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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: March 3rd, 2011

Friday, 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 leads the BayHawks in scoring at 20.7 ppg. Was named D-League co-player of the month for averaging 24.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists, shooting 61.2 percent from the field.) … SF Tasmin Mitchell (Avg. 25.4 points, seven rebounds and shot 60 percent in eight games in February). PF Kyle Goldcamp (Avg. 6.8 points and five rebounds, but in his last three games, the former Gannon standout is avg. 11 points and 9.6 rebounds.

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Posted: February 26th, 2011

Saturday, 2 p.m., Tullio Arena

ON THE AIR:
WJET-AM/1400; www.nba.com/dleague
PLAYERS TO WATCH

Erie — PF Ivan Johnson (A 2011 D-League All-Star, Johnson leads the BayHawks in scoring at 20.7 points a game and 7.4 rebounds. Johnson is the only Erie player to play and start in every game this season.) … SF Tasmin Mitchell (In his last eight games, Mitchell has averaged 26.1 points as Erie’s sixth man off the bench.) … SG Garrett Temple (Has played two games with Erie since returning after two 10-day contracts with the Milwaukee Bucks. Had 25 points and 11 rebounds in Friday’s 132-110 win at Texas.)

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Posted: February 23rd, 2011

If D-League All-Star forward Ivan Johnson gets an NBA call-up, what will happen to the Erie BayHawks?

The question is will they end the regular season that way?

With a 23-9 record, the BayHawks have won their last eight games, have a superstar in Ivan Johnson and are playing with great chemistry under a first-year head coach in Jay Larranaga, who just turned 36 last month.

Will the winning continue?

As the BayHawks come out of the D-League All-Star break, here are five things to watch for as they resume play Thursday night at Tulsa (24-10), which leads the West Conference.

1. Ivan Johnson – If he gets an NBA call-up within say the next three weeks, Erie will have to play at least four to five games without him. That could be a turning point in the season.

2. Tulsa and Iowa – The BayHawks have to play the 66ers (24-10) three times and the Energy five times. Erie is 1-1 against Iowa (25-10), which is just .05 percentage points lower than them in terms of record. Big games for Erie.

3. Home cooking – With a 12-1 record at Tullio Arena, Erie will play 11 of its last 18 games at home. The BayHawks, who have won 11 consecutive home games, close out the regular season with five home games. Can they stay hot at home?

4. Making more changes – Adding PF Alton Ford gives Erie more size, but the team is rolling. Larranaga says they’re more talented with Ford and Garrett Temple returning from the Milwaukee Bucks, but will they all mesh?

5. Defensive-minded? – Erie prides itself on being a defensive team, but it has allowed at least 100 points in six of its last seven games. Erie had only given up 100 points 10 times in its previous 16 games. Can it get defensive again?

Posted: February 13th, 2011

Tasheed Carr, front, and Blake Ahearn combined for a key play in Erie's 120-115 win Sunday against New Mexico.

It was looking bleak for the Erie BayHawks on Sunday afternoon against the New Mexico Thunderbirds

Their best player, Ivan Johnson, was on the bench with five fouls for most of the third quarter and the BayHawks watched their 15-point lead evaporate.

Erie  led 70-55 when its first-year coach, Jay Larranaga, took Johnson out after Johnson picked up his fifth foul with 9 minutes, 52 seconds left in the third.

From that point, the Thunderbirds outscored the BayHawks, 31-11, to take a 86-81 lead with 57 seconds left in the quarter. Shane Edwards had finally showed up for the Thunderbirds as the 2011 D-League All-Star forward had 14 points in the quarter.

In New Mexico’s previous two games at Erie in this three-game series, Edwards had 13 points total.

So the Thunderbirds (14-21) had a five-point lead with the ball when Erie (23-9) turned the tables on them.

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Posted: February 11th, 2011

New Mexico Thunderbirds (14-19) at Erie BayHawks (21-9)

Saturday, 7 p.m., at Tullio Arena

On the air: WFNN-AM 1330; www.nba.com/dleague

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Erie — PF Ivan Johnson (Named to East team for Feb. 19 D-League All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Scored a game-high 37 points in Erie’s 125-100 win against New Mexico on Thursday night.) … SG Blake Ahearn (The all-time leading in free throw shooting percentage in NCAA Division I history at 94.6 percent, Ahearn is 53-of-53 from the line this season. Team’s second leading scorer at 15.6 ppg.) … PF Kyle Goldcamp (The former Gannon star established career highs in points with 19 and blocks with six in Thursday’s win).

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Posted: February 10th, 2011

“I already know. They’re going to come back harder. We’ve got to come back harder at them.” – Erie BayHawks forward Ivan Johnson on how he expects the New Mexico Thunderbirds to respond Saturday after losing 125-100 to the BayHawks on Thursday night at Tullio Arena.

Coach Darvin Ham is not pleased with his team's play of late./Photo by Layne Murdoch

Head coach Darvin Ham sure hopes his Thunderbirds will come out  harder than they did Thursday night.

Ham is largely known for having shattered a backboard on a dunk while at Texas Tech, but he was an undersized power forward (6-7, 220) who played eight NBA seasons and was with the Detroit Pistons when they won the 2004 NBA title.

“I had a big chip on my shoulder which I still have to this day,” he said. “People tell me I’m not going to be an NBA player. OK. I was an NBA player. You’re not going to be successful. I won a championship. You’re not going to be able to do analysis work on TV. I did that. You’re not going to become a head coach. I became that. I just love the challenges. That feeds me. The naysayers feed me.”

Now he’s trying to get New Mexico to play with that same ferocity. The Thunderbirds will carry a four-game losing skid into Saturday’s 7 p.m. game at Tullio Arena. Here’s what a disappointed Ham had to say after having a 30-plus minute talk with his team in the visitor’s locker room at Tullio Arena after Thursday night’s 25-point loss.

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Posted: February 6th, 2011

The Erie BayHawks continue to roll with a 111-106 win at Texas against the Legends (16-15) on Sunday afternoon.

Winners of its last five games, Erie (20-9) became the fifth team in the D-League this season to reach 20 wins. Blake Ahearn lead the BayHawks with 31 points Sunday, but a key guy in this stretch has been Tasmin Mitchell.

In Erie’s last three wins, Mitchell has averaged 26.3 points. He matched his career high of 28 points in Sunday’s win. Because Ivan Johnson  has gotten into his share of foul trouble in recent games, Mitchell has gotten more minutes and taken advantage of that.

Erie returns to action Thursday with a three-game home stint against the New Mexico Thunderbirds, a team that beat the BayHawks twice at their place earlier this season. The Thunderbirds (14-18) aren’t the same team they were earlier in the season as they’ve lost three straight.

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 27th, 2011

Here are highlights from Erie’s 123-109 win Jan. 14 at Maine where BayHawks power forward Ivan Johnson scored a career-high 46 points at the Portland Expo.

Johnson had 30 points in the first half. Erie returns to Maine to face the Red Claws on Friday night at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on www.d-league.com.

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