Hawks win final game
RED OAK - The Red Oak Hawks varsity basketball team went into the last three games facing Lancaster, Ennis and Terrell and although they were in the playoffs after a win power West Mesquite, the Hawks were looking to avenge early close losses to the District’s top two teams, Ennis and Lancaster.
On Thursday, Feb 10 they traveled to Lancaster and upset the Tigers with a 51-49 win and were aiming for Ennis. On Saturday, Feb. 12 they traveled to Ennis only to have Ennis beat them by 2 at the buzzer 60-62, in a very close game. The Hawks returned home on Tuesday, Feb. 15 for their final regular season game against the Terrell Tigers.
Terrell came in out of the playoff picture with nothing to lose making them a dangerous team. That’s what happened early in the game, Terrell went up 14-8 in the first period and had the Hawks on the ropes until late in the second period when the Hawks started hitting their shots and getting to the free throw line.
They finally had the Tigers scrambling just to get the ball in bounds and had got within one when Terrell hit a three at the buzzer, but the moment shift had already begun and you could sense the Hawks would come out after halftime ready to score and that’s exactly what they did. Coach Foster used his bench extensively keeping fresh legs in the game and the Hawks began to wear down the Tigers.
The Hawks outscored the Tigers 25-17 in the third and in the fourth, it was all Red Oak including a dunk by Jeremiah Gaines.
The Hawks went onto win 81-65 and took the third playoff spot in District 15-4A advancing to the playoffs again. At press time the Hawks will have played their first playoff game at Baylor University in Waco against Bastrop from District 16-4A on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
In sub-varsity games against Terrell, it was all fun and games for both the freshman and JV squads. At times it looked as if the Hawks were toying with their opponent and in both games Coach Boyd and Bowen had their respective teams allowing Terrell to at least get the ball to half court before applying pressure. However, even then the Hawks forced turnovers for easy break away baskets.
Both the freshman and JV teams won their games by double digits to end their seasons on a high note!