Crusaders welcomed Haringey Hawks on Saturday, and when these two sides meet its always an intense and great match up.
Will Raife came out on fire knocking down three threes in the first period. The London side struggled from behind the arch but found ways to score in the paint to level the score at 17-17 at the end of the first 10 minutes.
The second quarter saw the Hawks dominate on the glass, which helped them pull away from the home side. Ryan Ganniclefft converted on a drive before hitting his first of two threes of the game. Kent battled hard but the size and physicality of Hawks was too much and they lead at the half 31-46.
Crusaders knew if they wanted to get back in the game they would need to focus more on defence and run harder in transition to put pressure on Haringey. That’s actually what they did winning the third period 21-18 with Julius Sireikis scoring six straight points to end the quarter, 53-64.
In the fourth Kent got it down to a seven-point game with Sam Alajiki dominating on both ends of the floor blocking shoots and finishing from the post. Unfortunately every time Crusaders built momentum and got close hawks would find a way to end their hopes with the final score finishing 72-86.
Coach Davies commented on his side’sefforts “Very proud of the guys efforts today to compete with a very strong Haringey side and be down 15 and drag it back to seven shows the fight and determination they have. The story of the game is we gave up 21 offensive rebounds and most of them in the second quarter which is where we lost the game.”