NBL Round 5 Recap: The Hawks’ Quest To Be The Best

All the topic action from NBL Round 5.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Are the Wollongong Hawks the NBL’s top team? Their impressive season continued on Sunday when the Hawks smashed the Perth Wildcats 100-67 in what was supposed to be the a top of the table clash.

Wollongong, the only undefeated team remaining in the comp, went on a 19-0 run during the opening quarter and never looked back. Led by Adris Deleon’s 26 points, the Hawks featured six double digit scorers.

The Breakers and Kings provided the round’s best action with Mika Vukona burying a very late trey to give the New Zealand side a 79-76 win.

The do-it-all Vukona, not renowned as a lights out shooter, slipped out to the right corner in the dying seconds and made an open three to win the game, just his 12th three pointer in 181 NBL games.

Sydney became the unlikely challengers when they opened the game with a 15-6 run and held a six point lead into the second quarter. They stuck around despite coming into the matchup as underdogs and threatened to steal the win up until Vukona’s heroics cemented the result.

Cedric Jackson’s 22 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals led the way for New Zealand while Ben Madgen dropped a cheeky 30 points for Sydney.

The Cairns Taipans pulled out a 92-80 overtime win against old time rivals Townsville on Friday night. Gary Ervin nailed a three to send the game into extra time for the Crocodiles, but they were smashed 15-3 in OT.

Taipans Jamar Wilson (25 points, 9 rebounds) and Cameron Gliddon (17 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds) were brilliant while Ervin had 23 for the Crocs.

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