Wollongong Hawks are looking to maintain their stunning turnaround in form in the NBL when they face defending champions New Zealand Breakers on Friday night. The Hawks are coming off the back of two wins in 24 hours over Townsville and Sydney last weekend. That made it three wins in a row, and a fourth against the Breakers could see the Hawks in fifth spot on the ladder by the end of the weekend.
Rotnei Clarke showed that he is back to his best with a total of 65 points in those two games last weekend. However, there has been a massive blow for the Hawks this week as Kevin Tiggs underwent knee surgery and has been ruled out indefinitely. He joins Dominic Cooks as a long term absentee.
Tiggs had been a key player in the Hawks recent revival and those coming into the side need to hit the ground running to keep the momentum going. With little room for error between now and the end of the regular season each game becomes more important week by week.
The last time these sides met both reached the 100 point mark, with the Breakers emerging as narrow winners. Alex Pledger remains on the sidelines for the Breakers, who have surprised many by struggling to mount a strong defence of the championship this year. However, they have won the previous three games against the Hawks this season and will be looking to complete a season series clean sweep tonight.
Friday 21st February, WIN Entertainment Centre Wollongong 19:30
Wollongong Hawks v New Zealand Breakers