Southland Sharks hand Hawks another loss
The Southland Sharks have beaten the Hawke's Bay Hawks 94-73 in the round six National Basketball League game in Invercargill.
Again it was Americans Brian Conklin and Kevin Braswell to the fore for the Sharks as they ran out 21-point winners.
It capped off a disappointing southern road trip for Hawke's Bay after they lost in overtime to the competition high-flyers Otago in Dunedin on Friday.
Conklin started the rout when he scored Southland's first seven points as they got out to a 7-2 lead in the first quarter.
To Hawke's Bay's credit they did produce a run at midway in the first period to hit the lead 13-12 at one stage.
But that lead was short lived as Southland regained the lead and held it for the remainder of the night.
The Sharks had to play the majority of the game without Breakers development player Morgan Natanahira.
Natanahira was under an injury cloud going into the game because of a shoulder injury but did start.
However midway through the first quarter he fell and twisted his knee which ended his night.
The win is a big one for the Sharks as it keeps them in touch with the top four and opened a three-win gap over sixth place Hawke's Bay.
Southland Sharks 94 (Kevin Braswell 25, Brian Conklin 23, Leon Henry 11) Bay Hawks 73 (Paora Winitana 15, Dion Prewster 14). 1Q: 30-16, HT: 52-30, 3Q: 74-51
The Southland Times