Illawarra Hawks big man AJ Ogilvy has one thing on his mind as he prepares for Sunday's clash with the Sydney Kings: stop Andrew Bogut.
The 213cm centre looms large for the Hawks as they look to cause an upset against their arch rivals at Qudos Bank Arena.
Bogut has been instrumental in the Kings' great form this season.
He has pulled down more than 10 rebounds per game, which has been able to set up their offensive weapons like Casper Ware (20.22 points average), Jae'Sean Tate (14 points), Didi Louzada (13.14 points) and Brad Newley (12.67 points).
"We've just got to go at Bogut offensively," Ogilvy said.
"We've got to make him try and contest shots, and then our guys can swoop in and get the rebound.
"He's big, he's athletic and has great timing. We know he's a great player. We're not going to try take him out of the game, we're just trying to limit what he can do.
"We've got a few ideas of what we're doing and trying to develop that ahead of the game."
Ogilvy is one of two Hawks - alongside Todd Blanchfield - who have previously worn the Kings' uniform.
The 211cm centre spent the 2013/14 season in Sydney and said there was a great rivalry between the teams.
"It's definitely a big brother versus little brother type thing," Ogilvy said.
"The Kings have got all the money and facilities and we're down here, striving to get by. Especially this year, they're playing really well and we're coming up after a bad streak. We're definitely out there trying to prove ourselves and they're trying to stay on top of the ladder. So it's going to be a massive game [on Sunday]."
With a 2-7 record, the Hawks will head into the clash as underdogs. However, Ogilvy believes Illawarra gained plenty of confidence from a 101-91 win over the Taipans in Cairns last Saturday night.
"It was hard being on a losing streak," he said.
"It's kind of like being in quick sand, you're sinking and can't control it. To come out and have a game like we did last week really turned our attitudes around and hopefully we can repeat that effort.
"We know that we've still got the ability. We had that belief coming into the season and we lost a couple of close ones unfortunately.
"To get to 3-7, it's still a long way back, but we're going to keep battling and keep working every day to try and improve ourselves and make sure if the chance comes, we're ready to go."
Ogilvy's Hawks teammate Sunday Dech will look to build on a strong showing against the Taipans last Saturday. Dech was superb from the bench, scoring 21 points.
LaMelo Ball showed his potential to be next year's No.1 NBA draft pick with 24 points, six assists and three rebounds while veterans David Andersen and Josh Boone dominated inside.
"[Last week] gave me a lot of confidence," Dech said.
"I've been training like that and working hard behind the scenes all year. It was really good to translate it onto the court.
"But it's going to be a big team effort against Sydney and hopefully I can do my part to help that. They do have a lot of firepower. It's not just about nullifying one or two guys, it's about doing the job as whole so everybody needs to step up and do their part to help us win.
"The team is feeling really good. We've had a bit longer to prepare for this game than most of our games this year. The coach has put in a really good gameplan and we're executing well in practise. Now we need to transfer it onto the court on Sunday."
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