| The Windfall Journal
PROVIDENCE – Even within the face of dropping a sport it as soon as led by 19 factors, the Hendricken boys basketball staff didn’t panic.
Nobody blinked when the play name on the most important play of the night time went to sophomore Eze Wali. In extra time, every thing that had simply occurred was a distant reminiscence. There was no questioning about why the Hawks have been even enjoying an additional session within the first place.
As an alternative, Hendricken went out and performed strong basketball.
And now it’ll get the likelihood to do it once more.
The Hawks dominated a lot of the night time and led by 19 within the first half earlier than La Salle got here firing again with their season on the road to take a lead with seconds left on the clock. That’s when Wali stepped in with a clutch driving layup to ship the sport to extra time the place Hendricken left little question. The Hawks made some stops, made extra free throws and got here away with an 84-78 win, incomes a spot in Saturday’s Division I championship sport.
“We got here to play,” senior middle Cam Hughes stated. “It didn’t go precisely how we needed it to, however we bought a win.”
“That’s what it’s all about,” ahead David Lynch stated. “We promised [last year’s seniors] we’d get again to that sport.”
The Hawks are getting again due to the youngest participant of their rotation.
Hendricken led by 9 with 4:11 left when the La Salle offense – which was grinding a lot of the sport – awoke. The Rams went on a 12-1 run, taking a 67-65 lead on a layup by Raphel Awa with 17 seconds left.
The Hawks had loads of choices to tie the sport. Hughes had placed on a grasp’s class of the right way to rating within the low publish all night time. Lynch carried the offense together with his sharp-shooting within the first half. Justin Perez was pink sizzling within the second. Azmar Abdullah was a risk when the ball was in his fingers all night time.
So, in typical Hendricken style, it was Wali who bought the decision.
Taking the ball on the left wing, Wali went left, spun again proper and bought previous Ja’Kai Washington and went proper to the ring. As he floated by way of the lane he tossed it excessive off the glass to keep away from getting blocked and the ball dropped in to tie the sport with 4 seconds left.
“Coaches, they trusted me. They stated if I get the ball, assault the basket,” Wali stated. “They’ve me all of the belief on the planet to make the shot and I pulled by way of.”
“He does what he does. I feel he’s in all probability the quickest participant within the state, stop-and-go speed-wise,” Hughes stated. “He simply blew by his man and bought a layup.”
The Hawks set the tone of the extra time session early. They bought 4 free throws from Abdullah and Hughes, then a putback by Lynch to make it 73-67.
The Rams – who have been with out Iafrate, who had fouled out – fought and bought it to 74-71 following a Will Sampson putback, had no ammo left after their spectacular fourth-quarter comeback. Hendricken went to the road 10 instances in 10 possessions within the closing 2:13 and hit 11 of 19 from the road to shut out the sport,
“It’s all the time enjoyable to play La Salle,” stated Hughes, who led Hendricken with 19 factors to go together with 11 rebounds and two blocks. “It’s all the time enjoyable to beat La Salle.”
The Hawks have been having loads of enjoyable early. Lynch couldn’t miss within the first half and Hughes was overpowering the Rams, like Rhode Island highschool basketball’s model of Shaq in his rookie yr. The Hawks led 37-18 with 4:49 left within the second and all regarded fantastic.
La Salle countered with a 9-0 run and bought it to single digits by halftime after a jumper by Joseph Melvin with 1:41 left made it 39-30.
Hendricken noticed its lead dip to a few early within the second quarter after Iafrate hit a pair of 3-pointers, however the Hawks bought it again as much as 9 getting an offensive contribution from nearly everybody who stepped on the ground.
Hughes led the best way, however Abdullah, Lynch and Perez all had 16 apiece and Wali completed with 11.
“That’s robust to beat,” stated Lynch, who additionally had 13 rebounds within the win. “That helps us and it confirmed at present and that’s what bought us the win. Even Cam had an enormous sport.”
The balanced scoring was essential, however the calm within the face of La Salle’s late run was the distinction and is why the Hawks will play Classical at Rhode Island School on Saturday at 4 p.m.
“We go throughout all of that on daily basis. Situational [play], that’s what it comes all the way down to,” Lynch stated. “We follow what’s on the market and that helped [Thursday].”
Justin Perez 5-10 3-4 16, Andres Andujar 2-3 1-3 5, David Lynch 6-15 0-3 16, Azmar Abdullah 4-11 7-8 16, Cam Hughes 8-11 3-3 19, Eze Wali 3-9 5-10 11, Jack Graham 0-3 1-2 1, Cameron Chinn 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 28-62 20-33 84.
LA SALLE 78
Colin Durante 2-5 0-0 5, Joseph Melvin 8-13 2-3 18, Raphel Awa 8-17 5-8 23, Dimetri Iafrate 7-17 0-0 18, Ja’Kai Washington 2-6 3-6 7, Dante Iafrate 0-2 0-0 0, Will Sampson 3-9 1-4 7, Quinn Cowan 0-0 0-0 0, Michael Aspinall 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 30-69 11-21 78.
Halftime – Hendricken 39-30. Regulation – Tied at 67. 3-pointers – Hendricken 8-20 (Lynch 4-8, Perez 3-5, Abdullah 1-4, Graham 0-2, Wali 0-1), La Salle 7-23 (Dimetri Iafrate 4-9, Awa 2-7, Durante 1-4, Sampson 0-2, Dante Iafrate 0-1). Rebounds – Hendricken 51 (Lynch 13), La Salle 41 (Sampson 9). Assists – Hendricken 14 (Perez 4), La Salle 15 (Washington 7). Turnovers – Hendricken 13 (Hughes 4), La Salle 11 (Awa 7). Steals – Hendricken 4 (Lynch, Wali 2), La Salle 6 (Dimetri Iafrate 3). Blocks – Hendricken 5 (Hughes 2), La Salle 2 (Washington, Sampson 1).