Erie BayHawks Begin D-League Playoffs Tonight

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Erie BayHawks had so much fun during their inaugural NBDL season that they decided to keep playing into the postseason.

As part of the D-League’s innovative playoff system, the seventh-seeded BayHawks were handpicked by the top-seeded Colorado 14ers for a first round playoff battle that takes place tonight in Colorado.

Although the 14ers claim that there was no real motivation for the selection, you have to imagine that coach John Treloar has his BayHawks team believing that they were disrespected by the 14ers. In the D-League’s one-and-done opening round format, that extra motivation could be the difference between playing on and going home.

During the season, the BayHawks lost both meetings with Colorado. Erie lost their January 27 meeting in Colorado 114-110. The BayHawks also lost 119-103 at home on March 27.

With both teams scoring in triple digits in the two regular season games, another high-scoring affair is expected. Having seen the BayHawks twice in person, they certainly have the firepower to score in bunches.

It starts with Erik Daniels, Maureece Rice and Ivan Harris. Together, Daniels, Rice and Harris combine to score more than 55 points per game. Those three players are not only the top scorers on the team, they’re also the only players to play in all 50 regular season games.

BayHawks fans hoping to see the team play again this season, cheer for the upset. Of course, you can catch all of the D-League playoff action online with FutureCast. But the only chance Erie has of playing another home game this season is if they reach the best-of-three championship series.

Hopefully that journey starts tonight in Colorado.


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Blog Talk BayHawk is an unofficial Erie BayHawks blog covering the NBA D-League. It features opinions and information about the NBADL and the Erie BayHawks. Blog Talk BayHawk is written from a basketball fan’s perspective to fill In the gaps left by professional journalists’ coverage of BayHawks basketball and the Erie professional basketball scene.

Matt Hubert is a 25-year-old writer and basketball fanatic born and raised in Erie, Pa. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in English and a dual concentration in writing and creative writing. Matt's not wavering from his stance as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, but he will cover the BayHawks' NBA affiliates in Cleveland and Toronto when it makes sense to do so throughout the year.

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