Day 2 – Southern Regionals
Hawks Prep Win Championship to Stay Undefeated
The BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks came into Day 2 of the Southern Regionals hoping to finish the tournament with two wins. The Hawks Prep squad started Sunday’s competition with a re-match against local rivals and the host team Lakeshore Sharks.
The game against the Sharks was a virtual repeat of the performance on Day 1. The BlazeSports Atlanta Jr. Hawks starters came to play and were up 23-4 at half time with Collin Lancaster, Eric Francs and Bailey Moody who each had 6 points. Head Coach Marc Lancaster continued to do a masterful job rotating in all 13 Hawks players into the action and concentrated on trying to get all 13 players on the score board. Although only 7 players scored, 12 of 13 players took 2 or more shots.
Taevan Grant, Jeramiah Million, Tanner Atkins and Malachi Kirkland finished off the scoring with 2 points each. Hawks win 27- 12. The Hawks Prep Team wins their third consecutive Southern Regional Championship and remaining undefeated in the 2014-25 season with a record of 15-0 and an overall winning streak dating back to 2013-14 season of 19.
Varsity comes from behind to take 3rd place honors
The Hawks Varsity squad, seeded #2 were coming off a disappointing loss to the number #3 seed team from Dallas. The consolation game matched the Hawks against #4 seed Grand Rapids Jr. Pacers. The Hawks had not played Grand Rapids in several years and were expecting a very competitive match.
The action started fast and stayed that way for most of the 40 minute game. The Hawks had trouble finding the bucket and were down 16-12 half way through the first half. Starting forward Samuel Armas got into early foul trouble and forced the Hawks to go to their bench much sooner than they had wanted to. The Hawks shot 37% for the first half. They also put the Pacer on the foul line 7 times and the Pacers took advantage of it by making 8 of 11 foul shots to lead at half time 34-24.
The Hawks weren’t done yet. Hawks Coaches, Paul Hutchinson and Jason Joines reminded the Hawks how they outplayed Dallas in the second half in yesterday’s second game and that 20 minutes was a lot of time. The Hawks offensive push in the second half was led by Josh Joines, Samuel Armas and Jordon Kozloski who combined for 25 points to pull out the win.
Josh Joines led the Hawks with 21 points, followed by Brent O’Grady with 14 points and Sam Armas with 10 points. Jordan Kozloski had 6 second half points including the game winning basket. Treyvon Smith rounded out the Hawks’ scoring with 4 points. A great team effort for a third place finish in the largest Varsity tournament in the country so far this year. Treyvon Smith received the 2015 Southern Tournament Hustle Award.