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Posted: April 2nd, 2012

L.D. Williams has got hops.

Trust and believe that.

The Springfield Armor guard won the 2012 D-League Slam Dunk Contest in Orlando that would have won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest this season.

When the Armor (27-20) play at Tullio Arena tomorrow night at 7 against the Erie BayHawks (26-21), look for Williams to have some highlight reel plays. He had a game-winning dunk this season against Maine.

Now Williams did have a situation this season in which he was suspended a game for throwing a punch after a game against the Iowa Energy on March 9. On the flip side, he’s averaging 15.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and shooting 34 percent from long range.

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Posted: March 27th, 2012

After splitting a two-game road trip against the Dakota Wizards, Erie will conclude the third of a back-to-back-to-back series of games tonight against the defending D-League champion Iowa Energy at Tullio Arena.

The BayHawks (23-21) arrived in Erie at 3:30 this afternoon after beginning a long trip back from Bismarck, N.D. with a 5 a.m. flight.

Tonight’s 8 o’clock game is a continuation of the March 8th one referees stopped due to unplayable floor conditions at Tullio Arena. The game will resume with Erie leading 14-13 with 3 minutes, 29 seconds left in the first quarter.

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Posted: January 6th, 2012

The Erie BayHawks (6-10) will try to avenge Thursday’s 113-111 overtime loss at Springfield in Saturday’s 7 p.m. game at Springfield (8-7).

Former NBA point guard Mike James will make his debut Saturday with Erie.

Posted: December 16th, 2011

The Erie BayHawks head into tomorrow’s 7 p.m. game at Maine having split their last two games.

Erie won at Springfield, 123-117 in overtime on Thursday night after losing to the Armor 114-107 the night before. They’ve got some sweet slo-mo highlights of Tirrell Baines going to the rim. Never seen that before.

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Posted: March 9th, 2011

In his time with Erie, power forward Jarvis Gunter was a crowd favorite.

He felt right at home.

Jarvis Gunter was more of the most well-liked players to suit up for the Erie BayHawks and even though he returned to Tullio Arena on Tuesday wearing a Springfield Armor uniform, he still got love from the Erie fans after the game.

Gunter, who had been with the team since its 2008-09 expansion season, was waived by the BayHawks this season.

In his first game in Erie against his former team, Gunter had nine points on 4-of-4 shooting. For the season, Gunter is averaging 4.6 points a game in 29 games.

After the game that ended with Erie winning 101-92, I talked with Gunter about how it’s been for him since joining Springfield, jabbering with his former teammates and being back in Erie.

How did it feel to be back here for a game? – “It felt good. Good feeling. I was a little nervous, but overall it was a good feeling. We didn’t come out with the win, like I wanted, but it felt good to be back. The crowd really appreciated me.”

At the end of the game, one of the fans gave you a hug. What was that like to know that you left a good impression on them? – It was a great feeling. Good they still appreciated what I had done the past two years. I felt good. I was nervous, but it was a good feeling.”

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Posted: March 9th, 2011

Thursday, 7 p.m., at Tullio Arena
ON THE AIR: WFNN-AM/1330; www.nba.com/dleague
PLAYERS TO WATCH
▀   Erie — PF Ivan Johnson (A 2011 D-League All-Star, Johnson is second in the D-League in scoring at 21.2 ppg. Picked up an D-League high 19th technical foul in Erie’s 101-92 win Tuesday against Springfield.) … C Solomon Alabi (The Toronto Raptors rookie is making his third stop to Erie. In 11 with Erie, Alabi has averaged 8.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.) … PG Blake Ahearn (Expects to return tonight after missing three games with a hip injury.)

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Posted: March 9th, 2011

Against Tulsa on Saturday at Tullio Arena, Erie rookie forward Tasmin Mitchell hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer to beat the 66ers, 98-96, but the ball never actually went through the basket.

Tulsa was called for goaltending because two of its players grabbed the rim after the ball hit it.

Tomorrow, Maine comes to Erie after losing its last game on a buzzer beater, 100-97, when Springfield guard JamesOn Curry hit a straight on bank shot from 3-point range. However, they have a player who knows a little bit about hitting game-winning shots.

Newly acquired Maine guard Craig Winder hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Rio Grande Valley Vipers the 2010 D-League title. Check it out below.

Posted: March 7th, 2011

Loud kids are cool with Erie coach Jay Larranaga. Hot coins and lighters aren't.

Erie BayHawks coach Jay Larranaga is fine with playing in front of 1,000s of kids for Tuesday’s 11 a.m. game against Springfield at Tullio Arena even though their high-pitch cheers can crack windows.

Having covered Erie’s previous two School Kids Jam games, the kids can get pretty loud, but Larranaga is cool with it.

“I’ve played in loud, sold-out arenas,” Larranaga said. “Having little kids? I guess that’s different.”

Besides, Larranaga said he’s experienced far worse while playing overseas for 11 seasons.

“I would say that’s better than having 10,000 screaming Turkish guys throwing hot coins and lighters at you,” he said. “I think it’s a positive (the kids). We’re excited about having that many people at the game. I’m sure the players will feed off the kids’ energy.

Hot coins?

“Yeah,” Larranaga said. “They light them and then throw them. Try to burn them. Once they get rid of the coins, they throw the lighters at you. It happened a couple of different times. Pretty much anytime you go to Turkey.”

Posted: March 7th, 2011

Think the Erie BayHawks had an exciting finish by winning Saturday’s game, 98-96, in overtime against Tulsa on a goaltending call at the buzzer?

Check out how their upcoming opponent – Springfield – won Sunday on a straight-on bank shot from 3-point range by JamesOn Curry to give the Armor an 100-97 win at Maine against the Red Claws.

The BayHawks (25-13)  and Armor (11-28) will get it on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Tullio Arena.

Posted: January 13th, 2011
Erie BayHawks (14-7) at Maine Red Claws (10-12)

Friday, 8 p.m., Portland Expo, Portland, ME
▀  On the air: WJET-AM 1400; www.nba.com/dleague/

Players to watch
▀  Erie —  PF Ivan Johnson (Team’s leading scorer at 17.9 points a game.  In two games in the NBA D-League Showcase, Johnson followed up a nine-point effort in a win against Idaho to score 25 in a loss to Rio Grande Valley. … SG Garrett Temple (Scored just five points on 2-of-11 shooting against his former team in Erie’s 124-106 loss to defending D-League champion Rio Grande Valley. The Vipers traded Temple to Erie for rookie PF Jeff Adrien late last month. PF Kyle Goldcamp (The former Gannon standout matched his season high for points in a game with 14 against the Vipers. He’s scored 14 points three times this season.

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