After spending last week in the ACT, the Illawarra Hawks are hopeful they’ve captured the hearts and minds of the Canberra faithful ahead of their return to face off against the Cairns Taipans in the new year.
Illawarra spent the majority of the NBL’s international break in the nation’s capital training and conducting clinics at Belconnen Basketball Stadium.
The visit comes after the club made the commitment last month to play their Australia Day game in Canberra for the first time in Hawks history.
“We met a lot of kids and people that were fans of basketball so hopefully we have won them over,” Hawks import Jordair Jett said.
“Hopefully we can have a really good game down there in January.”
Illawarra will play the same Taipans outfit when they return from break this week, carrying a 4-7 record.
A crucial victory over Adelaide 36ers in their last outings helped Illawarra return to form, and Jett believes they can carry that momentum into the clash despite the weekend off.
“It is part of the game and sometimes it’s good to rest your body a little bit, but you always have to be a pro and get your work in still,” Jett said.
“Even with days off, you still have got to do that work.”