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Posted: December 12th, 2012

On Wednesday, Kyle Goldcamp returned to the Erie BayHawks as a practice player. A 6-foot, 10-inch, 250-pound power forward, Goldcamp has played three seasons with the BayHawks.

The former Gannon University standout averaged 14 points and 8.4 rebounds last season. Erie has to waive a player to add him to the 10-man active roster. The BayHawks (2-4) play Iowa (2-3) Friday at Erie Insurance Arena.

Posted: December 5th, 2012

Once college rivals, rookies Henry Sims and Fab Melo will square off against each other when the Maine Red Claws face the Erie BayHawks on Thursday night at Erie Insurance Arena.

Sims played at Georgetown while Melo, a first-round pick of the Boston Celtics, played at Syracuse. Sims is coming off a 19-point performance in Erie’s 82-80 win Saturday night against the Canton Charge.

The Celtics sent the 7-foot Melo down to Maine where he is averaging seven points and two blocks.

Posted: November 28th, 2012

Power forward Erik Daniels rejoined the Erie BayHawks as a practice player after two previous stints with the D-League team.

In Erie’s 2008-09 expansion season, Daniels, 30, averaged 21.1 points and 10 rebounds. He returned late in the 2010-11 season and averaged 14.3 points in 12 regular-season games. He averaged 19 points in the postseason.

The BayHawks (1-0) will have to waive a player to add Daniels. They have a full 10-man roster. The BayHawks play at Canton on Friday night before playing their home opener Saturday against the Charge.

Posted: April 10th, 2011

Point guard Blake Ahearn shot just 5-of-13 from the field in Erie's 106-101 loss in Game 1 Sunday at Tullio Arena.

Up 12 early in the fourth quarter, the Erie BayHawks wound up losing Game 1, 106-101, to the Reno Bighorns in the first round of the D-League playoffs Sunday at Tullio Arena.

Game 2 is Tuesday in Reno, Nev. at 10 p.m.  Game 3, if necessary, will be Thursday in Reno at 10 p.m.

Erie led 85-73 with 10 minutes, 43 seconds left in the game Sunday. Here’s how Erie got the lead.

1. Made shots: The BayHawks shot 51.1 percent in the first half to go up, 55-50, at the break. Ivan Johnson had 18 first-half points on 8-of-12 shooting. Erie had 26 points in the paint.

2. Strong bench play: Erik Daniels had nine points and five rebounds in the first half. Jermaine Beal hit a pair of 3-point shots. Erie had a 17-12 edge in bench points.

3. Energy: Playing off the crowd, the fifth-seeded BayHawks were quicker to the ball, had Reno frustrated and kept the second-seeded Bighorns off balance. Reno had eight turnovers in the first half.

Now here’s how Reno erased Erie’s lead.

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Posted: April 6th, 2011

“Tried to help in his development as much as we could, but I also see the Raptors’ perspective of it and maybe it not be worth it for him to be down here and only playing 15 minutes a game.” – Erie coach Jay Larranaga on Solomon Alabi, who the Toronto Raptors recalled Monday.

Toronto Raptors rookie center Solomon Alabi never seemed to find his groove with the Erie BayHawks this season.

Third time was not a charm for Solomon Alabi.

In his third and final stint with the the Erie BayHawks, the 7-foot-1 center of the Toronto Raptors only played an average of 15.1 minutes in 11 games. NBA teams can send down their first and second-year players to NBA affiliates up to three times in a single season.

Now Alabi shot 11-of-16 from the field in his final run with Erie, but averaged just 5.5 points those 11 games.

So Erie coach Jay Larranaga wasn’t surprised the Raptors called Alabi, 23, back up Monday. In 22 games, Alabi averaged 7.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.82 blocks.

“Difficult situation for everybody,” Larranaga said after Tuesday’s practice. “First of all, Solomon is a great kid. He’s a hard worker. A very good basketball player, but he’s young. The reason he was down here was to get playing experience. Our situation was difficult because we added more veteran guys. We added Erik Daniels. With how well Kyle (Goldcamp) and Ivan (Johnson) and Tas(min Mitchell) had been playing, it was a lot of good players for not enough minutes.

“So I totally understand the Raptors’ point of view. Did my best to get Solomon as much playing time as I felt I could while still being fair to the other players and still put in the best position for the playoffs. Felt very fortunate to have much as much as we did this year. Tried to help in his development as much as we could, but I also see the Raptors’ perspective of it and maybe it not be worth it for him to be down here and only playing 15 minutes a game.”

Posted: March 27th, 2011

Alabi struggling to find playing time in D-League for the Erie BayHawks.

The Toronto Raptors sent Solomon Alabi down for a third time to play because he wasn’t doing that with them, but he isn’t seeing much action in Erie, either.

Since returning to the BayHawks, the 7-foot, 1-inch rookie center out of Florida State has played fewer than 14 minutes in five of Erie’s last nine games. The BayHawks are 4-5 in those games and that includes the win they got today against Iowa, 138-118, in Tullio Arena.

Alabi had a point, two rebounds, two personal and attempted just one shot from the field in 5 minutes, three seconds of play today.

Erie is 11-9 with Alabi, 19-9 without him. He’s averaging seven points and five rebounds.

Alabi has started 15 games for Erie, but has been coming off the bench recently. Having 6-8 Erik Daniels gives the BayHawks more flexibility up front because he can score from all over and pass so Alabi is kind of the odd man out in terms of starting.

As for when he does get in the game, it’s tough for Alabi to blend in. Erie doesn’t really guards who get into the thick the defense and dish to big men.

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Posted: March 9th, 2011

In his time with Erie, power forward Jarvis Gunter was a crowd favorite.

He felt right at home.

Jarvis Gunter was more of the most well-liked players to suit up for the Erie BayHawks and even though he returned to Tullio Arena on Tuesday wearing a Springfield Armor uniform, he still got love from the Erie fans after the game.

Gunter, who had been with the team since its 2008-09 expansion season, was waived by the BayHawks this season.

In his first game in Erie against his former team, Gunter had nine points on 4-of-4 shooting. For the season, Gunter is averaging 4.6 points a game in 29 games.

After the game that ended with Erie winning 101-92, I talked with Gunter about how it’s been for him since joining Springfield, jabbering with his former teammates and being back in Erie.

How did it feel to be back here for a game? – “It felt good. Good feeling. I was a little nervous, but overall it was a good feeling. We didn’t come out with the win, like I wanted, but it felt good to be back. The crowd really appreciated me.”

At the end of the game, one of the fans gave you a hug. What was that like to know that you left a good impression on them? – It was a great feeling. Good they still appreciated what I had done the past two years. I felt good. I was nervous, but it was a good feeling.”

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Posted: March 9th, 2011

Thursday, 7 p.m., at Tullio Arena
ON THE AIR: WFNN-AM/1330; www.nba.com/dleague
PLAYERS TO WATCH
▀   Erie — PF Ivan Johnson (A 2011 D-League All-Star, Johnson is second in the D-League in scoring at 21.2 ppg. Picked up an D-League high 19th technical foul in Erie’s 101-92 win Tuesday against Springfield.) … C Solomon Alabi (The Toronto Raptors rookie is making his third stop to Erie. In 11 with Erie, Alabi has averaged 8.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.) … PG Blake Ahearn (Expects to return tonight after missing three games with a hip injury.)

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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: January 6th, 2010

For those who missed Erie’s 92-88 overtime win against Reno in the D-League Showcase at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho, Erie rookie power forward Alade Aminu put in some serious work.

The Georgia Tech product scored a game-high 30 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field and grabbed 23 rebounds (7 on the offensive boards). The 23 boards tied a franchise high set by Erik Daniels last season in Erie’s expansion year.

Aminu played 44 minutes and 44 seconds and only turned the ball over once. And he did all this coming off the bench.

Yeah, he put in work.

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