Hawks struggle on both sides of the court, fall 26-49 to Roosevelt

© HAWKEYE Jack Fiorillo
LaCasse shoots the ball.

Wednesday night in the Terraceum the Roosevelt Rough Riders shot lights out, trumping the Hawks in what turned out to be a 49-26 win for Roosevelt. The Hawks failed to pressure the Rough Riders on defense, letting them rain from all over the court. The Hawks offense played the exact opposite as Roosevelt’s, hardly scoring throughout the game.

The first quarter was underwhelming on both sides of the court for the Hawks. On the other hand, Roosevelt came onto the court ready to ball and did just that. In the first minutes of the game the Rough Riders burned the Hawks and gained a quick 9-2 run. The Hawks failed to fight back, going down by an eight point margin after the first quarter.

The second quarter seemed to hold a little more promise at first with senior Ali Shah banking a three to start things off. However, those three points would be the only points the Hawks would see for the rest of the quarter. The entire team went ice cold and the Rough Riders took advantage. Outscoring the Hawks 13-3, Roosevelt jumped out to an impressive 29-12 lead at the half.

The second half of the game was even more unforgiving for the Hawks as they continued to struggle more and more. Offensive play was practically non-existent for the Hawks in the third quarter. Whether it was passing or scoring, the Hawks showed no signs of life. Passes were often fumbled or thrown out of bounds and no one seemed to be able to make a shot. The Hawks were again held to a minute three points in the third quarter as the Rough Riders took a demanding 43-15 lead.

Although the Hawks started to finally hit shots in the fourth quarter, it was too little too late. The Hawks were able to put up 11 points, the most scored by them in a quarter this game. The final buzzer sounded and the Hawks’ 26-49 loss was official.

Senior forward Ryan LaCasse led the Hawks in scoring with a ten point game. Junior forward Derek Anyimah also contributed seven points, the second highest among the team.

On the Roosevelt side of the court, senior guard Cameron Haslam dropped a team high 16 points. Haslam was awarded SLSN player of the game for his efforts.