Hawks belt Wolf Pack in dom­i­nant 57-42 vic­tory

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Justin Fris

In a tough sea­son for Ger­ald­ton Am­a­teur Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion men’s divi­sion 1 sides Hawks (2-14) and Railways (2-14), some­thing had to give dur­ing their Mon­day night clash — and it did.

Hawks, who had en­dured a 50point loss to Pu­mas a week ear­lier, recorded their sec­ond vic­tory of the 2017-18 cam­paign, run­ning out con­vinc­ing 57-42 vic­tors over a Wolf Pack who looked a mere shadow of the team they were in last sea­son’s play-offs.

The teams traded bas­kets early in the open­ing pe­riod be­fore Hawks broke it open with a piv­otal 15-3 run.

With plenty of pace on show, Hawks’ three-pronged at­tack of Kaiden Dann (13 points), Jed Ed­wards (12 points) and Dy­lan Griechen (11 points) proved too much for the Wolf Pack de­fence.

Pu­mas (14-3) es­tab­lished a three­game lead over Olympians in sec­ond spot, fol­low­ing a work­man­like 78-74 win over Trades (6-10).

Hold­ing a five-point lead with a minute and change left in the game, Tigers sharp­shooter Charles Thurkle breathed new life into the game with a long-range shot.

The Tigers did all they could to stop the clock but Flynn Dil­lon sank two free throws as time ex­pired to en­sure a Pu­mas win.

Un­de­feated Chap­man Val­ley eas­ily ac­counted for Olympians 8661 in the re­main­ing men’s divi­sion 1 fix­ture.

With State­side hav­ing the bye in women’s divi­sion 1, Trades (13-1) re­turned to the top of the lad­der fol­low­ing their clin­i­cal 58-32 vic­tory over Pu­mas (5-9).

Han­nah Trusso and Mikala Cooper top-scored for the Tigers with 11 points each, while Abi Cock­ing bat­tled hard for the van­quished.

Hav­ing con­ceded dou­ble-digit runs in their pre­vi­ous two games, Olympians (7-7) re­versed the trend with a 71-51 win over Chap­man Val­ley (2-12), who ap­pear to be out of play-offs con­tention.

Olympians outscored the War­riors 21-12 in the sec­ond half, with Court­ney Zap­para and Gemma Dix lead­ing their of­fence.

Pic­tures: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Finn Mul­li­gan of Trades is guarded by Pu­mas’ Is­abella Schultz.

Court­ney Zap­para and Natalie Caru­ana.

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