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Posted: April 18th, 2009
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Denver Nuggets rookie guard Sonny Weems scored a team-high 27 points to lead the Colorado 14ers to a come-from-behind 114-111 win Saturday night.

The Colorado 14ers advanced to the D-League finals by beating the Austin Toros, 114-111, Saturday night at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colo.

The 14ers (36-16) trailed the Toros (33-19) by 11 points, 98-87, with nine minutes and 11 seconds left. This came after Colorado coach Bob MacKinnon was called for a technical foul.

From that point, the 14ers went on a 20-7 run to take a 107-105 lead with four minutes and 46 seconds left in the game.

Down three with 10 seconds left, Marcus Williams and Stanley Burrell each missed 3-pointers that would have tied the game.

Denver Nuggets rookie Sonny Weems lead the 14ers with 27 points while Eddie Gill added 23. Malik Hairston and Williams paced the Toros with 37 and 33 points, respectively. Both players played the entire game.

The 14ers will face the winner of Monday’s Utah-Dakota game in the D-League finals, which is  best-of-3 series.

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Posted: April 16th, 2009
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After dispatching Erie by 21 points Tuesday, Trey Gilder and the Colorado 14ers will play host to Austin in Saturday's D-League semifinals. Colorado is 3-4 against its Southwest Division foe this season.

(4) Austin 119, (5) Idaho 116 (OT): The Toros got 34 points from Malik Hairston, but the San Antonio Spurs did them a favor by sending down forward Marcus Williams. Having played nearly most of the season for the Toros, Williams went for 33 in 53 minutes of action to help Austin (33-18) overcome a 19-point lead and knock out the defending D-League champion Stampede (31-20).

The Toros will play at top-seeded Colorado (35-16) in Saturday’s semifinal game

(2) Utah 94, (8) Bakersfield 81: The Flash limited the Jam to 37.9 percent shooting in advancing to the league semifinals. Bakersfield shot just 2-of-10 from 3-point range as they were outscored, 54-40, in the second half.  Kevin Kruger led the Flash (33-18) with 23 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals while Trey Johnson paced the Jam (26-25) with 23 points and six rebounds.

Utah will play the winner of tonight’s Dakota-Iowa game.

Tonight: (6) Dakota Wizards (27-23) at (3) Iowa Energy (28-22)

Posted: April 6th, 2009
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With a D-League leading 28 double-doubles, Erik Daniels earned first-team all-league honors

The league leader in double-doubles with 28.

The co-team leader of the Erie BayHawks along with Jackie Manuel.

The versatile lefty forward able to make crafty shots with either hand.

It’s Erik Daniels, who on Monday earned first team All-D-League honors along with league MVP, Iowa center Courtney Sims, Austin Toros forward Marcus Williams, Dakota guard Blake Ahearn and Albuquerque guard Will Conroy.

Well deserved.

Averaging 21.1 points and 10 rebounds, the 6-foot 8-inch Daniels has played in all 48 of Erie’s games. Not bad for a guy who came to training camp not in the best of condition.

He was the 7th overall pick in the 2008 D-League draft.

With the way he’s played this season, Daniels, who is 27 years old, has set himself up for an opportunity to make some serious money overseas and/or a tryout with an NBA team.

So if he doesn’t return to the D-League next season, Daniels will leave Erie having made his mark.

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Posted: March 18th, 2009
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As a senior at North Carolina, Manuel won a national championship in 2005.

The players and coaches in tonight’s game between the Erie BayHawks and the Austin Toros will follow the NCAA Tournament for more than just the sheer madness of it.

Many of them either played for or coached at schools that are in this year’s field of 65.

Check out how Jackie Manuel, Ivan Harris and  Coach John Treloar of Erie and Marcus Williams, DeMarcus Nelson and Coach Quin Snyder of Austin think their schools will fare.

As a bonus, I also talked to Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Darnell Jackson, who was sent down to play for the BayHawks just for today’s game, about how his Kansas Jayhawks will do in defending the 2008 national title he helped them win.

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College: North Carolina (2001-05). The Tar Heels (28-4) are a No. 1 seed in the South Regional and will open tournament play Thursday against No. 16-seeded Radford (21-11) in Greensboro, N.C.

How will his Tar Heels do in this year’s tournament? “I think they definitely have a great chance of winning it all. Definitely making it to the Final Four. I definitely think they have a great chance.”

What about junior point guard Ty Lawson’s injury? The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year missed the ACC Tournament with a toe injury and is questionable for Thursday’s game.

“I think he’ll be alright. With Ty being from D.C., he’s pretty tough. Any injury he’s having or he’s had, I’m pretty sure he’ll suck it up and play. He knows what’s at stake.”

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