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Posted: December 8th, 2012

The Erie BayHawks dipped below .500 for the first time this season after losing Friday night at Sioux Falls, which is only unbeaten team left in the D-League.

Former NBA point guard Troy Hudson led the Skyforce (5-0) with 27 points. D.J. Kennedy paced the BayHawks (2-3) with a game-high 28 points and eight rebounds. Here are highlights from last night’s game.

Posted: April 9th, 2012

The third-seeded Toros (33-17) have won 10 of their last 11 games heading into Game 1 of their D-League first-round series against the fifth-seeded Erie BayHawks (28-22).

Austin, which beat Erie 111-88 in its one game against the BayHawks this season at the D-League Showcase in Reno on Jan. 10, won its final regular-season game, 103-98, at Sioux Falls.

Saturday’s win came after an 110-99 home loss to Springfield, which lost to Erie, 110-108, in its previous game before winning at Austin.

Posted: March 19th, 2012

The Erie BayHawks went 2-2 on their four-game road trip by winning both games at Fort Wayne and losing at Sioux Falls and expansion Canton.

With nine games left, Erie (22-19) is in the playoff hunt, but has a stretch of games that will either seal its playoff fate or put it in position to secure a spot. The BayHawks play Canton, which leads the East Conference, Thursday and go on the road for two games at Dakota on Sunday and Monday before taking on Iowa on Tuesday.

Yep. Back-to-back-to-back

Erie was previously scheduled to have three days between its Monday game at Dakota and its next game against Fort Wayne on March 30 at home, but it has to resume the game against Iowa that was postponed due to the court being deemed unplayable by the referees.


Posted: March 14th, 2012

It was over early.

The Skyforce (11-29), who had the D-League’s worst record coming into Tuesday’s game against Erie (20-18), were 0-4 against the BayHawks this season.

This was their last shot against the BayHawks.

They made it count.

Leading 48-17 at the end of the first quarter, Sioux Falls proceeded to pummel Erie, 125-86.


Posted: January 28th, 2012

McLeod had 22 of his 25 points in the 3rd.

The only person after Erie’s 98-93 win tonight against Sioux Falls at Tullio Arena who didn’t know Keith McLeod had 22 points in the 3rd quarter was, well, Keith McLeod.

“No clue,” McLeod said. “(I) had no clue. I knew I was making shots.”

McLeod’s hot shooting also blinded Kyle Goldcamp to the fact he had 12 points in the quarter himself.

“I honestly didn’t know because Keith was hitting everything,” Goldcamp said. “It was like, I’m going to keep trying to set screens and figure out a way for him to get open because when you have a hot hand like that, you got to keep feeding the man. That’s great. It was awesome. A great time being out there. It was a good run, but I was unaware.”

The two combined to score 34 of Erie’s 36 points in the third as the BayHawks built an 82-68 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Erie outscored Sioux Falls by 15 points in the quarter.

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Posted: January 27th, 2012

Anthony Mason says the NBA today is "way softer" than it was when he played./AP Photo.

When he was in the NBA, Anthony Mason was a tough guy.

He played for one of the toughest teams of his era – the New York Knicks – when Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and himself protected the painted area with size, force and intimidation.

Those days are long gone in his opinion.

“Now you get the rite of passage,” Mason said. “Now it’s a rite of passage. You get a layup. I get a layup. That’s how they do.”

In Erie, Pa., to watch his son, Anthony Mason Jr. play for the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Mason said the NBA has changed dramatically from when he was out there bumping and bruising up folks.

“It’s a big difference,” said Mason, who averaged 10.9 points in his 13-year NBA career. Mason, whose final season was in 2002-03 with the Milwaukee Bucks, was an NBA All-Star with the Miami Heat in 2001 and the league’s Sixth Man of the Year while with the Knicks in 1994-95.

“Way softer. It’s not as exciting. I don’t think the teams are as balanced as they used to be. It’s kind of boring.”

Mason, who lives in New Rochelle, N.Y., drove seven hours to see his son, but Mason Jr. didn’t play tonight due to an injury.

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Posted: March 15th, 2011

Kyle Spain and the Erie BayHawks have more work to do before the D-League playoffs begin next month.

A night in Reno.

The BayHawks resume their five-game road trip tomorrow at Reno (26-16) and follow that up with two games at Bakersfield (25-16) before rounding it up Tuesday at Fort Wayne (19-23).

Erie opened the road trip with a 133-126 loss Sunday at Iowa, which has the D-League’s best record at 32-11.

Erie (27-14) has clinched the playoffs and is right now a fourth seed. The top four seeds have home-court advantage for the first round and the top three seeds get to pick their first-round opponent.

Reno is just 1.5 games behind Erie and Bakersfield trails the BayHawks by two games. If the BayHawks lose those three, they could drop from fourth to seventh in a hurry.

Plus the Bighorns and Jam will own the head-to-head tiebreaker against the BayHawks.

And don’t think that game at Fort Wayne will be easy.

Erie is 4-1 against the Mad Ants, but they’re vying for the final playoff spot and have a former BayHawk in point guard Derek Raivio, who landed in Fort Wayne following a three-team trade last month.

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Posted: February 26th, 2011

Saturday, 2 p.m., Tullio Arena


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: January 13th, 2011

Still raw, 7-footer Solomon Alabi still needs work.

He’ll be back, I think.

The Toronto Raptors recalled 7-foot-1 rookie center Solomon Alabi today after his second stint with the Erie BayHawks.

I’d bet he’ll return to the team for a third and final run later this season. NBA team can send their first and second-year players up to three times a season.

In the four games he played on his second stint, Alabi averaged 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. His second run was successful at times, strange in others.

The good: Alabi had a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds against Maine on Jan. 9. Really showed moves around the basket and was aggressive.

The bad: In his three other games in his second stint with Erie against Sioux Falls, Idaho and Rio Grande Valley, Alabi totaled 18 points and 15 rebounds.

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Posted: January 7th, 2011

In beginning his second stint in the D-League, Miami Heat rookie center Dexter Pittman scored 15 points in the Sioux Falls Skyforce's 97-91 loss at Erie against the BayHawks on Friday night.



Yes, Ivan, Dexter Pittman is a rookie center with the Miami Heat.

While Pittman was on the bench for the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Friday night at Tullio Arena, Erie BayHawks power forward Ivan Johnson was barking at him while waiting for one of his teammates to attempt a free throw.

Pittman said stuff like that happened to him during his first run with the Skyforce this season.

“I expect it,” he said. “When you come down to this level, you’ve got a big target on your back. It’s nothing.”

Pittman is where Johnson wants to be – the NBA.  So Johnson was taking this game even more personal since he was matched up against the 6-foot, 11-inch, 300-plus pound rookie out of Texas.

“That just shows me that I can play in the league (NBA),” Johnson said. “Playing against dudes like him. I’m not saying he’s a trash player, but I can hang with some of the best of them.”

They went at each other in Erie’s 97-91 win. Johnson had a game-high 25 points and five rebounds while Pittman had 15 points and just three boards.

It was fun to watch.

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