The Pirates have made-up for some of their earlier performances by staging another upset this time against the Hawks.
Getting things off to a good start for the Pirates, skipper Daniel Lillicrap (6 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals), opened up the account with a long-range open three-pointer and from then on the Hawks dared not to leave him alone. This worked out in favour of the Pirates as both Lillicrap and Jordan Nothard (11 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) found cutters with more space in the lane and hence easier opportunities to score.
Getting in on the action was Pirates centre, Frank Fernandez (4 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steals, 1 block) who grew in confidence as he helped his teammates with some nice passes into the key.
Doing his best to fire-up his team, Hawks forward Hayden Trill (6 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block) was at both ends of the court and although the Hawks tired as the game wore on, surprisingly some of their shooting percentages actually rose when compared to the Pirates.
Perhaps it was the loss of Hawks number-one cheerleader, John Bolton, who was fired by The Administration last month that was the cause of the Hawks fall from grace.
Still, the deciding factor was rebounds as the Pirates advantage in size and strength allowed them to push the ball out into fast-break situations and into better scoring situations.
The Pirates can be satisfied with this performance, winning overall 44 points to 23.
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