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.
Follow the Hawks progress here, on Twitter of Facebook . For more information on BlazeSports Americas’ Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks basketball program contact Jeff Jones at 404-270-2036 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.