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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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Posted: January 13th, 2011
Erie BayHawks (14-7) at Maine Red Claws (10-12)

Friday, 8 p.m., Portland Expo, Portland, ME
▀  On the air: WJET-AM 1400; www.nba.com/dleague/

Players to watch
▀  Erie —  PF Ivan Johnson (Team’s leading scorer at 17.9 points a game.  In two games in the NBA D-League Showcase, Johnson followed up a nine-point effort in a win against Idaho to score 25 in a loss to Rio Grande Valley. … SG Garrett Temple (Scored just five points on 2-of-11 shooting against his former team in Erie’s 124-106 loss to defending D-League champion Rio Grande Valley. The Vipers traded Temple to Erie for rookie PF Jeff Adrien late last month. PF Kyle Goldcamp (The former Gannon standout matched his season high for points in a game with 14 against the Vipers. He’s scored 14 points three times this season.

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Posted: January 13th, 2011

Still raw, 7-footer Solomon Alabi still needs work.

He’ll be back, I think.

The Toronto Raptors recalled 7-foot-1 rookie center Solomon Alabi today after his second stint with the Erie BayHawks.

I’d bet he’ll return to the team for a third and final run later this season. NBA team can send their first and second-year players up to three times a season.

In the four games he played on his second stint, Alabi averaged 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. His second run was successful at times, strange in others.

The good: Alabi had a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds against Maine on Jan. 9. Really showed moves around the basket and was aggressive.

The bad: In his three other games in his second stint with Erie against Sioux Falls, Idaho and Rio Grande Valley, Alabi totaled 18 points and 15 rebounds.

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Posted: January 13th, 2011

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That’s what the Erie BayHawks finished in the NBA D-League Showcase, which concluded today in South Padre Island, TX.

The BayHawks (14-7) beat Idaho, 79-74, on Tuesday, but had defending D-League champion Rio Grande Valley ended their season-best five-game winning streak with a 124-106 loss on Wednesday. The 124 points is the most Erie has allowed this season.

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Posted: January 10th, 2011

Now with Idaho, Cedric Jackson will play against his former team Tuesday night in the NBA D-League Showcase.

Idaho Stampede (5-13) vs Erie BayHawks (13-6)
NBA D-League Showcase (South Padre Island (TX) Convention Center

Today, 8:15 p.m.
▀  On the air: WFNN-AM 1330; www.nba.com/dleague/

Players to watch
▀  Erie — PF Ivan Johnson (Leads team in scoring at 17.6 points a game. Johnson has scored 25 points in each of Erie’s last two games. … C Solomon Alabi (A rookie with the Toronto Raptors, Alabi had a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds in Erie’s 116-97 win against the Maine Red Claws on Sunday afternoon at Tullio Arena. … PG Blake Ahearn (In his four games with Erie since being reacquired by the BayHawks after being released from a team in Italy, Ahearn is averaging 8.8 points and 7.8 assists. He had 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting and 12 assists in Sunday’s win against Maine.

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Posted: January 8th, 2011

The BayHawks will look to win their fourth straight game today against Maine at Tullio Arena.

Maine Red Claws (9-10) at Erie BayHawks (12-6)

Sunday, 2 p.m., Tullio Arena.
▀  On the air: WFNN-AM 1330; www.nba.com/dleague/

Players to watch
▀  Erie — PF Ivan Johnson (Leads team in scoring at 17.6 points a game. Johnson had a game-high 25 points in a 97-91 win against Sioux Falls on Friday night. … C Solomon Alabi (A rookie with the Toronto Raptors, Alabi had eight points, six rebounds, four fouls and three blocks in 14 minutes, 51 seconds. It’s the least amount of playing time he’s had in his eight games with Erie. … SG Kyle Spain (Heading into Saturday’s games, he was eighth in the D-League in 3-point shooting at 48.7 percent – 19-of-39. The seven players ahead of him had attempted a combined total of 35 three-pointers before Saturday’ s games.

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Posted: January 6th, 2011

Former BayHawk Maureece Rice will make his Sioux Falls' debut against his former team Friday night at Tullio Arena.

Sioux Falls Skyforce (2-12) at Erie BayHawks (11-6)

Friday, 7 p.m., Tullio Arena.
▀  On the air: WFNN-AM 1330; www.nba.com/dleague/

Players to watch
▀  Erie — PF Ivan Johnson (Leads team in scoring at 17.1 points a game. Johnson is the only player on the team to start every game the BayHawks have played this season. … C Solomon Alabi (A rookie with the Toronto Raptors, Alabi is making his second trip to the D-League. In his first run with the BayHawks, Alabi averaged 8.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and three blocks in seven starts. … SG Blake Ahearn (Had a season-high 16 points in his third game with Erie after being reacquired by them. He averaged 25.7 points in 13 games with the BayHawks last season).

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Posted: December 9th, 2010

I remember this guy when he was at Kentucky.

Just ballin’ out.

Big guy with handles. Could shoot the 3. Create of the dribble.

Antoine Walker was one of those new-age players when he came out of Kentucky after helping the Wildcats when a national title under Rick Pitino in 1996.

Tall guy with guard-like skills. Not the physical specimen of say Derrick Coleman or Chris Webber, but that type of multi-dimensional player.

Now he’s in the D-League?

Just doesn’t seem right, but when you look at Walker’s life of winding up in debt after making more than $100 million playing in the NBA, him being in the D-League isn’t that far fetched.

In his D-League debut, Walker had 13 points to help the Idaho Stampede beat the Dakota Wizards.

Idaho. Dakota. Walker. Doesn’t even look right. Neither did the free throw Walker shot that didn’t draw iron below.

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Posted: June 9th, 2010

Erie BayHawks forward Jackie Manuel (center) will participate in the NBA D-League Elite Mini-Camp this weekend in Virginia.

Jackie Manuel hasn’t given up on his dream to play in the NBA yet.

Manuel is among the 30 players who will participate in this weekend’s NBA D-League Elite Mini-Camp in Chantilly, Va.

NBA scout will be in attendance to watch the players go through drills and play in scrimmages. The purpose of the camp is to help players earn spots on NBA summer league rosters and fall training camp rosters.

Last season, Manuel averaged a career-high 13.9 points for the BayHawks.

The small forward out of North Carolina has played four seasons in the D-League with the last two being for the BayHawks.

Former BayHawks Donell Taylor and Darian Townes are also on the list of 30 players.

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Posted: April 13th, 2010

Mike Gansey averaged 18.4 poinst and 8.2 boards in 27 games with Erie this season.

4:45 a.m. Wednesday.

That’s what time Erie BayHawks guard Mike Gansey’s first of two plane fights exits the runway en route to China as he will play with fellow D-League players and former NBA stars Robert Horry and Chris Mullin, a member of the 1992 Dream Team that won gold in the 1992 Summer Olympics, in two charity basketball games.

Before he headed out,  Gansey did a lengthy phone interview with me about China, the BayHawks and if his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, were going to win an NBA title this season.

From nearby Olmsted Falls, Ohio, Gansey, as expected, picked the Cavaliers to win it all. Here’s what else he had to say Tuesday afternoon.

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