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Hawks tame Wildcats in NBL clash

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/10/2016

Mitch Norton of the Hawks shoots from the free throw line during the round four NBL match between the Illawarra Hawks and the Perth Wildcats. © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Mitch Norton of the Hawks shoots from the free throw line during the round four NBL match between the Illawarra Hawks and the Perth Wildcats. The Illawarra Hawks have held their nerve to secure a tight 81-76 victory over NBL titleholders Perth on Friday at WIN Entertainment Centre.

After winning in round one against Adelaide, the Hawks lost four straight before grinding out the much-needed win over the Wildcats.

Illawarra import Marvelle Harris was the best player on the court with a game-high 27 points, while Perth were led by American forward Casey Prather's 20 points.

The score was locked at 24-all at quarter-time before the Hawks clawed their way to a 47-45 halftime lead with American centre Mike Holyfield's dunk in the final moments of the second period.

Illawarra were up by five at three-quarter time and were up by as many as 10 before the Cats fought back in the final period.

The Hawks made it hard on themselves by missing important free throws but did enough to seal victory.

Illawarra play their fourth game in nine days when they host the Cairns Taipans on Sunday night.

Perth are back on deck with next Friday's round five home game against the Adelaide 36ers.

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