“We gave them 38 points for the game which is not very good. We are a defensive team and we shouldn’t have given up that many points. We also had 28 turnovers which is terrible,” said Hawks coach Frank Walker.
The Hawks (10-9) got a stellar double-digit effort from Jacob Coleman who led the Hawks with 17 points. Teammate Andy Chase reached double figures with 10.
“Jacob had a good night for us. He had to play through some things but he played pretty good,” Walker said of Coleman’s offensive production.
It was the Knights’ Bryson McClurkin, however, who proved to be the thorn in the Hawks’ claws. McClurkin beat the TCPS defense for 23 points to lead all scoring.
“He was pretty tough. Our big men didn’t match up well with him at all. He is athletic. We gave them a couple of easy baskets down low, but he was pretty tough.” Walker complimented.
Chase and Luke Benton combined to put the Hawks out front 8-3 in the first quarter before the Knights rallied to take a 9-8 lead with 53 seconds to go. Kaleb Armao came off the bench to toss in two points from the paint to put the Hawks back out front 10-9 just before the buzzer.
After Paideia scored the first two points of the second quarter to take the lead back, Coleman responded with a basket that sparked a 14-0 Hawks run before the Knights finally broke the streak with a basket with 2:05 left in the half.
Robbie Davis, Armao, Chase and Caleb Douglas all contributed to the outburst. The Knights rallied to score the final six points of the half but trailed 26-19 at the break.
Paideia cut the TCPS lead to 26-21 in the opening minutes of the third quarter before Luke Benton’s reverse layup sent the Hawks on an 8-0 run that put TCPS out front by 13. Benton and Val Berger scored the only other points for the Hawks in the third, while the Knights added eight in cutting the cushion to 38-29 at the end of the period.
Chase and Berger opened the scoring for the Hawks in the fourth in front of a Ben Wycoff 2-pointer that put TCPS out front 45-30. From there the Hawks outscored the Knights 11-3 with Coleman lifting in the second 3 of the night for TCPS. Paideia added five more before the final buzzer to make the final score 56-38.
“I thought the player of the game for us was Ben Wycoff. He came in the second half and really sparked us defensively where we could kind of push the lead. I thought he was the difference maker for us in the second half,” said Walker.
“All in all, I was proud of the way they started fighting at the end. I felt like we were the better team, but they (Paideia) fought.”
HAWKS 56, KNIGHTS 38
Paideia 9 10 11 8 — 38
TCPS 10 16 12 18 — 56
Paideia (38) — Bryson McClurkin 23, Delonrnzo 8, Sadler 3, Leach 2, Hale, Case.
TCPS (56) — Jacob Coleman 17, Andy Chase 10, Benton 8, Davis 6, Berger 6, Armao 4, Wycof 3, Douglas 2, Akin, Nelms.
3-point goals: TCPS 2 (Wycoff, Coleman)
Records: Paideia 0-9; TCPS 10-9.