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When the Ringwood Hawks signed new import Scottie Stone, they believed that they were getting a player with the ability to shoot from the perimeter. After a quiet debut last week, Stone showed exactly what he is capable of as the Hawks handled the Werribee Devils on Saturday night.
It was another slow start for the Hawks though as the Devils came out aggressively and forced the Hawks into some early turnovers. Jacob Gibson (18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists) and Shaun Clarke managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over but at quarter time it was the Devils who led by 5 points.
The second quarter saw the Hawks make some adjustments and quickly grabbed control of the game. Matt Snowball (10 points and 10 assists) started to find holes in the Devil defense and Scottie Stone and Nathan Truman (13 points) became the beneficiaries. By half time the game had completely changed and Ringwood had total control and a 9 point advantage.
The third quarter belonged to Stone who nailed three straight long bombs and the game was pretty much over from that point on. Stone later nailed a 30 foot bomb that put an exclamation mark on his first home game as a Hawk. The lead ballooned to over 20 and the Hawks have now started the new season with two wins.
“It was just a case of finding some rhythm at the offensive end.” Stone said,
“But it felt really good after some early foul issues that we had.”
The Hawks are notorious for starting the season slowly so two early wins against quality teams are great news going in to the Easter break. Hawks Coach Ken Harrington though is already eyeing a tough challenge in two weeks when his troops face McKinnon and Hawthorn.
“We will get a pretty good idea about how we are travelling after that Double Header weekend.” He said.
“We will need to play well to beat those teams. No doubt about it.”
RINGWOOD 108 (Stone 27, Gibson 18, Clarke 18, Truman 13,Snowball 10, Osborne 8, Latham 6) defeated WERRIBEE 82 (Kulas 20) at the Rings.
Watch a replay of the game here.