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)
NL Woking 51 - 61 Farnborough Phantoms
The Blackhawks unfortunately came up short on their second game on 2017, falling 61-51 to Farnborough on 15th January. The game started close with only a 4 point deficit after one quarter, in spite of 13 turnovers in the period. Woking briefly took the lead at 19-18 but trailed at the half by 8. The second quarter featured some impressive defence by Conor B and a gorgeous play with Charlie's assist feeding a nice Conor basket. The third quarter proved the challenge this time as Farnborough picked up momentum with their shooting. In the end of the Blackhawks won the 4th quarter stand-alone, but in total it wasn't enough. Conor B was the coach's MVP with some of the best individual defence seen in a long time - very well done. Charlie L had a solid game with 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 6 points. Brett G led the scoring with 11 points, but more impressive were his 5 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocked shots. Lastly, James R continued to be a force inside, with 9 points, 9 boards, and a block.
Zach T (2), Ethan L (1), Conor B (8), George F (2), Aidan K (5), Ben S (2), James R (9), Charlie L (6), Sam M (5), Brett G (11).
CVL Woking 42 - 70 Cobham Cougars
Today saw the Blackhawks take on the boys from ACS Cobham.
From very early on in the game our boys from Woking Blackhawks showed the 'rust' that comes as a result of the Christmas break; allowing the opponents to take a quick lead. The Cougars certainly showed up today, they had the quicker first step and displayed the tenacity that the Blackhawks boys tradionally show. We found ourselves struggling to contain their point guard and eventually closed out the first half down 12 points, with the score being 38-26. Note to self......postpone next Christmas...:)
Despite continuously playing catch-up basketball, numerous turnovers and poor execution, our boys showed some glimmers of very effective game play, capitalising on Cobham's turnovers and converting them into points through swiftly executed fast breaks; showing some often-times rebounding dominance and exploiting the height difference in the low post....all too infrequently however! Key scoring effort came from Sam Mc (13 pts), Joshua B (8 pts), and Karan D (7 pts). Great defensive effort came from George F who had the enviable assignment of guarding the Cougars point guard.
A positive post-game team talk left the boys knowing that even the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers lose games, which can be a challenge when you are used to winning.....which the Blackhawks are! It's how we bounce back after correcting the mistakes made that really counts!
NL Surrey Rams II 56 - 51 Woking Blackhawks
The Blackhawks started out 2017 with a tough game vs. Surrey Rams II, ultimately falling by a score of 56-51. In the first quarter the squad struggled to shake off the New Year's rust, and fell down 12-3 before catching up to even the score 12-12 at the end of one quarter. The second quarter was problematic for them once again, falling to a 30-22 half-time margin. As the game wore on, it looked like a free throw shooting seminar, as the Surrey Rams seemingly constantly strolled to the foul line and made a good percentage of their free throws. The squad battled back, though, winning the third quarter by 1 point and the fourth quarter by 2 points. But in the end it was not enough. Somewhat unusually for the Blackhawks, 3 players fouled out and 2 others finished with 4 fouls, highlighting the physical pressure during the game. Brett G led the scoring with 13 points, but it was the 8 points and inspired play by ach T which most sparked the team when it needed it. Kudos also to Harry H for a solid 8 point/6 rebound performance and some nice hustle on defence.
Zach T (8), Conor B (1), Caleb C (4), Ben S (6), Aidan K (5), James R (4), Brett G (13), Harry H (8), Sam M (2)
NL JMA Reading Rockets 74 - 40 Woking Blackhawks
The Blackhawks travelled to Reading to take on the Reading Rockets 1 team in a National League match on 10th December. Unfortunately the boys came up short to a very strong Reading team, falling by 74-40 final score. In the first quarter Woking held their own and were able to get some open shots, but the shots stopped dropping in the second quarter and they were down 38-13 at the half. However, it should be noted that the Blackhawks played inspired basketball throughout the game, and growing momentum through the game resulted in Woking winning the stand-alone 4th quarter 19-14. Aidan K led all Blackhawks scorers with 14 points, while Jason S was Coach Ed's MVP with 9 points and 11 rebounds. Charlie L notably contributed 3 blocked shots in the second half, and Brett had 3 very nice assists as well. Unfortunately the team continued its inconsistency at the foul line, making only 36% in the game. Overall the coaches agreed that the squad should be proud of the spirit they demonstrated against a very tough opponent.
Sam M (2), Conor B (4), Jason S (9), Ben S (1), Harry H (4), George F (2), Aidan K (14), Brett G (4).
Woking Blackhawks 42 - 36 Farnborough Phantoms
Tonight's game was somewhat of a grudge match for the Phantoms who have lost to the Blackhawks in the last two encounters. The difference this time was that the Phantoms came with reinforcements in the shape of two National League players and a rim protecting centre; as well as additional role players who were not present before.
The Blackhawks were not deterred and approached the game like any other with a non-complacent mind-set. The boys from Wokiong were quick out of the starting blocks creating a comfortable lead between themselves and the Farnborough boys. Going into the second quarter, this lead was quickly eroded as the Farnborough coach unleashed their new secret weapons who single-handedly gave the Phantoms a lead for the first time in the game.
The Blackhawks went into the second half playing the hard-nosed, stifling defence they have become known for, which crippled the two Farnborough guards who were unable to sustain their second quarter offensive. With charge and a strong defensive front court consisting of Joshua B , Josh B and Sam Mc, the Blackhawks soon made it very clear who's house it was and clocked up another well deserved victory.
Other significant contributions came from Fergus M, Matt H, Ben W, Jake H and James H.
Woking Blackhawks 48 - 53 Bracknell Cobras
A hesitant start by Woking saw them ending the first quarter down 7 to 13. Blackhawks hit their stride in the second with some good team interplay leaving James R the beneficiary of ten of the 16 well finished points to leave Woking up 23 to 21 at the turn. The game steadied during an evenly matched third quarter which saw the lead for Blackhawks stretch to 4 points. With the score 37 to 34 going into the fourth the Cobras offence began to edge ahead, and other than Sam M draining a nice 3 there were only lessons to be learnt taken from the fourth for Woking.
Harry H (2), Jmes R (17), Ben S (15), Sam M (5), Brett G (9)
Hoop Dreams London Tournament
Today saw our U16 CVL team compete in the very popular Hoop Dreams London Tournament at the American School in Cobham.
The last time the Blackhawks took part in this event was early October, so fortunately there was some familiarity for the boys. However, the Group drawn was once again a noticably tough one, with the addition of Tamaraws, a team from the Philippine Centre Youth Basketball Academy, who eventually went onto face-off withe the Lewisham Thunder in the Group Final.
Woking Blackhawks vs Tamaraws - 15-19
At the tip we got off to a slow start, which the opponents took firm advantage of, in a matter of minutes the Woking boys were 5-0 down; an incredibly quick team, in basketball circles they would be labelled a run-and-gun team. Many of their early baskets were from fast breaks resulting from Woking turnovers. After a timeout to discuss how to contain the speedy opposition, the Blackhawks started to see the game momentarily sway in their favour.
The early shell shock had dissipated and the Blackhawks settled into their court plays, converting on many of them but the Tamaraws proved to be a challenge to contain, the analogy like herding cats springs to mind as the Tamaraws were everywhere! The game became a see-saw event with sparks of greast plays coming from both teams. Point guard duties fell on Fergus M's shoulders in the absence of Mark P, with several tenacious plays that kept the boys from Woking close to the Tamaraws. Strong rebounding also came from the Blackhawks's front court in the form of Josh B, Joshua B and Matt H.
Woking Blackhawks vs Farnborough Phantoms - 12-5
The Blackhawks bounced back from the Tamaraws loss with a convincing win over the Phantoms, who consequently, they beat two days before in a CVL Bracknell game. There was clearly an air of confidence and familarity and a repeat performance of dominance, great defence and teamwork; a win well deserved after the earlier loss.
Overall, winning one of two games was deemed acceptable. These tournaments bring tangible value in that the boys get to play against teams they will never encounter during the regular season of league games neighbouring county teams. The experience gained, priceless.....
NL Blackhawks 30 - 103 Thames Valley Cavaliers
The Blackhawks travelled to Uxbridge to take on the top-ranked Thames Valley Cavaliers on 27 November, and came away on the short end of 103-30 loss. Woking Started the game somewhat tentatively, with the Cavaliers rushing out to a 53-12 halftime lead. However, in the second half the squad started to bear down and execute, elegantly breaking the full court press several times in a row and demonstrating strong ball movement resulting in much better scoring. Notably they also reduced their turnover count to only 6 turnovers in the second half, compared to way too many in the first half. In the end, though, they were out-mannered and missed the participation of a few key players. Brett G led Woking with 9 points, but Harry H had an impressive game with 8 points to go with 6 rebounds, thus receiving Coach Ed's MVP award for the game. Caleb C also demonstrated some nice ball movement and aggressiveness, and also had a few blocked shots in the 4th quarter.
Caleb C (2), Harry H (8), Jason S (7), Sam M (4), Brett G (4)
CVL Blackhawks 47 - 15 Farnborough Phantoms II
Tonight saw the Blackhawks U16 CVL team continue its winning streak by cruising to 47-15 victory over the Farnborough Phantoms.
During the warm-up the team from Woking displayed a lackluster, end-of-the-week type presence. After a quick team-talk an energised Blackhawks Team emerged. The first unit got off to a storming start, playing an aggressive man defense that seemed to be a reminiscent continuation of the recent Surrey Rams game; clearly hindered by the Bracknell CVL rules that stipulate a half-court defense.
The second unit entered that game as the second quarter commenced and in a bid to not allow their team-mates work go unappreciated, continued the stifling defence switching into a zone as the Phantoms stole a moment to have a run to close the gap in score. The Blackhawks closed out the first half leading the Phantoms 27-14.
A half-time team chat and rehydration opportunity saw the team make a commitment that they would work together to keep their opponents to no more than 20 points at the end of regulation. The start of the 3rd and 4th quarters saw an even more energised Blackhawks team showing a level of confidence that left the Phantoms struggling for ideas to combat the flurry of steals, fast breaks and dominance on the boards.
The Blackhawks closed out the game allowing the Phantoms to score ONLY one point for the entire half! An amazing all-round performance by the entire team - Mark P, Fergus M, Ethan L, Ben W, Ryan C, Aidan M, Jake H, Andrew T, Josh B and Joshua B.
NL Blackhawks 40 - 97 Baltic Stars
In the United States NCAA college basketb all tournament, it is called the 'Sweet Sixteen'. The Woking Blackhawks played their latest game in the final 16 round of the Basketball England National Cup competition, travelling to play the higher-ranked Baltic Stars. The squad started strong, keepong within 5 points at the end of one quarter and holding to a 14 point deficit at the half. However, in the second half the Baltic Stars started draining 3-pointers, eventually making 12 in the half, and it was too much for Woking. Unfortunately the Stars proved too much for the Blackhawks and prevailed by a score of 97-40. The coaches were proud of the squad's toughness throughout the game - a positive sign of things to come. Notably, while the opposing coach implemented a very classless full-court press while up 54 points late in the 4th quarter, the Blackhawks fought to the end and prevented Baltic from achieving their goal of 100 points. Ben S provided a nice double-double with 11 points and 20 rebounds, while Aidan K led the tream in rebounds with 13 to go with his 7 points.
Sam M (2), Zach T (2), Caleb C (2), Jason S (3), James R (2), Ben S (11), Harry H (2), Aidan K (7), Brett G (3), Charlie L (6)
CVL Blackhawks 94 - 58 Surrey Rams Core
Today the Blackhawks U16 CVL Team continue their winning streak with a pummeling of our neighbours and arch rivals the Surrey Rams, leading to an almos 40m point blowout.......
Lead by top scorer George F (19pts - 3 threes), the Blackhawks were on top form with a stifling defence that saw the Rams searching for answers. Rams star player Ollie Blake could not sustain his solo assult as the Blackhawks ground him down with an assortment of fresh defenders assigned to contain him. A high level of confidence spread throughout the team as they approached halftime with a 52-29 lead.
As the 2nd half commenced, the team refocused and showed no let-up with the 2nd unit maintaining the momentum. Other Blackhawk players that contributed with significant numbers were James O (14pts), Harry H (12pts), Fergus M (11pts), Mark P (9pts), Karan D (8pts), Aidan M (8pts), Sam Mc (8pts), Josh B (4pts), Joshua B (2pts), respectively.
Overall an impressive display of collaborative effort, with multiple 3 pointers, crippling defence leading to fast breaks and dominance on the defensive boards.
NL Blackhawks 72 - 32 JMA Reading Rockets II
The Blackhawks evened their record in National League play with a convincing 72-32 win over Reading Rockets II. Working was in command of the game from the start, with a 40-12 advantage at halftime. After a brief lapse in the third quarter, they returned to form and finished the game handily. Ben S had an outstanding game with 20 points and 10 rebounds. James R and Charlie L had 3 strong blocked shots apiece, and special call-out to Ethan L whose nice passing resulted in 4 assists to go with his 4 points. More importantly, every one of the 12 players put points on the scoreboard as well as grabbed at least one rebound. It was truly a team effort, with 18 assists, 19 steals, and 44% from the field.
Conor B (2), Ethan L (4), Zach T (2), Harry H (2), Ben S (20), James R (3), Jason S (7), George F (8), Charlie L (5), Aidan K (10), Sam M (3), Brett G (6)
CVL Blackhawks 49 - 41 Mole Valley Phoenix
Our U16 CVL Team cam away with hard fought win over Mole Valley Phoenix (MVP) in what I would call a see-saw game of basket trading and a testing of nerves....
A nail biting game at times, our Blackhawks soard ahead in the first half with a very confortable 23-10 lead. However, complacency, turnovers (at least 6 or 7 travelling callas) and being out rebounded by our opposition, led to that lead being quickly eroded in the 3rd quarter, which was convincingluy won by MVP 13-7.
With both Charlie Lowe and Caleb Celine flying the MVP flag, the latter of the two had a very dominating game scoring pretty much all of his points in the point and on the free throw line. At times it felt like we didn't have an answer to Caleb's speed as we switched multiple defenders in an effort to contain him.
Come the fourth quarter, we embarrassingly saw ourselves playing catch-uo basketball......again. With strong plays from Harry Hansford (11 pts), Brett Greenwood (11 pts) and Joshua Bayliss (8 pts) with other key players positively contributing too (James O - 7 pts, Sam Mcall - 6 pts, Fergus M - 4 pts and George F 2 pts), we managed to regain control of the game and secure the 49-41 win!
There are some lessons learned here....during the warm-up we appeared lax, distant and not as mentally preparerd as MVP. At the half, a complacency set in as if the game was already over, this certainly hit home in the 3rd quarter!
Areas that need work -Rebounding, Plays (passing/catching/patience), DEFENCE! Despite being told repeatedly, we are still not playing Deny to prevent the pass, rather than turning defence on once the player being marked receives the pass!
Overall......a very positive and gritty performance from the guys!
NL Blackhawks 59 - 45 Surrey Goldhawks
The Blackhawks travelled to Liphook on 22nd October to challenge the Surrey Goldhawks, and came away with a well-earned 59-45 victory. The game was tight throughout and tied after three quarters at 40-40. It was the fourth quarter where the squad shined, outscoring the Goldhawks 19-5 in the frame. Once again it was the signature half-court defence that was the key, keeping the Goldhawks down and creating turnovers that led to scores. It was a total team effort, with contributions with all 9 players in attendance. Brett G led all scorers with 16 points and added 7 nice steals. Aidan K and Jason S both scored in double-figures and contributed 6 rebounds apiece. Ben S was the monster on the boards for this game, with 15 rebounds to go with 5 critical assists and 6 points. Special call-out to Charlie L whose increasing tenacity resulted in 8 rebounds.
Sam M (2), Jason S (12), Geroge F (2), Ben S (6), Harry H (6), Aidan K (10), Brett G (16), Charlie L (5)
NL Blackhawks 51 - 71 Farnborough Phantoms
The Blackhawks suffered a painful loss at Farnborough on 15ht October by 71-51 margin. The first half was difficult, with the opposition's combination of outside shooting and fast break being a bit too much fr Woking, resulting in a 42-19 halftime deficit. The Blackhawks picked up the intensity in the second half and outscored the Phantoms by 1 point in the 3rd quarter and 2 points in the fourth quarter, but in the end is was not enough. Aidan K paced all Woking scorers with 15 points together with 7 rebounds, while Brett G contributed 12 points, 4 boards and 2 steals. Jason S had a solid 10 points, 7 boards, a block and a steal before going down to injury in the 4th quarter. Also notable were Ben S's 9 rebounds and 4 assists, while Sam M led the team with 4 steals to go with a notable 3 rebounds from the point guard position.
Harry H (2), James R (6), Jason S (10), Charlie L (2), Aidan K (15), Sam M (4), Brett G (12)
NL Blackhawks 83 - 27 Sevenoaks Suns
The Woking U16 boys advanced to the third round of the Cup tournament with a dominating 83-27 victory over the Sevenoaks Suns on 9th October. The squad played solidly throughout the game, winning each individual quarter handily. The victory was paced by solid inside play, with both Ben S and James R recording "double doubles" in the game. Zach T led some excellent team passing with 7 assists, and the team admirably controlled the ball better than recently by keeping the turnover total to 15. 9 players got on the scoreboard, with Ben S, James R, Brett G, and Charlie L all in double figures in points. All in all it was a solid team victory, providing the team with some momentum going into some key upcoming games.
Sam M (4), Conor B (6), Ethan (2), Jason S (7), Ben S (20), James R (17), Caleb C (4), Brett G (11), Charlie L (12)
NL Blackhawks 65 - 34 Surrey Rams II
The Blackhawks came away with a convincing 65-34 victory over Surrey Rams II on October 8th. It was a true team victory, with every one of the 12 players scoring at least one point. 19 team assists in the game demonstrated the strength of passing and team offence. Woking led from the start to finish, winning each individual quarter and building on their 39-16 halftime lead. Once again team defence was the spark, and a huge second quarter defensive effort ignited a 19-4 margin in the second quarter alone. Harry H, Ben S and Aidan K all had double-digits in rebounds, and Zach T paced the team with 6 assists. 9 blocked shots also demonstrated the strength in the middle which helped seal the victory.
Conor B (7), Zach T (4), George F (2), Harry H (4), Ben S (2), James R (11), Jason S (7), Caleb C (1), Charlie L (4), Aidan K (5), Sam M (5), Brett G (12)
NL Blackhawks 47 - 65 Surrey Rams
The Blackhawks suffered a tough defeat vs. the Surrey Rams 1 in their third game of the National League season. While still within one point at the end of one quarter, a tough second quarter put them back 34-21 at halftime. The squad battled back to trim the deficit to only 9 points after three, but they ran out of fuel in the end by a final score of 65-47. The athletic Rams were a tough challenge, but the team held their own, paced by a stellar 15 pooints, 16 rebound performance by Aidan K. Coach Ed also gave special mention to Conor B for his inspirational defensive effort to power on his teammates. Brett G played significant minutes and led the team with his 4 assists to go with 3 steals, 3 rebounds and 4 points. And special mention to Sam M for 3 steals and notably 5 rebounds from the point guiard position. The coaches agreed that the team demonstrated they obsolutely belong in the National League, and further good things can be expected as they build going forward.
Conor B (2), George F (1), Harry H (2), Ben S (6), James R (4), Jason S (4), Charlie L (6), Aidan K (15), Sam M (3), Brett G (4).
NL Blackhawks 30 - 40 JMA Reading Rockets
The Blackhawks began regular season National League play with a hard-fought loss to formidable opponent Reading Rockets 40-30. The squad was only down point at the endof the first quarter but lost some ground in the second for a 9 point half-time deficit. Considering the fact that the entire second half resulted in only a one point differential, it was just the second-quarter slip that made the difference. Great team defence was the signature accomplishment of this game, with all players contributing to keeping the high-scoring opponent in check, even with the loss of team captain Sam M to injury in the first half it was a balanced scoring performance with Brett G leading the way with 7 points. Rebound leaders included Aidan K with 8 and Jason S and James R pulling down 7 apiece. Also notable were 4 and 3 steals respectively by Brett G and Zach T.
Zach T (2), George F (2), Jason S (5), Ben S (4), James R (4), Caleb C (2), Aidan K (4), Brett G (7)
NL Cup Game: Blackhawks 42 - 33 Surrey Rams II
The start of the journey of the U16 National League team started with a Cup Game against Rams. Both teams started edgily, but Hawks settled the quarter 8 -2 ahead. Rams hit their shooting stride in the second as they out scored Woking 6 to 14 leaving them ahead by two at the half. Blackhawks swept into the third quarter with some strong team play that Aidan, Brett, Conor, Caleb, Ethan, James and Sam all converted into points and put Blackhawks ahead 32 to 26 going into the fourth. The game steadied and so too did the Woking defence which held the Rams penetration and they played the game out to see them into the next round.
Conor (4), Ethan (2), Ben (2), James (4), Jason (4), Caleb (2), Charlie (2), Aidan (11), Sam (3), Brett (8)