USADB tournament: Round Two

DSA 93 – Indy Hawks 88 (OT)

In a game for the ages, the Indy Hawks played DSA (Deaf Sports Academy of Southern California) in the quarterfinals of the USADB tournament. During the mid-00’s, DSA and Indianapolis were friendly rivals who met for the USADB championship two consecutive years in 2005 and 2006, won by DSA.

In this game – DSA’s youth and speed prevailed over the short-handed Hawks who dominated the rebounding margin but were doomed by 30+ turnovers. DSA’s Valencia brothers were able to fire away at will from beyond the 3-point arc, making a total of 7. At one time, DSA’s lead was 18 points over the Hawks midway through the 2nd half.

However, the Hawks chose not to go quietly into the night – fighting and clawing their way back into the game on power plays inside. They were also able to take advantage of DSA’s foul trouble in order to hit free-throws which pulled the Hawks even in the game, 78-78 to end regulation.

In overtime, the Hawks were able to build a 5 point lead during which a 3-point shot nearly went in (which would have given the Hawks a 8-point lead at the midway mark of OT). The DSA was able to regroup and make a strong run – pulling even then grabbing the lead in which they never relinquished.

The final score of 93-88 propelled the DSA into the USADB semi-finals where they will face the NM Cougars, led by former Indy Hawks star Robert Haney, jr.

The Hawks will face the Austin Toros today at 1pm for the right to advance to the 5th place game.

The Hawks were led by Brian Bippus’ 24 points, Edlin Dorn’s 19 points and 22 rebounds along with Onye Davis 19 points and 18 rebounds. The Hawks currently stand at 20-7.

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