The Indy Hawks (15-14) traveled to Chicago to participate in the Central Region Basketball Tournament. Their 80-75 victory over an excellent Chicago Club for the Deaf team was hard-fought and hard-earned. The championship was also Indianapolis’ 11th straight crown in the Central Region.
The first game against the Detroit Panthers was a 86-48 win behind Keith Westhoelter’s 19 points, Robert Haney’s 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Caraharee Vasquez had 12. Brian Bippus had 10 rebounds. The win vaulted the Hawks into the championship game against the Chicago Club, a resurgent team that has come back after a long hiatus. The Chicago team, coached by longtime Chicago superstar, Kevin Smith – was led by 6’5 point guard Layton Seeber and 6’6 Danny Kelly.
The championship game was before a partisan pro-Chicago following that packed the gym. Nonetheless, the Hawks steadily jumped to a quick 9-4 lead and enlarged it to sums of 20, 18, 15 throughout most of the game. The game remained at that margin until the last three minutes when the Chicagoans went into a 3-point spree, catching up to the Hawks at 78-75 before a technical on the Chicagoans part enabled the Hawks to hit the last two points on free-throws and reign supreme.
The Hawks were led by Robert Haney’s 36 points and 16 rebounds. John Little chipped in 15 points while Brian Bippus had 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Hawks improved to 15-13 with the two victories and are headed towards the USADB tournament in Concord, North Carolina at the #2 seed. They will face either Spokane, Washington or Texas Alamo at 730pm Thursday April 10th.
Robert was voted the Central Region’s Most Valuable Player with Little and Bippus being All-Stars.
Three days after the CBAD, The Hawks hosted Indianapolis Ivy Tech Community College on the ISD Campus and lost, 93-66. Robert Haney led the Hawks with 28 points. The Hawks were able to dress only 6 players due to injuries. Ivy Tech is an annual National Contender in the NIRSA ranks.
further information on the USADB can be found here: http://www.usadb.us