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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:40 am 

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January 14, Atlanta Hawks (23-23) @ Sacramento Kings (22-14)
C  - Sterling King, 6'8, 238lbs, 11 yp, Illinois - 6.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 0.2bpg
PF - Nic Brown, 6'10, 271lbs, 6 yp, Oklahoma - 12.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.0bpg
SF - Jonathan Abrams, 6'4, 217lbs, 14 yp, Ohio State - 6.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 0.9apg
SG - Brian Smith, 6'6, 234lbs, 8 yp, Kansas - 15.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.8apg
PG - Erik Wright, 6'4, 195lbs, 6 yp, Oklahoma - 20.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 10.1apg
Key Bench Players
PF - Brent Heyward, 6'10, 218lbs, 11 yp, Middle Tenn. State - 11.1pg, 7.2rpg, 0.2bpg
C  - Kurt Calvert, 6'11, 243lbs, 10 yp, Miami - 9.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 0.4bpg
Injured Starters
SG - Noe Destombe, 6'6, 191lbs, 2 yp, TCU - 15.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg

The Kings are a very experienced, talented, and deep team. PG Erik Wright is their leader, and is a very strong all-round PG, not to mention the reigning 2-time league MVP. Not having Garth Mitchell, who is out another 14 days with his hip injury, is going to hurt us as Wright has the potential to do a lot of damage. Thankfully they are without their young, French SG Noe Destombe, who is out with injury, but they more than have the depth to counter that. This will be a very, very hard game of basketball.

Result: The first quarter begins slow, with both teams looking inside, but not able to make much happen. Finally Saldana heats up for us, while Nic Brown starts to connect for the Kings. Neither team is able to pull away though, and the quarter ends with a 22-21 Hawks scoreline.

Erik Wright begins to take over in the second quarter. If he's not knocking down a J, he's grabbing a board or finding the open man for an assist. Fleming comes in off the bench and makes a few shots to keep us close, and Saldana connects from inside to make it 32-34 Kings with 5:30 left. Kings SG Brian Smith is feeling it though, and reels off a few baskets to push out the lead, and we are playing catch-up. Fleming continues to impress with a nice drive on the baseline that leads to a dunk, but we can't stop Smith, can't rebound, and can't hang on the ball, and we enter the half down 37-45.

The 3rd quarter does not bring us much more luck, and we slip behind by 12 with 8:43 left. Tanner Tse continues his impressive PG play for a rookie, knocking down some shots and passing off for a few assists, but everytime we claw back Erik Wright comes up with a big play to push the lead back out. We manage to go on a mini-run to end the quarter thanks to some big plays in post from Saldana and France, and enter the 3rd Q break down just 65-68.

We come out strong, scoring the first 4 points to give us our first lead in a long time, and Saldana is really starting to get his rhythm. He picks up his 5th foul however with 6:47 left, and the scores locked at 75. We decide to leave him on. This proves a mistake. He makes another basket, but the Kings bring it up-court, Wright drives, and draws Saldana's 6th foul with 6:11 left... Ahern hits a 3, then gets a steal that leads to a basket, and it's 82-77 Hawks with 4:55 left. We start to pull away after a couple of nice baskets by France, but then Erik Wright takes it up court and hits a 3, 88-84 Hawks, 2:46 left. Both teams miss, before Wright gets it to King for a jumper. Desperate to increase our 2 point lead, Howell launches a shot from the top of the key that rims out to Sterling King of the Kings, who move it up court, miss the shot, and Alleyne boards it with 0:58 left. We take our time with it, milking the clock, before Unruh hits Alleyne just above the FT line who knocks down the J to give us the 4 point lead with 0:38 left. Erik Wright is quick to launch a shot, which misses and is boarded by Kings PF Nic Brown, who hits the basket and is fouled by Unruh! He makes the FT, and it's 90-89 Hawks with 0:19 left. We call time, then inbound and try and milk the clock, before Alleyne is fouled with 0:04 left. Kings aren't in penalty however, and we inbound it to Ahern who TRAVELS with 0:01 left!!! The Kings get a final chance, but Erik Wright is not able to get the shot off in time and we win!!!

W, 90-89

Great win for us against a very good team on their homecourt. Saldana was really strong for us in the 1st, 3rd and 4th Quarters until he fouled out, and finished with 22pts 8rebs, and Alleyne, who was the hero of the 4th, had 16pts 7rebs 5asts. Milton France was solid with 13pts 8rebs, and Fleming and Unruh had 10pts each off the bench. Ahern finished with 9pts 4asts and just 1 turnover that could have cost us the game, while Tanner Tse had an impressive 6pts 3asts.

Wright had a near triple double for the Kings with 18pts 8rebs 12asts, and Brian Smith, who cooled off in the 2nd half, finished with 15pts.


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