Hawks Beat RYD In Huntington Prep Classic, 64-48

Game Featured Battle Of The 'Big Men' In The Paint

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com
Hamilton Heights' Abdulhakim Ado, left, scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Hawks' 64-48 win over Reach Your Dream on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va.
Hamilton Heights' Abdulhakim Ado, left, scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Hawks' 64-48 win over Reach Your Dream on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va.

HUNTINGTON, W.VA. – The Hamilton Heights Hawks (24-2) defeated Reach Your Dream, 64-48, late Saturday night in the Huntington Prep Classic.

The game featured two of the most talented big men in prep basketball – the Hawks’ Abdulhakim Ado and RYD’s Skal Labissiere. Ado is one of the top post players in the 2016 recruiting class while Labissiere headlines the 2015 Kentucky recruiting class.

Labissiere is ranked No. 3 nationally and Ado is No.

21, according to ESPN ratings.

Ado scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds – seven on the defensive end – and blocked six shots. Ado scored 10 second-half points and was named the team’s MVP, an award voted by the classic directors.

Labissiere, rated the nation’s No. 3 prospect, led RYD with 24 points, including 10 in first and fourth quarters. He was RYD’s MVP.

Ezekiel Balogn, the Hawks’ MVP in Friday’s win over New Hope, scored 15 points and had six rebounds, four steals and four assists. Strahinja Micakovic added 10 points.

Summary

Hamilton Heights                       13 12 26 13 – 64

Reach Your Dream                     12 7 14 15 – 48

Hamilton Heights (64) – Duran, Abdulhakim Ado 17, Chantha 2, Strahinja Micakovic 10, Ezekiel Balogun 15, McCartney 5, Andelic 8, Adheke 7.

Reach Your Dream (48) – Skal Labissiere 24, Morris 6, Sharp 2, Mays 3, Austin 9, Calvin 2, Randolph 2.

3-Point Goals – Hamilton Heights 5 (Balogun 2, McCartney 1, Micakovic 1, Adheke 1), Reach Your Dream none.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @larryfleming44)


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