This weekend's Pittsburgh Jamfest produced an atypical result for the potent New York metro area club, as the Hawks fell in the opening round of the playoffs in the gold medal bracket to Philadelphia-based Positive Image 74-60 on Saturday night.
This is generally a strong late-game team, but on Saturday, against a veteran team composed of a number of Philly Catholic Leaguers, they could not close the second-half gap.
Positive Image was led by the Wanamaker brothers, Brian and Bradley, of Roman Catholic, who tallied 18 and 22 points, respectively. Both brothers got to the line time and again, with Brad going 10-for-11 from the stripe. They pushed tempo, seeped out in transition, and played with an intensity and toughness the New Yorkers struggled to match.
Kashief Edwards, a rangy 6-foot-6 post from Imhotep Charter in Philly brought good energy, scoring 13 points. The live-bodied Niagara commit caught a couple of vicious dunks and was active around the rim.
Point guard Ray Sims pitched in with 12 points.
Mount Vernon's Kevin Jones (in photo) scored 22 points for the Hawks, while Sean Kilpatrick and Mookie Jones added 13 and 12. Kevin Jones is being recruited by several high division one programs, including a few from the Big East Conference.
Mookie didn't get as many touches as he did in pool play, and save for a couple of jumpers, they never really established him offensively. He made some big shots down the stretch in the Hawks' pool play wins, hitting shots from all over the floor, but was not as big of a factor on the offensive end in the playoff game.
Cardozo junior Trinity Fields was a positive addition for the Hawks in the backcourt for the weekend. His free throws inside of a minute helped secure a 75-69 victory over Lynchburg Hoops in pool play. He finished with 17 points in that win, and gave the Hawks some quality depth at the point, complementing Mount Vernon's Ketema Brooks.
The Hawks had advanced to the gold medal bracket with wins over Lynchburg Hoops and Salt Lake Metro of Utah.