Monday, February 28, 2011

Riverhawks Crowned Champs at Annual Border Battle Tournament

Taking home their first trophy of the year, the Riverhawks participated in the Border Battle Tournament this past weekend and came out with the gold. A total of six teams engaged in the tournament from both W. Va. colleges and Ohio colleges. The W. Va. Bracket consisted of WVU Parkersburg, West Virginia Wesleyan and Ohio Valley University. The Ohio Bracket consisted of Eastern Gateway Community College, Washington State Community College and Hocking College.

The first game of the tournament, played on Friday, Feburary 18 on the OVU campus, was WVU Parkersburg vs. the OVU JV squad. While the Riverhawks were only leading by six at halftime, they came back the second half to win by 34 pts; 109-75. “We weren’t playing as a team the first half. But we came back the second half as a team and you can see the results when we play as a team,” Coach Louis Roy said.

The second day of the tournament began with WSCC and Hocking. Hocking came out with the win 72-43. WVU Parkersburg then overtook Wesleyan 92-71 qualifying the Riverhawks for the championship game. Hocking placed itself in the championship after slipping by EGCC 93-92 in overtime. However, EGCC didn’t leave with a total loss. They dominated their game against WSCC winning 85-53.

At 6:00 p.m. the title match up between WVU Parkersburg and Hocking took place. Hocking won the tip off and scored the first two points of the game. But, that lead did not last long when the Riverhawks decided to pull away and lead with the halftime score of 43-29.
Coming back from halftime, HCC seemed to pushing through the Riverhawks within the first few minutes of the half. The time clock read 18:31 and the Riverhawks had still not made a shot making Hocking only trail by seven. However the power of the Riverhawks was never fully was brought down. It seemed clear that the Riverhawks were going all the way when #23 Rodney Shawver received a breakaway leading the Hocking players to call a timeout with the score being 19 points and only eight minutes left in the game.

The Riverhawks took home the gold winning 99-78. “We have talent when we work as a team,” Coach Roy said.

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