Erie, Pennsylvania, Friday, April 15, 2011 – The Erie BayHawks’ season came to a close Thursday night as they were eliminated from the NBA Development League playoffs, capping off their most successful season yet by achieving significant milestones both on and off the court.
“I’m really proud of the accomplishments we made this year on both the basketball and business sides of the franchise,” said team president Matt Bresee. “On the basketball side, coach Larranaga led the team to a record number of wins, a playoff berth, and we got our first-ever post-season win.”
“We had a great year for business too as our fan base and business partnerships continue to grow, giving us reason to be excited about what the future holds and already looking forward to next season,” Bresee added.
Highlights of this past year include:
Record Number of Wins: Erie finished with an overall record of 33-20 (32-18 in the regular season and 1-2 in the playoffs), eclipsing their previous mark of 27 wins in their 2008-09 inaugural season. The BayHawks also hosted their first-ever home playoff game (April 10 vs. Reno), and two days later got the franchise’s first post-season victory (April 12 vs. Reno).
Record Number of NBA Assigned Players: Four different NBA players from Erie’s affiliate teams wore a BayHawks uniform this season and combined to play a total of 41 games for Erie. Cleveland Cavaliers teammates Christian Eyenga (15 games) and Samardo Samuels (2 games) joined Toronto Raptors rookies Solomon Alabi (22) and Ed Davis (2) as being among the all-time high 37 NBA players to play in the D-League this year.
New Scoring Records: Forward Ivan Johnson set a new franchise mark for most points scored in a single season with 1,105 points, and also established a new single-game high when he dropped in 46 points in a January 14 win at Maine.
Largest Margin of Victory in League History: The BayHawks’ set a new league mark for margin of victory when they defeated the Maine Red Claws by 49 points, 120-71, on December 10. The previous mark was 45 points held by Albuquerque (New Mexico) set in 2006.
First Sellout Crowd: 5,770 fans watched the BayHawks defeat the Maine Red Claws in the regular season finale on April 2 at Tullio Arena. It was the BayHawks first sellout crowd in the team’s three-year history and eclipsed the previous single-game mark of 5,284 fans set on March 20, 2010.
Total Attendance Marks: For the second consecutive year the BayHawks have established new franchise attendance marks. Average attendance rose 12% to 3,367 fans (4th highest in the league) and total attendance has grown 30% (84,174 fans in 2010-11) since the team’s inaugural season in 2008-09.
Jersey Sponsorship: The BayHawks enhanced their partnership with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in July when they agreed to a new three-year partnership extension that includes LECOM being among the first-ever sponsors in the NBA Development League to secure logo placement on the team’s jerseys.
Season tickets for the 2011-12 season are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the BayHawks at 814-790-5600.