In his 350th Big V Game, the Ringwood Hawks again looked to Nathan Truman to show them the type of intensity needed when he led the Hawks to a workmanlike 20 pint win over the Blackburn Vikings on Saturday night.
After the disaster of last week’s loss at Keilor, Ringwood were determined to make an early statement against the Vikings but Blackburn had other ideas. The Hawks were lacking a spark and energy, but Hawks Coach Ken Harrington knew exactly where he could find it.
“I looked down the bench and he had the look in his eyes, Truman was ready.” Harrington said.
“I just have to say to him (Nathan Truman) we need a lift mate, and that’s what he gives us.”
The Hawks were down by 5 points when Truman entered the game and straight away the Hawks looked like a different team. The Hawks defensive intensity rose up a notch and when Truman nailed three straight three pointers, the Hawks were away.
Import Jacob Gibson (18 points) found himself in early foul trouble, but Michael Solty stepped up with 9 big points and the Hawks led by that number at the half.
Blackburn refused to go away though and kept the game close during the third quarter. Scottie Stone (11 points) and Matt Fennell (19 points and 10 rebounds) kept the scoreboard ticking over. Gibson started to find his range, which was encouraging.
Matthew Snow (13 points and 10 assists) and Truman eventually broke the Vikings back in the last quarter with some great passing and defensive work, and the game blew out to a comfortable 20 point win.
“It was good that I was able to provide a spark tonight.” A very happy Nathan Truman said.
“This was a win we had to have and it made the milestone game a memorable one. Thanks to everyone for their support.”
On Sunday the Hawks travelled to Geelong and had a comfortable win over the bottom placed Corio Bay Stingrays. Shaun Clarke and Fennel were the Hawks best.
The wins keep the Hawks just a single game on top, but face two tough games to close out the season. The immediate focus will be McKinnon who are fighting for a finals spot and will be at the Rings on Sunday in a game of the week match up.
RINGWOOD HAWKS 99 (Fennell 19, Gibson 18, Stone 13, Snow 13, Truman 12, Clarke 10) defeated BLACKBURN VIKINGS 79 at The Rings, Ringwood.
RINGWOOD HAWKS 93 (Clarke 22, Fennell 18,Stone 16, Gibson 12, Osborne 1F) defeated CORIO BAY 76 at Geelong.
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Last Modified on 15/07/2018 19:47