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R10 Preview: Illawarra v Cairns
Who: Illawarra Hawks v Cairns Taipans When: 7.30pm (AEDT), Wednesday 9 December Where: WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong Watch: Fox Sports (Live and in HD); Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: Illawarra 96 (Ogilvy 36, Penney 17, Lisch 16) d Cairns 88 (Starks 20, Craig 17), Round 5, WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
Miss a 3, just recover & drive the lane #HardBall @CairnsTaipans @SydneyKings https://t.co/nqycwhN435 — NBL (@NBL) December 4, 2015Matt Burston and Torrey Craig led the response, nabbing 15 boards and six steals between them as Cairns secured 14 more possessions than the Kings and six Taipans grabbed multiple offensive rebounds. “It’s about the possession game, we grabbed 14 offensive rebounds and forced 20 turnovers, that’s some good stuff there,” coach Aaron Fearne said. While the possession count is particularly crucial against any high-paced Rob Beveridge team, expect Illawarra to also test the Taipans’ interior D. In Round 5, Hawks freight train AJ Ogilvy shot 16 two-point field goals and 14 free throws, opening the way offensively for triples and drives from Kevin Lisch and Kirk Penney, and defensively for Beveridge’s pressure schemes to disrupt the Taipans.
“A massive part of the game plan is to get to the free-throw line, that allows us to set up our defensive system,” the Hawks boss said. “We’ve got lots of things we can do, full-court pressure, half-court traps, zones. It actually gives us time to do that, so getting free throws is so important.” THE WRAP Cairns will have a tough time guarding Illawarra’s ball-screen action, with Penney, Lisch and Tim Coenraad ready to fire and Ogilvy ever-present rolling to the hoop. However, the Taipans will know that making the Hawks play long defensive possessions is the key to getting the game on their terms. The Hawks have forced an impressive 54 turnovers in the past three games as their disruptive schemes have taken root, so the ability of Gliddon, Markel Starks and Shaun Bruce to absorb that pressure, get the Taipans into offence and then isolate defenders late in the shot clock will be a big factor.
Penney is putting on a show http://t.co/feXu8FuCNG— NBL (@NBL) October 14, 2015
There's not much Bruce doesn't do with this possession #HardBall @CairnsTaipans @SydneyKings https://t.co/tumBPryRzz — NBL (@NBL) December 4, 2015