2009 USADB Championship game recap

April 24, 2009
Haney and Bippus

Haney and Bippus

The USADB Championship game between the Indy Hawks and the Arizona Desert Fire was the sort of game one would expect between a young and cocky team against grizzled and experienced veterans.  Prior to meeting in the championship game, the Hawks had turned each of their first three games into routs, running roughshod over the North Shore Cyclones (Mass.) 126-45, Utah Glaciers 95-61, and the California Beavers 82-54.  The AZDF, on the other hand, defeated Chicago WSAD Orange 83-54, New Jersey 89-55 and squeezed past a tough Carolinas squad, 69-62.

The game against the Fire was the Hawks’ 4th time in the past five years, all Hawks victories. The familiarity between both teams were evident in the way both went about their pre-game preparations and strategy – which made a difference in the USADB’s 65th annual championship game held at Hope International University in Irvine, California.

The Hawks opened the first half with a bang, scoring 5 quick points to jump into the lead before AZDF got into the scoring column. Behind the acrobatic Robert Haney, the Hawks were able to control the scoreboard despite AZDF’s obvious strategy – a tight 2-3 zone defense that collapsed on the 6’9 Edlin Dorn every-time the ball was passed into the post. On offense, the Fire milked the clock down to five seconds or less before going for their shots while the Hawks focused on their running game, to mixed results.

Despite being able to put points on the table, the Hawks were loose on their trademarked man to man defense, allowing several Fire players to score from a variety of spots. Unsung 5’5 guard Michael Alvarado came off the AZDF bench to score 10 nifty points (two high-arching 3-pointers) to enable AZDF to stay close as the Hawks went into the locker room 31-24.

In the second half – the fired-up AZDF team came out firing and pulled ahead of the Hawks within 3 minutes, 34-33. From that point onward – the Hawks’ youth began to show – trying to race upcourt to score instead of working the clock with countered plays which led to the Hawks playing catch-up all thruough the second half as the AZDF build a strong and sturdy lead consistently by 8 to 10 points. Despite these roadblocks, the Hawks’ continued to play hard.

In the last minute, all time-outs were gone. Robert Haney, Brian Bippus and Matt Johnson each had 4 fouls and the Hawks were down 7 with just a minute remaining. The fans were openly discussing how the AZDF had dominated the Hawks. However, the Hawks were only starting to wake-up and play basketball.

Following missed free throws by the Fire – the Hawks sprinted downcourt to score quickly. The Fire saw the lead dwindling from 7 to 5 before a Matt Johnsonn 3-pointer at the 18 second mark pulled the Hawks to within 2. After a quick foul and 2 consecutive missed free-throws by AZDF’s Hopwood, Bippus rebounded, faked a handoff to Haney who was doubled tightly, then dribbled upcourt, looking for the open man. Bippus passed it off to Johnson, who faked his man off his fet then drove the baseline. However, two AZDF players came out to push Johnson off-court. Unable to penetrate, Johnson leaped out of bounds and threw a quick pass to Dorn, who was planted underneath the rim. Dorn snatched the pass and with his long arms, quickly dumped it into the basket with 3.2 seconds remaining to score the game-tying basket, which set the gym in pandemonium. The 65-65 regulation score and the Hawks’ comeback within a minute from 7 down only handed momentum to the Indy Hawks.

After a timeout by the AZDF, which allowed the Hawks to regroup and set up their final defense, Haney stole the ball and let the clock run out into overtime. and in the extra session, the Hawks took control with valuable contributions by Onye Davis and Keith Westhoelter off the bench to secure the 79-70 victory. The win gave the Hawks their second consecutive USADB crown for the city and community of Indianapolis.

Robert Haney finished with 39 points and tournament MVP honors along with 7 assists and 6 steals, Dorn had 14 pts and 9 rebounds, Bippus had 10 pts and 5 rebounds, Westhoelter 6, Davis and Johnson 5 apiece for the Hawks.  AZDF had DaSilva 15, Alvarado 14, Hamilton 9, Hopwood and Stultz 7, Torres and Gay 6, Wells 4, Thomas 2.  Indy shot 32% with the AZDF scorching the nets at twice that 65%.

The Hawks finished their 2008-09 season at 27-9.

Dorn and Gay tipoff

Dorn and Gay tipoff

Bippus guards Hamilton

Bippus guards Hamilton

Davis shoots inside

Davis shoots inside

Coach D in action, note the gray hair

Coach D in action, note the gray hair

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Indianapolis Repeats as USADB National Champs!

April 19, 2009

 NEWS FLASH!

The Indianapolis Hawks ended the night with a thrilling 79-70 overtime  victory over the Arizona Desert Fire for its second consecutive USADB National Championship!

There will be more updates coming up soon…

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Final score of the championship game

 

2009 USADB National Champions!

2009 USADB National Champions!


Indy Hawks 82 – California Beavers 54

April 18, 2009

The Hawks advanced to the USADB championship game by running away from the young and talented California Bears, 82-54. The Hawks’ star swingman Robert Haney had 32 points in a dominant performance. Long-time Indianapolis power forward Brian Bippus had 14 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Hawks inside game.

The Hawks’ Keith Westhoelter and LeMarc Williamson, a pair of talented 6’3 forwards stepped up in clutch moments to keep the Hawks 41-26 halftime momentum going deep into the 2nd half. Everybody on the Hawks team played at least 6 minutes each and contributed in various positive ways.

The Hawks (26-9) will face the Arizona Desert Fire (USADB Champions in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003) in the USADB Championship game at 4pm (PST) at Hope College in Anaheim.

Below: pictures of the Hawks – Beavers game

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Indy Hawks 95 – Utah Glaciers 60

April 17, 2009

The Hawks played a tough and experienced Utah team that stayed competitive in an early-morning second round game of pool play. Various players contributed heavily thru the game, most notable LeMarc Wiliamson, who came off the bench to score 16 points to go along with Robert Haney’s 28 points (including a dunk that shook the basket staunchion off base). 

The Hawks, currently 25-9, will face a surprising California team that stunned #4 seeded Florida State in overtime this morning at the USADB Final Four this evening at 5pm at Garden Grove’s American Sports Center. This year’s Final Four berth has made it the fifth consecutive year that the Indianapolis team has advanced this far. Below are Hawks – Glaciers game photos.

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Indy Hawks 126 – North Shore 45

April 17, 2009

The Hawks dominated North Shore Cyclones (Boston, Mass.) in the opening round of pool play at the California USADB by the score of 126-45.  The victory showed a strong man to man defense combined with a devasting fast breaking offense. Over twenty steals were recorded by the Hawks as were 12 dunks (six apiece Haney and Dorn).  The Hawks were able to substitute freely – Onye Davis led the team in scoring with over 20 points off the bench.

The Hawks will play the Utah Glaciers Friday morning 9am PST. haneykeith


Hard at Work!

April 13, 2009
Hawks at work

Hawks at work

The Indy Hawks have been practicing almost daily in order to defend their USADB championship crown. The 65th annual men’s tournament has the Hawks seeded number one and the team departs this Wedneday morning for Anaheim, California. A brief recap of how the Hawks have finished in the past 4 years:

2008: USADB Champions (32-7 season record)

2007: 3rd place USADB (35-5 season record)

2006: 2nd place USADB (22-2 season record)

2005: 2nd place USADB (18-3 season record)

This spring 12 teams from across the contiential USA will participate in the USADB tournament. The USADB tournament information can be found at www.usadb.us


2009 USADB Tournament Update

April 9, 2009

The Indy Hawks (GIDC) are seeded number 1 for the upcoming 2009 USADB Basketball Tournament to take place next week April 15 to 19th in Anaheim California. The Pool Play will be in format due to 12 teams participating. In our Pool A – the Hawks will be bunched with the Utah Glaciers and the North Shore. Pool B will feature #2 seeded Austin Toros and the Carolinas with the Lincoln Blackshirts of Nebraska. Pool C will feature #3 seeded Arizona Desert Fire with the Chicago WSAD Orange and New Jersey. Pool D will feature #4 seeded Florida State (with former GIDC star Hector Cueto) along with the California and Arizona Dust Storm teams.

The complete bracket is online at www.usadb.us with regular updates coming from the Indy Hawks website.