Todays Flashback Friday takes us to 1990, where on this day we travelled to Adelaide to take on the 36ers at the Apollo Entertainment Centre. This was the second leg of the dreaded “Doomsday Double”, where NBL clubs would face off against the Perth Wildcats one night and then the 36ers the next.
After suffering a narrow 118-125 loss to the Perth Wildcats the night before, the task didn’t get much easier for our guys facing a team that included legends of the game such as “Mean” Al Green, Mark Davis, Mark Bradtke, Mike McKay & Darryl Pearce.
Despite the heavy travel and the undoubtedly tired legs from playing the night before, the Hawks squad were able to use a solid 3rd quarter to set up a tough 111-110 win over the 36ers.
That Hawks lineup boasted some great talent themselves, featuring Greg Hubbard, Rod Johnson, Justin Withers & Chuck Harmison to name a few. But it was our imports who led the way in this game, with Patric Fairs (24pts) and the great “Stormin” Norman Taylor (28 pts, 10 rebounds) helping us to get over the line.
Norman was a dominating force on the low post in his time with the Hawks. He currently still holds the club all-time record for most points scored in a single game with 54 points (vs Eastside Melbourne Spectres).
Soft hands, great footwork, and an ability to use his body to get to the hoop allowed Norman to be amazingly effective. In his three seasons (67 games) with the Hawks, Taylor averaged 27.7 ppg, 10.6 rpg, while shooting at an incredible 65% from the field it is easy to understand why Stormin Norman Taylor is often mentioned when speaking of the best players to wear a Hawks uniform.
Here is a clip of Norman talking to hawks.com.au back in 2010