In the Hawkins Hawks’ first game of the season rust and a lack of chemistry showed as the Hawks lost 55-47 to the Tyler Heat last Tuesday evening.
Early in the first half the Hawks struggled to score as their Heat took a 10-2 lead forcing Head Coach Mike Craft to call timeout midway through the first quarter. However the time-out did not slow down the Heat in the first half.
While the Hawks tried to use a 1-3-1 zone to hide the size disadvantage the Heat repeatedly hit outside shots against the zone throughout the opening half. On the offensive end the Hawks were facing a 2-3 zone employed by the Tyler Heat which proved to be very effective in the first half. The Hawks did not hit a single three- point shot in the opening half. Near the end of the second quarter the Heat took their biggest lead of the game at 25-10, as they led by double digits at half-time.
Led by Cameron Taylor and Tristan Garret the Hawks tried to make a run at the Heat in the second half. Taylor who was 7 for 12 on field goals ended with a team-high 14 points while adding five rebounds and three steals. Garret also had a solid game as he was 5 for 10 from the field finishing with 12 points, five assists and five steals.
However the effort was not enough as the Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter to win by eight.