HIGH SCHOLL BOYS BASKETBALL
Hawthorne defeats Hamilton for regional title
Published: Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 12:29 a.m.
HAWTHORNE — Usually the 26th and 27th point scored in the second quarter of a basketball games doesn't have a profound impact on the outcome.
Don't tell that to Nick Chisholm of the Hawthorne Hornets.
The junior's ninth and 10th point in Saturday night's Class 1A regional final made such a statement that the Hawthorne gym exploded in awe, the referees had to stop the game and sheriff deputies had to restore order.
“My teammate got me the ball, I took two dribbles and then I took off,” Chisholm said.
What the senior forward failed to mention was that he of the flat-top hair was parallel with the rim as he dunked the ball from the right wing.
“You can finish a play two ways,” said Hawthorne head coach Greg Bowie. “You can put a period on it or an exclamation point. That was an exclamation point.”
Two and half quarters later the Hornets had won their 14th straight game, 63-53 over the Hamilton County Trojans to advance to their second straight final four.
After holding a 12-8 lead after one quarter, the Hornets dominated the second and third quarter outscoring Hamilton County 39-19.
Sophomore sensation Ed Porter didn't have a normal night for Hawthorne.
All of Porter's eight first-half points came from the foul line. Porter's first basket from the field came halfway through third quarter.
“They doubled him a lot so he really didn't get the shots he normally gets,” said Bowie. “It says a lot about the other guys on the team. We are a deep team that had 11, 12 guys play tonight.”
Porter then scored seven consecutive points in a two-minute span late in the third quarter. Porter's personal 7-0 run against the Trojans expanded Hawthorne's lead to 49-25.
“I had to keep playing my game,” said Porter, who finished with a game-high 19 points. “In the third quarter things open up for me and I took advantage of it.”
Seven different Hornets scored including Chisholm with 16 and Leamon Wilson with 11. Antefernee Smith had 15 points to lead the Trojans.
The next stop for Hawthorne is a date against Holmes County in the Class 1A state semifinals at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
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