Norris Williams (Archbishop Hannan Boys Basketball)

Norris Williams (shooting) came back after an injury to lead the Archbishop Hannan basketball team to the District 7-3A championship.

While they haven’t got off to the kind of start they may have wanted to under first year coach Errol Gauff, the Archbishop Hannan Hawks hope that they can propel themselves to success after a solid showing in their own tournament.

Breaking out to a 17-0 lead to start the game, the hosts Hannan boys easily defeated Pine 72-30 in their opening game of the 2017 Hannan Hustle Holiday tournament on Dec. 28.

The Hawks put the game out of reach rather quickly against their former district rivals. Hannan scored the game’s first 17 points, eight coming from Klaare. The Hawks defense was as impressive, holding Pine scoreless until 2:56 to go in the first quarter and without a field goal until the 2:31 mark of the opening period.

The domination continued into the second period as the Hawks outscored Pine 19-2 to build a commanding 40-9 advantage.

Norris Williams led the way for Hannan with 22 points and Seth Klaare finished with 12.

After concluding play in the Hannan Hustle tourney last weekend, the Hawks were scheduled to begin play in the prestigious Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic in New Orleans. Taking part in the National Bracket, Hannan will take on Lincoln High out of New York on Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. in the Alario Center. The double elimination tournament runs through Jan. 6

“Games like this are tough because you break out to such a big lead,” Williams said. “But we got the chance to let a lot of players play and anytime you can do that it is good for the program. We needed this win, no matter how we got it. Now, the goal is to try and build upon it and see what we can do as this (season) progresses.”

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