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
Day 3 of the 2014 Southern Regional Tournament only involved two games, the semi-finals and the Championship Game. Houston’s unbeaten record put them in the championship game. The Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks (#12) would have to get by #7, the Milwaukee Heat in the semi-final game to earn a spot in the championship game.
The Hawks started strong using a new defense, but were sluggish on offense, shooting only 37%, despite having all 5 starters on the scoreboard. Samuel Armas led the Hawks at half-time with 8 points. Josh Joines and Brent O’Grady contributed 4 each, while Bryan Powell and Treyvon Smith each added 2 points. Milwaukee led at halftime 32-21.
The Hawks offense improved slightly behind the 75% shooting of Samuel Armas who finished with a team high 19 points. Josh Joines finished with 7 points, while Treyvon Smith, Brent O’Grady and Luke Hutchinson added 4 points. Bryan Powell rounded out the Hawks scoring with 2 points. Hawks out play the Heat 24-17, including an outstanding 3 point buzzer beater in the second half by Samuel Armas, but the Hawks finish short 49-42, to finish third in the 2014 Music City Madness..
Treyvon Smith was selected to the Varsity All-Tournament Team and Collin LaFon was presented with the 2014 Spirit Award.
The Varsity Hawks finish 3-2 for the tournament for an overall 10-6 record. In back-to-back weekends, the Hawks have played 11 games and faced 7 of the top 8 teams in the country. In doing so, the Hawks have improved their national ranking from #19 at the beginning of the season to #12 before the Music City tournament to a top 10 ranking going into the 2014 National tournament. Great job Hawks!
BlazeSports would like to thank our Prep Assistant Coaches, Marc Lancaster, Bradley Elzey and Alex Armas for a job well done with our Prep team, who now have a 25 game winning streak dating back to the 2012 National Championship tournament. Thanks also to our Varsity Assistant Coaches Paul Hutchinson and Jason Joines for all their help over the past two weekends. The success of our Varsity program is directly related to their hard work and commitment to the team. Special thanks to Sharon O’Grady who has volunteered to be the team’s video technician and to all our parents who dealt with a crazy week of weather, school cancelations and tournament travel plans changing by the day.
The Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks next tournament will be hosted by BlazeSports on March 8-9 in Marietta.
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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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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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BlazeSports’ Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks travel to Murfreesboro, TN and Middle Tennessee State University for the 2014 Southern Regional Tournament. Both the Hawks’ Varsity and Prep squads are looking for a successful tournament as they position themselves for the National Championships in April.
While Atlanta was digging out of its second winter snow storm in as many weeks, the NWBA was releasing the first Varsity Division national rankings of the 2014 season. The Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks received a #12 ranking, up from #19 from the end of the 2013 season. Although Prep Division rankings were not released, since the Hawks’ Prep team is two-time defending national champions who have not lost since first winning the championships in 2012, we can assume they are still the #1 ranked Prep team.
The Hawks start the three day Music City Madness Tournament with both the Prep and Varsity teams playing at 2:30pm. The Hawks’ Prep squad will play local rival the Lakeshore Foundation (AL). The Varsity team will face RHI (IN). If the Hawks win, they both play their second games on Saturday. The Varsity’s main competition will be on Saturday and will come from the Houston, Milwaukee or Indiana team.
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The Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks came off a 4 game Saturday to an 8:30am game on Sunday against the host team Nebraska Red Dawgs (#2). This game was the third consecutive game against a top ten team. The Hawks played well against a quicker and taller team and played 2 identical halves, scoring 20 points and allowing 32 points in both periods. Josh Joines led the Hawks with 14 points, Samuel Armas scored 12 and Brent O’Grady added 8. Treyvon Smith rounded out the Hawks’ scoring with 6 points. Red Dawgs win 64-40.
It did not get any easier for the Hawks who had to finish the tournament against a dominant Salt Lake Rec N’ Crew (#9 at the 2013 Nationals) and undoubtedly, a top 4 national team this year. The Hawks played well in spurts but could hardly buy a basket in the first half going 5 for 13. The Rec N’s Crew led 43-10 at the half. The Hawks regrouped and played a much better second half shooting 13 for 23 and out-played the Crew’s bench players 26-20. Josh Joines led the Hawks with 14 and Samuel Armas added 12. Treyvon Smith scored 6 points and Brent O’Grady and Bryan Powell each added 2 points.
The Hawk’s appreciated the sportsmanship that both the Red Dawgs and Rec N’ Crew showed by pulling their starters and playing their bench players.
In any other tournament a 2-4 record would not be something to be proud of, but for the Jr. Hawks this was not just
any other tournament. Of all the tournaments we could have attended, we chose the Midwest Regional because it had 4 of the top 9 teams from last year’s National Championships. We need to know where we are as a basketball program and what we need to do to play at the next level. We accomplished that goal this weekend. Our seven players competed hard against four of the best wheelchair basketball teams in the country and we will be a better team for it. Congratulations to Joshua Joines and Treyvon Smith for being selected to All-Tournament Team. Josh led the Hawks in scoring with a total of 92 points in six games. Treyvon played well on both ends of the court, scoring 66 points in six games and averaging six steals a game.
Thanks to Assistant Coaches, Paul Hutchinson and Jason Joines, for a job well done on and off the court. A special thanks to our trio of Moms, Julie Armas, Sharon O’Grady and Cherie Boyd, for braving the cold and snow of Nebraska to be our travel fans and filming crew. Hats off to the Timberwolves, Red Dawgs and the Rec N’ Crew for being sportsmen, it was fun to play against talented and classy teams. Finally, thanks to a first rate Nebraska Red Dawg organization that invited us into the Dawg Pound to play with the “big dawgs” and were great hosts of a well-run tournament.
The Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks travel next weekend, February 14-16 to the Southeast Regional Tournament being held at Middle Tennessee University. For more information about BlazeSports America’s wheelchair basketball program contact Jeff Jones at 404-270-2036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.