NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 30: Nelson Giants v Canterbury Rams at the Trafalgar Centre, April 30, Nelson, New Zealand. (Photo by: Barry Whitnall/Shuttersport Limited)

Live blog: NBL Nelson Giants v Hawke’s Bay Hawks


Follow along with our live blog of the NBL game between the Nelson Giants and Hawke’s Bay Hawks at the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson.

The Giants need to put away the winless Hawks to keep the pressure on for a top four spot.

Tip-off at 7pm

Fulltime here Giants win 90-77

8.46pm The Hawks have gone cold here 88-72

8.45pm Ben Strong what can’t he do tonight? another bucket 88-72

8.42pm Cowels and Jones with buckets 86-71

8.40pm Giants pulling away a bit here 82-68 with under five minutes to play

8.35pm Jarrod Kenney for two 78-66

8.34pm Giants maintaining a 10-point lead here seven minutes to go 76-66

8.25 Three quarter done Giants lead 72-59

8.24 Bronson Berri from downtown 72-59

8.23pm Ray Cowels for threeee! 69-59

8.22pm Cowels to the line. He rarely misses 66-58

Hawks coach Kirstin Daly-Taylor barking at the referees. It’s quite funny. Good passion depite being 0-15 on the season.

8.19pm Kenney to the line.  64-55

8.16pm Cowels taking charge in this quarter 62-53. Saw Finn Delany on crutches and in a moon boot at half time he’s in good spirits but not looking good for next week.

8.15pm Phill Jones is wide, wide, wide open and drains the three after thinking what he’ll do on Sunday 60-51

8.14pm Cowels to the line, nice run for the Giants here 57-51 Giants lead

8.12pm Kenney will go for the three point play. When he runs the floor he is so good, just rarely does it 53-51

8.10pm Jarrod Kenney wakes up and gets a couple of free throws 51-51

8.09pm Coels and Phill Jones hit back to back threes 51-49 Hawks

8.08pm Ray Cowels strong to the bucket cuts it to 47-46

8.07pm Winitana with back to back threes for the Hawks 47-43

8.05pm Giants start with an early bucket 43-41

7.49pm We are all tied up at halftime 41-41

7.47pm Time out on the floor

7.45pm That man again, Ben Strong with the hook shot 41-39

7.44pm It’s a Ben Stong showcase currently 39-39 late in the second

7.42pm Ben Strong has been great for the Giants in the first half. Another three point lay coming up for him 35-34

7.40 Veteran Paoro Winitana with the jump shot for the Hawks 32-32 and they’ll go to the line to take the lead.

7.38pm Giants go for the dunk  32-30 and the Hawks want to talk it over!

7.37pm If the Giants thought the Hawks were easy beats at the start they’ll be thinking something else now 30-30

7.34pm Tie ball game 26-26

7.33pm Ben Strong with a long two 26-25

7.31pm Back to back threes for the Hawks. Cuts the lead to 24-23

7.29pm Giants get the second quarter going through Phill Jones 24-17

7.25pm That’s QUARTER TIME Giants lead 22-17

7.21pm Tom Ingham with the corner three for the Giants but the Hawks reply 22-17

7.21pm Phill Jones with a fake and a simple finish 18-14

7.20pm Cowels with the and one! Finally someone gets a bucket and the Hawks call a time out. 16-14 Giants

7.19pm Slow start to this one, both teams sloppy, shooting poorly 14-13 Hawks

7,14pm Hawks long range shooting way off so far. It was in practice as well. They are winning the battle inside though 14-13  Hawks

7.13pm Cowels draws the foul to get his team the lead 13-12

7.13pm two offensive board for the Hawks but no joy 11-10

7.12pm Strong has that hook going 11-10

7.11pm Ben Strong soars high and gets the simple finish 9-7 Giants lead

7.10pm Cowels gets a three point play of his own. Nails it 7-7

7.09pm Cowels called for a travel. Alonso Burton with a three point play chance for the Hawks which he takes 7-4

7.09pm Jarrod Kenney with a jumper then a Ben Strong hook shot 4-4

7.08pm We are underway

7.03pm Starting five for the Giants Ray Cowels, Ben Strong, Jarrod Kenney, Ali Granger, Sam Dempster