Hawk Nation came into tonight's game against 6-1 Hartnell ready to play and it showed as they came away with a 74-59 win to move to 8-3 on the season. Behind stout defense and the strong guard play of the Hawks, led by four three pointers in the first half from Goose Persin and Nick Evans getting into the paint for an additional 9, the Hawks closed the half up by double digits (14). The full court press the Hartnell Panthers used simply was not effective in slowing down the Hawks.
Coming out of the half, Hartnell put together a small run to close the gap to eight multiple times. However, the Hawks showed the trademark poise Coach Giacomazzi's teams are known for. With two minutes remaining in the game the Hawks worked their way to a 17-point lead using a mix of three-pointers, drives to the basket, and an emphatic alley-oop from Alvon Marshall to big man Peter Hewitt in transition.
Leaders on the night for the Hawks were 6'8 Sophomore JT Branch with 17 points and 6'2 Freshman guard Goose Persin with 15 points on five three pointers.
The men hit the road this weekend for the Skyline Tournament where they take on Redwoods in the first round this Friday at 6pm. The Hawks return home on December 15th against Folsom Lake at 6pm.