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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 7th, 2011

At Bowling Green, Jay Larranaga set the school record for most 3s made in a game (9)./Toledo Blade

Jay Larranaga still has the school record for most 3-pointers made in a game at Bowling Green: Nine against Akron on Feb. 8, 1997.

Larranaga can still launch it from deep.

After today’s practice at Penn State Behrend, Larranaga hoisted up 79 shots from 3-point range in a 5-minute span.

He made 59. He also made a point to his players watching.

“I want to show the guys how many shots you can get up,” Larranaga said. “We did it the first time and guys are taking their time. The rebounder is not hustling after the rebound. One our guys went 35 for 60 and was happy with it. Shot over 60 percent. It’s good, but I said ‘You’ve got to get up 75 shots. You got to make it game-like,’ and I don’t think they believe you unless you see someone do it. They see they’re old, out-of-shape coach be able to get up 79 shots, it says to them, I got to go faster.”

First off, 36 is not old.

Second, the Junker Center does not have a 3-point line, but Larranaga was shooting from a strip of blue tape put down on the court to indicate an NBA 3-point shot.

“You should get up 80,” he added. “I’m older. It’s different. It’s an NBA three so it’s not really a jump shot. It’s a set shot you’ve got to get up quick.”

Working up a good sweat, Larranaga said this is a good way to get in a good workout.

Still launching.

Posted: November 19th, 2011

Chris Daniels/Photo by Rob Engelhardt/Erie Times-News

The Erie BayHawks closed out Saturday’s three-team exhibition with a convincing 57-42 win against expansion Canton at Penn State Behrend.

Center Chris Daniels had 19 points while forward Tirrell Baines added 16 as the BayHawks shot 62.2 percent from the field.

Erie won its earlier game, 43-39, against Fort Wayne, which beat Canton in the opening game, 49-41. The three games were only two quarters long. Forward D.J. Kennedy (knee) and point guard Al Nolen (foot) didn’t play for Erie.

Look for the Bayhawks to make some cuts in the next day or so. The BayHawks have until 5 p.m. on Nov. 23 to reach the 10-man roster limit. Before looking at the BayHawks, here’s a quick observation of Fort Wayne and Canton.

Fort Wayne is experienced. Has key returnees in Ron Howard and Walker Russell. Got some solid pick ups in former Michigan State forward Antonio Smith and Marvin Phillips, who was a key contributor for the Iowa Energy.

However, the biggest force the Mad Ants have – Chris Hunter – was in street clothes. The big fella was nearly unstoppable in the D-League. With him, Fort Wayne could be be scary.

Canton – The Charge didn’t finish their second scrimmage with Erie well. Got pretty good talent, but they’re young and didn’t play like a cohesive unit down the stretch against Erie.

Now to the BayHawks.

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Posted: November 16th, 2011

Donald Sloan hit the game winner in the scrimmage.

Just got back from Geneva, Ohio where the Erie BayHawks beat the expansion Canton Charge in an exhibition game at the SPIRE Institute.

First off, the SPIRE Institute is a magnificent facility. Took a tour with the BayHawks there before the scrimmage. Very nice facility.

Now let’s talk hoops.

Erie won, 105-103, but Erie coach Jay Larranaga said, “We got a lot of work to do” afterward.

It’ll be interesting if the BayHawks show improvement in their defense in terms of defending dribble penetration in Saturday’s three-team scrimmage with the Charge and Fort Wayne at Penn State Behrend’s Junker Center.

As far as Wednesday goes, the game was close throughout but three guys came to the front when the game was on the line for the BayHawks.

1. Donald Sloan – Hit the game-winner with 19 seconds left after breaking the defense down with the dribble. This guy can get in the lane, has a nice runner and is automatic from the line.

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Posted: November 15th, 2011

Kyle Goldcamp survived the first cuts the Erie BayHawks made Tuesday. Erie waived three players./Photo by Janet B. Kummerer/Erie Times-News

Earlier today, I went to Penn State Behrend’s Junker Center to check out the Erie BayHawks practice.

Here are a few notables:

1.Erie waived three players – guard Adrian Bowie out of Maryland, forward Kayode Ayeni out of St. Francis and power forward Joseph Kennerly II out of Central Oklahoma – today. The odds were against Kennerly III because he was one of four true big men in camp.

Erie traded a second-round pick to Idaho for Jeff Graves, drafted 7-footer Chris Daniels in the first round and Kyle Goldcamp has been with the BayHawks for the last two two seasons.

2. Goldcamp said the biggest difference between Erie coach Jay Larranaga’s system of a season ago and how the New York Knicks play is how the big men run the floor. The former Gannon star said before, bigs ran down the middle of the floor. Now the big men are being asked to run the wings to keep the middle open.

The Knicks and BayHawks are in a hybrid partnership.

3. Goldcamp and Graves, out of Kansas, went at each other again today. At age 30, Graves is more seasoned and has more talent, but what Goldcamp does is make you work. One one play, Goldcamp took Graves baseline, missed the shot, but got the rebound and put it back up. Later in practice, Graves made a beautiful drop-step baseline move, took two power dribbles and scored on a reverse.

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Posted: October 6th, 2011

Shooting guard Mike Gansey may be back with the BayHawks after playing overseas last season./ETN file photo.

The D-League has yet to announce when it will have its draft, but the Erie BayHawks have been up to quite a bit.

1. The BayHawks had their free-agent tryout in New York last month and will have one in Erie on Sunday at Family First Sports Park from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. There is a $150 fee to try out.

An ESPN contributor – Jim Cavan – actually tried out in New York at Baruch College in Manhattan.

Check this out here. Good stuff.

2. Next week on Oct. 15-16, the BayHawks will have guard Mike Gansey, who played for Erie in the 2009-10 season and power forward Kyle Goldcamp, a former star at Gannon who has been with Erie since that season, work as coaches at their basketball clinic.

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