HawkNation came into tonight contest on a bit of a skid and were looking for a win as they head into the home stretch of the season.
The first half was a battle as the visiting Owls countered every run from HawkNation. As the Hawks created a bit of breathing room, extending the lead to seven, the visitors effectively used a timeout to calm their nerves and subseqently tied the game with less than a minute in the half. A late basket as time expired by Nick Evans put the Hawks up 40-38 heading into intermission.
Coming out of the break, Nick Evans sparked an 11-2 run with a corner three and driving lay-up that put the Hawks up 51-40 with just under 15:00 left in the game forcing the visiting team into a timeout. The next five minutes saw the Owls counter with a 14-6 run, fueled by stingy defense and three buckets from beyond the arc. Anand Hundal's dunk in traffic stemmed the tide and a quick three on the next possession by freshman point guard John Ketchel put the Hawks up 62-54 with eight minutes left in the contest. After a flurry of buckets over the next three minutes, and a put back by Hundal, HawkNation entered the final four minutes of the contest with a five point lead, 70-65.
The teams traded buckets over the next few minutes and Peter Hewitt completed a three-point play putting the Hawks up seven (77-70) with two and change left in the contest. Foothill scored two unanswered baskets to draw within 77-74 with one minute left. The Hawks went to their ball control offense, using the full shot clock and corralling the missed shot to retain control with thirty seconds left in the game. A quick foul on free throw machine Anand Hundal resulted in two made from the charity stripe and a 79-74 lead with :24 left on the clock. After a missed shot and an offensive rebound, the visiting team called a time out to draw up a play to get back in the game that resulted in a three, and the Hawks still up 79-77 and eleven seconds left on the clock. A quick foul on sharp shooting Jason Aguliera put him on the line for a one and one. After hitting one to put the Hawks up 80-77, the Owls attempted a wild three that fell short.
With the win, the Hawks get back in the win column and prepare for a tough Cañada team in the Nest on Friday.