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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