Black Hawk pushed Black Hawk East to the limit Tuesday night, but the Warriors found a way to push back.
In a physical junior college men’s basketball game that saw 55 fouls whistled and 73 free throws attempted, Black Hawk East held off the Braves 81-78 to complete a sweep of their Arrowhead Conference rivals.
“We didn’t back down from them and played physical, which has been an issue at times, so that was good to see. We’re close to turning the corner, but we’re not quite there yet,” Black Hawk coach Darren Bizarri said. “We made them earn it, though.”
Black Hawk East, which went 28-of-42 at the line, hit 6-of-8 in the final minute to hold off the Braves, who went 20-of-31 at the stripe.
The Braves intercepted a pair of passes and converted in the final minute to create a one-possession game but could not overcome the run of 10 unanswered points that left Black Hawk East (17-12, 7-4) in control 66-59 with 5:32 remaining.
The surge came after a 3-pointer from the right corner by the Braves’ Austin Long gave Black Hawk a 59-56 lead with 7:40 to play.
“We had a two-minute stretch there where we missed some free throws, missed some lay-ins that really would have helped us,” Bizarri said. “It put us in a bit of a hole. We missed too many opportunities.”
Gilbert Gyamfi and Tramell Weathersby led the Warriors with 18 points apiece, while the Braves (8-20, 2-9) were led by 19 points from Keelan Prince and 17 from Jamere Dismukes. Cody Cooley contributed 13 and Long had 10 to add to Black Hawk’s balance.