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Hawkins Soars Past Lions in Bi-District Game, 65-48

The Lions’ historic basketball playoff appearance after 53 years of absence didn’t have a storybook ending.  The Hawkins Hawks overcame a slow start, to defeat the Union Grove Lions, 65-48 in their Class 2A Bi-District playoff game at  Longview Lobos Coliseum on Tuesday night.  The Hawks, District 18-2A champions with a record of  21-5, were led by junior, LaVon Davis’ who scored 25 points.  The Lions jumped out to a 12-0 lead as Kyle Cotton and Tristan Thompson’s knocked down two three-pointers a piece in the first quarter.  The Lions’ sustained the lead until Hawks fought their way back at halftime with the score 29-29.  The Hawks outscored the Lions 36-19 in the second half.  The Lions were led in scoring by Tyler Owens with 14 points, with Hunter Gray scoring ten. Cotton and Thompson finished with eight points each in the loss.  The Lions finished the season with a record of 18-12.  

“I’m proud of our guys.  We ended a 53 year old playoff drought, just getting here. They have come a long way since the beginning of the season.  They left it all on the court tonight, against a really good team.  We are just going to continue to build our program and continue to get better,” said the Lions’ head basketball coach, Dee Lewis.