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R13 Report: Hawks end 2015 flying over Crocs

The Illawarra Hawks have ended 2015 as the hottest team in the NBL putting together a dominant New Year's Eve performance in Townsville to beat the Crocodiles 98-74. The Crocs had no answers for the Hawks' full-court pressure defence early on and coughed up 10 first quarter turnovers as Illawarra opened up a 25-point lead early in the second quarter. The Crocodiles never gave in and captain Mitch Norton was effective in trying to lead a comeback, but it wasn’t to be with the Hawks having far too many weapons to cruise to the 24-point victory. Illawarra has won seven of its last eight games to enter the New Year with an 11-7 record to be solid inside the top four. The Hawks' big three were outstanding with Kirk Penney catching fire early with 17 first half points. He finished with 23 hitting 6-of-9 from three and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe. Centre AJ Ogilvy added 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots while Kevin Lisch delivered 17 points, four boards, four assists and two steals. Oscar Forman stepped up with 16 points while off the bench, Larry Davidson had eight points and Cody Ellis eight as they delivered perhaps their best performances this season. Coach Rob Beveridge was delighted with the way the Hawks performed off an 11-day break. "I came into the game a little bit uneasy but obviously that was a pretty good performance. Our pressure was outstanding and Kevin White set the tone for that and Kevin Lisch was just superb," Beveridge said. "You can use that as a teaching tool for how to play pressure defence. That set the tone for us and that's who we are and how we want to play." It was a tough night for the Crocs who had won three of their last five games prior to Christmas since a 38-point loss in Illawarra. Once again it was the Hawks who stymied them and it all started with their full court pressure defence that saw the home team finish with 21 turnovers. Norton played over 33 minutes as point guard finishing with 18 points and four assists with his driving to the basket proving effective. Norton had to stand tall with Corey Maynard sidelined with an ankle injury and Jordair Jett struggling with four points and five rebounds but six turnovers. Clint Steindl shot well at 6-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-8 from deep for 16 points with Leon Henry adding 11 to go with four boards and two assists. Nick Kay battled hard inside for 10 points and seven rebounds. Coach Shawn Dennis had no answer for why the Crocs weren’t up for the pressure the Hawks put on them. "They just gave us a basketball lesson, full stop. There's no more to say," Dennis said. "They showed how you sustain effort, how to have the commitment as a group and they don’t breakdown defensively like we do and they put us under extreme pressure. They do a good job of all of that and you can't cough the ball up 21 times and expect to win too many games." The Hawks raced out to a 14-2 lead and with a minute left in the opening period it was 30-10 after another 11-0 run. That was out to 42-17 early in the second after another Penney triple. The Crocs did fight back to a degree with an 11-0 run of their own but Illawarra still led 51-33 at the half. The Hawks were up by 29 with two minutes left in the third and the Crocs did score 14-2 either side of three quarter-time, but it did little to change things and the visitors went on to win by 24. The Hawks next tackle Melbourne United at the State Netball and Hockey Centre on Thursday while the Crocs take on the Cairns Taipans on the road in a Reptile Rumble on Friday. ILLAWARRA HAWKS 98 (Penney 23, Ogilvy 18, Lisch 17) TOWNSVILLE CROCODILES 74 (Norton 18, Steindl 16, Henry 11) BOX SCORE 
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