The BlazeSports Jr. Hawks battled through a tough weekend of top-10 ranked teams in Whitewater, WI to bring home a 2nd Place title.
Entering the tournament ranked 4th in the nation, the BlazeSports Jr. Hawks knew they would have to perform at their best to maintain their ranking and compete against teams including the Minnesota Timberwolves and TIRR. The team kept fans on the edge of their seat with several close games and an overtime game in the first round of bracket play against TIRR from Houston.
Clenching the 2nd Place title and ending the tournament going 4-1 the team made huge improvements in communication, attitude, and teamwork, all of the things that embody a strong foundation for a successful team! The BlazeSports Jr. Hawks are now 13-2 on the season and are headed to the Pioneer Classic at Lakeshore for conference games on January 16th.
The BlazeSports Jr. Hawks Varsity Team will be making the trek into the snow to compete in the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater’s Junior Regional Tournament January 8-10, 2016.
The competition will be stiff as teams from Utah, Chicago, Indiana, and Milwaukee will be in attendance fighting for a Championship. The Jr. Hawks enter into the tournament ranked 4th in the nation and will be playing hard to keep that position. Follow us on social media for updates and photos throughout the weekend!
The BlazeSports Jr. Hawks Wheelchair Basketball Program is heading to Rockford, IL for the Rockford Park District Holiday Tournament, December 11-13.
Both Prep and Varsity teams will be making the flight into the chilly Chicago weather to take on competition from around the country including Houston, Grand Rapids, and Milwaukee. The teams are expecting to stand out among the crowd in their new jerseys and with their 10-man rosters.
This is the first non-conference tournament for the BlazeSports Jr. Hawks this season. Competition begins Saturday morning at 8:30am for both teams. Stay updated on the tournament by following BlazeSports America on Facebook & Twitter!
Good Luck BlazeSports Jr. Hawks!
Day 2: Midwest Junior Regional Tournament
BlazeSports Junior Hawks finished 2-1 in Day 1 to earn them three games on Day 2. The Hawks started with a 8:00 am re-match against #8 ranked Turnstone Flyers (IN). The Hawks easily handled the Flyers in their first meeting, winning 71-43. The Hawks started slow start but led at half-time 26-20, behind 12 points from Josh Joines and 6 points from Brent O’Grady. It took the first half for the Hawks to get back into their game and it showed in the second half. The Hawks had 8 of 9 players on the offense score sheet and scored 36 points in the second while holding the Flyers to only 14 second half points. Hawks win 62-34. Josh Joines led the Hawks with 16, followed by Brent O’Grady with 14 and Samuel Armas and Treyvon Smith both with 8 points. Cameron Elzey and Jordan Kolowski added 6, while Chance Boyd and KJ Reese each scored 2 points.
Like Saturday, Day 2 involved back to back games. Next up for the Hawks was the Nebraska Red Dawgs. The Dawgs are ranked #10, but all indications were they were all the team they have been the past 3-4 years, which was top 4 in the country. The Hawks’ offense stalled a bit in the first half. Offense powerhouse Josh Joines was held to only 2 points. Nebraska led 36-21 at the half. The Hawks made a run for it in the second half playing the Red Dawgs even, 32-32, but ended up short 68-53. Josh Joines finished strong and ended up with 24 points. Brent O’Grady and Samul Armas both scored 8 points. Treyvon Smith added 6 points and KJ Reese and Luke Hutchinson rounded out the scoring with 4 and I points respectively.
The loss sent the Hawks to the 3rd/4th place playoff game against the #3 ranked and local favorite Milwaukee Heat. The Heat had the upper hand on Day 1, beating the Hawks 44-38. However the Hawks were confident that they could play with the Heat. The offensive momentum was up for both teams in the first half and Hawks trailed 30-28 at the midway point. Josh Joines led the first half effort with 18 points with Brent O’Grady adding 4 points.
The second half was more of the same, a see-saw offensive game with neither team extending the lead by more than 4 points. The difference from the first match up was the Hawks were able to stay of out foul trouble. The Heat repeated their first half 30 point performance and led 60-59 with 12 seconds left to go. Hawks had possession and quickly move the ball towards the basket. Brent O’Grady received the pass and was able to score while being fouled. Brent makes the free throw and HAWKS WIN 62-60. Josh Joines led the Hawk with 28 points. Sam Armas had his best offensive game of the tournament and scored 14. The star of the game Brent O’Grady added 12 points, while Treyvon Smith and Chance Boyd rounded out the scoring with 4 points each.
For this young squad to earn a 3rd place finish in a regional tournament that had 6 top ten ranked teams, the Hawks are to be congratulated for one of their best tournament performance ever. Their scoring average of 58 points per game is the highest in Hawks history and a great sign as they prepare for the 2015 National Championships in April.
For more information on the BlazeSports Junior Hawks, contact Jessie Romito at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-270-2000
Hawks Win SEC Titles
Congratulations to the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks Varsity and Prep teams for winning the 2014 Southeast Regional Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. The Hawks Varsity squad earned a back-to-back SEC title, while the Hawks Prep team extended their winning streak since 2012 to 30 straight games and their third consecutive SEC Championship.
The Hawks Prep team would face the Mississippi Wheel Cats twice on Day 2 of the tournament. The Wheel Cats were victorious over the Lakeshore Sharks and Charlotte Bobcats and earned a spot in the Prep Championship Game. However, they would have to play the Hawks in the final game of the preliminary round. The Hawks played one of their best games of the year with 5 of the 8 players in the scoring column. Collin Lancaster led the Hawks with 12 points, while both Eric Francis and Taevan Grant each added 8 points. Cameron Elzey and John Joiner rounded out the scoring with 4 points each. Hawks win the first game 36-13.
Both teams had a three hour break before the Championship rematch. The Hawks went into the Championship game, their last regular season game before Nationals, concentrating on defense. The dynamic duo of Cameron Elzey and Collin Lancaster led the Hawks’ defense which held the Wheel Cats to only 5 points. On the offensive side of the score sheet the Hawks were able to get 6 of 8 players contributing. Eric Francis led all scorers with 10 points and was followed closely by Collin Lancaster who had 8 points. Jon Joiner scored 4 points and Taevan Grant, Cameron Elzey and Cade Maynor each had 2 points. Hawks win 26-5.
Collin Lancaster was voted to the Prep All-Tournament Team, while Eric Francis won his second consecutive MVP trophy.
On the Varsity side of the tournament the Hawks also had to play a final preliminary game against the Junior Thunder (NC). The Hawks continued to work on getting all 12 players quality playing minutes as well as scoring opportunities. Seven Hawks made the score sheet with Treyvon Grant leading the way with 12 points and Kalen Reese and Joshua Joines each adding 8 points. Chance Boyd and Luke Hutchinson each had 4 points and Samuel Armas and Makayla Jones rounded out the scoring with 2 points each. Hawks win 40-26.
The Hawks moved on to the Championship game against regional rivals the Lakeshore Lakers (AL). This would be a rematch from Saturday’s game which the Hawks won easily 55-28. The Hawks jumped out to an early lead behind a very successful full court press. Hawks led at the intermission 30-11. The second half belonged to the reserves and 8 of the 12 Hawks made the score column. Hawks win 49-35. Joshua Joines the Hawks with 12 points, followed closely by Bryan Powell who had a season high 10 points. Treyvon Smith and Samuel Armas scored 6 points while Chance Boyd and Brent O’Grady each added 4 points. Kalen Reese and Luke Hutchinson rounded out the scoring with 2 points each.
Samuel Armas received All-Tournament honors while Joshua Joines was voted MVP of the Varsity tournament. The Varsity Hawks finished the regular season 14-6 and are currently ranked #10 in the country.
BlazeSports would like the thank Cole Sulmonetti, an intern from Georgia State University for all his help in organizing this years tournament. Thanks to the Suwanee Sports Academy Cobb for hosting the third consecutive SEC Championship. Special thanks to our sponsors: Eagle Sportschairs, Chick fil-A, Domino Pizza, Publix and Jimmy Johns.
Thank you also to the volunteers who assisted with everything from score keeping to distributing lunches. Your contribution made a huge difference to the event.
Congratulations to all the teams on a great tournament!
Check out the excellent post on the weekends events from BigSportsReport.com