The Erie BayHawks had its second day of practice Wednesday afternoon at Penn State Behrend’s Junker Center heading into Game 1 of their first-round series against the Reno Bighorns at Tullio Arena.
Kyle Spain, who was waived by the team due to injury last week, was shooting jump shots after having an MRI on his left knee for chronic tendinitis. Because Erie waived him due to injury, it can bring him back.
The BayHawks have brought in forward Chaz McCrommon out of Robert Morris to replace Spain, but if Spain gets back in time before Game 1, the team will have to waive a player.
“We have to make that decision when the time came,” Erie coach Jay Larranaga said. “I honestly haven’t made any determination of what 10 we could dress for the game, but I like all 11 guys that we have. I think they all can help us in the games.”
Larranaga said he hopes Spain can return for the playoffs. After Wednesday’s practice, Spain was shooting jump shots. He’ll do a lot more Thursday.
“He said it’s feeling a little better,” Larranaga said. “We plan on testing it. Tomorrow he’ll do some individual work with (assistant Ben McDonald) and we’re hoping on Friday he’ll be able to go 5-on-5 with the team and be able to see where he’s at. I think it’s progressing good and he feels good.”
But who will Erie cut if Spain does come back as he said he would when waived Saturday morning?
It could be McCrommon, who has practiced with the BayHawks, but they may also release power forward Alton Ford, who is a former NBA player, but hasn’t played much for Erie this season. Ford has only played seven games and scored a total of seven points in that stretch.