The West MI Lake Hawks win on the road 93-90. An exciting road win for us. This was the type of win we needed going into playoffs. Being able to keep our poise down the stretch was the key to our success", stated GM Jeffery Burris. Playing this game without starting point guard Takarri Churchwell, gave reserve Damon Pope and Luther Funches great minutes and the opportunity to get important game minutes tonight.

2014 ABA All-Star Nominee Will Wright had a spectacular game with a triple double, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and 18 points. Our other All-Star Nominee Ralph Monday had a double double with 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Lake Hawks center, Bernard Webb had a game high 21 rebounds. Nate Jennings contributed big with 12 rebounds and 15 points and set the tone for the Lake Hawks in the beginning with back to back transition baskets. The Lake Hawks trailed after the 1st period and had a rough 2nd period by not capitalizing at the free throw line.

At the half the message was about being prepared on the road before hitting the playing surface. In the Third quarter the Lake Hawks went on a run building a 10 point lead. Late into the 4th period the momentum changed and saw the Lake Hawks committing several unforced turnovers allowing Toledo back into the game with under one minute remaining. With 9 seconds to go in game Toledo fouled Lake Hawks player Brandon Givens who finished with a game high 31 points with the score 90-92. He hits the first of two shots and then makes the second putting the Lake Hawks up 94-90 but a late whistle called the bucket off by a lane violation by Will Wright arriving early into the lane put the score 93-90. Toledo had one final timeout and set up a play for the three point shot but the Lake Hawks man to man pressure defense down the stretch forced a turnover with the time expiring.

This is the first season for the Lake Hawks who have finished the 2014 season ranked at #14 in the Top 20 of the ABA Power Rankings.
ABA Live
MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich.--Players from the West Michigan Lake Hawks read books to students at Timberland Charter Academy.
Team members also talked to students about their career as American Basketball Association players.
Timberland Charter Academy is a tuition-free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Players Read to TimberLand Academy Students
After An impressive win, Lake Hawk Players sign autographs for eager fans
Lake Hawk Players Sign Autographs
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Nominated 2014 ABA All-Star
Nominated 2014 ABA All-Star
West MI Lake Hawks 93
Toledo Royal Knights 90
Lake Hawks Players
Nominated for 2014 ABA All-Star
ABA Playoff Championship Games
Will be played
West Michigan Lake Hawks
Mentor Teens at the Muskegon Juvenile Corrections Center
The Lake Hawks Players spent Monday March 10th 2014 solidifying their partnership with the Muskegon Juvenile Correctional Detention Center. Team Members lead by Assistant General Manager Ron Jenkins spent time at the Detention center sharing past relatable stories with the on the road to reform youth, explaining how important education, not acting out defiantly toward authority, and listening to guardians was important. "We have been looking forward to this opportunity to give back and help these troubled youth in any way we can" remarks General Manager Jeff Burris.
After the round robin guidance session directed by the players, the youth ranging from 14-17 years old were treated to basic drills training by the Lake Hawk Players.
"We believe with the social climate of today's world, we have to act as as a village and reach these youth wherever we can. These basketball role models will give an aspiration of hope to one or more of these youth. Our hope is that those youth effected will help the next one", states Lake Hawks CEO Harold Whaley.
1. Shreveport/Bossier Mavericks
2. Jacksonville Giants
3. South Florida GOLD
4. Bay Area Matrix
5. Arizona Scorpions
6. Chicago Steam
7. Richmond Elite
8. North Dallas Vandals
9. Atlanta Wildcats
10. Colorado Kings
11. Oakland County Firebirds
12. Jersey Express
13. Texas FUEL

15. West Texas Whirlwinds
16. Orange County Novastars
17. Montgomery Blackhawks
18. Mobile Bay Tornados
19. Charleston Lions
20 Lakewood Panthers
21. Calgary Crush
22. Seattle Mountaineers
23. Birmingham Blitz
24. Fayetteville Flight
25. Conway Cyclones
26. Missouri Rhythm
27. Inland Empire Invaders
28. Carolina Coyotes
29. Central Valley Titans
30. Fresno Griffins
31. Gainesville Heat
32. San Francisco Rumble

For more information, visit www.abalive.com
Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) www.abalive.com ended its regular season on Sunday, March 2nd and with wins be the top four teams, there was no change in the Power Rankings for the week. "And now we're set for the playoffs," stated ABA CEO Joe Newman. "We believe that the Top 4 teams in the Power Rankings represent the best in the ABA and it is for the other 28 teams competing in the playoffs to show that we got it wrong. And there are many teams that are ready to do just that we open the first round next weekend in six cities."
The West Michigan Lake Hawks Finished the 2014 ABA Season Ranked #14 in the League
Teams playing:

Oakland County Firebirds
West Michigan Lake Hawks
Grande Prairie Cowboys
Team NetWork

Games, Game Dates, and Locations:

Preliminary Playoffs
Saturday March 15th
Beechwood Recreations Center
22200 BeechRd
Southfield, MI 48033
1st Game - 7:00 pm - Firebirds vs Team NetWork

2nd Game - 8:30 pm - Lake Hawks vs Cowboys

Championship Game
Sunday March 16th
Hackett Field-house
(Ernest T. Ford Recreation Center)
10 Pitkin
Highland Park, MI 48203
3rd Game: Championship Game Tipoff @ 4pm - 1st Game Winner vs 2nd Game Winner

ABA National Championships
North Central Division Playoff
(Three Game Weekend)

Lake Hawks Throttle The Grande Prairie Cowboys 142-70 in Game One of the North Central Division of the ABA Playoffs

The Lake Hawks Defeat the Cowboys 142-70 in the 1st round of the playoffs and look forward to the finals tomorrow against Oakland Firebirds out of Pontiac.
From the tipoff we played a solid game on both sides of the floor throughout the game. This was a challenge for us because we had to maintain poise even though we lead most of the game. The Cowboys played with great intensity but we matched them player for player and we were able to get our rhythm going. We needed a strong start to prepare us for this type of tournament. I'm very proud of our effort tonight but I'm not content. We have lots of work to do in order to get to the championship in Shreveport, Louisiana. Benard Webb grab another game high 23 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 23 points. Will Wright added 9 rebounds, 12 assists and 14 points. Ralph Monday 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 14 points. Nate Jennings had another great night with 8 rebounds, 16 points and 3 steals. Brandon Givens produced 7 assists 6 rebounds, and 29 points and 5 steals. Coming in with a great game was Luther Funches with a game high of 22 points shooting 3 for 5 from behind the arc.
We will be in action at 4pm at Hackett Field House in Highland Park. The championship game will be West MI Lake Hawks vs. Oakland County Firebirds.
West MI Lake Hawks falls to Oakland County Firebirds at the buzzer 114-112. This was definitely a great game tonight. Both teams ranked in the top 15 nationally showed they didn't want to lose. There was 5 lead changes in the final 1:24 left into the game. Our guys played extremely hard and very physical throughout the game. Oakland shot very well behind the 3pt arc which gave them the edge on tonight. Brandon Givens basically took the game into his own hands scoring 17 of his 38 points in the 4th quarter. Ralph Monday contributed with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Nate Jennings and Will Wright both scored 12 points apiece. The Lake Hawks shot 14/19 at the free throw line (73%).
It hurts to lose a close game like this. Our young men have work very hard to make it to this point and lose by a basket I feel sorry for them. Unfortunately, one team has to win and one team has to lose but I would rather be on the winner side today.
Even though we lost tonight we still have an opportunity to play down in Shreveport, LA. There is an opportunity for two losing teams to still make it there. Joe Newman has the right to choose another team to represent the ABA so we will wait and see if the opportunity comes our way. They want the best teams to compete down the line and losing to the 6th ranked team (Chicago Steam) and now the 10th ranked team ( Oakland County Firebirds) both by 2 points shows we can and will compete with the best.
The Lake Hawks have represented West MI in good fashion and looking for many more great things to happen in the near future.

Lake Hawks fall to Firebirds at buzzer to end a respectable season.