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Hawks beat West Sydney

04/02/2004 11:00:34 PM Comments (0)

The Olympic dream of Wollongong guard Matt Campbell is gathering momentum after another match winning display in the Hawks 110-99 victory over West Sydney at the Sandpit.

Facing up to the Razorbacks John Rillie, his direct opposition for a Boomers spot, Campbell claimed the honours with a continuation of his hot streak from long range.

Campbell led all Wollongong scorers with 26 points, which included six of nine from three point territory.

It extended his remarkable shooting run, now standing at 18 of 25 three-point shots in his last three games.

After a slow first half netted him just five points, Campbell lit up the court in the second half, with his 11 third-quarter points keying Wollongong's runaway lead.

He stepped up again in the last, extinguishing a spirited Razorbacks comeback that saw a 26-point margin reduced to 13, with seven points that put the game out of their reach.

"It's really good to see Matty knocking them down on a consistent basis," Wollongong coach Brendan Joyce said.

"He's a great catch and shoot player, and teams that are sagging off him are giving him a lot of good looks."

West Sydney held the early advantage following a 27-25 first quarter, but the turning point came two minutes into the second when Scott McGregor limped from the court.

The early diagnosis was a season-ending plantar fascia injury and, without one of their key players, the Razorbacks crumbled.

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