BORGER — Continuing their four-game road trip, the Hawks visited Frank Phillips College on Thursday where they picked up another conference win, downing the Plainsmen 94-69.
That puts the Hawks in the top of the pack, where they are battling New Mexico Junior College, Odessa College, South Plains College and Midland College for conference supremacy.
“We're all kind of bunched up,” Howard College Head Coach Mark Adams said.
The Plainsmen were overwhelmed from the start.
Cameron Forte scored a game-high 29 points for the Hawks, who led FPC by 18 at the half.
“(Forte) had a really good game,” Adams said. “Jacob Thomas also played well and so did Goran (Huskic). We got off to a good start. We scored off our defense and when we do that, we are at our best. I thought we did well off the break and we had a lot of transition baskets. We forced turnovers and we capitalized on them.”
The Hawks (19-3, 6-2), will have their work cut out for them Monday as they make the trek to Midland College. The Chaparrals defeated HC during the first round of WJCAC play.
“It will be a tough game,” Adams added. “They are the only team that has beaten New Mexico Junior College and they have some big guards. It will be difficult to match up with them. But we are playing better now, I am looking forward to a good game.”
Tip off is slated in Midland for 7:45 p.m. HC long road trip will end at Clarendon College on Thursday and will play their next home game at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum Feb. 9 against South Plains.
BORGER — The Lady Hawks have had some problems finding their rhythm since WJCAC play began, but they seem to be hitting their stride after winning three-of-four, including a 30-point rout of Frank Phillips College on Tuesday.
HC Head Coach Earl Diddle said the 73-43 performance was a team effort.
“We moved the ball extremely well,” Diddle said. “Teiona (Tarrant) scored well, Marion (Lemonnier) passed the ball well, as did Destinee (Thrash). We not only shot well, we distributed the ball well and I think that made all the difference in the game. We played a very focused game and I think it was our best defensive game all year.”
The Hawks (15-8, 3-4), will try to utilize their momentum as they head to Midland College on Monday. HC lost to the Lady Chaps the first time around.
“We are trying to climb back,” Diddle said. “We have to go out there and really commit to rebounding the ball and taking care of the ball. They are a good team and they are making a run for a conference championship, so we have to go out there with a little chip on our shoulder. It is a big game for us as well as them, it won't be for the faint of heart.”
Game time is set for 5:45. The Hawks will then head to Clarendon before returning to the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum to meet South Plains on Feb. 9.