The Hawkins Hawks came in to their matchup with the Union Grove Lions on a three game losing streak in district and were in desperate need of a victory. They got just that thanks to a strong fourth quarter rally that earned them a 52-45 victory on Friday night.
Both teams traded runs in the first quarter but Hawkins led 21-20 at the end of the first quarter.
For the Hawks Cameron Taylor helped keep Hawkins in striking distance as he scored six points in the first frame, four of those points coming on the fast break.
In the second quarter the Lions got the ball inside to their star center Dalton Borden as he scored six points. Tristan Garrett also got in to the action as he had two assists and scored twice in the second quarter.
In the second quarter the Lions took a one point lead in to the locker room with the score at 21-20.
In the third quarter the Lions had some stellar defensive plays as they blocked three shots by Hawks players, as the Hawks tried to drive to the basket. For Hawkins Evelin Gipson who was quite most of the night hit his one and only three of the game in the third period as both teams traded runs during the frame.
Union Grove still held control as they led 28-31 heading in to the fourth.
In the fourth quarter Hawkins Coach Mike Craft changed his defensive strategy as his team switched from a 1-3-1 to a full court man-to-man defense which proved to be the key difference. Union Grove turned the ball over on five possessions in a row after the defensive switch by Hawkins and the Hawks took advantage of the miscues by the Lions as they went on a 10-2 run in the quarter first four minutes. Garret scored five during the run, Gipson scored, two Collin Barber scored two, and Taylor scored two.
After the Hawks built their first double digit lead of the game at 43-33 they would cruise to victory in the final minutes.
Tristan Garrett led the way for Hawkins as he scored a team-high 14 points, followed by Cameron Taylor who scored eleven. Gipson also added nine points while Akim Richmond had eight points.