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Pigs too strong for Blaze in NBL

By Adrian Warren 10/11/2007 11:15:49 PM Comments (0)

Sparked by guard Darnell Hinson, West Sydney overcame a sizzling third quarter onslaught from former player James Harvey to beat Gold Coast Blaze 102-93 in their National Basketball League clash at Acer Arena here on Saturday night.

Guard Harvey, who was the Razorbacks' most potent offensive player in the last two seasons, hit 29 points, including 14 straight in the third quarter.

However, the Pigs battled back and inflicted a first defeat in five matches on the Blaze, with American Hinson leading the way.

Hinson scored 14 of his game-high 32 points in a final quarter that started with four straight lead changes before the Pigs edged in front with seven minutes to go and steadily increased their advantage.

Hinson dominated the Pigs' scoring with fellow import Troy DeVries (16) the home team's only other double-digit contributor.

The match between the two surprise packets of the NBL this season produced at least a dozen lead changes.

Harvey and another former Razorback, forward Scott McGregor, scored the first five points of the night between them as the Blaze rushed to a quick 7-0 lead.

The Razorbacks scored the next 11 points but the visitors rallied to lead 24-21 at the first break.

Nine second-quarter points from Hinson helped the Pigs to a 50-48 halftime lead.

Harvey's hot hand threatened to singlehandedly bury the Pigs in the third quarter, but West Sydney recovered from a seven-point deficit to trail by just one at the final change.

Harvey apart, guard Crowe was Gold Coast's major offensive contributor with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The victory lifted West Sydney to 6-4 for the season and dropped the Blaze to 5-5.

The bad news was Razorbacks guard Damian Martin suffering season-ending ligament damage in his right knee in the third period.

Razorbacks coach Rob Beveridge said he felt his team got too caught up in the first half playing a slower tempo game which the Blaze preferred.

"At half time we just had to remind ourselves we had to up the tempo cause they are an older group," Beveridge said.

"I thought the fatigue factor might have taken over, if we could stay together as a group down the stretch and keep pushing them, that we could come back in the fourth quarter and that's what happened. In Harvey's instance, we just had to make it tough for him as much as we could."

Blaze coach Brendan Joyce thought his team did a tremendous job given the absence of import forward Juaquin Hawkins.

"We probably could've played him, he's probably about 85-90 per cent, but then there was a risk of him not playing tomorrow and perhaps an extra day might see him 100 per cent," Joyce said.

"We took way too many long range threes that were ten foot back from the three point line with still eight, 10 seconds on the shot clock, when we could penetrate and maybe create a better shot.

"You could say it was the one that got away but West Sydney stuck to their guns and executed down the stretch and did a very good job, so that was the difference in the game."

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