Hawks belt Wolf Pack in dominant 57-42 victory
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.
Finn Mulligan of Trades is guarded by Pumas’ Isabella Schultz.
Courtney Zappara and Natalie Caruana.