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Hammond upends Spartans, 85-22

Posted: December 10, 2013 11:22 a.m.
Updated: December 11, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Hammond opened its game at the Camden Military Academy with a 17-0 run and coasted to an 85-22 win over the Spartans in a Saturday matinee played at the White Field House.
In a game which attracted a large crowd, including former NBA star Xavier McDaniel, the visiting Skyhawks never let their lead slip below 30 points over the final 20 minutes of the contest.
Hammond sophomore guard Seventh Woods, one of the nation’s top underclassmen and the youngest member of the Team USA junior squad last summer, played sparingly due to the Hawks’ large lead and finished with eight points for the winners. McDaniel’s son, 6-foot-5 inch junior forward Xavier McDaniel Jr., led all scorers with 15 points including throwing down three of the guests’ six slam dunks on the afternoon.
The Spartans were led by Devin Larson who scored half of his team’s 22 points with 11. Matt Zimmerman added five for the hosts while teammates Malike McGill and Olando McCoy added four and two points, respectively.
The high-flying Skyhawks opened quickly, using a pair of Chavez Goodwin putbacks and Woods’ steal and layin and then going inside for a slam to jump to an 8-0 lead in the game’s opening two minutes of play. McDaniel then had consecutive slam dunks following Hammond steals to hike the score to 17-0.
CMA dented the scoreboard for the first time when Larson buried a 3-point shot to touch off a 7-1 Spartan rally. The run included a McGill stickback and Ian Benton’s layin, coming off a steal at the other end of the floor, as the hosts closed the gap to 17-7 in a first quarter which ended with Hammond scoring the final five points to lead, 22-7, after the first eight minutes of play.
The Skyhawks opened the second quarter like they did the first, with a 17-0 spree to take a commanding 39-7 advantage with just under four minutes to play in the first half. Baskets from McGill and Zimmerman accounted for the CMA scoring as the Spartans trailed, 45-11 at intermission.
CMA got off to another slow start in a third quarter in which the visitors opened with 16 unanswered points to go on top, 61-11, following a McDaniel trey. CMA used a pair of 3-point jumpers from Larson to chop the deficit to 64-17 heading into a final stanza which saw both sides empty their benches while playing their substitutes.

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