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Posted: November 25th, 2009

Legendary coach Bobby Knight would have been proud of how his former player, Martin Zeno, right, shined in the Erie BayHawks' training camp.

This wasn’t easy.

Couldn’t have been.

The Erie BayHawks narrowed down their roster from 12 players to the D-League mandated 10 by 5 p.m. today. The BayHawks ended up cutting guards Rod Wilmont and Oliver Lafayette.

I knew Erie coach John Treloar was going to have to waive one outside shooter because I figured he’d keep four big men. So I figured either Zach Sowers, Wilmont or Lafayette was going to have to go.

What I didn’t figure into the equation was Martin Zeno.

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Posted: November 24th, 2009

Forward Ivan Harris has shaved his head since last season with Erie and no longer rocks the braids.

The Erie BayHawks have to make their final two cuts by Wednesday at 5 p.m. to get their roster down to 10 players for the season opener Friday at Fort Wayne.

On Monday night, the BayHawks had a controlled scrimmage at East High School that revealed quite a bit about each of the remaining 12 players. The White team consisted of guards Cedric Jackson, Oliver Lafayette, Rod Wilmont, forwards Ivan Harris, Kyle Goldcamp and center John Bryant.

That team beat the Black team, 34-32. The black team consistead of first-round pick, guard Donell Taylor, guards Zach Sowers and forwards Jackie Manuel, Martin Zeno, Alade Aminu and Jarvis Gunter.

Very competitive game, but here’s what I noticed about each player in the scrimmage.

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Posted: November 19th, 2009

Here’s who the Erie BayHawks will likely start in Thursday’s 7 p.m. D-League preseason game against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Meadville Area Senior High School.

PG – Donell Taylor (6-6, 185, Alabama-Birmingham)
SG – Oliver Lafayette (6-2, 190, Houston)
SF – Jackie Manuel (6-5, 189, North Carolina)
PF – Ivan Harris (6-7, 215, Ohio State)
C – Jarvis Gunter (6-10, 210, Arkansas-Pine Bluff)

Now Lafayette, Manuel, Harris and Gunter all played for Erie in its expansion year last season. Taylor is the only new starter. The Bayhawks picked him with the second overall pick in this year’s draft Nov. 5.

When looking at this starting line up, two things jump out.

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Posted: November 17th, 2009

Ivan Harris is safe from getting cut Wednesday. Who else in Erie's training camp is secure as a blanket?

The Erie BayHawks must make one more cut to get their roster down to 12 before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The way I see it, six spots are already secure, I think.

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Posted: November 14th, 2009

If you followed the Erie BayHawks last season, you know Ivan Harris, Jackie Manuel, Jarvis Gunter and Oliver Lafayette.

If you followed them really closely, you know Raheem Moss from training camp. He was the last player cut before the regular season opener.

If you follow area college basketball, you know Gannon center Kyle Goldcamp and Edinboro guard Joe Jones, who is from Erie.

So those seven guys need no major introduction.

The remaining 10 in training camp for the BayHawks?

They’re a different story. Let’s a take a look at them.

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Posted: April 3rd, 2009

Erie BayHawks guard Quincy Douby signed a second 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors after being called up by the NBA franchise last month. He's the first BayHawk to receive an NBA call up.

The Toronto Raptors have signed Erie BayHawks guard Quincy Douby to a second 10-day contract Friday, the Toronto Star reported.

No surprise here, but what that means is the BayHawks will be without the combo guard for the remainder of the regular season.

Erie has four games left with the final one being April 11 against Fort Wayne.

Douby, who came to Erie after the Sacramento Kings released him earlier this, averaged 18 points in five games with the BayHawks.

Erie lost four of those games.

A first-round pick of the Kings in the 2006 NBA Draft, Douby joined the Raptors March 24 and has played in only one game for the NBA franchise. He had two points and an assist in five minutes of play.

So with a roster void, the BayHawks may opt to acquire someone out of the D-League player pool. Is it too late in the year to bring someone new into the Erie fold as it battles to earn a spot in the upcoming playoffs?

We’ll find out.

Posted: March 30th, 2009

Nearly a week after being released by the Erie BayHawks, point guard Cliff Clinkscales was picked out of the D-League player pool by the Rio Grande Vipers on Monday.

Wasn’t surprised by this at all.

The Rio Grande Vipers picked up point guard Cliff Clinkscales nearly a week after the Erie BayHawks released him to bring back shooting guard Oliver Lafayette, who had been out since Feb. 11 with a broken left hand.

The Erie BayHawks released Clinkscales Tuesday and the Vipers gobbled up the 6-foot 1-inch, 165-pound rookie from DePaul out of the player pool Monday.

The irony of all this is the Cleveland Cavaliers were an NBA affiliate of the Vipers last season. This season, the Cavaliers are one of Erie’s two NBA affiliates.

The Vipers are mathematically in playoff contention, but with a 19-25 record, the odds are against them to make it. Then again, they are just four games out of the eighth and final playoff spot Albuquerque currently holds with six games remaining.

Clinkscales will certainly help the Vipers make that final playoff push. Now he’s not a good 3-pointer shooter (21.4 percent from behind the arc), but he can make clutch shots.

However, his strength is breaking down defenses off the dribble, protecting the ball, running an offense and finding the open man. Clinkscales leads in the D-League in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.02-to-1).

His first game for the Vipers will be Wednesday at Utah.

One thing is for sure. The weather is much warmer in McAllen, Texas than Erie.

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