Hawks Outclass Explorers

In a matchup with bottom of the table at the North Halifax Grammar School on Saturday, the Hawks secured a 76-66 victory over the Calderdale Explorers. The game showcased a a game of contrasting styles, ultimately resulting in a straightforward win for the Hawks.


The opening quarter saw the Hawks performing well on both ends of the floor. However, the Explorers managed to stay in the game by connecting on several perimeter shots, keeping the margin close. At the end of the first period, the Hawks held a narrow 2-point lead.


The second quarter witnessed a shift in momentum as the Explorers successfully slowed down the game, implementing a more physical style of play. This adjustment allowed them to trim the Hawks’ lead to just 1 point at halftime, setting the stage for the second half.


Following the halftime break, the Hawks regrouped and came out in the third quarter with renewed energy. They increased the game tempo and intensified their defensive efforts, dominating the Explorers throughout the quarter. This surge propelled the Hawks to extend their lead to a commanding 18 points.


In the fourth quarter, the Hawks continued to exert their dominance, securing an insurmountable lead in the early minutes. Coach Mills strategically rotated his roster, spreading minutes across the team. Despite the Explorers’ efforts, they were unable to mount a comeback, and the Hawks cruised to the final buzzer and a 10-point victory.


Rob Donaldson and Dave Walsh led the Hawks in scoring with 19 points each, while Jermayne Laing contributed a strong all-around performance with 10 points but more impressively strong defense. Coach Mills, reflecting on the game, stated, “It’s always difficult to raise your game when you play a team that are bottom of the table, but credit to Explorers; they made it a tough game in the first half. Our quality shone through in the third quarter, and we once again delivered a strong 10 minutes of Hawks brand basketball to kill the game off.”


Looking ahead, Coach Mills stated his shift in focus to the final game of the season at the Hawks’ Nest at the University of Huddersfield next Sunday. He emphasized the importance of finishing the season on a high note and building momentum for the next season.


The Hawks will face Team Sunderland in their last game, and fans can expect an exciting close to what has been an extraordinary inaugural season for the Hawks. For those looking to join the celebration, a 25% discount on all tickets is available by using the code ‘HAWKS25’ at https://tktp.as/EDEJIY.

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