As the sun began to set on mothering Sunday, Hawks travelled to the over side of Hertfordshire to face top-of-league(2nd) team Aylesbury Dux.
Rumours of the previous away victory over Berko ushered around the home team during the warm-up. The Hawks opened up a quick barrage of 3’s, with twelve straight points from beyond the arc from S.Burgess, L.Morris, & S.Niaz. Although outsized and outnumbered the Hawks played some impressive defence for the first seven minutes taking a 17-10 lead leaving the home side a bit worried. After a time out the hosts upped their intensity pulling back the score to level leggings by the close of the 1st quarter.
The second quarter and Dux continued to score unanswered and took the lead 28-17 leaving the Hawks struggling to buy a bucket. Promising guard L.Morris, subbed back into the game after picking up 2 early fouls and got straight back to scoring hitting 3 back-to-back jump shots from the low post. Some tenacious rebounding and hard plays under the basket saw big man M.Haddow notch up the only other scores for Hawks in the 2nd quarter with a lay-up and a pair of free throws. Half time scores 36-27 to Dux
After a short break M.Haddow opened up the scoring for the 3rd quarter with a sweet pick and roll, followed closely by R.Whytock banking home a mid range jump shot on a fast break. M.Haddow found L.Morris with a inch perfect pass in the key to assist on the and 1 basket. The two hooked up for the next 8 points for Hawks to claw the score back to just 5 points. Further 3 pointers from the rookie M.Niaz and player coach S.Niaz and the visitors were within 1 point with just over a minute to play in the third period. Tiring towards the end of the quarter, the hosts extended the lead back to a comfortable 8 points as the teams headed to the bench for the final interval 57-49.
Straight of the bat S.Niaz hit another 3 pointer sparking a promise of a close finish, but some unorganised and fatigued defence allowed the Dux to pour in 13 points in two minutes completely unanswered. R.Whytock banked in a 3 pointer of his own to cap the home sides run and freeze the score difference at 15 points. The late arrival of dominant big man R.Norkeliunas saw him into the game with a mere 6 minutes on the clock. He got straight to work in the post and drew a quick 3 fouls. Each with a trip to the foul line and more surprisingly converting 6 from 6 for his only points of the game. Additional scores from L.Morris and veteran M.Haddow (40 mins) concluded the game 85-70 to the Dux. A well contested game all round.
Written By:- Lee Morris