2019-01-11 / Sports

Skyhawks pull away from Ben Lippen

By Tim Gochnaur


Hammond’s Trent Green soars through the lane for a shot against Ben Lippen. Hammond’s Trent Green soars through the lane for a shot against Ben Lippen. When the book is closed on this year, history will note a boys’ hoops clash at Hammond School Tuesday, January 8, 2019, between the Hammond Skyhawks and the Ben Lippen Falcons in which the Skyhawks won 59-46.

“So, Coach (David) Ross, how do you feel your guys played tonight?” “We had three eighth graders and one newcomer who all came in and played about a seven-minute stretch, and they saved us,” Hammond’s head coach said. “Those guys don’t see a whole lot of minutes, but they were ready tonight and came out and gave us some minutes and stopped the bleeding.

“ We are a work in progress, is all I can say.”

Nine players made their presence in the scorebook for Hammond, led by Trent Green with 18 points. The Ben Lippen attack was paced by Rico Dorsey with 13 points and Emmanuel Hughes with 10 points.

Ben Lippen’s Rico Dorsey drives to the basket as Hammond’s Andre Wilson and Josh Lipsitz defend.Ben Lippen’s Rico Dorsey drives to the basket as Hammond’s Andre Wilson and Josh Lipsitz defend.
Hammond led by as many as seven in the first half before Ben Lippen got the score to within two on several occasions. The Skyhawks took a 29- 25 lead into the break.

The Falcons got off to a 6-2 run in the third quarter, as a jumper from Javon Randolph tied the game 31-31 with just over five minutes to go. The teams traded buckets to 35- 35 before two field goals from Green opened up a small lead for the Skyhawks and helped Hammond build 45- 41 advantage going into the final eight minutes.

Josh McCall dialed up a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Skyhawks a 50-42 lead with six minutes to go in the game. Much of the rest of the night was a parade to the free throw line. Green dropped seven for the Skyhawks, Graydon Davies added two more, and Jordan Burch got the crowd fired up with a breakaway jam. Hughes sank four free throws, and Dorsey got one for the Falcons in the final period. The Skyhawks closed the final 2:30 with a 6-0 run.

Hammond: Trent Green 18, Jordan Burch 8, Cleo Canty 6, Josh Lipsitz 6, Tucker Toman 6, Andre Wilson 5, Graydon Davies 4, Josh McCall 3, and Jackson Osborne 3.

Ben Lippen: Rico Dorsey 13, Emmanuel Hughes 10, Javon Randolph 6, Dayton Owens 5, Henry Bolin 4, Riley Reasons 4, and Willie Reed- Simmons 2.

Photos by Jim Marczesky

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