Hawks Back To Winning Ways
In a crunch game at the University of Sunderland, the West Yorkshire Hawks clinched a nail-biting 92-90 victory against Team Sunderland, marking a quick return to winning ways.
The Hawks wasted no time asserting themselves on the road storming ahead to a 15-point lead by the conclusion of the first quarter.
Team Sunderland, however, looked unstoppable in the second quarter. Leveraging their size advantage, they chipped away at the Hawks’ lead, narrowing the gap to just five points at the half.
As the third quarter unfolded, Sunderland capitalised on Hawks’ defensive struggles, snatching a one-point lead entering the final quarter.
In a tense fourth quarter, the Hawks regrouped and slowed down Sunderland’s scoring. The pivotal moment came when Rob Donaldson calmly sank two free throws with less than three seconds remaining, securing the 92-90 victory for the Hawks.
Head Coach Mark Mills praised his team’s resilience, especially in the face of a challenging loss the previous week. He acknowledged Sunderland’s tenacity, commending their ability to push the Hawks to their limits. Coach Mills was pleased with the team’s bounce-back performance, relishing the opportunity to head back south with a crucial win.
Top scorers for the Hawks included Rob Donaldson with an impressive 28 points, Dave Walsh contributing 22, and both Kesh Jalota and Chris Sibbetson adding 13 points each, highlighting a well-rounded offensive effort.
Looking ahead, the Hawks shift their focus to a home game at the University of Huddersfield this Saturday against Charnwood Riders. Fans can secure a 25% discount on tickets using the code ‘HAWKS25’ at https://tktp.as/EESHJR. The Hawks aim to carry the momentum from this hard-fought win into next weekend with a chance to move into the top four for the first time this season.