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Pigs level series with Kings

26/03/2004 11:31:09 PM Comments (0)

It seems there's no place like home for the West Sydney Razorbacks.

The Pigs maintained a perfect home playoff record (8-0) with a gutsy 87-72 win to level its NBL best-of-five grand final series 1-1 against defending champions the Sydney Kings.

In a remarkable turnaround, West Sydney overcame a first half serious injury to prize forward Simon Dwight to bounce back from a 96-76 defeat in Wednesday's series opener.

The Boomers forward fell heavily midway through the second quarter and has a suspected fractured leg.

Dwight - who already had eight points, four rebounds and two blocks - was contesting the ball with Kings reserve Brad Sheridan when he fell and immediately clutched his leg, sending shudders through the Pigs camp and the sold out 4,000-strong crowd.

Medical staff tried desperately to get him back on court but a dejected-looking Dwight could only serve as a celebrity cheerleader on the bench from the third term.

Boomers guard John Rillie (18 points, seven assists, seven rebounds) combined with Aaron Trahair (17) and Brad Williams (11) to topple a Kings side lifted by import Ebi Ere (17), David Stiff and CJ Bruton (both 13).

However Dwight - who had a team high 23 points in game one - looks set to miss game three next Wednesday and possibly the series in a body blow to the Pigs' chances of becoming the fourth team to win the championship after dropping the series opener.

It was quite a comeback from a Pigs side written off after notching its lowest total of the season and conceding a record number of offensive rebounds (31) and individual three points (9 by CJ Burton) in their game one loss.

The match loomed as a repeat of the opening massacre when the Kings scored the first five points and West Sydney's opening shot was a shocking air ball by Rillie.

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