Wollongong captain Oscar Forman believes the Hawks are poised to spring a hit-and-run job on unbeaten title favourites Perth tomorrow night.
The league-leading Wildcats are setting the pace with a 5-0 record and will be supremely confident of extending their streak to six games at Wollongong's expense.
Despite losing former NBL MVP Kevin Lisch in the off-season, the Cats are cruising along with new imports James Ennis and Jermaine Beal and still have injured centre Matt Knight to come back.
Wollongong lost their opening two games on the road before beating Townsville 85-81 at home last week.
Forman said the Hawks are determined to end Perth's impressive run before turning their attention to Sunday's home meeting with titleholders New Zealand.
"They're not sitting on a mantle unbeatable," Forman said.
"Sure, they're undefeated right now, but with the correct philosophies and strategies, they're there for the taking.
"In the past they've trapped our point guard and made everyone else get us into our offence, so we're going to make sure we're ready for their pressure. And when shots go up, we have to get strong position and compete as hard as they do for rebounds.
"If we stick to our defensive principles as a team and force them to take shots we want them to take, that'll go a long way towards winning the game."
The Cats showed how resilient and defensive-minded they are when they almost Sydney scoreless for the entire fourth quarter last Sunday.
Wollongong can expect to face similar defensive pressure tomorrow.
"Sydney have played them twice and taken it to them for the first three quarters in each game, and then just collapsed, so we have to be prepared to work hard and concentrate for the full game," Forman said.
"Getting a win last week was good, especially with the start to our schedule. You have to get that first home game to not only secure your home court, but also to know that feeling of winning."