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Posted: January 11th, 2013

The Erie BayHawks split two games in the NBA Development League Showcase in Reno. The BayHawks (10-6) beat the Texas Legends, 86-83, after losing 94-90 to the Bighorns (7-8)

The BayHawks have the second-best record in the D-League behind Texas (11-6). They is back home Saturday to play the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (9-10).

The Mad Ants are tied with the Canton Charge with the D-League’s longest current winning streak of six games.

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Posted: November 13th, 2012

Spots look slim right now. We’ve got a lot of situations going on. It’s hard to call it. People have to come ready to play.” — Tirrell Baines before training camp.

On my pre-snap look at the Erie BayHawks’ training camp roster before their first practice Saturday, I saw more than 17 players competing for 10 spots.

With the way the training roster was put together, you could pencil in certain guys to make the final 10-man roster for their season opener Nov. 23 at Fort Wayne.

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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 14th, 2012

Booker Woodfox scored 43 points in two games against the Erie BayHawks, a team that waived him in 2009-10.

It may have been a blessing for Booker Woodfox.

When the Erie BayHawks released him after only two games in 2009-10 and didn’t play him, the point guard got more serious about his game.

“I think when I came to Erie, I was a little bit out of shape,” Woodfox said. “So when you come in and you don’t look like you’re  in shape, they have to make a decision on whether they want to keep you or take a chance or let you go. So mostly that was my fault.”

John Treloar was Erie’s coach at the time.

“Nothing against Erie,” Woodfox continued. ” I wasn’t ready to play. Once I got released, I figured I needed to do something and get in the gym and work harder and that’s what I decided to do.”

This weekend, he showed Erie how hard he’s worked.

Woodfox, 25, scored 43 points in two games against the BayHawks. He had 20 in Friday’s 118-115 loss and went for a game-high 23 in tonight’s 96-90 win.

Woodfox was 7-of-11 from 3-point range in two games.

Nothing personal.

Posted: January 13th, 2012

Kyle Goldcamp

Kyle Goldcamp stays with it. He does not back down.

“You know me by now,” he said with a wide grin. “I’m going to put my nose in the middle of everything.”

For players like Sean Williams, Goldcamp is a handful.

See, Williams has talent. Hops. Some skill. Can shoot for a big fella.

He’s certainly more talented than Goldcamp.

The Texas Legends power forward put up the kind of numbers someone from the NBA should  Friday night – game-high 29 points, three blocks. The Dallas Mavericks sent Williams down to the Legends.

However, his team blew a 20-point lead and lost, 118-115, to the Erie BayHawks at Tullio Arena and he wasn’t in the game when it mattered.

Why?

Because Goldcamp outworked him.

“I’ve gone against tough guys,” Goldcamp said. “He’s another tough one.”

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Posted: November 25th, 2011

Blake Ahearn (#13) /Photo by Rob Engelhardt/Erie Times-News

Here’s a list of players that were once with the Erie BayHawks but are now with other D-League teams heading into tonight’s season-opening games for the D-League.

Maine Red Claws – Tyc Snow (PG). Snow averaged 1.4 points in seven games for Erie during the 2009-10 season. The 5-7 point guard had 10 points, seven assists and five turnovers in those seven games before being waived.

Reno Bighorns – Blake Ahearn (PG), Taj McCullough (SF). Ahearn averaged 25.7 points in 13 games in the 2009-10 season. Last season, the 6-3 combo guard averaged 16.9 points in 31 games. The 6-7 McCullough averaged 6.5 points in eight games for the BayHawks in 2008-09.

The day after the 2011 D-League Draft,  the BayHawks traded Ahearn and McCullough, a second-round pick of the BayHawks in the 2011 draft,  to Reno for point guard Donald Sloan and forward Joseph Kennerly III, a seventh-round pick of the Bighorns. Erie also drafted McCullough in the second round of the 2008 D-League Draft.

Texas Legends – Booker Woodfox (PG). A 6-1 guard, Woodfox never played a game for Erie. He was with the team for two games before being waived in 2009-10.

Posted: August 5th, 2011

Bruce Pearl may be headed to the D-League to coach the Texas Legends. Good or bad idea?/AP Photo.

Bruce Pearl’s coaching career my be taking at detour to the D-League.

Fired in March at the University of Tennessee for lying to NCAA investigators about recruiting violations, Pearl has been offered the Texas Legends’ head coaching job. Reports are suggesting he  may get $500,000 a season.

Trust me, if he gets paid that much, it will only be for one season. I know the Legends have an 1-on-1 affiliation with the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, but hey, they can’t throw dollars around like that for a guy who isn’t directly impacting the NBA franchise.

Dollars aside, the question is could he coach in the D-League?

The answer is yes, but how well is the second question. He’d face a whole different dynamic in the D-League. Players get no more than $30,000 and if they’re being coached by someone pulling in $500,000, he better be darn good early or they won’t respect him.

He’d replace Nancy Lieberman, who coached the Legends in their 2010-11 expansion season and stepped down to become the their assistant general manager. Texas went 24-26 under Lieberman and made the playoffs.

Now Pearl, who has been charged by the NCAA with unethical conduct and may face a college coaching ban, won’t get an A in the honesty department, but the guy can coach. He coached UT to an 145-61 record in six seasons.

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Posted: February 26th, 2011

The Erie BayHawks came out the D-League All-Star break riding an 8-game winning streak and having the best record in the league at 23-9.

Two games later, the BayHawks are 24-10 after splitting their two-game road trip. Erie lost 117-115 at Tulsa on Thursday night, but rebounded to blast Texas, 132-110, Friday night.

Here are highlights of both games. The BayHawks play their next game Sunday at home against Iowa (27-10), which leads them in the East Conference by 1.5 games. Erie is 12-1 at home.

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Posted: February 6th, 2011

The Erie BayHawks continue to roll with a 111-106 win at Texas against the Legends (16-15) on Sunday afternoon.

Winners of its last five games, Erie (20-9) became the fifth team in the D-League this season to reach 20 wins. Blake Ahearn lead the BayHawks with 31 points Sunday, but a key guy in this stretch has been Tasmin Mitchell.

In Erie’s last three wins, Mitchell has averaged 26.3 points. He matched his career high of 28 points in Sunday’s win. Because Ivan Johnson  has gotten into his share of foul trouble in recent games, Mitchell has gotten more minutes and taken advantage of that.

Erie returns to action Thursday with a three-game home stint against the New Mexico Thunderbirds, a team that beat the BayHawks twice at their place earlier this season. The Thunderbirds (14-18) aren’t the same team they were earlier in the season as they’ve lost three straight.

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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