Friday the 13th proves lucky for the Hawks
RED OAK - The Red Oak Hawks hosted the Mesquite Poteet Pirates on Friday, Jan. 13. Although this was a district game, both teams entered the game tied for third place.
The Hawks previously beat the Pirates at their house and the Pirates were certainly trying to return the favor. In fact several times during the game, the Pirates looked as if they would win the game over a struggling Hawks team. At 10 points down with about two minutes left in the first half, the Hawks went a run to get within three points.
In the second half, the Hawks struggled in the third period while the Pirates heated up again. In the fourth, the Hawks finally started hitting the ball, which forced the Pirates to extend their defense and that gave way to shots inside. As the Hawks were closing in, their defense picked it up a notch or two in intensity and after nearly three and a half periods of near perfect ball handling, the Hawks pressure defense forced the Pirates into several key turnovers resulting in Hawks’ points.
However, the most exciting part of the game came in the last 55 seconds. With the Hawks trailing by six points Jeremiah Gaines (#30) and Payton Hendrix (#33) hit huge shots inside including Gaines tying the game at 46 with just 7.6 seconds left in regulation.
Poteet had a chance at their end of the court to inbound the ball and get a shot off for the win, but the Hawks defense would deny an entry pass and the Pirates turned the ball over having used all their time-outs.
The Hawks had 7.6 seconds to move the ball close enough to at least get a shot off. Dexter Payne (#13) got the inbound pass and raced down the far side and somehow split the two man trap at half court and as he was falling out of bounds, he was able to lob a cross court pass towards the basket where Jeremiah Gaines timed it perfectly and put the ball back up for the basket as the buzzer sounded giving the Hawks a 48-46 buzzer beating win over Mesquite Poteet.
With the win, the Hawks move into sole procession of third place in the district. The Hawks still have several tough games ahead of them, but are finding ways to win, even when they are not shooting their best.