Hawks rule the roost on defence

They might not always shoot straight but the Wollongong Hawks continue to set the standard as the NBL's best defensive unit.

The Hawks (6-1) are averaging 76 points and giving up a league-low 64.8 points per game - an impressive differential of 11.2. Two-time reigning champions New Zealand (7-1) are the next best with an 8.2 differential.

The Breakers and Perth are the benchmark when it comes to disrupting opponents with full-court pressing.

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But Wollongong still don't get enough credit for their suffocating half-court defence.

"We're no different to anyone else in this league - we want to disrupt as much as everyone else," Hawks forward Glen Saville said.

"We might not press as much as other teams, but we know we can play the type of defence that disrupts teams in the half-court. We're also doing a pretty good job with our transition 'D' at the moment and that's really helping us keep teams to low scores."

The Hawks play the struggling Tigers this Sunday in Melbourne.

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