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Eager to make an impact … the Hawks’ Adris Deleon finds a gap after coming off the bench.WHILE it was impossible not to notice the vintage performances of veteran Glen Saville in the Hawks’ 79-76 win over the Kings on Friday night, Wollongong’s Gordie McLeod was more concerned with the contribution of his two off-season signings – Lance Hurdle and Adris Deleon.
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”They [Hurdle and Deleon] were good, obviously they are going to be better once they’ve spent more time getting to know their teammates, but they contributed well and we could see glimpses of what they will offer us this season,” the former NBL coach of the year said. ”It was very encouraging what we did on the court against the Kings.

”The pleasing thing was not only that Sav’s played well but that we had good contributions from other parts of the team. We had five players in double figures, which bodes well for the rest of the season. In this league you’ve got to have multiple players having an effect on the game, otherwise you’ll struggle.”

While Saville’s 21 points, 10 of which came in the third quarter, undoubtedly gave the Hawks the edge against the Kings, Hurdle contributed 10 points, Deleon 12, and Larry Davidson and Oscar Forman notched 10 and 13 respectively.

”It was a real spread of points, it was good to have an impact from the bench,” McLeod said.

McLeod opted to start with Deleon on the bench, while Rhys Martin started for the Hawks in front of a 4323-strong crowd at WIN Entertainment Centre.

When Martin got into foul trouble in the third quarter, Deleon was at hand, eager to make his mark.

Asked whether Deleon would regularly start from the bench, McLeod was clear that every position was up for grabs. ”No, we make decisions relating to starting combinations on a week-to-week basis, based on training and on our opposition.

”Our rebounding was disappointing, it was an area that we’d made some improvement on in the pre-season and, for whatever reason, it was a weakness for us on Friday.”

Also worrying was the Kings shooting percentage throughout the match, an indication that the Hawks defence was pressing effectively for all four quarters.

”The Kings shot at over 50 per cent, we obviously we didn’t do a good job of finding ways to disrupt them to give ourselves a chance to change the tempo of the game,” McLeod said.

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