Thursday, January 16, 2014

Basketball Splits A Pair, Moves to 5-1

Undefeated at 4-0 out of the gate, along with a pretty strong performance in the Boston Amateur Basketball Classic over the Christmas break....not a bad way to start the season. 

Unfortunately, all good things...and, most times, all strong starts...come to an end. Or, at least, they experience bumps in the road. 

That first bump came for our basketball team this past Monday night, when they fell to a tough and talented North Kingstown team, 61-52. The Hawks hung tough for most of the game, trailing by only one at half, 28-27. It was their difficulty in getting their offense untracked, however, that prevented them from pushing all the way through. That, in addition to a couple of dagger-like three-pointers from the Skippers kept the Hawks chasing from about nine points down for the better part of the second half, which was ultimately the difference. 

EJ Nygren continued to emerge as one of the integral offensive leaders during the early part of the season with 12 points, including two three-pointers. 

The Providence Journal's slideshow from the game can be found HERE. 

Last night was a different story altogether, as the Hawks faced off against the 0-5 Cranston West Falcons at Pepin Gym, a game broadcast live right here on The Network.   The entire second half of the game can be seen in the central UStream viewer at the top of the page, and the first half can be seen here:

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 After a brief, somewhat sluggish start, the Hawks were pretty much off to the races for the rest of the evening, leading 34-11 at halftime and ultimately winning by 16, 53-37. The Hawks still seem as though they're trying to find themselves offensively, but the nature of the game allowed Coach Gomes to provide some extra minutes for some of his guys off the bench, including Dmitri Rosa (two three-pointers) and Tuks Ademola, who nicely finished off this play in the second half:

So, our guys finish the week with a 5-1 record and remain one of the top teams in Division 1 to this point. As far as scheduling goes, the game that was supposed to be played against Coventry tonight at home has been postponed to Sunday, February 9th, which means that the Hawks will be playing on consecutive Sundays in February - the 9th at home against Coventry, and the 16th at LaSalle. Both games will be broadcast live right here on The Network, so those two Sunday games should be a lot of fun. 

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