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R14 Preview: Melbourne v Illawarra
Who: Melbourne United v Illawarra Hawks When: 7.30pm (AEDT), Thursday 7 January Where: State Netball & Hockey Centre, Melbourne Watch: Fox Sports; Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: Illawarra 102 (Lisch 26, Penney 25, Ogilvy 15) d Melbourne 87 (Goulding 25, Kickert 21, Warrick 13), Round 9, WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
Goulding just keeps landing these gorgeous shots #HardBall http://t.co/eth49flXqJ — NBL (@NBL) October 11, 2015THE STORY Hawks guard Kevin Lisch was a clutch scorer at St Louis University and then the Perth Wildcats, proving time and again his ability to create and make big shots. But when he decided to try his hand in Europe, things were very different. “When I first got to Spain the coach said I don’t care about your scoring, I want you to just run the team,” Lisch said. While for some players that pigeon-holing may have been frustrating, Lisch treated is as “a new kind of challenge”. “It’s a totally different style of game … but it teaches you a lot and when you come back over here the reins have been loosened a bit and it’s nice to have a bit of freedom,” he said. “It’s something I wasn’t used to but you learn a whole lot overall about the game, how to manage guys, what plays to call and in that regard it gave me a different perspective.”
NOTICIA | El CAI Zaragoza inscribe a Kevin Lisch y Chris Goulding en el derecho de tanteo http://t.co/8aC8uH9lvE pic.twitter.com/F0iJiw9KDT — Basket Zaragoza (@Basket_Zaragoza) July 8, 2015This Thursday in Melbourne the pair collide as opposition shooting guards, and Lisch is ready for anything. “He hits some of the toughest shots, shots that most guys in the league can’t hit. He’s extremely difficult to guard, he’s got a lot better off the dribble,” Lisch said. “He’s sneaky athletic as well so it will be fun going up against him, it’s always a challenge against Chris and hopefully we get under each other’s skin a little bit.” THE WRAP Illawarra seem to have cured their possession woes, forcing opponents into 57 turnovers in the past three games while giving up just 28 offensive rebounds. For Melbourne that’s a work in progress, but the good news is Goulding, Daniel Kickert and Hakim Warrick are firing offensively, combining for 123 points in two games over the holiday period.