ILLAWARRA Hawks starting guard Kevin White believes his side deserve to progress to the Grand Final series, and with it another chance to play in front of a vocal home crowd.
The squad began ramping up preparations for its third game against Adelaide in eight days this morning, with White acknowledging the importance of the game not only to the squad, but also to the loyal fan base.
“We really want to put on another show for our home crowd after the other night because that was amazing,” said White.
“Not only do we deserve to be in the final, but we think our crowd deserve to see a grand final series.
“We want to have that chance and opportunity to play on our floor for them.”
The side went through their typical recovery session yesterday, before returning to training this morning for film, weights and court time.
Flying to Adelaide Wednesday morning, the squad will train again in the afternoon before going to work Thursday at 7:30pm AEDT.
With a now 4-2 record against the 36ers this season, including a win on the road, the Hawks are upbeat about their chances of returning to the crowning series for the first time since 2010.
“We’re confident,” said White. “We’ll go down to Adelaide knowing we’ve won there before and that this is it.
“I think for this group the positive thing is no-one expects us to win.
“Adelaide is a great team. When they get out in transition and run the ball, push the ball and score in the first eight seconds is when they’re really dangerous.
“We just have to do what we can to try and take that crowd out of it and swing everything back in our favour to come away with the opportunity to continue playing.”
written by Jarrod McGrouther