CVL Woking 46 - Phantoms 26
The boys from Woking faced off with the Phantoms, which proved to be an easy win; with a visibly undersized Phantoms squad, this allowed for full exploitation of their front court. Despite the convincing win, the Blackhawks were already mentally preparing for the tougher game ahead against the Surrey Rams in the CVL Surrey Play-offs.
This game closed the curtain on the Blackhawks CVL Bracknell 2016/17 season; with only one loss, the expectation is that the boys from Woking have won the league.
CVL Woking 59 - Surrey Rams Core 83
The Blackhawks squared off today with their cross-town rivals, the Surrey Rams, for not only a grudge match but for the 1st round of the CVL Surey U16 Play-offs. This was a true grudge match in the making given the Blackhawks gave this team a 52-38 walloping during the regular season. This time the Rams came well prepared with reinforcements in-tow and a fully engergised squad that was aggressive from the tip.
Despite the up-tempo game forced upon the Woking boys, they managed to stand their ground for the 1st and 2nd quarters and absorb the knocks coming at them. Baskets were ferociously traded in the first two quarters, both teams pressed the other as part of their strategy to force turnovers and the game were physcial!!! But the Rams showed a tenacity and hunger not yet experienced by the Blackhawks; this was clearly going to be a bitter battle to the end; welcome to Play-off basketball.....By the end of the first half, the Rams had built a comfortable points buffer leading 45-27.
After a much needed rest and team talk during the half-time break, the Blackhawks went into the second half showing sone fight and knew clearly that guts, will and hard graft were going to keep them in this game. Brett G (15pts) hit some crucial 3 pointers, along with George F (10pts) who was in the drivers seat for the Hawks! Trying to work the inside were Harry H( 10pts), Sam Mc (8pts), and Joshua B (5pts), with strong rebounding from the latter. Strong contributions also came from Fergus (5pts), Karan (4pts) and Mar (2pts), respectively.
In the end the Blackhawks defense was just not enough to stop the aggressive drives to the basket by H Gooch, and the 3 point shot onslaught from the Rams sharpshooter, J Turnbull, with Woking's Sam Mc also regrettably fouling out in the game. This loss now closes the curtain on the Blackhawks 2016/17 campaign, an amazing journey of ups and downs it has been; and despite the downs, next season will see this experience being chartered territory rather than unchartered territory for the boys from Woking!
Hoop Dreams 26th March
The Hawks took a blended squad down to join the mix of 'Mothers Day' and 'March Madness' festivities. The tournament's first game against the Rams contained a variable performance which lacked structure and aggression and left a 20 to 18 loss on the floor. The highlight was Andrew's hustle and very controlled game. The same players, but a different team came out in the second game to play Kingston. Nicely executed plays, spirit and determination against the press in offence and distruptive defence put the game away 25 - 12. All epitomised for the Coach by Ben W who went into and over a player who was a third taller and four times his circumference. The mathematics of the tournament meant another game against Kingston which Woking won to finish the tournament a respectable third. Shout out to all the Moms who came to support, we love you!|
CVL - Woking 55 - 32 Waverley Wolfpack
Today saw the Woking Blackhawks continue their Surrey League winning streak by comfortably beating the Waverley Wolfpack, who have unfortunately continued their losing streak.
With this game being the last regular game before the start of the play-offs, the players were focused and not taking their opponent likely despite their record. By the end of the first half, the Woking boys had a comfortable buffer, leading 31-14. As the second half unfolded, the charge continued, aided by impressive rebounding and multiple fast break ppoints. There was a different level of maturity and discipline displayed in the way the players executed their defence today; a maturity that will serve them well come the play-offs.
The offensive charge was led by top scorer George F (17), Sam Mc (10), Brett G (7), Fergus M (6). Siginificant contributions came from Mat H and Aidan M (4), Mark P (3), and Jake H (2), respectively. Honourable mention goes out to George F, Mark P and Josh B for outstanding defensive effort.
CVL - Woking 38 - 33 Farnborough Phantoms
The Woking Blackhawks went head-to-head with an old rival and secured a comfortable 38 - 33 victory. There has been a brewing rivalry with the Phantoms and each game lives up to the hype. The U14 game prior to this was won by the Phantoms by one point; so there was some pay back due....
The boys from Woking had a good start but the Phantom;s point guard was exerting much dominance and kept the Phantoms neck and neck throughout the first half. Heading into the second half, the Blackhawks stepped up the defensive effort, suddenly the Phantom's key player was receiver of a true Bird of Prey three course serving, consisting of a rotation of multiple defensive players. The Phantom's star player's flame was soon extinguished, this gave way to a barrage of fast breaks and rebounding effort allowing for second chance opportunities for the Woking boys!
A solid effort that made up for the loss against the Bracknell Cobras two weeks ago!
CVL - Woking 52 - 38 Surrey Rams Elite
The Blackhawks met their cross-town rivals today, the Surrey Rams Elite for a much anticipated showdown. The Blackhawks got off to a slow start as they worked towards finding a rhythm; by the end of the 1st quarter the score was 12-12. Come the 2nd quarter, a series of turnovers and poor execution allowed the Rams to take advantage and the lead! Ending the 1st 28-25.
The boys from Woking entered the 3rd quarter with a new strategy and some back-to-basics basketball....aggressive defense, strong rebounding and patient offenses; thsi paid off handsomely limiting the Rams to only 4 poionts for the entire quarter! The 4th quarter showed no let up and only a 2 point difference; the Rams were limited to 6 points.
The Blackhawks asserted pur dominance, even in the face of poor execution; a statement was made! Leading the charge wac George F (17), Aidan K and James O (8 each).
NL - Woking 49 - 54 Bracknell Cobras
The Blackhawks under 16 National League team finished up the season with a bit of a disappointment, dropping a close battle to the Bracknell Cobras 54-49. The game started tight, with Woking down by 4 at the end of one quarter. However, Bracknell started the second wth a 10-0 run which dug a hole for the boys. Down 14 at the half, they battled back, narrowing the deficit to 8 at the end of 3 quarters. They pulled to within only 3 pooints with 26 seconds to go in the game, but alas it was not enough, and the Blackhawks fell by 5 points. James R led Woking with 12 points and Jason S led the rebounding with 13. The coaches also had a special call-out to Caleb C who demonstrated excellent energy and hustle to go with 5 points, 2 rebounds and an assist. All in all, the coaches agreed that the season was truly a success - finishing in the middle of the table while at the first timne competing at this level. Building on this momentum, the team looks forward to taking it to the next level next season.
Harry H (2), Ben S (4), James R (12), Jason S (11), Caleb C (5), Aidan K (4), Sam M (8), Brett G (3)
CVL - Woking 55 - 22 Wellington Eagles Boys
The Blackhawks managed to keep their unbeaten (CVL Bracknell) record intact by beating the hosts convincingly, 55-22 points! With Sam Mc leading the scoring, the boys from Woking were relentless in their pursuit of a win!
The game play and collaborative effort was impressive and reminiscent of past wins. Defence was stifling enough to not allow their competitive opponents time to gather momentum and shooting much improved with Joshua B hitting his first 3 pointer in an official game. This win allows the boys to go into their CVL Surrey game on Sunday against the Surry Storm brimming with confidence.
NL - TASIS 50 - 35 Woking
The Blackhawks travelled to TASIS, the American School in England, to take on the TASIS Varsity team on Friday night 24th February. It was a tough-fought game, but Woking fell in the end 50-35. The game started with defensive dominance from the Blackhawks, so much that TASIS did not score it's first basket until 7:50 was remaining in the second quarter. The 5-0 lead at the end of one quarter turned into an 18-15 deficit at the half. Unfortunately the boys started to tire in the second half after losing a few players to injury, and a 6 point deficit at the end of 3 ended up with the Blackhawks running our of petrol in the 4th. Ben S had a nice game inside with 12 rebounds to go with 6 points, and Brett was force on offence with 13 points and 3 assists. In the end, though, the hustle and muscle of the TASIS team made the difference, but the Woking squad should feel good about a proud performance in a tough environment.
Zach T (2), Harry H (9), Ben S (6), Jason S (1), Brett G (13), Sam M (3), Jeremy N (1)
CVL - Woking 59 - 47 Sutton Storm
Today saw the boys from Woking revert back to their winning way after a well fought win over the Sutton Storm. The Blackhawks started the game very lackluster...clearly our boys are not used to being up that early on a Sunday morning.....
After losing the 1st quarter 17-7 and a candid team talk...the Blackhawks got down to business and won each of the other quarters 14-9, 18-6 and 17-15, respectively! Sutton Storm had no response to the aggressive press laid down on them, which allowed a multitude of fast break baskets.....and the boys showed no let-up on the stifling pressure they applied to the Storm.
Leading the charge was George F with 22 points, following by Sam Mc with 12 points and Fergus M , 8 points. Other contributors were Joshua B (5pts), James O and Aidan M (4 pts) and Mark P and Karan D (2pts). A well deserved win and a display of fabulous team basketball...
NL - Woking 57 - 48 Didcot Devils
The Blackhawks continued their winning ways with a hard-fought victory over the Didcot Devils at Woking College on 19 Feburary. The game was tight throughout, with point deficits of 2 points, 4 points, and 4 points at the end of the first, second and third quarters respectively. But in the fourth quarter the Blackhawks turned up the energy and came away with a 57-48 9 point win. Notably, Woking hd 9 assists in the second half, and that proved to be the difference on many of the key baskets. As usual a balanced attack with contributions from all players helped seal the victory. Jason S returned after a month-long injury and the led the Blackhawks with 13 points to go with 4 steals and a blocked shot. Sam M played the point exceptionally and ran the offence, leading the team with 5 assists to go with 5 points and 2 steals. James R had another double-double with 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots, while Charlie L and Ben S grabbed 9 and 8 boards respectively. A great twam victory to keep the momentum going
George F (7), Ben S (9), James r (10), Jason S (13), Caleb C (2), Charlie L (2), Sam M (5), Brett G (9)
CVL - Woking 54 - 56 Kingston Royals
Today saw the Blackhawks battle the Kingston Royals; unfortunately, the boys from Woking lost by 2 points in what was an exciting game of nail biting proportions.....
Kingston, from the start were playing with an air of confidence with a point quard that seemed intent on turning the game into his own 3 pooint shooting clinic. The Blackhawks used multiple defensive techniques (led by George F) to contain the Royals confident shooter and dominated on the boards but on the day, the shots werre just not falling.
The Royals managed to keep a small lead for the entire game but Woking continued to hold on, sending a strong message of defiance. By the end of the first half, the score was 23-29. Going into the 2nds half, the Blackhawks stepped up their efforts but once again, lady luck was not present and taking the lead was hindered by missed shots and turnovers!
Scoring was led by Brett G (22pts), George F (14pts), Fergus M (8pts)
NL Woking 56 - 37 JMA Reading Rockets II
The Blackhawks played some of their best team basketball of the season with a convincing 56-37 victory over Reading Rockets II on 5th February. After a tight first quarter, the Blackhawks started to pull away in the second quarter, highlighted by some strong man-to-man defence. However, by far most notable aspect of the victory was the passing of the ball. Woking Tallied 17 assists for the game, and many of them were very high quality, well-placed passes. In all 9 players contributed with at least one assist, and Brett G led the team with 4. The squad also had an impressive 18 steals, led by Zach T's 5. Aidan K was a force inside, putting up a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while James R was equally strong, contributing 12 points to go with 9 boards. The hard work that the team has put in is really starting to show with such impressive teamwork on the court.
Zach T (6), Conor B (4), Aidan K (13), Ben S (5), James R (12), George F (6), Sam M (1), Brett G (9).
CVL Woking 39 - 58 Richmond Knights
Today saw our Blackhawks match-up with the Richmond Knights, a hard fought game but our boys just couldn't manage to get over the elusive hurdle and take full control of the game....
From the tip Woking appeared to be on the backfoot and playing catch-up. The Knights outdueled and outplayed us until a much needed timeout managed to get the boys on the same page. By the 2nd quarter the nervousness had dissipated and our Blackhawks started displaying flashes of quality basketball that we've become accustomed to; exploiting height mismatches dominating on the boards and tough defence. By the half, we managed to claw our way back to tie the game 26-26.
Come the 3rd and 4th quarters, Richmond turned up the heart with a couple of deep threes and some aggressive moves to the basket. Our Blackhawks seemed to struggle to counter-attack, key shots didn't fall and the performance of the 2nd quarter started to feel like a distant memory! Leading scorers for the Blackhawks were James O (8pts) and Josh B (6pts).
NL Woking 85 - 55 Didcot Devils
The Blackhawks had one of their best games on the season with an 85-55 victory over the Didcot Devils on 28th January. Woking established the pace in the first half with tremendous passing and limited turnovers. At halftime they led 51-26 and totalled only 4 turnovers to go with 14 assists. The highlight of the first half was passing between the bigs - Harry H to Aidan K, Ben S to James R, James R to Ben, Charlie to Aidan K.....every combination seemed to have some nice connections. The first quarter also saw squad make 4 3-pointers, by the far the best in a quarter this season. After a slow-down in the third quarter, the Blackhawks again picked up the pace in the 4th quarter and finished off the game handily. Four players finished in double-figures - Brett G with 16, Ben S with 14, Zach T with 13, James R with 12. The teams 18 steals were paced by Zach T with 4, while Brett shined with 5 assists. James R once again led in rebounds with 13 boards to complete a "double double" performance.
Zach T (13), Conor B (5), Caleb C (2), George F (1), Aidan K (9), Ben S (14), James R (12), Charlie L (2), Harry H (6), Sam M (5), Brett G (16)
NL Woking 62 - 50 Surrey Goldhawks
The U16 Blackhawks returned to their winning ways with a 62-50 victory over Surrey Goldhawks on 22 January. Woking took an early lead and never trailed throughout the contest. A four point lead after one quarter grew to eight points at the half and 16 points after three. First quarter action was paced by Brett G's agressiveness, with 4 steals in the first quarter alone. Harry H was the key in the second quarter, with dominant left bank shots that made him the leading scorer in the quarter. The third quarter was owned by James R, with beautiful paint play resulting in 4 for 5 from the field and a free throw in the quarter. Overall it was a great team victory. James R was the clear MVP, with an 18 point, 9 rebound, 3 assist performance, leading the team in all three categories. Overall the Blackhawks had 14 assists and 16 steals, indications of a very complete performance by the squad.
Zach T (10), Conor B (2), Caleb C (5), Aidan K (4), Ben S (5), James R (18), Charlie L (1), Harry H (9), Brett G (8)