LAKELAND — Hawthorne kept the basketball state title in the family.


One week after the Hawthorne girls captured the Class 1A state championship, the Hawthorne boys followed suit.


In an often-times ragged game, Hawthorne held off former district rival Hilliard 42-38 on Friday night in the championship game at the RP Funding Center.


It was the Hawthorne boys’ first state basketball title since 1987. Hawthorne boys coach Greg Bowie is a 1999 graduate of Hawthorne and the older brother of girls head coach Cornelius Ingrams.


"Not only was there extra motivation, but the girls coach is my baby brother," Bowie said. "So we can’t just have only one trophy at home. Mom’s got to see two trophies. So there was a little extra motivation."


Torey Buie, who played at Bradford last year, led Hawthorne with 20 points on 8 of 17 shooting. He also had eight rebounds, three steals and a block.


"That kid can put the ball in the hole," Bowie said. "He’s a gifted scorer. He’’s a pretty crafty guy."


Buie, who is averaging 18.4 points, was just 4 of 8 from the free-throw line for the game and just 2 for 4 in the fourth quarter. However, it was his free throw with 49 seconds to play that proved to give his team the winning point. Buie’s free throw after a technical foul was called on Jaylen Jordan put Hawthorne up 39-38.


Dre Lawrence then made 1 of 2 free throws to give Hawthorne a two-point lead.


Hilliard never had the chance to tie the score. Trey Rush was called for traveling with 15 seconds to play. Lawrence was then fouled and sank both free throws with 13 seconds left, and Hilliard’s Jacob Crews couldn’t get a shot off in the closing seconds as he took the ball up the court.


After the final whistle was blown, Hawthorne was state champion.


"I didn’t know what to think," Buie said. "I don’t know how to explain it. It was something I’ve been working for my whole life. To say I finally did it means a lot."


Points were hard to come by in the game. Hawthorne shot just 31% from the field and had 12 turnovers, and Hiliard shot 29% and had 17 turnovers, but blocked nine Hawthorne shots.


"Hilliard’s a great team, and we’re very familiar with each other," Bowie said. "We’ve been in district for the last 10 years so I knew it was going to be a dogfight. What it came down to was limiting the touches for Crews. He’s an exceptional scorer. Our goal was to keep him under 15 points because he could easily go for 30 or 40. My guys just played hard for 32 minutes."


Hawthorne’s Jeremiah Jones requested the job of guarding Crews, Hilliard’s leading scorer who is averaging 22.3 points. He held Crews to just 13 points on 3-of-14 shooting.


Crews did not score until the second quarter when he then scored seven points in a row to put Hilliard back on top. With four points from Jones, Hilliard led 18-11 late in the quarter, but Buie then scored six straight points to make it a one-point game at halftime.


"Basketball is a game of runs," Buie said. "He (Crews) is a great player, but we can’t get frustrated by him scoring. We have to keep pushing through, and that’s why we got our little run."


In the third quarter, Hilliard grabbed a six-point lead, but could not pull away. Hawthorne never led the rest of the game, but managed to tie the score twice in the fourth quarter.


Buie was the only Hawthorne player to score in double figures. James and Lawrence finished with six points apiece.


Shemar Melton scored 12 points for Hilliard, and Jones added eight.


Hilliard (23-3): Shemar Melton 4-9 4-7 12, Tywuan Lee 0-1 0-0 0, Trey Rush 1-5 0-0 2, Jelan Jones 4-10 0-0 8, Gavin Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Jaylen Jordan 0-2 3-4 3, Major Sharpe 0-0 0-0 0, Dillon Hbaba 0-1 0-0 0, Jacob Crews 3-14 6-6 13. Totals 12-42 13-17 38


Hawthorne (24-3): Jeremiah James 2-8 2-3 6, Key’shaun Williams 2-10 0-0 4, Dre Lawrence 1-9 4-6 6, Torey Buie 8-17 4-8 20, Donavan Wright 1-2 0-0 2, Thurman Mills 1-2 2-2 4, Carlteon Brooks 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-49 12-19 42


Hilliard;7;11;11;9;—;38


Hawthorne;5;12;15;10;—;42


FG%: Hilliard .286, Hawthorne .306. 3-pt FG:Hilliard 1-7 (Rush 0-2, Crews 1-5), Hawthorne 0-7 (Williams 0-1, Lawrence 0-5, Brooks 0-1). Rebounds: Hilliard 35 (Jones 12), Hawthorne 35 (TEAM 9). Fouls Hilliard 20, Hawthorne 17. Fouled out: Melton Wright . Technical: Crews, WILLIAMS, Jordan. Assists: Hilliard 4 (Melton 4), Hawthorne 3 (Lawrence 2). Steals: Hilliard 2 (Jones 1, Jordan 1), Hawthorne 10 (Buie 3). Blocked shots: Hilliard 9 (Crews 4), Hawthorne 2 (Buie 1, Wright 1). Turnovers: Hilliard 17, Hawthorne 12. Attendance: 0