BlazeSports’ Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks finish Day 1 with a perfect 3-0 mark. The Varsity squad played only one game against a RHI (Rehab Hospital of Indiana). The Hawks got off to a slow offense start shooting only 31% in the first half. Samuel Armas led the Hawks with 10 first half points, while Josh Joines added 8 points. The Hawks lead at half time 24-12.
The second half was more of the same, great defense but sluggish offense, shooting only 30%. Samuel Armas repeated his first half output with 10 points to finish with a game high 20 points. Josh Joines added 5 and Treyvon scored 6 second half points. Brent O’Grady, Chance Boyd and Bryan Powell each added at 2 points. Hawks win 47-24. The Hawks’ Varsity squad plays the #1 seed Houston at 10:30 am on Saturday, a day that could include a total of three games for the Hawks.
The Hawks’ Prep team started the weekend with a game against the Lakeshore Foundation. The young Hawks are known for their defense and today wasn’t any different. The Hawks held the Lakeshore squad to a game total of 6 points. The Hawks were led by rookie player Eric Francis, who had 10 points. Collin Lancaster scored 6, while Cameron Elzey added 4 points. John Joiner and Taevan Grant rounded out the Hawks’ scoring with 2 points a piece. Hawks win 25-6.
Originally, the Hawks’ Prep team was scheduled to play only one game on Friday, but a tournament change had them playing a second game against the Turnstone Flyers (IN). The Hawks were not only working to maintain their #1 ranking, but they were also defending a winning streak that dates back to the 2012 National Championships. The game was a defensive battle from the opening tip to the last seconds of the game. Add a below average shooting percentage (29%) by the Hawks and the game was close and exciting right down to the final buzzer. The Hawks never trailed and the scores by quarters were: 4-0, 8-6, 14-12, and Hawks win 20-15. Eric Francis led the Hawks with 8 points, while Collin Lancaster scored 6 points. Cameron Elzey scored 4 points and finished the Hawks’ scoring with 2 points.
The Hawks Prep team will play for the tournament championship at 2:00 pm on Saturday. The opponent will be determined in games on Saturday morning.
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