The Taylor Hawke’s Bay Hawks were too hot to handle for the EnviroNZ Franklin Bulls with the latter going down 110-73 at the Franklin Pool and Leisure Centre this evening.
Despite it not being the most efficient night from the likes of Hyrum Harris and Devondrick Walker, skipper Ethan Rusbatch was able to get going and torched the hosts most frequently from three-point land.
Things were ugly from the tip for the Bulls as they found themselves down 15 zip less than four minutes into the game. Derone Raukawa had it going in the first with 10 points and led his team to a 33-10 advantage at quarter time.
The fans were rightfully worried after what they saw in the opening passages, but their tension was somewhat relieved with a strong offensive display out of the break.
Three triples to go along with some great shot selection inside the arc saw them outscore the Hawks 25-21 before the interval, only they were going to need to keep that up while keeping the visitors’ output down if they hoped to salvage the result.
Their quest for glory was effectively over at the end of the third as Rusbatch cooked up four triples to go along with deuces from Rhys Vague, Jonathan Janssen and the team’s latest addition, Jordan Hunt.
Franklin Bulls 73 lost to Hawke’s Bay Hawks 110 - BOXSCORE
Bulls: Denhym Brooke 17pts & 8rbs, Jett Thompson 12pts, Joseph Nunag 9pts & 7rbs.
Hawks: Ethan Rusbatch 27pts & 7rbs, Jonathan Janssen 18pts & 8rbs, Jordan Hunt 15pts & 6rbs.
Stuff MVP Votes
Ethan Rusbatch (Hawks-10), Devondrick Walker (Hawks-6), Jonathan Janssen (Hawks-6), Denhym Brooke (Bulls-6), Jett Thompson (Bulls-2).