Hawks Compete in the Music City Madness

logoBlazeSports’ 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.

Follow the Hawks progress here, on Twitter or Facebook .  

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Day 2 in the Dawg Pound

The Jr. Hawks travel to the city made famous by Payton Manning, Omaha!

The Jr. Hawks travel to the city made famous by Payton Manning, Omaha!

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.

Treyvon Smith’s speed was too much for the #18 ranked Sioux Falls Wheelers

Treyvon Smith’s speed was too much for the #18 ranked Sioux Falls Wheelers

 

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.

Joshua Joines rolls in for a layup and 2 of his game high 26 points against Sioux Falls

Joshua Joines rolls in for a layup and 2 of his game high 26 points against Sioux Falls

 

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.

Congrats to Joshua Joines and Treyvon Smith for being selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Congrats to Joshua Joines and Treyvon Smith for being selected to the All-Tournament Team.

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 jjones@blazesports.org

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Hawks Finish Day 1 in the Dawg Pound with a 2-2 Record

Nebraska bballDay 1 at the Midwest Regional Tournament had the BlazeSports’ Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks playing 4 of their 6 games. The Junior Hawks started the day with an 11:30 am matched up against Jr. Sioux Falls Wheelers (ND).  Although the two teams have never played, the Wheelers were in the middle of the competition at the 2013 National Championship.  The Jr. Hawks (#19) lost to their arch rivals, Lakeshore Lakers (#17), in the semi-finals of the NIT tournament which resulted in Lakeshore playing the Wheelers (#18) in the championship game.  Lakeshore wins by one point.

The Jr. Hawks started strong applying a full-court press from the opening tip. The Hawks forced 16 first half turnovers and outscored the Wheelers 40 to 10, led by Josh Joines and Treyvon Smith  who had 20 and 10 first half points respectively.  The second half was more of the same and the Hawks rolled to a 60-31 win, Josh Joines finished with 30, Treyvon Smith had 14 and Samuel Armas scored 8. Chance Boyd, Brent O’Grady, Brian Powell and Luke Hutchinson all added 2 points.

The Jr. Hawks second game was immediately following the win over the Sioux Falls Wheelers and was against unranked Tulsa Jammers.  Tulsa did not attend the 2013 National Tournament and like the Wheelers, this would be the first time playing the Jr. Hawks.  The Hawks stayed with what had worked in Game 1 and used the full-court press to stay close to the Jammers and led 25-24 at the half behind 12 points from Josh Joines and 7 points from Samuel Armas.  The Hawks pulled ahead early in the second half an kept an 8-10 point lead to finish with a 56-46 win over the Tulsa squad.  Treyvon Smith led the Hawks with 18, while both Josh Joines and Samuel Armas scored 16.  Bryan Powell added 4 points and Brent O’Grady added 2 points.

Game 3 on Day 1` was the first really test for the Jr. Hawks seven man squad.  Timberwolves (#4) are one of the predominant wheelchair basketball programs in the country.  Their offensive strength combined with their overall experienced was too much for the younger Hawks.  Timberwolves win 63-30. 

Day 1 ended with a 7:00 pm game against #6 ranked Dallas Jr Mavericks.  The Hawks worked hard in their second back-to-back game against a top 10 team, but lost 66-31 to a stronger and somewhat unsportsmanlike team.  The Mavs spent most of the second half leading by 20, but decided not to play their younger bench players. Instead they kept their stronger starters in for the entire game in some unnecessary attempt run up the score.

The Jr. Hawks finished Day 1 with a 2-2 recoded and have two more games on Day 2, back to back games against Nebraska and Utah. Follow the Hawks progress here, on Twitter of Facebook as they fight their way through the Dawg Pound. 

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Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks travel to the Dawg Pound

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BlazeSports’ Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks travel to Omaha, Nebraska for the 2014 Midwest Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, or as it is affectionately referred to by the locals – The Throw Down in the Dawg  Pound.  The Hawks will play 6 games in two days including 3 games against top 10 ranked teams in the country.  The Hawks will be represented by a partial Varsity squad of 7 players:

  • Samuel Armas #2        Villa Rica                                                                                                                      
  • Joshua Joines #11        Kennesaw                                                                                                                    
  • Treyvon Smith #14      Athens                                                                                                                                
  • Chance Boyd #15          Atlanta                                                                                                                                
  • Brent O’Grady #23       Marietta                                                                                                                             
  • Bryan Powell #25          Marietta                                                                                                                             
  • Luke Hutchinson #43   Marietta

 

Their schedule includes:

Saturday, Feb 8

  • 11:30 am v Sioux Falls (ND) #18    
  • 1:00 pm v Tulsa (OK) not in top 32
  • 4:30 pm v Timberwolves (MN) #4
  • 7:00 pm v Dallas (TX) #6    

Sunday, Feb 9   

  • 8:30 am v Nebraska #2  
  • 10:00 am v Utah not in top 32

The Hawks finished 19th last year and  hope to improve their national ranking to be able to play in the top 16 at this year’s National Championships. 

Follow the Hawks progress here, on Twitter of Facebook as they fight their way through the Dawg Pound.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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Hawks Compete in Music City Madness

blaze-5 BryanBoth Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks Teams were in action this weekend against tough competition.

 

Check out all the action and match reports from Music City Madness in Nashville, TN.

 

Tournament Intro 

Hawks Compete in the Music City Madness

 

Day 1 Friday February 14th

Hawks Undefeated in Day 1 of Music City Madness

 

Day 2 Saturday February 15th 

Prep Wins Music City Madness Tournament, Varsity Advance to Semi-Finals

 

Day 3 Sunday February 16th 

Hawks Finish Third in Music City Madness

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Junior Wheelchair Hawks Win Double Honors

2013 Jr WC Hawks Logo

 

The Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks open their 2013-14 season at the Winter Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at the Talbert Recreation Center in Mooresville, North Carolina on November 2-3.  Hosted by the Charlotte Rollin Bobcats, the Abilities Unlimited of the Carolinas and Bridge II Sports, this tournament is the first of four tournaments before the April 2014 National Championships in Louisville.

The Junior W/C Hawks will have both a Prep Team (ages 8-12) and a Varsity Team (ages 13-19) competing in this tournament.  The Junior W/C Hawks’ game schedule for the tournament is:

Saturday, November 2:

8:30: Junior W/C Hawks Prep 28 vs. 10 Jr. Thunder (NC)

10:00: Junior W/C Hawks Varsity 56 vs. 15 Lakeshore (AL)

11:30:  Junior W/C Hawks Varsity 41 vs. 15 Jr. Thunder (NC)

2:00 Junior W/C Hawks Prep 20 vs. 2 Lakeshore (AL)

4:00 Junior W/C Hawks Varsity 55 vs. 11 Music City Thunder (TN)

 

Sunday, November 3:

8:30: Junior W/C Hawks Prep 26 vs. 2 Charlotte Bobcats

9:30: Junior W/C Hawks Prep 18 vs. 10 Mississippi WheelCats

11:30: Junior W/C Hawks Varsity 41 vs. 19 Music City Thunder (TN)

 

Junior Wheelchair Hawks Perfect in Season Opener

For the second season in a row the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks opened their season with perfect first day at the North Carolina Winter Classic. The Junior Wheelchair Hawks’ Prep team started the tournament with a 28 – 10 win over the Jr. Thunder (NC). Collin Lancaster led all scorers with 10 points followed by Eric Francis, Taevan Grant and Cameron Elzey each with 6 points.

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2013-14 Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks Prep Team

Second year players Zachary Armas and Cade Maynor both played tremendous defensive.  Rookies Michael Kitchens and John Joiner played in their first NWBA prep game and also played great defense.

 

On the Varsity side of the tournament the Junior Wheelchair Hawks opened their tournament with a convincing win over their local rival, the Lakeshore Lakers (AL). Josh Joines led all scored with 28 points, while three Hawks, Samuel Armas, Treyvon Smith and Ben Baxter each added 8 points. Luke Hutchinson rounded out the Hawks’ scoring with 4 points. Brent O’Grady, Bryan Powell and Chance Boyd helped lead the team’s exceptional defense and the Hawks win 56-15.

The Varsity squad played back-to-back games facing the Junior Thunder (NC). The continued their impressive defense, while getting 10 0f 11 players on the offensive score sheet. Josh Joines led the Hawks with 8 points, while Treyvon Smith scored 7 and Samuel Armas scored 6. Makayla Jones, Ben Baxter and Chance Boyd each scored 4 points while Bryan Powell, Luke Hutchinson and Polina Glukhova each scored 2 points.  Rookies Makayla Jones and Polina Glukhova score their first ever points in a NWBA game.  Hawks win 41-15.

 

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2013-14 Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks Varsity Team

 

 Junior Wheelchair Hawks Win Double Honors

The Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks were a perfect 8 for 8 at the 2013 North Carolina Winter Classic winning both the Varsity and Prep divisions. The Junior Wheelchair Hawks’ Prep team had back-to-back games on Sunday. Their first opponents were the host team, the Charlotte Rollin Bobcats.  Collin Lancaster led all scorers with 10 points followed by Eric Francis with 8, Cameron Elzey with 4 points and Taevan Grant and John Joiner each with 2 points. Hawks win 26-2.

In their second game of the day, the Junior Wheelchair Hawks Prep team faced the newly formed Mississippi Wheelcats. The Wheelcats proved to be the Hawks toughest competition of the weekend.  The Hawks continued with their trademark tenacious defense led by Cameron Elzy holding the Wheelcats to only 2 points at half time. Hawks got 8 points from rookie Eric Francis and veteran Collin Lancaster, with 2 points from Cameron Elzy to win 18-10. Rookies Michael Kitchen and John Joiner played well in their first tournament, while second year players Cade Manor and Zachery Armas rotated turns as the 5th starter.

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Cameron Elzy (left) All-Tournament Team and Collin Lancaster (right) MVP for the Winter Classic Prep Tournament.

With four straight wins, the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks Prep Team won their second consecutive Winter Classic Championship. In addition to the Championship honors, Cameron Elzy was selected to the All-Tournament Team and Collin Lancaster was named MVP for the Winter Classic Prep Tournament.

The Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks’ Varsity Team earned a spot in Sunday’s Championship games with three wins on Saturday.  Their opponent was determined by the Lakeshore (AL) vs Music City (TN) game earlier Sunday morning. Music City squeezed out a close win and would face the Hawks for the second time in the tournament.  Defense was the key to the first win (55-11) over Music City and the Hawks proved once again to be up to the task. The Hawks started strong behind 12 points from Josh Joines and 7 points from Samuel Armas and led 31-0 at half time.  The Hawks defense allowed for all 11 players to play and the Hawks got additional scoring from Chance Boyd (6), Treyvon Smith (4), Luke Hutchinson (4), Ben Baxter (4), Bryan Powell (2) and Brent O’Grady (2). Rookie players Makayla Jones, Paulina Glukhova and Austin Davis played great minutes in their first tournament.  Hawks win 41-19.

Joshua Joines and Treyvon Smith

Josh Joines (left) Varsity All-Tournament Team and Treyvon Smith (right) MVP for the Varsity tournament

Josh Joines was selected to the Varsity All-Tournament Team and Treyvon Smith was named MVP for the Varsity tournament. 

For more information about the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks basketball program contact Jeff Jones:  jjones@blazesports.org.

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2013-2014 Wheelchair Basketball Season Underway

There is still time to join the back-to-back National Champion Georgia Balzers Wheelchair Basketball program.  No experience is needed, just an interest in trying out a great sport!

For information contact Gillian Sharp or Jeff Jones at 404-270-2000.

 

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