It was all smiles for the two Hawks teams with both enjoying big wins in round seven of the Manjimup Amateur Basketball Association’s 2021-22 season. Hawks A matched up against the Yabbies on Wednesday and were able to confidently put away their opponents by 43 points. The Hawks showed they could score more freely than the Yabbies early in the game. As one Hawk would drive to the basket on offence and draw defenders, there would be multiple teammates cutting for a pass and an easy layup. At the other end of the court, Yabbies became somewhat stuck on the perimeter. The Hawks’ solid defence kept Yabbies from being able to generate many open shots as the margin grew significantly before half-time. Credit has to be given to Yabbies for not giving up and continuing to go hard at the Hawks’ defence, but it was still hard for them to crack into their lead in the second half. The height of Scott Bourkehead and Ryan Gandy also gave Hawks a serious advantage in the paint. The twin towers constantly combined for easy points and if one missed the other was able to grab the rebound and go straight back up. Yabbies fought until the end but the Hawks were too strong as they finished 60-17 winners. There were some other significant wins in the men’s competition as Hawks B also enjoyed a 61-23 win against Spoonbills and Dingos won 45-25 over Warriors. There were also some closer results with the Cobras able to take down the in-form Barracudas 49-42, Giants got the better of Imperials 37-31 and Raiders claimed a 41-36 win over Wolfpack. The top women’s grade matches were cut in half this week as Pink Ladies took a forfeit win from Vipers, but Aces came out on top in a high-scoring battle with Comets 62-47. In the AR/B women’s competition, Mystics smashed Magpies Blue 64-14, Bush Chooks edged Panthers 26-24, Magpies Orange defeated Saints 25-21 and Senators Maroon beat sister team Senators Blue 40-19. Slam Dunks and Diamonds both took forfeit wins against Aus Stars Green and Aus Stars Purple respectively.