Colorado Hawks 2020 (13U) brings home Southwest Salsa Slam Trophy

The Colorado Hawks 2020 (13U) team traveled to Albuquerque, NM to play in the Southwest Salsa Slam. In what has been become an annual tradition, the Colorado Hawks had a team in the championship.  For the past three years, the Colorsdo Hawks has had at least one team in a championship game. Last year, the Colorado Hawks had two teams compete for the championship of the 8th grade division.  Extending that tradition, a Colorado Hawks team has come back to Denver from Albuquerque, NM with a trophy.  The Colorado Hawks 2020 (13U) team  went undefeated on their way to winning the 7th grade division championship. 

The road to the championship had us compete against the New Mexico Heat. The Colorado Hawks jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on their way to a 63-42 victory. Hezekiah Swanson had the hot hand and the team kept feeding him as he scored 25 points on 10/14 (4/6 from three) with 12 steals and 1 turnover.  Jordan Whitaker also chipped in with 13 points. Kaleb Chaney added 4 steals and lead the team in assists. Kemani Dickerson chipped in 3 assists.

Game two paired us up against the NM Force. Jordan Whitaker lead the team to a 63-28 victory. Jordan scored 14 points on 7-9 shooting and dished out 6 assists. Kemani Dickerson and Hezekiah Seanson lead the team in assists with 7 apiece.  

High Level Hoops was our first bracket game. The Colorado Hawks defeated High Level Hoops 48-33. Hezekiah Swanson lead us in scoring again with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Chibike Ekweozor added 8 points and 6 rebounds. However, the two players that stood out were Marcus Causito and Kaleb Chaney. Both sacrificed scoring to spend their efforts on stopping their guards. Marcus worked the entire game against their guards giving them issues all day. He pushed the tempo and forced defensive mismatches the entire game. Kaleb was paired up against their best player. Kaleb hounded him all game and committed his efforts to stopping him from getting to the rim. Defensively, it was Kaleb’s best game as he limited his defensive assignment to 2 points. The 2 points was scored at the end of the game on a fast break. 

Next up, we were paired against Team Arizona. We defeated Team Arizona 61-36.  Chibike Ekweozor lead the team with 14 points on 7-9 shooting, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, and a blocked shot. Jordan Whitaker chipped in with 10 rebounds and 13 points (5-9 from the field and 3-4 from free throw line. Kaleb Chaney and Kemani Dickerson each had 4 assists. Arden Walker had his most effective game. He was paired up against their center. He kept their big man off the boards and helped make way for other players to grab defensive rebounds. 

In the championship game, the Colorado Hawks defeated the New Mexico Lil Dogs 59-50.  The game was tightly contested most of the game with the lead changing hands several times. During the first half, Kaleb Chaney kept us in the game on his hot shooting from three. Kaleb score 9 points on 3-4 from three-point range. He finished with 13 points on 5-13 from the field and contributed 3 assists, and one steal. After Hezekiah Swanson picked up his fourth foul, Marcus Cuasito and Isiaha Houston, and Kemani Dickerson helped keep us in the game. Marcus knocked down two huge baskets and despite being the smallest player on the court, grabbed a BIG defensive rebound. He was scrappy all weekend. Isiaha was defensively locked in as well. Isaiah had several deflected passes and a solid block to prevent a layup. Kemani again lead the team in assists with 5 and this game he also lead the team in steals with 5. However, with four fouls for most of the second half, Hezekiah Swanson played effective and scored 25 points on 9-14 and 8-8 from the free throw line, with 8 rebounds (6 defensive). 

Coach Bill was tuned into the players and helped make key substitutions and provide direction when players were subbed out. 

Our fans were super-involved and helped give us that extra edge we needed when the games were tight.   Thank you for the support this weekend. 

Coach