Hawks stay perfect, smash Perth
Published on November 4, 2012 by Nat Where You At ·
The Wollongong Hawks smash the Perth Wildcats in Wollongong 100-67, to remain the only unbeaten team in the NBL this season.
More than 4,000 people showed up on a Sunday night in Wollongong to watch the Hawks beat rivals Perth Wildcats. Not only did the Hawks beat the team that many say will win the 2012-13 NBL championship, but they embarrassed them by 33 points thanks to some hard nose defense by Wollongong.
The Wildcats were never in the game as the Hawks lead by as many as 21 points in the first quarter, thanks to a 22-2 run by Wollongong that saw them drop 38 points in the first period alone.
Perth chipped away and shrunk the lead down to 14 at one stage but could not get any closer thanks to some timing shooting by Adris Deleon and Oscar Forman.
Deleon finished the game with 26 points off the bench, shooting the ball at 73% from the field. He was helped fellow American Lance Hurdle who scored most of his 13 points in the first half. Oscar Forman bounced back from a terrible game against the 36ers, with 21 points, hitting 5 three’s in the game.
Perth’s only bright point was Matthew Knight who scored 18 points and pulled down 6 rebounds, most of his points coming from mid range jump shots. The only other player in double figures was Jesse Wagstaff who got into some foul trouble early, but finished the game with 12 points.
Wollongong look to continue their hot run next Friday night when they face off against Sydney,
Points – 26, A. Deleon
Rebounds – 8, L. Davidson
Assists – 7, R. Martin
Blocks – 1, Multiple
Steals - 2, Multiple
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.
Tags: NBL, Perth Wildcats, Wollongong Hawks