Tiggs runs hot on and off court

He could use an air conditioner in his apartment, but Wollongong Hawks spark plug Kevin Tiggs hopes to be running hot in tomorrow night's road duel with the Sydney Kings.

A first-time import to the NBL, Tiggs has settled comfortably into the Australian way of life, even if the seasons seem a little back to front.

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"I'm not used to it being this hot in December, so it's still a shocker to me when people back home say 'Oh my God it's freezing', and I'm over here like 'Oh my God, it's hot'.

"I'm getting accustomed to it. Besides my apartment being hot, everything else is good."

Tiggs played a key role off the bench in last week's 73-69 home win over Sydney, scoring 12 points and helping erase an early deficit.

The Kings were far from impressed with their performance and will be on a mission to square the ledger tomorrow.

Highly-rated Sydney import Sam Young will be looking to dominate after a reckless, error-riddled display last week.

Tiggs said his battle with Young wasn't about ego.

"It's basketball. I get pumped about playing anybody," he said.

"Everybody comes to play. They ain't here for nothing."

Tiggs has slowly got his head around coach Gordie McLeod's complex offensive and defensive systems after joining the club just days before the season tipped off.

"I'm way more comfortable with the system and everything than I was at the beginning, and it's getting even better, our chemistry and everything, especially with Larry coming back," he said.

That would be Larry Davidson, Wollongong's experienced centre and defensive leader who missed four games with an ankle injury before returning with eight points and four rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench last week.

"It's great to have Larry back," Tiggs said. "He talks a lot, and that's big in basketball. You can't say enough about how much he talks. I love it.

"Whenever he's back there and I'm checking somebody, I already know what's going on because he's telling me."

Tiggs said the Hawks were ready for anything.

"You know what they say, everybody plays different when they're at home," he said.

"I'm sure they've changed a couple of things and their fans are going to be behind them, but we just have to stick to our stuff and see how the game goes.

"Any time you play somebody back to back, of course it's going to be intense. We've just gotta come out with our punches like we did in the first game and hopefully we can get the same result.

"We still have to rebound more. Lately in other games we've been beaten on the glass, so we have to rebound more and I'd say the result should be in our favour."

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