Eagles rally to beat Hawks 74-70

Clarence Jackson led the Eagles with 19 points and 9 rebounds in a 74-70 win over Hillsborough. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Clarence Jackson led the Eagles with 19 points and 9 rebounds in a 74-70 win over Hillsborough. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

After losing a 15-point lead in the first half, Polk State rallied to beat Hillsborough Community College 74-70 today in Winter Haven.  

The Eagles, who have now won four straight, improved to 11-3 at home. 

After taking a 15-3 lead to start the game, Polk State enjoyed a 28-13 advantage before the Hawks started climbing back. They tied it at 30 with 12 seconds remaining in the half and went into the locker room up 32-30. 

The Hawks continued their torrid pace at the start of the second half, gaining a 38-32 advantage at the 17-minute mark.  

The Eagles, however,  responded with seven unanswered points to go up 39-38. After three subsequent lead changes, Polk State grabbed a 47-46 lead at the 10-minute mark on a steal and a slam dunk by Tommie Lewis.  

Hillsborough then tied the game twice and took a 63-62 lead with three minutes left. Tekorian "TK" Smith completed a three-point play to give the Eagles a 65-63 advantage and they held on for the 74-70 victory. 

Head Coach Brandon Giles said the team kept calm after losing the big lead in the first half. 

"The beauty about it is we went through this several times this season so we were prepared for moments like this," he said. "I'm happy our guys were able to keep their composure throughout the game. We got stops when we needed them and we did a heck of a job rebounding. All week long we've emphasized rebounding and we were able to do that and pull out the win today." 

The Eagles out-rebounded the Hawks 58-42 and shot 37.5 percent from the field to Hillsborough's 34.2 percent.  

Clarence Jackson led the Eagles with 19 points and nine rebounds along with two assists. 

Lewis totaled 18 points, six rebounds, and three assists. 

Smith scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and made a pair of assists.    

The Eagles (18-6, 5-2, No. 8 FCSAA) continue Suncoast Conference Wednesday when they travel to Fort Myers to play Florida Southwestern State College (24-1, 7-0, No. 1 FCSAA, No. 2 NJCAA) at 7:30 p.m 

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