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Hanahan High School

Hawks in running for region crown after upset

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

HANAHAN – The Hanahan High School boys basketball team just earned a special victory on Jan. 15.

The Hawks, winners of only two games all season before Tuesday, shocked No. 2 Manning with a Richard Horry bucket in the last second.

Hanahan improved to 3-14 overall and 2-2 in the region.

“We were up 58-53 with 30 seconds to go and we had some turnovers to let them get back in it,” Hanahan coach Pieter Smits said. “They hit a 3-pointer and made a layup, and we turned it over again but they missed a shot with about 10 seconds left.”

The Hawks came up with the rebound and got a pass ahead to Jason Albach near mid-court in transition. Albach hit Horry with a pass outside the 3-point line and Horry had an open lane to the basket before scoring the winner from the left side of the rim.

“Going into region we wanted to win region,” Smits said. “We’re one game out of it now. We found out tonight Manning is definitely beatable in the region.”

The win avenged a 28-point loss to the Monarchs on Dec. 27 in the Sweet 16 Tournament in Orangeburg.

Horry and Akim Alston scored 15 points apiece for the Hawks while Logan Ammons chipped in 14 points. Marquez Foy had eight points.

The Hawks travel to Waccamaw on Jan. 18 before returning home for three straight. They host rival Bishop England on Jan. 22, Academic Magnet on Jan. 25 and Georgetown on Jan. 29.

 

 

 

 

 

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