Change Has Come
Prep Repeat as National Champions
The Junior Wheelchair Hawks Prep team met the #2 seed Courage Rolling Rowdies (MN) who won the second semi-final game against the Turnstone Flyers (IN) 20-18. The Hawks earned their way into the Championship Game with 34-17 win over the #5 ranked Chicago Skyhawks. The Hawks entered the game undefeated and defending 2012 National Champions.
The key to the Hawks success all season has been their defense. Today would be no different. The Hawks held the Rowdies to 3 first half points behind the dynamic duo of Collin Lancaster (Bethlehem) and Cameron Elzey (Cumming). On the offensive side of the ball Samuel Armas (Vila Rica) scored 10, Chance Boyd (Atlanta) 6 and Kalen Reese (Powder Springs) 4 and the Hawks led at the half 20-3. The second half represented a transition for the Hawks with three players playing their last Prep game before graduating up to the Varsity squad next season. The five remain players affectionately know as the “short stacks” represent the future of the Hawks for the next four years and played most of the half second. The Hawks win 30-13 to repeat as National Prep Champions.
Samuel Armas led the Hawks with 16 point and was named MVP for the Championship Game and MVP for the entire Prep tournament. Kalen Reese was selected for the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award.
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Varsity Wins Consolation Game
In what many people thought would be the NIT championship game, the #1 ranked Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks Varsity Team met the #2 ranked Phoenix Banner Wheelchair Suns (AZ) in the consolation game for 3rd/4th place. The game was a classic battle of two good teams. At no point did either team enjoy more that a 4 point lead. The Suns had the slight 17-16 lead at the half behind a strong performance of Joseph Underwood who had 14 of the teams 17 points. Brent O’Grady (Kennesaw) and Treyvon Smith (Athens) kept the Hawks close with 6 and 4 points respectively.
The second half was more of the same see-saw battle with the lead change hands more than 8 times. Josh Joines (Kennesaw) finally got the lid of the basket after shooting 1 for 9 in the first and shot 70% to lead the Hawks with 14 second half points. Brent O’Grady finished with 10, Treyvon Smith had 6, Bryan Powell (Marietta) added 4 while Curran Brown (Johns Creek) and Luke Hutchinson (Marietta) each scoring 2 points. Hawks win a close game 40-38 to place third in the NIT. Josh Joines led the Hawks in scoring with 79 points in four games and was named to the Second All-tournament team.