Hawks headed to Divisionals, 2nd at District tourney
By PAUL OVERLIE
Liberty County Times
The CJI Hawks began their 9C tournament with a game against Turner Wednesday. The game was never close or in doubt. CJI opened up a 26-15 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. By halftime the Hawks were up 57-17 and rolling.
Scoring slowed a bit in the third quarter as CJI led 78-29 headed into the fourth. In the end it was the Hawks by a bunch 90-41.
CJI was led by Troy Harmon with 33 points. Also in double figures were Cory Richter with 15 Brandon Richter with 11 and Bruce Tempel with 10. Justin May had 9, Bobby Whitley 6, Evan Dahinden 4, Tyler Wanken 2.
Thursday the Hawks faced a tough Hays-Lodgepole game and this proved to be a down-to-the-wire game. In the end CJI won by nine, but it was much closer than that most of the way. The Hawks jumped out to an early lead and were up 26-14 at the end of the first quarter. The Hawks opened the lead a bit early in the second quarter, but they Hays-Lodgepole closed the gap. At the half it was CJI up 41-35.
The Thunderbirds continued the comeback in the third quarter as CJI led 57-55 headed into the fourth quarter. The Hawks extended out to win going away in the end 78-67.
CJI was led by Justin May with 25 points. Also in double figures were Troy Harmon with 22, Brandon Richter 12 and Cory Richter 10. Javin Miles had 9 points in the game.
The win put CJI in the Northern Divisional and in the championship game against Box Elder. CJI was the only team to beat the Bear during the regular season and this looked to be a good game all the way.
CJI opened a solid lead early in the game behind several three-point buckets. Box Elder closed the gap and CJI led 25-19 at the end of the first quarter. Box Elder managed to keep the pressure on in the second quarter as the two teams traded short runs. Trailing 40-39 with just second to play, the Hawks were unable to score and Box Elder made it a 44-39 game at the half.
The game continued to be close in the third quarter, But the Hawks found themselves playing catch-up all quarter. Box Elder would open a 9-10-11 point lead, and CJI would cut it to four or five. AS the two teams headed into the final stanza Box Elder led 63-57.
The trend continued in the fourth quarter, but Box Elder opened the gap for gook late in the quarter and went on to win 88-71.
Troy Harmon led the Hawks with 24 points. Also in double figures was Justin May with 17, Brandon Richter with 15 and Cory Richter with 14. Bruce Temple had 1 point in the contest.
The Hawks will travel to Great Falls this week to play in the Northern Divisional Tournament. The Hawks open with 8C Champion Belt at 11:00 am on Wednesday.Posted: by OverlieP