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Posted: April 16th, 2012

Two in. Two more to go.

Tonight, seventh-seeded Canton and second-seeded Springfield will settle their best-of-3 D-League first-round playoff series beginning at 7 in Springfield. The expansion Charge took Game 1, but the Armor stayed alive after winning Game 2 in overtime Sunday.

At 8:30 p.m., fifth-seeded Erie and third-seeded Austin will have their Game 3 at 8:30 p.m. in Austin. The BayHawks won Game 1 at home, but the Toros took Game 2 by 10 points Sunday.

The winner of these two series will face each other in the semifinals.

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Posted: April 6th, 2012

The eight-team field for the 2012 D-League playoffs has been set.

The Los Angeles D-Fenders are the top seed. The West Conference champions have the D-League best record of 37-12.

Dakota (29-20) has a game lead against Springfield (28-21) for the East Conference title. That conference champion will get the No. 2 seed.

Austin (32-17) has the No. 3 seed. The top three seeds get to pick their first-round opponent Sunday. Last year, Reno chose Erie and beat the BayHawks, 2-1, in a best-of-three series.

Bakersfield (28-21), Canton (27-22), Erie (27-22) and defending D-League champion Iowa (25-24) round out the eight playoff teams. The D-League playoffs begin April 10.

Posted: April 4th, 2012

The Erie BayHawks are in the playoffs – again.

With New York Knicks senior vice president Glen Grunwald in attendance, the BayHawks clinched a playoff berth with an 110-108 victory Tuesday night at Tullio Arena.

The Knicks are Erie’s NBA hybrid affiliate.

Erie (27-21) has made the D-League playoffs in three of its four D-League seasons, doing so last season and this season under Jay Larranaga. In 2009 as expansion franchise, Erie made it under John Treloar.

The BayHawks still have a shot at winning the East Conference, which would give then the No. 2 seed in the playoffs and the opportunity to pick their first-round playoff opponent. The BayHawks are a game behind conference leader Dakota (28-20).

Erie needs to win its last two games against Canton (26-21) on Friday at home and Saturday at Canton and have Dakota lose its last two games at Fort Wayne on Friday and Saturday.

At 12-35, the Mad Ants have the D-League’s worst record. Since the Wizards own the tiebreaker against Erie, the BayHawks must finish a game ahead of them to win the conference.

Posted: March 27th, 2012

After splitting a two-game road trip against the Dakota Wizards, Erie will conclude the third of a back-to-back-to-back series of games tonight against the defending D-League champion Iowa Energy at Tullio Arena.

The BayHawks (23-21) arrived in Erie at 3:30 this afternoon after beginning a long trip back from Bismarck, N.D. with a 5 a.m. flight.

Tonight’s 8 o’clock game is a continuation of the March 8th one referees stopped due to unplayable floor conditions at Tullio Arena. The game will resume with Erie leading 14-13 with 3 minutes, 29 seconds left in the first quarter.

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Posted: March 19th, 2012

The Erie BayHawks went 2-2 on their four-game road trip by winning both games at Fort Wayne and losing at Sioux Falls and expansion Canton.

With nine games left, Erie (22-19) is in the playoff hunt, but has a stretch of games that will either seal its playoff fate or put it in position to secure a spot. The BayHawks play Canton, which leads the East Conference, Thursday and go on the road for two games at Dakota on Sunday and Monday before taking on Iowa on Tuesday.

Yep. Back-to-back-to-back

Erie was previously scheduled to have three days between its Monday game at Dakota and its next game against Fort Wayne on March 30 at home, but it has to resume the game against Iowa that was postponed due to the court being deemed unplayable by the referees.

Rough.

Posted: February 21st, 2012

D.J. Kennedy

Having played in the NBA for four seasons, Erie BayHawks point guard Keith McLeod has an idea of what an NBA player looks and plays like.

In his mind, teammate D.J. Kennedy is getting closer to having that NBA look.

“He’s real close because he can do it all,” McLeod said. “If you look at the stat sheet, he’s always got eight or nine rebounds, seven or eight assists and double digit points. It’s just about the league and what they want and when they want it. His name getting out there more so people can check him out and I’m sure they know who he is.”

A 6-6 guard out of St. John’s, Kennedy is averaging 14.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 26 games, but still feels as if he’s under the NBA radar.

“Nothing has changed,” said Kennedy, who has started every game he’s played for the BayHawks. “That’s my mentality.”

In his last game before the D-League all-star break, Kennedy had 19 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and five steals in an 97-88 loss to the Dakota Wizards.

“D.J. plays all facets of the game,” Erie coach Jay Larranaga said.

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Posted: February 18th, 2012

Coming off an 113-106 win Thursday night at Fort Wayne, the Erie BayHawks will try to get a win in their final game before the all-star break tonight against Dakota at 7 at Tullio Arena.

The BayHawks (15-16) will be without point guard Keith McLeod, who injured his hamstring in Thursday’s win. Chosen to play in the next week’s D-League All-Star game, McLeod will make trip to Orlando for the game, Erie coach Jay Larranaga said after today’s shootaround at Tullio Arena.

The Wizards beat the BayHawks, 128-118, last week at Tullio Arena when they shot 75 percent from the field in the fourth quarter and made their final 11 shots.

Posted: October 20th, 2011

Erie BayHawks point guard Blake Ahearn made the final 12-man roster for the USA Pan American Games Team.

Team USA made the announcement late Wednesday night. The squad will continue practicing in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the men’s tournament, which will run Oct. 26-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico. USA’s first game is against Dominican Republic.

The team consists of several D-League players that include three guys I predicted would make the team – point guard Jerome Dyson of the Tulsa 66ers, small forward Renaldo Major of the Dakota Wizards and forward Lance Thomas of the Austin Toros.

Ahearn will give USA that outside shooting threat and is money from the free throw line, as you can see below.

Posted: October 15th, 2011

He’s getting his shot.

And if he’s on, combo guard Blake Ahearn stands a good chance of making the USA Pan American Team for the upcoming Pan-Am Games.

To be in this training camp, Ahearn had to sign a D-League contract for the 2011-12 season so Ahearn will be back with the Erie BayHawks for this season.

Ahearn averaged 16.9 points and 5.8 assists last season.

Training camp was scheduled to start Friday in Tulsa, Okla. Ahearn was one of 21 players invited to participate in the USA Pan American Games Team training camp that’s scheduled to end Oct. 22.

Ahearn can stroke the long-range shot, is nearly automatic from the free throw line (150-of-156 from the line for the Erie BayHawks in 2010-11), but can be liability on defense.

So depending on whether the coaches want an offensive or defensive team will factor into whether Ahearn makes the team.

The team will have a 12-man roster. The Pan American Games is Oct. 26-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Posted: January 27th, 2011

Erie's first-year coach, Jay Larranaga, has the BayHawks in playoff contention.

So far, so good for the Erie BayHawks.

With a new head coach, the Erie BayHawks are 17-9 heading into Friday’s game at Maine against the Red Claws (11-16).

Last season, Erie only won 21 games.

This season’s record is a bit skewed because the BayHawks are playing in the East Conference, which has only two teams with winning records, but they win at conference leader Iowa (19-7) on Christmas Day, 114-110 after losing to the Energy on a last-second shot on the road.

Jay Larranaga had never been a head coach in the states and his only head coaching experience was with the Irish National Team, but so far, he’s shown why Erie hired him to replace John Treloar, who left to become the Director of Player Personnel for the Phoenix Suns.

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