Hawks stronger and more self-aware

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The Wollongong Hawks learned a little more about themselves on Saturday night against Cairns.

Five wins from their first six games had already provided the Hawks with a strong sense of self-belief.

Now they know they can come from behind to win after their defiant performance against the Taipans.

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After erasing a 16-point third-quarter deficit, Wollongong overran the visitors in the final period, out-scoring them 23-7 to claim a 73-59 victory.

It was a similar story a few weeks ago in Adelaide when the Hawks overturned a double-digit deficit to prevail by 14.

"This is a good win for our team because it shows we can fight our way back when things aren't going well for us," Wollongong guard Adris Deleon said after his show-stealing performance.

"We looked a little dead in the third quarter, but we got a run going and finished the game real strongly.

"It's good for our team to go through a game like that and come out the other side with a win.

"It gives you confidence because if we find ourselves in the same situation we know we can get ourselves out of it.

"Our defence was a big key and it's good to know we can count on our defence, even when we're not clicking offensively. We hung in there with our defence and then we got back into the groove with our shooting."

Deleon was the main destroyer against the Taipans, scoring a game-high 23 points. He had 19 in the second half, including 11 in the fourth quarter.

Forward Oscar Forman nailed five three-pointers for 15 points.

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