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

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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.Eric





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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Hawks Undefeated in Day 1 of Music City Madness

2013 Jr WC Hawks LogoBlazeSports’ 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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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.

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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

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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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BlazeSports’ Hawks hit the road

BlazeSports Hawks Travel to Whitewater as #9 in the country

BlazeSports’ Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks Varsity Team travel to frigid Whitewater Wisconsin to compete in the Midwest Junior Regional Tournament.  A tournament that included 6 of the top 10 Varsity teams in the country. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association posted the first 2015 rankings.  The top ten teams include the following teams.  The teams in red are in Whitewater this weekend battling to improve their mid-season rankings.10929968_10152639028418181_5499850147143928380_n

1 Houston TIRR Hotwheels
2 Courage Center Jr. Timberwolves
3 Milwaukee Heat
4 Seattle Jr. Sonics
5 Dallas Jr. Mavericks – White
6 Grand Rapid Jr. Pacers
7 Utah Rush
8 Turnstone Flyers
9 Atlanta Jr. Wheelchair Hawks
10 Nebraska Red Dawgs

The Hawks #9 ranking is their best mid-season ranking in Hawks (Blazer) history. The Hawks play Utah (#7), Milwaukee (#3) and Turnstone (IN) (#8) on Saturday. Sunday’s games will depend on Saturday results.

Day 1: Midwest Junior Regional Tournament

With early morning temperatures in the single digits, BlazeSports’ Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks Varsity Team arrived on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater for a 12:00 match up against 7th ranked Utah Rush.  

The Hawks started off strong on the offensive side while playing some of the best defense of the year. They led 33-16 at the half behind 20 points from Josh Joines and 6 points from Samuel Armas and 4 points from Treyvon Smith.  The Hawks defense held Utah to 34% shooting.  The momentum continued through the second half.  Head Coach Jason Joines commented “ it was the best basketball we have ever played.” Josh Joines finished with 28 points followed by Sam Armas, KJ Reese and Brent O’Grady with 8 points, Treyvon Smith with 6 points and Jordan Kolowski with 2 points.  Hawks win 62-33.

Playing 4-5 games in a two day weekend tournament has it challenges. The Hawks came off a great first game and had to face #3 Milwaukee Heat in a back-to-back game.  Momentum is a great thing and the Hawks used it and had a great start in game 2.  The Hawks defense held to Heat to 36% shooting while the Hawks shot 46% to build a 25-16 first half lead.

The Heat changed their defense in the second half and the Hawks had trouble getting their shots. Foul trouble in the second half also took away the Hawk’s first half momentum.  Starting point guard, Brent O’Grady fouled out while the Hawks second starting guard, Treyvon Smith saw limited second half action due to 4 fouls.  The Hawks stayed close to end, but lose 44-38. Josh Joines and Treyvon Smith each scored 10 points. Jordon Kolowski added 8 points while Samuel Armas score 3, and Brent O’Grady and KJ Reese both scored 2 points. Although it was a close and  disappointing loss, on the positive side the Hawks held the #3 team in the country to only 16 first half points and a total of 44 points.10615437_10152639028058181_6655893711578710288_n

The Hawks finished a long day with a 6:00 pm game against the #8 ranked team Turnstone Flyers (IN). The afternoon break gave the Hawks time to regroup and prepare for Game 3.  The break was the perfect cure for the Hawks shooting slump in the second half of Game 2. The Hawks scored a season high 42 first half points with 8 of the 9 players on the scoreboard.  Treyvon Smith’s 14 points, Josh Joines 8 points and Brent O’Grady’s 8 points led the offensive charge.  The Hawks defense was back in fine form holding Turnstone to only 15 points. Hawks lead 42-15 at the half.

The second half allowed the Hawks to rest their starters and give some playing time to the bench. Josh Joines led all scorers with 22 points, followed by Treyvon Smith with 17 and Brent O’Grady with 14. Samuel Armas scored 8. Jordon Kolowski added 4 points while Cameron Elzey and Luke Hutchinson each added 2 points. KJ Reese rounded out the scoring with 1 point. Hawks win 71-43.

The tournament format has the Hawks playing two games on Sunday.  The Hawk’s first game will be a rematch against the Turnstone and the final game against #10 Nebraska.


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