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Hawks coach wants response to humiliation

AAP logoAAP 5/01/2017 Steve Barrett

Illawarra Hawks coach Rob Beveridge didn't mince words when he described Thursday's 34-point thumping at the hands of the Adelaide 36ers.

Nothing went right for the Hawks who were savagely taken to the cleaners by the top-of-the-table Sixers who dictated the contest virtually from the beginning, in every facet.

"Everything they (36ers) set out to do, they achieved, where we achieved next to nothing except for humiliating ourselves," Beveridge said.

"Our defence was just embarrassing. We did not follow our gameplan at all.

"Tonight was a shit night. I got knocked down and I'm going to get up tomorrow, simple as that."

The Hawks have two days to pick themselves back up off the canvas ahead of this Saturday's clash with second-placed Melbourne United at WIN Entertainment Centre, where Beveridge is hopeful of history repeating. Sort of.

The margin in Thursday's disaster at Titanium Security Arena was identical - albeit in reverse - to when Illawarra annihilated Adelaide 122-88 in the opening round of the season, which the 36ers responded to by knocking off United two days later.

Beveridge is backing the 'enormous pride' within the Hawks camp to conjure an equally emphatic response.

"We beat Adelaide in Round 1 by 34 - we kicked their ass," Beveridge said.

"It was our night ... it was their night tonight."

"But Adelaide bounced back two days later and beat Melbourne.

"Well, we've got Melbourne in two days. Right now, they're scary.

"I hope our players have the ability to mentally turn it around as fast as they can.

"These guys have got an enormous amount of pride.

"The support they've given me is incredible. I'll go to war with these guys any day."

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