Hawks drop close one
RED OAK - The Hawks hosted district basketball rival Lancaster on Friday, Jan. 7.
Regardless of each team’s record when they meet, these two teams always play intense basketball and last Friday was no exception.
Throw in a couple of technical fouls, trash talking and we had a typical Red Oak – Lancaster basketball game.
Both teams applied full court pressure off and on during the game and there were several lead changes throughout the night.
However, the game really came down to the fourth period when free throws really mattered.
The Hawks missed several second and third shot opportunity baskets and normally a good free throwing shooting team, missed key free throws down the stretch.
On the other side of the court, the Tigers knocked downed nearly every free throw which would really be the difference in the game.
The Hawks made it interesting hitting a 3-pointer making it a 2 point game with a few seconds left, but the Tigers were hitting their free throws when it counted and went on to beat the Hawks 65-61.
The Tigers win moves them to 4-2 in district play and drops the Hawks to 3-2.
The JV boys played the early game and it turned out just as exciting as the varsity game did.
The Hawks had a 6 point lead with less than two minutes left in the second period, only to see the Tigers go on a 8-0 run and take a 28-26 lead into half time.
During the second half there were several lead changes and like the varsity game, it came down to the fourth period defense and free throws.
The Hawks grabbed key rebounds, hit some big shots from the field and when they went to the line, they made everyone count and came back to grab the 66-61 win.
The freshman boys also played and had some tough calls against them and lost a close game.