Jacks ground Hawks with below-par win

PUBLISHED: 16:55 10 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:07 26 October 2009

Jacks basketball star Thor Ahmed

Jacks basketball star Thor Ahmed

THE Jacks defeated Harlow Hawks 49-34 on Sunday. The victory sees the Birchwood Leisure Centre-based team remain in third spot in Division Two of the Herts Premier League. The play was fast and furious in the opening few minutes, but amazingly lacked any

THE Jacks defeated Harlow Hawks 49-34 on Sunday.

The victory sees the Birchwood Leisure Centre-based team remain in third spot in Division Two of the Herts Premier League.

The play was fast and furious in the opening few minutes, but amazingly lacked any score.

It was over two minutes into the period before the Hawks managed to sink their first basket, despite strong defence by the home side.

Harlow gained confidence and started to pick up their game, with good steals and accurate passing.

The Jacks seemed to be strong in offence, but just could not hit the basket.

At the end of the first quarter, the score was only 6-1 in favour of the visitors from Essex, a really poor showing by the home side.

The second quarter saw a much more structured Jacks team.

Dami Siyanbola again claimed the rebounds easily and an impressive three point basket from Rob Quy started the Hatfield side's comeback.

Despite a matching three point basket from the Harlow side, the Jacks started to gain ground, with baskets from Thor Ahmed and Quy.

The quarter ended with a slightly better scoreline for the Jacks, who were now leading 20- 14.

The home side went straight into attack mode at the start of the third quarter.

Ahmed managed to put up a few baskets, but many shots were missed. Unfortunately for the visitors, they had left it too late, as the quarter finished with a score of 36-24 to the hosts.

The Jacks started the fourth and final quarter with a very aggressive offence.

The pressure on Harlow was intense and they were slowly being beaten by superior passing moves and speed from the Jacks.

Another great three point shot from Ahmed sealed the game for the home team 49-34.

After the game, Jacks captain James Bailey and coach Mike West analysed the disappointing performance their team had shown, knowing full well they were capable of doing a lot better.

Next week, sees the Jacks play their Herts Plate semi-final.

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