HAWKS BACK ON WINNING TRAIL
Aylesford Hawks sprang back to winning form after their home defeat by Tile Hill Trojans and the victory brought some relief as they hammered Coventry College 90-50
Admittedly College were without leading scorer Vaidas Cerkunovas for the trip to Moreton Morrell but Hawks were in dominant mood right from the first tip. Ricky Fennell landed a three-pointer in the opening minute to set the tone and this gave him and Hawks a lift as they went on to win all four quarters of the game as College fell away. Fennell hit 40 including six triples, but the final period of the match belonged almost exclusively to Hawks play-maker Maarten de Jonge who came from nowhere to hit the scoring button and grab 14 of his 18 match total during eight electric minutes. Coventry’s six-man squad had no answer to Hawks ferocious offensive play, although they could have done better had they landed a better return than 4 from 16 attempts from the free-throw line. Going, but not gone at 35-50 College were hanging in mid-way through the third quarter when Hawks hit them for six – well, fifteen to be precise and that closed the door on the visiting outfit and pushed the target too far away. Matt Glover chipped in with nineteen to add a gloss to his colleagues’ efforts and only Ikwunna Ukwu gave the scorer much to do as he grabbed 26 for College.
Tile Hill Trojans 3 had a mixed week as they took the points from Nuneaton Predators in the Division Two basement battle then became the twelfth victim of the season for unbeaten leaders Rugby Rage at Hereward College. Trojans unearthed a new star at Nuneaton as Davide Nicolini dominated the boards alongside Trevor Robinson and Mike Buckley, the Italian dropping in a season high 25 points to lead Trojans home as Robinson and Buckley both hit 19. Predators were without their mentor Lloyd Taylor, but their shooting at the Jubilee Centre was on song and they were led by Zoheb Deen who scored and impressive 28 points.
The Trojans versus Rugby game also doubled as a challenge cup-tie due to fixture congestion and as they bowed out of the handicap competition Westwood Rhinos moved onwards and into the semi-finals. Rhinos took on first division Warwick China Red and received a 25 point start, needing most of them to get over the line against the fast and furious play of the Warwick University students who tried desperately to reduce the deficit. A storming third quarter brought them into contention as they moved to within eight of their hosts who then reciprocated with a final period of control with Dale Kearsley driving them home.
Westwood and Rugby will be joined in the semi-finals by JM Grizzlies and best runner-up Nuneaton Predators 2 who were awarded their game 20-0 when team rebels failed to arrive at their own home match, and the draw for these fixtures will be made next week.