Basketball: Kerala Stars gets closer to Hawks

Melbourne’s Ringwood Hawks posted its second straight victory over the Kerala All Stars in the ‘International Hoopathon Series’ at the V.K.N. Menon indoor stadium here on Tuesday night but this time, at 70-63, the basketball match was much closer than the opener in Kochi.

Kerala Stars attempts to stop Ringwood Hawks star Cassidy Mihalko in the second match of the five-match basketball series, in Thrissur, on Tuesday.   -  Special Arrangement

Melbourne’s Ringwood Hawks posted its second straight victory over the Kerala All Stars in the ‘International Hoopathon Series’ at the V.K.N. Menon indoor stadium here on Tuesday night but this time, at 70-63, the basketball match was much closer than the opener in Kochi.

Kerala, the senior national women’s basketball champion, began with a 5-0 lead but it did not take long for the Hawks to grab the advantage.

The Hawks led 33-27 at half-time but in the third quarter, Kerala cut down the gap smartly and was trailing by just one point at 47-48 before losing.

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The Hawks star Cassidy Mihalko led the team’s scoring charts with 26 points while Maharashtra international Shireen Limaye, the host’s lone guest player, led the Kerala list with 17 points.

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The third game of the five-match series, organised by Team Rebound – an NGO of former basketball players – and the Kerala Basketball Association, will be played in Kottayam on Thursday.

The result: Ringwood Hawks, Melbourne 70 (Cassidy Mihalko 26, Danielle Bone 10, Kate Spillane 10) bt Kerala All Stars 63(Shireen Limaye 17, Shilji George 12, P.G. Anjana 10).

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