Larry commits to Brooke before frantic finals run

A week after putting a ring on his sweetheart’s finger, Wollongong centre Larry Davidson hopes the Hawks run rings around the New Zealand Breakers tomorrow night at WIN Entertainment Centre.

Sixth-placed Wollongong (9-13) have defiantly clawed their way back into finals contention with three straight wins.

They can move into fifth with victory over the Breakers (9-12).

The Hawks play four of their final six games at home and can barely afford a single loss.

‘‘We can’t think about how many wins you need or get into the mathematics. We just need the mindset that every week is a final from now on,’’ Davidson said.

‘‘That’s how we approached last week. The results are great, but it’s the way we’re playing. It’s so much more fun out there. We’re playing now the way we’ve talked about wanting to play all season, and for whatever reason the last couple of weeks it’s happened. The challenge now is committing to it and sticking with it.’’

Speaking of commitment, last week Davidson got down on bended knee and popped the question to Brooke Maynell, his girlfriend of four years.

A qualified school teacher and personal trainer, Maynell answered in the affirmative.

‘‘I kind of giggled because I knew I was going to do it, and she was sitting there in limbo, wondering if this guy’s ever going to get off his arse and do something about it,’’ Davidson said.

‘‘We haven’t set a date yet, but it’ll be next year some time. Brooke’s doing all the organising.

‘‘Coming down here to play basketball has been great, but to meet someone you want to spend the rest of your life with, that’s pretty special.’’

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