Although Jaquan Jones put 19 points, three rebounds, three steals and two blocks on the scoreboard, York Bucs fell to Baltimore Hawks 116-105.
With an inspiring 34-point second quarter on the strength of an 11-2 run, Baltimore Hawks pulled ahead and eventually claimed a 55-40 lead by halftime. Both teams were aggressive on the court, with Baltimore Hawks accumulating 36 fouls while York Bucs racked up 35.
Jones paved the way for Baltimore Hawks, making 64% (7-for-11) of shots attempted while also sinking 80% (4-for-5) of free throws attempted.
Dishawn Bradshaw (19 points) and Paris Carter (8 points) each sunk multiple three-pointers. Jarwand Rheubottom achieved double digits, scoring 19 points for Baltimore Hawks (8-for-11). Also contributing for Baltimore Hawks were Brandon Davis (9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block), Daniel Gregory (8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block), Mike Holden (7 points, 7 rebounds), Eian Davis (7 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block), Akeem Echols (6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals), Edward Oliver (4 points, 1 rebound, 1 block), Melvin Jones (4 points, 3 rebounds), and Rodney Pratcher (2 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block).
Baltimore Hawks finished the game with 61 rebounds (19 offensive / 42 defensive), eight blocks and 17 steals.
As the crowd amassed outside of St. Frances Academy in the heart of East Baltimore, you could feel the excitement in the air in anticipation for the clash of undefeated rivals. No it wasn't the Ravens and the Steelers or the Orioles and Yankees who were preparing for battle, the opposing powerhouses were the Baltimore Hawks and the DMV Warriors of Woodlawn MD.
They are undoubtedly two of the elite teams of the American Basketball Associate aka THE ABA. For the last three years Baltimore's only professional basketball team, Baltimore Hawks, owned by native sons Gregory Brown Jr. and Quentin Harper has inspired, entertained and showcased some of the best basketball talent in the nation. In the midst of challenging times in Charm City, the Baltimore Hawks' dazzling display of "on the edge of your seat" excitement along with food, music and spectacular cheerleading are the perfect remedies for progressive community activity.
The ABA of the 1960s & 70s that merged with the NBA in 1976 is a separate entity of the current ABA that's under the ownership of Joe Newman and Richard Tinkham. Since 2000 the league with the multicolored basketball has provided breathtaking, competitive entertainment around the country.
The league features outstanding talent such as Dishawn "Pure Money" Bradshaw who graces the jersey of the Baltimore Hawks and Terry Hosley Jr, son of legendary Baltimore hoopster Terry Hosley Sr., of the DMV Warriors. For tickets to enjoy exciting pro hoop in Baltimore and the metropolitan area go online @ www.baltimorehawks.com.
All Baltimore Hawks' home games are played at St. Frances Academy 501 E. Chase St. Baltimore, MD. 21202 GO HAWKS!
By Ralph E. Johnson Jr.
Looking to bounce back from last nights loss against the DMV Warriors, the Hawks hit the road to take on the Fredericksburg Grizzlies in their inaugural home opener!
Both teams went play-for-play throughout most of the game, but Baltimore Hawks defeated Fredericksburg Grizzlies 111-109 on Sunday. Baltimore Hawks sealed their victory in the fourth quarter on a free throw from Dishawn Bradshaw.
Baltimore Hawks fell behind early, trailing 51-43 by the half, only to come back hard in the final two quarters. Both Fredericksburg Grizzlies and Baltimore Hawks played hard, with 38 and 36 personal fouls, respectively. Bradshaw led the charge for Baltimore Hawks' offense, scoring 32 points, with 12 points during the first period. He also contributed five rebounds and two steals.
Two other players also racked up double digit scores for Baltimore Hawks. Eian Davis racked up 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jarwand Rheubottom put two three-pointers on the board and scored 23 points total. Also chipping in for Baltimore Hawks were Jaquan Jones (9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal), Rodney Pratcher (7 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block), Paris Carter (4 points, 1 rebound), Melvin Jones (3 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks), Daniel Gregory (2 points, 3 rebounds), and Brandon Davis (2 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks).
Baltimore Hawks finished the game with 70 rebounds (31 offensive / 39 defensive), 10 blocks and eight steals.
by Jefferey Key
Minutes before taking center court, Baltimore Hawks head coach, Greg Brown, delivered a composed, yet spirited message to his team. The objective was simple; the task, though, was venturous. “This is our house,” he exclaimed. “Protect it!”
The Hawks, a week removed from their season opening victory against the York Buccaneer’s, were back home to square off in a testy battle with their in-state rivals, the DMV Warriors. From the tip, it was evident that while both teams shared the same state lines, the two divisional enemies also shared a mutual disdain for one another.
With their exuberant home fan base out in full support, the Hawks, were able to weather DMV's high potent offensive with a litany of sharp shooting efforts of their own. Trailing by ten in the 2nd quarter, the Hawks placed the rock in the hands of their star guard and last season's leading scorer, DiShawn Bradshaw (27 ppg), who connected on four first half three-pointers, bringing the Hawks to within three (62-59) at intermission.
In the second half, Baltimore's aggression continued to intensify as their offense began to catch fire. Led by second year forward, Jarwand Rheubottom, the Hawks scored 39 points in the 3rd quarter on a blistering 57% shooting (12-21 FG) as Baltimore took a commanding ten point advantage (98-88) heading into the final period of play. Rheubottom, the Hawks leading rebounder and assist man last season, registered 11 points in the period on an impressive array of perimeter shots and slashes to the rim. The Hawks were also the beneficiary of a multitude of transition baskets thanks to the run and gun play of Ja'Quan Jones and the newly acquired Eian Davis, whose crisp passing in the open court forced the defenseless Warriors into committing 11 personal fouls in the period; leading to 17 free throw attempts for the Hawks on the other end.
Unfortunately, though, the Hawks were unable to hold on. Despite outrebounding the lengthy Warriors (60-45) and committing only 11 turnovers, Baltimore lost a heartbreaker 135-132, dropping them to 1-1 on the young season. Bradshaw led the team with a game high 33 points (7-13 3PT), followed by Rheubottom who scored 28, and Paris Carter and Elian Davis who added 13 and 12 respectively. The Hawks will look to bounce back tomorrow as they hit the road to take on the Fredericksburg Grizzlies at 4:00 PM.