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Hawks gearing up for road test at Foothill

The Las Positas men's basketball team, after splitting games last week, will travel to Foothill on Wednesday in a pivotal battle between teams vying for second place in the Coast-North.

Las Positas (16-6, 6-2), ranked 19th in the Feb. 3 CCCMBCA State Top 30, will complete the week at home against Canada at 7 p.m. on Friday. Las Positas is in an exciting five-team race for the conference's No. 2 spot along with Foothill, Chabot, Skyline, and College of San Mateo.

The Hawks have lost only to state No. 1 CCSF and local rival Chabot in conference play.

"We're 6-2 and so we've lost two tough games on the road to two good teams," Hawks coach James Giacomazzi says, "and I would say here's another one at Foothill. That's always a tough place to play and that's a good team. We've done a good job but obviously still trying to get better and still trying to peak and play our best basketball at the end of the year."

In the first round of conference play, the Hawks routed visiting Foothill (14-8, 5-3) 90-64. Michael Hayes paced the Hawks with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds and Tyler Langowski and Andrew Mork scored 15 apiece from off the bench. The Hawks shot an impressive 54.8% from the floor and 41.7% from 3-point range, along with 85.7% from the free throw line.

The Hawks also bested Canada 107-95 on Jan. 15 in Redwood City. Mork led the way with 31 points, converting an impressive 14 of 19 from the floor. Wesley Burse (18 points) and Marquis Davison (15 points), who had nine rebounds apiece, turned in stout efforts.

Last week, Las Positas fell 110-74 to host CCSF, the unbeaten state's No. 1 ranked team, and held on for a gutsy 71-69 win over upset-minded Ohlone in Fremont. Lee Jones, Jr. paced the Hawks with 15 points, going 7 of 7 from the free throw line.

Hayes had a massive double-double against CCSF with 39 points and 13 rebounds, to go along with three assists and three steals. Hayes was an impressive 19 of 24 from the free throw line. Hayes is ranked No. 2 in the state in rebounds a game with 11.4. He is 10th in the state in points a game at 20.8.