Illawarra Hawks / April 21st, 2017

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday takes us back to 1984, the year the NBL introduced the 3 point line. On April 14th 1984 we visited Melbourne to take on the Tigers at Albert Park. It was the second time our Hawks would face off against Basketball Hall of Famer, Andrew Gaze.

Coming into the game the Hawks had a win/loss record of 7-6 including a tight 1 point loss to the Tigers earlier in the season. This game was to be slightly different with the Hawks getting off to a fast start leading 30-19 after one quarter. Led by Import Marlon Redmond who was playing just his fourth game for the club, the Hawks managed to stay in the lead at each main break finishing 114-107 winners.

Redmond who had averaged 35 points in his first 3 outings with the club, led the way with 36 points & 15 rebounds. While Tim Morrissey and Gordie McLeod chimed in with 29 & 24 points respectively.

One of the Tigers leading scorer was by no surprise, the 18 year old Gaze who posted an equal team high 29 points with American Russ Dyer. The next best scorer for the Tigers was a player who is probably remembered better known for coaching these days in Brian Goorjian (24pts).

Interestingly Goorjian (3/10) and Redmond (2/4) were the only players to make multiple 3 point shots in this game. Even more surprising was the fact that Andrew Gaze did not even attempt a 3 point basket.

Players had not yet fell in love with the 3 point shot like they have in recent years, as it had only just been introduced into the league. In fact for the whole of the 1984 NBL season the Hawks only attempted 166 three’s (In comparision our 2016/17 Illawarra Hawks attempted 880). Redmond took over half of those attempts, tossing up 88 shots while connecting on 37 (44%). Percentage wise our best 3 point shooter that year was Kevin Marsh who landed 54% of his attempts (14/26).

Marshy played 57 games for the club between 1982-84 and while his career averages are never going to top the record books (2.47 ppg, 0.35 rpg, 0.98 apg), he does hold a unique record in all of the NBL. Following his playing career Marshy took the unique move into refereeing. Quickly recognised as one of the leading basketball officials in NSW, he was called into the NBL refereeing circles in the 1993 season. He went on to officiate 186 career games and is the only person to both play and referee in over 50 games in the NBL. Only one other player went on to become a referee in the NBL and that was Darrel Corcoran who appeared in 60 games for Bankstown, Sydney & Geelong, but only officiated in 13 NBL matches (he did primarily referee in the WNBL).