THERE was very little Illawarra fans didn’t know about Kevin Lisch before his first trip to the WEC in rival colours last week.
His ability close games – he had 20 points after a scoreless first quarter including seven in the final term to get the Kings home – was nothing new and neither, as it turned out, was his class off the court.
Sure he wore the wrath of the Hawks faithful for being the latest name on the list of Sydney defectees that includes Glen Saville, Greg Hubbard, Matt Zauner and Melvin Thomas
He was, in the theatre of sport quite rightly, booed every time he touched the ball, but responded with a grin and had nothing but good things to say about the Wollongong crowd post-match.
“If I was a fan I’d boo myself...it’s all part of the game,” Lisch said.
“I thought the atmosphere was great. The fans here are fantastic and it’s wonderful how they come out and support and they play a fun style for them.
“They play such and quick up and down style of game that’s great and the fans here love it.
“I never really take these things personally. It was great to get our first win no matter where it is.
“We made it hard for ourselves at the end, some guys made some big plays.”