Tiggs set to dazzle Taipans

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After throwing down two massive alley-oop dunks against the Perth Wildcats on Saturday, Wollongong import Kevin Tiggs is keen to make his high-flying routine a regular occurrence on-court for the Hawks.

The American guard set the game alight in the closing stages of the Hawks's 96-91 win over the ladder leaders with a huge alley-oop play and is determined to keep his show reel rolling this weekend when Wollongong head to Cairns.

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"I would love if that could happen more. I want to bring more excitement and do some more different dunks," Tiggs said.

"Rhys [Martin] threw me a couple, Rotnei [Clarke] threw me more, they are just plays that I am used to making."

Despite a crowd of just over 2000 last Saturday, Tiggs's antics down the stretch nearly blew the roof off WIN Entertainment Centre.

Clarke's earlier shooting clinic had brought the parochial home crowd to their feet, before Tiggs's link-up play with Martin in the final 30 seconds put the Hawks in front.

Star Wildcats import James Ennis eventually hit a clutch corner three to send the game to overtime but it did little to take the shine off the efforts of Tiggs.

The guard said he was happy to provide quality entertainment for the home faithful.

"I love our fans, they support us very hard all the time. Any given time I can do something for them I will definitely be doing it," Tiggs said.

"Hopefully we can have more of those in our next home game."

Saturday's win put the Hawks well within the reach of the top four, just one game behind the Taipans.

"That was a much needed win and I am glad we got it. We are working on our team chemistry getting even better and it is as the season goes along," Tiggs said.

"Every team wants to make the play-offs. I have never been on a team that hasn't made it to the play-offs, so I definitely want to be there."

Tiggs and the Hawks can further enhance those finals hopes when they meet Cairns on Saturday.

Wollongong edged the Taipans 75-73 in round seven and will look to complete the away double to start the new year on a hot streak.

"We have beaten them once so we will be expecting to go and win again. That is always the plan," Tiggs said.

"Hopefully we can come up with a game plan that is going to work and come out with the win."

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