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HardBall Podcast - Episode 6

This week on the #HardBall Podcast, Derek Rucker joins Liam Santamaria to recap all the major story-lines from Round 8 of the NBL. The boys discuss the decision by the Townsville Crocodiles to release import Brian Conklin as well as the coaching change that has occurred this week at the Sydney Kings. They also break down the recent good form of the Perth Wildcats and Adelaide 36ers and whether the Cairns Taipans have what it takes to make a run at the top four. Illawarra Hawks sharp-shooter Kirk Penney was a dominant force in Round 8, putting 24 points and 8 assists on the Sydney Kings before dropping 31 points in a big win over Townsville. Penney chats to Liam Santamaria and Brett Thomas about his scintillating form and the Hawks’ 2-0 week. The former NBL MVP also offers his thoughts on the recent play of teammates A. J. Ogilvy and Jarrad Weeks, the disappointing injury news surrounding Tyson Demos and Illawarra’s upcoming game against Melbourne United. With Round 9 of #HardBall tipping off this Wednesday, the boys preview the massive slate of games ahead. Wednesday’s double-header sees the season’s second Reptile Rumble between Cairns and Townsville and a re-match between Perth and New Zealand. Can the Breakers make enough adjustments to get the better of the Wildcats and remain undefeated at home? Melbourne travel to Illawarra to take on the suddenly confident Illawarra Hawks on Thursday night, can they contain the big three of Lisch, Penney and Ogilvy? Friday’s double-header sees Perth host Adelaide and American Joe Connelly make his NBL head coaching debut as the Sydney Kings host the Cairns Taipans. Townsville host the reigning champion New Zealand Breakers on Saturday night, can the Crocs cause another surprising upset? The final game of the round involves Joey Wright’s Adelaide 36ers taking on Melbourne United on Sunday afternoon. Can Chris Goulding regain his shooting touch in front of a raucous home crowd?
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