Malik Hawkins felt like he was throwing rocks into the ocean.
Nailing 3-pointer after 3-pointer after 3-pointer, the Ellison senior sharpshooter might has well have been shooting blindfolded as he ripped off eight treys and scored a season-high 35 points in an 85-72 win over San Marcos in the championship semifinal of the Austin Akins Classic on Saturday.
“I hit the first three in a row and I don’t know, I didn’t see myself missing so I just kept lighting them up,” Hawkins said. “I hit those first few in a row and I felt like I wasn’t going to miss.”
For his performance, Hawkins was awarded the first KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week award in 2013 after leading Ellison (17-4) in three out of four games en route to claiming the Austin Akins Classic championship last weekend.
“I didn’t want to lose,” Hawkins said. “I kind of put the team on my back and was determined we weren’t going to lose this game — or any of the games in the tournament — and it went from there.”
Hawkins, who received 244 of the 429 total votes cast (57 percent), averaged 20.5 points per game and was named tournament MVP after scoring 16 points and hitting four 3-pointers in a 62-60 win over host Akins in the championship game Saturday.
But it was his performance earlier Saturday against San Marcos that really showed his true scoring prowess in beating out Gatesville senior guard Tobias Moore (157 votes), who averaged 19 points per game as the Hornets finished as runner ups in the Gatesville Holiday Classic.
It was Hawkins’ second-ever Player of the Week award, and first this season.
“It feels good because last year I was just scoring the ball a lot, and this year it’s been kind of hard because now teams know what I can do, and it just brought back a lot of confidence from last year,” Hawkins said.
Finding openings mostly off of screens and outlet passes from fellow Eagles senior Ojai Black, Hawkins was able to feast with his quick release.
“When I’m on, I feel like the 3-point line is really, really close, and I just felt like that the whole game.”
Ellison Lady Eagles post Kaitlyn Shearer finished third after averaging 12 points per game in helping Ellison (21-3) win the San Marcos Classic championship, while fellow nominee Andre Hughes, a senior post from Harker Heights, averaged 13 points in helping the Knights take fifth place in the Austin Westlake Holiday Classic.
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