For good reason Hillcrest coach Don Houston looked about as dejected as a coach could after a win.
His Hawks succeeded in the important statistic, outscoring their opponent and moving on to the second round of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament with a 73-66 win over Westinghouse on Thursday. But it’s the way they did it that didn’t sit will with Houston.
His team committed 37 turnovers, including at least 10 in three of the four quarters.
“Whoever we play tomorrow we just have to do a better job of protecting the ball,” said Houston, whose team will play Bogan at 5:15 on Friday.
“Our guards are more solid than that. Maybe it’s just the atmosphere and the jitters of playing in this tournament. I told the guys ‘We can’t hang our heads we still won the game’.”
The Hawks (6-4) were able to offset the turnovers several ways. First, George McDaniel supplied a much needed offensive spark off the bench -- finishing with a team-high 25 points, seven rebounds, and three steals in 21 minutes.
McDaniel has always been a starter in organized basketball but appears comfortable with his sixth-man role.
“This is an adjustment for me coming off the bench but I still will give my all,” McDaniel said. “And to be honest it really doesn’t matter as long as I can help my team.”
The Hawks were lights out from the field, shooting 63.6 percent, including 70.6 percent in the second half. Meanwhile, the Warriors (5-4) shot 33.8 percent from the field and 38 percent (12-32) from the free throw line.
Taylor Adway had 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks for the Hawks. Allen Jones added 12 points while DeAngelo Isby finished with 10 points and 18 rebounds. De’Quanlis Jackson had 23 points and 5 steals to pace the Warriors while teammate Marlik Williams had 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals.
The Hawks led the entire game, including 22-9 early before the Warriors went on a 12-0 to pull within one in the second. The Hawks recovered leading 36-28 at the half and 54-42 after three.