Hoop Hawks soaring just in time for Kawartha zone playdowns

By terrance Gavan

A dunk. A dunk. My kingdom for a dunk.

I just realized that I’ve been covering hoops here in the Highlands for about four years now.

And I’ve never seen a game-time dunk.

Well, I still haven’t seen one.

But I’ll live to tell the tale of Hal High’s historic leaping leaner Jesse Lefebvre who – we have it from de facto Hawks’ hoops historian, Coach Roland Zilla – shuddered twin “Dunk-zillas” during a road win against Brock Bulldogs on Tuesday (Feb 8).

“The first game time dunks in Hawks history,” said Zilla on Tuesday night. “So,” as Bill Murray once opined, “I got dat’ goin’ for me.”

Congrats to Dr. J – and now we will wait for the inevitable fallout from former players who will, we guess, be staking various and sundry claims to the record.

Both Hawks hoop squads won their respective games against the Bulldogs Tuesday. Juniors won 58-26 and the seniors kissed the sky in their 67-30 win.

Last Friday the juniors dropped a close 32-28 exhibition contest against Gravenhurst while the seniors won 48-13.

Both coaches are gearing up for their biggest test of the season today. The Hawks head down Hwy 35 for the final regular season games against the impeccable IE Weldon Wildcats.

Sudden death Kawartha zone playdowns begin on Tuesday – again, on the road.

Paul Longo said his junior Hawks came out quickly against the Bulldogs and then continued to press their advantage.

“It was a great effort by everyone,” said Longo. “Our press worked well and the offense was ready to play off the bat.”

Nate Feir led all scorers with 14 points. His complementary twin tower Zach Cox nailed down 12 and Louis Ferracuti popped for double digits with 10.

“The good news is that our press really came together, and that’s going to help as we get ready for the playoffs,” added Longo.

The Hawks are 4-7 on the season and will be seeded in the bottom eight of the 16 team playdowns. That means they’ll have to win twice on Tuesday if they hope to advance to the next round.

The seniors had great performances from their smooth as silk power forward Luke Watson who led all scorers with 20 points against Brock. Lefebvre had 12, Damon Flatman and jesse Walker both popped for double digits with 10 apiece and Chris Allison added 9 points. Watson had 16 in the exhibition game win on Friday at the Hawks’ Nest.

The Hawks who are 6-3 on the season will now face the prepossessing IE Weldon juggernaut that, at 9-0, remain the class of the Kawartha league.

It’s the second half of their home-at-home series and in the first game the Hawks managed to tamp down the Wildcats fluid offense with a mix of hard match-up zone and a mystifying quicksand trapping press.

Zilla is looking forward to the challenge. “We’re as ready as we can be,” said Zilla. “They’re 9-0 and the class of the league, but we proved that we can play them even up.”

The senior Hawks will have a bye for the first playoff game on Tuesday, but will be on hand to play a sudden death contest on Tuesday afternoon.

If the juniors sneak through their Tuesday draw and the seniors win their single game on Tuesday they will both move on to part two of the Kawartha zones on Thursday in Peterborough.

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Anyone gotta’ dunk tale? gav@pardontheeruption.com. Twitter me at twitter.com/ terrancegavan.