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Hawks swoop to claim impressive win over Rams

HAWKES Bay Hawks have swooped in the bookend terms to post an impressive 14-point win over Canterbury Rams. The Hawks dominated the opening term, racing to a 13-point lead at quarter time over the Rams, and whilst the Rams did managed to claw back some of the deficit, another standout fourth term sealed the deal and the home fans went home happy with a 104-90 victory.

The Hawks tipped off the game in style with a dominant 30-17 opening term to bolt to a 13-point advantage at the first break. Canterbury hit back by cutting the deficit to single digits at the half, and then both teams could not be separated in the third term. In the end though, a 29-24 final quarter ultimately pushed the result beyond doubt as the Hawks won by 14 points.

Canterbury actually shot more effectively from the field, knocking down 49 per cent of the field goals the Rams took, with a 57 per cent two-point percentage. Near-identical three-point range accuracies cancelled each other out, though the Hawks’ ability to get to the free throw line and convert (21 of 22 to six of 11) really counted. In the end, the Hawks scored 42 rebounds to 33, five steals to three and punished the Rams off turnovers with 24 points to seven. The Rams also topped the assist count (19-16), and had double the points off the bench (26-3), but the Hawks were too consistent across the board.

Devondrick Walker knocked down a game-high 26 points, as well as five rebounds and five assists, whilst Derone Raukawa shone thanks to his 25 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Hyrum Harris (18 points, seven rebounds and three assists), Jonathan Janssen (12 points, nine rebounds and two assists) and Ethan Rubatsch (10 points, six rebounds and two blocks) were also strong contributing starters. The experienced Everard Bartlett was the only scorer off the bench, but held up his own with 13 points – including three of five from long-range – two rebounds and two assists.

For the Rams, Quintin Bailey had the most points with 21, as well as five rebounds and two assists, but had plenty of help despite the loss. EJ Singler had the 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists – though seven turnovers – while Deshon Taylor also shared with 15 points, as well as four assists and two rebounds. Sam Smith (10 points, five rebounds and four assists) and Derek Albertsen (10 points, two steals) reached double-figures, though it was the work of Ben Constable from three-point range (four of five) which saw the deadeye shooter finish with 16 points and six rebounds.

Hawkes Bay Hawks next play on Saturday night when they take on the unbeaten Southland Sharks, while the Rams will play the night before against Manawatu Jets.

Picture credit: PhotosportNZ via NZNBL

2020 NZNBL 3×3 Cup: Men’s preview

NEW Zealand basketball is set to have a big month in November with the 2020 New Zealand National Basketball League (NZNBL) 3×3 Cup taking place next weekend prior to the much anticipated 18in18 NZNBL women’s competition. There are 10 teams vying for the 3×3 title in the men’s competition, with the teams split into two pools of five sides, which will be held from November 12-14.

There are a number of differences with the 3×3 competition compared to a regular basketball match, including a court size of 15x11m and a maximum team size of four player. There are just 10 minutes per game with the first team to 21 announced the winner. The regular shot clock time of 24 seconds is also halved to 12.

The schedule sees each of the five teams play the other four teams in their pool once over November 12-13. From there, the two lowest finishers will face off against the team in the opposite group for fourth against fifth matches. The winners from there will progress to the quarter finals where the top three sides in each group will face off. The top placed teams will take on the winners from those fourth and fifth clashes, whilst second will take on third in their opposite groups. It is knockout from start to finish, with the teams advancing through until the two top teams play off in the grand final. That decider will be held at 10.11pm local time on November 14.

GROUPS:

Men’s Pool A:

Hawke’s Bay Hawks
Manawatu Jets
Otago Nuggets
Taranaki Mountainairs
Tasman Suns

Men’s Pool B:

Auckland Huskies
Canterbury Rams
Franklin Bulls
NZ Select
Southland Sharks

A number of familiar teams are competing in the shortened competition, with this year’s Sal’s NBL premiers Otago Nuggets in Pool A alongside their grand final opponents Manawatu Jets. Taranaki Mountainairs are the other side to have competed earlier this year that falls into Pool A, whilst Hawke’s Bay Hawks and Tasman Suns also join the party.

In Pool B, a special NZ Select side will help even the numbers at 10 teams, whilst Southland Sharks also return to the competition after not competing in the shortened NZNBL format this year. The three other sides are Auckland Huskies, Canterbury Rams and Franklin Bulls who will all be looking to add some silverware to their cabinets after missing out in the NZNBl season.

Southland Sharks would be one of the favourites for the title with some serious firepower including teaming up Hyrum Harris and the much-improved Dom Kelman-Poto. The pair will make it difficult for opposition teams given their size and range, whilst Alex Pledger showed he could impress in bursts during the NZNBL season, and Alonzo Burton rounds out the four.

Franklin Bulls are also a danger team with Mr Double Double himself, Marcel Jones returning to the club for the 3×3 tournament and is joined by a trio of Bulls’ teammates. Isaac Davison was the star of the competition in the early rounds of the NZNBL season, and can shoot from range with ease. Nikau McCullough is also a known three-point shooter, as Joel Vaigangina rounds out the list.

Hawke’s Bay Hawks cannot be discounted with Derone Raukawa leading the charge after a mammoth NZNBL season. He can just about do anything, and he teams up with veteran Everard Bartlett, as well as Ethan Rubatsch and Taane Te Kira Samuel. Otago Nuggets will be keen to do the double and back up their NZNBL win with a 3×3 Cup victory, and they had a strong four. Sam Timmins is the big body close to the basket, whilst Josh Aitcheson, Kane Keil and Richie Rodger are all underrated scorers with plenty of talent.

Looking across the board, the Manawatu Jets will have the talents of Jayden Bezzant and Haize Walker, while the Taranaki Airs have gone with experience thanks to Aaron Bailey-Nowell and Tai Wynyard. Jordan Hunt is a crucial cog for Auckland Huskies this tournament, with Canterbury Rams sticking to what they know with Ben Carlile-Smith, Jack Exeter and Mason Whittaker all named in the side. NZ Select will have players to watch such as Samuel Aruwa, whilst the Tasman Suns welcome the talented Tom Ingham who will prove hard to stop.

TEAMS:

Auckland Huskies:

Jordan Hunt
Chris McIntosh
Sean Murphy
Dru-Leo Leosogi Ape

Canterbury Rams:

Mason Whittaker
Jack Exeter
Ben Carlisle-Smith
Ben Hall

Franklin Bulls:

Marcel Jones
Nikau McCullough
Isaac Davison
Joel Vaigangina

Hawke’s Bay Hawks:

Derone Raukawa
Ethan Rusbatch
Everard Bartlett
Taane Te Kira Samuel

Manawatu Jets:

Kalib Mullins
Jayden Bezzant
Haize Walker
Matangirei Hipango

NZ Select:

Dane Karel Brooks
Denhym Brooke
Pafe Momisea
Samuel Aruwa

Otago Nuggets:

Sam Timmins
Kane Keil
Josh Aitcheson
Richard Rodger

Southland Sharks:

Hyrum Harris
Dom Kelman-Poto
Alonzo Burton
Alex Pledger

Taranaki Mountainairs:

Aaron Bailey-Nowell
Karl Noyer
Tai Wynyard
Thomas Allan

Tasman Suns:

Sam Dempster
Tom Ingham
Tysxun Aiolupotea
Bronson Beri