The Archbishop Hannan Hustle basketball tournament concluded yesterday in outstanding fashion. In the boys’ championship game, the host Hawks (10-5) squared off win the Pine Raiders and came away with a dramatic 50-49 victory courtesy of senior Daniel Hollander’s lay up with about 16 seconds to play. Hollander talked about his game-winning basket. “I was sitting on the block. Matt Bennett drove the lane and I was waving my hands. He hit me with a good pass and I just went up and made the layup. I got fouled on the play, but unfortunately I missed the free throw,” Hollander said. Hollander, also a stand out all-district first-team football player with the Hawks recently joined the basketball team after competing in the Louisiana Football Coaches Association All-Star game in Shreveport. Hollander is also an honor roll student for the Hawks getting it done athletically and academically. Hannan’s Noah Griffin, who was named the championship game MVP, came up with a clutch steal late with the game tied 47-47. Griffin was fouled and hit one of two free throws to put the Hawks up. Pine answered and took a 49-48 lead setting up Hollander’s eventual game-winner. Griffin netted 47 points in the Hawks’ tournament. Hannan coach Michael Senna said it was another successful Hannan Hustle.“We had some good quality teams and winning the title is a big step for us heading into district play. It took a total team effort playing against a good, well-coached Pine team. We needed all five starters to play defense and to execute. They came through for us,” Senna said.
In the girls’ championship game action, the Fontainebleau Lady Bulldogs posted a 3-0 record grabbing the girls’ title downing French Settlement 45-26. Fontainebleau’s Rayna Torregano came up big scoring 14 points for the Lady Bulldogs and played good defense on French Settlement’s top scorer, limiting her to just four points. Fontainebleau’s Jaclyn Scholvin, a Southeastern Commitment, was named the championship game MVP. Fontainebleau (15-4) under first-year coach Mark Beason also downed Mt. Hermon 52-25 and Pine 40-32 to advance to yesterday’s championship game. Rayna Torregano had a strong tournament, scoring 23 and 16 points in the Lady Dawgs’ first two tourney wins to go along with her 14 points in yesterday’s championship game. The host Archbishop Hannan Lady Hawks played in the third place consolation game yesterday and came up short falling to Pine 42-23 as they were cold from the field in the loss. Hannan’s Mallory Kramer finished with seven points and three steals. Rachael LePere added six points and three steals. Hannan’s Ava Williamson came off the bench to grab four rebounds.

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