A dominant scoring performance by import Curtis Washington was not enough to get Rockingham Flames over the line against Perry Lake Hawks on Friday night
A dominant scoring performance by import Curtis Washington was not enough to get Rockingham Flames over the line against Perry Lake Hawks on Friday night.
The men’s side fell 82-79, but the Flames women got the better of their opponents in the earlier tip-off, with D’Lesha Lloyd, Jacinta Bourne and Maddison Allen impressive in a 58-51 win.
The Flames started hot and were out to an 11-point lead with a minute to play in the first quarter, but the Lady Hawks reeled them in to trail by just six at the main break.
The Hawks outscored the Flames in the third quarter to tie the contest at 43 heading into the final quarter.
The game continued to ebb and flow, with neither side able to break away until the final three minutes, when the Flames went on a 10-3 run to close out the game.
Lloyd was impressive running the floor and racking up 17 points, while Bourne tallied 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Match MVP Allen added 12 points to go with 12 rebounds and a perfect record from the free-throw line.
In the men’s game, hearts were in mouths early on when Greg Hire collided with Hawks man-mountain centre Brian Carwell and was forced off with an apparent knee injury.
Thankfully for the home side, he returned shortly.
The sides traded buckets to enter the first break level, and in the second, the Flames started to gain the ascendency courtesy of fine shooting from Washington, Ryan Godfrey and and Beau Samuelson.
In an increasingly testy affair, the Flames took a three-point lead into half-time, but the Hawks fired back in the third to jump out to an 11-point lead with three minutes remaining.
The Flames rallied and a 13-2 run saw the sides level heading into the last 10 minutes. It took nearly two minutes for the Hawks to register the first score of the final quarter, and just as they had in the third quarter, they flew out to a 10-point lead with less than five minutes to play.
Back-to-back threes from Washington, Hire and Kevin White cut the margin to a point, and after a Washington lay-up and Justin Beard free throw after a technical foul on the Hawks’ Ryan Smith, scores were locked at 74-all.
The sides traded baskets but a late tech on Hire put the Hawks out to a four-point lead with 34 seconds remaining, and despite a late three from Godfrey, the Hawks hung on for the win.
Washington finished with 27 points and seven rebounds, while Hire registered 15 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, and Beard was solid with 10 rebounds to go with seven points.
The result leaves the men in seventh spot, while the women tightened their grip on third.
Both sides face Stirling Senators away this Friday.
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