Hamilton Heights, coming off a blowout loss to Sunrise Christian Academy in the Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic championship game in Corinth, Miss., recorded a 60-48 win over visiting Covenant Christian out of Georgia on Tuesday night behind the strong offensive production of Nickeil Walker and Shai Alexander.
Walker led the Hawks (5-1) with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting and Alexander, a University of Florida commitment, added 15 points and made 4-of-9 shots, including 3-of-4 from 3-point distance.
Walker was 3-of-9 from behind the arc.
Alexander had eight of the Hawks’ 12 assists in the win. Walker had the other four.
Silas Adheke finished with 12 points.
Highly touted post player Abdulhakim Ado was again a non-factor offensively with just two points. Ado attempted only two shots, hitting one before fouling out. He had just three rebounds and two blocks.
Martins Igbanu led Covenant with 12 points.
Covenant Christian 9 14 15 10 – 48
Hamilton Heights 15 16 17 12 – 60
Covenant Christian (48) – Benitez 6, Dionm 1, Ennis 4, Belecarza 2, Martins Igbanu 12, Lightsey 4, P. Igbanu, Roche Grootfoar 11, Agbo 8.
Hamilton Heights (60) – Abubakar, Ado 2, Szmidt 4, Nickeil Walker 18, Shai Alexander 15, Balogun 9, Silas Adheke 12.
3-Point Goals – Covenant Christian none, Hamilton Heights 7 (Walker 3, Alexander 3, Adheke 1).