By Alex LaGrone, Staff Writer
One thing is certain. If you’re going to play the Beecher Buccaneers in basketball, you better bring your A game. The Hamady Hawks found that out the hard way as the Bucs put on a clinic and routed the Hawks 79-37. The undefeated (9-0) Buccaneers are currently ranked No. 1 in Division 3 by The Associated Press.
The Bucs were led by the junior duo of Jalen Terry and Earnest Sanders. Terry, a first-team All-State guard last season, led the Bucs with 20 points while Sanders, a first-team All-State football player last fall, scored 16 points.
Terry got the high scoring attack going by hitting 2 threes and a dunk to get the Bucs off to an 8-0 lead. Hamady never recovered. Sanders put on another air show. You may as well call him “Sky Walker.” Sanders spent plenty of time flying around the Moses Lacy Field House slamming four crowd-pleasing dunks.
As expected, many fans showed up for this rivalry to cheer on their team. There wasn’t much cheering for the Hawks, who not only lost the game, but was ordered to forfeit four victories last week for using two ineligible players. As a result, the Hawks record fell to 1-8.
Hamady Girls Rout Beecher
In the earlier game of the evening, the Beecher girls hosted Hamady. Hamady came into the game favored to win. The Hawks established themselves in the first half by taking a commanding 33-19 lead at intermission. In the third quarter, Beecher played better as both teams scored 10 points each.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Hawks as they had a balanced scoring attack. Jordan McKeller, Xeryia Tartt, Chedai Rouser, and Treshondra Williams, all contributed as they rolled over the Bucs by the score of 47-28. Trinity Black-Raines led the Bucs in scoring with 12 points.
AFC and NFC Championship Matchups
Following the divisional weekend games, the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints are all just one win away from reaching Super Bowl LIII (53). Both games will have the top four teams in the NFLnso there won’t be a Cinderella Story this year.
Let’s take a look at the match-ups. First, the Chiefs versus the Patriots. The Pats are no stranger playing for the AFC crown. This is their eighth straight year playing for the conference title.
The AFC Championship game is set and it should be a doozy. The Chiefs vs. Patriots is a monster game any way you slice it thanks to the fireworks we saw when the two teams met in the regular season. The game was a shootout, a wild 43-40 Patriots win.
Despite the loss, the Chiefs secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs forcing Tom Brady and his Patriots to travel to Kansas City. With the Chiefs having home field advantage, the Pats find themselves as underdogs, which is unusual.
The Patriots, winners of five Super Bowls, are playing against a backdrop of doubt. They’re being given the “no one believes in us treatment” by the media and fans alike.
I guess I’m one of them. I’m picking the Chiefs due to the fact they are at home and have the hottest quarterback in the NFL – Patrick Mahomes. They also have a lot of talented receivers to go with a potent running game. Look for the Chiefs to win another exciting game to punch their ticket to the Super Bowl.
The NFC title game will be played in New Orleans, also known as the “Big Easy.” This should be good for the Saints, but not easy. The Saints looked terrible against the Philadelphia Eagles last week but were able to get themselves together to hold on for the win.
You have to wonder did the Saints win or did the Eagles lose? The Eagles were driving late in the game to score a game-winning touchdown. That was until Eagles wide receiver, Ashlon Jeffries, was unable to catch a pass that resulted in an interception. Game over.
The Rams dominated the Dallas Cowboys and will have to duplicate the same effort against a better team in the Saints. Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, looked a bit shaky against the Eagles, but I expect him to bounce back.
Both teams have high octane offenses and very good defenses. The only advantage I see here is the Saints are at home. Both teams are evenly matched. I give the Saints the nod to move on to the Super Bowl to play the Chiefs.