Wollongong import Rotnei Clarke produced an overtime, game-winning basket as the Hawks denied Melbourne any chance of winning the NBL blitz pre-season tournament in Sydney.
The Perth Wildcats won the tournament without playing yesterday on the final day of competition.
Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne started yesterday with a chance of overhauling Perth, who completed their program on Saturday with two wins from three games.
Cairns beat Sydney 99-91 but failed to pick up enough points under the format, which awards three points for a win and a point for each quarter won.
Melbourne's hopes ended when they lost 101-98 to Wollongong after Clarke had nailed a three-pointer in overtime.
None of the eight teams were unbeaten, while defending champions NZ Breakers were the only team not to win a game.
For Wollongong, it was Clarke who fired early and often to finish with five three-pointers with 25 points for the game.
Larry Davidson continued his good form with 22 points and nine rebounds.
"We came into the game just wanting to win a quarter first and then hopefully win the game, so it was a good finish for us" said Clarke.
"It's a really good experience. Especially for the imports coming in, we get a look at the league and how it's going to be and it's a really good league and that's why we came here."
"It's a great league. I knew that coming into it. It's got a lot of great players and quality coaches. It's going to be a great experience being a part of it," he said.
Perth import James Ennis won the Ray Borner Medal for player of the tournament, while Dandenong won the women's tournament.