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Hucknall Hawks: Match Reports

Sherwood League 2008/2009

Sherwood League 2008/2009 |2007/8 |2006/7|Playoffs 2006

Hucknall Hawks 81 Rushcliffe Jets B 19

28th November 2008:

The match up with bottom of the table Ruchcliffe B may have looked easy but Jets started well and kept the scores close in the opening period. The game pattern soon became established - Jets zone defence against Hawk's relentless full court press. Rushcliffe relying on break out fast break points, Hucknall taking the ball straight at the heart of Jets' zone. Hucknall's strategy proved more effective, particularly with the forwards crashing the boards to rebound any wayward shots, helping Hawks to pull away to a 37-12 half time advantage.

Rushcliffe began to tire in the second half and their spirit was broken by Hucknall's continual drives to the basket which met little resistance. Hawks distributed the ball well through the final quarter to keep the total moving and put almost all Hucknall's players on the scorecard and extend Hawks the run.

Scorers: Elliott 21, Tom 17, Dean 15, Brian 8, Louis 7, Tom G 7, Jack 4, Jordan 2

Hucknall Hawks 44 Chilwell Comets 29

21st November 2008:
After a slow start to the season, Hawks' revival continued with a convincing win over Comets. Hucknall had the better of the opening exchanges, tough team defence restricting the opposition to just two baskets and positive offence contributing to an early 6 point lead. A strong second quarter from Hawks pressed home the advantage and put Hucknall 30-12 ahead at the break. Hawks bench played big minutes through the third quarter and, outsized by Chilwell, Hawks managed just two baskets. With the deficit reducing, Comets fancied their chances for the final period but Coach Richardson's starters were rested and ready to go, combining for ten points in the final period to put the game away for Hucknall.

Scorers: Dean 20, Tom 11, Elliott 10, Troy 2, Joe 1

Sherwood League 2007/2008

Sherwood League 2007/2008 |2008/9|2006/7|Playoffs 2006

Hucknall Hawks 48 Chilwell Comets 27

22nd February 2008:
Hawks came out looking confident against a Chillwell side lacking the physical presence of some previous opponents. Comets had the better of the opening exchanges and scored first but Hucknall's patient offence paid dividends finding space to light up the court, hitting two baskets from behind the three point arc part in a 14 - 2 run. Hawks soon erased Chilwell's early lead and were 14-6 ahead at the end of the first period. Both teams were less fluent in a low scoring second quarter which Hucknall edged to go in a dozen points ahead at the break.

With the starting five returning for the restart Hawks stepped up the intensity for the second half. Hawks ran plays through the post and were dominant in the paint posting seven baskets in five minutes to put Hucknall up by 24, their largest lead of the night. Comets came back as players rotated on and off the court but struggled at the free throw line and still trailed by twenty at the end of the third. Chillwell continued to outscore Hawks as the final period got underway prompting Coach Richardson to call a time out. Hawks responded with three quick baskets to re establish their authority and close out a third successive victory

Scorers: Conal 16 Elliott 12 Tom 8 Dean 4 Craig 4 Joe 2 Stephen 2

Hucknall Hawks 57 Cobras 27

1st February 2008:
Hawks capitalised on a rare height advantage to dominate the first quarter of this match up with Cobras. With all of the starters putting points on the board, Hucknall took just five minutes to establish a double figure lead and were 17-6 ahead at the end of one. Hawks progressed was slowed in the second period as their point guard hit the floor hard driving to the basket and had to leave the game but Hucknall reorganised and continued to press home their advantage going to the break 27-12 ahead.

Hawks put the game away in the third period beginning the second half on a fourteen point unanswered run. Cobras rallied towards the end of the period and remained competitive through the final quarter of what had been a free flowing game with few fouls but with all Hucknall's players on the scoresheet Hawks cruised to a comfortable victory.

Scorers: Conal 10, Tom 8, Chris 8, Stephen 8, Daniel 4, Dean 4, Joe 4, Troy 4, Curtis 3, Criag 2, Jordan 2

Hucknall Hawks 46 Mansfield Stars 26

25th January 2008:
Hucknall Hawks posted their first win of the new year in a keenly contested match up with Mansfield. A strong first quarter performance by Hucknall's starters put Hawks 16-8 ahead at the end of the opening period. End to end play followed through periods two and three as Stars refused to give further ground but a couple of big blocks and a three point basket had began to give Hucknall the edge again.

The final period opened with Hawks 35-26 ahead. Mansfield switched to 'zone' defense against which Hawks had previously struggled to score but hard work in training paid off. Hucknall moved the ball well with attacking passes into the low post and closed out the game with eleven unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

Scorers: Elliot 12, Conal 8, Tom 8, Chris 6, Curtis 5, Stephen 4, Dean 2, Criag 1

Hucknall Hawks 23 - CNBC 41

11th January 2008:
Both teams lacked cohesion in this first fixture back after the Christmas break. A scrappy match was punctuated by frequent whistles as Hawks struggled to establish any rhythm. CNBC made the most of inconsistent officials and camped out their big players under the basket helping them to an eleven point half time lead.

Hucknall closed the gap with a six point run early in the third but an improving CNBC dominated the remainder of the quarter and held on through the final period for a comfortable win.

(Chris 6, Daniel 6, Matt 5, Dean 4, Conal 2)

Hucknall Hawks 26 - Ilkeston Outlaws 53

14th December 2007:
An under strength Hucknall faced an oversized Ilkeston team sporting two players well over the six foot mark for their final game of 2007.

Hawks started brightly and matched Outlaws in the early going but a chaotic piece of refereeing early in the second gave Ilkeston a five point play, destroyed Hucknall's concentration and ignited a double figure run for the opposition. Coach Richardson called time out for Hawks to regroup. For the remainder of the half Hucknall took the ball strong to the basket drawing shooting fouls on nearly every play. Eight unanswered points restored Hawks confidence and through the third period Hucknall continued to out rebound, out hussle and outscore the larger Ilkeston forwards.

Outlaws responded by going small in the fourth, a change of tactics which paid dividends and sealed the win for the Derbyshire side.

(Conal 8, Dean 8, Tom 4, Craig 2, Curtis 2, Steven 2)

Hucknall Hawks 25 - Burton Tornadoes 58

30th November 2007:
Hawks closed out November against the league leading Burton Tornadoes. Despite a three week layoff Hucknall lookd sharp early on and kept pace with Burton through most of an evenly balanced first period.

As the game progressed Tornadoes slick attack began to stretch the Hucknall defense. Hucknall battled under the basket but struggled against the size of the opposition forwards and Hawks began to slip behind. Burton's quick rotation of players on court caused further confusion in the Hucknall defense and created easy baskets as Tornadoes extended their lead.

Burton dominated the third period effectively closing out the game but Hawks hung in through the fourth to prevent Burton from registering a larger than average victory for the season.

Scorers:(Daniel 9, Dean 4, Tom 4, Conal 2, Elliott 2, Matt 2, Steven 2)

Hucknall Hawks 14 - Mansfield Luna Stars 31

9th November 2007:
Defense dominated in a fast paced first half. Both teams moved the ball quickly around the court but open looks were hard to find Mansfield sat most of the game in zone defense and fouled frequently when Hawks attacked inside. Hucknall struggled to convert free throws and went to the break down by five.

The game slipped away in the third as Hucknall lost shape and too many passes went astray. Luna stars capitalised as turnovers created easy baskets which had been so scarse earlier in the game.

Hawks looked stronger in a the final period and played well enough to close the gap but the fourth mirrored the first two quarters. As Hucknall continued to break down the zone defense inside, Mansfield fouled and watched Hawks miss nine from ten at the line.

Scorers: Dean 4, Conal 3, Tom 3, Chris 2, Elliott 2

Hucknall Hawks v CNBC

2nd November 2007:
Hucknall Hawks awarded match (20-0) over CNBC (ineligible player)
Score on night 27 -29
(Conal 9, Tom 7, Elliot 5, Chris 4, Craig 2)

Hucknall Hawks 50 v Rushcliffe Jets 30

19th October 2007:
(Conner 24, James 8, Elliot 6, Tom 4, Conal 4, Mohammed 4)

Hucknall Hawks 18 - Warriors 39

5th October 2007:
Both teams struggled to score in a tight first quarter punctuated by fouls. Hawks saw the game slip away through the second and third. Hucknall lacked the polish of the previous game with poor passing giving their opponents easy scores off turnovers. Warriors also made the most of their size advantage on the boards frequently getting three or four shots at the basket per possession.

Hawks came back in the final quarter keeping the opposition scoreless for most of the period but it wasn't enough to prevent a well organised Warriors team completing the victory.
(Scorers: Matt 8, Chris 2, Dean 2, Elliot 2, Stephen 2, Tom 2)

Hucknall Hawks 36 - Mansfield Giants 23

21 September 2007:
Opening night of the new season saw Hucknall Hawks in a friendly match up against Mansfield Giants but it was clear the tip that both teams were bringing regular season intensity to the game.

Throughout the opening period the quality of the basketball was surprisingly high given the long summer break. The teams looked evenly matched in a fast paced quarter with few fouls or turnovers. Hawks struck first with two strong drives to the basket and looked well organised on defense. Hawks offense was running just as smoothly and an exciting first quarter finished with Hucknall up 14 -7

The second quarter less fluid frequently punctuated the referee's whistle. Neither side made much impression on the scoreboard but a nicely worked play out of a timeout followed by a big block on the defensive end preserved Hawks lead at the half 18 -14

Into the third, Giants threatened to draw level coming within two on several occasions but missing the baskets to tie. Hucknall responded with four unanswered points and narrowly missed a half court shot at the third quarter buzzer but still held a six point cushion going into the fourth

Hucknall dominated the final period and gradually began to pull away. A seven point run extended the lead to double figures and made the game safe. Hawks ended the game with comfortable thirteen point victory at 36-23 and a winning start to 2007/2008.
(Scorers: Dean 10, Chris 9, Conal 6, Tom 4, Matt 3, Elliot 2, Troy 2)


Sherwood League 2006/7 |2008/9|Sherwood League 2007/8|Playoffs 2006

Hucknall Hawks 51 - Trinity 30 (Division Semi Final)

8th December 2006:
A sense of 'deja vu' prevailed on court for the Division semi final as Hawks faced a Trinty side containing a majority of players who had suited up for Hucknall the previous season. This added edge showed in the opening exchanges which frequently had the referees reaching for their whistles. As the first quarter progressed Hucknall began to exert their authority leaving Trinity to rue missed chances at the free throw line. By the end of one, Hawks had established a commanding lead.

Trinity came out more determined through the second and third quarters attacking the basket directly and getting the benefit of several foul calls but Hawks countered with fast breaks of their own and a greater variety of plays to preserve their lead. Hucknall's better technique allowed them to convert from behind the arc and like the Hornets' game before the spectators were treated to a buzzer beating three point shot.

By the final quarter Trinity were beginning to tire and suffer from a lack of options on their offense. Hawks continued to add to their total and kept their opponents scoreless until the last half minute as this comfortable victory eased them through to the final.

Hucknall Hawks 60 v Burton Tornadoes 31

17th November 2006:
A bruising first quarter saw Hawks take an early lead posting half a dozen points without reply but Burton soon regrouped and were quickly back within one. A long shot from the corner as the buzzer sounded gave Hucknall the edge at the end of the period. Hawks never trailed as scores remained close through most the second quarter, but as the half drew to a close they began to get the upper hand extending their lead to double figures by the break 28-17 ahead.

Hucknall's superiority began to show into the third period which Hawks dominated doubling their lead to over 20 points. Hawks continued to pile on the points through the final quarter running out comfortable 60-31 victors.

Hucknall Hawks 78 v Ilkeston Outlaws 21

3rd November 2006:
Hawks made their intentions clear from the opening tip as strong inside moves established an early lead. Hucknall continued to score freely from close range into the second quarter and by half time the game was as good as won with Hawks 38-9 ahead.

It was well into the third period before Ilkeston posted double figures but by then one of their starters has controversially fouled out and there appeared no way back into the game for the Outlaws. Ilkeston made a late rally but Hawks finished with a comfortable 50 plus points lead to claim their second win of the season.


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Hucknall Hawks 33 - Mansfield Express 27 (Season Runners Up Final)

7th April 2006:
Hucknall had most of the early possession in this 3rd/4th place playoff final but couldn't capitalise as Mansfield kept the game close. The scores were frequently tied until just before the interval as Hawks moved 16-11 in front.

The turning point of the match came with the start of the second half. Hawks came out more focused and quickly opened up a double figure lead. Mansfield mounted their own run mid way through the period but Hawks held on and finished strong to seal the victory.

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