The Hawks defeated the St. Joe Fighting Irish 67-54 to improve to 4-3 with a 1-0 mark in the region. St. Joe fell to 0-5 with an 0-1 region record.
“It’s a good feeling to start off 1-0 in the region, but our main thing is trying to finish strong in our games,” Hawks head coach Anthony Davis said. “Our main concern is to take it one game at a time. Once our guys get their legs under them, I think we’ll be okay.”
Shaw started out a little slow but was able to get the 16-11 first quarter lead. The Hawks continued to build momentum through the second and third quarters and were able to take a huge 50-26 lead heading into the final period.
The Fighting Irish hustled through out the game and was able to cut into the Hawks’ lead but they never could get back in the game.
The Hawks were balanced on offense as three players scored in double figures. Aundre Pruitt led the Hawks with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, followed by Jermarquis Stimage with 14 points and two steals and Zedric Bass with 13 points and five rebounds. Malik Walker also contributed to Shaw’s victory with nine points. Octavious Stimage tallied seven points with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Ledavious Rice tallied five points but pulled down a team-high nine rebounds to round the offense for Shaw.
“What I like about our team is we’re not selfish, and we play real well together,” Davis added. “They don’t mind sharing the basketball, and they don’t care who scores. The thing that we need to work is we need to learn how to finish ball games at the end.”
Shaw played East Side Saturday, but the score wasn’t available by press time. Shaw will travel to Cleveland on Monday to play Cleveland High School.