Thu 29th March 2017 – Herts Premier League Division 1
Harlow Hawks 64 vs 69 Bedford Thunder
Harlow Leisure Zone
by Simon Stanley
Bedford Thunder edged out a back-and-forth contest against Harlow Hawks Thursday night to move off the bottom of the table and maintain hopes of a sixth place finish.
Hugo Garrido had an impressive debut, leading the way in containing the Hawks’ main threat inside, but an abysmal showing from the line (4/21, 19%) and an inability to stop the Hawks’ outside threat threatened to undo what was, overall, an impressive defensive display.
Despite a relatively slow start, the Thunder managed to finish the first period up by seven, with Makore contributing three straight baskets for the visiting team.
A string of 3s helped tip the balance in the Hawks’ favor going into the second. However, even losing starting centre Michael Craddock to his fifth foul early in the second half wouldn’t half the relentless Thunder march to their third win of the season. Craddock’s replacement, forward Lukas Deveikis, came up huge with all 10 of his points in an 11 minute stretch, the highlight being a dagger mid-range jumpshot that burst the Hawks’ comeback bubble.
The Thunder now look ahead to an important contest at LT United where a win, and other results going their way, would secure a sixth place and a spot in next season’s newly formed Premier Division.
Delgado, C. – 25
Deveikis, L – 10
Makore, A – 8