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White shines in attack for Illawarra

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Brad Elborough

Kevin White is shaping up as the unlikely key offensive weapon for the Illawarra Hawks ahead of Monday's NBL clash against Sydney Kings.

Known more for his defence, White top scored for the Hawks in their 80-73 loss to the Wildcats in Perth on Friday night - just the seventh time in 129 NBL games that he has reached double figures.

Usual contributors Marvelle Harris (nine points) and Rotnei Clarke (13) struggled to find any momentum against the Cats defence, while AJ Ogilvy (15) scored only three points in the first half.

But White was instrumental in the Hawks coming back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to get to within two of the defending NBL champion late in the final period.

He said regular coach Rob Beveridge has been "on him" to be more aggressive.

"Bevo has been staying on us to be aggressive," he said.

"When you come to places like (Perth) you have to be aggressive. If you take a backward step or get on the back foot it's when guys like Damo (Damian Martin) and Casey (Prather) are able to take advantage of it.

"Fortunately for me tonight it dropped for me and it's a change of mindset of being on the front foot and being aggressive."

The Hawks kept the Wildcats to the lowest score any opposition has managed against them in the opening four games of the season.

However, White had little assistance in offense. After averaging 96 points in the opening three games of the season, they managed on 73 against the Wildcats.

Shooting at 36 per cent efficiency in the first half and 39 for the game, didn't help.

Stand-in coach Eric Cooks said that while Beveridge missed the game due to his son's high school graduation, they were still able to execute his game plan.

"Basically we just helped to execute Bevo's game plan. He we already done all the due-diligence we needed to do," Cooks said.

"We were all on the same page. While Beveridge will be back at the helm on Monday, there is still doubts over the fitness of Mitch Norton, who injured his hamstring against the Kings at the start of round 2 and has missed the Hawks past two losses.

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