Marvelle Harris of the Illawarra Hawks and Casey Prather of the Perth Wildcats during the  NBL League match between Wildcats and the Illawarra Hawks at the Arena in Perth, on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. The Wildcats won 80-73. (AAP Image/Tony McDonough NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Marvelle Harris of the Illawarra Hawks and Casey Prather of the Perth Wildcats during the NBL League match between Wildcats and the Illawarra Hawks at the Arena in Perth, on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. The Wildcats won 80-73. (AAP Image/Tony McDonough NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY TONY MCDONOUGH

Harris injury fails to stop fired-up Hawks

BASKETBALL: Illawarra has thumped the New Zealand Breakers 109-79, despite the Hawks losing star import Marvelle Harris to an ankle injury in the first five minutes.

The Hawks reversed the result from Friday when the Breakers beat them by 15 points in New Zealand.

The talented American's absence inspired the hosts.

Hawks coach Rob Beveridge started Cody Ellis and Kevin White in place of Rotnei Clarke and Nick Kay.

Clarke had his best performance of the season, leading six Hawks players in double digits, with 22 points.

AJ Ogilvy had a big all-round game with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks.

Nick Kay (17 points), Rhys Martin (15), Mitch Norton (12) and Tim Coenraad (10) all chipped in.

Alex Pledger had 16 points and 11 boards for the visitors. 

Mika Vukona earned an unsportsmanlike foul when Ogilvy hit the deck early in the second quarter, which seemed to inspire the Hawk.

Illawarra led 56-44 at half-time and 83-64 at the final break.

Results: Illawarra Hawks 109 NZ Breakers 78; Sydney 83 Perth 72; Adelaide 87 Brisbane 105; Melbourne 84 Cairns, 79; NZ Breakers 100 Hawks 85; Perth 93 Sydney 80.



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