Hawks junior sides prove their mettle
THE Perry Lakes Hawks proved themselves one of the best WA teams in last week’s U14 Boys Club Championships in Floreat, finishing higher than the other three local teams involved.
In their pool round-robin, the Hawks won games against the North Adelaide Rockets 63-56 and Sunshine Coast Rip 81-65, before going down to the Bulleen Boomers 81-43, finishing the pool in second and being the only WA team to make the championship rounds.
In the championship pool, they lost to Keilor Thunder 6549 and Sydney Comets 70-50.
They finished 10th out of 12 after beating the Gosford City Rebels 77-32, but losing to the Bendigo Braves by two points.
Nathan Thomas was a standout during the competition, netting 124 points at an average of 17.71 per game and also led the competition for free-throws, sinking 39.
Teammate Blake Costello finished fourth for three-point shots, netting 11.
Three other WA teams – Cockburn, Willetton and Joondalup – competed.
The Perry Lakes Hawks U14 girls also played in a Club Championship competition in NSW.
They went down 62-40 to the Knox Raiders and 54-48 to Newcastle Hunter before beating the North West Tasmani a Thunder 61-38 to finish third in their pool.
Their quest for the shield prize got off to a flyer, beating Norths Bears 55-43 and the Gosford City Rebels 69-31, and finishing the round on top of the ladder, before beating the Wonthaggi Coasters 58-47 in the quarterfinals.
It was a WA affair in the semifinals with the Hawks taking on the Rockingham Flames, but Perry Lakes was beaten 46-45 in the tight, seesawing game.
The Hawks finished fourth out of 12 teams after losing the bronze medal match 70-47 against the Hornsby Spiders.
Ruby Hamilton was dominant around the basket, scoring 115 points at an average of 14.38 a game.
Perry Lakes Hawks’ Nathan Thomas in action against the Sunshine Coast Rip.