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Hawks secure third place at Sandpit

THE Wollongong Hawks secured third place and a trip to the playoffs behind a spirited 74-64 victory over the Adelaide 36ers at the WIN Entertainment Centre on Saturday.

On the night the club paid tribute to their greatest player Glen Saville, the Hawks finished the regular season on a high and booked a semi-final date with the Perth Wildcats.

Larry Davidson powered his way to a double-double at half-time to lead the Hawks, finishing with a haul of 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Adris Deleon was sensational in support with seven of his 23 points coming in the fourth.

The retired Saville was called out as the last player during the lineups, he was greeted by a guard of honour on court by his teammates and then awarded life membership to the Hawks.

Nathan Crosswell was also honoured pre-game in his 350th and final NBL game, he connected on his first two attempts and finished with 6 points and 2 assists in his farewell run.

More: Wollongong Hawks website.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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