BlazeSports’ Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks finish Day 2 with a Prep Division Championship and our Varsity team advancing to the semi-finals.
The Hawks’ Prep team found themselves in a very familiar position, undefeated and playing in the championship game. In fact this was the sixth time in the last two years the younger Hawks played in the championship game of a tournament. Once again defense was the name of the game. The Hawks behind the dynamic defensive duo of Collin Lancaster and Cameron Elzey held the talented RHI Mini Pacers to 5 points after the first 3 periods. On the offensive side of the ball the Hawks played better with both Colin Lancaster Eric Francis shooting 50% for the game. Eric led all scorers with 10 points and Collin added 8 points. Both Taevan Grant and Cameron Elzey scored 4 point and the Hawks win 26-11.
Eric Francis and Cameron Elzey were named to the Prep Division All-Tournament Team and Cameron was named the Prep Division MVP.
The Hawks Varsity squad started Day 2 with a match up against the Houston Hot Wheels, the #3 ranked team in the country. This would be the 5th top ten team the Hawks have played in the last week. On the defensive side of things, the Hawks did fairly well, holding last year’s National Champions to just 28 points at the half. Unfortunately, the Hawks had trouble against the height of the Hot Wheels and could not by a bucket for most of the game. Hot Wheels lead 28-10 at the half. The second half was better defensively as the Hawks held the Hot Wheels to 22 points, but the offense shot less than 25%. Houston wins 50-20. Josh Joines led the Hawks with 10 points. Samuel Armas added 6 points and Brent O’Grady rounded out the Hawks’ scoring with 4 points.
The Hawks next game was a must win in this double elimination tournament. Next up was Katie’s Komets from Philadelphia. The Hawks rebounded well off a tough loss to Houston. The Hawks worked on their full-court press and jumped out to a 37-15 half time lead, behind good defensive and 15 points from Josh Joines and 13 points from Treyvon Smith. The second half provide a chance for the younger Varsity to play and the Hawks roll to a 59-28 win. Both Josh Joines and Treyvon scored 19 points, while Samuel Armas added 15. Bryan Powell and Luke Hutchinson rounded out the scoring with 4 and 2 points respectively.
The win moved the Hawks forward in the loser’s bracket to face #8 ranked Turnstone Flyers. One more team to add to the number of top ten teams the Hawks have played in the past week. The Hawks got off to a fast start leading at half time29-24, behind 10 points from Samuel Armas, 9 points from Josh Joines and 6 points from Treyvon Smith. The Flyers kept the pressure on and closed the gap several times in the second half. The Hawks were up for the challenge and never gave up the lead in the second half. Hawks win 46-41 for their first top ten win in the programs history. Josh Joines led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Samuel Armas with 15 points and Treyvon Smith with 8. Brent O’Grady finished up the Hawks scoring with 4 points.
The win keeps the Hawks moving forward to the semi-final game against the Milwaukee Heat and one victory away from a rematch with Houston on the Championship game.
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