).

Players to watch, Erie:

SF Jackie Manuel (Expected to play tonight after missing Tuesday’s win against Sioux Falls with a stomach virus.). … SG Blake Ahearn (Averaging 21.6 points in his three games with Erie since being traded from Bakersfield for D-League All-Star rookie power forward Alade Aminu). … SF Ivan Harris (Scored 21 points Tuesday after not scoring in Erie’s previous game against Iowa).

Players to watch, Albuquerque:

G Keith McLeod (After not scoring in an Feb. 25 loss at Idaho, McLeod has averaged 31.1 points in his last six games. He went for 44 in a March 3 loss at Dakota). … G Antonio Agudio (Averaging 15.4 points and shooting 42.8 percent from 3-point range). … SF Trey Gilder (Traded to Albuquerque from Maine for center Kurt Looby on March 5, Gilder is averaging 13.9 points this season.

Fast facts: Erie — The BayHawks are without rookie point guard Cedric Jackson, who signed a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs this week. … Shooting guard Mike Gansey has averaged 26 points and shot 13-of-23 from 3-point range in his last three games. … Erie has won its last two games.

Fast facts: Albuquerque — The Thunderbirds’ leading scorer, Carlos Powell, is now overseas playing in China. The top pick in the 2009 D-League Draft, Powell averaged 22.1 points in 33 games for them. … Albuquerque snapped a seven-game losing skid in Wednesday’s win against Fort Wayne.

 BayHawks up next: at Idaho (Saturday, 9 p.m.), at Utah (Monday, 9 p.m.).

— Duane Rankin

Posted: November 27th, 2009

Here’s a look at video highlights from Friday night’s season openers in the D-League.

Sioux Falls Skyforce 112, Maine Red Claws 95
Boston Celtics second-year forward Bill Walker had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Maine, but the expansion franchise lost its first game in the D-League.

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Posted: April 8th, 2009
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All-D-League first-team pick, guard Will Conroy, tied a D-League single-game scoring record Wednesday night by scoring 53 points, but Albuquerque were trounced by 28 points at Colorado, 155-127.

Albuquerque hasn’t completely faded away, but the Thunderbirds are becoming less and less of a threat to the Erie BayHawks’ playoff hopes.

After the Colorado 14ers pounded by them by 28 points Wednesday night, the Thunderbirds now need to win their final two games and have Erie lose its final two games in order to catch the BayHawks for that eighth and final playoff spot.

Albuquerque owns the tiebreaker against Erie.

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Posted: April 7th, 2009
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Guard Majic Dorsey and the expansion Reno Bighorns are making that final push for a playoff spot.

The Reno Bighorns are scuffing at the heels of the Erie BayHawks (25-23) in this D-League playoff chase.

An expansion franchise just like Erie, Reno (24-24) is just a game behind the BayHawks after its 124-118 upset win at Austin (29-18) on Tuesday night.

As we all know, Reno started the season in reverse. The Bighorns lost 12 of their first 13 games.

Boy how times have changed. Reno has won its last four games and 12 of its last 16.

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Posted: April 6th, 2009
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With a D-League leading 28 double-doubles, Erik Daniels earned first-team all-league honors

The league leader in double-doubles with 28.

The co-team leader of the Erie BayHawks along with Jackie Manuel.

The versatile lefty forward able to make crafty shots with either hand.

It’s Erik Daniels, who on Monday earned first team All-D-League honors along with league MVP, Iowa center Courtney Sims, Austin Toros forward Marcus Williams, Dakota guard Blake Ahearn and Albuquerque guard Will Conroy.

Well deserved.

Averaging 21.1 points and 10 rebounds, the 6-foot 8-inch Daniels has played in all 48 of Erie’s games. Not bad for a guy who came to training camp not in the best of condition.

He was the 7th overall pick in the 2008 D-League draft.

With the way he’s played this season, Daniels, who is 27 years old, has set himself up for an opportunity to make some serious money overseas and/or a tryout with an NBA team.

So if he doesn’t return to the D-League next season, Daniels will leave Erie having made his mark.

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Posted: April 6th, 2009
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Guard Maureece Rice and the Erie BayHawks are eighth in the playoff chase, but the Albuquerque Thunderbirds and Reno Bighorns are close enough to catch them before the regular season ends.

Let’s focus here solely on the Erie BayHawks’ chances of making the D-League playoffs.

As of today, the odds seem to be in their favor that they’ll make the playoffs in their expansion season in the league.

With two games left, Erie (25-23) has the eighth and final playoff spot. The D-League expansion franchise closes out the regular season with back-to-back games against Fort Wayne (19-29).

Erie plays at Fort Wayne on Friday night and at home against the Mad Ants on Saturday night. Erie is 3-2 against Fort Wayne.

The BayHawks are a game ahead of Albuquerque (23-23). Now the Thunderbirds can win their last four games and it wouldn’t matter what Erie did in its final two games because they own the  tiebreaker against the BayHawks.

Here’s the problem Albuquerque faces:

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Posted: April 5th, 2009
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All-Star guard Will Conroy and the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (23-23) are on the outside looking in for a playoff spot, but Erie must remain leery of them because they own the tiebreaker against the BayHawks (25-23).

The Erie BayHawks (25-23) are still holding on to the eighth and final playoff spot after the Albuquerque Thunderbirds lost at Reno, 115-101, Sunday night.

Had the Thunderbirds (23-23) won, they would have been tied with Erie for that eighth spot and they own the tiebreaker against the BayHawks. So Erie would be on the outside looking in again.

In looking Erie’s chances to win the Central Division and get one of the top three playoff seeds, Rio Grande Valley helped Erie by beating the Central Division-leading Iowa Energy, 113-101, Sunday night.

Now Iowa (26-22) is tied with Dakota (26-22) for the Central Division lead while Erie is just a game behind both of them.

Just for the record: Former Erie point guard Cliff Clinkscales had four points, five assists and five rebounds in helping Rio Grande Valley beat Iowa.

Now back to our originally scheduled point.

Remember, Erie has the tiebreaker edge against Iowa, but not against Dakota.

Iowa’s final two games are against Dakota and Sioux Falls (24-24). The Energy have lost four straight games, six of their last seven, but their final two regular-season games are at home.

Dakota’s other game is at home against Anaheim (15-32).

Now Erie’s final two games are this upcoming weekend against Fort Wayne. The BayHawks play at Fort Wayne on Friday night and at home Saturday night.

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Posted: April 4th, 2009
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Jay Humphries led his Reno Bighorns to a 108-101 win against the Erie BayHawks on Saturday night. The Bighorns shot 59.7 percent from the field, going 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) from 3-point range.

The Erie BayHawks did more than just lose to the Reno Bighorns, 108-101, Saturday night.

The BayHawks (25-23) missed out on a great opportunity to draw even closer to taking over first place in the Central Division and further solidify a playoff spot.

Now Erie is still in possession of that eighth and final playoff spot, but  Albuquerque gained some ground on Erie and remember, the Thunderbirds (23-22) own the tiebreaker against the BayHawks.

More importantly, Erie missed out on a chance to pull within a half game of the division-leading Iowa Energy (26-21).

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