Deleon torches Adelaide, Hawks remain perfect
Published on October 28, 2012 by Nat Where You At ·
In the first true test for Wollongong this season Adris Deleon put’s on an MVP performance to keep the Hawks unbeaten for the 2012-13 season, as Wollongong beat Adelaide 77-63 in Adelaide Arena today.
The 36ers got off to a flying start and lead by as many as 10 points in the first term as it looked like they would blow out the Hawks early, but Wollongong clawed their way back into the game in the 2nd quarter thanks to some great play by Lance Hurdle and Larry Davidson. The Hawks would still trail going into the 3rd term after Hurdle made a buzzer beater at the end of the 2nd quarter.
But the second half was all Wollongong, beating Adelaide in the second half 47-27 thanks to an MVP performance by Adris Deleon, where he scored 16 of his game high 23 points in the 4th quarter.
Adelaide could not stop the little man as he hit consecutive 3s mid way through the 4th quarter to seal the deal for Wollongong. Deleon also picked up 7 assists, 4 steals, 1 block and 3 rebounds for the game.
Adris’s former team mate Anthony Petrie, was the only 36er to score in double digits for the game with 16 points. Wollongong shut down Boomer Adam Gibson in the second half, he scored all of his points in the 1st quarter, but was held scoreless after that.
Once again Dave Gruber proved to be the x-factor for the Hawks as he pulled down 11 rebounds and scored 8 points in 23 minutes off the bench. Lance Hurdle held Wollongong together for most of the game, he finished with 16 points and 4 rebounds.
Next week Wollongong face Perth, the only other unbeaten team this season.
Points – 23, A. Deleon
Rebounds – 11, D. Gruber
Assists – 7, A. Deleon, A. Gibson
Blocks – 1, Multiple
Steals - 4, A. Deleon
Basketball junkie originally from Alice Springs but currently living in Wollongong. I talk too much about basketball, eat too much bacon and reminisce about the Seattle SuperSonics almost everyday.
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