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Luke Eubanks (#25) not only had 13 points in the game, but was instrumental on the defensive boards limiting Forney to one shot. Luke Eubanks (#25) not only had 13 points in the game, but was instrumental on the defensive boards limiting Forney to one shot.

The Hawks basketball team returned home for only the second time in December for another district game against Forney last Friday. 

In a non-typical game by the Hawks, who are normally very aggressive on offense and defense, used the slow and steady approach against Forney. 

The Hawks grabbed the opening tip and ran off 1 minute before scoring their first basket. 

However, Forney wanted no part of that type of game and pushed the ball on offense every time they could and came shooting lights out. 

The Hawks had trouble scoring through most of the first half.  The Hawks were down 10 points and it looked like Forney might go into halftime with a big lead, but the Hawks starting getting hot and at the halftime buzzer, the Hawks were within four points.

The second half of the game was a complete reversal of the first half. The Hawks came out on defense with two man press slowing down the Forney run and gun attack and the Hawks started playing more tight man to man forcing Forney to take shots with a hand in their face. 

Forney’s shooting went cold and the Hawks continued to heat up at the right time.

The Hawks still continued with their slow and steady approach and not really forcing what wasn’t there and then three pointers started to fall which loosened up the Forney defense allowing the Hawks’ big men to get inside and score. 

By the fourth period the Hawks had a small lead, but they were driving to basket nearly every series and got into the free throw bonus and slowly started to extend their lead as their defense kept Forney from getting good shots.

Stand outs in game were Andrew Wallace with 23 points and Luke Eubanks with 13 points. The Hawks went on to win 60-51 playing a very patience and steady game. 

The Hawks are now 3-0 in district play. The JV team also picked up a win beating Forney 63-49 and the Freshman team started the sweep over Forney winning their game.

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