The eighth-grade boys basketball team at Hickory Creek Middle School in Frankfort won its first regional championship. | Supplied photo
Updated: April 11, 2013 6:18AM
The Hickory Creek Middle School Tigers won the school’s first 4A IESA Regional Championship at the Summit Hill Regional. This is the first title for the Tigers since joining the Illinois Elementary School Association in 2006.
Hickory Creek, the second seed at the Summit Hill Regional, opened up with a 37-12 win over seventh-seed Peotone Junior High. Bobby Hawkinson and Kenny Anderson led the way with eight and six points, respectively. Nick Marietti, Max Schafer, Jeremy Nelson and Anthony Villa each scored four points. Conor Fagan added three points, while Brett Melby and Jake Pomykalski each scored a basket. Other players who contributed to the win were Dan Mulhollan, Zack Tencza, and Kyle Rekart.
In the semifinal game, Hickory Creek faced Kankakee Junior High. Down 16-14 at the half, the Tigers found their shooting touch in the second half as they outscored Kankakee 32-11 for a 48-27 win. Nelson came off the bench to score 16 points in the win. Anderson, Shafer, and Hawkinson scored six points each. Melby scored three points, while Pomykalski, Fagan, and Villa each scored a basket.
In the Championship, the Tigers faced the No. 1 seed, the Knights of Bradley Central Middle School. The Tigers jumped out to an 18-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back as they defeated the Knights 63-47. Anderson and Shafer led the way with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Marietti scored 10 points, while Nelson again came off the bench and added eight points. Melby scored seven while Hawkinson added six points, and Fagan chipped in with three points.
The 63 points scored in the Championship rank as the third-highest point total ever scored by an eighth-grade team at Hickory Creek.
The Tigers finished the season 19-6 and were tied for fourth with a 9-5 record in the Des Plaines Valley Conference.
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