DALLAS – The Red Oak Hawks participated in the Dallas
ISD Coca-Cola Classic Tournament this week and they were able to
come out with a pair of hard-fought victories.
It took a big second half for the Hawks to get the
win in the first round against Dallas Pinkston.
Red Oak trailed by nine at halftime, but 23 third
quarter points helped the Hawks take the lead. Pinkston came out
cold in the third quarter and was outscored 23-10 in the frame.
The Hawks continued to expose the Pinkston defense
with 20 points in the fourth quarter. Luke Eubank led all scorers
with 16 points. Dexter Payne scored 14 and Jeremiah Gaines added 13
to help clinch the win.
In the second game of the tournament, the Hawks
played an always tough Lancaster Tiger team. Red Oak (11-4, 4-0 in
15-4A) managed to keep it close the majority of the game, but the
Tigers proved to be too much and outlasted the Hawks 73-59
Red Oak outshot the Tigers the entire game, but the
Tigers used their height advantage and athleticism to control the
boards and turned every possession into a three shot
The Hawks got off to a fast start in the opening
minutes of the game jumping out to an early 11-3 lead bolsterd by
Luke Eubanks’ hot hand, who nailed consecutive three-pointers and
two big blocks on the opposite end of the court.
The Hawks managed to control the tempo of the first
period and were able to get past the aggressive press of the Tigers
and closed the period extending their lead to seven, which was
their largest of the game.
It didn’t take long for the Tigers to recover in the
second quarter as they scored 13 quick points to tie the game early
in the frame.
The Tigers turned up their full-court press a few
notches swarming to every Hawk player and were able to force
turnover after turnover, which led to several fast break points
and Lancaster taking a 61-49 lead into the half.
Lancaster picked up right where it left off in the
third period scoring six unanswered points, before Eubanks stopped
the run by nailing a three-pointer.
For a moment, it looked like the momentum was going
to change in the Hawks favor when Dexter Payne scored seven
consecutive points for Red Oak cutting the lead to 55-49.
The momentum didn’t last long for the Hawks, who
watched the Tigers sprint up and down the court for six quick
points and ran into the fourth quarter trailing 61-49.
Red Oak’s Dantay Blanton came alive in the fourth
quarter matching the Tigers offensive baskets with two dazzling
drives to the basket and a three-pointer to cut the lead to eight,
but that was as close as Red Oak would come when Lancaster ended on
a 6-0 run.
The game was the first of three meetings for the two
teams, as they face off again next Friday night in district
In the finale for Red Oak, the Hawks took on Dallas
Bryan Adams and came out on top 50-46.
The team jumped out to a big first quarter lead and
was up 15-6 going into the second frame.
But the third quarter was pretty much the opposite,
as Adams outscored Red Oak 17-8 to take a seven-point lead into the
A 21-point fourth quarter and timely stops led to the
victory. Gaines led the team with 12 points as eight different
Hawks scored in the game.
Red Oak takes the court again at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 at
home against West Mesquite in a game for first place in 15-4A.
Sports editor Billy Wessels contributed to this