In the final game on day one of the Hawkins Basketball Classic, the host team put on a fast-paced show to earn a 63-49 win over the 3A Harmony Eagles on Wednesday.
The trio of Everin Gipson, Tristian Garrett and Camron Taylor all scored in double figures.
The game started off somewhat slow as both teams scored only seven points each in the first five minutes. However, Hawkins scored eight straight points in the final two minutes to lead 15-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Harmony, a team who was slightly less athletic than Hawkins, relied on a 2-3 zone to try to keep the Hawks away from the basket. That strategy eventually backfired as the Hawks hit back-to-back threes late in the first quarter.
In the second quarter Harmony responded on offense as they went on a 5-1 run to cut Hawkins’ lead from 19-9 to 20-14.
Harmony continued its solid play late in the second as Hawkins would end the half up 24-19.
In the second half Hawkins switched from a half-court 1-3-1 zone to a 2-2-1 trapping defense. Harmony consistently had problems bringing the ball up-court against the Hawks which led to multiple tipped passes and turnovers leading to lay-ups for Hawkins.
Late in the third quarter Garrett and Gipson hit back-to-back three pointers extending the Hawkins lead to 38-23. Gibson hit a three-pointer from NBA range as the buzzer expired giving the Hawks a 50-37 lead. The Hawks would not relinquish it in the fourth as they kept the Eagles at bay.
Taylor would score four of his game-high 19 points on fast break lay-ups in the fourth quarter. Garrett chipped in with 18, while Gibson had 17 for Hawkins.