Top of table clash - Hawks edge out Giants 89 to 85

2018 Sal's NBL Media Release: Hawks win top of the table clash

A strong fourth quarter from the Taylor Hawks has them return to the top of the table with a 89-85 win over the Mike Pero Nelson Giants.

The guard duo of Dion Prewster (22 points) and Ethan Rusbatch (20 points) carried the Hawks tonight, both combining for seven points in a pivotal stretch in the fourth which gave them a comfortable enough buffer to hold onto the win.

Some late three’s from Damon Heuir put the visitors within four, but there would not be enough time for Giants as they suffer their first loss of the season. Heuir ended the game with 27 points and Kyle Adamn added 18, but tonight was going to be a struggle for the Giants who coming off a tough win over Taranaki the night before.

Nelson were already shorthanded with no Finn Delany, and then they suffered another blow losing Tohi Smith-Milner for the second half

Nelson did manage to compete for the majority of the contest as the Hawks biggest lead going into the fourth was only six. The game could have gone either way when centre Angus Brandt would foul out, playing only 15 mins, but head coach Zico Coronel decided to give forward Mitchell Newton Brandt’s minutes and he replied with some big plays which included a three in the fourth.

The Hawks now move to 4-1, and will have a big test next week when they face the SIT Zerofees Sharks in Invercargill.  Giants 3-1 with next game at home in the hanger against the Rams.

Bill Dahlberg