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Posted: December 9th, 2010

First it was Scottie Reynolds.

Now it’s Sherron Collins’ turn to play in Tullio Arena for the visiting team.

Collins will be the second All-American point guard to face Erie when the Maine Red Claws play against the BayHawks tonight (7 p.m.). The Charlotte Bobcats sent down Collins, an undrafted rookie out of Kansas, to the D-League.

Reynolds was first when Springfield played at Erie. The Armor and BayHawks split two games. Reynolds averaged 21 points in the two games against Erie.

Take a look at Collins scoring 32 points in in the NBA Summer League.

Posted: November 21st, 2010

Been waiting on these.

Check out highlights of Erie’s first two games of the season – a 109-71 win against Springfield on Friday night followed by a 98-94 loss to the Armor on  Saturday night.

Don’t know what’s going on with the footage on the second one. It faded. As for the first one, just didn’t have a lot of pep to it. I’m sure it will get better.

Posted: November 19th, 2010

Solomon Alabi's shot blocking ability came to the front for Erie on Friday night.

In their D-League debuts, Toronto Raptors rookie center Solomon Alabi and Cleveland Cavaliers rookie forward Christian Eyenga were pretty solid Friday night.

They started and contributed to Erie’s 109-71 win against the Springfield Armor. Alabi had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks while Eyenga had 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.

Let’s look a little deeper than the numbers.

Alabi. At 7-foot-1, he’s going to block shots, but he did his job. At the same time, he didn’t finish as well around the basket on a consistent basis. Alabi even admitted he could  have gotten more than seven boards, but he played hard, had fun and you could see he has talent.

Eyenga. Very athletic. Had a block in which he just came out of nowhere and swatted the ball out of bounds and his one-handed dunk l0oked effortless as he took off outside the lane to throw it down. However, he admitted his defense could have been better and he even drew a technical foul.

The key for both guys is to see how they’ll play in a back-to-back as Erie and Springfield meet Saturday night at 7 at Tullio Arena.

Will they have the same energy? Will one or the other or both raise their level of play? In the case of Alabi, Springfield wanted to go at him to get him in foul trouble, but Vernon Goodrich got in foul trouble early.

If Goodrich can stay on the floor, he may make Alabi work. As for Eyenga, I’d like to see Erie put him on Scottie Reynolds just to see if he can stay in front of a shorter, quicker guard. Reynolds had 21 last night.

Posted: November 19th, 2010

Ivan Johnson knows he has a history with referees.

So does the D-League.

So although he’s trying to make a conscious effort to remain calm in games after getting booted out of a league in Korea for life for his on-court antics, Johnson drew a technical foul in Erie’s 109-71 season-opening win against Springfield.

Overall, Johnson graded himself an 8 out of 10.

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Posted: November 19th, 2010

Here are recent stories about both teams heading into today’s 7 p.m. game at Tullio Arena.

1. Cavs rookie set to display “world class” athleticism for the BayHawks

2. New coach, BayHawks ready to run in third D-League season

3. Goldcamp sticks with BayHawks for second season

4. BayHawks hold off Mad Ants

5. Springfield Armor’s Brian Leggett back at the scene of his greatet triumph

6. Springfield Armor set final regular season roster

7. Nets to take over running of minor league team

8. Armor drop first–and only–preseason game

Posted: November 18th, 2010

With Christian Eyenga now in Erie playing for the BayHawks after the Cleveland Cavaliers sent him down, you’re probably wondering who this guy is.

Well, some of you aren’t because one, you follow the Cavaliers or two, you’re a basketball junkie. If you’re not either one, then you probably don’t know who the guy from the Congo is.

A quick recap: Cavs drafted him in 2009. He decided to stay overseas to work on his game because he didn’t think he was ready. This season, he comes to Cleveland, but hasn’t played one second for the Cavs this season.

So I could continue and tell you his strengths (athleticism, crazy hops), but I’ll leave that up the video below to tell the rest. Eyenga will play in Friday’s 7 p.m. season opener for Erie against Springfield at Tullio Arena.

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Posted: November 17th, 2010

Kyle Goldcamp will throw his body around for the BayHawks for a second straight season starting Friday night.

Been pretty busy as of late.

Trying to do two beats at once (college football/Erie BayHawks) isn’t easy so I need to catch my breath.

So while I’m doing that, you can catch up on the latest BayHawks news heading into Friday’s home opener against Springfield right here, right now.

Cavaliers to send former 1st-round pick Eyenga to BayHawks.

BayHawks whittle down roster 10 for for Friday’s opener.

Raptors rookie to gain experience with Erie BayHawks.

BayHawks hold off Mad Ants (preseason game).

On Friday, look for stories on the Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Christian Eyenga, who is in Erie to play for the BayHawks, a season preview of the BayHawks and a feature on second-year BayHawks forward Kyle Goldcamp.

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Posted: November 16th, 2010

Toronto 7-foot-1 rookie center Solomon Alabi has played in just one game for the Raptors this season.

The guy is certainly thin, but Solomon Alabi showed some athleticism and quickness in his first practice with the Erie BayHawks earlier this afternoon at Gannon University’s Hammermill Center.

The Toronto Raptors sent Alabi, 22, down to play for the BayHawks, who open the season Friday night against the Springfield Armor at Tullio Arena.

Now granted it was just drills and he wasn’t going up against anyone in a 5-on-5 situation, but Alabi showed some explosiveness on one particular drill in which the player picks the ball off the ground, take a dribble and finishes at the rim.

Now Alabi will have a tough act to follow in terms of players from Erie’s NBA affiliates who have been sent down to play for the BayHawks in the previous two seasons.

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Posted: August 10th, 2010

Remember Dee Brown? Classic leaner blind dunk from back in the day. Still one of the best ever in an NBA Dunk Contest.

In looking over the Erie BayHawks 2010-11 schedule, I’ve tried to figure out what are their must-see games.

The one thing that caught my eye was training camp starts Nov. 7 and ends Nov. 17. Two days later, they open the season at home against the Springfield Armor, who is coached by former NBA Slam Dunk champion, Dee Brown.

However, it’s hard to really pinpoint any of the regular-season games other than the season opener because you’ve got to see the rosters to know who’s coming to town.

Even then, by the time that team plays here, the player you wanted to see might not even be on the team. He may be in the NBA or overseas.

So I’ll try to look past that and let you know the must-see games on Erie’s schedule this season.

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Posted: April 16th, 2010

Averaging 27.1 points and 10.5 boards, Mike Harris was a man on the inside for Rio Grande Valley this season.

I’m sitting here looking at the All-NBA D-League teams and that first-team squad is nice, but then I checked out the honorable mention list.

Hmmmm.

I could pick five guys from that list and seriously challenge the first team.

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