The Harmon Hawks came into practice this week with revenge on the mind, looking to beat two opponents who had beaten them earlier this season.
Harmon took care of Schlagle on Tuesday. The Hawks finished the deal on Thursday at home by routing Wyandotte 70-43.
The Hawks started the season at 2-6, but Thursday’s win put them at 9-8. They have won eight of their last nine and four in a row.
“No disrespect to Wyandotte, but we felt we gave one away in December so we called this revenge week,” Harmon coach Dave Gonzales said. “We are playing well.”
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Both teams started out sloppy. There were five consecutive scoreless possessions.
Wyandotte’s Jae’lan Bradley scored first, but Harmon responded with a 13-3 run.
Harmon junior point guard, BJ Heard, ended the quarter with the highlight of the game. He caught an outlet pass with 2 seconds on the clock. The crowd shouted “shoot,” and he dribbled twice before shooting a three-pointer that even he did not think would go into the net.
It did, and the crowd erupted, as the Hawks took their first double-digit lead.
“That was very fun to be honest,” Heard said. “It feels great when you’re winning, everyone is scoring and the crowd is cheering for you.”
The Hawks added to the big lead when they exploded in the fourth quarter.
Heard, who entered the game averaging a team-best 13.5 points per game, scored 17 in the game with three three-pointers.
Lorenzo Cheatom led the Hawks with 20 points. Eight of them came in the third quarter, a quarter that Gonzales said has been a weak point for them lately. On Thursday, Harmon outscored Wyandotte 14-10 in the third quarter.
“The third quarter has kind of been our nemesis the last couple weeks, but we talked about getting stops the first four minutes of the third quarter, and the guys really responded,” Gonzales said.
Bradley led Wyandotte with 13 points.