Hawks snatch victories in section play

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Jaden Goodman looks for an opening as he’s surrounded by defenders from Obama Academy.

Benjamin Lentz, Boys Basketball Correspondent

The Hawks fulfilled their expectations by starting off section play 2-0 last week. The boys beat Peters Township (0-2, 5-6) on Tuesday with a final score of 54-44 and beat Canon Mac (0-2, 4-4) on Friday 37-34.

Taking on the Peters Township Indians, and being their opening section game, there was a lot of pressure put on on the contest. Both teams wanted this one more than usual considering Peters Township’s season was canceled due to COVID-19 last year.

Inside the locker room, head coach Josh Bears said, “We wanted this one last year. We came knocking at their door and they wouldn’t let us in. They want this one badly, but we want it more.”

Senior forward Jaden Goodman was the leading scorer with 20 points. It was the Hawks’ defense once again that secured them the victory. They held Peters Township’s leading scorer to under 15 points and limited their turnovers to get the win.

Although the Hawks were winning against the Canon Mac Big Macs, the whole game was a nail-biter the entire way.

“The boys fought hard to earn this win,” said sophomore guard Hersh Kambli.

Some hard-fought offensive and defensive rebounds from junior Aidan Currie late in the game sealed the deal for the Hawks.

The Hawks move to 9-1 overall and are currently undefeated in the section. The biggest test early in the year is the upcoming home game on Jan. 11 against defending WPIAL champions Upper Saint Clair.

JV plays at 6 and varsity plays at 7:30 p.m. The Hawks also play at Mt. Lebanon on Friday.