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Posted: April 23rd, 2012

The top two D-League teams during the regular season will now meet to determine the best team in the league.

The top-seeded Los Angeles D-Fenders open the D-League Finals on Tuesday at Austin against the third-seeded Toros in a best-of-3 series. Game 2 and Game 3, if necessary, will be in Los Angeles. Game 2 is Thursday. If there is a Game 3, it will be Saturday.

Los Angeles was 2-0 against Austin this season, winning both games at home.

The D-Fenders (38-12) had the D-League’s best record while Austin (33-17) had the second-best record. The Toros were seeded third because Springfield won the East Conference to earn the second seed.

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Posted: April 11th, 2012

The fifth-seeded Erie BayHawks (28-22) should have their hands full for their best-of-3 D-League playoff series against the third-seeded Austin Toros (33-17) that begins with Thursday’s Game 1 at Tullio Arena.

After Wednesday’s practice, I caught up with Erie coach Jay Larranaga, New York Knicks rookie Jerome Jordan, Kyle Goldcamp and D.J. Kennedy and asked them about this series.

A key matchup will be Jordan against Austin big man Eric Dawson, who is second in the D-League in double-doubles with 23.

Posted: April 11th, 2012

Rookie guard Jeremy Green is averaging 7.1 points in 19 games for the Erie BayHawks this season. Photo by Janet B. Kummerer/Erie Times-News

This D-League playoff series will end in his hometown.

After Thursday night’s Game 1 at Tullio Arena, Erie BayHawks rookie Jeremy Green will return home for Game 2 of this best-of-3 series against the Austin Toros.

Game 3, if necessary, will be in Austin where Green grew up. So out of all the BayHawks, Green was probably the happiest Austin chose Erie as its first-round opponent.

“I was actually excited,” Green said. “Austin is a good team. That’s where I’m from. Everyone around the city goes to watch the Toros. It should be interesting with me coming back there as a visitor instead of cheering for the home. It should be fun.”

Out of Stanford, Green expects family and friends to attend Game 2 and Game 3 if necessary.

“It should be a pretty nice homecoming,” Green said.

No booing the hometown boy now.

“Austin is good city,” Green said smiling. ” Good fans. I don’t think there will be any booing or anything like that, but it should be fun.”

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Posted: April 9th, 2012

After winning at expansion Canton by 15 points in their regular-season finale, the Erie BayHawks returned to practice today as they get ready for Game 1 of their D-League playoff series against Austin on Thursday night at 7 at Tullio Arena.

Game 2 and Game 3, if necessary, will be Sunday and Monday, respectively, in Austin. A third seed, the Toros (33-17) picked the fifth-seeded BayHawks (28-22) as the top three teams got to select their first-round playoff opponent from the bottom four seeds.

After Monday’s practice, players Tyrone Brazelton, Joey Graham, Keith McLeod and Marvin Phillips talk about the playoff format and being chosen by the Toros.

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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: April 6th, 2012

Battling with T.J. Campbell for the ball, BayHawks point guard Keith McLeod had a tough night in Erie' 114-103 loss to Canton on Friday night./Photo by Janet B. Kummerer/Erie Times-News

Veteran point guard Keith McLeod got his shot playing against the team from his hometown that traded him to Erie in January.

Didn’t go well for him or the BayHawks.

Not only did the expansion Canton Charge beat the BayHawks, 114-103, tonight at Tullio Arena, but McLeod scored just five points on 2-of-12 shooting.

“It’s worse when you lose when you have that kind of night,” McLeod said. “Now had I shot like this and we had won, then so be it. I wouldn’t care, but we lost. It was what it was. I got to be better. Point blank period and I am better. It was just a bad night all around.”

A 2012 D-League All-Star selection, McLeod had missed the previous games games against Canton due to a hamstring injury, but didn’t feel as if he put too much pressure on himself to play well tonight.

“It’s basketball,” McLeod said. “‘I’m not sitting here worried that it’s life or death. It’s basketball. It’ what I do. It was just one of those nights. Sometimes it’s just how it goes.”

The good news for McLeod is he gets to face the Charge again Saturday night  as he returns to his hometown for the 7:30 game.

“Tomorrow, I’m going to go out here and prepare like I did and we’re going to see what happens. Hopefully I don’t have a night like tonight. At least I don’t plan on it.”

Posted: April 5th, 2012

The Erie BayHawks will look to avenge last month’s 109-92 loss to the expansion Canton Charge on Friday night at 7 in their regular-season home finale at Tullio Arena.

While the BayHawks (27-21) have already clinched a playoff berth, Canton (26-22) hasn’t. So the Charge come into the game needing wins, but the BayHawks still have a chance to win the East Conference.

After Thursday’s practice, Erie coach Jay Larranaga and players Joey Graham, Mychel Thompson and Kyle Spain talk about facing the Charge.

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 30th, 2012

Joey and Stephen Graham got reacquainted Friday night.

The 29-year old twin brothers are in the D-League and played against each other in Erie’s 103-102 win against Fort Wayne at Tullio Arena. Joey Graham is with the BayHawks while Stephen Graham is with the Mad Ants.

Both played in the NBA. The two will see each other on the court again tonight at 7 at Tullio Arena. It’s the last time Erie and Fort Wayne will play each other this season.

Posted: March 30th, 2012

Erie BayHawks rookie Jeremy Green hit a half court shot at the end of this morning’s shootaround. The BayHawks play the Fort Wayne Mad Ants tonight at 7 at Tullio Arena.

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