Prep Advance to Championship Game -Varsity will Play for 3rd Place in JNIT
The Junior Wheelchair Hawks Prep team faced the #5 ranked Chicago Skyhawks in the first semi-final game of the NWBA National Prep Championship. The #1 ranked Hawks had a slow start as compared to yesterday’s game. Collin Lancaster (Bethlehem) kept the Hawks in the first half with 8 points while Kalen Reese (Powder Springs) had 4 points. The Hawks led at the half 16-9.
The key to the Prep team’s success all season has been their defense and that continued during this semi-final game. Behind the dynamic defensive pair of Collin Lancaster and Cameron Elzey (Cumming), the Hawks held Chicago to 17 points. Led by 12 second half points from Kalen Reese, the Hawks finished strong to win 34-17. The Hawks will defend their 2012 National Championship against the #2 seed Courage Rolling Rowdies (MN) who won the second semi-final game against the Turnstone Flyers (IN) in a thrilling 20-18 decision in the last 10 seconds.
The Varsity Junior Wheelchair Hawks played regional rivals Lakeshore Lakers (AL) but did not fare as well as their Prep teammates. This semi-final match was the sixth time this season that these teams squared off. The Hawks came into the tournament enjoying a 4-1 season record over the Lakers. The game started well for the Hawks who led at the half 21-11 behind 8 points from Josh Joines (Kennesaw) and 4 points from Brent O’G Brady (Kennesaw), Treyvon Smith (Athens) and Curran Brown (Johns Creek). The second half was the complete opposite with the Lakers scoring 24 and holding the Hawks to only 10. Lakers win 35-31.
The Varsity Hawks will play the Phoenix Banner Wheelchair Suns (AZ) in the 3rd place game. The Suns were also upset in the semi-finals by the #3 Jr. Sioux Wheelchairs.