Hawks Late Push Not Enough Against Tees Valley

In a Saturday afternoon showdown at Middlesbrough College, the Tees Valley Mohawks prevailed over the West Yorkshire Hawks with a final score of 84-73.


The Mohawks set the tone early, taking a slight lead at the end of the first quarter, 19-16. Their strong teamwork and disciplined play were evident from the tip-off, and it would prove to be the key to their success. By halftime, the Mohawks had extended their lead to 49-37, making it clear they were not to be taken lightly.


As the third quarter unfolded, the Mohawks continued to build on their advantage, heading into the final period with a comfortable 64-51 lead. Their consistent performance throughout the game was a testament to their preparation and execution on both ends of the court.


However, the West Yorkshire Hawks were not willing to go down without a fight. In a last-ditch effort, they turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter, making it a nail-biting conclusion to the game. Led by a stellar performance from Rob Donaldson, who scored an impressive 33 points, the Hawks put on a spirited comeback attempt. Jermayne Laing added 12 points, and Charles Olusunmade chipped in with 10, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Mohawks’ early lead and strong teamwork.


The Hawks’ valiant effort in the fourth quarter showcased their resilience, but time was not on their side. The Mohawks’ disciplined play throughout the game ultimately sealed their victory, maintaining their lead despite the late-game surge from Hawks.


Coach Mills succinctly put it after the game, “Credit has to go to Tees Valley; they showed up with a clear game plan and stuck to it for the full 40 minutes. As a team, we displayed some naivety early on, and that ultimately cost us in the end.”


With this win, the Tees Valley Mohawks continue to show their prowess in the league and solidify their status as a team to watch this season. The Hawks, on the other hand, have some positives to take from the game, particularly their tenacious defense down the stretch.


Looking ahead, the Hawks will have a weekend off to regroup and prepare for their next challenge on the road against the Charnwood Riders on Saturday, November 4th. This respite should give them valuable time to fine-tune and come back stronger in their next matchup.

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