What a difference a couple of weeks have made for NBL sides Sydney Kings and Wollongong Hawks. Both sides had been struggling with form before recording back to back wins in their last two games to bounce back into top four contention. Both are in action on Sunday with home games, and both will be looking to continue their momentum towards the finals.
After suffering four straight losses Sydney Kings recorded a second win in a row against Cairns on Friday night. They have climbed back into the top four, and now face the team directly above them in third place – Melbourne Tigers.
The turnaround in results has coincided with their star players coming into form, and the combinations between them beginning to pay off. Sam Young notched 31 points against the Taipans to be the top point scorer for the second game in a row. AJ Ogilvy has also shaken off a quiet patch to come into season best form.
Fans who get to Sydney Entertainment Centre early can catch the Wheelchair National League game between the Kings and Hawks. With the run to the finals well under way the Kings need to maintain their good run to keep those just behind them at bay.
One of those challenging will be Wollongong Hawks who have also won two in a row, and in fact have won five of their last eight games. Having relied on the extraordinary form of Rotnei Clarke for most of this season, Kevin Tiggs has been the man who has stepped up to make the difference recently. He managed 20 points from the bench in the win over Cairns, and if he can repeat the heroics in the return match then the Hawks will be well placed to win their third straight match.
The Hawks showed plenty of fight in last week’s match with the Taipans by coming up with a four point win have been two points down with 40 seconds on the clock. Cairns have struggled without leading point scorer Cam Tragardh recently and need to raise their game significantly if they are to take the points on Sunday.
Home form will be key to the Hawks’ chances of making the finals – eight of their thirteen remaining games are at home. The Hawks are looking to improve game day attendance figures, and this Sunday is a Family Fun Day with a free kids ticket issued with each adult ticket purchased.
Sunday 19th January, Sydney Entertainment Centre Haymarket 14:00
Sydney Kings v Melbourne Tigers
Sunday 19th January, WIN Entertainment Centre Wollongong 14:00
Wollongong Hawks v Cairns Taipans