2018-02-09 / Sports

Hammond comes back to beat Falcons

Story and Photos by Mike Maddock


Hammond’s Josh Lipsitz tries to get by Ben Lippen’s Chris Haynesworth. Hammond’s Josh Lipsitz tries to get by Ben Lippen’s Chris Haynesworth. *Find these pictures and many more here!


The visiting Hammond Skyhawks trailed by as much as eight and did not take their first lead until the end of the third quarter eventually overcoming the Ben Lippen Falcons 59-50 in a SCISA Region I-3A boys’ basketball matchup Friday, February 2.

Lucas Prickett led the way for the Skyhawks with a game-high 18 points. Josh Lipsitz added 11, and Isaiah Washington finished with ten. Jordan Burch chipped in eight, Austin Prickett had seven, and Trent Green got five to complete the scoring for Hammond.

Javian Bellamy led the Falcons with 16 points. Will Cureton had nine, Jack Wegren got eight, and Aaron Oelhafen finished with six. Alden Gibbs and Tyrique Brown each got four, and Chris Haynesworth had three.

Ben Lippen came out bombing away in the first quarter getting 3- pointers from Bellamy, Oelhafen, and Wegren to build a 15-10 lead. The Skyhawks fought back as Washington came off the bench to get four straight. Prickett then drained a 3- pointer to tie the game, but Bellamy added a couple of free throws at the end of the first to put Ben Lippen up 19-17.


Ben Lippen’s Aaron Oelhafen drives as Hammond’s Lucas Prickett defends. Ben Lippen’s Aaron Oelhafen drives as Hammond’s Lucas Prickett defends. The Falcons continued to stay hot from beyond the arch getting 3- pointers from Wegren, Haynesworth, and Bellamy in the second to go with a layup from Brown. The Skyhawks stayed within striking distance with a conventional 3-point play from Washington, points in the paint from Lucas Prickett, and a free throw from Burch, but they trailed 30-23 at the half.

Hammond went on an 11-4 run to start the third quarter sparked by a 3-pointer and a drive from Lipsitz. Austin Prickett added four points, and Lucas Prickett steal and dunk tied the game at 34-34 with 2:30 left in the quarter.

Ben Lippen countered with points in the paint from Gibbs and Cureton, but Washington got a steal and tossed it to Lucas Prickett for a layup and then Burch converted an “and one” with 4.7 seconds left in the quarter to give the Skyhawks their first lead of the game at 39-38.

Oelhafen’s tip-in to start the fourth gave the Falcons the lead right back which was the start of two lead changes and two ties before Burch’s free throw with 4:28 gave Hammond the lead for good.

Lucas Prickett and Green converted on conventional 3-point plays down the stretch, which were part of an 11-of-14 performance from the free throw line for the Skyhawks in the final four minutes.

Bellamy scored five more and Cureton added a couple of free throws for Ben Lippen, but that was it for the Falcons.

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