Hawks Soar To Win Over Explorers
In a electrifying matchup West Yorkshire Hawks faced off against the Calderdale Explorers at the University of Huddersfield, delivering a pulsating performance that left fans on the edge of their seats.
From the opening minutes, Calderdale signalled their intentions bringing a ferocious physicality to the court. However, the Hawks’ resilience and composure allowed them to take a narrow 18-17 lead by the end of a tense first quarter.
Building momentum in the second quarter, the Hawks grew in stature, carving out a six-point advantage to lead 47-41 at halftime. As the game progressed into the third quarter, both teams intensified their efforts, resulting in a more fluid and fast paced display. Nevertheless, the Hawks managed to extend their lead to 70-61, a testament to their determination in this game.
The final quarter witnessed the Hawks asserting their dominance, showcasing their quality and pulling away as the Explorers fought valiantly but struggled to contain their opponents. The Hawks’ superiority shone through as they secured a 89-79 victory, much to the delight of their fervent home supporters.
Leading the charge for the Hawks, Rob Donaldson delivered an impressive 26 points, with Charles Olusunmade adding 15 points and Kesh Jalota contributing 11.
Notably, the game marked the debut of Hawks’ new signings, Steev Bras and Ed Gutmanis, who brought additional quality to the floor and much anticipation of their performances in future games.
In the aftermath of this hard-fought victory, Hawks’ Coach Mark Mills lauded his team’s resilience and tenacity. “The guys put in a tough performance tonight,” Mills commented. “They battled hard, and while we’re still nowhere near our peak, this win gives us a strong platform to continue our growth.”
Looking ahead, the Hawks gear up for a challenging road trip to Sunderland this Saturday, followed by another away game against the formidable Sheffield Sharks on the 9th December. However, eager fans will have to wait until the 20th January for the Hawks’ triumphant return to their home court against Sheffield Elite. Tickets for that highly anticipated matchup are available now, with an exclusive 25% discount using the code ‘HAWKS25’ at https://tktp.as/ERHCFY.