Hamilton Heights Teams Fall To Potter's House In Gatortown Hoops Classic

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Hamilton Heights’ Hawks and Lady Hawks each played nationally ranked Potter’s House on Friday in the seventh Gatortown Hoops Classic, hosted by The Rock School.

The Hawks (30-3) came up short against the Lions, ranked 44th nationally and No. 3 in Florida, by a 67-56 score.

The Lady Hawks lost to Potter’s House, 71-51. The Lady Lions are ranked 69th in the nation.

In the boys game, 6-foot-9-inch power forward already committed to Kansas State, led the Lions, based in Jacksonville, Fla., with 20 points. Center Udoka Azubuike, a 6-10 sophomore center and the nation’s 10th-ranked prospect at his position, scored 13 points, Jahyde Gardiner added 11 and Kevin Smalls had 10.

Hamilton Heights led the Lions by 46-38 with 2:36 left in the third quarter, but sophomore center Abdulhakim Ado picked up his fourth foul. Potter’s House took advantage of Ado’s absence by going to Azubuike and Cobb inside and blitzed the Hawks with a 16-2 run to take control of the game.

The Hawks, who made 12 3-pointers in the game, got 13 points from point guard Aleksa Jugovic, 12 by Laurynas Vaitkus and 10 from Joan Duran. Vaitkus hit four 3s and Jugovic, a Tennessee Tech University signee, made three.

The 15-year-old Ado, who has an offer from Vanderbilt, finished with six points, eight rebounds and seven blocks. Duran had seven rebounds and Jugovic recorded seven assists.

Potter’s House, which snapped Hamilton Heights’ six-game winning streak, is now 20-5 on the season.

The Lady Lions (28-4), who broke away from a 34-30 halftime lead with a 22-10 edge in the third period, had three players in double figures. Rella Boothe scored 19 points, Denisha Swain tossed in 17 and Tameria Johnson added 10.

August Kievisaite led Hamilton Heights (15-11) with 13 points and Nina Vukosavljevic scored 10.

On Saturday, the Hawks will play Elev8 Institute at 11 a.m. and the Lady Hawks take on The Rock at 12:30 p.m.

On Feb. 21, the Hawks, coached by Zach Ferrell, will be in Mouth of Wilson, Va., to play the Oak Hill Academy Warriors, ranked ninth nationally by USA TODAY, to close their regular season.



Hamilton Heights                               15 15 16 10 – 56

Potter’s House                                   13 13 20 21 – 67

Hamilton Heights (56) – Roknic 2, Joan Duran 10, Nauseda 5, Laurynas Vaitkus 12, Aleksa Jugovic 13, Balogun 8, Ado 6.

Potter’s House (67) – Jahyde Gardiner 11, Eric Cobb 20, Carter 9, Kevin Smalls 10, Oliver, Jordan, Udoka Azubuike 13.

3-Point Goals – Hamilton Heights 12 (Vaitkus 4, Jogovic 3, Duran 2, Balogun 2, Nauseda), Potter’s House 4 (Smalls 2, Carter, Gardiner).


Hamilton Heights                               11 19 10 11 – 51

Potter’s House                                   10 24 22 15 – 71

Hamilton Heights (51) – Paulauskaite 2, Balogun 4, Nina Vukosavljevic 10, Zalkauskaite 3, Monyei 5, Kasciunaite 4, Plentauskaite, August Kievisaite 13, Hunt 9.

Potter’s House (71) – Norton, Marcus 5, Re. Martin, C. Johnson, Williams 5, Ra. Martin 7, Gaines 8, Denisha Swain 17, Tameria Johnson 10, Rella Boothe 19.

3-Point Goals – Hamilton Heights 1 (Monyei), Potter’s House 2 (Williams, Ra. Martin).

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)


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