Featured News / October 7th, 2016

Hawks smash records in 122-88 win over Adelaide

On a hot spring evening in the Illawarra, 3,247 fans flooded to the WIN Entertainment Centre for the opening game of the Hawks 2016/17 NBL season. The passionate crowd was greeted by a free-flowing, high-scoring basketball game with the Hawks running out convincing 122-88 winners.

A third quarter shooting display was the difference in the match, with the Hawks outscoring their opponents 34-10 over the 10-minute stretch. Michael Holyfield, on debut, was at his destructive best during the quarter, completing two rim rattling alley-oops to send the crowd into raptures. The ball flew around the court from coach Beveridge’s unselfish unit, with the three-ball pushing the score out of the 36ers reach.

The first four minutes of the game was a similar story, with the Hawks producing a 16-2 run which left the home fans feet tiring as Adelaide struggled for their first score. The Hawks ended the quarter with an enviable 31 points, with their aggressive full court press in full swing; it produced six turnovers in the first 10 minutes alone.

To the 36ers credit, they fought their way back into the game in the second, on the back of 19-second quarter points from Mitch Creek. Creek was Adelaide’s best by a long way, helping the Adelaide outfit fight their way to a one-point half time lead.

The second half was all Illawarra. Oscar Forman ignited from deep with three straight long bombs as the Hawks produced 67 points on their way to an NBL 40-minute game record score of 122 points. It was a tremendous way to start the season but coach Beveridge knows there is a long way to go.

“There’s no way we are going to get ahead of ourselves,” he said. “We showed a big weakness in that second quarter. We will continue working, this is game one and we have 27 to go, with lots of improvement left in us.”

For the Hawks, it seemed that every time Marvelle Harris was on the floor the energy lifted, with his explosive driving ability allowing Rotnei Clarke to get his long rang shooting going. Clarke finished with a team high 23-points, while Harris had 21 of his own.

Imposing centre Michael Holyfield will have NBL ring manufacturers worried, he produced a handful of ring rattling dunks that kept the Hawks faithful at full voice for much of the contest. His night ended with 14 points, and 6 rebounds off the bench.

It was a terrific team effort from the home side, illustrated by the fact every player scored points, including development player Angus Glover adding 7 of his own on his NBL debut.

ILLAWARRA HAWKS 122 (Clarke 23, Harris 21, Holyfield 14)
ADELAIDE 36ERS 88 (Creek 24, Randle 13, Deng 13)

Story by Jarrod McGrouther for hawks.com.au

Next Game

The Illawarra Hawks will be out to repeat the effort with a local derby showdown against the Sydney Kings this Thursday evening, tickets available from Ticketmaster.

Tip off is at 7:40pm