Derone Raukawa sent Pettigrew Green Arena into raptures with a buzzer-beating floater to claim a win for the Taylor Hawks over the Mike Pero Nelson Giants. A Donte Ingram three had tied the game up with two seconds to go before Raukawa went the length of the court and banked a shot in off the glass to seal a thrilling 82-20 win.

The game looked like it would never get that close after a first quarter that saw the Giants unable to hit anything, and the Hawks leading 27-10. But the Giants, on the second night of the Doomsday Double having gone down to the Saints in Wellington the night before, clawed their way back into the game on the back of the shooting of Tom Ingham and Bronson Beri, and a fine second half from import Hunter Hale.

Hyrum Harris and Jono Janssen led the way for the Hawks who were without their lone import Devondrick Walker (back tightness), and the fatigue of the shortened Hawks bench was apparent in the fourth quarter.

Ingram, who had a poor shooting night by his standards, stepped up to hit the shot that looked like it would force overtime, only for Raukawa to send the Hawks faithful home happy, and in need of a rest.

The Hawks keep their unbeaten start to the season going, while the Giants will be buoyed by a three good quarters against one of the league’s leading teams. 


Hawke’s Bay Hawks (92) beat Nelson Giants (80)  - BOXSCORE

Hawks: Hyrum Harris 23pts 10rbs, Jono Janssen 23pts 8rbs, Derone Raukawa 13pts 8ast 5rbs

Giants: Hunter Hale 24pts 5ast 5rbs, Tom Ingham 16pts, Donte Ingram 16pts 6rbs

Game Highlights

  • Hyrum Harris put together his best game of the season, but worryingly for the rest of the league the 3-0 Hawks still haven’t seen a fully fit Ethan Rusbatch light up a game like he can. It’s only a matter of time.
  • The Giants will rue a poor first quarter having proven they can mix it with one of the leagues best team for the remaining three. They have a key home game against the Rams on Thursday before a Southern Swing. They then have 7 straight home games. Their season isn’t done yet.

Stuff MVP Votes

Hyrum Harris (Hawks) 10pts

Jono Janssen (Hawks) 8pts

Hunter Hale (Giants) 5pts

Tom Ingham (Giants) 3pts

Derone Raukawa (Hawks) 3pts

Donte Ingram (Giants) 1pts


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