Losses in their opening two games haven’t thrown the Wollongong Hawks into panic.
The Hawks went down fighting in Saturday’s 97-91 loss to the Adelaide 36ers.
They have already shifted their attention to this weekend’s home game against Townsville.
‘‘We played them tough to the end and gave ourselves a shot,’’ Wollongong coach Gordie McLeod said.
‘‘They made some big shots down the stretch and that’s often the difference in the game.’’
After losing the season-opener to New Zealand Breakers by 19, the Hawks grabbed the upper hand early against Adelaide.
They led 31-25 after the first quarter and 53-49 at half-time.
‘‘In the end it was the things we’d spoken about – limiting their ability to get to the hole and keeping them out of the paint. In the second half that’s what they were able to do,’’ McLeod said.
‘‘They got to the foul line 28 times to our 13. That’s a big sign of them putting heat on the rim and going at us. There was a lot of positives but a lot of positives don’t always get you a win.
Centre Larry Davidson led Wollongong with 16 points and eight rebounds, while new import Kevin Tiggs made eye-catching plays in his NBL debut to finish with 14 points, four rebounds and a steal in 20 minutes off the bench.
‘‘We got good contributions from a number of guys, so that was really pleasing,’’ McLeod said.
‘‘Overall there was certainly improvement, but we have to find what is going to be our defensive style and how we play.’’
Tiggs will likely be more comfortable after another full week of training.
‘‘He only trained with us twice and didn’t really have much idea of what we were doing,’’ Davidson said.
‘‘This week at training, that will be the main focus – just trying to get everyone on the same page.’’