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Hawks post seven straight NBL wins

26/11/2005 10:15:32 PM Comments (0)

The long-awaited return of centre Nick Horvath couldn't spark the struggling West Sydney Razorbacks as they crashed 115-91 to a red-hot Wollongong at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.

The surging Hawks made it seven straight wins and condemned the listless Pigs to a sixth successive defeat.

American centre Horvath, who has missed 16 games after dislocating a knee in the Razorbacks' season opening fixture, started the match, but struggled to make an impact, along with most of his teammates.

Horvath didn't notch his first field goal until the early stages of the final quarter, by which time Wollongong was way out of reach.

The 210-centimetre American finished with nine points in 26 minutes, but made only one of his six field goal attempts.

Flashy guard Cortez Groves tormented West Sydney with his speed and shooting, finishing with 30 points.

Big men Adam Ballinger, 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Tony Rampton, 15 and 7 rebounds, had the better of the battle down low.

While West Sydney fielded its biggest line-up of the season, with three players measuring 208-centimetres or above, they couldn't impose themselves inside against the Hawks.

Captain and forward Scott McGregor was the only offensive threat to the visitors, scoring a career-equalling high of 29 points.

West Sydney competed well in the first quarter, going to the break 29-27 courtesy of a three-pointer on the buzzer from Clint Reed who finished with 14 points.

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