USA Prep National Championship title goes to Hawks
The Hawks traveled to Myrt;e Beach, SC to conclude their season and won the Championship of the USA Prep National Championship in their first appearance ever in the tournament.
Coach Zach Ferrell's Hawks routed National Christian of Ft. Washington, Maryland, in the semi-final game, by a 91-51 score in another stellar collective performance by the team's three Canadian seniors who are all headed toward major college basketball careers.
Therren Shelton-Szmidt poured in 29 points, including hitting 6 of 9 3-pointers, and Nickel Alexander-Walker and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander each scored 22 points for the Hawks (29-7).
Szmidt has signed with Middle Tennessee State University, Alexander is a future Kentucky Wildcat, and Walker decided on Virginia Tech. The Hawks made a total of 12 3-pointers and Walker hit three of them. Hamilton Heights easily built a 59-27 halftime lead and cruised to the easy win.
In the championship game, the Hawks knocked off Tennessee Prep of Memphis, Tennessee, 63-52 for the boys' title as Nickel Alexander-Walker led the scoring with 21 points. The Hawks built a 33-26 halftime lead and then cruised to the title-clinching victory.
Therren Shleton-Szmidt, who scored 29 points in the Hawks' semifinal victory, came back with 20 more points, including four 3-pointers, and grabbed eight rebounds in the title game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 17 points.
Saturday's game was the finale for Walker, Alexander and Szmidt, all of whom hail from Canada, and Chattanooga product C.J. Massengill.
The win gave Hawks coach Zach Ferrell a 9-0 record against Memphis opponents, including a victory over No. 3 (ESPN) Memphis East earlier this season.