By Charlie Smart
HILLS Raiders unwavering determination and hunger to improve week-in week-out saw some fantastic achievements during WABL round 6.
After enduring an extremely difficult and challenging start to the season, the U16 division 4 boys knew they were in for another tough game when they travelled to Bendat to face an always commanding Perry Lakes Hawks.
The air surrounding the boys prior to the game had a different feel with a renewed sense of calm, focus and mateship oozing from the bench.
Confidence rising after a solid first quarter saw Raiders dominate on the boards and holding Perry Lakes to a mere 5 point margin at half time.
Third quarter saw Raiders a little shell shocked with Hawks taking quick advantage securing the next 8 points unanswered.
The last quarter saw Raiders pull together, lock down their defence and the fight was back on.
Brilliantly executed plays followed, resulting in 3 made layups and two big 3 pointers within the first five minutes narrowing the margin considerably.
Unfortunately, no score board win for the boys eventually going down 49 to 56.
U12 girls division 4 hosted Mandurah Magic at Mundaring Arena who are currently holding a solid second position on the ladder with only one defeat against table toppers Perth Redbacks.
On last encounter Mandurah were unrelenting in their dominance with a 54 to 9 win.
Our youngest Raiders took to the court seemingly still riding on the confidence of their brilliant win the week before against Joondalup Wolves securing the first points on the board.
Mandurah though had other ideas with the next 9 points being unanswered until Raiders dug in deep to finish the first quarter 13 to 10.
A strong defensive display during the second quarter kept Mandurah to only 7 points and saw Raiders pull ahead.
An arm wrestle ensued with points matched and Mandurah coming within 1 point difference.
Both teams fought tremendously hard in defence with a very low scoring forth.
Our girls determined to seal another win displayed amazing teamwork with the final buzzer seeing them victorious 43 to 38.