Senior Hoop Hawks ratchet up pressure to “post” big win over Fenelon
By Terrance Gavan
Here’s the thing about basketball.
Dominate the boards and you win the game.
Nice then to have a Hawks’ tandem of pivot Jesse Lefebvre and power forward Luke Watson prowling the paint.
Lefebvre and Watson are tall; both can leap; and both have a nose for the ball.
Just ask Fenelon Falls Falcons.
Watson scored 17 and Lefebvre popped for 10 points in a 56-33 romp over Fenelon at the Nest last Thursday (Jan 20).
The Falcons were short on both stature and bench last week.
They came with six players and a pretty low ceiling.
Lefebvre and Watson dominated the paint on both ends of the floor.
They nabbed a whole passel of rebounds and their 27 points came in handy; but they also distributed balls around like Fr. O’Malley at the St. Patrick’s parish Bingo.
Which is to say, the Hawks twin towers were judicious and egalitarian in their efforts.
The triumvirate of senior coaches, Roland Zilla, Dave Waito and Walter Tose were kept busy filling the floor with a free-flowing run of bench players as the Hawks took advantage of the short Falcons bench.
Point guard Chris Allison found his range, scoring 9 and off-guard Jesse Walker scored a pair of three pointers early in the game. It set a tone.
The Hawks held a slim 8-6 margin after the first quarter, but they stretched it out in the second quarter, with some solid ball-hawking and some inspired finishes around the basket.
They jumped on every opportunity and finally popped their advantage to 20, 45-25, by the end of the third quarter.
Coach Waito said that “good ball rotation” in addition to the play of their twin towers accounted for the wholesale domination.
That and the short bench.
Falcons were lacking three players and their top scorer in the contest. The last time they played the full-strength Falcons the Hawks managed to eke out a four point win.
“That’s not the same team we saw last Friday,” chuckled Waito. “But we played well today and I think we got everyone involved.”
He added that some of the Hawks other players also stepped up in the Fenelon game.
“Jesse Walker had one of the best defensive games,” said Waito. “He’s got a good shot and he has to use it. We have Chris (Allison) pushing the ball up the floor and we have Jesse (Lefebvre) and Luke (Watson) who are two really good players.”
Waito explained that in order to be successful, all four of those pressure points have to work as a unit.
“We put that press on in the second quarter and they couldn’t handle it and that was a great sign,” said Waito
He says they are working on a few versions of that trapping zone and will be utilizing it more in the final two regular season games and as they prepare for the AA playoffs.
The senior and junior Hawks have two season contests versus Brock and IE Weldon.
Weldon will be the toughest test of the year.
They remain undefeated in league play and the Hawks are looking forward to avenging a loss to the Wildcats earlier this season to Weldon.