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Posted: November 3rd, 2012

Here’s a quick look at who the Erie BayHawks picked in Friday’s 2012 D-League Draft. The BayHawks drafted Brandon Bowdry and LaMarcus Lowe in the third round. The BayHawks start training camp Nov. 10.

Third round — Brandon Bowdry (6-6, 230, F, Eastern Michigan)
Date of birth: April 25, 1988
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Background: Played overseas in Turkey after his senior year at Eastern Michigan in 2010-11. In college, Bowdry averaged a double-double his junior year (16.3 ppg., 10 rebs) and a career-high 19.9 points his senior year. He worked out with the Detroit Pistons before the 2011 NBA Draft.

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Posted: February 14th, 2012

The Erie BayHawks are hoping forward Frank Hassell (with ball) can give them a stronger inside presence./AP Photo.

On Monday, the Erie BayHawks added forward Frank Hassell, a 6-9, 246-pound power forward who averaged 10.1 points and 7.8 rebounds in 20 games for the expansion Canton Charge.

From Chesapeake, Va., Hassell had played overseas in Turkey before the San Antonio Spurs invited him to training camp. Hassell, who played at the same high school as former NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning in Indian River, was the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament MVP while playing at Old Dominion.

The BayHawks got Hassell, 23, in a trade when they acquired Sharrod Ford out of the D-League player pool and traded him to Canton for Hassell. From Suitland, Md., Ford, 30, played for the Phoenix Suns in 2005-06 after playing college ball at Clemson.

Ford also played professional in Turkey, Russia and Italy. He averaged 15.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in 2010-11 with Sutor Montegranaro in Italy.

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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.”

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