Geraldton men’s basketball elimination final: Hawks put in strong effort to clinch 13-point victory over Pumas

Derek GoforthMidwest Times
Fletcher Klasztorny defends for the Hawks.
Camera IconFletcher Klasztorny defends for the Hawks. Credit: Derek Goforth

Hawks kept their championship hopes alive with a hard-fought victory over Pumas in a riveting A-grade men’s basketball elimination final on Monday night.

But for Pumas, it was season over, going down 98-85.

The match tipped-off with a flurry of action in the first quarter, with both teams looking to establish an early advantage.

Hawks showed early promise, executing well-coordinated plays led by Robert Griechen, who significantly contributed to their offensive efforts.

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Pumas, however, responded with a combination of three-pointers from Farren Parfitt and Harry Evans, ensuring the score remained close. By quarter time, Hawks had managed to secure a one-point lead, 23-22.

The intensity continued into the second quarter, where both teams fought to gain the momentum.

Hawks capitalised on their scoring opportunities, with Ryan Blanchett and Fletcher Klasztorny making crucial contributions.

On the other side, however, Pumas’ Evans showed off his scoring ability, consistently finding the basket.

At half-time, the game was still a see-sawing with Pumas up 44-41.

The third quarter brought about a shift in dynamics as Hawks ramped up their offensive efforts. Blanchett and Griechen spearheaded the scoring for Hawks to extend their lead.

Pumas faced a challenge in closing the gap, but Clayton Parfitt’s three-pointers kept them within striking distance.

By three quarter time Hawks had reclaimed the lead 67-59.

The make-or-break fourth quarter witnessed a wave of drama as the Hawks executed critical plays to secure their victory.

Evans and Clayton Parfitt were commendable for Pumas, scoring and setting up chances for their teammates.

But Hawks’ collective strength and individual efforts, particularly from Griechen and Blanchett, laid the foundations for a 98-85 victory in a well-rounded, four-quarter effort.

For the Hawks, Blanchett was the game’s top-scorer with 29 points, closely followed by teammate Griechen with 28. Clayton Parfitt scored 25 points for Pumas, while Evans amassed 24 points.

Hawks will now face the loser of Tuesday night’s qualifying final between Chapman Valley and Olympians for a chance at making the grand final.

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